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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!”

Reel in the fish at PPL Learning Center

HAWLEY, PA — Summer Nature Series: Fishing for Little Kids will be held at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Children will learn about basic fishing. Learn to rig a fishing rod, bait a hook and cast the line. Bring your own fishing tackle or feel free to borrow from PPL. Parent help will be appreciated. Parents who help can do everything except cast and reel in a fishing line unless they have a fishing license. They can be purchased at local sporting goods stores. Call 570/253-7001.

Herbalist leads medicinal plant walk

HAWLEY, PA — A medicinal plant walk will be led by herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join Whitmore for a walk around the preserve in search of medicinal plants in bloom. He will identify the plants and explain how they can be used to treat common ailments. Registration is not required for this free program. Meet at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For more information, call 570/253-7001.

See the Delaware from the top of Jensen’s Ledges

LORDVILLE, NY — On Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. a park ranger from the Upper Delaware National Park Service will lead a hike of the Bouchoux Trail, known locally as Jensen’s Ledges.

This difficult two-mile round-trip hike leads to a panoramic view of the Upper Delaware River Valley at the summit of Jensen’s Ledges. Quarrying of bluestone was once a large industry in the area, as evidenced by the large bluestone piles that are still visible today.  Read more

Investigate streams at Varden

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area (VCA) will hold an environmental education program titled “Stream Investigation” on Thursday, July 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Tannery Access. Join the park naturalist to delve into Middle Creek to search for macroinvertebrates—stream critters that have an exoskeleton and can be seen with the naked eye—such as dragonfly larva, mayfly nymphs and crayfish. This is a great program for scouts and families. Wear old shoes or waders and dress to get wet. Registration is suggested by calling 570/676-0567 or emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov.

Mushroom society leads walk

HAWLEY, PA — A mushroom hike as part of a summer nature series will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at PPL’s Shuman Point Natural Area. The presenter is Jack Barnett of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society.

The walk will be along the Shuman Point trail, and participants will learn how to identify mushrooms on the hike. Shuman Point Natural Area is located between Lakeville and Hawley on Route 590. Meet in the parking area at 10 a.m. Held rain or shine. No registration is required for this free program. Email delhlmushroom soc@yahoo.com.

The thrill of discovery

Shane Flory, a member of the Monroe County 4H club, “Insects Are Us,” was in his glory after capturing a common green darner dragonfly during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz in Starlight, PA. “They’re one of the hardest to catch,” Shane reported. A small-eyed sphinx moth and white admiral butterfly were two more of the insects also identified. The event, held on June 28 and 29, brought together 50 world-class scientists to collect, identify and catalog over 1,000 separate species of plants, animals and insects.  Read more

Frolicking frogs at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a Frog Frolic program on Saturday, July 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
It will be held at PEEC’s ponds and streams. Learn about frogs, and gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy.
The cost is $5 per person. Call 570/ 828-2319 to register.

Hike to learn about Battle of Minisink

BARYVILLE, NY — Park Ranger Tim Oset will lead a guided walk through the Minisink Battleground Park on Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

Map and compass reading, an old-school skill

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. reconnect with a skill set that is rapidly disappearing. Morgan Outdoors is hosting a 90-minute course in Reading Map & Compass for adults.

Learn how to interpret a topographic map, to better understand the lay of the land, and use of a compass for navigation. These simple, increasingly forgotten skills are practical to know and help us reconnect with a world often overlooked in busy lives.  Read more

Grey Towers hike features geology, forests and history of Sawkill Gorge

MILFORD, PA — A hike that will showcase the forests, geology and history of the Sawkill Gorge is planned for Saturday, July 13, at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Reservations are required and group size is limited for this free, public hike.  Read more

Bear encounters

DAMASCUS, PA — Casey and Sally Halma of Beaver Lake in Damascus Township, PA stopped by The River Reporter offices last week wanting to share their photos of a peaceful encounter with a mother black bear and her two cubs. It happened on Friday, June 21 in early afternoon in their yard when the bear came right up to their porch steps. They saw her scratching in the grass where a bird feeder had spilled over.

“We didn’t even know the two cubs were there,” explained Casey, “until she stood up and scratched at the tree, and we saw two cubs climb down.”  Read more

Boating safety course offered

HAWLEY, PA — A basic boating safety course will be held Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. The presenter is Waterways Conservation Officer Bob Plumb of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).  Read more

River Sojourn luncheon

GREELEY, PA — Members and friends of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy (TLRC) who are not participating in the Lackawaxen River leg of the Delaware River Sojourn on Monday, June 24 are invited to join the sojourners at lunch at the Wicksnes property, on the Greeley side of the river just upstream from the Rowland Bridge.  Read more

Summer bird hike

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — A summer birding hike will be held Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. The presenter is Sarah Hall of the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society.

Learn to identify the birds you will see around the lake this time of the year. Pass the osprey nest and take a stroll on the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail for bird watching. Registration is not required for this free program. Visit www.peec.org or call 570/828-2319.

First Upper Delaware BioBlitz coming to Wayne County

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — An unusual opportunity to experience the diversity of life on a unique parcel of private property, and to interact with renowned scientists who will travel to Northeastern Wayne County to catalogue those life forms, will occur on June 29 during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz.

During the event, biologists and volunteers will gather to collect and identify as many living things as possible on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period. The public is invited to experience the results at the host property owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Starlight, PA.  Read more

Wallenpaupack Communities Association meeting

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) will update the community on actions that they are taking to monitor water quality and to maintain good quality. The presentation will touch on new mandates for onsite water and sewer systems and will be held Saturday, June 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.  Read more

Learn about forest landowner projects on guided tour

MILFORD, PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site will hold a driving tour on Saturday, June 15 of privately owned forested properties located within the Upper Delaware River Basin in northeast Pennsylvania.

Learn how participation in the Common Waters Fund helps landowners conserve and manage their forests. Learn how healthy forests in this region provide clean drinking water for more than 15 million people downstream and how the health and existence of these forests are threatened by the pressures of development.  Read more

Guided hike to explore Mongaup River Trail

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Park Rangers Susie Kaspar and Josh Poston will host a guided hike of the Mongaup River Trail on June 15 at 10:30 a.m. This two-mile linear trail provides a moderate hike with abundant opportunities to view eagles, wildlife and waterfowl.

Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring plenty of water, snacks, sunglasses, bug spray, binoculars, as well as a hat. The hike is free and is for the young as well as the experienced hiker.  Read more

Summer outdoor programs at Varden

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area (VCA) will hold two environmental education programs before the end of June.

The first will be a bluebird walk on Thursday, June 20. Gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Wayne Middle School parking lot. The Bluebird Trail at VCA has bluebird boxes that are monitored weekly. The hike will use Wildcat Trail to access Bluebird Trail, and at each box participants can find baby birds. The 1.5-mile hike is easy to moderate.  Read more

Workshop on geocaching at PPL

HAWLEY, PA — Kevin “CaptainMath” DeVizia of the Tri-State Geocachers will present “Thanks for the cache!” a geocaching workshop, on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

Join DeVizia for a session introducing the sport of geocaching, the fast-growing hobby in which you use a handheld GPS device or a smartphone to find hidden containers called “geocaches.”  Read more