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
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
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 Parks and Recreation
People and Plants International
Please Pick Project
Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources
Rockland Farm Alliance
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.