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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.


Zane Grey fishing derby results are in

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Fourteen-year-old Jordan Metzger of Milford reeled in three winning smallmouth bass and landed an Old Town canoe package valued at $800 when results of the Zane Grey Catch-and-Release Fishing Derby were announced on July 12.

In the Youth Male Division, Aidan Sensiba, 14, of Long Eddy, NY won for his brook trout, while Hunter Shampine, 13, also of Long Eddy, submitted the winning brown trout entry. The Youth Female Division was dominated by Delaware Valley (PA) School 9th grader Jordan Metzger with the three largest smallmouth bass.  Read more

Upcoming educational retreat for women forest landowners

REGION — Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply to attend the fourth annual Women and Their Woods (WaTW) Educational Retreat from September 25-28 at Camp Susque in Trout Run, PA.  Read more

Park Service hike

DEERPARK, NY — “Get Your Upper Delaware Hikes Patch from the National Park Service” hike three will be on Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mongaup River Trail. This is a moderate two-mile hike with some inclines. Hike four will be guided by a National Park Ranger on Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cobey Pond Trail in Masthope, PA. All ages are welcome; under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present. Refreshments provided. Call 845/482-4350 for more information or to register.

Summerfest for fly fishers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Summerfest/Angler’s Market will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. It will open at 8:30 a.m. on both days. There will be artists, local wares, conservation groups and craft vendors on the field, as well as a kid’s booth and The Great Willowemoc Fish Race and 50/50 at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Environmental workshops for teachers at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Two workshops for educators in the tri-state region are being offered free of charge at Grey Towers National Historic Site through the combined efforts of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service.  Read more

Forest history tour

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to join Dr. Michael Kudish for two programs with a striking contrast on July 25 and 26. Friday, he will introduce the audience to forests least disturbed by people at an indoor program at Morgan Outdoors. Saturday, he will lead a walk in a forest most disturbed by people at Russell Brook, just north of Roscoe. Both programs are free and sponsored by Morgan Outdoors. Register at 845/439 5507 by 5 p.m. Friday, July 25 to reserve a place.  Read more

Kittatinny Canoes hosts river clean-up, needs volunteers

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that Kittatinny Canoes will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its “On and Under the Delaware River Clean-up” this month. The annual event, sponsored by the Milford-based Kittatinny Canoes, the oldest and largest canoe livery operator in the country, will take place this year from July 21 to 23 on the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and on the Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.  Read more

The 2014 Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The 29th Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival will be held July 19 and 20 at the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School and Wallenpaupack North Primary School Complex at 187 Atlantic Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Audubon Society, the festival will have free conservation literature and a wide variety of environmental, conservation and wildlife experts on hand. There will be door prizes, nature center exhibits, activities for kids and homemade food.  Read more

Summer nature series for children

HAWLEY, PA — Join the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center for programs geared toward budding junior naturalists ages five to 10 (also welcoming all ages) for hands-on activities that will spark creativity and appreciation for the natural environment. Bring your children prepared to be outdoors. Email pplpreserves@pplweb.com or call 570/253-7001 to register for these free programs, which will be held on each Wednesday and Saturday, July 23 to August 16. All programs run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Wonderful Wiggly Worms!
Wednesday, July 23  Read more

Farm tours this July

REGION — A few farm tours will occur during July in Wayne and Sullivan counties. They are:
Saturday, July 5
Snowdance Farm
218 Knickerbocker Road
Livingston Manor, NY
• Chicks, piglets and spring lambs
• Petting zoo
Sunday, July 13
Imagine Alpacas
132 E. Hill Road
Jeffersonville, NY
• Farm tours and educational talks
• Pet and feed the alpacas
• Felting demos and store
Saturday, July 19
Diehl Farm
93 Diehl Road
Callicoon, NY
• Honey extracting and maple syrup
• 2:00 pm milking demo  Read more

Summer gardening seminar

FERNDALE, NY — Many new gardens have been created throughout Sullivan County this summer, along with the thousands of annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs planted in existing garden beds. Experts know how to present these gardens so that the flowers shine to their best advantage. This is valuable information for all gardeners, but particularly helpful to the 55 communities preparing for August visits from the Sullivan Renaissance judges.  Read more

Waterfall tour

HAWLEY, PA — Pocono Waterfall Tour will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center presented by Sue Thompson, NEPA Audubon Society.  Read more

Orange Regional Medical Center urges caution to help avoid serious head injuries this summer

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Orange Regional Medical Center is asking local residents to exercise caution as they engage in the season’s warm weather activities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 2.5 million emergency department visits each year due to traumatic brain injury across the U.S. Outdoor sports and activities like skateboarding, bicycling and motorcycle riding can significantly increase the risk of suffering a traumatic head or brain injury. Even seasonal chores, like outdoor cleaning and home repairs, are associated with increased risks.  Read more

Red Cross issues top 10 ways to be safe when swimming

NORTHEAST, PA — It’s almost time for the long Fourth of July weekend and many people will spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing 10 steps people should take to be safe while poolside.  Read more

Library announces new hiking group

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A new hiking group is meeting every three weeks starting Saturday, June 21. The first hike will occur at 11 a.m. at the Minisink Battleground Park trail in Barryville as part of a six-part hiking series throughout the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River. A national park ranger will be present to provide information about the history of the Minisink Battleground Park. If you complete all six hikes you will be rewarded with a free “Take a Hike!” patch from the National Park Service. All ages are welcome; under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present.  Read more

Spring into summer and ‘Take a Hike’

TUSTEN, NY — National Park Service rangers will host a hike on the Tusten Mountain Trail on Sunday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. This free hike will meet at the Tusten Mountain Trailhead located at the Ten Mile River Access on Crawford Road, off State Route 97 five miles south of Narrowsburg.  Read more

Outdoor workshop series this summer

REGION — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a series of three free educational workshops this summer. The Family Tree series will provide hands-on learning outdoors in three different locations, including the new woodland trails at the conservancy’s Bethel, NY office.  Read more

Catch and release

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — While this scene may by typical of how a fisher releases a fish back to the wild, “you don’t usually get such a good photo of a robust trout swimming out of the net,” according to The River Reporter’s fishing columnist Andy Boyar (The Incomplete Angler). This brown trout was caught by Boyar on May 21, while he was fishing with his friend Peter Kolesar and guide Bill Fraser on the main stem of the Delaware River near Buckingham, PA.

Native Plants Walk

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) for a Native Plants Walk on Saturday, June 14 at the Forest Reserve at Smallwood from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Renowned author and botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads will lead the walk and discuss, illustrate, and answer questions about native plants and their habitats.

Dr. Rhoads’ books include “The Plants of Pennsylvania,” “The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania,” and most recently, “Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania.” Dr. Rhoads was the director of botany for Morris Arboretum and taught botany at the University of Pennsylvania.  Read more

‘Secret Gardenscape Tour’

wAYNE COUNTY, PA — Spring has sprung; the flowers are here. Enjoy springtime by visiting master gardeners’ and landscapers’ beautiful creations on this year’s “Secret Gardenscape Tour.” It will be held on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature the areas of White Mills and Hawley.

This self-guided tour (a map will be provided) benefits the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS). Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased the WCHS Museum at 810 Main St., Honesdale. The event will be held rain or shine.
For more information, call 570/253-3240 or email wchshop@ptd.net.