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BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a free community picnic on Saturday, August 27, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at its Bethel offices. The Conservancy’s annual picnic celebrates our local community of supporters and friends and provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy the rolling hills, meadows, gardens and woods at the Bethel site.

Park service offers courses for kids at Zane Grey

LACKAWAXEN, PA — “Backyard Biology” is offered to students in grades three through six by the National Park Service (NPS) every Wednesday during the summer, at 10:30 a.m. at the Zane Grey Museum. For one hour, students will learn from an NPS Ranger about ecology, populations, native and invasive species, watersheds and other biological concepts. These are hands-on interactive lessons, and all are welcome.  Read more

Vendors wanted for Pumpkin Fest

BARRYVILLE, NY — Food, craft and artist vendors are sought for Pumpkin Fest, Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day of fun, contests and live music will be held at a new location, behind the Carriage House on the Delaware River. Visit

Winners announced for Conservancy scholarships

HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has awarded its annual Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 to Alex Hess, a 2015 graduate of Deposit Central School, and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000 to Claire Harvey, a 2015 graduate of Honesdale High School.  Read more

Music in the great outdoors; Wildflower Music Festival

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Patriotic Brass Ensemble is scheduled to perform at the Wildflower Music Festival on Saturday, July 4 at 6 p.m. The 15-piece brass band will be led by special guest conductor Jari Villanueva, well-known retired USAF Band ceremonial bugler. It is the only professional and national organization dedicated to serving veterans and military families by donating its members’ time as a 501(c)3 charity, giving performances at a wide range of veterans’ organizations, events and hospitals.  Read more

Tour ‘secret gardens’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Above left, Theresa Johnson and Linda Pinto are seen preparing for the Milford Garden Club’s 2015 Secret Garden Tour; above right is a garden from a previous year’s tour. This year’s tour will take place on Saturday, July 18. Locations of the gardens are a secret until the day of the tour. You can purchase tickets before the event for $15 at the Willow, 317 Broad St., or by mailing a check to the Milford Garden Club, P.O. Box 764, Milford, PA, 18337 by July 11. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased for $20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Exploring nature at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), at 538 Emery Rd., is planning a variety of events in the first half of July.

On Sunday, July 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a summer canoe paddle. You can paddle a canoe and try out PEEC’s new kayaks. Beginners are welcome; they will teach you everything you need to know. Dress appropriately—you may get wet. Call to reserve a canoe. The cost is $5.  Read more

Shuman Point guided hike

HAWLEY, PA — Join PPL’s forester, Paul Kowalczyk, on a hike in Shuman Point Natural Area. Kowalczyk will explain how forest management practices, like the Shuman Point timber harvest, can provide necessary habitat for wildlife, including threatened species. Meet at Shuman Point Natural Area parking lot at 9:45 a.m.

The event is free, but registration is required. Call 570/253-7001.

ARTery hosts waterfall book signing

MILFORD, PA — There will be a book signing for “A Guide to Waterfalls of the Upper Delaware River” on Saturday, June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the ARTery Gallery, 210 Main St. A project of authors and artists Marie Liu and Dawn Benko, the book provides detailed information about 12 waterfall destinations around Pike and Sussex Counties along with the images that they have created of those waterfalls.  Read more

Debris removed from Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) and Talen Energy collected 14.25 tons of debris during the eighth annual Lake Wallenpaupack Cleanup Day. 98 tons of debris has been removed since 2008. Lake More than 80 individuals from thirty-four communities took advantage of the free cleanup and brought enough old and broken Styrofoam, wood and dock parts to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center to fill six large trash containers.  Read more

Trout and river temperatures

The Upper Delaware trout fishing community has in recent weeks been very concerned about high river temperatures, which they feel have been compounded by unnecessarily low water releases from New York City’s Delaware System reservoirs. Agitated calls for additional water releases have been made repeatedly to those who manage the river. My article in The River Reporter’s special section Fishing 2015 outlined the structure and politics of the upper Delaware system and conservationists’ attempts to get thermal stress relief for the trout.  Read more

Poultry farming for beginners

LIBERTY, NY — An educational series on beginner farming continues this month with “Introduction to Poultry Farming” on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Garden and kickball game open to community

BEACH LAKE, PA — Beach Lake United Methodist Church will host a family-friendly community event including a kickball game, a free potluck supper and an open house at the Beach Lake Community garden on Saturday, June 20. Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the potluck to follow. (In case of rain, game day will be inside the church.)

Anyone interested in learning about organic gardening or in participating in the garden is invited to the open house. Full- to quarter-size plots are available, or smaller planting boxes for those wanting to try out gardening on a smaller scale.  Read more

Challenger game set for June 20

HAWLEY, PA — AMSKier Insurance agency is hosting the Wallenpaupack Area Little League Challenger baseball game verses the Ding-Del Challenger team from eastern Pike County. The game will be held Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. in Bingham Park.  Read more

‘Foraging & Feasting in late June’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Herbalist and author Dina Falconi will present a special workshop, “Foraging & Feasting the Bounty of Late June,” hosted by Amy Gillingham at Wild Roots Farm on Tuesday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Walking, paddling and learning at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will offer a variety of events for paddlers, walkers and those who are curious about native flora and fauna over the next couple of weekends.

On Sunday, June 14, there will be a wild edibles walk from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $5. The hike will be focused on identification; no collecting will be done within the park.  Read more

Do-it-yourself fishing class

HONESDALE, PA — Evan Padua of Sweetwater Guide Service will teach “DIY: Fishing” at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Thursday, June 11. The class will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and is part of the Do-it-Yourself workshop series presented by The Cooperage Project.

During the past six years, Honesdale and Narrowsburg native Evan Padua has guided fishing and whitewater river trips in Alaska, Wyoming, New York and Pennsylvania. Currently, as a guide with his father for Sweetwater Guide Service, he guides day-fishing trips on the Upper Delaware River.  Read more

Take the Secret Garden Tour

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club has announced that its annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 18. The gardens on the tour differ in style and concept and offer a diversity of gardening approaches. Locations of the gardens are a secret until the day of the tour.  Read more

Youth gardening series

LIBERTY, NY—Families can foster a lifelong gardening interest with their children this summer in a four-part educational workshop series offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County Master Gardener Volunteer program. Three of the classes, for children ages five to 12, will be offered in the outdoor teaching gardens at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. As a bonus, one program will be held at the Fort Delaware Museum in Narrowsburg.

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Nature Fest at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold Nature Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The day of outdoor fun will include a live animals presentation, paddle on the lake, a tour of the historic 1903 Watres Lodge, eco-friendly games and more.  Read more

Hands-on vet science class

LIBERTY, NY — All youth with an interest in veterinary science, between the ages of 13 and 18, can engage in a hands-on veterinary science educational opportunity this summer. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCE) will offer this three-part 4-H Youth Development program series on Wednesday June 24, July 15, and July 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Read more