~ Flowing into Fall 2021 ~
Fall Fete Kicks Off the Capital Campaign!
The Fall Fete took place on September 11th at the Willowea Farm in Argyle, NY. On 100 acres of untouched forests and fields, we kicked off the Capital Campaign for the Rexleigh Marble Mill Pavilion. The Campaign represents the first phase of BkC's plans for the site: preserve the remaining historical ruins of the original marble mill; safeguard & secure the site and establish a public pavilion for the community. Please donate generously and join us in preserving an iconic piece of history.
Battenkill LIVE! Performance Based Poetry, Story Slams
Thanks to the support of a LARAC grant, we compiled a series of poets, storytellers and students to share watershed inspired works. Homegrown actress & writer Virginia Edinger shared "Child of the Battenkill" while NYC based poet Max Blagg reminds us of why we need clean rivers.
Annual River Festival Highlights
Strategic Plan Complete
Thanks to over 200 people who shared their thoughts and views about the Battenkill watershed and our work. Your responses helped develop our goals and define our priorities.
Saturday, September 25
Give Back by Taking Out River & Roadside Clean Ups
River & roadside cleanups are being organized for Saturday Sept 25th throughout the watershed. Working with municipalities & volunteer groups, stretches of the river will flow into fall free of debris. Email us to organize your group so we can arrange garbage pickup.
Discovering their Battenkill!
We welcomed a small group of middle school students to our Schmidt Meadow Preserve for the "Discover Your Battenkill" Program. The 3 day environmental science, paddling and outdoor fun program replaced our traditional OAT - Overnight, Outdoor Adventure Trip this year. Water safety skills, paddling and hikes in the watershed were just some of the activities we enjoyed. The program was made available to all at an affordable all in fee of $120.00 thanks to the generous donation of equipment from Battenkill Valley Outdoors and volunteer directors, Randy Jennings & Lars Dahl.
Riparian Tree Plantings!
Nearly 500 trees, shrubs & riparian plants were planted this year to help restore over 1,000 feet of riverfront thanks to the generous donation of