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2014 January and February Calendars Monroe County Conservation District's Environmental Education Center

Calendar of Events
January – February 2014
JANUARY 2014
1 - Wednesday - Holiday - Building Closed
 
2 - Thursday - Building Re-opens for regular hours.
 
4 - Saturday - The “Wonders” of Winter - Ever wonder about what’s happening outside in the middle of winter?  Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle for a program about that and more.  A short walk will be included during this program from 10 - 11:30 a.m., please dress appropriately.  Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.
 
4, 11, 18 - Saturdays - Beginner Fly Tying Course - Sign up for this fabulous three-week beginner basic fly-tying course spearheaded by Scott Cesari.  It will be held at the EE Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and instruction is free.  There is a $15/material cost.  Please contact Tom at (570) 236 - 1734 to register.  Space is limited!

6 - Monday - Snowshoeing at Skytop
- Winter is an excellent time to learn about the critters of the Poconos while enjoying the beautiful ecosystems that surround us.  Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle and Lisa Gehn, Activities Director at Skytop, for a snowshoe hike.  This two hour excursion will begin at 1 p.m.  Participants meet at Skytop at 12:45 p.m. Cost:  $8/non-members, $5/EE Center members and children under 12.  Skytop snowshoe rental $10/Adult, $6/Child.  Dress in layers and pre-registration is required.
 
11 - Saturday - Candid Camera on the Trail - This illustrated program will feature wildlife of Kettle Creek, the Tannersville Cranberry Bog and the Meesing Outdoor Site all caught on cameras set up to monitor what’s happening at these outdoor sites when there aren’t any people around. This 1-hour program begins at 10 a.m. Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.

13 - Monday - Snowshoeing at Skytop - Winter is an excellent time to learn about the critters of the Poconos while enjoying the beautiful ecosystems that surround us.  Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle and Lisa Gehn, Activities Director at Skytop, for a snowshoe hike.  This two hour excursion will begin at 1 p.m.  Participants meet at Skytop at 12:45 p.m. Cost:  $8/non-members, $5/EE Center members and children under 12.  Skytop snowshoe rental: $10/Adult, $6/Child.  Dress in layers and pre-registration is required.
 
18 - Saturday - Feeder Watching - If you enjoy watching your birdfeeders and are ready to find out what is “the little gray one”; which woodpecker is which; and why that “stripy one” isn’t here every winter, come watch the EE Center’s feeders with Environmental Educator Jenifer Rituper from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. You’ll enjoy watching the bird antics and find out the answers to these and many other feeder bird questions.  Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.

20 - Monday - Holiday - Building Closed
 
24 - Friday - Eagle Watch - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on these field trips to the upper Delaware River in search of wintering and resident bald eagles and learn about this species dramatic comeback.  This scenic region provides outstanding opportunities for viewing these magnificent birds of prey.  Participants will meet at the EE Center at 8:30 am and return 5:30 pm.  Cost: $20/non-member, $14/EE Center member and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration and payment are required and limited.   Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 
 
25 - Saturday - Winter Tracks of Creatures Large and Small -  Join EE Coordinator Roger Spotts for this 2 hour program looking at things you can use to solve the ever present mystery of “whose track is that” beginning at 10 a.m.  We will start with a short demonstration inside and then try our hand at solving the track mysteries on the trails at Kettle Creek.  The program is designed for people of all ages and all participants should dress to go outside.  Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.
 
27 - Monday - Snowshoeing at Skytop - Winter is an excellent time to learn about the critters of the Poconos while enjoying the beautiful ecosystems that surround us.  Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle and Lisa Gehn, Activities Director at Skytop, for a snowshoe hike.  This two hour excursion will begin at 1 p.m.  Participants meet at Skytop at 12:45 p.m. Cost:  $8/non-members, $5/EE Center members and children under 12.  Skytop snowshoe rental: $10/Adult, $6/Child.  Dress in layers and pre-registration is required.
 
31 - Friday - Eagle Watch - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on these field trips to the upper Delaware River in search of wintering and resident bald eagles and learn about this species dramatic comeback.  This scenic region provides outstanding opportunities for viewing these magnificent birds of prey.  Participants will meet at the EE Center at 8:30 a.m. and return 5:30 p.m.  Cost: $20/non-member, $14/EE Center member and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration and payment are required and limited.   Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 

FEBRUARY 2014
1 - Saturday - KC Disco Hike - Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman will lead this Discovery Hike on the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary trails from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Do not let the expression “dead of winter” fool you—nature has much to offer at this time of year from animal tracks in the snow to wintering owls and other birds, to even insects!  Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free. Dress for the weather!

1 - Saturday - Art Opening: Sarah Jayne Moll - Painter - “Hues of Nature” - Nature’s beauty expressed with bold and vibrant hues in acrylic paintings by Sarah Jayne Moll. Opening Reception: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
2 - Sunday - Snowshoeing at Skytop - Winter is an excellent time to learn about the critters of the Poconos while enjoying the beautiful ecosystems that surround us.  Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle and Lisa Gehn, Activities Director at Skytop, for a snowshoe hike.  This two hour excursion will begin at 1 p.m.  Participants meet at Skytop at 12:45 p.m. Cost:  $8/non-members, $5/EE Center members and children under 12.  Skytop snowshoe rental: $10/Adult, $6/Child.  Dress in layers and pre-registration is required by Friday, January 31.
 
6 - Thursday - Home School Program - Topic:  What is a Watershed? - From 2 – 4 p.m. our Environmental Education staff is offering a hands-on environmental education experience for any interested home school students.  Activities will include classroom instruction and hands-on outdoor learning opportunities for all ages with participants divided into three age groups:  Kindergarten through 2nd grade (parent accompaniment required), 3rd through 6th grade, and 7th through 12th grade.  Cost:  $6/non-members, $3/EE Center members.   Pre-registration and payment are required and limited by the Monday preceding the program date. Refunds given only if notification is made at least three days prior to the program date.  For more information and to pre-register, please call 570-629-3061.
 
7 - Friday - Eagle Watch - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on these field trips to the upper Delaware River in search of wintering and resident bald eagles and learn about this species dramatic comeback.  This scenic region provides outstanding opportunities for viewing these magnificent birds of prey.  Participants will meet at the EE Center at 8:30 a.m. and return 5:30 p.m.  Cost $20/non-member, $14/EE Center member and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration and payment are required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 
 
8 - Saturday - Building Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
8, 15 - Saturdays - Intermediate Fly Tying Course - Sign up for this fabulous two week intermediate fly-tying course spearheaded by Scott Cesari. It will be held at the EE Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and instruction is free.  There is a $15/material cost. Please contact Tom at (570) 236 - 1734 to register.  Space is limited!
 
8 - Saturday - Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) Intro to Geocaching:  9 am-12 noon. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.  This is a BEGINNERS class.  BWA members and EE Center members free, all others $5.  Participants must have a Geocaching application for their smartphone/ipad (approximately $10 cost), and must go online and complete the free registration at www.geocaching.com prior to the class date.  To register for class: brodheadwatershed@gmail.com Dress for the outdoors.  Limited to 15 participants.
 
14 - Friday - Eagle Watch - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on these field trips to the upper Delaware River in search of wintering and resident bald eagles and learn about this species dramatic comeback.  This scenic region provides outstanding opportunities for viewing these magnificent birds of prey.  Participants will meet at the EE Center at 8:30 am and return 5:30 pm.  Cost: $20/non-member, $14/EE Center member and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration and payment are required and limited.   Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 

15 - Saturday - The Lorax - Environmental Educator, Darryl Speicher, is a big fan of Dr. Suess. Join him as he recites many of his favorites from the Lorax to Yertle the Turtle. A wonderful time will be had by children of all ages. This 1-hour program begins at 11 a.m. Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.

15 - Saturday - Public Bog Walk -
Join an Environmental Educator at 2 p.m. at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour journey into the Bog environment. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-member, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required.  Directions:  Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Road.  The parking lot is 1.9 miles on your right from Route 611.
 
17 - Monday - Holiday - Building Closed
 
22 - Saturday - Cooking Up Some Clean - From 10 a.m. to 12 noon Learn how to cook up some safe alternatives to the toxic cleaners often found in our homes with Environmental Educator Jenifer Rituper. Each participant will make and take home three homemade products; laundry cleaner, glass cleaner and hair shampoo! Recipes for other safe home cleaning products will be shared. Before the cooking begins there will be a screening of the documentary “Chemiracle” in which an average American family is challenged to remove toxic chemicals from their home and try the homemade alternatives. Do you think they succeed? Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, February 19. Cost: $8/non-member, $6/children under 12, $4/EE Center members. All prices include materials.

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