OCCA Education Programs for February, 2023

(COOPERSTOWN) — Exploration of environments near and far are being offered by the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) this month.

OCCA’s Homeschool Nature Group is meeting at the Parslow Road Conservation Area in Fly Creek on Friday, February 10, from noon to 1:30. Education Specialist, Shelby MacLeish leads this program that will look at how plants and animals survive in winter. While this program is geared specifically for homeschool groups, anyone is welcome to join. The Homeschool Nature Group meets on the second Friday of the month during the school year.

On Saturday, February 18, OCCA is offering Naked Eye Astronomy at Mohican Farm in Springfield from 7 to 8:30 pm. Participants will be treated to the bright stars and constellations of the winter sky, and may also be able to see Mars, Jupiter and Venus—without a telescope. Participants should dress to be outside for over an hour and should bring a camp chair and blanket to stay warm. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for this program so that organizers can get in touch if weather forces postponement.

The month rounds out with a special Get the Kids Out: Drop Off Nature Day on February 22nd. This is an all-day program offered in partnership with the Oneonta World of Learning. Kids in grades kindergarten to fifth grade can join OCCA staff for an all-day adventure exploring Fortin Park, along with crafts and games. This program has a limited capacity and requires a $25 registration fee.

For information on these and other programs, visit occainfo.org or call (607) 547-4488.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice.


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