The Outdoor Science Alliance (OSA) is an organization based in Nyack, NY that creates programs and partnerships to strengthen our children’s relationship with the natural world, and to deepen their understanding of nature's systems and the myriad species that make up life on Earth. Through partnerships with the Nyack School District, the Nyack Center, Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain, and other local groups, the Outdoor Science Alliance provides hands-on, reality-driven learning programs to spark children’s innate curiosity and bring the natural sciences alive for them.
Outdoor Science Alliance programs infuse a sense of wonder to curriculum topics through experiential outdoor activities, ready-to-teach lesson plans, and professional development—all designed to fit seamlessly within the Next Generation Science Standards within the Nyack School District.
With the Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain, we began a pilot program, called Outdoor Science on Hook Mountain, to connect Nyack School District students with our local parks. The initial phase of the pilot, a multi-station outdoor program, was provided to the third-graders of all three Nyack Elementary Schools in June 2018. The program was a blast, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In October 2018,
The Outdoor Science Alliance's activities also include a partnership with the Nyack Center’s Afterschool Program to bring children outside to explore and study ecosystems they walk past every day.
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Tap into kids’ innate interest in, and passion for, nature and science
Increase their ecological literacy — their awareness and understanding of the natural world
Support schools and other youth programs to achieve their visions for inspired STEM learning
Reach out to kids who belong to groups currently underrepresented in exciting and promising scientific careers.
"Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything."