October programs at PPL Martins Creek Preserve

Autumn is here! Come take a walk with us on the Tekening Trails to enjoy the beautiful colors, learn about the fall raptor migration or get tips for conserving energy in your home. After all, October is Energy Awareness Month.

Autumn Walk n’ Talk
Sunday, Oct. 2
1-2:30 p.m.
Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center
Presenter: Bud Cole, Three B’s Nature Center

Join us for a fall walk through the fields and along the fencerows of the Tekening Trails.  The lush grow of summer is past.  Plants have stored away energy for next spring’s awakening and animals race against time to prepare for winter.  Bud Cole of Three B’s Nature Center will lead us on another of his Walk n’ Talk hikes through the Tekening Woods to enjoy the beautiful fall colors of autumn.  Please dress for the weather.  This program is free but registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact PPL at 570-542-2886 or pplpreserves@pplweb.com.

Raptor ID
Saturday, Oct. 15
6-7:30 p.m.
Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center
Presenter: Pennsylvania Raptor & Wildlife Association

The Pennsylvania Raptor and Wildlife Association return to talk about the natural history and biology of raptors. See live birds up close and learn what puts these winged predators at the top of nature’s food chain. Refine your identification skills during this time of raptor migration. The program is free. For directions, please visit www.pplpreserves.com, click on “Martins Creek” then select “Directions.”

Home and Backyard Conservation Teacher Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 20
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center

The NCCD in partnership with PPL, Martins Jacoby Watershed Association (MJWA), Penn State Agricultural Extension, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be offering an Act 48 continuing education workshop for teachers titled: “Home and Backyard Conservation: What Can You Do?”  The workshop will be a combination of classroom instruction and activities as well as field work to construct Best Management Practices (BMPs) and a tour of the Welcome Center grounds which has a vast number of conservation practice already at work.  The goal of the workshop is to introduce educators to BMPs they can use in their classrooms, or at their school, to encourage their students to use the practices in their households.  We will be constructing various conservation practices that the attendees will be able to bring back to their classrooms for demonstration.
Please call the conservation district and reserve your seat now if you are interested, as the class size is restricted.  A $10 registration fee will be required to reserve your seat. Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Visit www.pplpreserves.com for more information and directions. I hope to see you soon!


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