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REMINDER: JUNE BRUSH COLLECTION

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Brush pickup for the month of June begins June 27, 2022. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by that first day in the morning at 7 a.m. Brush will... more

JUNE BRUSH PICKUP

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Brush pickup for the month of June begins June 27, 2022. Following the storms that moved through Goshen June 13, the Street Department worked to clean up the roads from trees, limbs and debris in the most impacted areas of the city. Street Crews used the rest of the week to pick up the bulk of... more

CITY JUNETEENTH EVENT TO CELEBRATE FREEDOM FOR ALL

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Commemorating the end of slavery, and renewing hope and commitment to a vibrant and flourishing future, the City of Goshen Community Relations Commission is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration at Shanklin Park (411 W. Plymouth Ave.) on Sunday, June 19 from 12 p.m.–4 p.m. The event will feature local... more

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Board of Zoning Appeals

Today, 4:00pm

To view the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89051557762 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 890 5155 7762

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Monday, July 4, 2022

All City Offices closed due to the holiday

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, July 4, 2022, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81801258378 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Environmental Resilience

GHG Emissions    Climate Action    Zero Waste   Forestry

Check out the Environmental Resilience YouTube Channel to have 24-hour access to the sights and sounds of Goshen’s natural environment.

The City of Goshen is installing three stationary nature cameras to allow 24-hour access to Goshen’s natural environment sights and sounds. These will provide opportunities for persons who cannot enjoy the trails in-person to have safe 24-hour access to the positive benefits of nature. This project was funded by the Community Connections for People with Disabilities grant offered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, in partnership with the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services authorized by the CARES Act. Two of the three cameras have been installed with the third one coming soon.

Aaron Sawatsky Kingsley, Director of Environmental Resilience

 

     

     Rieth Interpretive Center
     410 W. Plymouth Ave.
     Goshen, IN 46526
     (574) 534-0076
   
 Environmental@goshencity.com

 


The Department of Environmental Resilience works out of Reith Intrepretative Center at 410 Plymouth Ave. The department is the City's hub for Environmental Programming offering Nature Hikes as well as School and Community Programs.

The Rieth Interpretive Center’s primary purpose is education, with a focus on interpreting the natural, cultural, and industrial heritage of our community. Through its programs and its use opportunities, the Center will exemplify the concept of reconciliation between man and environment. The Center provides universal access to all of its educational opportunities.

Hours: Open to the public on Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm and open Fridays 8 am - 3 pm for programs, activities, and events. The facility is located at Millrace Park, 410 W. Plymouth Ave.     


Nature Hikes: Take a walk in the woods as we look for wildflowers, signs of bird nests, wildlife habitats and multi-colored leaves. Join us in observing nature and the changing seasons. Start your day with a breath of crisp, invigorating autumn air! For more information, call the Reith Center at (574) 534-0076.


School and Community Programs: Schedule a field trip to the Rieth Interpretive Center for your school group, club, scouts, home school, church group, seniors group or whomever. We will create a program based on your interest, complete with a nature hike and an indoor presentation.   

Program topics include, but are not limited to, those listed below: 

  • The Seasons
  • Using Our Senses Outdoors
  • Food Chains
  • Dissecting Owl Pellets - Not open till 2022
  • I Dig Dinosaurs - Not Open till 2022
  • Night and Day
  • Recycling
  • Nature Hikes
  • Bird Walk
  • Conservation/Preservation
  • Geology
  • Regional History
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Sustainability

Thank You for Your Support!

Donations of food for wildlife and monetary donations are greatly appreciated. We thrive on the generosity and goodwill of our community. Support the programs at Rieth Interpretive Center today by contacting the department at (574) 534-0076 or email environmental@goshencity.com to make arrangements for your donation.


 

History of the Department

The department was established to help promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the community, to enhance and protect the environment, to promote economic development and to promote the planting, maintenance and removal of trees within the City of Goshen, according to Ord. 5014. 

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, when recommending the creation of the new department, said: "For many years, Goshen has been a leading community, not because we have all the answers but because we are bold and have the foresight to take the long view. We now need to find additional ways to better our physical environment and make our budgets even more efficient."

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, the City Forester, is the department head, and while he will continue to work on the City's urban forest, he also will help the City's other departments in accomplishing goals related to green efforts, data collection, education and efficiencies both environmental and financial. 

  • Read Mayor Stutsman's letter to the City Council about the creation of the Department of Environmental resilience here.
  • To see Ord. 5014, click here.