Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
Education Center & 4-H Park
300 Finchville Turnpike, Otisville, NY
Since 1915 Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County (CCEOC) has been making a difference in the lives of residents by utilizing the research-based resources of Cornell University to positively affect Agriculture, Families and Youth, Environment, and Economic Development in Orange County.
The initial concept for the Education Center and 4-H Park was to build a safe and welcoming place to hold 4-H events and activities. It slowly grew into a full-blown community development initiative. In 2013, 54 acres was secured and in 2016 purchased by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County in the town of Mount Hope. The address for the new facility is 300 Finchville Turnpike, Otisville, N.Y. Construction and an active Capital Fundraising Campaign has begun and is ongoing.
The Education Center and 4-H Park allows CCEOC to significantly increase educational outreach, while providing a state-of-the-art facility for Orange County and surrounding communities. Educational programs that showcase youth development, adult and family workshops and/or agriculturally focused opportunities will be held there.
The Education Center and 4-H Park will become a regional educational, research and exhibition facility for Orange County and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Education Center & 4-H Park structures and buildings:
The following buildings/structures are being built in phases as funding is secured. Some are already completed, as noted below.
POLE BARNS: (5): 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 workshops, animal classes, agricultural or family-oriented trade shows and more.
Orange Bank & Trust Barn
Barn #3 - unnamed
Barn #4 - unnamed
ENCLOSED BARN: (1) This barn is enclosed on all 4 sides, allowing for use during inclement weather. It has multiple purposes including exhibitions, fundraisers and outside event space.
The Kosuga Barn - Completed
OPEN FENCED ARENA: (150x300): Completed in 2017, This arena is designed for horse shows and exhibitions.
DASNY Grant funding through Senator John J. Bonasic - Completed
SHOWER EQUIPPED RESTROOMS:
Foxlair Equestrians- Completed
BIG RED BARN: Will be our primary farm to consumer education building. Future Construction
COVERED ARENA: 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 here. Future Construction
EDUCATION CENTER (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. Future Construction
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. Future Construction
RESTING PARK (60x100): This area would include gazebos and garden sitting areas. Future Construction
MILK HOUSE (20x60): To feature the milking of cows and goats with milking stations and tank cooler demonstrating the milking process to thepublic. Future Construction
GREENHOUSE: 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.
CAMPING AREA: Designed for residential camp use, these platforms would hold tents that could accommodate youth campers andchaperons. Future Construction
Ways you can assist with the Education Center & 4-H Park Capital Campaign fundraising: (THERE COULD BE A LINK HERE TO THE FUNDRAISING PAGE)
Great Extension Duck Derby fundraiser.
Methods of Giving
By Phone: We accept donations over the phone via credit card. Please contact Vivian Monsanto, Finance Manager at 845-344-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: Mail your check to the following address:
Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
18 Seward Ave. Suite 300
Middletown, NY 10940-1919
Please make checks payable to: CCEOC and note in the memo section: "Capital Campaign”
On line Donation: Instantly make a donation via credit card at cceorangecounty.org
Contact Kathi Webber, Capital Campaign Coordinator for wiring instructions. 845-344-1234 or email@example.com
Pledge Now, Pay Later:
Donations of $1,000 or greater may be pledged now and paid over 3-5 years. Please contact Kathi Webber, Capital Campaign Coordinator at 845-344-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estate or Planned Gift:
Call Kathi Webber, Capital Campaign Coordinator for more details about leaving a legacy gift to Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County. 845-344-1234
Last updated October 24, 2017