I have been listening to (and singing along with) Mary Chapin Carpenter for years! I think I have all her CD’s. The first time I saw her live was at Hunter Mtn 25 years ago when she was the set-up band! Since then I have been to many more of her concerts where she was the main event and have never been disappointed…. at times it’s hard to stay in your seat or not sing along and at times you just have to sit and listen. Recently I went to a smaller, more intimate concert in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods, a venue for 400 people. What a great night – just MCC and 2 musicians – and I loved it.  I always knew she was a gifted singer / songwriter, but I was really impressed at how she changed guitars for almost every song…very fun! And I cannot wait to see her again… 

- Written by Flo Mauro, Retired PEEC Director of Development. Flo worked at PEEC for over 30 years and is very excited about the upcoming Mary Chapin Carpenter benefit concert for PEEC on October 24, 2017

April 30th, 2012

Dingmans Ferry, PA The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) received a Take Me Fishing™ Award from Outdoor Nation, a national organization that reconnects youth to the outdoors. The Take Me Fishing Award will fund family fishing programs, an idea that Molly Check, Public Program Manager at PEEC, developed to increase youth participation in recreational fishing and reconnect youth to the outdoors. The award is made possible by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), a nonprofit whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating.

PEEC will use the funding to offer several fishing programs throughout the year. These programs will offer opportunities to experience the art of fishing in a safe, fun environment. PEEC instructors that trained with the Fish and Boat Commission will lead the fishing classes and provide the necessary equipment. Fishing programs that are open to the public will be held on Saturday May 19, Saturday June 2, and Saturday September 22, from 10am-12pm.

“Fishing is one of the top gateway activities which often leads to participation in other outdoor pursuits,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We’re pleased to support these awards as a way to connect youth with the outdoors and create future anglers and boaters who will cherish and protect our outdoor spaces.”

Outdoor Nation selects Take Me Fishing Award winners through a competitive application and review process. Ten projects from across the country were chosen for the awards. The projects serve various audiences and activities include therapeutic recreation, ice fishing, university programs, and environmental educational.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for PEEC to teach the basics of fishing to visiting groups, summer campers, and members of the community,” said Molly Check. “I hope that our public programs will be well-received and full of eager fishermen of all ages.”

Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation and was founded with initial support from The North Face, RBFF, The REI Foundation, The Conservation Fund and the National Park Service.

“We are proud to continue empowering young people to champion the outdoors and become leaders in their communities,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that oversees Outdoor Nation. “Thanks to RBFF, America’s youth will help inspire young fishing enthusiasts, engage their diverse and underserved peers and provide valuable skills that will last a lifetime.”

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May 4th, 2012

Dingmans Ferry, PA The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) received a Take Me Fishing™ Award from Outdoor Nation, a national organization that reconnects youth to the outdoors. The Take Me Fishing Award will fund family fishing programs, an idea that Molly Check, Public Program Manager at PEEC, developed to increase youth participation in recreational fishing and reconnect youth to the outdoors. The award is made possible by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), a nonprofit whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating.

PEEC will use the funding to offer several fishing programs throughout the year. These programs will offer opportunities to experience the art of fishing in a safe, fun environment. PEEC instructors that trained with the Fish and Boat Commission will lead the fishing classes and provide the necessary equipment. Fishing programs that are open to the public will be held on Saturday May 19, Saturday June 2, and Saturday September 22, from 10am-12pm.

“Fishing is one of the top gateway activities which often leads to participation in other outdoor pursuits,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We’re pleased to support these awards as a way to connect youth with the outdoors and create future anglers and boaters who will cherish and protect our outdoor spaces.”
Outdoor Nation selects Take Me Fishing Award winners through a competitive application and review process. Ten projects from across the country were chosen for the awards. The projects serve various audiences and activities include therapeutic recreation, ice fishing, university programs, and environmental educational.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for PEEC to teach the basics of fishing to visiting groups, summer campers, and members of the community,” said Molly Check. “I hope that our public programs will be well-received and full of eager fishermen of all ages.”

Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation and was founded with initial support from The North Face, RBFF, The REI Foundation, The Conservation Fund and the National Park Service.

“We are proud to continue empowering young people to champion the outdoors and become leaders in their communities,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that oversees Outdoor Nation. “Thanks to RBFF, America’s youth will help inspire young fishing enthusiasts, engage their diverse and underserved peers and provide valuable skills that will last a lifetime.”

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The long, lazy days of summer are fast approaching and the staff at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are preparing for PEEC’s popular Summer Day Camp.

Summer Day Camp begins at PEEC on June 25 & continues through August 17, 2012 from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Campers ages 3-11th grade will have up to 8 weeks to explore, play, and learn about the natural world in which they live. Parents can choose individual weeks or register their children for the entire summer with the assurance that PEEC staff members are fully trained in CPR/First Aid and have completed all background checks.

Tadpoles (3-5 years) will have 5 weeks of camp available. Parents can choose from among such themes as “Fantastic Frogs”, “Bugs & Blooms”, or “Amazing Animals”. Tadpoles stay at PEEC for either a morning half-day or whole day sessions. They will enjoy games, crafts, and outdoor discoveries. A PEEC instructor oversees a maximum of 12 children with the help of camp counselors & volunteers.

The Wet & Slimies (1st - 4th grade) can choose from camp weeks such as “Fossil Frolic”, “Water World”, and “Creepy Crawlies” during 8 sessions. They will experience weeks full of crafts, games, hikes, and nature discover sessions. They will be encouraged to explore the natural world around them, while being closely supervised by our experienced camp staff.

Junior Naturalists (5th – 7th grade) will participate in creative activities that nurture their natural curiosity about the environment. Included will be the ever-popular “Camouflage!” week, as well as “Fishing Frenzy”, and “Outdoor Living Skills”. During these 8 weeks, campers will participate in activities such as interpretive hikes, educational games, fun projects, and more. Junior Nats will also have a weekly late night and several of the weeks will include an overnight stay at PEEC’s tent sites.

Senior Naturalists (8th – 11th grade) will have 5 weeks of activities. Themes will include “Ultimate Adventure”, “River Rendezvous”, and “Outdoor Survival Skills”. The Senior Nats will have weeks filled with exciting adventures & challenges, plus amazing trips at the end of each camp week. The “Backpack Explorer” week will even include a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip.

PEEC also has a Volunteer Counselor Program for teens ages 15 & up. Volunteer Counselors will learn the expectations of a real job while guiding children & changing lives. Please see the PEEC website for details or call 570-828-2319.

Further information is available on-line at http://www.peec.org/day-camp.html, along with registration forms & on-line registration. For additional details or to have information mailed, call PEEC at 570-828-2319. Weekly registration fees range from $150 - $250 depending upon the camper’s age & the activities included in each week. Options available to parents, for an additional charge, are bagged lunches provided by PEEC & transportation from several area locations.

PEEC’s mission is to advance environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park. PEEC provides unique, year-round environmental experiences to families, school groups, scouts, and nature enthusiasts of all ages. The environmental center is located near mile marker 8, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, in Dingmans Ferry, PA (Lehman Township). For more information call (570) 828-2319 or visit PEEC on the web at www.peec.org. PEEC is close to home, where learning comes naturally!

May 31st, 2012

Lehman Township, Dingmans Ferry, PA. - Explore the history of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area! The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding its annual Park History Tour on Saturday, June 23, from 9am-3:00pm. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. 

Allison Owczarczak, PEEC’s Director of Education, is scheduled to lead this interesting and in-depth look at the historic buildings of the Park. This year, the tour will be focusing on historic sites located in the New Jersey section of the recreation area, in addition to a stop at the Marie Zimmerman House. Marie Zimmerman, a nationally acclaimed metal crafts artist in the late 19th century, retired to her home in the Milford area in the late 1940’s & 1950’s. The house is currently being restored by the Friends of Marie Zimmerman. Bring a camera for great photo opportunities! 

Pre-registration for the Park History Tour is required and spaces are limited. Please call PEEC at 570-828-2319 to register or check www.peec.org for further details. 

PEEC’s mission is to advance environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park. PEEC provides unique, year-round environmental experiences to families, school groups, scouts, and nature enthusiasts of all ages. The environmental center is located near mile marker 8, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, in Dingmans Ferry, PA (Lehman Township). For more information call (570) 828-2319 or visit PEEC on-line at www.peec.org. PEEC is close to home, where learning comes naturally!

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