The Environmental Clearinghouse is a regional environmental organization founded in Schenectady, New York in 1972 by members of the Junior League. (Learn more about ECOS origins here.) ECOS is a non-profit, non-political association of people dedicated to understanding and preserving our natural environment. Efforts were originally concentrated on Schenectady County, but ECOS has widened its outreach to include the Capital Region and beyond. ECOS is supported by membership contributions, donations, grants and volunteers. Membership is open to all. ECOS activities are carried out by an executive director, a Board of Directors, and volunteers.

Our Mission is to provide environmental information and educational opportunities that enhance appreciation of the natural world, to build a community that is aware and knowledgeable about environmental issues and to advocate informed action to preserve our natural resources.

Our initiatives include:

  • Outings, field trips, and environmental programs
  • Classes for children and adults
  • Volunteer Work
  • Regional events and conferences
  • Publications, including natural area, bike, and cross country trail guides

Regular outings include:

  • Spring Wildflower Walks
  • Fall Foliage Walks
  • Cross Country Ski Trips