Executive Director

Stony Kill Foundation Receives Grant to Hire Executive Director

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-grants-awarded-nonprofits-supporting-stewardship-29-state-parks

Wappingers Falls – The Stony Kill Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting work of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), has been awarded a $90,000 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to hire an Executive Director.

As a Friends group, the Stony Kill Foundation raises private funds to provide educational programming, operate the working farm, and promote public use of the DEC’s Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center. The work of the Foundation includes hosting public events and stewarding the historic site with its animals, fields and gardens, iconic barn and many trails.

The Park and Trail Partnership Grants are administered by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non- profit organization, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

This grant is one of 29 awards totaling $900,000 for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York’s State parks and historic sites, trails and public lands. The grants will be matched by over $300,000 in private and local funding and will support projects to strengthen Friends groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities.

“It’s inspiring to see the transformational effect of the Park and Trail Partnership Grants and how they are enhancing the ability of Friends groups to make an even greater contribution to the stewardship of New York’s great outdoor spaces,” said Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin. “These grant funds will enable groups to leverage more private and federal funding, marshal more volunteer power, and augment the state’s historic investment in parks, trails and other public outdoor places.”

Since 2010 the Stony Kill Foundation has taken the lead role in operating the farm and the daily programs and events that serve the community. Over the past decade, this has been done with part- time staff and a dedicated group of volunteers. The Foundation recognized an Executive Director was needed to lead the organization forward so that the Stony Kill Foundation can continue to grow and expand to better serve the Lower Hudson Valley.

Stony Kill Foundation President Tim Stanley said, “The Stony Kill Foundation is honored to be the recipient of this grant. As the Foundation continues to expand its educational programming and farm stewardship practices, an Executive Director will further strengthen our ability to ensure this community resource and state-wide gem continues to prosper well into the future.”

The Stony Kill Foundation’s mission is to educate the public and cultivate environmental stewardship through interpretation of the rich historical, environmental and agricultural heritage of Stony Kill Farm. In line with this mission, the Foundation conducts programs for school groups, some of whom make weekly visits, manages community garden plots, and hosts public events – such as its celebrated Butterfly Festival – that reach thousands of people annually. More information can be found at stonykill.org.

More information on Park and Trail Partnership Grants can be found at www.ptny.org or by calling 518-434-1583.

Contact: Tim Stanley
(845) 891-9129 | tstanley@stonykill.org