Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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(COOPERSTOWN)—Otsego County Conservation Association has released its schedule of public programs and volunteer opportunities for the month of June:

Saturday, June 9, 8am: Highway cleanup, Springfield. OCCA adopted a 2-mile portion of State Highway 80 as part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Meet at OCCA at 8am, have an enjoyable walk, and help keep our road clean! After, enjoy a free coffee and a muffin at Sunflower Café. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Safety equipment, bags and gloves provided.

Friday, June 22, 10am: Water chestnut control at Silver Lake. Water chestnut is a highly-invasive plant that can take over shallow lakes and ponds. Volunteers are needed to help pull water chestnut at Silver Lake in New Berlin. Canoes and lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, June 27, 10am-11:30am: Get the Kids Out, Nature Identification. Kids of all ages are welcome to this program in Wilber Park, Oneonta. Explore different habitats in the park, learn about the plants and animals that live there, and use a journal to record observations. Meet at the lower parking lot at the Spruce Street entrance.

Saturday, June 30, 10am: Butternut Creek paddle. Join OCCA and the Butternut Valley Alliance for a relaxing and informative paddle through forests and valleys. This 4+mile paddle departs at the Bailey Road Bridge in Morris and ends at County Road 8 in Gilbertsville. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or reserve space in an OCCA canoe. Bring lunch and water.

All programs are free. Pre-registration is required for water based programs. Visit occainfo.org or call (607) 547-4488 for details.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visitwww.occainfo.org.