Aug
31
1:00 PM13:00

Bushkill Creek Clean Up, Easton, PA

Trout Unlimited in Pennsylvania has partnered with Costa and SweetWater Brewing to run a special “Kick Plastic Cleanup” here on Bushkill Creek on August 31st.

Click here to register: https://www.tu.org/bushkill-creek-kick-plastic-cleanup/

Meet at 1 p.m., parking at Lafayette College at 901 Bushkill Drive to help clean trash out of the creek and have a great time doing it. The cleanup will run until around 4 p.m. and will be followed by a post-cleanup happy hour at the Riverside Barr & Grill where we will celebrate the work and enjoy a free glass of Kick Plastic Pilsner courtesy of SweetWater Brewing!

Volunteers should wear waders, mud boots or water shoes and bring gloves, sunscreen and bug spray. We will cleanup sections along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail and nature trail, other public access areas and our Adopt-A-Highway on Bushkill Drive in Tatamy, with cleanup areas that offer in-stream access as well as stretches of dry land for volunteers who do not own waders.

Please click here to register https://www.tu.org/bushkill-creek-kick-plastic-cleanup/ as a volunteer and be sure to list any guests you are bringing to help us with headcount. We will follow up as the event draws near with more details and information.

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Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

Christina River Projects Bus Tour, Landenberg, PA

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Join Brandywine Red Clay Alliance for their annual bus tour to see best practices and watershed projects in New Castle County, Delaware and Chester County, Pennsylvania. Meet at New Garden Township Park, 8938 Gap Newport Pike, Landenberg, PA.

Our itinerary will include:

  • Auburn Valley State Park, Yorklyn, Delaware, remediation of NVF site, wetlands construction and stream restoration

  • Hillendale Elementary, Kennett Township, tree planting and naturalized detention basins

  • West Chester Borough, stormwater fee funded stormwater projects

  • Embreeville Wetland Mitigation Site, Chester County Water Resources Authority, Aqua PA and Natural Lands.

  • Lunch at Myrick Center, Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.

How:  Registration is required in advance and is limited to seats on the bus, so register early by sending an email to Betsy Stefferud at bstefferud@brandywineredclay.org or me at the address on this message.

There is a $10 fee for a box lunch payable in advance or by check or cash at the event.

Thanks to sponsors, University of Delaware Water Resources Center, DNREC, Chester County Conservation District there is no fee for the bus tour.

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Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Delaware River Fest, Philadelphia, PA/Camden, NJ

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has connected Philadelphia residents to the Delaware River waterfront for more than 15 years through the newly renamed Pennsylvania Delaware River Fest!

The festival is a “coast-to-coast” celebration of the Delaware River by connecting Philadelphia and Camden residents to the source of their drinking water. The Delaware is one of 19 "great waters" recognized by the America's Great Waters Coalition. The Delaware River Basin is a source of drinking water for 15 million people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), along with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), the Independence Seaport Museum and others will host activities at Penn’s Landing and Wiggins Park. Since 2000, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) has hosted this event under the name “Pennsylvania Coast Day.” Last year, PDE added new partners and expanded the fun to the New Jersey side of the river to include the Camden River Festival. This year, all partners have officially agreed to one, encompassing event, called the Delaware River Festival.

An exciting addition to the 2019 event is the Camden Jam music festival, which will feature local and regional artists and Montell Jordan as this year’s headliner. Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and Camden County are new partners in making this event even more enjoyable. Attendees will be able to go from one side of the river to the other by taking the RiverLink Ferry.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Camden Jam running from noon to 6 p.m. Fun on the Philadelphia side of the festival includes all kinds of water-related experiences. There will be kayaking and boat rides, as well as freshwater mussel demonstrations — how mussels clean and filter water. PWD will also have a water bar for people to stay hydrated. There will be free face painting, an exciting scavenger hunt with prizes, crafts for kids, and free admission to the Independence Seaport Museum building and exhibits. Visit the Camden side for live music, games and crafts, hands-on displays, and the opportunity to rent a bike to ride over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

For more information, you can visit the event’s page by clicking here!

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Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

United By Blue - Shoreline Cleanup, Philadelphia, PA

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Join United By Blue and CDRW member organizations for a community cleanup of the Delaware River!

They and partners will clean the riverbanks along the Frankford Boat Launch and waterfront trail, and record data on the trash that we collect.

After a morning of cleaning our waterways and outdoor recreation areas, the crew will enjoy complimentary snacks provided by Luke's Lobster, and hear from event partners about the great work they're doing to keep our waterways clean year-round. They will also play cleanup games and give away United By Blue prizes.

Help bring the mission of removing a pound of trash from waterways for every product they sell to life by joining us for this cleanup. They will provide cleanup supplies, water and reusable water bottles, and snacks. You bring sturdy shoes, long pants, and your friends!

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On-Tour, Hackettstown, NJ

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The Musconetcong Watershed Association is hosting their 2nd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at Centenary University. They hope you are able to attend and view these excellent films!

They will also have tabling opportunities available, so please let Karen know if your organization is interested in tabling this event: karen@musconetcong.org.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Bridge the Gap: River Paddle, Dingmans Ferry, PA

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Join Scenic Wild Delaware River for a paddle down the Delaware!

Bring a lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide extra water and snacks. Choose between a canoe or kayak.

Preregistration is required and begins at 8:30am on August 8th. 

*Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.*

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
11
10:30 AM10:30

DRBC Public Business Meeting, West Trenton, NJ

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The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and a business meeting the following month on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. 

Hearing items include 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 docket applications, and instructions on how to comment, are available at the above link.  Both the hearing and business meeting are open to the public.

If you represent a municipality or are a representative of a legislative district and are receiving this email, there is likely one or more projects that are associated with or affect your area.

The official Notice for the public hearing and business meeting is available on the Commission’s website by clicking here!

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Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA

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Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Sep
13
9:00 AM09:00

Schuylkill River Restoration Sites Tour, Montgomery County, PA

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The Schuylkill Action Network will host a tour of Schuylkill River Restoration Fund restoration sites in Montgomery County.

The tour will stop at restoration projects, including rain gardens, constructed wetlands, stormwater basins, stream restorations, and tree plantings.

This annual tour is free, but registration is required.

Click Here to register and for all the details, including a schedule and pick up points. 

Questions should be directed to Erica at ERossetti@DelawareEstuary.org or call 302-655-4990 ext. 122

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Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

The Occasional Nature Warrior, Asbury, NJ

Please join Musconetcong Watershed Association for this adult summer camp program!

Part of MWA's Adult Camp experience: If they called it "Wilderness Skills" you wouldn't come because you probably live in New Jersey, and wilderness to you is Pennsylvania. But wilderness survival skills can be relevant to anyone visiting NJ’s beautiful parks and preserves, many of which are unattended and have large expanses of remote forested areas.

MWA can't make you experts at survival in a day, but in this camp session, you'll get some useful suburban survival information (like the ubiquitous backyard pant that treats a bee sting or how to keep calm when you think you're lost). They won't ask you to eat bugs, but they will treat you to a campfire lunch - just as soon as you are able to build a fire without a match!

You've all heard not to stand under a tree in a lightning storm, but what if you're in the woods when one blows in? What kinds of things can you do to signal for help? Could you purify some water for drinking without a device or a pill?

The scary ticks will still be in the woods, but at the end of this camp, you should have more confidence going deeper into our forested wilds.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
14
9:30 AM09:30

Petty’s Island History Hike, Pennsauken, NJ

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations in an informative history hike in a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

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. We will have fabulous opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks.

Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Registration opens August 2. Please register here: https://pettyfallhh2019.eventbrite.com

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Sep
17
4:00 PM16:00

Oyster Shell Bagging, Wilmington, DE

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Join the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in an afternoon of volunteering!

Did you know that PDE recycles oyster shells? Yep. PDE has agreements with Wilmington, Delaware area restaurants to save the shells from oysters they serve to customers. They pick them up and store them at a recycling lot for later use in living shoreline and other environmental projects.

At the lot, those shells go into a BIG pile where they cure. Later, PDE bags them before they’re transported for use. That’s where YOU enter the picture! PDE needs volunteers to help us put shells in to net bags. Individuals and groups are welcome to come and help. It’s also a great way to celebrate National Estuaries Week (Sept. 14-21) with PDE!

For more information and to register, click here!

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Sep
20
to Sep 22

Fall Flights: Birds and Brews, Dingmans Ferry, PA

Come out for a wonderful weekend of bird watching and beer tasting with Pocono Environmental Education Center!

Enjoy guided hikes that teach how to identify birds by sight, sound, and habitat. Program is geared towards beginners and experts alike. Saturday night PEEC provide transportation to one of their local breweries and the 1st round is on them! Includes two nights of lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
21
7:45 AM07:45

Early Fall Birding on Petty's Island, Pennsauken, NJ

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations in a day of birding on a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

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.

Registration opens August 9. Please register here: https://pettysfallbirding.eventbrite.com

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Walnut2Walnut River Challenge, Philadelphia, PA

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Are you up for the Walnut2Walnut River Challenge?

The excursion begins at Schuylkill Banks and ends at Independence Seaport Museum's boat basin. 

The challenge course offers spectacular views of the city, while traveling almost 15 miles along both rivers. The Walnut2Walnut River Challenge is suitable for experienced paddlers looking for a new way to get in touch with Philadelphia’s waterways.

For more information, like registration and FAQ, please click here!

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Sep
22
to Sep 24

PA Greenway & Trails Summit, Shippensburg, PA

This three-day statewide summit provides exceptional training and networking opportunities for those engaged in all aspects of trail and greenway work, including planning and economic professionals; trail and conservation staff, board, and volunteers; park professionals; local, county, and state government officials; consultants and builders; and trail enthusiasts. The summit, which will be held September 22-24, 2019 at the Shippensburg Conference Center, will offer dozens of educational sessions, mobile seminars, keynote presentations, discussion panels, and various networking opportunities.

This summit is presented by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association with generous support through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
24
to Sep 25

Watershed 102: "Aquatic ecology as it relates to stream and watershed restoration and protection" Workshop, Avondale, PA

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Stroud Center's newest 100 level workshop, "Watershed 102, Aquatic ecology as it relates to stream and watershed restoration and protection" will be held at Stroud Water Research Center! 

All are welcome to attend.  Material will be geared for participants at all levels in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative from volunteers to professionals.  Presentations will be applicable to those new to the DRWI as well as more established participants. 

The workshop will focus on abiotic and biotic stream characteristics in natural, urban, and agricultural settings.  Effects of different remediation and preservation strategies in these settings will be explored via broad syntheses and case studies. 

Refreshments, light breakfast, and lunch will be provided. 

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
28
6:30 AM06:30

Bike the Brandywine, Chadds Ford, PA

Please join the Brandywine Conservancy on a picturesque bike through the Brandywine Creek Greenway!

Explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the lure of the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Now in its fourth year, Bike the Brandywine is excited to offer four loops with distances of 25, 45, 62 (Metric Century) and 80 miles. Each route offers a unique and thrilling experience for both the recreational and more avid seasoned cyclist. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Brandywine Conservancy’s clean water programs. Over the past 50 years, the Conservancy has dedicated itself to help preserve water quality and quantity in the region. Connect your wheels with water on this scenic and well-supported ride.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
30
9:30 AM09:30

DRBC Water Quality Advisory Meeting, West Trenton, NJ

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The Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Monday, September 30, 2019, and also on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Both meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in DRBC’s Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.

Please contact: John Yagecic, (609) 883-9500 ext. 271, for more information.

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Oct
4
9:00 AM09:00

ANJEC Environmental Congress, West Windsor, NJ

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The Environmental Congress is an annual statewide gathering of environmental commissions, local officials, agencies, citizen groups and environmental organizations.

In conjunction with the Congress, ANJEC is pleased to announce the launch of our Municipal Official Leadership Award!

Environmental Commissioners and other local volunteers are invited to nominate a local elected official who has been an outstanding advocate for the environment.

 Click here for guidelines, instructions.

Deadline for nominations, Friday, September 6th.

Registration details for the Congress will be released shortly.

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Oct
5
8:30 AM08:30

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

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations in an informative history hike in a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island! Join the 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.

Registration opens August 29.. Please register here: https://pettyfallcleanup.eventbrite.com

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Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA

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Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

DuPont Environmental Education Center 10th Anniversary Festival and 5K Race, Wilmington, DE

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Celebrate 10 years where the city, river and marsh meet!

The run is in a special partnership with Delaware Nature Society, who the proceeds of the race will be benefit.

Food trucks, music, canoeing, crafts, outdoor exhibitors and more. 

Grab your sneakers and hit the Markell Trail for a 5k Walk/Run through the beautiful Russell Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. 

For more information, please click here!

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Oct
15
7:30 AM07:30

Lehigh Valley Watershed Confrence, Bethlehem, PA

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The 2019 Lehigh Valley Watershed Confrence will feature a keynote presentation by Ann English on an innovative approach to stream buffers, and a full day of talks on MS-4 compliance. Another all-day set of sessions will present exciting information on multifunctional riparian buffers - come learn about pawpaws and tree nuts!

Continuing education credits are available for engineers and landscaping professionals. College students register for free.

For more information, registration and a printable schedule, please click here!

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

The 7th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, Allentown, PA

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The 7th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum will take place in Allentown, PA at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel on October 16th and 17th. The Forum will bring together organizations and individuals spanning the four watershed states of PA, NY, NJ, and DE. The Forum allows for collaboration among those working on environmental conservation and policy; and provides professional and personal development opportunities.

Workshops and speakers will focus on topics such as water quality, agriculture, community engagement, equity, and environmental policy. This year, we're excited to introduce new elements to the Forum, including a student poster session, municipal awards, and lightning talks featuring Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund grant recipients!

As always, we'll also be offering fun, interactive conservation-focused field trips, including: a Lehigh River Bike Ride, a Musconetcong River Restoration Tour, a Delaware River Film Festival, a Blue Mountain Superfund Site Restoration Tour, and Villa Milagro Winery Tour.

Register Here

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Oct
26
7:00 AM07:00

Petty’s Island Field Photography Workshop, Philadelphia, Pa

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations for a wildlife photography workshop led by Phil Witt, Associate Naturalist and Wildlife Photographer, at a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

This 3-hour workshop is an introductory to field and nature photography, with an emphasis on taking your photography skills to the next level. Phil will show you some of the island's hidden gems and unique features. If you have a telephoto lens, bring it! Petty’s Island offers a great variety of birds both in the forest and on the surrounding mud flats. Spectacular panoramic views of Philadelphia will round out the experience. Phil will provide hands-on, personalized instruction as they work with you on composition and give you tools and tips for determining the optimum exposure and cover many other topics to get you comfortable with your camera. The 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. Directions and other details are given upon registration.

Registration opens September 13. Please register here: https://pettyfieldphoto.eventbrite.com

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Oct
29
8:30 AM08:30

The Salt Conundrum Symposium, Dover, DE

Please save the date to attend a one-day symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Water Resources Center and the University of Delaware Sustainable Coastal Communities.

It's hard to think about snow and salt application right now but it's critical to continue the conversation about this important topic. This symposium will include focused presentations and discussion on the latest snow management practices and trends, water resource impacts and ways to achieve a balance between public safety and the environment. 

More information to come soon.

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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA

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Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Nov
19
8:30 AM08:30

3rd Annual Delaware Watershed Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA

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Please join watershed advocates at this research conference offered by Drexel University!

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.

Topics will range from environmental monitoring, novel research, and ecological modeling, to economic, social, and political effects and implications.

Registration is now open! Click here to register.

Please email Allison Stoklosa at ams844@drexel.edu for questions.

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Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting: Recap & Holiday Social, Bethlehem, PA

Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Dec
13
10:30 AM10:30

SAVE THE DATE! Jersey Water Works Conference, New Brunswick, NJ

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The fifth annual Jersey Water Works Conference will bring together more than 300 state and local decision-makers, practitioners and stakeholders to:

  • amplify the importance of addressing New Jersey's water infrastructure

  • explore national models for innovative solutions

  • celebrate the Jersey Water Works collaborative as an effective, comprehensive approach to achieving statewide impact

Want an idea of what to expect? This year's conference will feature discussions on priority issues, panels on local and regional water infrastructure challenges and opportunities, and breakout sessions, allowing for more in-depth analysis and conversation. 

Find out more information about the 201820172016, and 2015 conferences.

Stay tuned for information on registration and agendas.

For sponsorship information, please click here!

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Forest Bathing Guided Walk, New Hope, PA

Come join Bucks County Audubon on a “Forest Bathing” guided walk with Sharon Lohse, RN, a forest guide trained at the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT)!

Celebrate the start of summer with relaxation, rejuvenation, and refreshment as we walk through the grounds of the beautiful Bucks County Audubon Society and learn the art of Forest Therapy.

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
24
3:00 PM15:00

Firefly Picnic, Swan Lake, NY

Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for their annual community picnic for members and friends. Enjoy a delicious catered meal, a live Birds of Prey presentation with Bill Streeter, craft beer selections, a guided trail walk, crafts, and much more! Fun for all ages.

Reservations are required for this event; tickets are $10 for members, $25 for non-members, and free for children under 12. Refunds are not issued for cancelled reservations. 

*The picnic is free for active Conservancy volunteers. If you are an active volunteer, please email jason@delawarehighlands.org directly to register.*

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn Lecture, Milford, DE

Join Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control: bring a bagged lunch and a hunger to learn! Today’s Topic: Delaware Bay Whelks!

Learn about the whelks we find in the Delaware Bay – what species we find, what they eat, where you can find them and how they’re a part of the bay ecosystem! Presented by Rich Wong, Biometrician, DNREC Div. of Fish & Wildlife.

This program is geared toward adults, but families are welcome.

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

"Flood of 1955" History Lecture, Flemington, NJ

Mary Shafer, author of "Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955," will be speaking at Hunterdon Land Trust!

Three terrifying days and nights along the Delaware River — mark the 64th anniversary of this historic flood with the author of Devastation on the Delaware.

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Snorkel your way through Cherry Creek, Stroudsburg, PA

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Brodhead Watershed Association invites school-age children and their parents to snorkel Cherry Creek!

With guidance from an experienced outdoor educator, kids will come face-to-face with a new and different world – the underwater world of a creek bed.

Fish? Yes … but so much more! Snails and worms, turtles and frogs, about a zillion kinds of insects and dozens of plant species, from cattails and grasses to tiny algae. Water striders zoom the surface of still waters. Dragonflies zip around creek banks.

The bottom of Cherry Creek is the whole world to the critters that live there. Put on a facemask and snorkel and come learn about it yourself!

This event is part of the Water Wiser Kids Series sponsored by Brodhead Watershed Association, funded by a Dr. Claus Jordan Endowment Grant from Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono Foundation.

IF YOU GO: Snorkeling in Cherry Creek

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019

WHERE: Cherry Valley. Register for directions.

NOTE: This program is very weather dependent. If the water is too high or murky, if thunder and lightning are present, or if the water or air temperature is too cold, we may need to postpone/cancel. This is the last creek snorkeling event of 2019.

COST: Free, but registration is required and limited to 25 participants.

The program is intended for elementary-age children, though older children and parents may take part. Kettle Creek will provide sterilized snorkels and masks and a life jacket (which must be worn) to each participant. Participants must bring the following:

• Swimsuit/board shorts, worn under clothing as there are no changing facilities.

• Wading shoes, water shoes, strap-on sandals, or old sneakers — NO flip-flops or bare feet.

• Towel and sunscreen.

CONTACT: 570-839-1120, 570-629-2727 or email info@brodheadwatershed.org.

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Learning From the Past: The Historical Significance of NJ Forest Management, Morris Township, NJ

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Please join New Jersey Forestry Association for an education program focused on NJ forest management!

Learn about the history of the forests of New Jersey including the historical influence of human activity on New Jersey’s forests, the historical importance of this point in time for the forest resource and your role as stewards of the land. 

Find out about present-day forest use, problems and issues, including Emerald Ash Borer and the Spotted Lanternfly.

Click HERE to Register for August’s “Backyard Forestry NORTH” Program.

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Aug
14
1:30 PM13:30

DRBC Public Hearing, West Trenton, NJ

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The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and a business meeting the following month on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. 

Hearing items include 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 docket applications, and instructions on how to comment, are available at the above link.  Both the hearing and business meeting are open to the public.

If you represent a municipality or are a representative of a legislative district and are receiving this email, there is likely one or more projects that are associated with or affect your area.

The official Notice for the public hearing and business meeting is available on the Commission’s website by clicking here!

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Aug
13
5:30 PM17:30

Meet & Greet Featuring Senator Jen Metzger, Roscoe, NY

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Join our friends at FUDR and NYLCV for this exciting event with NY State Senator Jen Metzger!

Save the date for a Meet & Greet Featuring New York State Senator Jen Metzger. Your state legislators have a big impact on local and statewide environmental issues, drafting and passing legislation to protect our waterways, improve our infrastructure, and address climate change.

Often, many do not have the opportunity to hear directly from legislators about their commitments to the environment. That’s why the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is joining our Delaware River Watershed partners for this Meet & Greet, to bring your representatives to you!

Please click here for more information!

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Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Cold-Blooded Critters: PA Amphibian and Reptile Survey, New Hope, PA

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Bucks County Audubon Society invites families to come out and play in the creek with them and the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS)!

After a short presentation about the important work of the survey, participants will head into the field to find an assortment of reptiles and amphibians. Wear water shoes, boots, or old sneakers for exploring the creek!

This is a fun and interactive way to learn more about Pennsylvania’s turtle, lizard, snake, frog, and salamander species.

The cost is $5/BCAS Members and $10/Non-Members. Register early to guarantee a spot, as space is limited!

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

5th Annual Shell-A-Bration, Middle Township, NJ

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Come lend a hand and help "shell-a-brate" oyster reef building in the Delaware Bay to reduce sand loss and improve habitat for horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds. The work will include carrying bags of shell to a site off the beach. Following the reef build, food and beverages will be provided by Spanky's BBQ. Bring blankets/chairs and dress to get wet.

Please RSVP to quinn@littoralsociety.org or 856-825-2174. More information here.

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Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA

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Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Aug
7
9:00 AM09:00

Funding for MS4 Projects Workshop, Collegeville, PA

Do you work for or on behalf of a municipality with a MS4 permit? Are you looking for ways to fund stormwater management practices? Then this free workshop is perfect for you! You'll hear about different funding and financing strategies from funders in the region and about updates to the MS4 program from PADEP. Lunch will be provided!

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

Information Session on the Philadelphia Master Watershed Steward Program, Philadelphia, PA

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Come learn how you can make a difference in your community by joining Philadelphia's first Master Watershed Steward class!

The Penn State Master Watershed Steward program was established to educate and empower volunteers to protect environmental resources.

Training and volunteer service are coordinated at the county level by extension staff, partners, or trained volunteers. Generally 15-20 people are selected for the program each year. Those accepted to the program attend training classes that focus on a broad range of water resource topics, including groundwater, stream ecology, wetlands, invasive plants, water recreation and stormwater management.

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

Watercolor the Watershed!, Asbury, NJ

Please join Musconetcong Watershed Association for this adult summer camp program!

Part of MWA's Adult Camp experience: Campers will meet at the artist's studio - a historic mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River. Using the beauty of the river as inspiration, you will begin a watershed sketchbook journal.

All materials are provided, and no previous experience is needed! You will learn to choose subjects, layout pages, and gain the confidence to paint fearlessly. Complete 2-3 watercolor pictures, painting at your own pace and with pointers and help from Doris.

For more information, please click here!

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Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

BWA's Annual River Ramble, Mountainhome, PA

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The Brodhead Watershed Association will hold its Annual River Ramble featuring an eco-tour of the Mill and Buck Hill creeks area near Mountainhome in Barrett Township, Monroe County.

The tour will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. starting at the Friendly Community Center In Mountainhome.

Participants will drive to natural highlights along a mapped route, each spot staffed by some of the area’s finest naturalists eager to share their knowledge and love of the watershed.

The interactive, drive-yourself tour will feature a visit to Buck Hill Falls and Jenkins Woods hosted by the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation. Participants will learn about the ongoing conservation work in the Buck Hill Creek headwaters.

Ramblers will also visit Rattlesnake Creek on State Gamelands 221, learn about the hike to Rattlesnake Falls and how gamelands are managed for wildlife and people. 

Enjoy light refreshments and conversation from 4 to 5 p.m. at the site of the former Buck Hill Inn, now an historic park. A beloved after-Ramble tradition!

Suggested donation is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, with a $2 discount for pre-registration. Children under 12 participate for free.

Please register by July 31, if paying online or at the event.   Mailed checks should be postmarked by Monday, July 29. Register and donate online and save $2 per person!

Click Here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Discover Rattlesnake Falls, Barrett Township, PA

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A hike to Rattlesnake Falls in Barrett Township, Pa., requires a creek crossing, a steep ascent, and then a slippery descent along rock walls. Brodhead Watershed Association will host a guided hike to the falls to show participants how the journey is worth the effort.

A hiking pole helps participants slide down to the first landing place. From there, narrow switchbacks make the descent a little easier. Two ropes are anchored to the rock walls, dripping with water and thickly carpeted in moss.

At last, hikers reach the flat rocks at the foot of the falls. Here, the air is cool and misty, full of the sound of rushing water cascading down rock steps to a wide pool.

Pure and clean, from here the water curves away downhill. The open forest closes in around the creek, and it flows onward beneath dense arching stands of rhododendron and mountain laurel.
Beautiful.

IF YOU GO Carol Hillestad will lead a 2.5-mile out-and-back hike to Rattlesnake Falls before Brodhead Watershed Association’s annual Ramble.

WHEN: Noon on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

WHERE: In Barrett Township. Register for directions.

COST: The hike is free, but registration is required.

INFORMATION: Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email info@brodheadwatershed.org. For information about this and other hikes in the free Get Outdoors Poconos series, go to brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos. The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

ABOUT THE RAMBLE: The Ramble, an interactive self-driving tour in Barrett to be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, includes visits to Buck Hill Falls, Rattlesnake Creek in State Gamelands 221 and other local sites, and an after-Ramble party on the site of the former Buck Hill Falls Inn. The Ramble starts at The Friendly Community Center, Mountainhome. The Ramble is $15 for members of BWA and/or Buck Hill Conservation Foundation; $20, nonmembers; children under 12, free. There is a $2 discount for registering by July 31, 2019. To pre-register or for information: 570-839-1120 or brodheadwatershed.org/Ramble.html.

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Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Information Session on the Philadelphia Master Watershed Steward Program, Philadelphia, PA

Come learn how you can make a difference in your community by joining Philadelphia's first Master Watershed Steward class!

The Penn State Master Watershed Steward program was established to educate and empower volunteers to protect environmental resources.

Training and volunteer service are coordinated at the county level by extension staff, partners, or trained volunteers. Generally 15-20 people are selected for the program each year. Those accepted to the program attend training classes that focus on a broad range of water resource topics, including groundwater, stream ecology, wetlands, invasive plants, water recreation and stormwater management.

For more information, please click here!

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Jul
30
9:30 AM09:30

Anniversary Paddle and Hike at Promised Land State Park, Greentown, PA

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Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary along with Promised Land State Park staff for a day of outdoor fun!

Go for a hike and learn about native plants and trees, enjoy a talk about bald eagles and view an active eagles’ nest from the park’s wildlife observation station, and paddle Promised Land Lake with a DCNR Environmental Education Specialist at Promised Land State Park.

15 kayaks with life jackets and paddles are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis with event registration; or, you are welcome to bring your own boat. All boats must be registered in PA.

Registrations can be obtained online at https://www.pa.wildlifelicense.com/ALS/launchCtrl.php or by visiting the park office. Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy with our group in the pavilion, and we will provide the dessert.

To register or for more information, please click here!

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Jul
28
10:30 AM10:30

The History of the Delaware River with Hal Taylor, Flemington, NJ

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Join Hunterdon Land Trust and author Hal Taylor in a presentation of his work!

The author of “The Illustrated History of the Delaware River” will lead this informative and fun look at this great river. The talk will include a presentation featuring many of Mr. Taylor’s illustrations.

For more information, please click here!

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Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Forest Bathing Guided Walk, New Hope, PA

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Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather and join Bucks County Audubon Society for a morning wading through the streams on our “Forest Bathing Guided Walk” at their center (2877 Creamery Rd. New Hope PA, 18938).

Come on the guided tour of their many streams and learn about the little habitats the streams create and all the little creatures in them!

For more information, please click here!

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Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

Geocaching Treasure Hunt, Asbury (Warren County), NJ

Please join Musconetcong Watershed Association for this adult summer camp program!

Part of MWA's Adult Camp experience: Ever been curious about the geocaching craze? Geocaching combines respect for the environment with being outdoors and a sense of adventure. It appeals to all ages and its a great family activity. MWA particularly encourage parent-child registrations for this camp session.

Using just a smartphone, campers will go on high-tech treasure hunts, with often clever clues, to locate a "cache" of some small prize. Camper will meet at MWA's River Resource Center and begin with an overview of how geocaching works. You will make several local hunts (prepared by the MWA) in Asbury and learn to design/hide/post your own cache.

In the afternoon, we will carpool to the Warren Glen dam - a popular, established caching site - for more treasure hunting. Since this dam is slated for removal in a few years, we will also take the opportunity to tell you how dams impact the Musky and how we do removals.

For more information, please click here!

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Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Conversation with Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Glenn Justis, Bushkill, PA

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Please join Friends of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area as they welcome Glenn Justis to speak about his incredible hike along the Appalachian Trail!

New Jersey resident Glenn Justis stepped on the Trail at Springer Mountain, GA on January 30, 2018. 145 days,14 states and 2,190.9 miles later he stepped off the trail at Mt Katahdin, ME, on June, 23, 2018. He will share his experiences of this journey of a lifetime.

For more information, please click here!

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Micro Brews and Macros, Wilmington, DE

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Please join Delaware Nature Society for this adult-focused event!

Adults need time to play in nature too! Grab a pair of waders and discover a thriving world hidden beneath the waters of Burrows Run. Learn why aquatic insects are the rock stars of the river, make your very own farmers pizza and enjoy local micro brews at Coverdale Farm! Van transportation is available from DEEC leaving at 5:30pm.

For more information, please click here!

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Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Bayshore Biology: From the Land to the Sea, Salem, NJ

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Join educators and scientists from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the American Littoral Society for a full day of learning about the ecology of the South Jersey Bayshore!

This training will take you out into the field and provide hands-on materials for you to take back to your students and incorporate into your STEM curriculum.

Participants will journey from coastal forests to an inland farm to learn about how different landscapes affect the health of the Bayshore environment. Have fun, meet new people, and earn 6 professional development hours!

Registration fee includes training content, professional development credit hours, lunch, and transportation. Registration will close on Friday, July 19 2019. Space is limited so register today.

For more information contact Kaitlin at 302-655-4990 ext 108 or ktucker@delawareestuary.org.

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Jul
24
8:30 AM08:30

Managing Invasive Plant Species Workshop, Allentown, PA

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Please join Penn State Extension as they host a Managing Invasive Plant Species Workshop at Upper Macungie Station 56!

This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to properly identify invasive plants and develop strategies for treatment and control.

Invasive weeds and pests are a major threat to natural and cultivated landscapes, spreading quickly and displacing or killing native plants. Invasive species (plants, insects, and animals) are costing the United States more than $138 billion each year, due to their economic impact on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, waterways, wildlife, and ornamental landscapes.

Ecologists now rank invasion by exotic plants, animals and pathogens second only to habitat loss as a major threat to local biodiversity.

Click Here to register or for more information.  There is a $75 fee for this workshop.

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Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Ditching Disposables Forum, Lambertville, NJ

The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) will hold a regional plastics forum aimed to inspire local action through policy and stewardship to reduce single-use plastic consumption and pollution in the Delaware River Watershed communities.  This will be an excellent opportunity to learn and share best practices on education, ordinances and implementation.

For more information and to register: Email info@anjec.org or call 973-539-7547. Registration fee may apply.

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Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

A Rare Chance to Tour Cherry Valley Field That Protects Turtles, Stroudsburg, PA

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Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge’s newest addition, near Stroudsburg, Pa., doesn’t look like much at first — 20 acres of open field, formerly in soybeans, now mostly bare ground.

But participants in the Saturday, July 20, guided hike hosted by Brodhead Watershed Association will learn that this is the “before” picture.

Workers recently planted native warm-season grasses like big bluestem, Indiangrass and switchgrass, meant to stabilize the soil, prevent further erosion, and let nature take over. This will keep silt out of Cherry Creek, protect downstream drinking water, and provide habitat and protection for birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Colonies of bog turtles have been documented in the 3,000 acres under protection in the refuge. The tiny, 3- to 4-inch turtles are listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act — one small step away from endangered. They’re found only in the eastern U.S. and have been documented to live more than 60 years. But invasive plants and loss of habitat put them at risk. People stealing them from the wild to sell on the black market is also a problem.

Because the land here is protected and patrolled, the bog turtles are doing well and could serve as a source to repopulate lost colonies in other areas.

Suddenly, this place looks very special indeed.

IF YOU GO: This part of Cherry Valley Wildlife Refuge near Stroudsburg, Pa., consists of 60 acres. It is not open to the public. By permission, Carol Hillestad will lead a moderate walk of about one mile around the property’s perimeter to Cherry Creek.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 20, 2019

NOTE: This is an off-trail walk. Footing is often irregular, with high grass. Tick protection and hiking stick are essential.

COST: Free, but registration is required.

INFORMATION: Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email info@brodheadwatershed.org. For information about this and other hikes in the free Get Outdoors Poconos series, go to brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos.

The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

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Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Where the Wild Things Are, Asbury, NJ

Please join Musconetcong Watershed Association for this adult summer camp program!

Part of MWA's Adult Camp experience: Campers will be entertained by this gifted educator. The majority of the day will be spent outdoors, exploring the MWA Education Trail, the nearby meadow, and the banks of the Musconetcong River in search of the wildlife supported by a healthy ecosystem.

Campers will learn about local Musconetcong Valley animals, beginning with a collection of skulls found in nature and supported by discoveries made that day along the trail. You will be looking in the river (glass bottom buckets or snorkels for the more willing to get wet) and looking up at the sky for birds. You will have the opportunity to dissect an owl pellet and learn how to identify animal tracks. Campers will also learn about invasive insects and animals that are of current concern in the Watershed.

This camp is perfect for anyone who considers themselves a "biology watcher" at any level. We guarantee you will leave with dozens of new obscure facts to impress your kids and grand kids with.

For more information, please click here!

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Jul
18
8:00 AM08:00

3rd Annual Pinelands Summer Short Course, Hammonton, NJ

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Registration is now open for the third annual Pinelands Summer Short Course, which will be held at Stockton University's Kramer Hall!

This daylong educational event will feature numerous field trips and classroom presentations that highlight the natural, cultural and historic resources of the New Jersey Pinelands.

The NJ Pinelands sit on top of the Kirkwood Cohansey Aquifer, which is part of the Delaware River Watershed.

For more information, please click here.

To register, please click here!

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Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Discover Underwater World of Cherry Creek, Stroudsburg, PA

Snorkeling is a great way to come face-to-face with a new and different world: the underwater world of a creek bed. Brodhead Watershed Association will offer the opportunity to snorkel in Cherry Creek!


From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., school-age children and their families are invited to learn firsthand about life in Cherry Creek with Brittney Coleman of Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. The event is free, and equipment is provided. Reservations are required.

Learn about the critters that call this creek home. Find out where the creek water comes from, where it goes, and what happens to it along the way.

This event is part of the Water Wiser Kids Series sponsored by Brodhead Watershed Association, funded by a Dr. Claus Jordan Endowment Grant from Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono Foundation.

IF YOU GO: Snorkeling in Cherry Creek

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019. Note: This program is very weather dependent. If the water is too high or murky, if thunder and lightning are present, or if the water or air temperature is too cold, we may need to postpone/cancel.

WHERE: Cherry Valley. Register for directions.

COST: Free, but registration is required and limited to 25 participants.

The program is intended for elementary-age children, though older children and parents may take part. Kettle Creek will provide sterilized snorkels and masks and a life jacket (which must be worn) to each participant. Participants must bring the following:
• Swimsuit/board shorts, worn under clothing as there are no changing facilities.
• Wading shoes, water shoes, strap-on sandals, or old sneakers — NO flip flops or bare feet.
• Towel.
• Sunscreen.

CONTACT: 570-839-1120 or email info@brodheadwatershed.org. See brodheadwatershed.org/WaterWiser.html.

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