Engaging our Communities in Responsible Stewardship

OCCA's 2022 Year End Appeal

We have spent the last year focused on working on elements of our strategic plan to grow the organization while also navigating the best way for us to engage people in this new landscape. We tried some new things, some successful and others not as much, but overall, it was a fantastic year with a lot of great highlights and lessons learned.

As we move into 2023, our focus is on making our organization more sustainable following our recent period of growth. Support OCCA and our annual appeal today so that we can continue offering fantastic environmental programming to our community.

Invasive Species

Our work to control invasive species throughout the county includes the removal of water chestnut and European frog-bit from local lakes and ponds as well as chopping up stands of Japanese knotweed, and more.

Clean Heating and Cooling

Heat Smart Mohawk Valley is a community-based clean heating and cooling initiative to help residents and businesses lower their energy bills, improve comfort, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NEW Collaborative

For environmentally-minded organizations, businesses and individuals - expand our collective impact through cooperative projects, shared resources, goal setting, and improved inter-organization communication.

Online Garage Sale

Items in good condition that you no longer need can be donated to the OCCA online garage sale. Donations support our efforts to protect Otsego County’s environment! Items should have a min. value of $10.


ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 17, No. 2 – January 15, 2023

Earth Festival is BACK for a fully in-person festival at Milford Central School on Saturday, April 15th 2023. We are so excited to bring back this beloved community tradition. We are currently on the hunt for vendors, exhibitors, workshop leaders, and more! If you are interested in getting involved, please

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OCCA January Programs

(COOPERSTOWN) – Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is starting off 2023 with a busy schedule of education programs for all ages through the month of January. These programs include a tour of the night sky; sledding and winter exploration; and invasive species training. Family and children’s programming begins on Monday,

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 17, No. 1 – January 1, 2023

Happy New Year from OCCA! Have you heard about First Day Hikes? Start the year off outside with a hike at your local state park. You can find more information about First Day Hike Events here.  Lecture SeriesOCCA is bringing back its “Be Informed” lecture series on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:00

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 20 – December 15, 2022

This is our last Eco-Bulletin of 2022! Thank you for reading all year and staying up to date with what’s going on at OCCA. Even though it’s getting cold, we have some great programming coming up this winter.  Naked Eye AstronomyDecember 17, 7:00-8:30pmMohican Farm Workshop Join OCCA Treasurer, Jim Hill for a night

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 19 – December 1, 2022

Winter is coming in Otsego County. Many of us have already seen our first snow! We still have lots of opportunities coming to help you get outside and learn more about the the world around us.  Homeschool Nature GroupDecember 9th, 12-2 pm, Neahwa Park, OneontaSometimes it can be challenging to

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