By Michele Ulmer
Pike County Conservation District
PIKE COUNTY- Getting outside to enjoy the natural wonders of Pike and Wayne Counties is this year’s theme for the Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership Recreation Series. Opportunities to explore the trails and waterways of our community are just around the corner and the Partnership is eager to share the wonder of these areas with residents and visitors.
These recreational programs showcase the natural resources that fuel our way of life here in Pike and Wayne Counties. Our exceptional landscapes offer year round opportunities for hikers, bikers, skiers, kayakers, bird watchers, and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. The forest and water resources support clean drinking water for 16 million people, provide wildlife habitat, as well as enhance home values and quality of life. The scenic opportunities that support the tourism industry are an economic necessity to the local economy. There are ways that you can get involved in making sure that these natural assets continue to be a cornerstone of our way of life.
This series of programs will begin March 3rd, 2013. Come explore for yourself the incredible landscapes in our own backyards and discover simple actions that you can do to support our community’s resources. As a special bonus, each time you attend a program you can also enter a drawing to win a Spitfire 8’ Sit—on-Top Kayak donated by Northeast Wilderness Experience or a gift certificate from Alice’s Wonderland. The drawings will take place on August 24, 2013 at the Wally Lake Fest. Winners will be notified by phone.
The Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership is an alliance of 20 government, non-government, non-profit and grass roots organizations that meet regularly with shared goals for natural resource conservation, sustainable communities and citizen involvement in community planning. Since 2004, the Partnership has pooled resources to present educational programs focused on growth management for local citizens and municipal officials that reach a broad range of participants from across Pike, Wayne and Monroe Counties and into neighboring New York State.
The Conservation Partnership includes the Pike County Conservation District, Pike County Office of Community Planning, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Penn State Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Alliance to Keep Pike Green, The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Lackawanna College, the Upper Delaware Roundtable, National Park Service - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, National Park Service- Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Lackawaxen River Conservancy, PPL, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Wayne Conservation District, the Northeast PA Audubon Society, US Forest Service, SEEDS, and the Eagle Institute.
Below is a list of the programs that are part of the Recreation Series. To register for the programs please contact the agency listed. For more information on the "Conservation Partnership 2013 Recreation Series" please contact Michele Ulmer at the Pike County Conservation District at 226-8220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
· March 3, The "easy does it" hikers, 10am-12pm, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, PA. Contact PEEC at 570-828-2319
· March 9, Maple Sugaring at Journey’s End Farm, 9am-12pm, Journey’s End Farm, Newfoundland, PA. Contact the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at 570-226-3164 or visit www.delawarehighlands.org
· April 17, Rain Garden Site Visit, 10 am, Lackawaxen Fire Hall, Lackawaxen, PA. Contact PCCD at 570-226-8220 or visit www.pikeconservation.org
· April 20, Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival, 10 am-3 pm, PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, PA. Contact PPL at 570-253-7001 or email@example.com
· April 20, Forestry Program, 9am-3pm, Milford Experimental Forest, Milford, PA. Registration is required. Contact the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at 570-226-3164 or visit www.delawarehighlands.org
· April 20, Grey Towers Heritage 8K Run/Walk, Registration starts at 7am and race begins at 8am. Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA. Contact Grey Towers at 570-296-9625
· April 25, Water Wonders of Pike County, 6-7:30 pm, Pike County Conservation District, 556 Route 402, Hawley, PA. Contact PCCD at 570-226-8220 or visit www.pikeconservation.org
· May 4, Field Trip to the Basha Kill Area, 8:30 am, Join a carpool group in either Hawley or Matamoras, PA, to drive to the Basha Kill. Contact Bob from NE Audubon Society at 570-676-9969
· May 4, Evolution of the Grey Towers’ Landscape: Springtime in Cornelia’s Gardens, 11:00 am, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA, Contact Grey Towers at 570-296-9625
· May 5, Wildflower Walk, 9am-12pm, Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA. Contact PEEC at 570-828-2319
· May 11, Lake Wally Paddle, 12-2:00 pm, PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, PA. Contact PPL at 570-253-7001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· May 11, Introduction to Fishing, 10am-12pm, Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA. Call PEEC at 570-828-2319 to register. $10 child / $5 adult.