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
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
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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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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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
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
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
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
21
10:00 AM10:00

Get Outdoors Poconos Hike at Cherry Creek, East Stroudsburg, PA

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GChoose from one of two loops at Minisink Park along Cherry Creek. One walk takes a very easy, level, gravel path to the creek and back. The other is a 2-mile loop to the Brodhead and Cherry creeks, with views of the Delaware River and finishes in the village of Delaware Water Gap. This event will take place at Minisink Park, River Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA.

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
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
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
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
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
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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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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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.

A registration link for this program will be available about 6 weeks prior to the event. No phone or email registrations are accepted.

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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
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.

A registration link for this program will be available about 6 weeks prior to the event. No phone or email registrations are accepted.

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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
25
to Sep 26

6th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, Cape May, NJ

This two-day conference is the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed's Annual event that brings together organizations and individuals spanning the four watershed states. The event will include workshops, lectures, networking, and more!

Fill out this form to let us know you're interested and we will email you the final registration page and Forum details once they've been confirmed.

 

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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.

A registration link for this program will be available about 6 weeks prior to the event. No phone or email registrations are accepted.

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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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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
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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Jun
15
to Jun 23

Delaware River Sojourn, Multiple Locations in PA & NJ

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The Delaware River Sojourn is a seven-day or eight-day guided paddling trip on the wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. It is for novice to experienced paddlers of all ages; participants can sign up for the whole event or for the section(s) or day(s) of their choice.

The purpose of the Sojourn is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed, which flows for 330 miles through four states. The Sojourn overview is available online here to see the full listing of locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Studies and research have shown that connecting with nature is good for your health and well-being, as well as teaches important lessons of conservation and stewardship. In this region, there is no need to travel far to do so; the Delaware River is close by, a gas tank away from about 20% of the nation's population. 

Join the Delaware River Sojourn and experience a fun, ultimate "staycation," which celebrates family, friends, and the great outdoors!

Click here to register and find out more.

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Jun
13
1:00 PM13:00

Garden Habitat Steward Training, Hockessin, DE

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This multi-session course organized by Delaware Nature Society will focus on wildlife habitat creation in the residential garden. Classes are a combination of talks, walks, garden visits, exercises, and homework, with topics including relationships between plants and wildlife, features of exceptional habitats, site analysis for plant selection, and great native plants for gardens. Each student receives a resource notebook full of helpful information related to gardening for wildlife. 

Class #1: Wednesday June 13: Hockessin, DE, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #2: Wednesday June 27, Hockessin, DE, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #3: Wednesday July 11 DEEC, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #4: Saturday July 21 rain date July 28, Newark, DE - a Certified Habitat Community, 9:00am-4:00pm
Class #5: Wednesday August 15, Hockessin, DE, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Graduation, garden tour & potluck dinner: Wed Sep 12, TBD, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Find out more and register online here.

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Jun
13
10:30 AM10:30

DRBC Business Meeting, Trenton, NJ

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The DRBC's public business meeting on June 13, 2018 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following:

Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s March 14, 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, including the following resolutions:
Authorizing the Executive Director to revise the Administrative Manual – By-Laws, Management and Personnel; and
Providing for election of the Commission Chair, Vice Chair and Second Vice Chair for the year commencing July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the June 13 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 16 or a previous date. Commission consideration on June 13 of items for which the public hearing is closed may result in approval of the item (by docket or resolution) as proposed, approval with changes, denial, or deferral. When the Commissioners defer an action, they may announce an additional period for written comment on the item, with or without an additional hearing date, or they may take additional time to consider the input they have already received without requesting further public input. Any deferred items will be considered for action at a public meeting of the Commission on a future date.

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. To sign up for public comment, visit the DRBC's website.

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Jun
12
10:30 AM10:30

Multi-functional Riparian Buffers, Webinar

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PA Highlands Coalition presents this webinar entitled "Multi-functional Riparian Buffers - A new and collaborative approach to land and water conservation" on Jun 12, 2018 10:30 a.m. Join in to learn about the evolving world of riparian buffers. 

Multi-functional riparian buffers provide opportunities for harvesting products such as berries, woody florals, and nuts in the riparian zone. By combining agroforestry and water protection strategies, these buffers allow for a collaborative solution to water quality and land management questions.

DCNR's Agroforesty Coordinator Tracey Coulter and Austin Unruh of Crow and Berry Land Management will discuss the recent DCNR grants for multi-functional riparian buffers and the realities of utilizing these tools on the ground. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Jun
5
10:30 AM10:30

4th Annual Clean Water Rally, Dover, DE

Rally 10:30 am - Noon  |  Optional Legislative Meetings 12:30 pm – 4 pm

For over four decades, the Delaware Nature Society has worked aggressively, through a scientific, fact-based approach, to be a leading voice encouraging conservation and protection of our region's natural resources. Now, the Delaware Nature Society needs your help and your voice!

Join the 4th Annual Clean Water Rally on June 5th to stand up for clean water. Celebrate the amazing role water plays in your life with our community of Water Warriors while enjoying festivities like FREE food from local food trucks and presentations! In the afternoon, you have the option of discussing why clean water is important to you with your state representatives.

All ages welcome, free for everyone. Registration is required! 

Help us speak out for water, wildlife, and land conservation so that Delaware's wildlife and communities can thrive. This event is hosted by the Delaware Nature Society and co-sponsored by the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed.

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Pipeline Monitoring Training, Emmaus, PA

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Trout Unlimited has established a program to train volunteers to monitor water resources that may be affected by natural gas pipeline development. Focusing on potential erosion and sedimentation impacts, the goal of this workshop is to train volunteers to effectively monitor water quality on high priority streams along proposed pipeline routes before, during, and after pipeline construction. The Pennsylvania Pipeline Construction Monitoring Program is an objective data collection effort and does not engage in advocacy-related activities.

The primary goal of this training is to establish water monitoring efforts along the proposed PennEast Pipeline route in Luzerne, Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks counties.

Please register for the training by contacting Jake Lemon, Trout Unlimited's Eastern Angler Science Coordinator, at 814-779-3965 or jlemon@tu.org. Please provide your name, email address, phone number and mailing address.

Registration will close on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Directions to the training session and an agenda will be provided the week of the training.

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Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Money Grows on Trees Walk & Workshop, Lake Ariel, PA

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Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a free walk and workshop, “Money Grows On Trees,” on June 2 from 10:00 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, Wayne County, PA.

Attendees will walk with consulting forester Josh Flad and the Conservancy's Stewardship Associate, Cindy Taylor, to visit a recent timber harvest and learn how to manage your woodlot for ecological and financial benefits. 

After the hike, enjoy light refreshments and learn about funding opportunities for land management and conservation. This walk is free and open to the public, but space is limited and prior registration with Lacawac Sanctuary is requested. 

To reserve your space and receive directions, visit this website.

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May
31
9:30 AM09:30

DRBC Monitoring Advisory & Coordination Committee, Trenton, NJ

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The Monitoring Advisory and Coordination Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Thursday, May 31, 2018 beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting will be held jointly with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Science and Technical Advisory Committee. 

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 John Yagecic, (609) 883-9500 ext. 271 with any questions.

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May
30
to May 31

Water Affordability Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

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Making Ends Meet: A Workshop on Water Affordability
May 30-31, Philadelphia, PA

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This event is organized by Mayors Innovation Project, American Rivers, Clean Water for All, and the Water Center at Penn. Mayors, municipal elected officials, water utility leaders, and advocates are invited to join this free workshop. 

Join in to hear from community and local leaders around the nation, as well as utility leaders, on the depths of the water affordability crisis and learn about the solutions for tackling it in your community. Travel support may be available for elected officials and utility leaders – contact them to learn more. 

On the agenda:
 
The Philadelphia Story
How has Philadelphia Water successfully approached water affordability, and what are the takeaways for your community?
 
The Affordability Crisis
Rising utility bills have tangible negative impacts on households. We will discuss those impacts and the ways communities are organizing around them.
 
Creating Stormwater Fees
Stormwater fees are being used more and more to address runoff. What are communities doing to keep them fair and affordable?
 
Addressing Affordability
What can utilities and cities do to promote efficiency, develop customer assistances programs, and/or identify rate based solutions?
 
What Mayors and Utility Leaders need from the Federal Government
Water Affordability is a national crisis. Is there a national solution?
 

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

DRBC Regulated Flow Advisory Committee, Trenton, NJ

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The Regulated Flow Advisory Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Thursday, May 24, 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 available closer to the meeting date at www.drbc.net. Please contact Hernan Quinodoz at (609) 883-9500 ext. 225 with any questions.

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May
23
5:30 PM17:30

Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception, Philadelphia, PA

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Join TTF Watershed Partnership to celebrate the achievements of local clean water heroes at their fun and exciting annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception!

They will be honoring extraordinary educators, impressive youth champions, dedicated municipal leaders and volunteers, generous nonprofit and corporate stewards, and individuals of all ages creating a legacy for the future.

Network with TTF's Partner Alliance and environmental leaders from across the region, and enjoy a spread of delicious local food and drink. Enjoy the auction featuring works by Globe Dye Works artisans. You can get your tickets at ttfwatershed.org/Milestones.

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May
19
10:00 AM10:00

South Jersey Scrub, Cumberland & Salem County, NJ

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There are 7 locations to choose from for the South Jersey Scrub in Cumberland and Salem Counties. Register online and find out more.

About the Scrub
Scrub: a strategic, organized cleanup initiative that targets a particular watershed, county, or region. A scrub is a way for people to take action together in one or more individual cleanup events over a period of time, for big impact. A scrub can last just one day or several months!

Why a Scrub?
Look, litter is everywhere... in our neighborhoods and our rivers, marshes, and bays. By 2050, scientists say there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Fortunately, with dedicated volunteers, this is a problem we can do something about! The 'scrub model' is a fun, effective way to mobilize people and neighborhoods, and get'er done!

Why South Jersey?
We know there are different interpretations of what "southern" New Jersey is, or if central New Jersey even exists (it does). This spring, our partners are gathering to represent Salem and Cumberland Counties. These Delaware Bayshore communities are particularly important because of their coastal rivers and marshes, and people motivated to work together on the issue of trash.

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May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plants Walk, Milford, DE

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The Delaware Highlands Conservancy staff and partners are hosting a Native Plants Walk from 9 a.m.-noon. May 19 at the Milford Experimental Forest at 151 Grey Towers, in Milford, PA. 

The Conservancy’s Conservation Programs Team Leader Amanda Subjin will lead the walk, in partnership with PA-DCNR Service Forester Garrett Beers.

The walk will be held within the 1,191-acre privately owned property, permanently protected with a conversation easement. Participants will be guided through various forest types including a deer exclosure and demonstration chestnut planting. Native and invasive plant species will be identified and discussed. The hike will traverse moderately steep terrain.

This walk is free and open to the public, but space is limited and prior registration is required. To reserve your space and receive directions, call the Delaware Highlands Conservancy office at 570-226-3164 or 583-1010 or email info@delawarehighlands.org. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region.

For more information, call 570-226-3164 or 583-1010, or visit DelawareHighlands.org.

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May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Life on Our Salt Marshes, Galloway, NJ

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Join in to learn about the life on Forsythe salt marshes and what it means to be a baymen. Atlantic County Historical Society artifacts will be presented by Noorman Goos, historian and librarian for the Historical Society.

This event takes place at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, Atlantic County, NJ. For further information, please call 609-652-1665.

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May
16
1:30 PM13:30

DRBC Public Hearing, Trenton, NJ

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The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its next regularly scheduled public hearing on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The hearing is open to the public and will take place at the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company, 40 West Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628.

The public hearing on May 16, 2018 will begin at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items subject to the Commission’s review will include draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other water-related projects, as well as resolutions listed online here. Visit this website to find out how to submit public comment.

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May
16
9:00 AM09:00

National Conference on Health Disparities, Philadelphia, PA

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The 11th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina, will be taking place in Philadelphia, PA from May 16th to May 19th. The event aims to reducing health disparities through sustaining and strengthening healthy communities. For more information and agenda, visit the events website.

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Opening of Stoneleigh Natural Garden, Philadelphia, PA

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After two years of planning, planting, and preparation, Natural Lands’ Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden opens its gates to the public! During this “Stroll About” – a longtime tradition of the Haas family, who donated the property to Natural Lands – guests can explore winding garden paths, absorb the beauty of spring, and be among the very first to enjoy Philadelphia’s newest public garden.

The Stroll About event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required for timed entries.

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May
12
3:30 PM15:30

Shad Cruise: Amazing Migratory Fish of the Delaware River, Lambertville, NJ

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Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, Inc. SPLASH presents Shad Cruise: Amazing Migratory Fish of the Delaware River.

On this trip, timed to be part of World Fish Migration Day, your hosts will share the ecological importance of the American Shad and other migratory fish, the history of the Lewis Family Shad Fishery, and efforts to restore the population of American shad in the Delaware.

The event will be lead by Steve Meserve, 4th generation shad fisherman, whose family has operated the Lewis Island Shad Fishery since 1888; and Charles Hardy III, Professor of History at West Chester University, and author of “Fish or Foul: A History of the Delaware River Basin Through the Perspective of the American Shad, 1682 to the Present.”

Click here to find out more or email info@steamboatclassroom.org.

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May
12
to May 13

Brandywine Conservancy Native Plant Sale, Chadds Ford, PA

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Described by Town & Country magazine as “One of the season’s best native-plant sales” the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art’s Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale takes place every year on Mother's Day weekend in the Museum's courtyard. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the Conservancy's Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens. At the sale, Conservancy garden staff members and volunteers can answer questions, give planting instructions, offer horticultural advice, and provide brief tours of the gardens. Find out more on the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's website.

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May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Environmental Advocacy Workshop, Stroudsburg, PA

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Presented by Trout Unlimited, Brodhead Watershed Association, and Friends of Cherry Valley and featuring PennFuture and Brodhead Trout Unlimited.

Join fellow environmental advocates at the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge on May 12 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm for an introductory workshop to 21st century advocacy tools. Following the event, please join us for a free barbecue hosted by the organizers! US Fish and Wildlife will be offering a guided hike for children during the event so feel free to bring them along! This event is family friendly and open to the general public. There is no cost to attend. 

Find out more & register online here.

Agenda:
9:30-10:00 AM: Registration, coffee and Networking

10:00-10:15 AM: Introductions and intention setting (Bob Heil, Brodhead Watershed Association)

10:15-10:45 AM: Advocacy 101 (Ann Foster, Brodhead TU)

10:45-11:30 AM: Breakout session 1 - Methods and Applications

1) Public Comments: How, What, Where, When, Why? (Pat Kennedy, retired professor)
2) So you want to meet your elected official? (Emily Rinaldi, PennFuture)
3) Media Outreach in the 21st Century (Dave Kinney, Trout Unlimited)

11:30-12:15 PM: Break out session 2 - Theory to Practice

1) Making public comments (Pat Kennedy)
2) Mock meetings with public officials (Emily Rinaldi)
3) Telling your story (Dave Kinney)

12:15-12:30 PM: Applications and Next Steps

12:30-2:00 PM: Post event barbecue (on site and free of charge to all attendees)

Find out more & register online here.

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May
12
8:00 AM08:00

World Series of Birding, Cape May, NJ

Join in for a day of birding to raise conservation funds! It’s the 35th Anniversary of New Jersey Audubon’s famous World Series of Birding, a 24-hour competition to identify as many bird species within the state of New Jersey.

There are many ways to play, including focusing on one county, staying in one place and letting the birds come to you, going carbon-free and more. Bird for 24 hours or just stay as long as you wish.
 
Saturday evening, make your way to the Finish Line at the Grand Hotel in Cape May for some snacks and conversation. On Sunday morning is the Awards Brunch where you will get to hear stories from all the teams. You never know what’s going to happen!
 
Consider forming a team for your organization or group of friends. The deadline to have your team name listed on the annual commemorative t-shirt is April 20, 2018. Payments must be received by April 27th. Brunch tickets must be purchased by May 6th, unless we sell out prior to that date. Find out more details and register online at www.worldseriesofbirding.org.

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May
6
8:30 AM08:30

18th Annual Run for the River, Asbury (Warren County), NJ

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The Run for the River is an annual fundraiser for the Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA). MWA is an independent, non-profit organization formed by residents of the Musconetcong River Valley in 1991. Their mission is to protect and improve the Musconetcong River and its watershed resources through education programs to local schools, landowners and municipal officials. In addition, MWA conducts river clean-ups and stream bank restoration projects. After the Run, MWA hosts a free raffle for all participants. Register by April 23rd and find out more information here.

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