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June 2019

Learn 10…Trees

June 23 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7207 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Botanist Dan Spada will guide participants in a beginner's course on how to identify 10 native tree species through the use of keys, guides and their senses during a combination of lab and field sessions. The route is over moderate terrain, but participants should be prepared with sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, and bug dope.  A 10x hand lens is optional.  Participants may bring guidebooks, although guides will be provided to borrow.  Anyone interested in how to know the trees…

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Water chestnut control at Silver Lake

June 28 @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Silver Lake, Silver Lake Road
New Berlin, United States
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Water chestnut (Trapa natans) is spreading at this 40-acre lake on the western edge of Otsego County. Join OCCA and members of the Silver Lake community as we seek out and remove this pernicious invasive. Lunch will be provided to volunteers afterward by the lake's owner. Note: outside watercraft are not permitted at Silver Lake. Please use the registration form to sign up and reserve space in a canoe/kayak.

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July 2019

Paddle and Pull – Goodyear Lake

July 7 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NY United States
Free

Enjoy a pleasant day on Goodyear Lake and help combat invasive species at the same time! Water chestnut (Trapa natans), a highly invasive aquatic plant, once covered multiple acres of Goodyear Lake's 'Stump Lot.' A concerted effort by OCCA, the Goodyear Lake Association and scores of volunteers over the years has reduced the water chestnut population significantly, but pulling is still needed to keep it in check. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in one of ours (free, but…

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Chop and Cheese II

July 10 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7207 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Japanese knotweed is one of our toughest invasive plants to control. Join us at Mohican Farm for an evening of cutting (and maybe digging) down a stand of Japanese knotweed, then enjoy light refreshments in the garden overlooking Otsego Lake. Dress to get dirty and bring pruners, gardening gloves, and a preferred beverage--we'll supply the cheese, crackers and Japanese knotweed! Offered in partnership with Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation. This event is part of New York's Invasive Species Awareness Week.

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Otsquago Creek: Geology in Action

July 20 @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center, 2316 State Highway 80
Van Hornesville, NY 13361 United States
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Witness the results of thousands of years of geologic processes in action on this walk at the Robert Woodruff Learning Center at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville. Rain falls and seeps into rocks, dissolving them. The water finds its way to the surface and forms the Otsquaga Creek. As it flows it shapes the land, leaving tufa deposits and carving waterfalls, terraces and caves. The result is a spectacular landscape that is still changing today. This walk…

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To use our online sign up for an event, please click here. Otherwise, please contact Program Director, Jeff O’Handley at 607-282-4087 or programdirector@occainfo.org.