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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.


Substitute native plants for invasive species

LIBERTY, NY — Home gardeners and landscapers can learn to create a more natural outdoor setting by substituting native ornamental plants over harmful invasive species. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteers will offer this class on native plants vs. invasive species on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Geocaching at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — We’re embarking on a high-tech adventure! Lacawac’s Amazing Georace will take geocaching teams on an outdoor adventure solving puzzles, finding containers and earning points while discovering natural and historic features on the sanctuary’s property, located at 94 Sanctuary Rd. Join Lacawac and the Tri-State Geocachers on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. for the Meet & Greet.  Read more

Bird Walk and Work Party in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free bird walk on the woodland trail at our office on Sunday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Learn about what you see and hear on the trail, and help collect data about the birds found on the property.
Then, join the Conservancy on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Bethel office to participate in a work party to clean up the grounds and do some painting and minor repairs to help us get ready for the summer.  Read more

Electric trolling on the reservoir

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it will continue the pilot program that allows the use of electric trolling motors for fishing at Cannonsville Reservoir. During the 2015 season, DEP will continue its discussions with fishermen and watershed stakeholders to determine whether the trolling motor program has been useful and whether it should expand to other locations in the years ahead.  Read more

Kids release trout at Sullivan West

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — On May 14, fifth-grade students will celebrate Trout Release Day, part of the Trout in the Classroom program co-sponsored by the Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) and Jeff Bank at Sullivan West Elementary School. The release day will take place at the junction of Route 52 and North Branch Road, where owner Jim Hughson has donated the use of the park. The property runs along Callicoon Creek, and is maintained in memory of his daughter, Lauren, a great lover of the outdoors.  Read more

River Sojourn planned for June 20-27

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — The Delaware Sojourn, one of the oldest river sojourns in the nation, will take place from June 20 to 27 this year. Participants can sign up for the entire eight-day trip or for the day(s) of their choice.

Close to 75 miles of the Main Stem Delaware River will be paddled in 2015, split into daily trips ranging from eight to 13 miles. This year’s sojourn will also visit Crosswicks Creek, a New Jersey tributary to the Delawar
e River. The sojourn will include the following stretches:
Saturday, June 20: Balls Eddy, PA to Buckingham, PA  Read more

Livingston Manor Garden Day

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor Garden Day will be held on May 16, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Community Center and Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Manor Renaissance volunteers and Sullivan County Audubon Society.  Read more

Scholar athletes honored

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Sullivan West High School seniors Carly Grishaber and Kevin Hart recently won O.C.I.A.A. recognition as Scholar/Athletes. The awards ceremony was held on April 2d at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. Pictured above are Kevin’s parents Cathy and Dan Hart, left, Kevin, Carly and her parents Jill and John Grishaber.

Carly has participated in soccer, basketball, and softball. She plans on attending Ulster County Community College, majoring in veterinary technology.  Read more

Double-header at fly-fishing museum

‘The Land of Little Rivers’ through the eyes of a photojouralist  Read more

Callicoon Farmers’ Market is back outdoors

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association’s weekly market returns to Callicoon Creek Park, on Audrey Dorer Drive on Sunday, May 3. Market hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Community gardens

Transition Community garden welcomes new growers  Read more

Celebrate Earth Day at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan, which was proclaimed the official Sullivan County Earth Day site by the Sullivan County Legislature, will host a full slate of events in celebration of Earth Day, including the PowerUp of the SUNY Sullivan Solar Garden. The day begins at 9 a.m. with exhibitors and a marketplace in the Seelig Theatre Lobby (E Building). There will be a tour of the campus at 9:30 a.m. featuring the composting operation, the community garden and the geothermal building.  Read more

Hawley Earth Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Earth Day will be celebrated at Hawley Earth Fest this weekend. Stop by the Hawley Library on Friday, April 24, for a mask-making workshop in preparation for the Species Parade scheduled for the next day. Create your own custom mask of any plant or animal. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, you can visit a costume station near the park to complete your costume.  Read more

The big ones are coming, but when?

After the hard winter that we’ve just endured, fly fisherman up and down the Delaware are anxiously awaiting the “big ones.” I don’t mean big fish. I mean big bugs, the first really significant hatch of large mayflies: the Hendricksons. Once they appear in force, these lovely mayflies can get the trout into a feeding frenzy all along the Delaware, its East and West branches and tributaries like the Lackawaxen and the Mongaup, not to mention the hallowed waters of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc.  Read more

Wild mushrooms and edible plants of spring

PORT JERVIS, NY — Nathaniel Whitmore, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast, will present a program designed to reveal the edible plants and mushrooms that can be foraged in our region in the spring on Thursday, April 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in The Hub, a public computer center located in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St.

He will reveal the terrain each prefers, how to identify it, and how to prepare it for consumption.  Read more

Wee ones walk at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Bring your little ones, ages three and four, for a walk outdoors at Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Rd., on Saturday, April 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Naturalist educator Jenna Mauder will encourage children to use all five senses to explore the environment. The walk will conclude with a craft and a snack. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The cost is $5 per child, $10 for three. Siblings under three are admitted free. Register by email at or call 580/689-9494.  Read more

Species Parade at Earth Fest

HAWLEY, PA —Lacawac Sanctuary will host the 2015 Species Parade in Bingham Park on Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. in honor of Earth Day. Dress as your favorite plant, animal or fungi. Register for free as an individual, couple, family or group online at Friendly dogs are welcome to dress also. Follow Hawley Earth Fest on Facebook for costume ideas and updates.  Read more

‘Smart Landscaping’

HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society are co-sponsoring a free seminar titled “Smart Landscaping: How Landscaping Can Save Energy.” on Tuesday April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wayne County Conservation District office, located in the Park Street Complex, 648 Park St.  Read more

New York Nut Growers Association meets

LIBERTY, NY—The New York Nut Growers Association (NYNGA) will hold its spring meeting on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer Program will host this group at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Repairing the Delaware Aqueduct

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A presentation by Adam Bosch from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on the repairs to the Delaware Aqueduct will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 noon. Built between 1937 and 1944, the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct carries water from the Rondout Reservoir to New York City, and is the longest continuous tunnel in the world. It is currently under repair for leakage.  Read more