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April 30, 2016
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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.

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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

Join Lacawac’s Commemorative Brick Campaign

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and friends and supporters are invited to leave their personal imprint on its history and future through participation in its Commemorative Brick Campaign. You can help celebrate the sanctuary’s anniversary through the purchase of an engraved brick that will be placed at the entrance of the Coulter Visitor Center and Dr. Susan S. Kilham Environmental Laboratory.  Read more

Designing gardens with native flora

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, a talk by author Carolyn Summers, will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum.

Summers will talk about her book, which takes an in-depth look at the natural history of Eastern native plants and their use in gardens. Attendees will learn about the many reasons why using indigenous plants is important, including helping prevent infestations of invasive plants and preserving our regional identity.  Read more

Get ready for trout season

Anglers Reunion Dinner

ROSCOE, NY — The 20th Anglers Reunion Dinner will be held on March 31 at the Rockland House on Route 406. A social hour will start at 6 p.m., and dinner will be at 7 p.m. Leslie Eggleton will present a program on brook trout. Eggleton, a Roscoe native, learned to fish and fly fish on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc Rivers. He’s a licensed guide and works for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Tickets cost $25 per person. The dinner is sponsored by the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild. Call 607/498-4240 for reservations.
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Delaware Highlands dinner open for sponsorship

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold the ninth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. The event is held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, and features a four-course, farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction.  Read more

Early April events at PEEC

DINGMANS FERY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area at 538 Emery Rd., will host a variety of events in early April.

There will be a Boy Scout Badge Fest on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bears will work on “Fun, Feathers, and Ferns.” Webelos will work toward the Castaway badge (pre-requisite 2b). Boy Scouts will work toward the Nature merit badge (pre-requisite 4a). Scouts must be supervised at all times by a parent or troop leader. The cost is $25 for a full day; payment is required at registration.  Read more

Take a hike

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join Lacawac Sanctuary’s naturalist for a guided three-mile journey to the Lake Wallenpaupack shoreline on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will pass two ponds to check for signs of spring before reaching its destination. Bring along a snack and water. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Registration is appreciated at 570/689-9494 or info@lacawac.org.

Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station is a nature preserve, biological research station and environmental education center. For more information visit www.lacawac.org.

Museum celebrates Catskill Fly-fishing Legends

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will celebrate the opening the trout fishing season on Saturday, April 2. The weekend will start on April 1 with a dinner at the center at 5:30 p.m., at which it will recognize three fly-fishing legends: Tom Satterthwaite, Roy Smith and Cooper Jr.  Read more

Free pheasant-raising opportunity

LIBERTY, NY — Youth interested in participating in the annual Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Day-Old Pheasant Raise & Release program have the unique opportunity to experience rearing pheasants and releasing them into the wild. Orders can be placed until Friday, March 18 through Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) 4-H Youth Development program, located at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

CCE Sullivan hosts farming classes for beginners

LIBERTY, NY— A four-part, educational series of beginning farmer classes will kick off with a general “Introduction to Farming” class on Thursday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer the program series at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., unless otherwise noted.  Read more

Watershed internships available

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is inviting college students to apply for one of 21 summer internships at offices throughout the watershed. The vast majority of these opportunities are paid internships in the fields related to science and engineering. Those accepted into the summer internship program will have the chance to work alongside scientists, engineers, planners and other professionals who help run the water supply for the largest city in the United States.  Read more

Farm Safety Day

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau will host a farm safety day at the Park Street Complex on Saturday, March 19. Farmers, firefighters, rescue personnel and machinery dealers are all invited to attend.  Read more

Federal funds to protect Pike County lands

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has announced that $3 million of federal Forest Legacy Program funding will be directed to “The Northeast Connection” for the permanent protection of thousands of contiguous, unfragmented acres of forests, lakes, and wetlands along the Little Bushkill Creek in Pike County.  Read more

Tree & Shrub Program

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District has announced its annual spring Tree & Shrub Program. Landowners can choose from a wide variety of deciduous and conifer trees and shrubs and specialized packets such as nut tree, flowering tree and shrub, wildflower, butterfly and perennials. Tree size and age allows for you, the purchaser, to select what’s right for your needs. It offers a range of quantities at reduced costs to promote conservation plantings.

Other items available through the program are fruit trees and wildlife habitat housing.  Read more