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North Pocono CARE

Protecting the Headwaters of the Lehigh River

Calendar of Events

North Pocono CARE sponsors several environmental programs that are free and open to the public.

There is no registration requirement. Just show up! The programs are held on the following dates.

Please check back here often as events, times and dates may change.  

May 27, 2023


10 AM

Explore our Forests

This program was very popular last year and Julian has graciously offered to share his insights again this year!

Julian Maza, Service Forester, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Pinchot Forest District will lead a Saturday exploration of the health and condition of our local forests.

Pinchot State Forest

June 3, 2023

Hold This Date!!

Noon - 5

White Haven Riverfest

 This event is in the planning stages.  This site will be updated with all the information once it becomes available.  Although not a NP CARE Sponsored event, North Pocono CARE will staff an information table with information on our organization and how you can participate and help us protect the headwaters of the Lehigh River


White Haven, PA

July 17, 2023

Annual Macroinvertebrate Survey

6 PM

Marvelous Macroinvertebrates (Bugs!) in the Lehigh River. 

This event is one of the most important on the calendar.  We collect inects in the river,  separate, catogorize and count their numbers.  This helps assure that the river water quality is not getting impacted by any development upstream.   

Bring wading shoes and a towel. Wonderful program for kids and families!


Wincek Residence, 610 Old River Road, Thornhurst

August - No August event this year!

September 10, 2023

A new program for this year!

Learn about the imprortance of wetlands in our watershed ecosystem!!


Michael P. Leggiero – Biologist Surveillance and Enforcement Section Pocono Area Field Office – will lead a walk through the Thornhurst Riverfront Park. Michael is an expert in wetlands and will discuss how to recognize wetland areas and how important they are to maintaining our Exceptional Value Waters in our watershed. 


Thornhurst Riverfront Park - Old River Rd.  Thornhurst

October 7, 2023

Another new program for this year!

Mysterious Moths and caterpillars!!

6 PM.  RAIN DATE October 8th

Frank Disteffano will lead an evening of learning about moths and caterpillars the Pinchot State Forest Manny Gordon Recreation Area.  

Moths can be as beautiful as their more flamboyant butterfly cousins. And, unlike butterflies, moths can easily be attracted and viewed. PA is home to almost 2,000 species of moths. Moths are very ancient, about 190 million years old, older than butterflies, and so have had a lot of time to evolve into different shapes, sizes, colors, and behaviors.   Some of the most bizarre examples of this occur at the larvae stage (caterpillars).

After a presentation, we'll spend time outdoors to view these beauties of nature and discuss the best methods and conditions for attracting moths. 

A retired research chemist and materials engineer, Frank DiStefano began photographing moths twelve years ago, after similar enchantments with butterflies, dragonflies, and native orchids. He found moths to offer several advantages to the photographer. Most moths are readily attracted with light or bait. They are easy to photograph close-up, as they land still and flat-winged (butterflies move around more and tend to fold their wings closed). Frank has travelled to numerous locations in the U.S. and has been to Costa Rica fifteen times in pursuit of his passion.

Pinchot State Forest

December 18, 2023

5 – 7:30 PM

Holiday Gathering.

The community is invited to an open house to celebrate the season. Potluck snacks and desserts.  

Thornhurst Township Building