Space is often limited. Advanced registration is required.
Please register by phone only (no email or facebook) at (570) 645-8597.
Leave a message with your name and phone number if you get the machine.
Additional information can be found on CCEEC's facebook page.
Monthly Children's Programs
Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am
Open to all 2, 3 and 4-year-olds, each session focuses on some aspect of the natural world. Children participate in age-appropriate games, crafts, stories and other activities. Programs are free for members, and a $5 per-child donation is requested of non-members. Register by phone.
January 22, "Wild or Not?"
February 26, "Can You Do What I Can?"
March 25— “Who Lives in a Tree?”
April 22— “Bugs Don’t Bug Us”
June 24— “Frogs”
July22— “Going Hiking”
Sundays, 1:00-2:30 pm
Formerly known as “Ranger Rick”, the Nature Club is open to all students in grades K through 6. Each meeting begins in an official session where children will discuss and vote on club business. The afternoon concludes with hikes, games, or other nature-oriented activities.
Programs are free for members, and a $5 per-child donation is requested of non-members. Register by phone. All topics to be announced.
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Jean Perry's Art Programs
Saturdays, 10:00 am-Noon
Each session features personalized instruction in watercolor or colored pencil. Participants are invited to bring their own supplies or use those provided. A $20 fee per person covers the cost of all needed materials.
Space is limited and registration is required for each session.
January 6, Broad-winged Hawks
This class will feature a live model—CCEEC’s own non-releasable broad-winged hawk. “Flyway” is a handsome adult male bird, with characteristic deep brown and white coloration.
Reference photographs will also be provided to capture this forest-dwelling species on paper.
Snowdate is January 13.
February 3, Chickadees
A cute and curious little bird, the chickadee is told by its oversized head with black cap, and tiny body with winter-gray bib. Reference photos provided, and CCEEC’s winter bird feeding stations will be well-stocked for the day, inviting live models at the window. Snowdate is February 10
March 2, Screech Owls
Pint-sized avian predators, screech owls are well-camouflaged hunters. CCEEC’s non-releasable screech, “Rhett Jr.” serves as model for this class, so participants can get those mottled colors just right. Reference photos also supplied. Snowdate is March 9.
April 13 Bluebirds
Bluebird populations have been given a boost by the birdhouse boxes now popular in many parks and backyards. Although they rarely sit still long enough for a true artist’s study. Reference photos supplied in this step-by-step class, along with information on attracting these colorful birds to your own backyard.
Making the Dead Come Alive:
Turning Your Classroom into a Natural History Museum
Wednesday, January 24, 1:00-2:30 pm (Online)
Teachers, scout leaders, homeschool parents and all other educators are invited to this online session. Participants will learn how to collect and prepare natural history items for use in education.
Co-presenters Susan Gallagher of CCEEC, and Carissa Longo of PA-DCNR, have presented similar workshops throughout Pennsylvania and the entire Mid-Atlantic region. They team up to help teachers bring skulls, skins, bones, and other items into the classroom in a safe and legal way.
A donation of $15 per person is requested. Space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for sign-up information.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am
Come discover how animals cope with the cold and stay warm during the winter season. Fun science experiments make this morning program suitable for all ages. Weather permitting, it will include a short trek outdoors to look for signs of animals active in winter.
All ages welcome at this free program.
Bird Box Sale
February 1 through March 4
Now is the time to get boxes installed for most species of cavity nesting birds. Assembled boxes and/or kits are available for purchase through early March, or later if the inventory lasts. Boxes are suitable for bluebirds, wrens, tree swallows and other small birds.
Assembled boxes, $20/$25 or kits $15/$20 for CCEEC members/non-members.
A limited number of assembled, screech owl/American kestrel boxes are available, pre-order only, for $40.
Get a Grip!
Saturday, February 17, 10:00 am
Come and attempt to complete a set of challenging tasks, and come away with a better appreciation of the human thumb! See how much easier everyday tasks are with these digits, and why they set us apart from other animals. Give yourself a “thumbs up” and enjoy some free refreshments.
All ages welcome at this free program.
Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am
During this fun program we will learn some interesting facts about backyard birds, play a few games to understand how birds raise their families, and even get to meet one of the owls that resides here at the center.
Pennsylvania Invasive Plants
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 am
Join Volunteer Naturalist Mike Gogal on a virtual tour of some of the most damaging invasive plants in our area. Learn to identify and how to best remove each species on your own property, and find out why it’s important to battle these botanical invaders.
After the lecture, participants will take to the trails near the EEC for some hands-on experience, removing invasives and benefiting surrounding habitats.
Work gloves and pruners supplied or bring your own. Light refreshments afterwards. Raindate is Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 pm.
Is It Spring Yet?
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 am
Walk along the trails in search of spring with a scavenger hunt list in hand! After the hunt, we will complete two activities that will help sharpen our observation skills for looking and listening.
Wednesday April 17, 6:00 pm
They’re out there! Ticks can be a problem for you, your children, and your pets. Find out how to identify the most common species, learn which diseases each may carry, and how much of a danger they really are to those who enjoy time outdoors.
Nicole Chinnici, Director of the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute of East Stroudsburg University presents this free program.
Spring Plant Hike
Saturday, June 1, 1:00 pm
Volunteer Michael Blacketter leads this springtime trek in search of mosses and ferns. Join him to discover and identify several species of these often-overlooked forest plants. Enjoy an easy walk at the perfect time of year to enjoy the natural world.
Field guides and binoculars available on loan or bring your own. This free event is open to all ages. The rain date is June 8.
Yoga With Lori
Saturdays, 10:00 am
CCEEC volunteer and yoga instructor Lori Wolf offers gentle flow yoga appropriate for all levels of interest and ability. Gentle stretching, breathing and imagery will bring awareness inward. Held outdoors in the perfect setting to connect with the natural world.
Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat if possible, and to dress comfortably and appropriately for outdoors.
The program is offered free of charge for EEC members. A $5 donation per person is requested of non-members. Register by phone.
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2024 Summer Events
All Dates Tentative!
Rattlesnake Run 5k
Saturday, June 15, 8:00 am
This annual run/walk returns to Lehigh Gorge State Park for its 13th year. Open to anyone looking to complete one mile or 5k at any pace, the race is one of CCEEC’s largest fundraisers.
T-shirts guaranteed to early registrants, and plenty of awards across several age categories
Those interested also have the option to stop in and register in person at CCEEC.
Sunday, July 14
This fundraiser is made possible through the generosity of Whitewater Rafting Adventures, Nesquehoning. Participants aged 5 and up enjoy the summer float section of the Lehigh River at a discounted rate, with CCEEC members getting an additional percentage off.
Registration details and cost information to follow soon, but only pre-paid registrations are accepted. No walk-in registrations will be taken on the day of the trip.
Monday through Friday, August 5-9
This weeklong event takes place at Hickory Run State Park, allowing children ages 8 through 12 the opportunity to connect with nature through hands-on activities.
Campers enjoy hikes, crafts, games, campfires, even a rafting trip down the Lehigh River! Plenty of fun, fresh air, and good food keep kids from missing their electronic devices—tablets, laptops, and video games are prohibited.
Camp is strictly limited to 25 children. Community sponsors help cover the costs, allowing CCEEC to keep registration fees low. Registration begins in May.