Aerial view July 2017
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Mitchell Demberg
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Education Center and 4-H park July 2017
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Horse Show July 2017
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4-H showcase July 2017
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Education Center & 4-H Park

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.

  • 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. It is the new home for 4-H Showcase.
  • Community Environmental Education.The rural setting provides opportunities for school programs, wetlands, forest education and a demonstration site for ecologically friendly construction principles.
  • Family & Consumer Sciences.The new facility will extend capacity to present programs focusing on “Living Well” – Raising Children, Eating Right, and Spending Smart.

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.

Completed

Orange Bank & Trust Barn

Dairy Barn

Barn #3 - unnamed

Future Construction

Barn #4 - unnamed

Livestock Pavilion

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.

Future Construction

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)

  • Make a tax-deductible donation in any amount and we will use it to support the greatest needs of the building project.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one.
  • Buy a ticket or sponsorship to next year’s Bountiful Harvest or

Great Extension Duck Derby fundraiser.

  • If you wish to sponsor a building, horse stall, Dairy Barn patron or another specific area, please contact Lucy Joyce to discuss the many naming opportunity options at the Education Center & 4-H Park. (ltj1@cornell.edu or 845-344-1234)
  • Make a donation into the John Mazur Endowment Fund for Cornell Cooperative Extension O.C., which is held and managed at the Community Foundation or Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. The Capital Campaign receives annual distributions from this fund.

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 vm226@cornell.edu

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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”

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Online Donation: Instantly make a donation via credit card at cceorangecounty.org

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Securities:

Please contact Lucy Joyce- 845-344-1234 or ltj1@cornell.edu 

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Pledge Now, Pay Later:

Donations of $1,000 or greater may be pledged now and paid over 3-5 years. Please contact Lucy Joyce 845-344-1234 or ltj1@cornell.edu 

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Estate or Planned Gift:

Call Lucy Joyce for more details about leaving a legacy gift to Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County. 845-344-1234

Contact

Lucy Joyce
Executive Director
ltj1@cornell.edu

Last updated February 25, 2019