EDMUND NILES HUYCK PRESERVE INC

aka Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station   |   Rensselaerville, NY   |  www.huyckpreserve.org

Mission

Our mission is to protect the natural beauty of the Rensselaerville Falls, the watershed of Lake Myosotis and surrounding lands, to conduct long-term research on natural systems as part of a global effort to understand and preserve the Earth's biodiversity, and to increase appreciation of this effort through innovative, field-based educational programs for students, teachers and the community.

Ruling year info

1943

Executive Director

Dr. Anne Rhoads

Main address

P. O. Box 189

Rensselaerville, NY 12147 USA

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EIN

14-1338387

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is focused on environmental conservation. We seek to build an understanding of and commitment to the environment through our four-part mission of conservation, education, research, and recreation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ecological Explorations

Ecological Explorations is a week-long full-day program that provides the opportunity for middle school students to explore the Preserve's natural treasures and ecological concepts in an immersive, hands-on format. Students spend time hiking the Preserve's trails, exploring the ecosystems of the streams, lake, pond, and forests, problem solving, participating in group challenges and activities, and frequently end the day swimming at the lake.

Population(s) Served
Students

Nature Study is a week-long, half day program that gives students the opportunity to explore nature firsthand while learning basic methods for collecting, identifying, and cataloging wildlife. Offered in three sessions for grades K-2, grades 3-5, and grades K-5, students spend each day exploring themes in nature such as habitat preferences for amphibians and stream dwelling organisms or the ins and outs of tree identification through hands-on collecting, nature walks, and nature-themed crafts and games.

Population(s) Served
Students

Wildlife Ecology Research is an intensive 2-week day program where high school students learn basic ecological principles through hands-on research experience. Ecologists from colleges and universities around the region will instruct students on broad topics in ecology. Wildlife Ecology Research culminates in small group research projects. This program aims to provide a significant academic experience that will help students prepare for courses and research experiences at the college level while letting them explore career options in the natural sciences.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The annual Winter Festival celebrates the pure joys of recreation. Attendees are treated to a winter wildlife hike, presentations by the local wildlife rehabilitator, an ice fishing demonstration, and an ice rescue demonstration. The big draw, which delights kids of all ages, is the ice luge leading from the steps of the Research Center to the icy surface of Lincoln Pond.

Population(s) Served
Families

The summer education season “begins” in June with the very popular Wildlife Family Hour led by wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. On two Tuesdays per month, through mid August, Kelly guided families with children from pre-K to high school on a short hike around the Research Center emphasizing the plants and animals at our fingertips during these warmer months before showcasing some of the native animals that have come to her for care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our field trips in aquatic and terrestrial ecology get students outside and learning the scientific method. In our most popular aquatic ecology lessons, students learn about invasive species and the use various metrics to understand aquatic ecosystem health. In terrestrial lessons, students learn to hone their observation skills as they identify species, look for patterns in the landscape, and evaluate ecosystem health. These lessons are tailored to each class’ age group and ability and can even be modified to address questions and concepts raised in-class. We also work with teachers to develop their own field-based field trips.

Population(s) Served

The research done through our biological research station is communicated to the public in a number of ways. The bulk of these programs occur in the summer months through our Thursday Night Lectures where scientists talk about their work, and the Annual Science Symposium that highlights the research currently being done at the research station and provides the opportunity for discussions about future goals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

There is no better classroom than the outdoors! In our homeschool program, designed for children ages 5-12, Jaime Winans-Solis, Ph.D., leads children on a hands-on exploration of the Huyck Preserve's forests, streams, and ponds. This program focuses on building ecological understanding through observation, investigation, and documentation of our discoveries, while encouraging creativity through nature art and play.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 2012

Land Trust Accreditation Commission 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Connections with Natural Science

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of research studies conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Connections with Natural Science

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School Field Trips in Field-based Science

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School Field Trips in Field-based Science

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All field trips were canceled in 2020 because of Covid-19.

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School Field Trips in Field-based Science

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All field trips were canceled in 2020 because of Covid-19.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Nature Study

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number reflects students participating in our K-16 school field trip program, our summer K-16 education program, and other education programs. Covid-19 canceled 2020 in-person education programs.

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects conservation projects on-site (e.g. invasive species management), citizen science efforts (phenology), work with partner organizations, and land acquisition.

Total number of species of native plants in the area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Huyck Preserve is to preserve the natural beauty of the Rensselaerville Falls, the watershed of Lake Myosotis and surrounding lands, to conduct long-term research on natural systems as part of a global effort to understand and protect the Earth’s biodiversity, and to increase appreciation of this effort through innovative, field-based educational programs for students, teachers, and the community.

The Huyck Preserve strives to be a nationally recognized organization committed to the long-term protection of the Earth’s regional and global biodiversity. This will be accomplished through high-quality land preservation efforts, biological research, and environmental education programs.

The Huyck Preserve is highly capable of achieving these goals. We have a dedicated staff of professionals and a committed board of directors. We have just celebrated our 80th anniversary of biological research, serving as a research site for hundreds of researchers since 1939. At the Huyck Preserve, environmental education is an integral part of our mission. We believe field-based learning experiences are often profoundly meaningful in furthering students’ sense of environmental stewardship and scientific literacy. As one of the oldest biological research stations in the country the Huyck Preserve is a uniquely specialized location for such hands-on scientific learning. The Huyck Preserve earned accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission in 2018. Accreditation recognizes that the Preserve has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship of its land. This status affirms our commitment to the Preserve’s 89-year mission and has made the Preserve stronger by helping improve our governance policies, provide access to new donors for support of our programs, and identify resources for the best possible management of the Preserve now and in the future.

In 2019, we continued to bring thousands of visitors to our trails. Nearly 900 K-12 students visited the Preserve for our school field trips and summer education programs. We added a new parcel to the Preserve increasing our total acreage by 23 acres. We also adopted our first Invasive Species Management and Monitoring Plan, an important step in our continued commitment to effective stewardship of our lands and water. We celebrated 80 years of biological research and continued to attract researchers from across the country from graduate student level to senior researcher.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EDMUND NILES HUYCK PRESERVE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Susan Kessler


Board co-chair

Board President Alexandra van Horne

William Eldridge

VT Fish and Wildlife

George Frangos

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Geoffrey Carter

Susan Kessler

William Logan

Urban Arborist

Thomas Lyons

Mame Schrager

Michael Sterthous

Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna, LLP

Charles Burgess

Open Space Institute

Lynn Love

Chris Schiralli

NYS Ag & Markets

Declan Coyne

PineBridge Investments

Diana Hinchcliff

Mary Musca

Alexandra van Horne

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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