Education Center & 4-H Park

Our vision is to have the Education Center and 4-H Park become a regional educational, research and exhibition facility for Orange County and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Since 1915, Cornell Cooperative Extension has made a difference in the lives of county residents. Orange County currently has one of the largest 4-H programs in the northeast, in additional to unique and high impact family development opportunities and cutting edge agricultural programs.

The future of the Education Center and 4-H Park will be built upon our history. Cooperative Extension's facility, located on the grounds of the Orange County Fair, has served youth and families for almost 50 years. The Education Center and 4-H Park would allow Extension to exponentially increase outreach, opportunities and impact in Orange County.

The Education Center and 4-H Park will reach tens of thousands of additional youth and families each year with educational programs that showcase excellent youth development, adult and family workshops and/or agriculturally focused opportunities on a year-round basis.

Youth Fair(s) and Community Festivals. With ability to accommodate gatherings of 50,000, the Education Center and 4-H Park will provide an outstanding setting for family-oriented and educational events.

Community Environmental Education. Opportunities for school programs, wetlands and forest education. A demonstration site for ecologically friendly construction principles.

Community Agricultural Education. A seasonal school farm and Cornell-designed programs would benefit thousands through an increased understanding of agriculture.

Family & Consumer Sciences. Extending capacity to present programs focusing on “Living Well” – Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart.

Youth Camp. Designed to provide a great outdoor camping experience and to create a special opportunity for inner-city youth.

Major Facilities

Building will be in three phases, to construct the following in the next five years.

NEW MEMORIAL BUILDING (110x120): This year-round, heated and air-conditioned building would be the center of hundreds of Extension program opportunities throughout the year, teaching kitchen, quiet space for children to read and play, and handicapped accessible.

CENTRAL HUDSON / KAPLAN FLEXIBLE-USE STRUCTURE (40x120): This simple, enclosed, trussed pole shed with heat and air conditioning would be available for "mess-intensive" workshops, classes and meetings throughout the year.

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION AREAS: The buildings and surrounding areas will incorporate designs and technologies to minimize energy use, produce renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, etc.), conserve water, purify and recycle stormwater, compost food waste, provide wildlife habitat, and demonstrate sustainable landscaping.

OPEN FENCED ARENAS (1 large (150x300), 1 small (100x200)): These rings will be designed for horse shows and exhibitions such as farm equipment, antique car shows, anything else that requires a fenced-in area.

RESTING PARK (60x100): This area would include gazebos and garden sitting areas.

POLE BARNS (40x20): The pole barns would be open on all sides with portable pens, fences and stalls built for livestock. These barns could also be used for events such as school programs, outdoor breakout areas for youth camps, animal classes, agricultural or family-oriented trade shows and more.

MILK HOUSE (20x60): To feature the milking of cows and goats with milking stations and tank cooler demonstrating the milking process to the public.

OLD MACDONALD'S BARN (40x100): This would be our primary agricultural education building. Featuring stalls, exhibit space and workshop areas to provide hands-on experience. "Farm to Table" play stations will entice young and old.

GREENHOUSE (tentative): Used for research trials, vocational education, and by the Master Gardener Volunteers to propagate plants for use at the Park as well as for projects throughout Orange County.

COVERED ARENA (75x150): This large clear span building would be used for animal shows, small concerts, trade shows, and 4-H dog training. Family & Consumer Sciences will host family events and demonstrations.

CAMP TENT PLATFORMS (20x24): Designed for residential camp use, these platforms would hold tents that could accommodate youth campers and chaperons. For more information, call 845-344-1234.

For more information, call 845-344-1234.

Contact

Peggy Kral
Executive Administrator
pk333@cornell.edu
845-344-1234

Last updated December 8, 2014