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  

2014 BioBlitz - Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area  
 
Quiet Valley Farm Programs   

Century Day  

Field Trips

2014 South Texas Birding Trip

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 hands-on environmental education lessons for any interested home school students this winter/spring.  Lessons will include classroom instruction and hands-on outdoor learning activities for all ages with students 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 and all classes will be led by a Monroe County Environmental Educator and be held 2 – 4 p.m. Cost:  $6/non-members, $3/EE Center members for most programs.   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.   For more information and to pre-register, please call 570-629-3061.

Dates and Topics:
February 6 - What is a Watershed? - Using models and hands-on demonstrations students will explore the importance of watersheds in our daily lives.

March 6 - Nature Scavenger Hunt - Join in the fun as students search for a wide variety of natural objects around the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.

April 3 - Pocono Waterfowl (Note: special cost and time for 3rd through 12th grade) - Ducks and geese come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.  We will be looking at the different kinds and discussing their migrations patterns as well.  Students grades 3rd-12th grade will take a bus field trip to search for waterfowl, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $14/non-member, $10/EE Center members.  K - 2nd (1:30 - 3 p.m.)

May 1 - Pocono Herps (Note: special cost and time for 3rd through 12th grade)  - Amphibians and reptiles of all types live in the Poconos.  We will discuss their life cycles and their habitats in this program.  Students grades 3rd-12th grade will take a bus field trip to search for Herps, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Cost: $14/non-member, $10/EE Center members. K - 2nd (1:30 - 3 p.m.)

June 5 - Fishy Topic - Fish have scales, gills and swim bladders and they are colorful as well.  We will be discussing the many fish that live in the Poconos clean waters.



2014 BioBlitz

Fifth BioBlitz at Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area

The Monroe County Conservation District is partnering with the Tobyhanna Township Supervisors in sponsoring our 5th BioBlitz with funding support by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund on June 20-21, 2014 at the Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area in Tobyhanna Township.  A BioBlitz is designed to be part contest, part festival, part educational event and part scientific endeavor that will bring together scientists from Monroe County, Academia, the Monroe County Conservation District, and the public, in a race against time to count the species of plants and animals that live on the natural area’s 130 acres.
 
The Blitz will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, June 20 and ends 24-hours later, Saturday, June 21, at 3 p.m.  Teams of scientists and helpers will be sampling the fauna and flora of the entire property in a methodical count of what lives there.  There will be ample opportunity for the public of all ages to get involved by accompanying the teams in the field or by observing and helping to count and sort a variety of species at the BioBlitz headquarters.  You can help for a few hours or just stop by to learn about the process.  Kids of all ages will be excited to observe and learn about how scientists do their jobs in the lab and the field. 

The planning has begun and we are looking for people interested in helping with the survey as well as encouraging the public to visit us Saturday during the BioBlitz. The Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area is a Regional Park in Tobyhanna Township purchased through the collaboration of Tunkhannock and Tobyhanna townships.  This acquisition was funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Monroe County Open Space Program. It was the desire that this area be kept in its natural state, adding only a few paths and other minor improvements to allow the public to enjoy its scenic beauty and to allow fisherman access to the Tobyhanna Creek.

All activities at the BioBlitz are free. The Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area is located on Rte. 115 approximately ½ mile south of the traffic light in Blakeslee, PA. The BioBlitz is funded by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund.  For more information, an updated schedule, or to sign up as part of a survey team please call the EE Center at (570) 629-3061, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to  Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  some Saturdays.

 Quiet Valley Farm Programs   

June - 27 - Friday - ”Nesting Birds at the Farm” - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman for this morning bird walk from 8 - 10 am to look for resident birds at the Quiet Valley Farm.  Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars. The program will take place at Quiet Valley.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/EE Center or Quiet Valley members, children under 12 free. 

July 26 - Saturday -  Flora Survey of the Farm - Back in the 1970’s, a survey was done of the plants that grew at Quiet Valley, including fungi, trees, shrubs, mosses, ferns and wildflowers.  Now, forty years later, Jen Keim and Cheryl Statham, Quiet Valley staffers, will be leading a group around the farm to repeat this work and compare findings.  Participants should dress appropriately, with long pants and sturdy shoes, as we explore all of the corners of the farm.  Bring your lunch and plenty to drink.  Meet at the gift shop at 9 a.m. and we will be done around 3 p.m. Cost: $5/non-members, $3/EE Center and Quiet Valley members.  Reservation and payment due by Friday, July 18, 2014 this program is designed for ages 10 and up. Please register with Quiet Valley at 570-992-6161.

August 8 - Friday -  “Old Forest Habitats at the Farm” - In cooperation with Quiet Valley Farm the EE Center will be offering a leisurely stroll through the old growth forest on the farm at Quiet Valley.  We will discuss tree identification and the habitat the forest provides for a variety of wildlife.  The walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and we will meet at Quiet Valley.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/EE Center or Quiet Valley members, children under 12 free.  Walk participants are welcome to tour the historical farm at a reduced fee after the walk.

   
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Century Day 

Century Day 2014: 100 Birds or Bust

The annual birding marathon we like to call Century Day will be held on Sunday, May 18. Join Environmental Educator Darryl Speicher, as he beats the bushes, scours the fields, wades through the wetlands and forges through the forests of Monroe County on a quest to find 100 species of birds in one day. Last year’s crew managed to hit 100 on the nose. With spring migration in full swing there is no better time of year to undertake an adventure such as this. Space on the bus is limited to 13 participants, so register early. This event is all day and includes lunch. We’ll leave the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary at 7 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. Cost: $65/non-member, $50/EE member.

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Field Trips

Mystery Birding Field Trip – March 21, 2014 – Friday - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this popular and fun adventure where the birding destinations and target birds 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.  Mystery birds “revealed” on past trips include snowy owl, northern shrike, rough-legged hawk, and  nesting great-horned owls.  Participants will meet at the EE Center at 8:30 am and return 5:30 pm.  Cost $24/non-member, $18/EE Center member and includes van 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 are required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week prior to the trip. 

Woodcock  Watch – March 25, 2014 – Tuesday - 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.  Participants will meet at the EE Center at 6:30 pm for a brief classroom presentation before traveling to the Tannersville Bog area to observe the woodcock’s love-sick antics.  Pre-registration is required. Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.

Kestrel Field Trip - June 18 - Wednesday  - The American Kestrel is one of North America’s smallest and most colorful raptors. Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman and Jacobsburg State Park’s Rick Wiltraut in surveying kestrel nest boxes while learning about the ecology and conservation of this beautiful falcon.  Participants will observe adult kestrels while having the opportunity to photograph nestlings.  We will meet at the EE Center at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.  Cost:  $24/non-member,   $18/EE Center member and includes van transportation.  Lunch, water, binoculars, and camera should be packed.  Pre-registration and payment required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is given at least one week in advance.  

Birding the Thomas Darling Preserve - June 19 - Thursday - The Thomas Darling Preserve has it all. At its heart there is a tamarack bog surrounded by a mosaic of wetland and upland habitats. Here the song of the lyrical hermit thrush competes with the boisterous white-throated sparrows singing, “Ooooooooooooh, Canada, Canada, Canada.” Join Environmental Educator Darryl Speicher for this morning of birding fun. Participants will meet at the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Bartonsville and travel to the preserve in the bus. The bus will leave Kettle Creek at 7 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Cost: $20/non-members, $14/EE Center members. 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 South Texas Birding Adventure

March 29 - April 6, 2014 - South Texas Birding Adventure

The climate and habitats of the lower Rio Grande Valley are so unique that there is a bird community found nowhere else in the US. Environmental Educator, Darryl Speicher, will lead an exciting birding adventure to this exotic corner of the country from March 29 to April 6, 2014. Our home base will be McAllen, and from there we will travel to birding hot spots like Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge, South Padre Island and Bensten-Rio Grande State Park. We will search for the rose-throated becard, green jay, hooded oriole,  vermillion flycatcher, crested caracara and the groove-billed ani just to name a few. Cost for this eight day birding extravaganza is $1500/EE Center member, $1750/non-member, double occupancy. This fee includes accommodations for 8 nights, van transportation during the stay, all entrance fees and Darryl Speicher as birding guide. Fee does not include meals or travel to McAllen, Texas. The maximum number of participants is 12, minimum is 6. A $150 deposit is required when registering. Final registration deadline and payment is March 3, 2014. MCCD will cancel the trip if the minimum number of participants has not been reached by the registration deadline. If this happens MCCD is not responsible for any trip related expenses other than those payable to MCCD. If a registrant wishes to withdraw prior to the deadline their deposit will be refunded. If withdrawal from the trip occurs after the registration deadline the deposit is non-refundable. For more information contact Darryl Speicher at 570-629-3061.



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.



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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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