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. 

Homeschool Programs   

Explorer Packs for Kids at Kettle Creek   
 
Maple Sugaring Season 2016  

Tree Tapping Day   

Field Trips

Manure Management Workshop  

Kettle Creek Art Gallery 2016 Schedule                                                                                                                                                               

2016 Tannersville Bog Walks and Bog Day Celebration  

Share Your Yard with Wildlife  

 

 

  Homeschool Programs  

We are continuing to offer hands-on environmental education experiences for any interested home school students. Activities include classroom instruction and outdoor learning opportunities for all ages with students divided into three age groups: K - 2nd grade (parent accompaniment required), 3rd - 6th grade, and 7th - 12th grade. Each month a different topic will be addressed and all classes will be led by an Environmental Educator from 2 - 4pm. Cost: $6/non-members, $3/EE Center members for most programs. Pre-registration is required and limited by the Monday preceding the     program date. 

February 4 – Bald Eagles of the  Poconos (note special cost and time for 3rd - 12th grade) – Our national symbol has made a remarkable recovery and now nests throughout the Poconos.  Students in 3rd - 12th grade will take a bus field trip to search for eagles along the Delaware River. Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm.  Cost: $18/non-members, $15/EE Center members. Limited to 13 participants. K - 2nd grade program will be held at 2pm.

March 3 – Amazing Animal  Adaptations (note special cost) – Have you ever been face to face with a bobcat?  It’s possible at this program with guest speaker Kathy Uhler from the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.  Kathy’s exciting and informative program includes a variety of live animals from her facility.  The program begins at 2pm and is for grades K - 12.  Cost: $14/non-members, $10/EE Center members.

April 7 – The Three R’s –  We should all be practicing The Three R’s… “R” you?  Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling are important conservation practices and benefit both the environment and our communities. 
 

 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!


  Maple Sugaring Season 2016  

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As winter arrives, the Meesing Sugarbush sits quiet and empty.  It won’t be long, however, until the EE staff ventures into the Sugarbush to begin the next Maple Sugaring season. 

2015 started off cold in the Sugarbush and no real sap ran until mid-March.  Once the season started, it turned into a great year with over 37 gallons of quality syrup produced and a wonderful Public Day event with over 300 people visiting the Sugarbush and eating pancakes doused in fresh Meesing maple syrup. 

We hope you can make plans to join us this season and enjoy the sweet taste of locally made pure maple syrup.  Our 39th Public Maple Sugaring Day will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 10am - 3pm.  The day will feature a tour of the Sugarbush including stops to learn about Native American and early pioneer methods of making maple syrup, our evaporator process, and methods of identifying and tapping a maple tree.  After the tour, everyone will get a chance to taste some of our syrup on freshly made pancakes!  Cost: $5/adult and $3/children under 12; all members of the EE Center and all tree sponsors attend FREE of charge.

We will be sponsoring a special day for scout groups on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  Programs can be scheduled between 9am - 2pm and are open to any level of scouts and their families.  Cost: $5/adult, $3/scouts and children under 12 and includes our syrup on freshly made pancakes.  Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 2, 2016. 

Dates set for programs in the Sugarbush are Monday, February 29 through Friday, March 11.  All groups interested in scheduling a tour should call the Center to set aside a time block.  Each program takes 1 ½ to 2 hours and includes learning about maple sugaring from the earliest methods used by Native Americans to present day collection/evaporation techniques.  The group will also tap a maple tree and take home a sample of sweet maple syrup.  Cost: $3/participant, spaces fill up fast, so please register early. The Sugarbush is located 5.5 miles north of Marshalls Creek on Creek Road.  For more information call (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.


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  Tree Tapping Day  

On Tuesday, February 9, we invite people of all ages to join us beginning at 10am as we tap maple trees in the Meesing Sugarbush outside of Marshall’s Creek.  This day is set aside for setting up all of the things necessary to get ready for our 2016 Maple Sugaring Season.  We’ll tap trees, run the tube collection lines, set up the evaporator, and more.  You are welcome to spend one hour or the entire day with us in the Sugarbush.  There is no charge for the day, and we will provide warm beverages!  You’ll need to dress in warm layers and wear boots as we trudge through the Sugarbush.  The event is weather permitting and we suggest you call and pre-register and so we can update you on conditions.  It will certainly be a fun day in the Sugarbush!  Note: Inclement weather date will be Wednesday, February 10.

 

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Field Trips

Pennsylvania Farm Show Bus Trip - 12 - Tuesday - Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibits.  Join us for a trip in our 13-passenger, wheelchair-accessible bus to the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show.  We’ll leave from the EE Center at 8:30am and return at 8:30pm.  Cost: $32/non-members, $26/EE Center members.  Pre-registration and payment is required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance.  Note: Inclement weather date is Thursday, January 14th.
 
Eagle Watch - 22 - Friday - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this field trip to the upper Delaware River in search of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle.  Once a rare sight, many wintering and resident eagles now inhabit this region and the probability for sightings is high.  Meet at the EE Center at 8:30am and return 5:30pm.  Cost: $28/non-members, $22/EE Center members and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration is required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 
 
Lakota Wolf Preserve Field Trip - 25 - Thursday - Learn about some of the world’s most amazing animals as we explore the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ and observe the 4 different packs of wolves living there (plus foxes and bobcats too).  This is a great wildlife photography opportunity—don’t forget your camera!  If we’re lucky, maybe we can hear a wolf howl!  Meet at the EE Center at 9am and return at 1:30pm.  Cost: $28/non-members, $24/EE Center members.  Pre-registration and payment is required and limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance.  Note: Inclement weather date is Friday, February 26th. 
 
Middle Creek Birding Field Trip - 2 - Wednesday - Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is a major stop-over for tremendous numbers of Snow Geese— their huge flocks in flight sometimes create a “blizzard” of birds.  Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman will lead this trip to observe this stunning spectacle of nature.  In addition, a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and other birds should be seen.  Meet at the EE Center at 8:30am and return 6pm.  Cost: $30/non-members, $24/EE Center members and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Pre-registration and payment is required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week prior to trip. 
 
Mystery Birding Field Trip - 18 - Friday - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this popular birding adventure where the destinations and target species are not revealed until the day of the trip.  Pre-trip scouting and local reports will determine where we go to see the best avian goodies.  Meet at the EE Center at 8:30am and return 5:30pm.  Cost: $28/non-members, $22/EE Center member and includes bus transportation, plenty of birds, and a good time!  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Pre-registration and payment is required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week prior to the trip. 
 
Behind the Scenes at the American Museum of Natural History - 23 - Wednesday - Darryl Speicher has made arrangements for a unique opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History.  Our guide on this adventure will be Stroudsburg native John Burns.  John is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Sackler Lab of Comparative Genomics.  The bus will leave Kettle Creek at 8:30am and return by 5:30pm.  Cost: $45/non-members, $35/EE Center members. Pre-registration and payment is required and limited.  Sign up by Friday, March 18, 2016. 
 

  Manure  Management Workshop Programs 

Penn State Extension Manure Management Workshop for the Horse and Small Farm Owner

Hosted in cooperation with Monroe County Conservation District, the Penn State Cooperative Extension is presenting a FREE Manure Management workshop at MCCD on January 20 & 27, 2016 from 7 to 9pm.  This workshop, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, is designed to help horse and farm owners learn how to improve the quality of their pastures, store and utilize manure nutrients, develop sacrifice areas, and protect environmentally sensitive areas. Participants will use this knowledge to prepare a manure management plan for their farm and will leave the workshop with a completed plan that complies with state regulations.

Space is limited, so sign up early! To register for this FREE workshop, please contact Donna Foulk at (610) 746-1970 or email dlf5@psu.edu.  You may also call Resource Conservation Specialist Matt Giambra at the MCCD office, (570) 629-3060.



2016 Kettle Creek Art Gallery Schedule

December 1 – January 2016 - Photo Contest Display - Enjoy the entrants in our Monroe County Natural Resources photo contest. The top 13 photos will be available on a 2016 calendar. Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit Environmental Education programs at Kettle Creek.  Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m\

February 1 - 29: Jim & Denise Thomson - “Wildlife of the Water Gap and Beyond” - Jim and his wife Denise have traveled all over the United States and Canada in search of magnificent creatures.  Enjoy a photo exhibit of animals that come from near and far.  Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6, 11am - 1pm.

March 1 - 31: Will Daskal - “Woods and Waters” - An artistic tribute to the bucolic splendor of the Pocono Mountains.  Will’s paintings are rooted in bits of reality, as well as his own personal existence, forming a springboard for situations he might observe or  imagine.  Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5, 11am - 1pm.

April 1 - 30: Linda Stockman - “Wildlife Art” - Linda concentrates mostly on wildlife art and occasionally portraiture and animation, using oil and acrylic paints as her mediums of choice.  Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 2, 11am -  1pm.

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Tannersville Bog Walks and Bog Day Celebration 2016
Physical Address: 166 Cherry Lane Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

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Sunday Bog Walks

May 22 June 26, July 24, August 21, and September 11

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

May 14, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 24 and November 12
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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

May 3, 10, 17 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.  

May 23 Monday:  Full Moon Hike 7 p.m. - Explore the bog under the light of a full moon. The walk begins at 7pm 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. 

June 9 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.   

August 23 Tuesday: Explore the Weiss Property 6 p.m. - Join us as we explore the meadow habitat at this recently acquired property with the goldenrod in full bloom. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required.  

September 16 Friday: 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 4 through June 8
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 15 through September 7
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 14 through November 2
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 2016 - October - 16- Sunday - Annual Bog Day  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.

2015 Bog Newsletter 
2016 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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