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Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest, followed by children ranging in age from pre-school to fourth grade, peeking under rocks, poking along a stream bank, exploring a meadow, we focused on learning about habitats and the various species typically found in each.

It was wonderful to see the children absorbed in these outdoor experiences as their senses came alive. Often, we would hear one exclaim, “I wish I could do this EVERY day!”

CFFCM gets Italian sister

CASTEL DI SANGRO, ITALY — At the ninth annual SIM (Italian School of Fly Fishing) Fly Fishing Festival, held in Castel di Sangro on June 23, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) and the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz established a relationship to exchange history, information and friendship to preserve and promote the universal language of, and interest in, fly fishing.  Read more

Become a Master Gardener

FERNDALE, NY — You can learn to become a Master Gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County through a 15-week training program that will begin September 6 at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Up to 20 individuals will be accepted into the program after an application and interview process.  Read more

Discovering butterflies

THOMPSON, PA — Naturalist David Trently will lead a nature walk at Florence Shelly Preserve to discover and identify butterflies on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. He will lead participants through the diverse 400-acre protected nature preserve to find butterflies in some of their preferred habitats: fields, woods, and wetlands.  Read more

Cornell holds maple camp

ITHACA, NY — There will be a Cornell Maple Camp held from August 1 to 4 at Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest. It is designed for anyone who wants to become a producer or who has a few years of experiences, but is seeking to expand production, products, markets or profitability.  Read more

Children’s garden workshop

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program will present a garden workshop for children and their adults on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Grian MacGregor will entertain the audience with her cast of puppets. A talented gardener herself, MacGregor has developed programs for children that make learning fun.  Read more

Kids’ Adventure Days

GREENTOWN, PA — Join the Park’s Environmental Educator for a fun-filled day at Promised Land State Park, geared for ages 11 to 15. The day for girls will be Thursday, July 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day for boys will be Thursday, August 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program will encourage young people to discover and explore the park, try new activities and make new friends. Prepayment is required; once participants are registered, their parents will receive a confirm letter with more program details.  Read more

Milford Garden Club holds secret garden tour

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club’s 20th Annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are eight gardens for viewing this year. The featured gardens are located within the Borough of Milford. However, the locations of these eight gardens are a “secret” until the day of the tour. Pre-event tickets cost $15; ticket price the day of the tour is $20. Call 570/296-6345 or 296-3833.

Honesdale student gets conservancy scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — At the Honesdale High School graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 9, honor student Devan George was awarded the first annual scholarship of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy.

In awarding the $500 scholarship to Devan, the Conservancy was impressed with her passion for the natural world, her outstanding academic credentials and extracurricular leadership roles, and her intention to pursue a career in an area related to environmental conservation. She will begin her studies at the University of New Hampshire in August.  Read more

What to do with a dead deer: compost it

ITHACA, NY — Composting isn’t just for veggie scraps. It’s often the best way to deal with roadkill, livestock mortality and even large-scale animal deaths due to floods, fires or other catastrophes.

Many people, including some farmers, assume it’s best to bury animals underground. In fact, it’s safer and kills pathogens more effectively when carcasses are composted in unturned piles, according to Jean Bonhotal, director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute.

“Most of the time they get buried, but that brings them 6 feet closer to the water table,” Bonhotal said.  Read more

Boating under the influence is a crime

HARRISBURG, PA — As the busy July 4 holiday approaches, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding vacationers that boating under the influence (BUI) is a serious crime and a threat to public safety.

“Boating under the influence is no different than driving a car after someone’s been drinking,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. For the safety of all individuals on the water, please do not operate your boat, jet ski, canoe or kayak if you’ve been drinking.”  Read more

CFFCM announces Hall of Fame inductees

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s (CFFCM) Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2012 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Inductees. Deceased inductees are Joe Brooks, Carrie Frost, Dr. George Parker-Holden and Paul Young. Still living are Stu Apte, Thomas McGuane, Ed Shenk and Larry Solomon. The induction ceremony will be held at the CFFCM in October. Call 845/439-4810.

District receives knotweed funding

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Conservation District has received $1,565 for a Japanese knotweed and invasive species demonstration site. Over the last decade, there has been a huge increase in the amount of Japanese knotweed and other invasive species along local waterways. In an effort to reduce non-point source pollution, in this case, soil erosion and sediment pollution, the conservation district is going to get rid of the knotweed and other invasive species along a section of the Lackawaxen River and replace it with a native vegetated buffer.  Read more

Learn conservation history on forest hike

MILFORD PA — A hike through the forest will introduce visitors to the history of conservation in America on Saturday, June 23, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike. The moderate hike, which begins at 1:30 pm, will bring participants to the campsite replica of the Yale School of Forestry students who studied at Grey Towers in the early 20th century.

Regular tour fees apply and participants can tour the Grey Towers mansion for half price when tickets are purchased together.  Read more

Perennial plant sale

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club will sponsor a perennial plant sale on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the property of 108 W. Ann Street and Gooseberry Alley in Milford. The rain date is Sunday, June 10. Flower pots decorated by club members will be available for sale.

All perennials being sold are donated by members of the club. The plants sold that day will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions. All monies raised will be used for the beautification of Milford. Call 570/296-2632.

April ‘One Bug’ tournament most successful yet

HANCOCK, NY—The annual One Bug fly-fishing tournament invites two-person fishing teams to Hancock, where the East and West branches of the Delaware River meet. Contestants must fish with only “one bug” for the entire day of fishing. Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), a non-profit group that advocates on behalf of the water, the wildlife and the residents of the region, hosts the event to raise funds to support their work.  Read more

Wingless wetflies at CFFCM

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The incredible world of Wingless Wetflies will be explored at a special program at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will be filled with wetflies and soft hackles fly tying and the centuries-old historical background on wet fly fishing. Fish feed all year long, with surface feeding amounting to only five percent. To improve your fishing, you have to understand what feeding goes on under the surface the remaining 95% of the time.  Read more

Trout Release Day

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A Sullivan West fifth-grader enjoys Trout Release Day at the Jeffersonville campus on May 11. There were six different stations for students to visit at the event. A craftsman described how he made fish carvings out of wood; the National Park Service had an enviroscape table; and the students were able to try fly casting, fly tying and a variety of fish crafts.  Read more

Garden day, discount composters at CCE

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County will hold a Garden Day on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sullivan County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant & flower sale, and healthy refreshments will be on sale by the Eat Smart New York Program.

Earth Machine compost bins are available, as supply allows. The cost is $35 per bin for those who pre-register, and pre-registrants will receive a free kitchen scrap bucket. Bin purchases on the day of the event will cost $55. Rain barrels will be on sale for $75 each.  Read more

Water Safety Month

NATION — May is National Water Safety Month, and with five drownings last summer, the National Park Service (NPS) teamed up with its recreational and emergency service partners to promote a “Wear It! Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Floating” safety program this year during May, which encouraged all river users to wear their lifejackets at all times.  Read more

Hamilton promoted at NPS

UPPER DELAWARE — Don Hamilton, natural resource specialist at the National Park Service, was recently promoted to the position of chief of resource management at the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  Read more