Aug
15
1:30 PM13:30

DRBC Public Hearing, Trenton, NJ

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The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The official Notice for the public hearing and more details are available on the Commission’s website at http://www.nj.gov/drbc/meetings/upcoming/index.html

The public hearing will include 27 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources. Full details, including location information, the draft dockets, and instructions on how to comment, are available at the above link.

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Aug
15
3:00 PM15:00

Friends of the Wissahickon Ice Cream Social, Philadelphia, PA

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Meet at Cedar's House Cafe for a lovely afternoon of free ice cream, live music, and nature activities for the whole family with staff and volunteers from Friends of the Wissahickon, as well as the staff from the Wissahickon Environmental Center. This is a rain-or-shine event. This event is free and open to the public!  Registration is not required. Please contact Cesali Renn at renn@fow.org for more information or visit www.fow.org/event/ice-cream-social-2/.

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Aug
17
to Aug 18

Get Trashed Iron Fly & River Clean Up Battle, Starlight, PA

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The Get Trashed River Clean Up Battle is part river clean up and part iron fly contest. Help to clean up the Delaware River watershed, spread the love of fly fishing, and maybe catch a fish or two!

Iron Fly Contest
Friday, August 17th, 7:00pm
Tink’s Riverside Tavern
1052 Winterdale Road
Starlight, PA

Get Trashed River Cleanup
Saturday, August 18th, 10:00am
Delaware River Club
1228 Winterdale Road
Starlight, PA

More Information
http://pigfarmink.com/get-trashed/
http://thedelawareriverclub.com/get-trashed-in-the-catskills/

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Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Water Wiser Kids Insect Safari, Analomink, PA

The Brodhead Watershed Association will host another it its series of Water Wiser Kids Programs August 17, this time an Insect Safari at the ForEvergreen Nature Preserve in Analomink, Monroe County from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

In all the animal kingdom, there is no group larger and more diverse than the insects — beetles to butterflies and everything that wiggles and squiggles in between!
Children and their families are invited to join Join Darryl and Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center to explore ForEvergreen Nature Preserve in search of these tiny creatures.

Armed with nets and jars, participants will take to the fields and forest edges to find everything that creeps, crawls, flies, buzzes, and chirps. Humans tend to dwell on mosquito bites and bee stings, but insects provide far more services that benefit us. They pollinate the plants that give us food. They even consume our roadkill!

There are more than 500,000 types of insects in the world — with more than 450 species found in Pennsylvania in summer. About 10,000 new species are found and named every year by amateur and professional naturalists across the globe.

Safari participants will seek all stages of these shape-shifters-- from eggs and larvae to pupae and adults. Bring your butterfly net. If you don’t have one, we will have some to share. Wear sturdy shoes and dress to be outside. If you wish, bring a picnic supper to enjoy before the program.

This program is free, but registration is required and limited. Register by calling  570-839-1120 or send email to: info@brodheadwatershed.org. Directions to the event will be sent when you register.

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Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Tour, Lewes, DE

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Hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse tours are being held through September. Patrons are picked up by the Delaware Launch Service at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Delaware and will cruise past the Delaware Breakwater East End Light before proceeding to the Harbor of Refuge for a one-hour guided tour of the lighthouse.

Lighthouse enthusiasts are often treated to the sight of dolphins and skin divers along the breakwater wall. Attendees are allowed to climb the lighthouse and get the best view of Lewes from the top deck. Upcoming tours are set for 1 and 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18; 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8; and 9 and 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. For more information or to register, go to www.delawarebaylights.org.

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Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Drink History Fundraiser for Rittenhouse Town, Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy an afternoon with friends and neighbors while raising funds to preserve and protect Historic Rittenhouse Town along the Schuylkill River

Your ticket to Drink History includes:

  • Two drinks (beer or wine) from East Falls Beer Garden with free non-alcoholic beverages
  • Philly-themed small bites
  • The return of old-time sounds from Noggin Hill
  • History Quizzo challenge with Sean Maguire
  • Fun games, contests, and workshops
  • This event is family-friendly and pet-friendly!

Find out more and register online here.

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Aug
20
to Aug 23

Biochar 2018, Wilmington, DE

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Biochar 2018 will be held in Wilmington, Delaware with proximity to the Delaware River and Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Hudson Rivers, and Long Island Sounds watershed that together drain over 107,000 square miles providing critically important environmental and economic commerce, food, and natural resources for more than 45 million people. Major financial investments are being made to restore the watersheds from decades of anthropogenic impacts by industrialization, development, and agriculture.

This year's theme, “The Carbon link in Watershed Ecosystem Services” will provide technical topics to accommodate a variety of professional interests, including: Remediation and Restoration; Agriculture, Forestry and Soils; Urban Landscapes; Water, Wastewater and Biosolids; Commercialization, Production and Distribution; Regulatory Policy, Innovative Financing and Watershed Resiliency and Adaptation. 

Learn more and register online at www.biochar2018.org.
 

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Aug
30
8:30 AM08:30

Stream Maintenance and Flood Intervention Workshop, Honesdale, PA

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This one-day workshop is geared toward local municipalities and emergency flood response professionals. The aim is to give training on stream behavior and how to use basic stream assessments to design interventions that will work in cooperation with a watershed’s natural tendencies. Proactive planning strategies will result in a stream’s capacity to restore itself after a flood event and reduce the erosion and sedimentation that occur during repeated reconstruction efforts.  

This workshop will include classroom-style presentations in the cafeteria of the Park Street Complex in Honesdale strengthened with a relevant, on-site stream demonstration on the Lackawaxen River. Be prepared to be outside for part of the day. Pre-registration is required and lunch will be provided. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.

To register, email Colleen Campion at ccampion@waynecountypa.gov or call the
Wayne Conservation District. 

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Sep
8
5:30 PM17:30

Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Tour, Lewes, DE

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Hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse tours are being held through September. Patrons are picked up by the Delaware Launch Service at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Delaware and will cruise past the Delaware Breakwater East End Light before proceeding to the Harbor of Refuge for a one-hour guided tour of the lighthouse.

Lighthouse enthusiasts are often treated to the sight of dolphins and skin divers along the breakwater wall. Attendees are allowed to climb the lighthouse and get the best view of Lewes from the top deck. Upcoming tours are set for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8; and 9 and 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. For more information or to register, go to www.delawarebaylights.org.

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Sep
13
10:30 AM10:30

DRBC Business Meeting, Trenton, NJ

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The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public business meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The official Notice for the business meeting and more details are available on the Commission’s website at http://www.nj.gov/drbc/meetings/upcoming/index.html

The public business meeting on September 13, 2018 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s June 13, 2018 Business Meeting;
  • Announcement of upcoming meetings and events;
  • A report on hydrologic conditions;
  • Reports by the Executive Director and the Commission’s General Counsel; and
  • Consideration of any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required.

After all scheduled business has been completed and as time allows, the Business Meeting will also include up to one hour of Open Public Comment.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Petty’s Island History Hike, Pennsauken, NJ

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Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Sponsored by NJ Audubon, Delaware Riverkeeper, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Citgo, and Cooper River Watershed Association.

Registration opens August 9. Register here: https://pifallhh2018.eventbrite.com 

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Delaware River Festival, Philadelphia, PA & Camden, NJ

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Come celebrate the Delaware River at the Delaware River Festival with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) and the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE)! For the first time ever, PDE's Pennsylvania Coast Day and AWE's River Days are coming together for a "coast to coast" experience that you don't want to miss!

Cross the Delaware River FOR FREE over the Ben Franklin Bridge on foot or bike, OR take advantage of free ferry rides* from one event to the other.

What to expect: Educational fun for families, on-the-water activities, games and crafts for kids, music, beer garden, fishing opportunities, and much more!

Join in on September 15th to kick off the month-long River Days events at the Camden Waterfront AND the 16th year of Pennsylvania's Coast Day!

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Sep
15
4:00 PM16:00

Firefly Picnic, Swan Lake, NY

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Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for their annual free community picnic for members and friends - and enjoy a delicious catered dinner, live music, craft beer selections, a guided trail walk, crafts, and much more! Fun for all ages.

This event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required.

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Sep
19
9:00 AM09:00

Scenic Wild Delaware River Geotourism Workshop, Blairstown, NJ

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"Scenic Wild Delaware River Geotourism Workshop: Preserve, Protect, and Promote our Natural, Historic, and Cultural Assets" will take place at the Historic Blairstown Theater (Roy’s Hall) 30 Main St., Blairstown, NJ 07825 is being hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association. Light breakfast and lunch included. The event will be followed by an optional wine and craft beer tasting by local wineries and breweries.

Presentations by experts in the area of:

  • Keynote: "Surprising Lessons Learned in a Life of Building Geotourism": Balancing multiple community demands for economic development, conservation, preservation, accessibility, green transportation, and bringing delight to places and people for the benefit of both local residents and visitors.
  • Adaptive re-use of canals and railroad beds for walking and biking trails.
  • GIS story mapping.
  • Public Art and Design to address Climate Change and enhance local preservation and Creative Placemaking intervention.

Registration:
$40 early bird registration by September 3
$50 registration ends September 14

For more information, please contact SWDR staff, Sharon Davis, sdavis@npca.org or Tatiana Orlov, torlov@npca.org

Full agenda with speakers and registration link coming soon.

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Sep
22
6:30 AM06:30

Bike the Brandywine, Chadds Ford, PA

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Join Brandywine Conservancy to explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the lure of the Brandywine Creek on the 3rd annual Bike the Brandywine. Ride a 25, 45, or 80 mile loop in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Conservancy’s clean water programs. Find out more and register online here.

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Sep
22
6:30 AM06:30

3rd Annual Bike the Brandywine Creek, Chadds Ford, PA

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Explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the lure of the Brandywine Creek on the 3rd annual Bike the Brandywine, hosted by Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art.

Ride a 25, 45, or 80 mile loop in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Conservancy’s clean water programs.

  • Well-marked route and cue sheets provided to all riders
  • Support and Gear (SAG) support
  • Some of the most picturesque roads in Chester County
  • Friendly and helpful volunteers
  • Fully stocked rest-stops every 10-20 miles, depending upon route
  • Free tote bag

Start and End Location: Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Rd., Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

Schedule
6:30 a.m.             Check-in opens
7:00 a.m.             80-mile riders depart
8:30 a.m.             25 and 45-mile ride departs
9:00 a.m.             Rider departure final call
4:30 p.m.             Ride support ends

Learn more and register online now.

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Sep
22
7:45 AM07:45

Early Fall Birding on the Delaware River, Pennsauken, NJ

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This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and shore birds. Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Sponsored by NJ Audubon, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Citgo, and Cooper River Watershed Association.

Registration opens August 16. Register Here: https://birdpetty-fall2018.eventbrite.com

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Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Tour, Lewes, DE

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Hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse tours are being held through September. Patrons are picked up by the Delaware Launch Service at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Delaware and will cruise past the Delaware Breakwater East End Light before proceeding to the Harbor of Refuge for a one-hour guided tour of the lighthouse.

Lighthouse enthusiasts are often treated to the sight of dolphins and skin divers along the breakwater wall. Attendees are allowed to climb the lighthouse and get the best view of Lewes from the top deck. The final tours of the season is set for 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. For more information or to register, go to www.delawarebaylights.org.

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Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Trailfest, Wilmington, DE

The is a free event to celebrate the completion of Delaware’s newest trail, The Markell Trail, which connects the Wilmington Riverfront and Historic New Castle. This walkable, bikeable trail, with wide boardwalk spanning the marsh in the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge, opens a whole new world of exploration.

Live music, interactive exhibits, live animals, Naturemobile, beginner canoeing, activities, outfitters, craft vendors, craft beer, food trucks and more.

This event is sponsored by the Delaware Nature Society and more information is available on their website

 

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Sep
22
1:30 PM13:30

Beachcombers Walk at Thompson's Beach, Delmont, NJ

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Love finding shells on the beach? Hunting for sea glass? Join American Littoral Society for a walk at Thompsons Beach to explore the intertidal and learn about marine creatures of the Delaware Bay. Great free event for families! Footwear that can get wet, sunscreen, bugsrpay, and water are recommended. Meet at the Heislerville Management Wildlife Area parking lot on Thompsons Beach Rd.

Please register by contacting Quinn Whitesall at quinn@littoralsociety.org.

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Sep
26
8:30 AM08:30

Green Infrastructure Planning Workshop, Millville, NJ

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This course will review the Sustainable Jersey green infrastructure actions. If your municipality is struggling with localized flooding or unhealthy waterways, this workshop is for you! There are 35 points available for green infrastructure planning and another 45 points available for green infrastructure implementation. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program has already completed green infrastructure plans for over 140 Sustainable Jersey municipalities. Come find out if you are one of them and how you can adopt these plans for Sustainable Jersey points. If a plan is not already developed for your municipality, we will share with you how to get one done.

Agenda:

  • 8:30 am:     Registration and continental breakfast
  • 9:00 am:     Welcome by Sustainable Jersey
  • 9:15 am:     What is a green infrastructure plan?
  • 9:45 am:     How to develop a plan?
  • 10:15 am:   How to set realistic green infrastructure targets for your community?
  • 10:30 am:   Break
  • 10:45 am:   How to use a green infrastructure plan?
  • 11:00 am:   How to implement green infrastructure projects to achieve your goal?
  • 11:45 am:   Wrap up
  • 12:00 pm:   Adjourn

    Register and find out more here.
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Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

Experience the Estuary Celebration, Claymont, DE

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Over 350 supporters, environmental professionals, and community leaders in support of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will come together for the Experience the Estuary Celebration in Claymont, DE. 

The event features an open bar, three-course dinner, silent auction, and the famous 90-minute raw oyster bar featuring local oysters and Parntership for the Delaware Estuary scientists as the shuckers. Tickets can be purchased online here!

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Rising Tides: The Flow of Reality, Port Norris, NJ

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Join filmmaker, Sandy Cannon-Brown for a screening of her documentary film "High Tide in Dorchester" about the realities of climate change, seas level rise, and erosion in Dorchester County, MD. The film will be followed by BCB's "Maurice River Cover: Exposed & Unprotected" - a short presentation on similar realities on the Delaware Bay. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for ages 10-17. The event will take place at Haleyville-Mauricetown Elementary School, 1308 North Ave, Port Norris, NJ.

Sponsored by the Bayshore Center, NJ Historical Commission, and the Dodge Foundation.

For more information, visit www.bayshorecenter.org or call 856-785-2060. 

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Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Petty’s Island Community Clean Up Day, Pennsauken, NJ

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Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island. Join our team of enthusiastic volunteers to help clean up and restore the shoreline of this majestic island as part of the larger restoration project taking place. This cleanup is great for scout, religious, after school and other civic groups looking for a local volunteer project.

Children MUST be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration.

Sponsored by NJ Audubon, Delaware Riverkeeper, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Citgo, and Cooper River Watershed Association.

Registration opens August 29. Register Here: https://fall2018-cleanup-pettys.eventbrite.com

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Tusten Mountain Trail Hike, Narrowsburg, NY

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Join Delaware Highlands Conservancy and botanist/local author Heather Housekeeper for a guided Fall Hike at the Tusten Mountain Trail in Sullivan County, NY. Enjoy great views of the Delaware River, fall foliage approaching its peak, and traverse a historic stone arch bridge while you learn about the ecology of the area. Remember to wear hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, and to bring water for this moderately strenuous trail.

Learn more about the Tusten Mountail Trail. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited and advance registration is required. Please contact info@delawarehighlands.org or 570-226-3164 ext. 6 to register.

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

9th Annual "Water, Water, Everywhere" Conference, Hancock, NY

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Join FUDR for the 9th Annual "Water, Water, Everywhere" Conference on October 16 & 17. The conference is your one-stop location for all the pressing issues facing the Upper Delaware River. 

"Water, Water, Everywhere" Conference Topics will include:

  • New NY/PA Upper Delaware River Cold Water Fisheries Plan
  • 2017 Flexible Flow Management Plan – Is it Working Effectively?
  • New Upper Delaware River Tributary Protection Blueprint
  • Securing Funding and Creating Jobs for Upper Delawarw Restoration
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Upper Delaware River Scenic and Recreational River
  • Campaign Planning for 2019

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing the Upper Delaware and what you can do to help!

Click here to register and find out more.

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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Petty's Island "Artists in the Field," Pennsauken, NJ

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Join New Jersey Audubon and partner organizations for some historic first looks at Petty’s Island! Situated in the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, Petty’s Island is an oasis for birds and other wildlife.

This 3-hour workshop is an introduction to creating art in the field. Our volunteer artist will show you how to use the natural world as inspiration for your next work of art. Our goal is to help you learn...and of course, have fun along the way! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited to 25.

Registration opens September 6.
Register Here: https://pettys-artists2018.eventbrite.com
 

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Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

New Jersey Watershed Conference, Pennington, NJ

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More than 45 years have passed since the adoption of the Clean Water Act, yet even today, nearly every water body across New Jersey still fails to meet the goal of providing “fishable and swimmable” waters. Poorly managed stormwater continues to pose a significant problem in New Jersey, where it contributes to severe flooding and is the leading source of water pollution. At the same time, our state is on track to become the first state to reach full build-out of potential development, yet we lack a comprehensive plan to guide how this future growth will impact our water resources. 

Following a successful inaugural conference last year, the New Jersey Watershed Conference will once again bring these issues to the forefront. The 2nd annual conference will include presentations from local experts about state regulations related to water resources management, infrastructure requirements and maintenance, and the problems and solutions related to the health of our watersheds. 

NGO’s, engineers, members of Environmental Commissions, Planning and Zoning Boards, as well as interested members of the general public are welcome.

This event is hosted by the Watershed Institute and more information can be found on their website.

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Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Pennsylvania Stormwater Conference, Plymouth Meeting, PA

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Is your stormwater management program in need of some help? Want to learn the latest best practices in stormwater management? Then the 2018 Pennsylvania Stormwater Conference is for you.

Attendees at this full-day conference will learn about:

  • Stormwater program planning and management
  • How to inspect, operate, and maintain your stormwater infrastructure
  • Water quality planning and monitoring
  • Best management practice case studies from other municipalities
  • Assessing stormwater fees
  • Taking advantage of green infrastucture and low-impact development opportunities

Register online and view the full agenda here.

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Nov
29
9:00 AM09:00

Delaware Watershed Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA

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The Delaware Watershed Research Conference is a component of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s initiative to encourage novel research throughout the Delaware River Watershed, and to foster collaboration among the growing research community.

This gathering will serve as a platform for experts in their respective disciplines to discuss the state of watershed research, particularly within the Delaware River Watershed, toward answering management and conservation questions.

The Delaware Watershed Research Conference will take place Nov. 29 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Stay tuned for announcements regarding:
· Call for Abstracts
· Call for Posters
· Registration
· Student Scholarships

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Delaware River Basin Clean Up, Philadelphia, PA

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Join Philly Seaport's River Ambassadors for a river cleanup to help keep the Delaware River clean for fish, fowl and fun on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Volunteers will be provided with materials courtesy of the Philly Seaport Museum and United By Blue to pick up debris from the Penn's Landing boat basin, including gloves, nets, grabbers, and trash bags. This is a FREE volunteer event but registration in advance is appreciated so we can plan accordingly for the number of volunteers.  

While cleaning up the river, limited free boat rentals will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on a first-come, first-serve basis. Boats will be great tools to help assist with the river cleanup. River Ambassadors and staff will be on hand to assist with boats as needed. 

Please reserve your spot online here, or contact Mayci Shimon, River Alive! Programs Coordinator, at 215-413-8665 or mshimon@phillyseaport.org. 

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Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

Ramble at Cherry Valley, Stroudsburg, PA

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The Ramble at Cherry Valley includes tours or talks at the Josie Porter Farm, Eagles Rest Cellars and Vineyard, Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The event starts and finishes at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 2138 Croasdale Road, Stroudsburg, PA. Afterwards from 4-5 p.m, there will be a party with good food and conversation! (Bring your refillable water bottle!)

Tickets cost $10 for BWA and FOCV members; $15 for nonmembers; and children under 12 are free. There's a $2 discount for prepaid reservations by Aug. 1. Call 570-839-1120 or see brodheadwatershed.org/Ramble.html for more information.

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Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

"Streams - Art in Motion" Exhibit, Livingston Manor, NY

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LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — An exhibition titled “Streams—Art in Motion” opens at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., on Saturday, August 4, with an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m., highlighting the many wonders of the upper Delaware River watershed. An eight-by-eight-foot mural by local artist Robyn Almquist illustrates the Delaware River’s journey from the headwaters to the Atlantic Ocean, highlighting two key tributaries in our backyard, Willowemoc Creek and the Beaverkill. It is interactive, making it fun and memorable for all ages.

Sculptures by Naomi Teppich will bring the biota of the river and tributaries into the exhibition room. Organic wood slabs with mounted ceramic lichen pieces will hang above cast cement mushrooms installed along the floor.

Over the course of the exhibit a number of events are planned; a full calendar of events will be available on August 4. Teppich will lead two outings along tributaries in the Livingston Manor area and discuss her inspiration from the natural beauty of these environments to create her sculpture, and two “Local Topo” workshops are planned, one for children and one for adults. They will combine outdoor and indoor activities to teach the basics of topography and map-reading, a lost art that is not only tremendously useful but lots of fun. Public presentations are planned that will feature treasures of the headwaters: the walks and writings of John Burroughs, artists who fished the Catskills, and a look at a special first-growth forest.

This project is made possible in part with funding from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage grant, funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. For more information visit www.morgan-outdoors.com.

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Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Water Defenders Meet and Greet, Easton, PA

Want to learn how YOU can defend clean water? The Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter is building a network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Delaware River and its tributaries.

Join the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at Two Rivers Brewing Company's 2nd floor dining room and balcony for a fun and informational evening of socializing, beer sampling, and sharing water stories! Come learn more about becoming a Water Defender and joining the campaign to #DefendtheDelaware.

Water Defenders is a network of grassroots advocates, working in our local communities, focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed. Entry is free. Complimentary light fare will be provided while supplies last. Drinks will be available for purchase. Find out more online here.

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Jul
28
2:30 PM14:30

Beachcomber Walk at Thompson's Beach, Delmont, NJ


Love finding shells on the beach? Hunting for sea glass? Join American Littoral Society for a walk at Thompsons Beach to explore the intertidal and learn about marine creatures of the Delaware Bay. Great free event for families! Footwear that can get wet, sunscreen, bugsrpay, and water are recommended. Meet at the Heislerville Management Wildlife Area parking lot on Thompsons Beach Rd.

Please register by contacting Quinn Whitesall at quinn@littoralsociety.org.

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Jul
28
1:30 PM13:30

Canoeing the Christina River And Marshes, Wilmington, DE

Explore the Christina River, a tributary of the Delaware, and winding channels of Delaware's urban freshwater marsh. Immerse yourself in the grassy domain of Great Blue Herons, American Beaver, and other marsh inhabitants. Please pack a snack and water. Led by Ed Rohrbach and Em McKeever at the Delaware Nature Society. Register and find out more online here.

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Jul
26
9:30 AM09:30

DRBC Toxics Advisory Committee Meeting, Trenton, NJ

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The Toxics Advisory Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Thursday, July 26, 2018 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the DRBC Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.  

Please contact Ron MacGillivray at (609) 883-9500 ext. 252 or visit www.nj.gov/drbc for more information.

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Jul
24
9:00 AM09:00

Delaware Estuary Teachers Workshop, Bridgeton, NJ

Register now to take a trip into the field to learn about stream health and aquatic life! This is an educational opportunity for teachers and a certificate for 5 professional development hours will be provided upon completion.

Topics will include the health and threats to local waterways. We'll focus on the problem of stormwater, how it impacts our waterways, and how local groups are using "green infrastructure" (like rain gardens and rain barrels) to address the issue. Field trips will include a visit to a local stream to look at water quality and a guided tour of green infrastructure projects in and around Bridgeton, showcasing how communities and schools can get involved in protecting their water!

Lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, please visit SJTeacher.eventbrite.com 

This event is being organized by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. Please reach out to Kaitlin Collins at 302-655-4990 ext 108 or kcollins@delawareestuary.org with questions. We hope to see you there!

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Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Wissahickon Trails Less Traveled Hike, Philadelphia, PA

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Join Friends of the Wissahickon and Gerry Schweiger for this hike "Trails Less Traveled: Something Old, Something New" to enjoy Wissahickon Valley Park.

Attendees will visit SCH’s new hiking trails and various trails that will take them to the Magarge Dam. From there attendees will travel the abandoned old White Trail and climb to locations overlooking the Hartwell Run gorge and the Wissahickon Creek. Distance: 2.5 miles. Duration: 2.25 hours. Meet at the “Cherokee” parking lot of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy adjacent to the SCH athletic fields. For GPS and internet: 8015 Cherokee Street Philadelphia, PA 19118. This hike is at a moderate level but will include one strenuous climb and difficult footing at the Magarge Dam.

Registration is recommended for all hikes so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Walk may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and possible ticks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Children over six are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain or icy conditions. For more information contact Cesali Renn at renn@fow.org. 

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Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Bats of Petty’s Island Night Hike, Pennsauken, NJ

Join this special evening program and learn all about bats and their many important roles in nature. With the oil tanks gone we have permission to walk the road and explore the field habitats of Petty’s Island. We know bats use the island, but we’ve never been out at night to explore. We will bust some common myths about these fascinating but misunderstood animals and discuss some of the ways we can help to protect them. As the sun goes down, we will head out and try to pick up their echolocation calls with our bat detector. There is nothing quite like a nature walk at night, so come get batty with us! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Sponsored by NJ Audubon, Delaware Riverkeeper, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Citgo, and Cooper River Watershed Association.

Registration is open June 8 to July 19 at https://batsofpettysisl.eventbrite.com.

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Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Tours, Lewes, DE

Hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse tours are being held through September. Patrons are picked up by the Delaware Launch Service at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Delaware and will cruise past the Delaware Breakwater East End Light before proceeding to the Harbor of Refuge for a one-hour guided tour of the lighthouse.

Lighthouse enthusiasts are often treated to the sight of dolphins and skin divers along the breakwater wall. Attendees are allowed to climb the lighthouse and get the best view of Lewes from the top deck. Upcoming tours are set for 3 and 4 p.m., Saturday, July 21; 1 and 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18; 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8; and 9 and 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. For more information or to register, go to www.delawarebaylights.org.

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Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Minisink Park Hike, East Stroudsburg, PA

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The Brodhead Watershed Association will host another in its series of Get Outdoors Poconos hikes on July 21 at Minisink Park in Monroe County. Minisink Park is a natural oasis within walking distance of Delaware Water Gap, Pa., tucked in 28 acres of greenery between Route 80 and two creeks.

Join hike leader Carol Hillestad for this easy-to-moderate hike of about 2.4 miles. A medical professional from Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono will be on hand to talk about the benefits of walking for health.

For an easy walk of less than a mile, from this point you can loop back to the start and call it a day. Or continue on the trail along one of the soccer fields, back down to Cherry Creek and over the stepping stones.

Across the creek, after a bit of a climb, you get a bird’s-eye view of Route 80 from the footbridge that spans the highway and leads to the walkable village of Delaware Water Gap. The “trail” is now a shady sidewalk lined with small businesses — an outdoors outfitter, a coffee roaster, the famous Deer Head Inn. 

After an easy stroll and perhaps a bit of deliciousness from a charming shop, find your way back at the trailhead to finish a fine day outdoors.

Soccer fields and playground equipment share the space with walking trails. Much of the land has been left natural, providing food, nesting sites and cover for wrens, goldfinches, and many other birds, as well as fox, deer, raccoons, skunks, and other mammals. 
The trails are packed gravel, with only very gentle inclines, making them accessible for people of most abilities.

The hike begins at 10:00 a.m.  Each hiker will receive a token to use at participating Delaware Water Gap merchants for a coffee, ice cream or other treat in the village, thanks to support from generous sponsors.

Sponsored by Brodhead Watershed Association in partnership with Smithfield Township. Free, but registration is required. 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or email info@brodheadwatershed.org.

 

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Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Stand Up for the Clean Water Rule, Philadelphia, PA

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Living in Pennsylvania, we value clean water. But, there are more miles of polluted streams in our state than in any other! Rather than taking steps toward safeguarding the health of our families, our rivers and our parks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), against the desire of millions of Americans, has moved to repeal the very rule that protects the small streams that sustain the drinking water sources for nearly 1 in 3 Americans.

In the coming weeks, we expect the EPA to release a replacement of the science-based Clean Water Rule and we fear the worst!

Join NPCA, PennFuture, PennEnvironment, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and United By Blue on July 19 to make your voice heard. We'll come together to collect comments, record videos and speak up for the water upon which we all depend.

Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Those who share their own clean water story will have the chance to win swag and river-based prizes! If you walk with us to the Race Street Pier (to shoot videos with the Delaware River as your backdrop), please wear comfortable shoes. Register online and learn more here.

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Water Defenders Meet and Greet, Allentown, PA

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Want to learn how YOU can defend clean water? The Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter is looking to build a network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Delaware River and its tributaries.

Join the Sierra Club at The Colony Meadery's tasting room for a fun and informational evening of socializing, mead sampling, and sharing water stories! Learn more about becoming a Water Defender and joining the campaign to #DefendtheDelaware.

Water Defenders - is a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed. Entry is free. Complimentary light fare will be provided while supplies last. Drinks will be available for purchase. Register online and learn more here.

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Jul
18
9:30 AM09:30

DRBC Water Quality Advisory Committee Meeting, Trenton, NJ

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The Water Quality Advisory Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the DRBC Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ.

An agenda for the July 18 meeting will be circulated closer to the meeting date. Please contact John Yagecic at (609) 883-9500 ext. 271 with any questions.

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Jul
18
9:00 AM09:00

Delaware Estuary Teachers Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Take a tour of Philadelphia's nationally-recognized green infrastructure projects, led by none other than the Philadelphia Water Department! Attendees will be guided to a variety of stormwater management projects, such as rain gardens and permeable pavement, while learning about the issues that cities around the country face. After this on-the-ground tour, attendees will gather at Fairmount Water Works for a self-guided tour and lunch. With information from the morning, teachers will then hear from some experts about how they design these projects and what kinds of activities they can bring back to the classroom.

Click here to find out more and to register. This event is hosted by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

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Jul
17
8:30 AM08:30

Delaware Estuary Teachers Workshop, Dover, DE

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You're going to want some boots for this trip! Teachers will check out one of Partnership for the Delaware Estuary's living shorelines at Delaware's Mispillion Harbor. Learn from Dr. Josh Moody, PDE's Senior Restoration Coordinator, about the benefits of living shorelines, oyster restoration, and climate change impact on coastal communities. We'll stop in the DuPont Nature Center before heading up to the St. Jones Reserve, a National Estuarine Research Reserve, for an afternoon of Next Generation Science Standards. Take a walk around their beautiful property after the workshop for some reflection and exploration.

Click here to register and find out more.This event is being hosted by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

 

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Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Delaware Estuary Teachers Workshop, Millville, NJ

Teachers will meet at the Millville Public Library and take a morning cruise on the Wild & Scenic Maurice River in South Jersey! Led by local experts, this tour will focus on history of the river and the many critters that call it home (you're guaranteed to see eagles). Spend the afternoon learning about art and science through a fun nature-inspired craft that you can take home.

Click here to register and find out more. This event is hosted by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

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Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Trees of the Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA

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Explore the beautiful trees in the Wissahickon Valley Park with Jenny Price and Sue Caskey of Friends of the Wissahickon! On this hike, attendees will look closely at tree features and will practice using a dichotomous key to help identify them. Come out and discover more about these giants of the Wissahickon. While walking will be at a minimum, there is a steep staircase in the beginning. Children are welcome. Meet at W Mt. Airy Avenue & Emlen Street.

Registration is recommended in the event of cancellation. Unless otherwise noted, hikes are on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet, slippery, or steep. Wear long pants for protection against poison ivy and possible ticks, as well as sturdy, protective shoes or boots. Bring water. Walks suitable for children are noted in their descriptions. Walks cancelled in the event of heavy rain/snow/ice and/or dangerous driving conditions.

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Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Upper Delaware BioBlitz, Starlight, PA

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The BioBlitz is a biannual event where 9 teams of scientists and amateur naturalists from all over the region meet to collect, identify, and catalog every living species visible to the naked eye. This event will be the 4th BioBlitz since 2013 and begin on Friday, June 29th and continue through to Saturday, June 30th. The public is invited from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 30th to see what has been collected, meet the scientists and amateur naturalists doing the work, learn about biodiversity at the site, and participate on walks or in workshops on the site.

At a large tent called "base camp," all the teams bring specimens they have collected and work here to identify them down to the species level. On each team's table, they may have specimen trays, aquariums, terrariums, microscopes, hand lenses, and reference materials so you can learn about what you're seeing. There are also tours on site led by team members so that you can see where specimens re collected on site and view them in context in the habitat.

This event will take place at the Gales Property, PA Rt. 191, Starlight, Wayne County, PA, Intersection with PA Rt. 370, Starlight, PA 18417. A schedule of programs and walks will be posted on the website and Facebook page. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate to the event please send an email to: info@upperdelawarebioblitz.com.

Register online here and find out more!

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Jun
25
4:00 PM16:00

White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan Open House, Newark, DE

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Delaware State Parks is beginning the Master Plan process for White Clay Creek State Park. There four open houses to gather public interest and ideas before creating a draft of the Master Plan. Organizations and the public is encouraged to attend one or all of these open houses.

This is a description of the first open house:
Natural Resources and Interpretation - For input on topics such as habitat, farming, ponds/streams, historical and natural programming.

Register and find out more online here.

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Jun
23
9:30 AM09:30

Premier of Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art, Chadds Ford, PA

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Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art is an art exhibit premiering at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on June 23rd and it will run until October 21st.

The exhibit will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence. Beyond just highlighting nature’s beauty, the featured artists—Suzanne Anker, Lauren Fensterstock, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Roxy Paine, Miljohn Ruperto & Ulrik Heltoft, Diana Thater, Jennifer Trask, Mark Tribe, Kathleen Vance, T.J. Wilcox, and Dustin Yellin—also hint at the more disquieting aspects of the natural world. As such, the works in this exhibition can be viewed as a type of neo-sublime, mixing the beautiful and terrifying to produce awe in the beholder in accord with tenets of eighteenth-century philosopher Edmund Burke.  

Artists since antiquity have depicted, and often mimicked, the splendors of nature. Throughout the centuries, such representations have embodied the shifting relationship between humans and their natural surroundings. Nature has thus proved to be a fertile terrain for projecting a culture’s desires, fears, whimsy, or will. Artists in the twenty-first century have continued this cultural dialogue with nature, and as this exhibition will reveal, expanded it in surprising ways, bringing their distinct concerns and creative vision to the subject.

Find out more about the exhibit and museum hours online here.

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Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Delaware River Sojourn Day-Trip, Bordentown, NJ

Delaware River Sojourn paddlers visit the Abbott Marshlands at Bordentown Beach on the 8th day of their trip down the Delaware River. Those interested in taking part in the sojourn for that day can meet at the Bordentown Beach at 9 a.m. for registration. Additionally, more details about the Delaware River Sojourn can be found online here.

This year’s Delaware River Sojourn theme is "Still Wild After All These Years," which is a reflection on 50 years of protection and recognition for the river under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers program.

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Jun
23
to Jun 25

Lehigh River Sojourn, Emmaus, PA

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Paddle with Wildlands Conservancy on the Lehigh River to share in the appreciation for this local, natural resource.

The 22nd annual Lehigh River Sojourn is Wildlands Conservancy’s 32.6-mile guided paddling trip on the Lehigh River. The event begins in the Pocono Mountains and ends in Easton. Sojourners travel through our region’s metro-wilderness – treasuring scenic views, visits from resident wildlife and a shared appreciation for preserving the Lehigh River.

Find out more and register online here.

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Jun
21
10:00 AM10:00

DRBC Water Management Advisory Committee, Trenton, NJ

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The Water Management Advisory Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Thursday, June 21, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the DRBC Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.  

An agenda will be circulated closer to the meeting date at www.drbc.net.Please contact SeungAh Byun, (609) 883-9500 ext. 237, for more information.

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Jun
21
8:30 AM08:30

New Jersey Sustainability Summit, Ewing, NJ

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The 2018 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will explore how individual and community behaviors can impact the quality of necessities for better or worse, such as our air, water, health, economy, and so much more. 

Sustainable Jersey brings together a unique mix of public and private, state and local partners to support communities in achieving remarkable progress. You will participate in thought provoking conversations that focus on engaging government, community, schools, business and academia in sustainable action. The event attracts over 300 diverse participants from across New Jersey.

The 2018 Sustainability Summit will focus on research, successful models, and available resources that contribute to each of us working together to build local capacity for change.

This year's keynote speaker is First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy. The First Lady comes with decades of experience supporting research, service and advocacy efforts focused on the environment, education, healthcare, youth and family services. Tammy has been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, clean energy and is working to support local government efforts and the critical role that communities play in achieving our statewide sustainability goals. It is her belief in problem-solving through coalition-building and participation that makes Tammy the ideal person to keynote our 2018 Summit.

Register and find out more on the Sustainable Jersey website.

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Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

Green Infrastructure in the Delaware River Watershed, Monticello, NY

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New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is teaming up with partners from the Delaware River Watershed for a policy forum on the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green infrastructure. 

We're bringing together a talented group of speakers and panelists to talk about how now is more important than ever to invest in greener strategies for managing stormwater. From innovative examples to barriers and opportunities, this policy forum will provide the information and tools needed for local decision-makers to get involved and bring more green infrastructure into their communities. Space will fill up fast, so register now here.

Featuring the following special guest speakers and panelists:

  • George Schuler, The Nature Conservancy
  • Freda Eisenberg, Commissioner, Sullivan County Department of Planning 
  • Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth, NY State Dept. of State
  • Bill Herrmann, Town Supervisor, Mamakating, NY (invited)
  • Stephanie P. Dalke, Pinchot Institute for Conservation
  • Bryan Quinn, Environmental Entrepreneur, founder and principal of One Nature
  • Jeff Skelding, Executive Director of Friends of the Upper Delaware River

Stay tuned for the schedule. Reserve your spot now!

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Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Snorkeling on McMichael Creek, Stroudsburg, PA

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Elementary-age children and their families will enjoy learning about stream life and how the Brodhead Watershed Association keeps drinking water safe while having fun snorkeling the creek. Equipment is provided. This event is free and registration is required. Part of the Water Wiser Kids series. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or email to register.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Hike at Van Buskirk Preserve, Cresco, PA

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Paradise Township cleared a trail last summer on the 87-acre Van Buskirk Nature Preserve near Cranberry Creek. The trail takes in the remains of an early 20th-century farm, stone walls, and orchards. There may be some steep, rocky stretches and the trail may be wet, so dress accordingly. Registration is required for this free event that is part of the Get Outdoors Poconos series.

This event is hosted by Brodhead Watershed Association. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or email to register.

 

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Petty’s Island History Hike, Pennsauken, NJ

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Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Sponsored by NJ Audubon, Delaware Riverkeeper, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Citgo, and Cooper River Watershed Association.

Registration is open May 4 to June 14 at https://pijunehh.eventbrite.com

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