Conservation Education

Peter K. Thummler Memorial Scholarship

To date, $184,500 has been awarded to graduating seniors entering the environmental field.

Each year Seneca Meadows works with the four school districts within Seneca County to provide two scholarships to graduating high school seniors in each school district who have chosen to further their education in environmental conservation, environmental science or other related fields of study. Academic achievement, citizenship, and extracurricular activities are considered as part of the application process, and each school’s scholarship committee selects the recipients. For information on applying for these conservation scholarships, students are encouraged to contact their respective high school guidance department.

“The Seneca Falls Central School District appreciates and values the support of our community partners in recognizing students for their achievements. Seneca Meadows Landfill recognizes selected Mynderse Academy seniors to receive recognition and Peter K. Thummler Scholarship funds at the annual Graduation Ceremony. The school district and students appreciate the recognition and support for students’ future post-secondary endeavors.”.
– Robert McKeveny, Seneca Falls CSD Superintendent

PTO Grants in Recycling & Composting

Since 2008 parent teacher organizations (PTO) have partnered with Seneca Meadows to encourage recycling, composting and other programs to enhance sustainability and protect the environment. These programs have conserved energy, diverted waste, and educated students on the importance of the 4 Rs – reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovery.

With one such program students at Frank Knight Elementary in Seneca Falls started a program to recycle and recover items often overlooked or unmarketable as recyclable. Students at Frank Knight coined their efforts as a “recycling brigade” to start collecting some of these types of items, many that are immensely popular with the students, such as drink pouches and glue containers.

“The landfill has been a great partner in recycling education efforts at Frank Knight Elementary, and this year the landfill provided additional funds for water bottles reminding students to reduce, reuse, and recycle with that message emblazoned on the water bottles.”
– Frank Knight PTO parent.

Seneca Meadows Education Center

Teachers and students of all ages are invited to explore and discover in a hands on learning environment with our school programs at Seneca County’s first and only Leed certified Gold facility open to the public. Please join us in extracurricular discovery.