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.
Bug Fest 2015
Explorer Packs for Kids at Kettle Creek
Elk Viewing in PA Trip
2015 Maple Sugaring Season
2015 E E Programs at the Farm
Kettle Creek Art Gallery 2015 Schedule
2015 Tannersville Bog Walks and Bog Day Celebration
Share Your Yard with Wildlife
Bug Fest 2015
Bug Fest 2015 –
Front Cover story Summers Newsletter 2015
Here at Kettle Creek we are gearing up for an exciting and busy summer season! One of our most anticipated events is our 2015 Bug Fest. On Saturday, July 11th, from 10 am - 3 pm we will host our ninth annual Bug Fest at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. This family-oriented festival will include displays, games, crafts, activities, live insects, and nature walks — all celebrating insects!
Funded by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund, Bug Fest started nine years ago as a fun and educational way to tap into the natural curiosity of children for all things creepy and crawly. Last year over 225 people attended the day’s festivities, which included the Insect Olympics, safaris, puppet shows, create-their-own-insects, and a live butterfly tent.
A humorous puppet show about insects will be presented by the “Insects are Us” 4-H club at 11 am and again at 1 pm. The Insect Olympics will also take place twice at 11:30 am and again at 1:30 pm. Come dressed as your favorite bug and participate in the Insect Fashion Show AND receive a discount on admission price!
Children will be invited to fish for macro-invertebrates with the Brodhead Watershed Association, spin the wheel of knowledge with the Monroe County Cooperative Extension, visit with the Master Gardeners, and learn about the amazing lives of honey bees from the Monroe County Bee Keepers Association.
No pre-registration necessary. There is a $5 admission fee for children under 12. Parents can attend for FREE. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Bug Fest will be Kettle Creek’s social event of the summer for children and bugs of all ages! „g
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!
Elk Viewing in PA
On September 28 – 30, join us on a three day journey into the Pennsylvania wilds to view majestic elk during the prime bugling seasons. Stops will also be made at Bald Eagle State Park, Sinnemahoning State Park, the PA Grand Canyon, Quehanna Natural Area, and the Elk Country Visitor Center. Trip Includes: Two-nights lodging in stream front cabins in the heart of Elk Country, transportation, two breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, admission to Elk Country Visitor Center, and a covered wagon ride through Elk Country! Cost: Non-members: Singles—$290 per person, Doubles—$250 per person; Members: Singles—$275 per person, Doubles—$235 per person. For more information or to register please contact the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at (570) 629-3061. Registration is limited to twelve people.
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Maple Sugaring Season
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As winter arrives, the Meesing Sugar bush sits quiet and empty. It won’t be long, however, until the EE staff heads to the Sugar bush to begin the Maple Sugaring Season. 2014 was a wonderful year weather-wise to make syrup and at our Sugar bush. We produced 33 gallons of sweet maple syrup and had great turnouts for all of our programs.
We hope you can make plans to join us this season and enjoy the sweet taste of pure maple syrup. Our 38th Public Maple Sugaring Day will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The day will feature a tour of the Sugar bush 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’ll be sponsoring a special day for scout groups on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Programs can be scheduled between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 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 4, 2015.
Dates set for programs in the Sugar bush are Monday, February 23 through Friday, March 13. 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 Sugar bush is located 5.5 miles north of Marshalls Creek on Creek Rd. For more information call (570)629-3061, Monday through Friday. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tree Tapping Day - Tuesady, Febnuary 10 - We invite people of all ages to join us beginning at 10 a.m. as we tap trees in the Meesing sugar bush outside of Marshall’s Creek. This day is set aside for setting up all of the things necessary to get ready for our 2015 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 sugar bush. There is no charge for the day, we will provide the warm beverages. You need to dress in warm layers and wear boots as we trudge through the sugar bush. The event is weather permitting and we suggest you call and pre-register and so we can update you on conditions. It will be a fun day in the sugar bush.
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March - 20 - Friday - Mystery Birding Field Trip - 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 in order to see the best avian goodies. One of the mystery birds from last year’s trip was a Snowy Owl! 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 and dress for the weather. Stops will be made for coffee and snacks. 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.
April - 1 - Wednesday - Woodcock Watch - Timberdoodle, Bogsucker, and Big Eye are some of the strange nicknames given to the equally strange American Woodcock. Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman for this 1 ½ hour program where you will learn about the life history and amazing courtship displays of this fascinating and entertaining bird. Meet at the EE Center at 6:30 p.m. for a brief classroom presentation before traveling to the Tannersville Bog area to observe the woodcock’s lovesick antics. Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.
May - 16 - Saturday - Century Day - Roger Spotts and Darryl Speicher are teaming up to run the annual Century Day birding extravaganza, as they take the Kettle Creek EE Center bus all over Monroe County in search of 100 species of birds. The bus will leave the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary at 7 a.m. and will not return until 7 p.m. In between they will visit birding hotspots from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to the Cherry Valley and the Pocono Plateau, all in an attempt to find as many birds as possible. Cost: $65/non-member, $50/EE Center member. In addition to the opportunity to spend all day with Roger and Darryl, the fee includes lunch, beverages and snacks throughout the day. Pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 8. Pre-registration and payment are required and limited. Refunds given only if notification is made at least three days prior to the program date.
May - 27 – Wednesday - A Nightjar Evening – For many people the song of the whippoorwill is just a memory from the distant past. Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this search for the mysterious whippoorwill and its relative, the common nighthawk. Meet at KC at 7 p.m. for an introduction on these members of the nightjar family before traveling to locations where these birds may be seen and heard. Cost: $15/non-member, $10/EE Center member, and includes bus transportation. Return time is approximately 10 p.m. Pre-registration and payment is required and limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance.
June - 12 – Friday - Raptor Field Trip – The recovery of bald eagle, osprey, and peregrine falcon populations has been nothing short of remarkable. Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this field trip where we will be observing these locally breeding species and learning about their dramatic comeback. Meet at KC at 8:30 a.m. and return 5 p.m. Cost: $24/non-member, $18/EE Center member, and includes bus transportation. Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars. Pre-registration and payment is required and limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance.
2015 E E Programs at the Farm
Josie Porter Farm Meanderings
“July 15 - “Butterflies” - The open fields are great places to observe some of the beautiful Butterflies that frequent the Josie Porter Farm.
August 19 - “Cherry Creek Exploration” - Prepare to get wet feet as we look at some of the interesting species of macro-invertebrates that live in Cherry Creek which flows through the property.
September 16 - “A Late Summers Eve” - As summer ends there are still many interesting natural things to discover at the Josie Porter Farm.
October 21 - “Fall Splendor” - The last walk of the year will focus on the fall seasonal changes and nature’s bounty of food that wildlife depends on for survival.
Each walk will meet at the Farm parking lot on Cherry Valley Rd. from 4-6 p.m. rain or shine. Cost: $5/non-members, $3/EE Center or Community Supported Agriculture program members, children under 12 free. Pre-registration is suggested. All participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress to be outside. For more information or to pre-register please call the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at 570-629-3061 or the Josie Porter Farm at 570-992-0899.
2015 Kettle Creek Art Gallery Schedule
June 2 - 30 - Deborah Lacey - “Economical Creations” - Using discarded wood and yarn Deborah creates lovely wood burning and also crochet items with a natural flare. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
July 1 - 30 - Nancy Tully - “Nature’s Trails” - A tribute to all the fantastic trips through nature’s trails, both at home and beyond. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
July 31 – August 28 - Pocono Watercolor Associates - Late summer wildflowers, butterflies, raptors and other wildlife scenes of the Poconos featuring interpretive wildflower scenes and special renditions of area wildlife amid the spectacular beauty of our Pocono region. Opening Reception: Saturday, August 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
September 1 - 30 - Nancy Pitcher - “The Beauty of Nature” - Nancy has hiked, climbed and paddled in mountains, deserts and rivers. Through her travels she has always appreciated the beauty of her natural surroundings. She now shares that beauty through her paintings. Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
October 1 – November 2 - Karen Zingerman/Culleen Doolittle - "Walk with Us" - Put a camera in our hands and join us as we walk and look for images in nature that soothe our soul, give inspiration and bring us peace. Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
November 3 – 30 - Terry Flatt - “Scenic Beauty Around the World” - The exhibit will include photos emphasizing natural scenic beauty from Africa, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and the United States. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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.
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Tannersville Bog Walks and Bog Day Celebration 2015
Physical Address: 166 Cherry Lane Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
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Sunday Bog Walks
February 8, May 17, June 28, July 12, August 16, and September 20
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 9, June 6, July 25, August 8, September 12, and November 14.
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 5, 12, 19, 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 11 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 25 Tuesday: Hike to the Center of the Bog: 1 p.m. - The center of the bog is a unique area with a "quaking matt" and several unusual plants. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to visit the center. Participants should be prepared to get wet feet. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/Nature Conservancy or EE members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required.
September 28 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 6 through June 3
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 10 through September 9
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 16 through November 4
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 2015 - October - 18- 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.
2014 Bog Newsletter
2015 Public Bog Walk Schedule
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Share Your Yard with Wildlife
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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