Nature and Outdoor Living Classes

Fall 2022

301 Beekeeping Instructors Jim Perkins and SBA Members 

This is a practical course for people interested in learning about our wonderful honeybees, their social structure within the colony and why they are so very important to us. You will learn the basics of beekeeping, how to take care of a 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 on Tuesday evenings, September 6th and 13th at 7:00 pm at the Montrose High School. 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 will reinforce the class work. If needed, a make-up Apiary session will be available. 

Two Tuesdays, September 6 and 13 at 7:00 pm  Two field days to be determined.

Location: Montrose Area High School, Room 7      

Fee: $20.00 

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 302 Tree ID Walk     Instructor Retired State Forester & current Master Gardener, Jim Kessler  This Class is full

 This is a hands-on class designed to help the student to identify common trees and shrubs of Susquehanna County. We will learn techniques as well as identifying features and nomenclature and what they mean. We will use leaves, stems, twigs, 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. Do not delay in registering. There is a class limit of 15 people. 

One Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 pm. 

Location: Kessler’s Tree Farm, 742 SR 1018, Hallstead PA 18822 

Cost: $5.00  This class is full

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303 Bird Feeding Through the Seasons    

Instructor Ann Vitale, Nature Enthusiast 

Do you enjoy watching birds for entertainment or as a hobby? Learn more about how to help songbirds throughout the year. Do they have different requirements for nesting, growing, migrating? What about habitat? Water? A variety of feeders will be demonstrated along with tips about what works, what doesn’t, and some ideas for holiday gifts for others who enjoy watching birds in winter as well as summer. 

One Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 pm 

Location:  Honeyman Room, Montrose Bible Conference, Locust Street, Montrose 

Fee: $5.00  

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304 Grow-Save-Repeat Tasting Event 
Instructors: Penn State Extension Master Gardeners 
Come and be a part of the Grow-Save-Repeat! Tasting event sponsored by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County.  Join the Master Gardeners as they discuss their participation in this statewide gardening research project. We are trialing advanced generations of tomato plants that were crossed with Sun Gold Hybrid cherry tomato and with Brandywine, an heirloom variety. Both are known for their great taste. These plants were provided to us by Delaware Valley University and were planted in our demonstration garden beds. Step by step we will walk you through our cross-breeding experiences. Learn about why we are trialing these crosses, see how these breeding crosses are made and how to create your own crosses.  We will tell you what worked and what did not work for us. Taste our tomato samples from some of the 9 plants that were grown. Help us to decide what seeds we should save and trial next year!   Class limit 25 students.
One Monday  September 19 from 9:00 am to 12 Noon

Location: Dreyer Lodge Tea Room, Montrose Bible Conference, Locust St.

Fee:  $5.00

SOMETHING ELSE YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN

WOODS WALK

A Walk in Penn’s Woods

Learn about the different ways trees can be harvested from your property, even if you do not have a large, wooded property! Clear cutting and a more manage approach will be discussed. Take a walk and learn and see for yourself about the different approaches and their advantages and disadvantages. It will be led by the owner, Doug Wood & retired forester Jim Kessler.

When: Sunday, October 2, 2022

Time: 10 AM

Where: Doug Wood’s Property

One mile south of Stevens Point along SR 1057, a few signs will be put up.

Sponsored by the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association (SCFLOA)

Price: Free

Lunch served by 4-H donation for lunch

For your info:

To reserve a spot Contact Doug Wood (607) 725-0880 Doug’s cell or Doug Sheldon 1-570-906-0912

2022 SCFLOA COLUMBUS DAY BUS TRIP OCTOBER 10

BOARD BUS AT 7:45 AM AT MONTROSE PRICE CHOPPER PARKING LOT ESTIMATED RETURN AT 4:30 PM

MAIN ATTRACTIONS: ESTEMERWALT FAMILY OPERATED LOG CABIN FACTORY IN BEACH LAKE, PA IS FIRST STOP IN THE MORNING AND JOEL HILL WATER-POWERED SAWMILL , EQUINUNK, PA IS THE AFTERNOON STOP

COST $35 (INCLUDES BUS TRANSPORT AND ENTRANCE FEES MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: SCFLOA MAILING ADDRESS 1115 POTTER HILL RD, THOMPSON, PA 18465

LUNCH RESERVATION AT THE HISTORIC HOTEL WAYNE IN DOWNTOWN HONESDALE ORDERING FROM 3 CHEF SELECTED ITEMS FROM THE REGULAR MENU (LUNCH AND DRIVER GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED IN COST)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY MONDAY, SEPT 26, RSVP BY EMAIL TO: DOUGSHELDON@GMAIL.COM