Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County is currently accepting applications from students in grades 7-12 and teachers in the Catskill region to attend the 2018 Catskills Youth Climate Summit. This free overnight summit will take place Tuesday-Wednesday, October 9-10, 2018 at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville. The Summit gives students an opportunity to attend presentations and workshops on climate change and sustainability. Additionally, attendees are invited to participate in group discussions and activities that are designed to challenge perceptions, brainstorm solutions, and discover new ways to live more sustainable lifestyles. The Catskills Youth Climate Summit will include meals and an overnight stay in a Frost Valley cabin. Schools are required […]

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As a hub for environmental education and stewardship, Frost Valley YMCA is honored with the incredible responsibility of maintaining the picturesque beauty of the Catskill Mountains. Now in it’s 13th year, Frost Valley’s annual litter cleanup demonstrates its commitment to the environment and the local community. On May 1, 2018, over 30 Frost Valley staff members rolled up their sleeves to collect 50 bags of trash along 14 miles of Frost Valley Road in addition to the fields, forests, and waterfronts on its main camp. The annual clean up effort was initiated by Frost Valley CEO, Jerry Huncosky, in 2006 as a way of giving back to the community and […]

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The greenhouse and garden areas at main camp have been making a lot of headway in using sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. Our Garden Educational Manager, Alex Ritzheimer, is constantly looking for ways to improve upon programs and here are just a few of the “green” ways he practices what he preaches: Alex estimates 75%-80% of the compost he uses to make his soil mixtures for potting plants comes from Frost Valley’s own composting facility. During the summer, campers help to collect seeds from wildflowers and other plants to save for starting many plants for the following growing season. Pots are reused for different purposes rather than purchasing new ones. […]

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