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Monday, May 23: Full Moon Hike at Tannersville Bog: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Explore the bog under the light of a full moon.  The walk begins at 7pm and participants should bring a flashlight.  Please wear appropriate footwear.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12.  Pre-registration required and limited.  Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right.

 

Wednesday, May 25: Public Bog Walk: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Join an Environmental Educator at 1pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog.  Along the way, our Environmental Educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited.  Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right.

Sunday, May 29: Great Stroudsburg Train Show of the Pocono Rail Historical Society, Jackson Township Firehouse, PA Rte 715 in Reeders, (570) 646-3269 Howard Dickinson. Come one come all and enjoy this popular event filled with models including: K-Line, Lionel, MTH, Williams and more! A donation of $4 gains adult admission with kids 12 & under free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Parade, Pocono Pines. The American Legion Post 413 hosts this popular holiday morning tradition starting  at the legion post on Old Route 940 passing Tobyhanna Township Elementary Center. A memorial service is planned for immediately after.

Wednesdays throughout June: (June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29) Public Bog Walks: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. June is the month for the widest variety of flowers blooming in the bog.  Join an Environmental Educator at 1pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog.  Along the way, our Environmental Educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited.  Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right.

Friday through Sunday, June 3 through 5: Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, poconoraceway.com

FRIDAY – June 3

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice & Qualifying 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice

General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA Race

SATURDAY – June 4

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice

NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying

“NASCAR XFINITY Series 250” Race

SUNDAY – June 5

Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

Saturday, June 4: Family Scavenger Hunt: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. The EE Center will sponsor a Family Scavenger Hunt program beginning at 10am.  Participants will be given a list of natural objects to find.  Prizes will be awarded to all participants during this two-hour program.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

                                                                                                                           

Saturday, June 4: Summer Pond Paddle: Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, peec.org. Start summer off the right way!  Paddle a canoe or a kayak on one of our ponds. Beginners are welcome – we teach you everything you need to know.  Dress appropriately – you may get wet. Call to reserve a boat.

Thursday, June 9: Canoe/Kayak Trip at the Bog: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Join a paddling trip into the Bog Preserve on Cranberry Creek.  The program lasts 3 hours.  Participants are required to provide their own kayak or canoe.  Meet at the Bog parking lot at 10am.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE Center or Nature Conservancy members and children under 12.  Pre-registration is required and limited.  Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right.

Saturdays, June 11, 18 & 25: Bridge the Gap Day Paddles, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Join PEEC for this free 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. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation. Call for details. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 11: MAPS at Kettle Creek: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. For the past 17 years Kettle Creek has been part of MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship), a continent-wide effort to gain greater insight into the lives of our breeding birds.  MAPS starts at dawn but the program will begin at 9am.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

Sunday, June 12: Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Nature provides food & natural remedies for us in the form of many plants.  Join us on a hike focused on wild edible & medicinal plants. No collecting will be done within the Park. 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5

Thursday, June 16: Breeding Birds at the Farm: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Join Kettle Creek Environmental Education staff from 7 – 9am at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in search of the numerous birds who nest at Quiet Valley.  The varied habitat provides ideal nesting areas for a number of beautiful songbirds.  Please dress to be outside.  Walk will begin in front of the Gift Shop at the Quiet Valley Farm.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE Center or Quiet Valley members.  Children under 12 free.  For more information or to pre-register, call the EE Center at 570-629-3061.  As an added bonus, on the day of walks Quiet Valley is offering a reduced entrance fee to the farm for all walk participants.

Friday & Saturday, June 17 & 18: 2016 BioBlitz: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. 3pm Friday – 3pm Saturday at the West End Regional Park – A BioBlitz is designed to be part-contest, part-festival, part-educational event and part-scientific endeavor that will bring together scientists from Monroe County, Academia, MCCD, and the public in a race against time to count the species of plants and animals living on the park’s 244 acres.  Please call for more information.

Sunday, June 19: Pond Explorers, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Join PEEC as they explore the ponds with nets!  We’ll collect fish, macro-invertebrates, amphibians, and anything else we find in some buckets, for up-close study.  Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy!   Register early! 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5

Wednesday, June 22: Blakeslee Rotary Club’s Annual Bob Matirko Memorial Golf Classic: Mountain Laurel Golf Course in White Haven. 570-620-8003. 11 a.m. registration followed by lunch at noon and shotgun start 1 p.m. Cocktail Party and Award Banquet concludes this event. Cost is $125 per player with sponsor opportunities available.

Sunday, July 3: Shawnee Fireworks Display: Shawnee Mountain, East Stroudsburg, 570-421-7231, shawneemt.com. Gates open 7 p.m. with an outdoor DJ, barbeque, & more with proceeds benefiting Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company. Fireworks start around 9 p.m. Rain Date: July 8.

Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17: Poconos’ Wurst Festival: Shawnee Mountain, East Stroudsburg, 570-421-7231, shawneemt.com. Bring on the brews, brats & more 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both dates. Admission: At the Gate $15 Adults & $12 for kids age 5 to  12 with 4 and under free. Grab tickets in advance online & save!


Ongoing: 

Barley Creek2Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-9399, www.barleycreek.com. Free brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 p.m. See the tanks and mills at the brewpub and learn how great beer is made! Tours are followed by free tastings of assorted Barley Creek brews. All ages welcome for tours; tastings restricted to participants 21 and older. Group tours by appointment.

 

HouseofCandles_fbCandle Making Demonstrations,  House of Candles, Route 715, Henryville, (570) 629-1953, www.houseofcandles.com. See candles made at the Oldest Candle Shop of the Poconos! Dip your own “wax hand” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See website for details.

 

The Market at The Ice House, Lakeville, (570) 226-6246, Open Sunday’s May-October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or Shine. Located in a rustic barn setting you’ll find a collection of vendors featuring foods, crafts, flowers & more!