Nature of Water
“The Nature of Water” is an initiative that expands Ashokan’s curriculum into explorations and studies of water through hands-on data collection, ecological observations, storytelling, nature-writing and more.
The Ashokan Center resides along the banks of Esopus Creek which drains the Ashokan Reservoir, the source of nearly 40% of New York City’s drinking water. Because of this unique connection, our curriculum is linked by water. Through watershed studies, water quality science programs, and research initiatives, as well as outdoor adventure programs, natural history programs, and writing programs, Ashokan’s educational experiences are grounded in current land and water use issues affecting the region — and the globe. Ashokan also provides a range of service-learning opportunities that enable students to work directly with the land itself through restoration, gardening, recreation, and more. Students meet valuable Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) education benchmarks and become empowered citizen scientists by participating in Ashokan’s long-term data collection and research projects. The range of learning opportunities is as diverse, plentiful, and enduring as our landscape.