Caring for Communities
Caring for Communities: An Earth Month Celebration
Presented by Merrill Linn Conservancy
Caring for Communities is a series of fun, family-oriented, environmental events on weekends in April into May. Our Earth Month celebration, now in its 15th year, explores critical environmental issues that affect the sustainability and well being of our communities. And we have fun doing it! The Conservancy is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2018. In recognition of this milestone, our theme this year is 30 Years of Linking Landscapes, Promoting Sustainability.
Thursday, March 29
7:10 and 7:40 am: WKOK 1070 AM live talk show On the Mark. Merrill Linn Conservancy representatives will discuss the Conservancy’s activities, accomplishments, and upcoming Caring for Communities events. Hosted by Mark Lawrence as a WKOK Sunrise segment.
Saturday, March 31
1 pm: Chasing Coral documentary at the Campus Theatre Chasing Coral is a documentary about the loss of coral reefs worldwide and efforts to save them. The film takes viewers on a thrilling ocean adventure as a team of divers, photographers, and scientists sets out to discover why reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate and provides a look at this underwater world so few have the opportunity to see up close. This free event is co-sponsored by the Linn Conservancy and the Bucknell University Center for Sustainability and the Environment.
Thursday, April 5
7 pm: Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance’s 2018 annual meeting features a presentation of on-going stream bank remediation within Union County. Shanon Burkland Stamm, water specialist of the Union County Conservation District, and Jason Fellon, watershed manager of the Department of Environmental Protection, will show examples of how farmers adjacent to Buffalo and Turtle Creeks in Union County and elsewhere had been losing their land to water and animal erosion, and what has been done to reduce the soil loss and restore creek water quality. Venue TBD.
Saturday, April 7
12 pm: All about seed balls Children are invited to make and take seed balls with red milkweed, purple coneflower, and ox-eye sunflower seeds rolled into a mixture of clay and compost. Seed balls tossed in fields are a very efficient way to restore forests and other natural areas and to bring native plants to backyards. Casual play clothes are appropriate for the activity. The free seed ball session will be held at the Lewisburg Children’s Museum, located in the former Lewisburg Area High School building, at 815 Market St., Lewisburg. The event is hosted by the Linn Conservancy as part of its Caring for Communities program of environmental events throughout April.
Sunday, April 8
1 pm: Caring for Communities bicycle ride. The Linn Conservancy will host its annual Caring for Communities bicycle ride on Sunday, April 8, beginning at 1 pm. Participants will cycle through environmentally significant areas of rural Union County as bike enthusiast Tom Gibson leads cyclists on the Conservancy’s Rural Routes and the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. 15-mile and 30-mile routes will be available for two levels of experience. Participants are asked to park at the Dale/Engle/Walker House and meet at the Dale’s Ridge Trail parking lot at 1471 Strawbridge Road off Route 192, west of Lewisburg.
Saturday, April 14
12 pm: All about bare-root seedlings. Children will pot Eastern white pine, American cranberry, and silky dogwood seedlings on Saturday, April 14, at a 12-noon workshop sponsored by the Linn Conservancy. They will learn how to plant the seedlings in their backyards and how to care for them as they grow. Casual play clothes are appropriate. The free bare-root potting session will be held at the Lewisburg Children’s Museum, located in the former Lewisburg Area High School building, 815 Market St. in Lewisburg. The event is part of the Conservancy’s 15th annual Caring for Communities program of environmental education events held in April.
Sunday, April 15
1:00 pm: River walk and talk with Carol Parenzan
Carol Parenzan, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, will discuss her mission to champion clean water action for a swimmable, fishable, and drinkable Susquehanna River. Carol is responsible for the Middle Susquehanna River Watershed, starting at the confluence of the West and North branches and continuing to the headwaters of the West Branch and to just south of the New York border on the North Branch. Participants are asked to meet on Sunday, April 15, at 1 pm, at the Shikellamy State Park Marina on the southern tip of Packers Island between Northumberland and Sunbury.
Saturday, April 21
10 am: Tour of Conley Run stream restoration project
Watershed specialist Shanon Burkland Stamm of the Union County Conservation District and Matt McTammany, Bucknell University Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, will demonstrate techniques used on stream restoration of Conley Run. The successful and innovative project was sponsored by the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance. The presentation, to be held Saturday, April 21, beginning at 10 am, is part of the Linn Conservancy’s 15th annual Caring for Communities program of environmental education events for children and adults. From Mifflinburg, drive 3.1 miles north on Forest Hill Rd. Turn right onto Conley Road and drive 0.2 miles. 1000 Conley Rd. is on the left.
1 pm: Buffalo Creek Canoe/Kayak Adventure Trip
The Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a canoe and kayak trip on Buffalo Creek on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 1 pm. Canoe Susquehanna will lead the event with reservations and fee required. The paddling route and shuttle plan will be determined based on stream and weather conditions. Look for details and register online at PaddleHappy.com. Call 570-524-7692, or e-mail [email protected] The event is part of the Linn Conservancy’s 15th annual Caring for Communities program.
Sunday, April 22 It’s Earth Day!
1 pm: Hike at Glacier Pools Preserve in Lycoming County
Celebrate Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at Glacier Pools Preserve! This Lycoming County property, protected by a conservation easement with the Merrill Linn Conservancy, is a 273-acre island of mature trees, wildflower meadows, spectacular views, and vernal pools teeming with amphibians. Landowner Michael Gross will lead the hike starting at 1 pm. Glacier Pools Preserve is located at 757 Pine Tree Rd, Hughesville, PA, northwest of Picture Rocks. Visit www.glacierpoolspreserve.com for directions. To carpool, meet at 12-noon at Tractor Supply’s parking lot at the Route 642 intersection off Route 147 near Milton.
Friday April 27
It’s Arbor Day!
Join the Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission in their tree-related events.
Sunday, April 29
9 am – 4 pm: 5th Annual Plein Air Event
Artists will gather at the Dale/Engle/Walker (D/E/W) House and Dale’s Ridge and the Shamokin Mountain Trail near Winfield to create artwork that captures the beauty of these Linn Conservancy conservation easement sites. After May 2, artists are also encouraged to go to Shikellamy State Park Outlook to paint the bluffs. Local artist Lina Ferrara will present an optional plein air workshop at the D/E/W House at 9 am; at 4 pm a reception will be held there. Space for Ms. Ferrara’s workshop is limited; to attend, email [email protected]. The plein air artwork will be displayed at the Public Library for Union County during the month of June. The event is co-sponsored by the Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, and the Union County Historical Society.
1 pm: Buffalo Creek Canoe/Kayak Adventure Trip
The Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a canoe and kayak trip on Buffalo Creek on Sunday, April 29, beginning at 1 p.m. Canoe Susquehanna will lead the event with reservations and fee required. The paddling route and shuttle plan will be determined based on stream and weather conditions. Look for details and register online at PaddleHappy.com. Call 570-524-7692, or e-mail [email protected] The event is part of the Linn Conservancy’s 15th annual Caring for Communities program.
Wednesday, May 2
5:30 pm: Merrill Linn Conservancy annual banquet at Shade Mountain Winery
near Middleburg. The public is invited, but reservations are required. See website www.linnconservancy.org for details or call 570-524-8666.
Sunday, May 6
1 pm: Buffalo Creek Canoe/Kayak Adventure Trip
The Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a canoe and kayak trip on Buffalo Creek on Sunday, May 6, beginning at 1 p.m. Canoe Susquehanna will lead the event with reservations and fee required. The paddling route and shuttle plan will be determined based on stream and weather conditions. Look for details and register online at PaddleHappy.com. Call 570-524-7692, or e-mail [email protected] The event is part of the Linn Conservancy’s 15th annual Caring for Communities program.
Sunday, May 13
1-5 pm: River Road Holiday and Street Fair
The CommUnity Zone and Walk It! Bike It! Lewisburg are teaming up to put on a combined Protect – Preserve – Play Street Fair and River Road Holiday. The event will take place on N. Water St., extending outward to include River Road North up to the RiverWoods campus. Everyone is invited to bike, walk, or roll (i.e. in wheelchairs) along the Susquehanna River and down to N. Water Street, the site of the fair, which will include tours of the community garden, organization-sponsored booths, conservation activities, live music, food, and giveaways.
Merrill Linn Conservancy
PO Box 501
Lewisburg, PA 17837