Like all of you, OCCA has been adapting to keep up with the world’s transforming needs. We’ve done this while remaining steadfast in our mission of promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice.
Here are a few adaptations we have made to change with the times:
Completely re-thinking our 14th Annual Earth Festival as a 5-day digital summit complete with special guests, kitchen demonstrations, outdoor scavenger hunts, digital “coffee talks,” and more. Despite the challenges of having less than a month to transition from in-person festival to discrete online sessions, the OCCA team quickly learned new technologies and assembled a team of guest speakers to put on a well-received series of remote sessions.
In lieu of our Summer In-Person events, we began hosting a monthly webinar series on Invasive Species awareness. Since then, we’ve also figured out ways to resume in-person volunteer programs in a safe and socially distant manner.
We’ve begun hosting monthly Planning webinars, leading to great municipal engagement locally. One these programs has been picked up by the New York State Planning Federation, giving us national reach!
Beyond these high points, we have also partnered and co-hosted a variety of other online programs and content you can check out via the Eco- Bulletin or website.
We know that giving may not be at the top of your mind these days, but we wanted to be sure you knew that we are still here and need people like you to help us stay sustainable. If you can, we hope you can share the news to get the word out.
OCCA has been a leading voice for Otsego County’s environment for over 50 years and we want to be continue that work for into the future, we can only do that with your help.