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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.

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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

Farmers’ market to continue at Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA —The Cooperage Farmers’ Market, located inside The Cooperage at 1030 Main St., will continue running through the winter every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next market will be on January 24. Future dates will be February 7, 14 and 28; and March 14 and 28.  Read more

Audubon announces scholarship

NORTHEAST PA — Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society is currently accepting applications for its annual $4,000 college scholarship, available to students who wish to pursue a career in an environmental field such as forestry; natural resources; environmental planning; environmental engineering; fish, game, or wildlife management; ecology and/or environmental science.  Read more

Family skiing at Holiday Mountain

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department is now open for registration for family skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Holiday Mountain. Only Town of Liberty residents are eligible.

Skiing and snowboarding will take place on Sundays through March 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A lift ticket costs $13 per person; rentals cost $13 per person; group lessons cost $20 per person; and snowboard rental costs $20 per person. Snow tubing will also take place on Sundays through March 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and costs $14 per person.  Read more

Winter critters at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a series of entertainments planned. On Saturday, January 24 from 1 to 3 p.m., a new series for three- to six-year-olds will kick off with “Little Eco Explorers: Black Bears.” The new program will feature a story, craft and activity focusing on a particular critter—in this case, obviously, bears. The cost is $5 per child.  Read more

Eagle watching

LACKAWAXEN, PA AND BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners will hold a series of eagle-watching events all winter long in Pennsylvania and New York, including guided bus tours, the second annual Eagle Day at the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center and more.

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PA discounts fishing licenses

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has a special holiday value for the 2015 fishing season. For the first time in the commission’s history, the prices of fishing licenses are being reduced. Throughout the month of December, anglers who buy a three-year or five-year multi-year fishing license will receive $3 and $5 off their license purchase. But this deal is only good through the month of December.  Read more

New Year’s Day snowshoe outing

LIBERTY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper invites you to start off your New Year on the right foot with an afternoon of snowshoeing through Walnut Mountain Park, followed by an opportunity to warm your toes with good company, hot chocolate and a bonfire. The hike through the 265-acre park will be fully guided. The outdoor bonfire with winter treats will take place at Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast, located just around the corner on Old Loomis Road. It will take place on Thursday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Read more

PEEC events planned for January

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Even in the depths of winter, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a series of entertainments planned. On Saturdays in January, starting with January 3, there will be cross- country skiing from 9 to 11 a.m., and on Sundays starting January 4, there will be cross-country skiing from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child. In these beginner ski lessons, you will learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski.  Read more

Audubon holds Christmas bird count

REGION — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on December 20th. All are invited to join.  Read more

Delaware Highlands celebrates 20th

BETHEL, NY — On November 22, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy celebrated 20 years of conservation and education in the Upper Delaware River region—as well as the 90th birthday of the conservancy’s founder, Barbara Yeaman—with a celebration at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

A snowy Thanksgiving in the Town of Highland

ELDRED, NY — A pre-Thanksgiving snow created a winter wonderland throughout our area, including the Town of Highland in Sullivan County. Resident Peter Kolesar captured some of the wonder in these photographs taken around one of the town’s numerous small lakes.

Women and Their Woods initiative receives Environmental Partnership Award

REGION — On Thursday, October 30, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their 24th annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension, and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award.  Read more

Third annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k a success

SHOHOLA, PA — The third annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k Run/Walk was, again, a success this year. Organized by the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76, in conjunction with the Township of Shohola’s Pumpkins in the Park Festival, the event began and ended at Rohman Park in Shohola on October 18. Nearly 100 runners and walkers participated, enjoying the scenic autumn view through Shohola, across the Delaware River Bridge into Barryville, NY and then back to Rohman Park.  Read more

Event wrap-up for 19th annual Tri-State Classic Race

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber was proud to present the 19th annual Tri-State Classic Race on Sunday, October 26, which included 10k and 5k races. The runners gathered in Riverside Park in Port Jervis amid the beautiful trees filled with color, to get runner tags and collectible T-shirts, and then made their way to the starting line on Jersey Avenue across the railroad tracks. The races had participants from as far away as London, New Hampshire, Philadelphia and metro New York—all to celebrate the sport of running, and many to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.  Read more

How does your river flow?

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to a short program, “How Does Your River Flow,” with Jamie Myers, biologist with the Upper Delaware National Park Service, at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, November 8 at 2 p.m.

Myers will bring an EnviroScape, a plastic tabletop model of a watershed showing hills, valleys, fields and rivers. Small model houses, cars, trees, and animals are added. Then, using materials like candy sprinkles and food coloring to represent pollutants, the public can see how the watershed works. The program is perfect for curious people of all ages.  Read more

National Public Lands Day celebrated

MILFORD, PA — Nearly 50 scouts from the Milford, PA area and more than 500 visitors participated in National Public Lands Day and Community Appreciation Day events at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, September 27. The U.S. Forest Service selected Grey Towers as one of three signature sites for National Public Lands Day activities.  Read more