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BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a free community picnic on Saturday, August 27, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at its Bethel offices. The Conservancy’s annual picnic celebrates our local community of supporters and friends and provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy the rolling hills, meadows, gardens and woods at the Bethel site.

You’re invited to a Star Party

HUGUENOT, NY — The Town of Deerpark Museum committee will hold an event titled “Star Party,” a guided trip through our galaxy, on Thursday, August 11. The festivities, complete with refreshments, will begin at 8 p.m. at the Harriet Space Park, Route 209.

William Istone, adjunct professor of science and engineering at SUNY Orange, will provide the narrative. Weather permitting, the group should be able to see Mars, Saturn, and possibly Jupiter as well as star clusters, galaxies, nebula and the Perseid meteor show.  Read more

Birds of prey in Morningside Park

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Town of Fallsburg Parks and Recreation Department will present “Close Encounters with Birds of Prey” on Sunday, July 31 at 10 a.m. at Morningside Park. Admission is free.  Read more

Pressed flower workshop

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Pat Yelle, local artist and avid gardener, will be teaching participants how to make a bookmark and a five-by-seven-inch pressed flower piece that can easily be framed to make a unique gift on August 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickled Owl Restaurant. The registration deadline is July 26.  Read more

Students help with local energy assessments

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) has hired three area students who will be learning about energy efficiency and helping residents of Wayne and Pike counties save money on their energy costs. Kyle McDermott, Andrew Bochnovich and Nate Mansfield were hired to join SEEDS volunteers on the Energy Assessment team.  Read more

July adventures at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Hiking, biking, paddling and walking will be among the activities offered over the coming weeks at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Registration is required unless otherwise indicated.  Read more

WCCF supports the Lackawaxen conservancy

HONESDALE, PA — Recently, the Wayne County Community Founation (WCCF) presented a grant to the Lackawaxen River Conservancy. The funding will be used to expand the proposed walking trail between Hawley and the Canal Park near White Mills. Shown here are R. John Carmody (WCCF Grants Committee), left, Bergit Pinkston, Carole Linkiewicz (Lackawaxen Conservancy) and Peter Bochnovich (WCCF Grants Committee).

Trails grant funds hiking trips

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The National Park Service (NPS) of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) is one of 25 national parks selected to receive a 2016 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. UPDE has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) to use this grant to fund three bus trips to area parks in 2016. Several hikes are scheduled varying in difficulty and are catered to engage both youth and older adults.  Read more

Banding, bagels and birds

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join university professors Meg Hatch and Robert Smith to check mist nets and observe bird banding on Saturday, June 4 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lacawac Sanctuary.

After a bagel breakfast, Peter Wulfhorst will lead a bird walk along the trails of the sanctuary. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. The cost is $15 for nonmembers; $10 when you present your Lacawac membership card. Preregistration is required. Email info@lacawac.org or call 570/689.9494.  Read more

Hub Explorers at the Basha Kill

WURTSBORO, NY — The Hub Explorers at the Port Jervis Free Library plan a trip to the Basha Kill on Saturday, June 11. They will gather at the Basha Kill Boat Launch on South Road between Westbrookville and Wurtsboro. South Road runs parallel to Route 209, only on the East side of the Basha Kill. Guide Mike Medley, outdoor educator for the Basha Kill Area Association, will meet participants at the boat launch.  Read more

Barred owls in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Joanne Letendre sent us these photos and gave us the story of how she captured them: “Sitting in our living room one day, we saw these big birds fly by, followed by the sound of hooting back and forth. Knowing that there was a tree near our house with a hole in it, I decided to go and check it out. Well, there, perched on the edge of the hole, was the owl. A few weeks later I checked the hole again and there was a young one sitting there watching me. What a beautiful sight!”

Conservancy nature walks

BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a series of nature walks this summer at its Bethel office. Led by its knowledgeable volunteers, the public is invited to join the walks on Sunday, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, or August 21 for a free guided hike on our woodland trail. Learn about what you see and hear as you spend time enjoying the outdoors—and help find and identify the plants and wildlife on the property.  Read more

Adventures at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold an event for bird fanciers Saturday, May 14 from 9 to 11 a.m., titled “Tweets and Treats.” Join PEEC on a hike that focuses on bird identification and studies their unique natural history. There will be breakfast snacks and beverages before participants head out. PEEC will provide binoculars and field guides. For ages 10 and up. The cost is $5.  Read more

Butterfly and bee-friendly gardening

LIBERTY, NY — New and seasoned gardeners alike can take advantage of a spring horticulture class series that continues with a hands-on Pollinator Friendly Gardening workshop on Wednesday, May 25. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer program will host this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Slimy and scaly search at Lacawac Sanctuary

LAKE ARIEL, PA — As spring’s rain falls, the season’s vernal pools and other wetlands are the perfect place to find amphibians and reptiles. On Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lacawac Sanctuary, the public is invited to catch, photo document and release these species as part of the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). Led by the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Larry Laubach, its Northeast Regional PARS Coordinator, citizen scientists get to participate in real-time scientific research.  Read more

Earth Day at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits, crafts, food, music, and much more. Staff and volunteers will lead interpretive hikes on PEEC’s trails, part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. You can meet rescue dogs, there will be stained-glass demonstrations, face painting and a tie-dye station. Pre-registration is not required. The cost is $5 per car.

‘Veggie Garden Design’ kicks off horticulture series

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer program will offer a spring horticulture class series this spring. It will begin with a hands-on workshop titled “Planning Your Vegetable Garden” on Wednesday, April 20. CCESC will host the class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. The cost is $20 person; $15 per CCESC enrollee.  Read more

SUNY celebrates Earth Day

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On Thursday, April 21, SUNY Sullivan will host an Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the DeHoyos Gallery (E-Lobby) and the Seelig Theatre (E-Building) and will feature vendors, exhibitors, campus sustainability tours and a live animal show presented by Simmons Wildlife Programs. The community is invited to join students, faculty and staff for the festivities.  Read more

SEEDS offers a $1,000 scholarship for best sustainability essay

REGION — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA will issue a $1,000 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior for the best essay addressing the following questions:

If you were an environmental adviser to the President, what would you recommend to promote sustainable energy in rural communities in the U.S.? What can northeastern PA residents do now to live more sustainably?

This scholarship will be in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015.  Read more

Foods of the Delaware Highlands Dinner

HAWLEY, PA — Celebrate our unique Upper Delaware River region with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the ninth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. The theme of the gala dinner, “Love where you live!” highlights our working farms and forests and the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in the Upper Delaware River region. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a four-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction.  Read more

Two Headed Trout Dinner and First Cast

Two Headed Trout Dinner

ROSCOE, NY — The annual Two Headed Trout Town Dinner will be held at the Rockland House on Saturday, April 2 starting at 6 p.m. A six-course meal will be served, from appetizers to dessert. Tickets cost $45 and include a breakfast the next morning at the Community Center, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. There will be door prizes, a cash bar, silent auctions, raffles, etc. A special presentation will be made by Tracey Brown, the Northeastern Restoration Coordinator of Trout Unlimited. For information and tickets, call Marge Zanger at 607/498-5464.  Read more