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Children's program debuts with snorkeling in Cherry Creek



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Is a fish out of water still a fish? Well, yes. But also, no.

“Out of its element, no creature acts like – or even much looks like – itself,” says Brittney Coleman, water educator at Kettle Creek Environmental Center. “Humans held under the water can’t do a lot of human things: breathe, eat, laugh, talk, interact naturally with things around them. Or even last more than a few minutes!”

The same is true of fish, water insects and water plants held out of the water.

There is a whole beautiful world to be enjoyed in the fresh water of Cherry Creek in Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Like visiting a foreign country, kids will visit the creek on its own terms, in its own scale. With a creek snorkel, flotation device and guidance from Coleman, elementary-age kids and their families have a chance to enter a world that is as fascinating as a rain forest, see it up close and learn a little about the creatures who live there.

“You don’t have to go to some exotic tropical reef. Kids have a blast and learn a lot” right here while creek-snorkeling, Brittney says.

Along the way, kids will learn about which plants and critters in creeks can’t stand pollution, and why. They’ll hear about the food chain, from the tiny caddis fly to weasels and river otters. They’ll see sunlight in water from a fish’s perspective and find out what a fish’s life is like – all in the natural world of the Poconos.

WATER WISER KIDS EVENT: Creek snorkeling

Join Brittney Coleman, Water Wiser Kids guide, for this 1.5- to 2-hour exploration of Cherry Creek for elementary-age children. Equipment provided. Kids should wear a bathing suit or clothes to get wet and old sneakers or sport sandals. A parent or guardian must be present. Bring a towel, snack and water.


REGISTRATION: The event is free, but registration is required and limited to 20 children. Please register by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017

WHERE: Meet at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge off Cherry Valley Road, south of Stroudsburg. Take Route 191 south past the Stroudsmoor resort. At the bottom of the hill, go left on Cherry Valley Road. At Croasdale Road, go right to parking for the refuge.

CONTACT: Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email



COMING UP Watch this space for information as the event draws closer!


Sept. 16: Skywood Park
Oct. 21: Ice Lake
Nov. 18: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center






This is a series of outdoor experiences designed to help children explore the Brodhead watershed. The hands-on activities are conducted by trained educators and will encourage children and their families to get outdoors more and continue to explore on their own.


The Water Wiser Kids program is hosted by Brodhead Watershed Association and Kettle Creek Environmental Center. The series is supported by a grant from the Dr. Claus Jordan Endowment Grant, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono Foundation.


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