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FALL HYDRANT FLUSHING PROGRAM

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Click here to view the interactive map (image above is a screenshot). Goshen Utilities will start the fall hydrant flushing program beginning Monday October 11th, 2021, through Friday October 15th, weather permitting. From Monday, October 11 through Friday October 15, we will be flushing during... more

2021 TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The City of Goshen's trick-or-treat hours are Saturday, October 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Trick-or-treaters: Please be respectful of the set trick-or-treat hours. Stop only at homes where the porch lights are on, and never go into a stranger's home. Treat givers and adults: If you... more

City to host Electric Vehicle Expo

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments, in collaboration with South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. and the City of Goshen: The City of Goshen’s Department of Environmental Resilience is teaming up with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and South Shore... more

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Traffic Commission

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 4:30pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81502949151?pwd=Z01FZlFNL0s3RW9qdllMWExyTmhDQT09 and password 905569 or call (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205-6099 and dial the meeting ID: 815 0294 9151. To speak during the public meeting, the public should use the “raise hand” feature on meeting or dial *9 if calling on the telephone.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, October 25, 2021, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81896230103 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 818 9623 0103 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Shade Tree Board

Monday, October 25, 2021, 7:00pm

Environmental Resilience

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.