HANCOCK, NY — The kickoff party for the seventh annual One Bug fly-fishing contest on the Upper Delaware River will be held on Friday, April 25. The trout-fishing tournament is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), a nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of the river, its residents and the businesses that depend on it. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — EnviroFest 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. Organizations working to preserve and protect the environment will have displays showing what they do year-round and their specific plans for Earth Day 2014. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its 19th annual Earth Day Festival on April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. PEEC’s Earth Day Festival is an opportunity to learn more about recycling, the environment, and how to make small (and big) changes to reduce your environmental footprint. Read more
HANCOCK, NY — “Come Hell or High Water,” an annual fly fishing, beer, art and film festival at West Branch Angler & Resort, will be held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The expo and fly fishing lessons are free to the public.
Highlighted events on Friday include the Simms kickoff party at the River Run Restaurant with live music by Milkweed; “Learn to Fly Fish for Free: Orvis 101;” and the West Branch Brewfest, freaturing a few of the area’s top breweries, such as Galaxy and Trӧegs. Read more
REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds anglers that upstate reservoirs and dozens of properties along creeks and streams will be open for fishing when trout season begins April 1. Twenty-two reservoirs and lakes, covering roughly 33,500 acres, will be open for fishing from shore or from boats that have a valid DEP boat tag. Most of these reservoirs and lakes include habitat for cold-water species such as trout and warm-water species such as smallmouth and largemouth bass. Read more
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
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
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.
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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