Environmental Education

Visit Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center and step into New York State’s fifth largest unfragmented forest. We have 33 distinct ecological communities to explore with diverse animals and plants to discover and learn about! Visit Dyken Pond and remember how you are connected to the natural world.

All of our programs are hands-on experiences that are student-driven to encourage a learning environment that is fun, creative and inquiry based. Our environmental education programs are science based, follow Next Generation Science Standards and New York State Learning Standards and cover a wide range of topics. We partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension and use many of their research-based science curricula.

The educators at Dyken Pond Center teach in all sorts of conditions – from classrooms to bogs, snowy forests to muddy hillsides. In both the physical and experiential sense, we are adept at meeting the learner “where they are,” and building understanding from there.

Please look at our subcategories for how we can best help you connect with the natural world.

Our programs are funded in part by Rensselaer County Department for Youth and New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Call to arrange a program tailored to fit your needs:

518 658-2055 or dykenpond@dykenpond.org