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Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz Offering New “Preserving Land & Community” Writing Program

  |   May 19, 2014  |  Comment

New Program Gives Students a Sense of Stewardship
Scholarships Available: Application Deadline Recently Extended to May 30
Enrollment Period is Open Until July 1st

New Paltz, NY – The Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz (HVWP), the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and the Historic Huguenot Street are collaborating on a new groundbreaking summer program called “Preserving Land and Community,” funded in part by a grant from the Nyquist Foundation.

“Preserving Land and Community” is a one-week writing enrichment program for students ages 12-16 wishing to explore nature, history, and issues of conservation and land preservation.

Young writers will use daily tours of historic colonial stone houses, hikes in the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, and visits to the Huguenot Street Farm, both protected by conservation easements, as inspiration for daily writing, gaining first-hand knowledge and appreciation of the Wallkill Valley and the New Paltz community in the process.

“Preserving Land and Community” will take place July 28-August 1st, 9:00am-3:00p.m. Registration and additional information are available at www.newpaltz.edu/hvwp/ywcamp.html, or by contacting Diane Rawson, HVWP Coordinating Director of Youth Programs: (845) 943-8437

The Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP) is a professional development organization whose purpose is to improve the teaching of writing and to promote literacy development in all disciplines and at all levels of education, pre-kindergarten through college. The mission is to help students become successful writers, learners, and participants in their communities.

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s (WVLT) mission is to enhance the quality of life in Southern Ulster County by conserving lands of scenic, agricultural, ecological, recreational and cultural significance. WVLT holds over 1600 acres in conservation easements, including the Harcourt Nyquist Nature Sanctuary, and the Two Farms project which protects 237.83 acres in the Village of New Paltz.

Historic Huguenot Street’s mission  is to collect, preserve, and share with the public an  inspiring story of an American community as it evolved from the 17th century to the present day. This National Historic Landmark District is dedicated to protecting historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families.

The Thomas and Corinne Nyquist Foundation is a family foundation formed to provide financial support for local initiatives and programs of nonprofit organizations and groups in New Paltz, NY, and in Roosevelt County, Montana. It also serves as a steward of the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary.

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