Education is the core of the Land Alliance’s mission. It is particularly important in these days and times that people understand the benefits of and timely need to preserve and protect our lands and waters. Without natural, undeveloped areas our community wouldn’t have the ability to recharge underground aquifers so critical to the quality and quantity of our drinking water. Without farmland we wouldn’t have access to healthy local food and much, much more. Throughout the year, the Land Alliance organizes a series of educational activities and programs that help people better understand the important role land plays in a healthy environment. Our programs include:
• Walks in the Woods (Download our 2014 Walks in the Woods schedule)
• Water Education Series in local schools
• Presentations, documentaries, events and lectures
The Walks in the Woods program, which began in 2007, is designed to connect more people with nature while educating them about the importance of protecting and maintaining these natural habitats, which provide shelter and food for a variety of animal and plant species. Lead by expert volunteers, attendees have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll at a local nature preserve or park to explore the natural habitats.
Our Water Education Programming, which will begin fall 2014, will further educate students about Long Island’s water – namely, the sole source aquifer that provides our drinking water and the streams, wetlands, bays and Sound that make Long Island such a desirable place to live. The program will use interactive lessons to demonstrate the connection between protecting land and water and engage students in their stewardship.
Special lectures, documentaries, presentations or panels are designed to educate the public about topics relevant to Long Island’s lands, waters and natural habitats. Here is a sampling of activities which have taken place.
• Water Blue, Green Solutions documentary, August 27, 2014
• Orchids Among Us! featuring Dave Taft, May 15, 2014
• Water: Vital and Vulnerable-The State of Our Drinking Water, October 30, 2013
• Small Farm Summit, featuring Will Allen and Chef Ann Cooper, April 14, 2012
• Small Farm Summit, featuring Joel Salatin, April 15, 2011
• Richard Louv, keynote at Long Island Nature Collaborative for Kids Regional Conference, March 12, 2009
• Cowboys, Spacemen, and Where Do We Go From Here? featuring George Hawkins, March 13, 2008
• Building Stronger Local Laws to Protect Your Community featuring Sean Nolon, May 1, 2007