LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan, which was proclaimed the official Sullivan County Earth Day site by the Sullivan County Legislature, will host a full slate of events in celebration of Earth Day, including the PowerUp of the SUNY Sullivan Solar Garden. The day begins at 9 a.m. with exhibitors and a marketplace in the Seelig Theatre Lobby (E Building). There will be a tour of the campus at 9:30 a.m. featuring the composting operation, the community garden and the geothermal building. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Earth Day will be celebrated at Hawley Earth Fest this weekend. Stop by the Hawley Library on Friday, April 24, for a mask-making workshop in preparation for the Species Parade scheduled for the next day. Create your own custom mask of any plant or animal. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, you can visit a costume station near the park to complete your costume. Read more
After the hard winter that we’ve just endured, fly fisherman up and down the Delaware are anxiously awaiting the “big ones.” I don’t mean big fish. I mean big bugs, the first really significant hatch of large mayflies: the Hendricksons. Once they appear in force, these lovely mayflies can get the trout into a feeding frenzy all along the Delaware, its East and West branches and tributaries like the Lackawaxen and the Mongaup, not to mention the hallowed waters of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Nathaniel Whitmore, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast, will present a program designed to reveal the edible plants and mushrooms that can be foraged in our region in the spring on Thursday, April 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in The Hub, a public computer center located in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St.
He will reveal the terrain each prefers, how to identify it, and how to prepare it for consumption. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — Bring your little ones, ages three and four, for a walk outdoors at Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Rd., on Saturday, April 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Naturalist educator Jenna Mauder will encourage children to use all five senses to explore the environment. The walk will conclude with a craft and a snack. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The cost is $5 per child, $10 for three. Siblings under three are admitted free. Register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 580/689-9494. Read more
HAWLEY, PA —Lacawac Sanctuary will host the 2015 Species Parade in Bingham Park on Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. in honor of Earth Day. Dress as your favorite plant, animal or fungi. Register for free as an individual, couple, family or group online at www.hawleyearthfest.com. Friendly dogs are welcome to dress also. Follow Hawley Earth Fest on Facebook for costume ideas and updates. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society are co-sponsoring a free seminar titled “Smart Landscaping: How Landscaping Can Save Energy.” on Tuesday April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wayne County Conservation District office, located in the Park Street Complex, 648 Park St. Read more
LIBERTY, NY—The New York Nut Growers Association (NYNGA) will hold its spring meeting on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer Program will host this group at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A presentation by Adam Bosch from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on the repairs to the Delaware Aqueduct will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 noon. Built between 1937 and 1944, the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct carries water from the Rondout Reservoir to New York City, and is the longest continuous tunnel in the world. It is currently under repair for leakage. Read more
ELDRED, NY — A school and community project to create a garden of native flowers and plants in front of the Eldred Central School’s (ECS) junior/senior campus is under way. It began with the donation of a single spruce tree from the Eldred High School class of 2013. Then, last fall, a group of dedicated volunteers worked to expand the project by removing the sod with the intent to develop the entire area as a garden that all could enjoy. A site plan has been developed, and the volunteers are seeking grants for the project. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — The Galilee Community Garden opens Memorial Day Weekend for its second growing season for any who wish to garden organically. Ten-by-ten-foot plots are currently available and can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The garden is on the grounds of the Unity Grange at 544 Galilee Rd. Both experienced and beginning gardeners are invited to apply.
Gardeners are asked to agree to practice organic gardening methods and not use chemicals on their plots. A vegetable plant exchange will be held on Saturday, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the garden. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Celebrate the unique Upper Delaware River and Catskill Mountains region with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) at the eighth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on May 2 at 5 p.m. at The Settlers Inn.
The event features a four-course farm-to-table dinner. The evening begins with a wine tasting and silent auction at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction and raffles cap the celebration during dessert. Gala tickets cost $125 per person, which includes a $75 charitable gift to the conservancy. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will host a Catskill Legends dinner in the Wulff Gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Honorees are local flytyer and fly-fishing shop owner Frank Kuttner along with (deceased) Catskill artist and conservationist, Francis Davis, and Theodore Gordon’s friend, Albert E. (AE) Hendrickson and his nephew Sam Hendrickson, the well-known Catskill River conservationist. Read more
BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced last week that motorists can expect River Road to be closed for several nights over the next few weeks to protect breeding amphibians. Since 2003, the National Park Service has taken steps to protect migrating amphibians by closing River Road in Middle Smithfield Township between park headquarters and the park boundary just north of Shawnee on several rainy spring nights. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Vital Farm will host “Bee Basics: Warré ‘The Peoples’ Hive’ Building Workshop” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The cost is free to $30 on a sliding scale. The course is perfect for those considering taking the step to beekeeping or veteran beekeepers ready for a more sustainable, low-effort option. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Join Jenna Mauder, environmental educator, on an easy-paced walk to the historic Watres Lodge and Lake Lacawac on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Meet at the Coulter Visitor’s Center for introductions and venture down the Great Camp Trail, identifying signs of spring and animal presence at Lacawac. Lacawac Sanctuary’s property is 545 acres, which includes the near pristine glacial Lake Lacawac (a National Nature Landmark) and its watershed, bogs, forests with hiking trails and a Great Camp listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Women and Their Woods graduates, friends and professionals for presentations, networking opportunities and hands-on field demonstrations on April 25 and 26.
Saturday activities are open to women forest landowners (or aspiring landowners) and include:
A guided tour of the Grey Towers mansion and history of Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot’s work in conservation
“Threats to the Forest” presentation by Dr. Beth Brantley, Penn State – Mont Alto
Networking with program leaders and participants from across the region Read more
BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service (NPS) will commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2016. Special events and programs are being planned to celebrate the anniversaries and will be announced soon at www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/events.htm. Read more