Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Otsego County Conservation Association has the following programs/volunteer activities coming up. For further information or to register, contact OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087 or visit occainfo.org. All programs are free and open to the public.

Otsquago Creek: Geology in Action

August 11, 1:00 – 3:00pm – Robert Woodruff Learning Center at Owen D. Young Central School, State Route 80, Van Hornesville
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 Otsquago 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 is led by Dr. Les Hasbargen, who teaches geology and geomorphology at SUNY Oneonta. Van Hornesville is one of his favorite places to bring students on field trips.

Call for Volunteers

OCCA has been diligently working to help control the spread of invasive species in Otsego County for over 15 years.  We can’t do any of this work without dedicated volunteers like you!  Consider helping us at one of our upcoming invasive species management programs. TO SIGN UP FOR ANY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, please use the form on our website: https://occainfo.org/signup/

Chop and Cheese, Japanese Knotweed Removal at Mohican Farm

August 14, 6:00 – 8:00pm – Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown

Chop down Japanese knotweed—one of our most aggressive terrestrial invasive plants—then enjoy light refreshments of cheese and crackers overlooking Otsego Lake. Dress to get dirty. Some tools (loppers, hand pruners) will be provided, but you may bring your own. Meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown.

Paddle and Pull, Silver Lake

August 17, 9:00 am -noon – 162 Silver Lake Road, New Berlin

Please help us as we continue removing water chestnut and European frog-bit, two highly-invasive aquatic plants, from Silver Lake in New Berlin. Bring water, sunscreen, and dress to get wet and dirty. At the request of property owners, you must use OCCA canoes. Please register for this event by using the sign-up form on our website.

Household Hazardous Waste Day Volunteer Opportunity

September 21 – The Meadows Office Building, Cooperstown, NY

OCCA is coordinating volunteers to assist at Otsego County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day collection. Volunteers are needed to help primarily with latex paint recycling, but may be asked to direct traffic; assist with unloading cars; sorting recyclable paints from other materials; opening and stirring paint; flattening cardboard; collecting other materials. The event runs from 8am-1pm.  Please consider signing up for early (7:30-11am) or late (10:30-1:00pm) shifts.  Call Jeff O’Handley at 607-282-4087 to sign up, or use the form at our website (see above).