TAP-US Field Day

Hartwick’s Pine Lake to Hold Field Day for K-12 Students

May 16, 2013

Hartwick College's Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies (PLI) will soon hold a TAP-US ("Think, Act, Protect the Upper Susquehanna River") Field Day, with events focused on learning about the regional watershed on Friday, June 7, 2013.  The day's activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hartwick College's Pine Lake Environmental Campus located at 1894 Charlotte Creek Road in Oneonta, NY. The event, which is designed for kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and students in the Upper Susquehanna River basin, is free and open to the general public. School bus travel to the event will be subsidized upon request.

TAP-US Pine Lake Field DayIn 2012, the PLI received a three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a region-wide K-12 educational curriculum that focused on meaningful watershed educational experiences that meet the New York Common Core standards. The goal of the TAP-US is to increase knowledge, understanding, and action in order to protect and maintain the Upper Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. TAP-US is a collaborative partnership between the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program, Hartwick's Pine Lake Institute, Hartwick students and faculty, K-12 teachers in regional school districts, and Project Watershed - an initiative of the Izaak Walton League of America and Cornell Cooperative Extension Service-Onondaga County.

In regard to TAP-US, Dr. Brian Hagenbuch, Director of PLI, said "TAP-US emphasizes active, inquiry-based, outside-the-classroom teaching and learning experiences that engage students. Our first cohort of teachers has built model watersheds, traced oil pollution in a local stream, and hiked a watershed top to bottom. 

TAP-US Pine Lake Field Day

At the TAP-US Field Day, we're hosting a variety of activities for teachers and students to show them that learning about their local environment is not only important, but it's also fun," he said.

The event's field-based learning activities will engage the area's students, teachers, and community and provide a fun learning environment for all involved. The activities will include visiting an active archaeological dig, collecting and identifying stream critters, hiking, learning about water quality, identifying invasive plant species and much more.

The goal of the event is to teach the participants what watersheds are, why they are important, how they can be studied, and what steps can be taken to protect and maintain the regional environment.

TAP-US Pine Lake Field DayThe TAP-US grant supports an annual week-long summer professional development workshop for regional teachers at Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental Campus, as well as site visits to Pine Lake and other aquatic environments for school children. Teachers participating in the week-long workshop qualify for a stipend and schools can receive watershed equipment and supplies for their classrooms.

For more information about Hartwick's TAP-US initiative, visit To register for the Field Day or request more information on how to participate in the TAP-US collaborative, contact Hagenbuch at 607-431-4518 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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