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The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District has been busy with flood recovery and response activities since Tropical Storms Irene and Lee hit in late summer 2011.  Therefore, the Batavia Kill Stream Celebration is taking a year off and will not be held in 2012.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please see our Calendar of Events for additional watershed activities and educational opportunities, and check back next year for more information on this family educational event.

Batavia Kill Stream CelebrationAnother great year at the Batavia Kill Stream Celebration!

The 5th Annual Batavia Kill Stream Celebration was held Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Country Suite Bed and Breakfast in Ashland, NY.  The free event brought residents from the tri-state area to learn about stream stewardship and to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Catskill Mountain streams through interactive displays, exhibits, performances, guided stream walks and activities for children and adults alike.

"This event was one of the most fulfilling events we have done. I was thrilled that my family could take part. The setting was magnificent and the groups involved were a dream come true.  Our entire family and team had a great time. I believe this is what education should be like everyday. The Batavia Kill Stream Festival was a day filled with fun and creative learning set in a beautful environment and surroundings."                           - Nicci Nashban Cagan
                                                                                                      From the Ground Up-Director

Entertainment & Live Music
Vendors melon_crepesPreparing regionally inspired and delicious melon crepeschefs-signOn the set of GreenPeas TV at the Chefs Consortium Booth

Entertainment & Live Music 

Green Peas TV is a regional cooking show that celebrates the bounty of the area and talents of its farmers, chefs and local merchants. At the celebration, people enjoyed samples of locally grown and cooked gourmet food.  

Arm of the Sea Theater     
For over 25 years Arm-of-the-Sea Theater has
been developing a style of magical realism that
arm-of-the-sea-theaterArm of the Sea Theatermarries the mythical and the everyday, humanity and the earth, visual arts and the natural sciences, poetry andpolitics. Unfortunately, due to the weather, their colorful and creative story titled City that Drinks the Mountain Sky did not go on.  We hope to have them peform in the 6th annual celebration next year.

Eddie Fingerhut      
Eddie Fingerhut of East Durham shared his talent and put on a great show at the celebration. 

Swampgrass Jug Band    
ed-fingerhutEd FingerhutThe Almost Original Synthetic Swampgrass Jug Band brought its mix of American Roots music, Old Timey String music, Original Jugcoustic and Jug Band music to the Batavia Stream Celebration.

Taiko Drum Performance    
The Japanese art of drumming and dance expresses life and a way of being.  This year, the ensemble performed in the beautiful setting of mountains, rain and the Batavia Kill.

Environmental Film Screenings         
The interesting environmental documentaries were
taikoTaiko Drummerspresented by the Watershed Agricultural Council.  
What's on Your Plate
, Truth Behind the Tap,
Reclaiming our Water
and The Greenhorns were shown
in the Red Barn throughout the day.

Stream Steward Award and Recognition Ceremony      
Greene County Soil & Water and NYC DEP  recognized local landowners who have made a commitment to help protect water quality and streamside natural habitats in the Schoharie watershed.

stream-walk_zoomGuided Stream Walk


Whether the activitis were back by popular demand or new, they were all a hit with the families.  Everyone learned something new and got a prize too! 

Guided Stream Walks 
Tours were held to teach about a section of stream restored using natural channel design.

What’s in the Water?
All ages caught, studied & learned about aquatic life in our streams.

Plant & Tree Identification Walk
stream-tableSimulated Stream TableParticipants walked about the riparian buffer and
reconstructed wetland of the Batavia Kill and learned about
various plant and tree species.

Simulated Stream Table
Attendees learned about the movement and growth of our waterways through a realistic model of a real-life streaml; which simulates the effects that human activities have on our local streams and waterways.

Bioengineering Demonstrations for Streambank Stability
Participants learned about native vegetation types, how to
magnetic-fishingMagnetic Fishingassess the health of a streambank, and procedures that
improve soil stability along streambanks, including tree,
shrub, and live stake planting.

Boomerang Demonstrations
Flyin’ Brian taught about the physics behind throwing boomerangs.

Additional Activities

  • Batavia Kill Rock Panting
  • Recycled Paper Making
  • Stream Side Art Activityfish-shirt-paintingThe fish t-shirt painting was a great success
  • Raffles and Goodies
  • Fly Fishing Casting & Tying 
  • Fish T-Shirt Painting: Free T-Shirt
  • Jyorei Healing Art Demonstrations
  • Flower Garland Making



Agroforestry Resource Center (CCE Greene County)

Ashland Historical Association stream-guidePlant identification walk with Laura

Boomerang Brian

Catskill 3500 Club.

Catskill Center for Conservation and Development

Catskill Mountain Club

Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership

Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative   

Trout_UnlimitedThe DEC brought along some friendsCatskill Watershed Corporation

Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District

Schoharie Watershed Program

Mountain Top Historical Society 

Natural Agriculture

New York City Department of Environmental Protection

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation paper_making_2Recycled paper making with the WAJ Science Club

New York State Nurses' Association

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Platte Clove Community

Trout Unlimited—Columbia-Greene Chapter

Watershed Agricultural Council

Wildlife Alive

Windham Arts Alliance BurtsMountainHoneyBurt's Mountain Honey

Windham-Ashland-Jewett Junior Science Club

Woodchuck Lodge



Arco Beading - Handmade Jewelry

Aqua-Tec Water Services Inc. 

Burt’s Mountain Honey

Catskill Mountain Country Store VendorThere was a great selection products by talented vendors

Clark’s Famous BBQ

Country Mouse Glass Works

Fran Driscoll Photography

Handcrafted Jewelry by Tina Accardi

Homemade by Cindy

Judd Weisburg Designs

J & J Concessions

Lily Ladies Creations

Marguerite Rocholl Photographs

Matt's Woodworks

One Stitch at a Time

Pine Pillows

Razberry Raccoons

Terra Books

Wood Homestead Maple Syrup

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Past Batavia Kill Stream Celebrations

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