Highlighted Programs:

Please note:  Pre-registration is suggested for all programs offered.  For more information, or to register for a program please contact our office at 570-629-3061. 

Home School Programs  

Explorer Packs for Kids at Kettle Creek   
 
Christmas Bird Count    

2014 Monroe County Farm Tour   

Field Trips

2014 Monroe County Snipe Hunt 

Kettle Creek Art Gallery Schedule 2014                                                                                                                                                             

2014 Tannersville Bog Walks and Bog Day Celebration  

Share Your Yard with Wildlife  

 

 

 Home School Programs  

Announcing 2014 Home School Programs

Homeschool Information Sheet - click here

Our Environmental Education staff will offer a hands-on environmental education experience for any interested home school students.  Activities will include classroom instruction and hands-on outdoor learning opportunities for all ages with participants divided into three age groups:  Kindergarten through 2nd grade (parent accompaniment required), 3rd through 6th grade, and 7th through 12th grade.  Each month a different topic will be addressed, all classes will be led by an Environmental Educator and be held from 2-4pm. Cost:  $6/non-members, $3/EE Center members.   Pre-registration and payment are required and limited by the Monday preceding the program date. Refunds given only if notification is given at least three days prior to the program date.  

PA Trees - October 2 (2 - 4 p.m.) - Join us as we explore the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary’s property in search of trees.  Identification of trees, tree uses and benefits will be discussed.

Investigating Bugs - November 6 (2 - 4 p.m.) - Insects are amazing critters.  Come learn about what they are doing this fall and how they may or may not survive the winter. 

What is a Conservation District? - December 4 (2 - 4 p.m.) - The Monroe County Conservation District, established in 1947, has been around for long time.  Come learn about what a Conservation District is and does.
 

 Explorer Packs for Kids 

New at Kettle Creek – Explorer Packs

For children ages 6 to 12 (Parental supervision required)
Children who complete all 5 activities will receive a Kettle Creek Explorer certificate and decal!
Activities include:  Birds, Pond Critters, Trees, Life underground, Fossils
Borrow the Explorer backpack for free and return it the same day. Complete all the activities in one day or make several short visits to complete all five. Map, directions, and equipment to enjoy all the activities are provided in the pack. Talk to one of the Educators and find out how to get started on your way to becoming a Kettle Creek Explorer!

  Christmas Bird Count    

December - 14 - Sunday - Christmas Bird Count - Birdwatchers of all skill levels wanted.  For more information contact Brian Hardiman at bhmccd@ptd.net or (570) 629-3061.

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 Monroe County Farm Tour 2014  

From the farm to our table, most of what we eat today travels approximately 1,500 miles.  That requires a great amount of non-renewable resources, which in turn creates a lot of pollution. Today many people consider what impacts their actions have on the environment in terms of a “carbon footprint.”   One easy way to reduce our carbon footprint is to buy locally grown foods. By buying local, we are also supporting our local economy.

The Monroe County Conservation District and the Penn State Cooperative Extension are hosting the 2014 Farm Tour which will connect consumers with local producers.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit local farms to learn about their available products and farm management. The 2014 Monroe County Farm Tour will be held on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Brochures and maps for this self-guided tour will be available at the farms, our office and on our website, mcconservation.org. For more information please call our office at 570-629-3060.

Currently the following farms will be participating in the event, but check back on our website for additional farms prior to the event.

Apple Ridge Farm
1198 Pennel Road 
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
Apple Ridge Farm is a sustainable family farm, which includes certified naturally grown produce, hydroponically grown produce, pasture-raised chicken and eggs, and a wood-fired brick oven for sourdough bread baking.  Educational Activity: Tour the farm property to see the various components of the farm and how they all fit together to create a sustainable system.

Josie Porter Farm                  
6514 Cherry Valley Road 
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Josie Porter Farm is a biodynamically managed vegetable farm.  It is home to Cherry Valley Community Supported Agriculture, and the Josie Porter Farm Buying Club.  The mission of the farm is to provide a connection to the land and food through education, farming and community. Educational Activity:  There will be farm tours, the store will be open and Penn State Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions at several interactive displays and activities.

Pohopoco Creek Alpacas
216 Merwinsburg Road        
Effort, PA 18330
Pohopoco Creek Alpacas raises alpacas to sell and harvests fleece for yarn, clothing and accessories. Educational Activity:  The owner will discuss where alpacas are from, what they are used for, and how the property is managed.

Stryker Farm                           
3045 Mountain Road               
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
Stryker Farm raises heritage breed pigs and meat goats humanely and naturally outdoors on pasture and forest land.  Educational Activity:  Take a tour of the farm to learn about the challenges of producing naturally raised and fed goats and pigs.

The Garden of Giving                           
2556 Rising Hill Drive               
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
The Garden of Giving provides fresh produce and eggs to Monroe County food banks.  Educational Activity:  Participants will learn about the mission of The Garden of Giving and have the opportunity to plant garlic for harvesting next year.

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Field Trips

September 25 - Thursday - Rattlesnake Swamp Hike - This 5 mile round-trip hike skirts the edge of Rattlesnake Swamp before a short climb takes us to the Appalachian Trail.  One of Brian’s favorite hikes, this location is outstanding for its variety of breeding birds and other wildlife. Meet at KCEEC at 8:30 a.m. and return approximately 4 p.m.  Participants should pack a lunch and plenty of water, and need to be physically fit for hiking distances over rocky, uneven terrain.  Cost: $24/non-member, $18/EE Center member.  Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.    Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week prior to the trip.   

October 2 - Thursday - Raccoon Ridge Field Trip - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman  for this hike to Raccoon Ridge, a spectacular mountain-top lookout along the Appalachian Trail in N.J.  Participants will observe the hawk migration and learn about the lore of this storied site while enjoying views that reach the Catskill Mountains.  Meet at KCEEC at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.  Cost: $24/non-member, $18/EE Center member, and includes bus transportation.  Access to Raccoon Ridge involves a challenging, strenuous, and rocky uphill hike of 1½ miles.  Binoculars, food, water, camera, and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.  Dress appropriately for the weather - it can be cold and windy on the lookout.  Pre-registration and payment are required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 

October 9 - Thursday - Hawk Mountain Field Trip -  Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman will lead this trip to internationally known Hawk Mountain, the oldest hawk migration monitoring site in the world.  Participants will have outstanding opportunities to see a variety of birds of prey while learning about their migration dynamics. Meet at KCEEC at 8:30 a.m. and return 5:30 p.m.  Cost: $24/non-member, $18/EE Center member, and includes bus transportation.  Binoculars, food and drink, and comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. Dress for the weather and be prepared for a moderately strenuous one-mile hike to the lookout.  Pre-registration and pre-payment is required, and registration is limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 

October 30 - Thursday - Birding at Brig - Forsythe (formerly Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge, located on the southern coast of New Jersey, is a migratory hotspot for a diversity of birds including many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors.  Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman for a full day of birds and fun at Brig - we will meet at the EE Center at 7 a.m. and return approximately 8:30 p.m.  Cost: $24/non-member, $18/EE Center member and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch, binoculars, and dress for the weather (it can be cold and windy on the refuge).  A dinner stop will be made.  Pre-registration and payment are required.  Refunds will be given only if notification is given at least one week in advance.

November 6 - Thursday - Open Space Along the Brodhead Part I - The Brodhead Creek is historically significant as the “birth place” of American Fly-fishing. Join environmental educator Darryl Speicher as he explores open space property along the shores of the Brodhead Creek, from its beginning in Canadensis, to its confluence with the Paradise Creek. We will travel from site to site in the Kettle Creek Bus. Meet at the EE Center at 8:30 a.m. and return at 1 p.m. Cost:  $15/non-member, $10/EE Center member. Pre-registration and payment are required.  Refunds will be given only if notification is given at least one week in advance.

November 13 - Thursday - Open Space Along the Brodhead Part II - Darryl continues his tour of the Brodhead Creek. This week we’ll begin where the Brodhead doubles where the Paradise creek joins its flow. We will visit open space along the creek to its confluence with the Delaware River. We will travel from site to site in the Kettle Creek Bus. Meet at the EE Center at 8:30 a.m. and return at 1 p.m. Cost:  $15/non-member, $10/EE Center member.  Pre-registration and payment are required.  Refunds will be given only if notification is given at least one week in advance.

November 20 - Thursday - Autumn Mystery Birding Trip - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on the first ever autumn Mystery Birding Trip. This very popular field trip is typically held in the early spring where the birding destinations and target birds are not revealed until the day of the trip.  We’ll follow this same premise with the goal of seeing a variety of bird species (and maybe some unusual ones) during their fall migration period.  Participants meet at the EE Center at 8:30 a.m. and return 5:30 p.m.  Cost: $24/non-member, $18/EE Center member, and includes bus transportation, plenty of birds, and a good time!  Participants should pack a lunch, binoculars, and dress appropriately for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks. Pre-registration and payment are required and limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week prior to the trip.




 2014 Great Monroe County Snipe Hunt

September - 26 - 27 - Friday & Saturday - The Great Monroe County Snipe Hunt - It’s that time of year to get your team together and compete in the Great Monroe County Snipe Hunt. The teams are trying not just to find more birds than the competition, but the rarest birds in Monroe County over a 24-hour period. This year’s snipe hunt will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and end at the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The team with the highest point total wins.  For a copy of the official Great Monroe County Snipe Hunt rules and registration information contact the EE Center at (570) 629-3061. Cost: $15/team member. All participating team members will receive an official Great Monroe County Snipe Hunt license. Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 24. Pre-registration and payment are required.  Refunds will be given only if notification is given at least one week in advance.



2014 Kettle Creek Art Gallery Schedule

December - January - Laurinda Faye Rubin - Photographer - “Nature’s Landscapes Big and Small -  Explore nature’s landscapes from scenic views up close and personal with subjects through the eyes of photographer Laurinda Faye Rubin. Photographs on display will portray scenic landscapes from around the area to the intimate landscapes found in the smallest natural scenes of nature.



February - Sarah Jayne Moll - Painter - “Hues of Nature” - Nature’s beauty expressed with bold and vibrant hues in acrylic paintings by Sarah Jayne Moll. Opening Reception: February 1, 2014, 11 a.m. - p.m.

March 8 - 31 - Tom Storm - Photographer - “Scenes from the Top” - Tom Storm has spent the past three winters hiking the peaks, ridges and overlooks of Carbon County. With camera in hand, he grants visual access to some of the more remote and unique vistas and vantage points the area has to offer. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

                                                                                        Linda Kreckel                                         Joan Rohn                                            Joan Sayer

April 5 - 29 - Linda Kreckel, Joan Rohn, and Joan Sayer – Painters - “Nature’s Treasures” - Three local Pennsylvania artists translate their love of nature in watercolor and mixed media. Their paintings show unique interpretations and images of the treasures that nature offers. Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.



May 3 - June 28  - Nancy Hopping - “Backyard Pocono Wildlife” - Nancy’s photography features the calm of front yard sunrises and backyard sunsets, the splendor of Pocono wildflowers, and the grace (and antics) of eagles, foxes, bobcat, great blue heron, bears, and other local animals. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

July 1 – 31 – Emerald Lakes Watercolor Club – Watercolor Painters - “Nature and Our Surroundings”- Serene landscapes, animals in their habitat, fresh and bold florals, and nature in awe from the ocean floor to the heavens above. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12,
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

August 1 – 31 – Kathy Crane - Painter - “The Beauty of Creation: Skies, Mountains, Oceans, and Birds” - Kathy enjoys painting landscapes in an impressionistic style, and painting gives her great joy! Opening Reception: Saturday, August 2, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

September 3 – 30 - Tim Weaver - Painter - Oils and Watercolors – Though his style has developed over years of painting, Tim Weaver credits several well-known artist/instructors for their influence.  Since 1992, he has taught watercolor classes in Luzerne County, Northeast Pennsylvania and the surrounding area.  Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

October 1 – 30 – Stephanie Spotts - “Best Art Show Ever!!” – Mixed Medium - Stephanie admits to being in a constant state of learning and evolving. Her art has never settled on just one medium, from watercolors to woodcraft and everything in between, it is apparent she is most interested in making the viewer smile.  Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

October 31 – December 2 – Jim Thomas – Wooden Scroll Art.  Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

December 3 – January 29, 2015 – 4-H Photography Club – “Our Natural World” - These images portray how the youth see the natural world around us. The 4-H Photography Club’s youth, ranging from ages 8 to 19, learn how to develop their photography skills through a variety of opportunities and experiences. Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 



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Tannersville Bog Walks and Bog Day Celebration 2014
Physical Address: 166 Cherry Lane Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Google Map Directions please click here

Sunday Bog Walks

May 18, June 29, July 27, August 17, and September 21.  These 2 1/2 hour Sunday walks begin at 1pm.  Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required. 

Saturday Bog Walks

February 15, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, and November.  These 2 1/2 hour Saturday walks begin at 2pm.  Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required.

Special Bog Programs

April 15, Tuesday: Full Moon Walk 6:30 p.m. - An early spring full moon will highlight this evening walk. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. and participants should bring a flashlight. Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required. 

May 6, 13, 20, Tuesdays: Birding the Bog 7 a.m.  - Combine one of the most unique natural settings with one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons and you get a morning of migration birding at the Bog. Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required. 

June 10 Tuesday:  Amphibians and Reptiles of the Bog 1 p.m. Join us on an official survey of the Tannersville Bog property’s amphibians and reptiles. Sightings will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS), a state-wide project documenting the status and distribution of these animals. Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required. 

June 12 Thursday: Canoe/Kayak Trip 10 a.m. - Join us on a paddling trip into the Bog Preserve on Cranberry Creek. The program lasts 3 hours. Participants are required to provide their own kayak or canoe. Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required. 

July 26 Saturday: of Bogs & Butterflies 1 p.m.   - A special Saturday walk into the Tannersville Bog to count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association annual butterfly count. Perhaps the elusive Bog Copper will make an appearance! This event ends at 3 p.m. Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required. 

September 8 Monday: Full Moon Hike 6:30 p.m.  - Explore the bog under the light of a full moon. The walk begins at 6:30pm and participants should bring a flashlight. Meet at the bog parking lot. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required. 

Spring Wednesday Walks – May 7 through June 4
From 1 - 3:30pm we’ll be leading walks through a very unique National Natural Landmark - the Tannersville Bog.  Spring is an excellent time to explore the Bog and learn about this unique wetland.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12.  Meet at the bog parking lot..  Pre-registration is required.
 
Summer Wednesday Walks – June 11 through September 10
From 10 - 12:30pm we’ll be leading walks through a very unique National Natural Landmark - the Tannersville Bog.  Summer is an excellent time to explore the Bog and learn about this unique wetland.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12.  Meet at the bog parking lot..  Pre-registration is required.

Fall Wednesday Walks - September 17 through November 12
From 1 - 3:30pm we’ll be leading walks through a very unique National Natural Landmark - the Tannersville Bog.  Fall is an excellent time to explore the Bog and learn about this unique wetland.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12.  Meet at the bog parking lot.  Pre-registration is required.

Bog Day Celebration 2014 - October - 19 - Sunday - Annual Bog Day Bog Day Flyer Click Here 
 A unique environment with many beautiful and unusual plants and animals, the Tannersville Bog is certainly one of Pennsylvania’s authentic natural treasures.  Long valued as an outdoor “museum” and laboratory by scientists, professional botanists, and educators, The Nature Conservancy has protected it since 1956.  Join Bog Committee members and Environmental Educators from the Monroe County Conservation District's EE Center for one of many walks offered throughout the day  from 9am to 4pm. Information on the bog preserve history as well as The Nature Conservancy .  All walks are free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is required for all walks.  To register call (570)629-3061, Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm and most Saturdays 9am - 1pm.
2014 Bog Newsletter 
2014 Public Bog Walk Schedule

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Share Your Yard with Wildlife

Backyard Assesment Brochure Click Here

Share Your Yard with Wildlife

We live in a remarkable place. The habitats in the Poconos are home to a great diversity of birds and other wildlife. Our streams are among the finest in the world and our watersheds provide clean water that supports us as well as the aquatic habitats that sustain wild trout. We all have a role in helping to maintain habitat and watershed function. Property owners are encouraged to enroll in our Backyard Habitat Assessment program. We will visit your property and make recommendations on how to help integrate your yard into the surrounding habitat and protect the water we all share. If you are interested in learning more about the habitat assessment process contact Darryl Speicher at 570-629-3061, or e-mail him at dsmccd@ptd.net.

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