Snorkel your way through Cherry Creek

Delaware Water Gap. An experienced outdoor educator will introduce children and their parents to a new and different world.

Aug 13 2019 | 02:30 PM

School-aged children and their parents are invited to snorkel Cherry Creek from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

With guidance from an experienced outdoor educator, kids will come face-to-face with a new and different world -- the underwater world of a creek bed.

Fish? Yes, but so much more -- snails and worms, turtles and frogs, about a zillion kinds of insects and dozens of plant species, from cattails and grasses to tiny algae. Water striders zoom the surface of still waters. Dragonflies zip around creek banks.

The bottom of Cherry Creek is the whole world to the critters that live there. Put on a face mask and snorkel, and come learn about it yourself.

This event is part of the Water Wiser Kids Series sponsored by Brodhead Watershed Association, funded by a Dr. Claus Jordan Endowment Grant from Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono Foundation.

The program is intended for elementary-age children, though older children and parents may take part. Kettle Creek will provide sterilized snorkels and masks and a life jacket (which must be worn) to each participant.

The program is free, but registration is required and limited to 25 participants. Directions will be provided when you register. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727, or email info@brodheadwatershed.org.

This program is very weather dependent. If the water is too high or murky, if thunder and lightning are present, or if the water or air temperature is too cold, it may be postponed or cancelled. This is the last creek snorkeling event of 2019.

About the Brodhead Watershed Association

The Brodhead Watershed Association is a nonprofit environmental organization formed in 1989 and dedicated to protecting and preserving water resources and the environment of the Brodhead watershed, and the water quality of the Brodhead, Cherry, Marshalls, McMichael, Paradise and Pocono creeks and their tributaries. BWA assists municipalities, residents, businesses and groups with protecting natural resources through education, workshops, seminars, public programs and stream monitoring.

Participants must bring the following:
Swimsuit/board shorts worn under clothing (there are no changing facilities)
Wading shoes, water shoes, strap-on sandals, or old sneakers -- no flip-flops or bare feet allowed.
Towel
Sunscreen