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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — As the last reservoir water supply system to be built in New York State, the Delaware System provides over 50% of New York City’s drinking water. If you’ve ever been curious about the history and construction of this system, you can take a narrated bus tour offered by the Time and the Valleys Museum on September 26.

The tour will take passengers to the Neversink, Cannonsville, Pepacton and Rondout reservoirs. A talk will give you the facts and figures along with stories about each.

Bee basics

LIBERTY, NY — The Vital Farm will host “Bee Basics: Warré ‘The Peoples’ Hive’ Building Workshop” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The cost is free to $30 on a sliding scale. The course is perfect for those considering taking the step to beekeeping or veteran beekeepers ready for a more sustainable, low-effort option.  Read more

Walk about and wonder at Lacawac

HAWLEY, PA — Join Jenna Mauder, environmental educator, on an easy-paced walk to the historic Watres Lodge and Lake Lacawac on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Meet at the Coulter Visitor’s Center for introductions and venture down the Great Camp Trail, identifying signs of spring and animal presence at Lacawac. Lacawac Sanctuary’s property is 545 acres, which includes the near pristine glacial Lake Lacawac (a National Nature Landmark) and its watershed, bogs, forests with hiking trails and a Great Camp listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Read more

Women and Their Woods

MILFORD, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Women and Their Woods graduates, friends and professionals for presentations, networking opportunities and hands-on field demonstrations on April 25 and 26.

Saturday activities are open to women forest landowners (or aspiring landowners) and include:

A guided tour of the Grey Towers mansion and history of Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot’s work in conservation

“Threats to the Forest” presentation by Dr. Beth Brantley, Penn State – Mont Alto

Networking with program leaders and participants from across the region  Read more

Park plans for next century

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service (NPS) will commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2016. Special events and programs are being planned to celebrate the anniversaries and will be announced soon at www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/events.htm.  Read more

Self-guided maple tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The 2015 Self-Guided Maple Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Have a PEEC weekend

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has several events planned for the coming weekend. The Sugar Shack Scramble will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Take an orienteering expedition to the Two Sap Sugar Shack. Use a map and compass to reach the sugar shack and then enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup. Sign up for a 9 or 9:30 a.m. start time. Space is limited. Pre-registration is requested. Cost is $10.  Read more

‘Food for Thought’ Learn about growing, selling—and eating—local food

HONESDALE, PA — The annual Food for Thought series, sponsored by local members of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), returns to the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) in March. This series is appropriate for everyone from the beginning to advanced farmer/gardener, or anyone interested in the food they eat. Each session is free and open to the public, and will take place from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the second floor of the library.  Read more

Mountainkeeper seeks to enhance Trailkeeper site

REGION — Catskill Mountainkeeper (CMK) has begun an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign to enhance the Trailkeeper.org site, a resource for all things trail and hiking-related in Sullivan County.  Read more

Attend an environmental careers camp

PENNSYLVANIA — Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) summer residential camp. The deadline for applications is April 5.  Read more

Bashakill birds in all seasons

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., for “Birds of the Bashakill,” a presentation by Sullivan County Audubon member Lance Verderame, on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. The program offers a season-by-season account of the incredible bird life of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, located near Wurtsboro, the largest freshwater marsh in southern New York State. Lance will explore why this is one of the premier birding locations in the state and the best in Sullivan County.  Read more

Take a trip to the flower show

HONESDALE, PA — The Women’s Club of Honesdale is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday, March 3. The cost is $63, which includes bus and admission ticket.

The bus will leave Dave’s Super Duper parking lot in Honesdale at 7:30 a.m. It will lerave Hamlin (the parking lot behind McDonald’s) at 7:45 am.

The bus will leave Philadelphia for the return trip home at 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call Joan Green at 570/253-3625, or mail a check to Green at 599 Bethany Tpk., Honesdale, PA 18431.

Learn about outdoor winter activities

PORT JERVIS, NY — Mike Medley, outdoor educator for the Bashakill Area Association (BKAA), will reveal two popular ways to have fun during the winter snow season in a program given at The Hub at the Port Jervis Free Library on Saturday, February 14, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.  Read more

Museum hosts water supply field trips

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum now hosts a new field trip on water and the history of New York City’s water supply system, available to all schools.  Read more

Mentored youth fishing days, trout stocking schedules announced

PENNSYLVANIA — In response to requests for more fishing opportunities, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) recently expanded the Mentored Youth Trout Days program to include all trout waters stocked by the PFBC and managed under commonwealth inland regulations, which substantially increased the number of waters open to the program. The Mentored Youth Trout Day for the 139th legislative district (covering parts of Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties) will be held on April 11, the Saturday before the statewide opening day of trout season.  Read more

Learn to grow microgreens

LIBERTY, NY — Microgreens are young, nutritious seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs that are harvested and eaten in less than 14 days. A workshop titled “Growing Microgreens at Home” will be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, February 19. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at CCESC’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Ice fishing in Loch Sheldrake

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Loch Sheldrake Fire Department (LSFD) will host its annual ice fishing contest on Saturday, February 7 on the Loch Sheldrake Lake. Registration opens at 5:30 a.m., and the contest closes at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in various categories including most fish caught, biggest lunker and more.  Read more

Pheasant-raising opportunity

LIBERTY, NY — Youth interested in participating in the annual Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s Day-Old Pheasant Raise & Release program have the unique opportunity to experience rearing pheasants and releasing them into the wild. Orders can be placed until Wednesday, March 11 through the 4-H Youth Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC), located at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

College internships available at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Applications currently are being accepted for a number of different internships at Grey Towers National Historic Site. College students who are interested in natural resource conservation, history, art, gardening, landscape architecture, forestry, museum services and recreational or visitor services, such as tour guides, are encouraged to apply.  Read more

Backyard series continues with chickens

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at the Port Jervis Free Library will continue its popular backyard series of programs in January and February. These are designed for those interested in using their own backyards to produce delicious, healthy food and have fun doing it. The first class will be Raising Chickens for Eggs and Fun, on Thursday, January 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Environmental scholarship available

REGION — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is currently accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college.  Read more

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