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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!”

PEEC events planned for January

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Even in the depths of winter, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a series of entertainments planned. On Saturdays in January, starting with January 3, there will be cross- country skiing from 9 to 11 a.m., and on Sundays starting January 4, there will be cross-country skiing from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child. In these beginner ski lessons, you will learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski.  Read more

Audubon holds Christmas bird count

REGION — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on December 20th. All are invited to join.  Read more

Delaware Highlands celebrates 20th

BETHEL, NY — On November 22, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy celebrated 20 years of conservation and education in the Upper Delaware River region—as well as the 90th birthday of the conservancy’s founder, Barbara Yeaman—with a celebration at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

A snowy Thanksgiving in the Town of Highland

ELDRED, NY — A pre-Thanksgiving snow created a winter wonderland throughout our area, including the Town of Highland in Sullivan County. Resident Peter Kolesar captured some of the wonder in these photographs taken around one of the town’s numerous small lakes.

Women and Their Woods initiative receives Environmental Partnership Award

REGION — On Thursday, October 30, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their 24th annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension, and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award.  Read more

Third annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k a success

SHOHOLA, PA — The third annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k Run/Walk was, again, a success this year. Organized by the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76, in conjunction with the Township of Shohola’s Pumpkins in the Park Festival, the event began and ended at Rohman Park in Shohola on October 18. Nearly 100 runners and walkers participated, enjoying the scenic autumn view through Shohola, across the Delaware River Bridge into Barryville, NY and then back to Rohman Park.  Read more

Event wrap-up for 19th annual Tri-State Classic Race

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber was proud to present the 19th annual Tri-State Classic Race on Sunday, October 26, which included 10k and 5k races. The runners gathered in Riverside Park in Port Jervis amid the beautiful trees filled with color, to get runner tags and collectible T-shirts, and then made their way to the starting line on Jersey Avenue across the railroad tracks. The races had participants from as far away as London, New Hampshire, Philadelphia and metro New York—all to celebrate the sport of running, and many to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.  Read more

How does your river flow?

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to a short program, “How Does Your River Flow,” with Jamie Myers, biologist with the Upper Delaware National Park Service, at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, November 8 at 2 p.m.

Myers will bring an EnviroScape, a plastic tabletop model of a watershed showing hills, valleys, fields and rivers. Small model houses, cars, trees, and animals are added. Then, using materials like candy sprinkles and food coloring to represent pollutants, the public can see how the watershed works. The program is perfect for curious people of all ages.  Read more

National Public Lands Day celebrated

MILFORD, PA — Nearly 50 scouts from the Milford, PA area and more than 500 visitors participated in National Public Lands Day and Community Appreciation Day events at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, September 27. The U.S. Forest Service selected Grey Towers as one of three signature sites for National Public Lands Day activities.  Read more

Family trail hike celebrated

LIBERTY, NY — In celebration if its 100 year anniversary, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) held a family hike fundraiser on Saturday, October 18. Money earned and awareness spread at this event supports the CCESC Centennial Campaign’s initiative to offer future alternative energy education to the public, specifically solar energy education for youth. An energy demonstration area was featured as a main attraction, equipped with a functioning solar panel from Cornell University.  Read more

Dessin Animal Shelter to hold 11th annual ‘Walk N’ Wag’

HONESDALE, PA — Dessin Animal Shelter will hold its 11th annual Walk N’ Wag on Sunday, November 2 at Varden Conservation Area at 11 a.m. Hikers will meet at the teaching pavilion. This annual event, hosted by the shelter, is a fun day for owners and their furry family members.  Read more

Cemetery tour at Grey Towers takes you back in time

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original town burial ground located on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Participants should meet in the visitor pavilion in the parking lot and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($8 adults; $7 seniors; $5 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Guided hike on Tusten Mountain Trail

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and, partners for a fall hike at the Tusten Mountain Trail on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Enjoy great views of the Delaware River, fall foliage near its peak, and traverse a historic stone arch bridge. Learn about the ecology, culture and history of the area with Sullivan County Historian John Conway and the Conservancy’s stewardship and education coordinator Amanda Subjin.  Read more

Autumn landscape tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Autumn leaves will be on display for the annual fall landscape tour at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Tpk., on Saturday, October 18, at 1:30 p.m.  Read more

Fall gardening seminar

LIBERTY, NY — Autumn is the best time to prepare for next year’s garden. Completing a series of fall chores will give every gardener a great head start to the spring season, improve one’s chances for success and provide an opportunity to stop and enjoy the flowers.

Join Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan County Master Gardeners at a “Fall Gardening Seminar” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Sullivan Renaissance is holding this free class in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE).  Read more

Shohola Scouts to host 5K

SHOHOLA, PA — Members of the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 will hold their third annual “Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5K Run/Walk” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, at Rohman Park in Shohola. This event will serve as the kick-off to Pumpkins in the Park, a long-standing community event held in Shohola each October.
Proceeds from the 5K will support the Scout troop’s program activities, such as merit badge opportunities, summer camp fees for those in need and equipment for camping trips. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County.  Read more

Paddle on the Lake

HAWLEY, PA — PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center will host a paddle on Lake Wallenpaupack presented by Nick Spinelli, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, on Friday, September 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Lake Wallenpaupack is a vacation hot-spot for fisherman, hikers, boaters and nature enthusiasts alike.

Spinelli will lead a kayak/canoe paddle and educational program. Explore unique habitats that provide a home to thousands of creatures, and learn about lake history, monitoring and wildlife.  Read more

Guided forest hike on Shuman Point

LAKEVILLE, PA — A guided forest hike at PPL Shuman Point Natural Area will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m. The hike is presented by Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, forest specialist for Wayne Conservation District.

Participants will take a look at the changes in the forest since a recent timber harvest was completed last year, as well as discuss the overall health of the forest, invasive impacts and local wildlife that call this forest home.  Read more

Forage and feast on fall’s bounty

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Herbalist and author Dina Falconi will present a special workshop, Foraging & Feasting the Bounty of late September, hosted by Amy Gillingham, at Wild Roots Farm on Wednesday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Hike at Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — An “Anything Goes Hike” will be held on Saturday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Creek Trail. The hike is presented by Rick Koval, Pocono naturalist and WNEP-TV personality.

Join Pennsylvania Outdoor Life on a woodland adventure and see what he discovers. Koval will search for salamanders, dragonflies, edible plants, poisonous mushrooms and anything else that crosses his path. You will learn a little bit more about what’s happening in our forest during September.  Read more