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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!”

Catskill Fly Fishing Center presents trout season opener

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum starts another new season on Saturday, April 5 in celebration of New York State trout season and the official opening of the 35th season. The theme is Women and Children First.  Read more

Walk across Pennsylvania: It’s a virtual thing!

PENNSYLVANIA — Penn State Cooperative Extension (PSCE) is inviting all Pennsylvanians to take a virtual walk all the way across the Commonwealth on Route 6 (394 miles) from Erie County to Pike County. Karen Bracey of PSCE in Tunkhannock recently explained this project, called Everybody Walk Across PA.  Read more

Celebrate Maple Weekend in Parksville

PARKSVILLE, NY — The public is invited to a Maple Weekend Tour at the Justus Asthalter Sap House followed by a short hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, along the Parksville O & W Rail Trail on Sunday, March 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Women’s Weekend outdoor retreat

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Participants in the April 3 to 6 Women’s Weekend at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will have the opportunity to experience a relaxing nature hike through the forest with friends, canoeing across a peaceful pond, morning yoga, evening star gazing and campfires. The weekend is open to all women ages 18+.

It all begins on Friday, April 4 and continues through Sunday, April 6. The cost includes lodging in a comfortable yurt and six meals. To register, call PEEC at 570/828-2319. The cost of the weekend is $195. Commuter and day rates are also available.

8KRun/Walk to embrace Grey Towers’ history

MILFORD, PA — An Earth Day 8K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26, is not only good for physical fitness but also to educate the community about the conservation history in this region.  Read more

Sugar Shack Scramble at PEEC

Dingmans Ferry, PA — Enjoy an orienteering expedition to the “Two Saps” Sugar Shack. The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its annual Sugar Shack Scramble on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.  Read more

Self-guided maple tour in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Thinking spring? The fifth annual Wayne County Self-Guided Maple Tour is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Thoughts on February

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!]  Read more

Local boy scouts participate in annual Klondike Derby

MONTICELLO, NY — Over 20 Boy Scouts from Shohola Troop 76 participated in Hudson Valley Council’s annual Klondike Derby. This year, the derby was held at Mahogany Ridge Hunting Club in Monticello. A total of 16 area Boy Scout troops and three Webelos (Cub Scout) packs entered the derby.  Read more

Sled dog and Iditarod fever come to Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — From March 1 through 8, the week of the 2014 Iditarod, visit Livingston Manor for a week-long celebration of Alaska’s 1,100-mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome. On March 1, 70 teams will cross the starting line of the 2014 Iditarod.  Read more

Environmental scholarships available to students

REGION — The Lackawaxen River Conservancy will offer two scholarships this year to area students interested in pursuing a career in a field related to environmental conservation. Continuing a program it inaugurated in 2012, the Conservancy is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior graduating from one of the four high schools in the Lackawaxen River watershed, namely, Honesdale, Western Wayne, Wallenpaupack and Canaan Christian Academy.  Read more

Little Sparrow and the Eagles

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on Sunday, February 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg for live Americana music and a live birds of prey presentation from Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with local band Little Sparrow taking the stage at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., enjoy “Close Encounters with Eagles and Winter Raptors,” and experience the majesty of hawks, falcons, owls and eagles up close.  Read more

Audubon announces scholarship opportunities

NORTHEAST PA — Audubon is offering scholarships to residents of Wayne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and northern Pike counties. Applications for all of them are on the Audubon’s website at www.nepaaudubon.org/about/scholarships.  Read more

Freezin’ for a reason at the Paupack Plunge

GREENTOWN, PA — The third annual Paupack Plunge, where plungers will be “freezin’ for a reason,” will be held at the Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Route 507 on Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event benefits the Tafton Water Rescue Team and the Ledgedale Dive Team.

The idea is to bring many brave people to the lake’s frigid waters to “plunge” for a good cause. This unique charity event will raise money and awareness for two local dive and rescue teams. Last year, about 152 people participated, raising $6,000.  Read more

Flyfest at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fly tyers from all over Northeastern USA will gather at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum for the ninth annual Flyfest on Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flyfest is sponsored by local Roscoe Fly Shop, Catskill Flies.  Read more

High school students build solar panel for PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Students from Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg North High School visited the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to help build and install a SunSaluter solar panel as part of a sustainability event on Sunday, January 12.  Read more

Outdoor enthusiasts’ film series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors and the Livingston Manor library will host the Outdoor Enthusiasts’ Film Series with monthly screenings February through April, followed by discussion and refreshments. Viewers will travel to Mt. Everest; from Anchorage to Nome, AK; and to Florida in three seasonally-selected outdoor films. The free screenings, open to the public, will be held at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. Reservations are strongly suggested, as seating is limited. Call 845/439 5507. First come, first served.  Read more

DEC proposes regulatory changes to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species at boat launches

REGION — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access.  Read more

Winter eagle watching season begins in the Upper Delaware River Region

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Wintering eagles have begun arriving in the Upper Delaware River region, and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy has numerous opportunities for you to view and learn about our magnificent national bird. Visit the Conservancy’s Winter Field Office at 176 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen on Fridays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view new interpretative exhibits, watch a short documentary, and speak with knowledgeable staff and volunteers to plan a driving tour to the eagle-viewing blinds throughout the region.  Read more

January and February eagle watches at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will present several eagle watches during January and February. Each of the eagle watches will be led by Jan Lokuta and will include visits to the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River and the Eagle Institute.  Read more