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No Child Left Inside backpacking and trail work trip with the Appalachian Mountain Club

Monitoring glass eels with the DEC

Examining glass eels at Norrie Point with the DEC


NCLI educator holding a blue crab found while electrofishing with the DEC

Hiking at the Ice Caves in Sam's Point

Hiking at Sam's Point, Minnewaska State Park

Dutchess No Child Left Inside

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess No Child Left Inside (NCLI) program works to get youth outdoors to connect with nature while also providing important job-training and life skills. The Dutchess NCLI program hires teenagers (age 14-19) from the City of Poughkeepsie and provides them with the training and the skills necessary to become Youth Environmental Educators in the program. The Youth Environmental Educators work with their peers and younger youth to teach them about the environment and encourage them to get outdoors. They serve as role models to the younger youth and their peers and demonstrate that learning about science and nature and getting outdoors can be fun and “cool”.

The Dutchess NCLI Youth Environmental Educators engage audiences in a variety of ways, including: after school and summer camp enrichment programs; organized outdoor recreation (e.g. hikes, nature walks, snowshoeing, canoeing, backpacking); community events; community projects (e.g. trash clean-ups) and utilizing multimedia to educate youth and the public about the environment and area watershed issues (e.g. social media, blogging, podcasts, building a website).

To learn more about Dutchess NCLI visit our website at or contact Anna at 845-677-8223, ext. 138.

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Who can apply?

  • Young adults ages 14-19 from the City of Poughkeepsie.
  • Individuals who are interested in learning more about the environment, working with youth, and are willing to work hard
  • You must also have a willingness to try new experiences and work outdoors.

Want to apply or learn more?

Contact Anna (below) to find out more and to get an application today!


Anna Harrod-McGrew
Environmental Educator & NCLI Coordinator
845-677-8223 x138

Last updated June 6, 2023