the Recycling Center & Environmental Education Center
County Solid Waste Management Authority
The Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority created the
Herb Reisman Environmental Education Center to provide a place
where the public could learn about all of our environmental programs
can tour the Interactive Environmental Education Center to learn
how their waste is recycled, reused and consolidated for disposal
the Education and Recycling Center to learn more about ways your
family or business can Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. See how the
choices we make impact our environment and ultimately, ourselves.
Through the Native Plants Garden
County Solid Waste Management Authority
RCSWMA Native Plants Garden shows visitors low-maintenance gardening
with environmental and aesthetic benefits. Visitors can easily
imagine using native plants in their own home garden or in other
public spaces. Some benefits of Landscaping with native plants
Reduced erosion and flooding. Native plants promote improved soil
structure for holding and absorbing water.
Water conservation. Natives are drought-resistant, eliminating
the need for sprinkler systems.
Using native plants reduces or eliminates use of fertilizers,
pesticides and herbicides.
By practicing ecological landscaping, even on a small scale, any
homeowner can positively impact the local environment.
Bin & Rain Barrel Pre-Sale
by Brand Builders
Source reduction is one of the most efficient means of managing
waste. Backyard composting reduces our waste stream while providing
us with valuable soil amendment for growing plants.
barrels allow for the natural collection of rain water for use
in watering your garden or landscape and conserve water.
items will be available for purchase during Environmental Day
as a pre-sale. Items will be available for pick-up after the event.
Details will be provided. Compost Bins $55 and Rain Barrels $75.
Since its creation, Al Gori has been making his Merry-Go-Round
available for a wide variety of charitable events, parties big
and small throughout the northeast.
main vertical assembly is actually the rear axle of a 1968 Dodge
Dart fitted with a washing machine motor and other reclaimed mechanical
power transmission components. Turning at a gentle 4 rpm, it can
carry 2 passengers up to 250 lbs. each.
recycled parts have made their way into Mr.Gori's creation. The
animated snake and monkey are driven by windshield wiper motors.
The base is from a large file cabinet. He calls his craft of finding
new and fun uses for old junk "Savage Salvage": the
art of getting something for nothing.
Bossy Frog Band
The Bossy Frog Band is a fun and funky musical experience for
children, young and old. Led by Jeffrey Friedberg, certified music
therapist, on banjo, The Bossy Frog Band creates a safe environment
for children to let loose and discover the world around them.
are composed specifically to facilitate growth socially, personally,
cognitively, and physically. Children will dance, sing and immerse
themselves in the Bossy Frog experience. The witty and catchy
tunes fully engage children while providing them opportunities
to grow and develop.
Do Me A Favor Balloons & Parties
Me A Favor is a family owned and operated full service event company
located in Rockaway Borough, NJ. We are proud to be the New York,
New Jersey, Connecticut tri-state areas premier source
for event planning, event decorating, party equipment rentals
and event entertainment.
Painting, Tattoos & Green Your Hair Dye
our kids activity tent tailored especially for the little
ones! Have your face painted by one of our student volunteers
an environmental tattoo
or show your green support with a
green hair braid.
Control Airplane Show & Simulators
of Rockland County Radio Control Club
Rockland County Radio Control Club is one of the oldest and most
well respected organizations in Rockland, dedicated to the hobby-sport
of radio controlled model aircraft.
is a not-for-profit club of modelers that fly both small indoor
aircraft and larger outdoor models. The club is located at the
Clarkstown Model Aerodrome in West Nyack, NY.
Flix Movie: Bag It
are you too plastic?
use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes-single-use disposable
bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is "away?"
Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what
cost to our environment, marine life and human health?
Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made
from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? See
how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us
and what we can do about it.
the Bag Monster
many plastic bags do you use in a year? The average American uses
approximately 500 bags in one year. These flighty bags end up
in trees, along roadsides and washed up on sea shores.
the Bag Monster for a visual demonstration on the impact single-use
plastic bags have on our environment. Kid friendly!
How to Compost
Provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension
local Cornell Cooperative Extension will be providing demonstrations
on how to compost at home. Learn how to turn food and yard waste
into valuable compost for use in your garden or landscaping.
our organic waste not only conserves resources and landfill space,
it provides valuable nutrition for your plants and improves soil
Worms That Compost (Vermicomposting)
by Cornell Cooperative Extension
you know that Red Wiggler Worms can youre your food waste
into valuable compost? Learn how to set up a worm compost bin
at home or in your classroom. Reduce your waste by composting
by the Rockland Farm Alliance
children the value of planting your own flowers and produce by
visiting the Plant-A-Seed Station. Children will fill reused newspaper
pots with soil and a seed. They will learn how to water and nurture
their seed until it is ready for spring planting.
Provided by the Rockland Farm Alliance
Farm Alliance is a community coalition that was founded to facilitate
local sustainable agriculture in Rockland County, NY, and to provide
educational resources to the community to promote awareness of
the need for local food resources.
your garden? Visit their tent located in the Native Plants Garden
to purchase organic plants grown in the Authoritys on-site
greenhouse and at the former family-owned Cropsey Farm.
With Wild Edibles
Provided by Suburban Foragers
Foragers is a team of environmental educators, specializing in
wild foods, herbal remedies and primitive skills. The Foragers
organize workshops and group events at locations in Rockland County
and the Hudson region.
Their fully interactive website offers informative articles, videos
and quick tips that are regularly updated to reflect the seasons,
and the latest adventures that the group organizes. Some
of their more popular activities include, foraging, gourmet cooking
with wild foods, making folk medicines, friction fire making,
shelter building, flint knapping and tool making.
workshops and courses for both beginners and experienced wild
crafters can be booked through their web site. Members of the
group will be on hand to help identify wild edible plants and
to demonstrate ways of preparing tasty dishes.
Friendly Books & Music
artist presents hands-on fun with music and environmentally-friendly
illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney has collaborated with celebrated
singer/songwriter Christine Lavin to create two books and songs
all about the environment. AMOEBA HOP is a highly imaginative
tale about what takes place in a puddle of water and for their
efforts, the duo received a "Best Books Award" from
the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Their
brand new book, HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, is a hopeful
tale on how using renewable energy may help save wildlife with
little harm to the environment. An early review by Kirkus, "the
world's toughest book critics" says, "If the fate
of the planet is in children's hands, then reading them books
like this one might be a wise idea." A percentage of
the proceeds go to the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.
Saltbox Environmental Research Center
will be provided of the Ramapo Saltbox. The Town of Ramapo, in
collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland,
is re-assembling a two hundred year old Ramapo Saltbox Iron Workers
house. Under the direction of Cornell Environmental Educator Chuck
Stead, this example of 19th century American architecture is being built
and reconstructed by a consortium of students from grade school
to graduate level and will serve as a museum/classroom/research
center for students of all ages.
old building demonstrates early American architecture and woodworking
techniques but will meet all contemporary building codes.
Since Autumn 2011, Stead has been tutoring interns and students
at the site --- teaching the old style building techniques as
well as conducting classes in environmental history and science.
by the NYSDEC
your support by designing your own environmental pin. Visit the
NYS Department of Environmental Conservations table exhibit
in the main exhibitors tent.