Wild Habitat Exploration Program: Pocono Escarpment, Bushkill, PA

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This is a full day program that will include outdoor classes, hiking, foraging, learning awareness in nature, identifying plants and mushrooms, tracking animals and foraging.

We will meet at the Tom's Creek Picnic Area parking lot of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area at 8am. https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/toms-creek-trail.htm

From there we will ascend to a pristine area replete with active Beaver Dams and natural ponds; explore the unique habitats of the escarpment including Hemlock and White Pine groves within the mixed hardwood forest; and search for signs of other interesting native organisms such as Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, and Reindeer Moss. Along the way we will learn about some of the various plants and animals that live here and identify wild edibles to forage.

Finally, we will make our way to the peaceful Tom's Creek to conclude our adventure, which has small waterfalls and some opportunities to wade in and cool off. This is an important habitat for our native trout population, so please no chemical sunscreens or unnatural body lotions!

Difficulty Level/Recommended Age:

Our exploration will take place mainly in partially shaded woodland conditions and is easy to moderate in difficulty and include up to 5 miles of waling. This program is appropriate for younger kids who are accustomed to outdoor physical activities, enjoy hiking and can observe all safety requirements. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

What to Bring:

Wear appropriate footwear for up to 5 miles of walking, sun protective clothing and bring a packed lunch, snacks, a foraging container and plenty of bug spray! A bathing suit may be desired for the stream. Minimum of 2 liters of water is recommended per person as it may be hot weather.

Directions, instructions and forms will be emailed 3 days before the event.

We will meet at 8am sharp. The parking lot fills up quickly and is sometimes out of space by 9am.

Group size: up to 20 people

Fee: $35 per person, $55 per family. Email info@antinanco.org for family-rate invoice.

Our Guides hold CPR, First Aid, Wilderness Medicine and Archery Instructor certifications.

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