Nature and Outdoor Living Classes


Nature and Outdoor Living


301 Introduction to Metal Detecting      Instructor Mike Gipson  This class has been canceled

Mike Gipson has been metal detecting since 1981 and is happy to share his expertise and stories about this hobby. Metal detecting on shores, in fairgrounds, on old farms, and in historic areas is a fun and rewarding outdoor activity for the family. Metal detectors don’t have to break the bank and can be had for $39 up to thousands of dollars. Mike will give you guidance on how to choose a detector, bring several with him to class, and direct students to trusted sellers. Metal detecting can be like a treasure hunt and you may find old coins, military hardware, or, at the beach, rings that have slid off the owner’s cold fingers and toes. He has returned valuable jewelry and keepsakes to their owners. “The best part of detecting,” he says, “is the people you meet. Stuff is stuff but meeting and making friends is priceless.”

One Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 am  This class has been canceled

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $5.00


302 Master Gardeners’ 4th Annual Fall Clinic  Instructors, Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County

Join the Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County for their fourth annual Fall Clinic. They will be giving a series of short lectures on how to grow garlic, growing hostas, plus more fall gardening topics. A special treat is instore for attendees who will also serve as the judges for the Junior Master Gardeners Pumpkin Round up contest! Morning coffee will be served, and a small delicious harvest lunch will be provided by the Montrose Bible Conference.

One Saturday, October 26th, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Location: Montrose Bible Conference on Lake Ave, Maplewood campus

Fee: $25.00


303 Tree I.D.   Instructor: Jim Kessler, Master Gardener and Retired Forester

This is a hands-on class designed to help the student to identify common woodland species of trees, and a few shrubs. We will learn techniques as well as identifying features and nomenclature and what they mean. We will use leaves, stems, twigs, buds, tree shapes and habitat to identify 20 – 30 trees. Bring your tree book if you have one. Several will be available for use. The class will end at dark.

One Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00pm

Location: Kessler’s Tree Farm 742 SR 1018, Hallstead Pa.

Fee: $5.00


304 Bad Bug, What We Need to Know About the Spotted Lantern Fly  Instructor: Nancy Dooling, Penn State Master Gardener of Susquehanna County.

The spotted lantern fly is the newest invasive insect from China, so destructive to orchards, vineyards and hardwoods that all southeastern Pennsylvania is now under quarantine. The foreign leafhopper has been spotted as far north as Wyoming County and it’s likely a matter of time before we see it here.
Learn how to identify the bug and how to kill it and the tree of heaven — also an invasive species from China —- which the bug needs to reproduce. We’ll also talk about the state quarantine and what that means to us.
One-hour class will offer a presentation on spotted lantern fly and plenty of time for Q&A.
One Thursday. October 3 at 6:00 pm

Location: 88 Chenango St. Montrose

Fee: No Fee


305 Beekeeping     Instructors Jim Perkins and SBA Members

This is a practical course for people interested in learning about our wonderful honey bees, their social structure within the colony and why they are so important to us.  You will learn the basics of beekeeping, how to take care of the hive and the reason for being a beekeeper.  Learn what the benefits are, and what you will need to get started. Our Susquehanna Beekeepers Association is here to support you as a new beekeeper.

Four sessions:  Two classes on Tuesday evenings, September 10 and 17 at 7:00 pm as well as two Saturday afternoon hands on field trip days at a local apiary (dates to be established at the first session) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location:  Montrose Area High School Room 7 for classes Sept. 10th and 17th.

Fee: $20.00