Peconic River in the Fall
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Project Milestones
January 27, 2006 - Initial meeting with teachers, school administrators, state, county and local officials and land stewards.  This initial meeting presented the program concept, gained support from the various constituencies and identified issues related to the successful implementation of the program

March 31, 2006- At follow up meeting school districts shared and discussed their initial plans for working with open space in their communities. School districts also met with land stewards to discuss utilizing specific properties within the district. Also discussed was the up-coming summer teacher workshop.

July 24 –28, 2006 – Open Space Stewardship Program Teacher Workshop.  Thirty teachers from 11 different school districts participated in a five-day teacher workshop.
The workshop provided a hands-on opportunity for teachers to learn the protocols and to gain experience with the equipment they would use with their students during the 2006-07 school year. Topics included GPS lessons, water and soil chemistry testing, and ecological sampling techniques.  Teachers also met with land stewards and finalized plans for how they will use the OSSP in their districts.

November 16, 2006 – Distributed $13,000.00 worth of basic equipment to teachers in the Open Space Stewardship Program This included GPS units, Soil and Water Test Kits, Sampling Nets, Field Books, Waders and Monitoring equipment.

December 19, 2006- Fall Meeting with OSSP teachers. Sharing of progress in each district and discussion of funding issues, equipment needs, transportation issues.

January 1, 2007 FERN officially joins OSSP program. 

February 28, 2007 – Winter Meeting with OSSP teachers.  Shared progress, issues held at Brookhaven National Laboratory

May 24, 2007 – Spring Student Symposium – Students share posters and projects conducted as part of the OSSP program.  Held at Brookhaven National Laboratory

July 23-27, 2007 – OSSP Teacher Workshop.  Both BNL and FERN’s Biologist conducted various classes to introduce monitoring techniques to the teachers.  FERN’s biologist worked with 30 teachers, instructing them on monitoring techniques including but not limited to, sampling soils, water, macroinvertebrates, vegetation, amphibians and other life. 

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