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Cornell Cooperative Extension Summer Internships
(Left to Right) John Pokrzywka, Kaityn Anderson and Laurel Gailor
The Cornell Cooperative Extension Summer Internship Program offers college students the opportunity to work directly on projects with local CCE offices throughout New York State in a variety of program areas within the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Many of these internships involve working with important Natural Resource related issues with broad ranging environmental implications.
This summer, CCE Saratoga took part in the CCE Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Internship Program by providing the opportunity for two students, Kaitlyn Anderson and John Pokrzywka, to work under the local direction of CCE Educator and Capital/Mohawk PRISM Specialist, Laurel Gailor. Kaitlyn Anderson, CCE Saratoga’s Agricultural Invasive Species Intern, is from the Manorville area of Long Island, NY, and will be heading back to Cornell University for her senior year as an Agricultural Science major after completing her work with Saratoga County. Kaitlyn has written an informative blog highlighting many aspects of her experience with CCE – be sure to read it here on the 2014 Cornell/CCE Summer Internships blog site. John Pokrzywka, CCE Saratoga’s Forestry Invasive Species Intern, is from Galway, NY in Saratoga County, and has been an active part of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports for many years starting with his involvement as a Saratoga County 4-H Shooting Sports member to his current role as a NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer and Instructor. John is majoring in Forestry and will be a senior this fall at Paul Smith College.
Kaitlyn’s and John’s internships included detailed study and ongoing participation in a variety of project levels designed to support New York State PRISMS (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management) as well as the work of the New York State Invasive Species Outreach program. Both Kaitlyn and John greatly enjoyed their CCE internships, gaining invaluable knowledge through firsthand experience in a summer well spent. We wish them the very best with their future endeavors!
New York State 4-H Shooting Sports State Shoot
The Host Application for the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports State Invitational Shoot can be downloaded here
. The tentative dates of this event are September 12 – 14, 2014. Please contact Tanya Nickerson by phone at 585-786-2251 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Additional information on this event will be forthcoming.
April 25, 2015
New York State 4-H Shooting Sports
Annual Banquet & Auction Fundraiser!
The 16th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Fort William Henry Resort, Lake George, NY. Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us lakeside at historic Towers Hall for our largest fundraising event of the year! Stay tuned to our website for forthcoming information. All proceeds from this event directly benefit and support the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program.
View of Lake George from Fort William Henry
Thank You for Your Support!
New York State 4-H Shooting Sports 2014 Artists of the Year, Studio in the Pines (Lynn and Charlie Escher) completed and presented Tony Ballestero – winning bidder from our 2014 NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction – with his new Custom Wooden Hat at the Saratoga County Fair on July 24!
(Left to Right) Charlie Escher – 2014 Artists of the Year, Studio in the Pines, Tammy Ballestero – Vice President, Saratoga County Fair, Tony Ballestero, winning bidder - wearing his Custom Wooden Hat, and Judd Kilmer – Kilmer Lumber Co. who generously provided the perfect wood material for this item. Thank you all!
New York State 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to all who attended and contributed to our 2014 Banquet & Auction Event at Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George on April 26th. Thank you for your generosity and support in making this year’s fundraiser an outstanding success!
Tony Ballestero (R), winning bidder of the Custom Wooden Hat by Artist of the Year,
Studio in the Pines, Charlie Escher (L) and Tammy Ballestero (C)
Special thanks to Kilmer Lumber Co., Middle Grove, NY for their assistance and donation to
the making of this extraordinary auction item.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2014 AUCTION EVENT
2014 Banquet & Auction photo highlights will be online soon!
New York State 4-H Shooting Sports
Artist of the Year
Studio in the Pines
Charlie & Lynn Escher
We are proud to name Studio in the Pines renowned woodworkers, Lynn & Charlie Escher, as the 2014 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artists of the Year.
Several fine wood items created by Studio in the Pines will be featured in the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction at Fort William Henry, Lake George, on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Wildlife & Natural Resource Conservation Volunteer Opportunities
A new Cornell Cooperative Extension publication entitled Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation, Volunteer Opportunities in New York State compiled by Kristi Sullivan, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University and Anna Plattner, CCE Greene County is now available for download from our website.
“This publication aims to connect 4-H Shooting Sports participants and their families with opportunities to enhance local ecosystems through civic ecology practices such as habitat restoration and enhancement projects. It also links participants with meaningful opportunities to contribute to conservation-based Citizen Science projects. Knowledge and experience gained through such volunteer efforts will foster a deeper understanding of the animals, habitats, and ecosystems of New York State. Individuals and families with an interest in any aspect of wildlife or natural resource conservation and management, will find there are many ways to get involved and make a difference in New York State. Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation Volunteer Opportunities in New York State is a publication aimed at matching volunteers to regional, statewide, and in some cases nationwide, programs of interest to them.”
The Principal Investigator for this publication project was Keith Tidball, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University with collaboration efforts by Bill Schwerd, NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Director and John Bowe, NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Assistant Director. Funding for this project was provided by Smith Lever Funds and The Renewable Resources Extension Program in partnership with USDA NIFA. Specific Funding attributed to the Shooting Sports as Civic Ecology Recreation: An Exploration and Expansion of Extension Activities that Promote Natural Resource Recreation for Resilient People, Communities, and Ecosystems grant.
4-H Shooting Sports is the Fastest Growing
4-H/Youth Development Program in New York State!
The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is the fastest growing 4-H/Youth Development Program in New York State. During each of the last two years, the 4-H Shooting Sports Program has grown by twenty percent. In 2013, New York State 4-H Shooting Sports reached over 30,000 youth statewide. The most recent statistical reports from participating New York counties, as tabulated for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee statistical which ended on September 30, 2013, reported 29,644 youth participants taught a total of 40,378 hours by 250 Certified Volunteer Instructors. The most recent statistical reports from participating New York counties, as tabulated for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee statistical which ended on September 30, 2013, reported 29,644 youth participants taught a total of 40,378 hours by 250 Certified Volunteer Instructors. By years end, our youth participant numbers rose to over 30,000!
As we move forward in 2014, our team of dedicated 4-H Staff and Volunteers from across New York State are prepared to raise more funds. These vital funds will provide the necessary resources to enhance and expand our youth programming efforts as we build upon our exceptional Instructor base through more workshops and advanced training opportunities.
Read past NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Spotlight On articles.
Updated August 3, 2014