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   
 
Rain Barrel Sale & E-Cycling Day     

2015 Maple Sugaring Season   

Field Trips

2014 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  

 

 

 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.  

February 5  - Foxes & other Wild Canines - foxes are one of many wild canines that live in the Poconos.  Learn more about their characteristics.
March 5 - Maple Sugaring - come to our sugar bush to learn about the history of maple sugaring and see how we make it today.  Note: this program is at our Meesing Outdoor Site.
April 2  - April Showers - water is essential for all living things.
May 7 - Spring Migration - learn about the migration of birds and other animals.
June 4 - Macro-invertebrates - Find out what macro-invertebrates are and where they live.


 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!


  Rain Barrel Sale  & E-Cycling Day 

April - 25 - Saturday - Monroe County Conservation District Rain Barrel Sale - Are you interested in collecting rain water for outdoor uses around the home?  Whether used for watering plants, washing the car, or washing windows, roof runoff collected in rain barrels provides an ample supply of naturally soft water for a variety of outdoor uses.  This spring, the Monroe County Conservation District is holding a rain barrel sale on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  This Pennsylvania-made rain barrel features a screened lid, brass ball valve spigot, bottom drain, and overflow fittings, all installed on a repurposed barrel. Ordering deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015 and pick-up day is Saturday, April 25, 2015 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Conservation District Building on Running Valley Road in Bartonsville.

April - 25 - Saturday - Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority Holds E-Cycling Drop-Off Event at the Kettle Creek EE Center in Bartonsville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a list of items accepted under “Electronics Recycling Program” visit www.TheWasteAuthority.com. For more information contact: 570-643-6100.

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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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Field Trips

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

The Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center in cooperation with the Quiet Valley Historical Farm and the Josie Porter Farm is offering the public a chance to explore these farms through a series of educational programs.  

Quiet Valley Farm Interpretative Walks

“Signs of spring on the Farm” - March 28  - Saturday  -  2 - 4 p.m. - We’ll explore several areas of the farm and look for early spring flowers, wildlife happenings and more.   Please dress to walk outside.  The walk will begin in front of the Gift Shop at the Quiet Valley Farm.   

“Spring Bird Migration” - May 9 - Saturday  - 7 - 9 a.m. - Join us as we walk the trails and listen to and look for the wide variety of birds passing through on their annual journey.  Please dress to be outside and bring binoculars.

“Discovering the Farms Amphibians and Reptiles”  - June 19 - Friday  1 - 3 p.m. - Join us for an outdoor hike looking for various species of Herps that live in and around the farm.  Any species discovered will be part of the PA Amphibian and Reptile survey conducted statewide.    Please dress to walk outside. 

Cost: $5/non-members; $3/members of the EE Center or Quiet Valley Farm. Pre-registration is suggested. Call 570-629-3061 to pre-register. Day of walks, Quiet Valley is offering a reduced entrance fee to the farm for walk participants.

Josie Porter Farm Meanderings

“Spring Wildflowers”- May 20 - Wednesday - Things are blooming everywhere as we focus on the many wildflowers on the property.

“Breeding Birds”  - June 17 - Wednesday - The walk will focus on the birds that breed on the property.

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

December 3 - January 31, 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.

February 7 - 27 - TOALC Photo Club "Nature's View" - The Photo Club of the Older Adult Learning  Center is composed of a variety of individuals drawn together by their enjoyment of the many aspects of photography. Creativity and artistry are expressed through diverse subjects and the use of different photographic techniques. Opening Reception: Saturday, February 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

February 28 - March 30 - Rain Barrel Art - “Retain the Rain II”  - Rain barrels beautifully painted by local artists as part of a water education project.  Get a first look at these functional works of art before they are installed for public display at local homes and businesses.  Opening Reception: Saturday, February 28, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

April 1 - 29 - Melissa Benzinger - "Dancing Vulture Designs" - Lured back to nature on the wings of the turkey vulture, Melissa is proud to share her love of wildlife! She strives to portray all manner of local wildlife in a mixed-media bonanza; needle-felted sculptures, fuzzy felted insects, shadow-boxes, wood-burnings, and more!  Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11, 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

Google Map Directions please click here

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
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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 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

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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