In the summer of 2007 Avalon Park initiated its Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Stewardship Program. The brainchild of Avalon director Katharine Griffiths and schoolteachers Steve Gessler and Doug Elliot, this program was created in an attempt to get youngsters into the outdoors and connected to the environment in which they live. If you are between the age of 14-17 and are looking for an awesome adventure this summer visit the Natural Connections site for more information and the program application.
In the spirit of Avalon, Sue Wahlert has created classes which bring children from birth to age 13 into the outdoors. The goal of the bi-weekly classes and summer programs, is to allow children the opportunity to spread their wings outside and learn that the natural world has a lot to offer. Regardless of age, humans thrive when they are connected to nature. It is a place of laughter, inspiration and memories. The grounds of Avalon and The Barn nestled in the wildflower fields are home to all of the year-round programs offered.
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Inspired by campers’ enthusiasm and the incredible success of Avalon Park and Preserve’s summer Outdoor Leadership Program program, we have created a year-round stewardship organization: Students Taking Action for Tomorrow’s Environment. This program corresponds with environmentally conscious non-profit organizations, planning hands-on, rewarding volunteer projects. S.T.A.T.E. provides students in grades 8-12 from various local school districts an outlet for nature-rooted curiosities, creative energy, and their desire to strengthen their relationship with the local community and ecology.
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Western Exploration for Young Environmental Stewards (W.E.Y.E.S.)
WEYES is a new youth environmental program that began in the fall of 2014.
During the last week of September, 10 students will have the chance to travel to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. During this week students will work and learn alongside scientists, outdoor educators and artists studying the geology, flora and fauna of this unique landscape. We will spend six nights in park accommodations allowing us five full days to explore the wonders of Yellowstone by bus and by foot. Highlights include visiting Old Faithful, the Yellowstone Grand Canyon and hopefully seeing some of the resident wolves, bears, bison and big horn sheep that call Yellowstone home.
This program will serve as an enrichment opportunity for students who have successfully participated in one or more of the following Avalon sponsored programs: STATE, Student Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Stewardship or Western Suffolk Boces Marine Science Enrichment Program.
Participation in this program will be on a selection basis only.
Marine Studies Enrichment Program
Along with Western Suffolk BOCES Outdoor Environmental Eduction Program, Avalon Park & Preserve is proud to support this wonderful program for Suffolk 11th Grade students with a B+ average or better.
Some of the highlights of this program include:
- A 5 day, 4 night residential program with a view of Long Island Sound.
- Hands-on investigations in ecology, plankton, shellfish, algae, crabs and fish.
- Daily field excursions to marine habitats. Including a Salt Marsh, Montauk, LI Aquarium in Riverhead and the Shinnecock Bay.
- Exploring careers with Long Island scientists.