WATER EDUCATION that is real

Hello folks,

background :
Several years back while I was teaching at Bradford Central School I had students, teachers, and community people work  together doing an aquatic environmental program known as The Bradford Pond Study. This was the high point of my teaching at Bradford. The program included many organizations such as Schuyler County Soil and Water District, Steuben Soil and Water District, Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, Corning Amateur Radio Association, NYSDEC and many local residents around Lamoka and Waneta Lakes. Students, teachers, and community people worked together in the field collecting water samples and specimens for the study. Included was the tagging of turtles for the NYS Herp Atlas Project..Each year we sent reports to NYSDEC and local agencies involved. Students were able to get regents lab credit, which helped fulfill lab time requirements. The program went from 1995-2000 and was very successful for all. Unfortunately for reasons beyond my control it ended. From 2001-until present I have been doing an aquatic program with local Earthday events and The Elmira Riverfest

where we go now:
I retired from teaching at Bradford central School June 2011. I have always believed that making the learning real will have the greatest impact. I started my own education business as (Finger Lakes Learning), because it is education and volunteer  I am seeking to convert into non-profit 501c3. Our mission:

Finger Lakes Learning is a volunteer educational group dedicated to helping citizens learn about their ecosystems through various field activities. We are hopeful that our work inspires positive attitudes toward making our environment respected by all. We strongly encourage schools , community groups, individuals, and other organizations both (profit and non-profit) to join us in this most important effort. The results of our findings will be available to the public through reports, press releases, and our website. We welcome new ideas for activities, which encourage the learning of our natural habitat.

Today, Friday and Saturday May 24,25,26, 2012 I will be doing water testing, checking turtle traps and doing an educational training program for Finger Lakes Learning. We might be lucky and catch some of the same turtles collected years ago and compare growth. We will also be doing more studies at The Elmira Riverfest June 9, 2012 at the grove Street boat launch.

If you would like more detail and would like to join please let me know.
My email : rhurley@richardkevinhurley.com
phone: 607-368-6292
I think many of your viewers have an interest in WATER education and want to know how healthy our waterways are. Almost everyday when I pick up the paper the term water comes up.

Rich Hurley
Finger Lakes Learning

*video was taken in the Waneta canal with my underwater camera

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