Conservation Partnership Recreation Series Winners
By Michele Ulmer, Pike County Conservation District
The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership Recreation Series came to a close with the Wally Lake Fest this past August. The Series included hikes along the trails at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, tours of the maple sugaring process at a local farm, and paddling along Lake Wallenpaupack, Promised Land State Park or Lake Lacawac, to name just a few. All of the recreational programs in the series showcased the natural wonders of Pike and Wayne counties and demonstrated how these resources fuel our way of life.
Visitors and residents learned how our forest and water resources support clean drinking water for 16 million people while attending the Festival of Wood held at Grey Towers. They learned how important our native plants and vast number of mushrooms species that pepper our landscapes are to our ecosystem and wildlife habitat. The Annual Audubon Festival provided an opportunity for bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts to share with us all the many wares from artists from several states and Canada. The Wally Lake Fest rounded out the summer with a celebration of the importance of our water resources to our tourism industry and the local economy.
The Recreational Series also provided an opportunity to win! Throughout the recreational series, program participants had an opportunity to enter to win either a gift certificate donated by Alice’s Wonderland or a kayak donated by Northeast Wilderness Experience. John Bedell of Milford, PA won a $100 gift certificate from Alice’s Wonderland. Matt and Angela Albano, also of Milford, PA, won the Emotion Spitfire 8’ Sit-on-Top Kayak donated by Northeast Wilderness Experience. The Partnership thanks these sponsors for supporting and promoting the programs that the Partnership put together throughout the spring and summer and for their generous donations!
The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership is an alliance of 20 government, non-government, non-profit and grass roots organizations that meet regularly with shared goals for natural resource conservation, sustainable communities and citizen involvement in community planning. Since 2004, the Partnership has pooled resources to present educational programs focused on growth management for local citizens and municipal officials that reach a broad range of participants from across Pike, Wayne and Monroe Counties and into neighboring New York State.
The Partnership includes the Pike County Conservation District, Pike County Office of Community Planning, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Penn State Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Alliance to Keep Pike Green, The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Lackawanna College, the Upper Delaware Roundtable, National Park Service - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, National Park Service- Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Lackawaxen River Conservancy, PPL, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Wayne Conservation District, the Northeast PA Audubon Society, US Forest Service, SEEDS, and the Eagle Institute.
Pike and Wayne Counties offer incredible landscapes in your own backyard. The fall and winter provide additional opportunities to explore – get out and find what our beautiful community has to offer!
Attached is the Kayak winner photo from LEFT to RIGHT:
Zacary Worth, Northeast Wilderness Experience & Sawmill Cycles; Matt and Angela Albano, Kayak Winners, Milford, PA; Dan Corrigan, Owner of Northeast Wilderness Experience and Sawmill Cycles.
Attached is the Alice’s Wonderland winner photo from left to right:
John Bedell with his son and P.J. Karpiak co-owner of Alice’s Wonderland