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October 2019

Solar System Walk–the Earth as a Peppercorn

10/19/2019 @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
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Free

Travel from the sun to all the way to Pluto--on foot! Former OCCA board member Bill Ralston leads this thousand-yard walk that models our solar system accurately, and at a scale that makes the reality of our neighborhood in space both understandable and awe-inspiring. Common objects like a bowling ball, walnuts and peppercorns are used to represent the sun and planets in scale. Suitable for adults and children 9 and up, whether you know anything about astronomy or not. We…

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Mud Lake–CANCELLED

10/27/2019 @ 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
NY United States
Free

***PLEASE NOTE THIS HIKE IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER*** Climb up and over South Hill in Robert V. Riddell State Park with Steve Kent. This 3.5-hour, 4.5-mile hike traverses woods rich in beauty and history, makes a stop at a spectacular, 30-foot waterfall, swings by Mud Lake, a bog at the top of the hill, and continues down to the Pine Lake Campus of Hartwick College. Along the way, Steve, who donated the land for the state park with his…

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Get the Kids Out–Adaptations

10/31/2019 @ 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Free

How do plants and animals survive and thrive in their environment? Adaptations! Join us on this walk through Cooperstown as we look for examples of adaptation. This walk is offered in conjunction with Glimmerglass Film Days and Otsego 2000, and will take place following the screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Meet at the Village Hall Ballroom (22 Main Street, Cooperstown, second floor).

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November 2019

Otsego Residential Clean Energy Tour

11/02/2019 @ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Free

Join Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler on a tour of three homes in the Cooperstown area that already have installed ground or air source heat pumps. See what they look like, what they sound like, how they work, and how they save money! Visit an 1860s Victorian in Cooperstown with air source heat pumps and fuel oil backup, a 1970s home in Middlefield with hydronic ground source heat pump, and a 1990s home in Middlefield with forced air…

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ReCook Cafe

11/04/2019 @ 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Free

Learn how to prevent wasted food and save money in these interactive demonstrations. Jim Perillo, Executive Chef at the Otesaga Hotel will discuss how he stretches the menu with things most people throw away. Jim will share samples to taste! Next, Jan Ryder of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will provide a short overview of canning and other food preservation techniques. The session will also include an overview of the scale and impacts of wasted food. This program…

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Be Informed Lecture Series: Invasives Species, Past, Present and Future

11/20/2019 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Clark Sports Center, 124 Co Rd 52
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Free

Learn about past, present and future impacts of two invasive species that are making their marks in Otsego County. Holly Waterfield, Research Support Specialist at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station presents A Decade of Zebra Mussels: Impacts & Challenges in Otsego Lake. Holly will discuss ecological changes that have taken place in Otsego Lake since the establishment of the zebra mussel around 2007 and will touch on the challenges this invader has created for those who play and work…

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December 2019

Clean Energy Workshop

12/04/2019 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Red Shed Brewery, 709 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Free

Be empowered to make informed decisions about your home's energy usage! Learn how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to your home, and how solar energy can reduce your energy bill while contributing to a healthy planet. Finally, learn about current New York state and federal incentives for all of these energy improvements. Speakers include: Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director, Heat Smart Otsego Mary Jo Cronin, Principal, Revolution Solar…

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January 2020

Clean Energy Workshop

January 8 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Richfield Springs Food Coop, 140 West Main Street
Richfield Springs, NY 13439 United States
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Be empowered to make informed decisions about your home’s energy usage! Learn how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to your home, and how solar energy can reduce your energy bill while contributing to a healthy planet. Finally, learn about current New York state and federal incentives for all of these energy improvements. Speakers include: Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director, Heat Smart Otsego Mary Jo Cronin, Principal, Revolution Solar…

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Clean Energy Workshop

January 9 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Awestruck Cider, 8 Winkler Road
Sidney, NY 13838 United States
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Free

Be empowered to make informed decisions about your home’s energy usage! Learn how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to your home, and how solar energy can reduce your energy bill while contributing to a healthy planet. Finally, learn about current New York state and federal incentives for all of these energy improvements. Speakers include: Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director, Heat Smart Otsego Mary Jo Cronin, Principal, Revolution Solar…

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Heat Smart Otsego Community Campaign Event

January 12 @ 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Free

Learn about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies like air and ground source heat pumps for your home or business. Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler's presentation will cover heat pumps and modern wood burning appliance basics: how these system work, how much they save, how much safer they are in your home and how much better they are for the environment.  It will include real-world data on actual energy savings from local installations of clean heating and cooling…

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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.