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This immersive activity is all about getting beneath the surface of our usual view of a river. Prepare to wade into the Esopus Creek and peak beneath the surface to learn more about aquatic life and river processes. 

Matt Savatgy is the Youth Education Leader with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. He has been introducing youth and families to the wonders of our environment for several decades. Matt began our snorkeling program in 2018 in order to fully immerse our event participants in the underwater world of streams.

Max Kelly is a watershed educator with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. He is broadly interested in the stream ecology and believes the best way to learn about organisms is to see them in their natural environment. Snorkeling is one of the best ways to do that. Max has conducted snorkeling surveys of threatened and endangered fish in Georgia’s Conasauga River.

Snorkels, masks, and training in how to use them will be provided. Experienced stream educators and a lifeguard will be on hand to guide the experience.

This program is part of the 2024 Ashokan Watershed Conference, a series of nature-based experiences surrounding the theme Conservation Through Connection. Visit our website for the full schedule of events.

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General Terms

Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Programs are designed for residents and landowners of the Ashokan Watershed. If you are interested in participating despite meeting this criteria, please contact our event administrators. 

Please leave pets at home. 

Please arrive promptly so we may begin each session on time.

Cancellation Policy

We know that things come up unexpectedly, and cancelations happen. Please be respectful of others who would like to participate, and notify our team as soon as you determine you can no longer attend. Often our events have a waitlist and we work diligently to fill all spots to the best of our ability.