Environmental Stewardship

Join us in restoring the health of the waterways!

Over many years of working outdoors along the waterways with children, we have come to see both the beauty and the harmful impacts in our streams and rivers.  Our active concern has led us to research and learn what we can do to help.

Through training with regional environmental organizations we have gained skills for leading citizen science aquatic monitoring projects.

As educators, we bring what we learn back to Strawtown’s students:

  • state-of-the-art science
  • sustainability practices
  • environmental stewardship
  • community leadership
  • government policy

Through Strawtown’s programs, students can gain awareness on how to live in a more sustainable relationship with the environment.   We encourage them in learning all the ways they can make a difference.

Learning To Be a Voice for the Environment

We have become water advocacy leaders and advisors, working with regional and state officials, municipal leaders, policy makers, and environmental experts.  In 2010 we founded the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance (see below).  In 2007, Director, Laurie Seeman, became a co-leader of the Rockland Water Coalition, and in 2013 she was appointed to the Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management. 

Strawtown’s education programming has been informed by our many interactions with government and planning professionals about our local environment.  Students are taught in ways that help them see the big picture.  Together we learn where to look to begin to make a difference.

VIDEO: Strawtown Making a Difference: Children and Community Water Advocacy


Make a Difference!

We encourage students and their family members to take part in environmental stewardship.

Below are links to some of our local environmental stewardship projects.


Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance

Aquatic migration monitoring in our local stream

Join our citizen action group for the Sparkill Creek: stream monitoring, creek cleanups, tree plantings, storm water management, and community education.

American Eel Migration Study

Monitor baby eels in this annual spring citizen science project.



A few ways to take part in the effort to protect our local drinking water

EPA Environmental Champion Award for the work of the Rockland Water Coalition, 2015

Rockland Water Coalition

Join this citizen action group.  Sign up for notices about about our water and when to take public action.

Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management

Join a committee.  Attend monthly public meetings.  Join the public effort on water conservation.



Read the Sustainability Column “Earth Matters”

in Nyack News & Views online
sponsored by Strawtown Studio

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Strawtown is featured in:
Why Hiking Matters
Sustainable Saturday Considers the Power of a Creek
The Eel and the Estuary
Suez Water – War or Peace?

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