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Who we are

The Outdoor Science Alliance, "OSA", works in partnership with the Nyack School District, the Nyack Center, and the Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain. It is managed by a Steering Committee, with day to day operations overseen by a coordinator. Activities at each school are managed by two parent-volunteer coordinators, who work closely with principals and teachers, as well as the Steering Committee.


OSA Steering Committee

Elizabeth Co, Co-Chair

Sarah Laird, Co-Chair

Diana Cutt

Nicole Davi

Lindsay Obrig

Vanessa Ploski


OSA Coordinator: Melody Partrick


OSA Curriculum Coordinator: Lindsay Obrig

OSA Lesson Plan Coordinator: Angela Davenport-Conway

Elementary School Coordinators

Liberty Elementary: Carolyn Cairns and Ashley Curtis

Upper Nyack Elementary: Angela Davenport-Conway and Joel Newton

Valley Cottage Elementary: Lindsay Obrig and Steve Leiser

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee provides guidance and works to help OSA grow within our community. We are currently building the Advisory Committee, and look forward to sharing their names once it is complete.



Collaborations with schools, parents, teachers, and nature educators are central to our approach and philosophy.

Key partnerships currently include:

Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain

The Nyack Center

Nyack School District

Other organizations that have played a role in helping OSA to develop and grow, or that have provided programming in our schools or the After School Program at the Nyack Center, include:


Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Keep Rockland Beautiful

Mosaic Design Group

Nyack Library 

Nyack Parks and Recreation


People and Plants International

Please Pick Project

Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources

Rockland Farm Alliance

Strawtown Studio



There are also many individuals who have given their time to help grow SOAR, and have made our expanding programs a success this school year.

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