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BRIDGE CLOSURE: INDIANA AVENUE

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Indiana Avenue bridge just north of Wilden Avenue will be closed from August 2 through August 6 to allow to seal the coat of the deck. The dates are weather permitting, and it is not anticipated for the work to take the whole week. more

Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 5090, County Road 36 Annexation

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Ordinance 5090, County Road 36 Annexation, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on July 20,2021 and approved and adopted by Mayor Jeremy P. Stutsman. The annexation area consists ofapproximately 163 acres of real estate generally located along both the north and south sides of CountyRoad 36, west... more

ROAD CLOSURES: WEEK OF JULY 19

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

COLONIAL MANOR DRIVE: Colonial Manor Drive is closed between Bashor Road and William Drive until Friday, July 23 (weather dependent) to allow a full depth asphalt road replacement on the road. The road is closed except to local residents. 16TH STREET: 16th Street, between Fairfield Avenue and... more

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Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, August 2, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

City Council meeting

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 6:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83525446373 or call (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205-6099 and dial the meeting ID: 835 2544 6373. 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, August 9, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

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.