Join entomologist Rob Anderson for a nature “sit” to discover insects at the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, 9pm. Dr. Anderson will set up a net made of very fine mesh, and shine a
light on it to attract a wide variety of insects. Free. Bring a chair and flashlight. 570/727-3362.
Wayne County Historical Society presents the 2016 Secret Gardenscape Tour, 10am and 4pm, rain or shine. Showcasing gardens and landscapes in Lake, Salem, Sterling and Dreher townships. Tickets sold at historical society, 810 Main St., and Countryside Floral & Greenhouse, 129 Mt. Cobb Hwy., Lake Ariel. Cost: $20. 570/253-3240.
The 15th annual 5k run/walk benefiting the Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Dept. Walkers 8:30am, runners 9am. Call Matt Burns 845/807-8209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, online registration at: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/9304/smvfd-fighting-fires-5k.
Ellenville Public Library and Museum and Ulster County Tourism host Bikeville, 9:30am-12noon. Sight-seeing tour four-mile bike ride around the village. 845/647-5530.
Nature Fest at Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station, 10am-3pm. Nature Fest is a full day celebration of nature’s treasures in Wayne County, which includes hikes, presentations and hands-on activities for all ages. Admission: $10 per car. 570/689-9494.
Peter Wulfhorst will lead a bird walk along the trails of Lacawac Sanctuary, 7-11am. Bagel breakfast. Join university professors Meg Hatch and Robert Smith to check mist nets and observe bird banding. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Cost: $15 non-members, $10 members. Registration required. 570/689-9494.
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free guided Nature Walk on the woodland trail at their office in Bethel, NY from 1pm-3pm. Advance registration is not required; meet at the office to join the group. Kids must remain accompanied by an adult. Visit www.DelawareHighlands.org or call 845/583-1010.
Holiday Tea and Tour at Lacawac Sanctuary, 1-3pm. Lacawac’s historic 1903 Watres Lodge will be dressed for the upcoming Christmas season while guests enjoy a variety of baked goods and finger foods with seasonal tea. Space is limited, register. Cost: $15. 570/689-9494.
Celebrate Lacawac Sanctuary’s 50th anniversary in the hundred-year-old Watres lodge, 2-4pm. Step back in time during a guided tour through the lodge and discover its fascinating story. Relax with others over tea and a selection of refreshments. Space is limited, register. Cost: $15. 570/689-9494.
This historic hike and tour of Lacawac Sanctuary leads participants to a National Natural Landmark and Historic Place, 3-5pm. Wear comfortable shoes; great for all ages. Registration appreciated. Cost: $5, members and veterans: free. 570/689-9494.