Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center

Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center www.mcconservation.org Since its inception in 1976 our Center has offered a wide range of programs and has always strived to improve and expand its offerings.
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We continually seek to: • Provide areas in our County for outdoor laboratories where plants, animals and entire ecosystems can be studied; • Sponsor and participate in educational programs, ecological research, and classroom teaching; • Cooperate with other agencies and organizations concerned with environmental education and; • Provide leadership training programs in the field of conservation, environmental education and natural history. The Education Center is located at the County-owned Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary near Bartonsville. This 13,000 sq. foot facility contains the Administrative and Technical offices of the Conservation District. It also houses the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center on its second floor. Over 7,200 sq. ft. of space is devoted to educational programs including two large classroom/meeting areas, offices, kitchen, public restrooms and numerous displays and exhibits on the Pocono's natural environment. The Center also contains a gift shop with many different educational and environmentally oriented items for sale including a large selection of birdfeeders, quality birdseed, field guides and more. On the outside of the building is a large observation deck and additional classroom area. Many different educational programs are offered year-round. The building is open Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm and most Saturdays from 9am - 1pm. The Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary itself is a 166 acre preserve. The initial 120 acres was donated for the preservation of wildlife by Clayton Swink. And an additional 46 acres was purchased in 2004. It is now managed by the Conservation District and provides an interesting arena for outdoor programs. It has old field, mature deciduous forest, evergreen stands, and two ponds. Over 2 1/2 miles of maintained and well-marked trails are open for public use year-round, 7 days a week. The Education Center also utilizes “satellite sites” in Monroe County. The Meesing site is a 100 acre tract located on the Delaware State Forest north of Marshalls Creek. Owned by the PA Bureau of Forestry and maintained by the Conservation District the area encompasses a variety of diverse habitats. There is a large clear-cut where a young forest is emerging, a stand of pines, a small swamp, a stream, a pond, and a maple forest complete with a Sugar Shack that is used to produce sweet maple syrup each March. Two miles of trails are open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, for passive recreation and nature study. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center educators also provide interpretive tours of The Nature Conservancy’s Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Access to the fragile area is limited. The floating boardwalk provides a unique opportunity to see the interior of the bog. Tours are held throughout the year for the general public as well as private and school groups.

Mission: Conservation through Education

Operating as usual

Plan on going for a hike?  Although there is no hunting allowed on the Kettle Creek property, hikers should play it safe...
11/27/2020

Plan on going for a hike? Although there is no hunting allowed on the Kettle Creek property, hikers should play it safe and wear blaze orange when hiking our trails or any that are on or adjacent to hunting grounds. You can also play it safe by avoiding dusk and dawn as that’s when hunting tends to be more active. For more information on hunting in PA visit https://www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/Law/Pages/SeasonsandBagLimits.aspx

11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Staff will be out of the offices until Monday, November 30th.

Just getting started on bird feeding?  There's some great information available here!
11/25/2020

Just getting started on bird feeding? There's some great information available here!

It's getting to be that time of year again. As the landscape freezes, our backyard birds have a harder time finding food to sustain them through the winter. Invite them over for a meal and get better acqauinted with your neighboring wildlife. Check out our tips for healthy bird feeding. 📸 Michael Schramm/USFWS http://ow.ly/i3SP50Cqv2F

11/24/2020
Black Bear

What are bears up to this time of year? As fall begins to fade to winter a bear’s body begins to slow down in preparation for winter and they will sleep more and more, entering a state called torpor. Torpor is a survival tactic used by some animals to survive the winter months where their bodies will exhibit decreased breathing and heart rates as well as slower metabolic rates.

Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP)
11/23/2020

Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP)

The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is one of our most celebrated native birds – a staple of diets for many native peoples in North America and an iconic symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday.

But, did you know that we almost lost the wild turkey in Pennsylvania and North America? This big bronze bird is one of our greatest conservation success stories!

Once one of our most common vertebrates, by the early 1900s wild turkey populations had plummeted as a result of widespread deforestation, agricultural land conversion, and over-hunting (including market hunting) by European colonists. At this time, the PA wild turkey population was estimated at just 3,500-5,000 birds. PNHP partner, the PA Game Commission, spearheaded conservation efforts beginning in the 1930s, and after failed attempts to restore populations from farm-raised birds, found that wild-trapped and relocated turkeys would successfully help reestablish lost populations statewide. Re-introduction efforts combined with regulated hunting seasons and bag limits, habitat protection and management to bring our PA wild turkey population to its current level estimated at 212,000 birds! They are common enough in some areas to have even become something of an urban nuisance bird.

Photo Credit: David Yeany, PNHP

The staff at Kettle Creek spotted a pair of Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders at Kettle Creek last week.  Have you seen o...
11/16/2020

The staff at Kettle Creek spotted a pair of Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders at Kettle Creek last week. Have you seen one where you live? If so, let us know when and where below. Such a beautiful bird to spot :-)

Evening Grosbeaks have become extremely rare, so any sighting is a cause for celebration. Our staff in the mid-Atlantic region are thrilled that these northern birds have been seen locally; ABC's Daniel Lebbin got this photo in Virginia! Who's been lucky enough to see Evening Grosbeaks this fall?

#birds #birding #ABCbirdsMigratory

11/12/2020
Run Buck Run!

Bucks can act pretty funny during the rut because they only have one thing on their minds and that is to find the perfect mate! Besides looking for tracks, you can also tell that a buck has been through the area by checking out some of the trees nearby. Bucks will rub against trees, resulting in scraped off bark, as a means of leaving their scent and showing off how tough they are. Look out ladies (does) here they come!

11/11/2020

Our offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day.

Maple tree sponsorships are here again!  For $25 a tree, each sponsor receives one pint of our fresh maple syrup, a cert...
11/09/2020

Maple tree sponsorships are here again! For $25 a tree, each sponsor receives one pint of our fresh maple syrup, a certificate, free admission to one of our Public Day Programs on Saturday, March 6, 13, or 20, 2021, for up to four people and a map showing the location of your tree in our Sugarbush. This year’s public day event will be held on three separate days and the number of guests will be limited so preregistration is required. Give us a call at 570-629-3061 for more information or visit our website and download a sponsor form today!https://www.mcconservation.org/uploads/9/0/3/0/90302089/maple_sugaring_tree_sponsor_form_2021.pdf

White pines are very tall and straight trees found in eastern North America.  When the British arrived in the 1600’s the...
11/05/2020

White pines are very tall and straight trees found in eastern North America. When the British arrived in the 1600’s they realized these trees made excellent ship masts. In the 1700s King George I claimed the rights to the best of these trees in New England and many were harvested for building ships for the British Royal Navy. These white pines were referred to as King’s Pine and were marked with a blaze called the King’s Broad Arrow. You can find plenty of white pines here on the property at Kettle Creek.

It's going to be a warmer than usual week.  Be sure to get outside and enjoy it if you're not into the colder weather th...
11/03/2020

It's going to be a warmer than usual week. Be sure to get outside and enjoy it if you're not into the colder weather thats to come. The trails at Kettle Creek are open dawn to dusk! https://www.mcconservation.org/uploads/9/0/3/0/90302089/kettle_creek_trail_map_brochure_qr_kc.pdf

Do you have a vision for the Monroe County Conservation District/ Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center? We want t...
11/02/2020

Do you have a vision for the Monroe County Conservation District/ Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center? We want to hear your ideas!

Join us as we look to the future of the District and prepare our strategic plan! All Monroe county residents, watershed groups and cooperating agencies are encouraged to attend.

Various meetings will be held between December 2020 and May 2021.

If you are interested in taking part, contact MCCD District Manager, Kristina Heaney to register by November 30th by phone at 570-629-3060 or by email at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Halloween!  Be safe and remember to throw away your candy wrappers :-)
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Be safe and remember to throw away your candy wrappers :-)

Need bird seed?  Give us a call at 570-629-3061!  We have plenty of seed in stock that can be picked up curbside.  We al...
10/30/2020

Need bird seed? Give us a call at 570-629-3061! We have plenty of seed in stock that can be picked up curbside. We also have 2021 calendars available for purchase featuring the winners of our photo contest. Calendars are $7.99 plus tax and make a great gift!

It’s National Cat Day!  Did you know that bobcats are the most widely distributed wild cat in North America?  Their rang...
10/29/2020

It’s National Cat Day! Did you know that bobcats are the most widely distributed wild cat in North America? Their range stretches from Canada all the way down to Mexico!
#nationalcatday #bobcat

10/27/2020
Virtural Bog Day

Since we’ve been unable to share the beauty of the bog this past year with you as much as we would like, we are declaring a Virtual Bog Day! Check out the video and discover why the Tannersville Bog is such a special place in the Poconos:
https://youtu.be/zOY08hPkEcY

***The Bog is currently closed for tours. Once it is open, it will be posted on our website and social media accounts.***

Happy Bat Week!  Bat week is an international celebration that was designed to raise awareness about the need for bat co...
10/26/2020

Happy Bat Week! Bat week is an international celebration that was designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. A great way to help bats is to learn more about them! Did you know that bats play an important role in pest control? We encourage you to take some time this week to learn a bit more about bats and how they play an important role in our ecosystem. Some great educational tools can be found here: https://batweek.org/educate/ This site also offers some great craft ideas for the kids! #batweek

Don’t forget---you can stop by the Center tomorrow between the hours of 9am to 1pm and pick up bird seed that will be le...
10/23/2020

Don’t forget---you can stop by the Center tomorrow between the hours of 9am to 1pm and pick up bird seed that will be leftover from our annual bird seed sale fundraiser. We will have a variety of seed available on a first come, first serve basis for those who did not preorder. Sales benefit the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center.
#goldfinch

It's spooky season and these sure are scary! 😱
10/23/2020

It's spooky season and these sure are scary! 😱

We’re in the middle of spooky season! The weather’s (generally) getting colder, and scary stories are being told around the fire… Do you need some inspiration?

There once was a man who lived in the middle of the woods. Every day, he walked his property – wary of trespassers ruining his land. He walked amongst the trees, scaring off any hikers who dared tread on his property. From Summer, to fall, to winter, he kept watch. Then one beautiful spring morning, he woke, put on his boots, and stepped out to do his rounds – ONLY TO BE OVERRUN BY SWARMS OF THE #SPOTTEDLANTERNFLY! Little did he know, the intruders were there all along, hiding in egg masses he never knew to scrape. DUN DUN DUN.

(Watch out for egg masses while doing the rounds on YOUR property – each one you scrape could mean 30-50 fewer lanternflies come spring!)

Learn more: http://bit.ly/BadBugPA

10/21/2020

Did you know that the red fox’s hearing is so incredible that it can hear a rodent burrowing underground? Their large upright ears make it possible for foxes to hear a watch ticking---perhaps up to 40 yards away! #redfox

Forget to preorder bird seed from our annual fundraising sale?  No worries!  You can stop by the Center this Saturday, f...
10/20/2020

Forget to preorder bird seed from our annual fundraising sale? No worries! You can stop by the Center this Saturday, from 9am to 1pm. We will have extra seed available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. It’s the perfect time to stock up to feed your feathered friends for the winter while also supporting your local EE Center! We will also have feeders available for purchase.

2021 Calendar Cover Photo By Sheila Garl
10/16/2020

2021 Calendar Cover Photo By Sheila Garl

Congratulations to Sheila Garl for winning this year’s photo competition!  Her photo has been chosen to be featured on t...
10/16/2020

Congratulations to Sheila Garl for winning this year’s photo competition! Her photo has been chosen to be featured on the cover of our 2021 calendar and will be used to represent the month of July. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our other 11 winners! Due to COVID, there will be no gallery opening but you can check out all of the winners https://www.mcconservation.org/2021-photo-contest-winners.html

The After School Adventures at Kettle Creek continue next week with Wildlife Detectives! We will venture out on the trai...
10/15/2020

The After School Adventures at Kettle Creek continue next week with Wildlife Detectives! We will venture out on the trails of the Wildlife Sanctuary where we will use our detective skills to identify the clues that animals leave behind. Get more information here https://www.mcconservation.org/after-school-adventures-at-kc.html or give us a call to register at 570-629-3061.

10/12/2020

Our offices will be closed on Monday, October 12th.

10/09/2020

Hope everyone has as much fun as these playful otters this weekend!

The deadline to get your bird seed sale order in is right around the corner!  Take advantage of this opportunity to get ...
10/07/2020

The deadline to get your bird seed sale order in is right around the corner! Take advantage of this opportunity to get excellent seed at excellent prices all while supporting the EE Center. Download an order form here:https://www.mcconservation.org/uploads/9/0/3/0/90302089/2020_bird_seed_sale_catalog_mailer.pdf

Sign your kiddo up to for some time away from the screen and join us on a learning adventure out on the trails!  Kettle ...
10/06/2020

Sign your kiddo up to for some time away from the screen and join us on a learning adventure out on the trails! Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center is offering these After School Adventures on Wednesdays, October 14th, 21st and 28th. Programs start at 3:30pm. Three age groupings available. Get all of the details on our website: https://www.mcconservation.org/after-school-adventures-at-kc.html or give us a call at 570-629-3061. Must call to register.

Address

8050 Running Valley Rd
Stroudsburg, PA
18360

General information

The Monroe County Conservation District’s Environmental Education Center provides year-round environmental education programs for people of all ages. Our Center is dedicated to fostering community awareness through first-hand experience of the natural environment of the Poconos.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(570) 629-3061

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Since tomorrow's Zoom is about hummingbirds... https://www.facebook.com/442430012490396/posts/3618957938170905/
Last weekend's visit to Tannersville Cranberry Bog
Are you open for people to walk around outside?
Are you having you're annual photo contest? Last year's deadline was Sept 30th
Can anyone identify this snake?
My husband attended your maple syrup day and loved it! For those who missed it, at the first station, Brian Hardiman, pictured, described how Native Americans first made maple syrup. Then, we traveled forward in time, with a young lady who told about the changes that came when Europeans settled here. The third and fourth stops, showed how maple trees are identified and tapped, and how the sap is boiled down into syrup. The last stop on the tour was a taste of real maple syrup over pancakes with hot chocolate! All the presenters did a great job! I'd recommend it to anyone looking for some low-key, late Winter fun. Dress warmly though!!
Question: How important is mixed paper recycling? There were two recycling stations removed this year (the one on 191 before the Pinebrook and the one in Barrett township), so to recycle I have to go out of my way and spend extra time and gas. Should I make every effort to recycle or just trash it? Thank you!
When we first went to Kettle Creek and told them that we wanted to do something there in memory of Lilliana we really didn't know what we were going to do. When they came up with a Nature Dicovery Area in Lilliana's name we thought it was the perfect idea. This area gives us the opportunity to share Lilliana's love of nature and children and learning and helping others with the whole community for generations and generations. We are incredibly grateful that they allowed us to have this opportunity. But the Lilliana's Nature Discovery Area would not have been possible without everyone who came out today to show their support to us. It would not have been possible without the donations, and volunteers, and hard work and most of all, the support of all our friends and family. We hope that all of you will continue to visit the Lilliana's Nature Discovery Area over and over again. This is just the beginning, because it will always be growing and changing and, just like with nature, there will always be new things to discover there. We also hope that you will visit and take advantage of the many other programs that Kettle Creek has to offer and consider becoming members there. It has brought our family and Lilliana much joy. Thank you all again!
Took this picture today on the Bog Walk! It was a beautiful day!
Mason having a blast.
Thanks Brian. Kids had an amazing time. Adults did too.