beczak-environmental-ed-center.JPGRiverWalkArt: Explore Nature, Ignite Creativity at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow Yonkers, N.Y. - Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute has announced RiverWalkArt, programs for all ages that explore nature and ignite creativity, at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow. The Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center is located at Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow, NY, 10591. Program registration required beczak.org. Information at weekends@beczak.org / (914) 377-1900 x 13. RiverWalkArt is a new program created specifically for the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, designed to encourage people to unleash their imaginations and creativity through exploration, discovery, and observation, all while learning about the natural world around them. It is a collaboration between the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute (HRVEEI) and Strawtown Studio, a Rockland-based initiative known for engaging art and science exploration. Strawtown Studio's Director and Lead Educator, Laurie Seeman, is an Earth Artist and Waterway Advocate. "We are thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute on RiverWalkArt. The Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center, with its location right on the Hudson River, is rich with creative inspiration, and the expansive, yet intimate beach is an exciting outdoor classroom with so much nature to experience and learn from. Our programs will grow from this unique Sleepy Hollow location-its history of legends and storytelling, as well as the historic Tarrytown lighthouse." Cliff Schneider, Executive Director of HRVEEI, adds, "RiverWalkArt will build community and develop people's sense of where they come from, of their natural heritage." Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute (HRVEEI) is the new umbrella name for programs at Beczak Environmental Education Center and Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center. Beczak Environmental Education Center is a well-loved river exploration center in Yonkers that has been offering programs for adults and children at their Center, in the community and in schools for over twenty years. The Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center is a newly restored facility at Kingsland Point Park, on the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Both environmental education centers are located on Scenic Hudson parks. RiverwalkArt Fall 2012 Schedule River Earth Art After School 6 Wednesdays, September 26 - November 7 (skip 10/31) 3:30 - 5:30 PM, ages 8 - 12, $90 for all six classes Children recharge after school while exploring the Hudson River and its shores. In this nature, art, and science program, children will be encouraged to develop observation skills, create art with natural materials, and learn about native plants and animals. Through making art, children learn creative problem solving skills and teamwork with new friends. Registration at beczak.org Lighthouse - Illumination Art Workshop Saturday, October 13, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, ages 7 and up (adults welcome), $15 per person Go back in time and explore the importance of light as a guiding tool for human navigation in this workshop designed to feature the historic Tarrytown lighthouse built in 1883, which stands just off the shore of the Riverwalk Center.  Create a work of art to light up the night made with reflective materials, including mirrors, glass beads, aluminum foil, candles and more. Bring a flashlight to this workshop. Registration at beczak.org From Waterdrop to Watershed Friday, October 19, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, $15 per scout Girl Scouts can earn a Water Badge at this after school program that follows the movement of a single drop of water over a watershed. Through working with a watershed model they discover why the movement of water is key to its health. They will then have the chance to create watercolor paintings with ink and watercolor pencils.  (Capacity 25 / whole troops welcome) Registration at beczak.org Botanical Ghost Paper Lanterns Saturday, October 27, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, ages 7 and up (adults welcome), $15 Participants get to celebrate the spirit of Halloween and light up the dark night by creating a paper lantern, working with fall leaves and flowers to create a ghost scene inside.  Registration at beczak.org HUDSON RIVER VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE (HRVEEI) Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute, with classrooms and beach access in Yonkers and Sleepy Hollow, is the lower Hudson's hub for river education.  It offers many programs at their Centers, in the community and in schools that involve all ages in learning about nature and enjoying the outdoors. Learn to love your river! HRVEEI staff work with approximately 20,000 children and families each year in river-based programming.  In addition to ongoing weekday classes for student, weekend public programs include River Explorers and Fish Tales for children, RiverTalks lectures and Urban H2O concerts for adults, RiverWalkArt for all ages, Lunchtime Learning for seniors, Summer Adventures camp, and professional development for educators. http://www.beczak.org/ Strawtown Studio Strawtown Studio provides creative outdoor education programs for children and communities to have direct experiences with nature through innovative art and science exploration. Through connected learning, Strawtown seeks to develop leaders of all ages and encourages individuals and communities to become stewards of their land and waterways.  Strawtown brings fun, hands-on programs that show more of what there is to love about where we live. http://www.strawtownstudio.com/

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CONTACT Lenore Person: Director of Development (914) 420-6864 cell lperson@beczak.org