Conference 2018 Field Trips

Field Trips

Participants must register for all field trips…refer to Conference Registration Forms at

Fees associated with field trips are payable to the presenter at the Conference.


Bashakill Wetland Canoe/Kayak Trip:                                             

Friday September 21, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:45am – 12:30pm

Cost: $10 fee for participants requiring to ‘borrow’ a kayak -payable at the Conference.

Join educators Scott Graber, John Stowell, and Tom Smith to explore Bashakill, the largest freshwater wetland in southeastern New York. “A birdwatchers dream”.  Bald eagles and osprey are a common site. Bashakill wetland is home to over 200 species of birds and is a state designated bird conservation area.

Directions: We will meet at the South Road Boat Launch (across from the winery) at 8:45am. Carpool from Greenkill.

What to Bring: Bring bag lunch, binoculars and water shoes.

Trip Leader: Call Tom at 845-500-1170 for additional details. Limited to 10 people without kayaks, and 10 people bringing their own kayak.



Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:45am – 12:30pm

Cost: $0

The field trip to the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve will offer a variety of 90-minute outdoor workshops, guided trail walks, and group discussions. These will be presented by selected Brandwein Directors including Bill Hammond, Daniel Bisaccio, Kasey Stankunis, Dave Foord, Jack Padalino, Mark Schaefer, Brad Smith, Cheryl Charles, Lisa Janeway, Alan Dandler, Marily DeWall,  Bill Bavoso, Henry Burger, and Keith Wheeler. Brandwein Fellows Larry Peterson and Kevin DeVizia and other member of the Brandwein Community will participate.

Topics include citizen science, advanced geo-caching, nature photography, birding, exploring nature with children, nature journaling, the history of the Preserve, and more. A great field trip for EE Center staff members, educators, parents, photographers, birders and ‘nature journalists’.

Directions: Van and car pool from Greenkill

What to Bring:  Lunch will be provided.

Trip Leader: Call Keith Wheeler at 814-441-2887 for additional details.





Hawk Watch – ‘The Greatest Show Above the Earth!’

Sunday, September 23, 2018


Brandwein Institute’s Invitation to experience The Greatest Show Above The Earth: Migrating Hawks

John (Jack) Padalino, President emeritus of the Brandwein Institute, invites you to experience the Greatest Show Above the Earth at the I 84 rest stop West between exits 2 and 1. Field trip begins with a brief hawk identification session. Data we collect will be shared with the Hawk Migration Association of North America HMANA. The Interstate 84 rest stop is on the north-southeastern flyway habituated by predatory birds, raptors: The Kittatinny-Shawangunk Ridge and Corridor, which is a relatively unbroken ridge that extends 250 miles across parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It begins at Rosedale, NY at the northern end of the spectacular Shawangunk Ridge, crosses NJ into PA at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and continues in PA almost to the Maryland border.

For three quarters of a century and more, ornithologists, hawk watchers, birders, and nature lovers have observed, studied, and photographed autumn hawk migrations. Hawk Mountain is the most famous of the watch sites. Important local observation sites are I 84, Sunrise Mountain, and Raccoon Ridge. Between 10,000-20,000 migrating raptors of 16 species are counted every autumn at these sites including Bald Eagles and rarer Golden Eagles.

Directions: Van and car pool from Greenkill

What to Bring: Binoculars. Migrating raptor identification guides and hand-outs will be provided by the Brandwein Institute.

Trip Leader: Call Jack Padalino at 845-325-0536 for additional details. 





Delaware River Canoe/Kayak Trip

Thursday, September 20, 2018

11am – 3pm

Cost: $53/pp-includes kayak/canoe rental, pfd, paddle and shuttles. Fees are payable on arrival at Kittatinny Base. 

“Staircase Rapids to Matamoras Access”

This trip leaves out of Staircase Rapids, New York and ends at the Matamoras River Access, Pennsylvania.

It is a 6-mile / 3+hr trip – potentially a more active section of the river (subject to conditions) providing entertainment for advanced kayakers looking for a challenging experience – NOT recommended for beginners.

Directions: All participants park at Kittatinny Matamoras base (1147 Delaware Drive, Matamoras, PA 18336), and are then shuttled up to Staircase in our complimentary shuttle vans and then float/paddle back down the river back to your cars at Matamoras. Matamoras Access is a 20-minute drive to the Conference site at Greenkill.

What to Bring: Own bag lunch/snacks, drinks.

Trip Leader: Jeff Rosalsky, Executive Director PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center)

Call Sheri Bone, PEEC, at 570-828-2319 for additional details.





Forestry Stewardship

Thursday, September 20, 2018

1:45 – 3:45pm

Cost: $0

For 20 years, Camp Deer Park has been part of a sustainable growth forestry management plan. We have harvested wood for sale, constructed four beautiful cabins, all  while observing an increase in the overall health and growth of our forest. We will talk about how sustainable growth forest management can be accomplished and how we have taught using our model.

Directions: Camp is located 8 mi – 10 min drive from Greenkill. We will car pool from Greenkill.

What to Bring: N/A

Trip Leader: Call Ken Bonstrager at 845-283-8669 for additional details.





Local History Tour

Friday, September 21, 2018

1:45pm – 3:45pm

Cost: $0

Join us on a tour of the local history around Greenkill. Our first stop will be the “little red schoolhouse”. Built in 1879, this one-room school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is restored to its original condition by the Little Red School House Historical Society. Here we will receive a guided tour, not only of the schoolhouse, but of the history of how it began and progressed.

From there we will head over to explore the Neversink Museum, located in a historic canal-era building in the D&H Canal Park right on the Neversink River! We will have the opportunity to learn about the amazing D&H Canal and the rich archaeological history of this lovely region in Orange County through exhibitions about Black Diamonds; a working lock model; the Artistry of the Blacksmith; history of the Lenape Native Americans; Movies Before Hollywood; and canal technology, history, boating and canal life. If only there was enough time to stay and enjoy the self-guided written walking tour of the one-mile section of the D&H Canal in the park, the large herb garden and Lenape Native American Three-Sister’s Garden of corn, beans and squash, The Museum Store with a large selection of canal and local history publications, stationery, cards, toys, and gifts.

Directions:  Car pool from Greenkill.

What to Bring: N/A

Trip Leader: Call Kristen at (732)567-6115 for additional information.