I have never been one of those people who enjoys pond creatures. When I was a kid we lived near a pond that I swear had bull frog the size of rabbits. Every spring there would be lots of frogs then lots of tad poles then a lot more frogs. I remember the first time someone dared me to pick up one of the frogs and trust me it was the last time I ever picked up a frog, it was so slimy.

I might not be a frog fan but a lot of kids are so that is why it is so great that the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program along with Matt Savatgy and members of the education staff from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County are offering the Watershed Detectives Club.

This in person afterschool program will be held Tuesday afternoons starting October 13th. The program gives kids a chance to do hands on science and nature activities while learning about the Hudson Valley's various streams and watersheds. The program will meet at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge. All COVID-19 requirements will be met during these sessions.

The program is open to children in grades 4 through 8. If your child is a student in the Onteora School District the program will be free to you. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Reserve you spot by contacting Linda Gonnella at lg457@cornell.edu. Questions about the program should be sent to Matt Savatgy at mjs593@cornell.edu or you can call (845) 657-7383.

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