Why do you love where you live?
Is it the beautiful forests, perfect for hiking and bird-watching?
Is it the tranquility and peace of the Delaware River?
Is it the rolling hills of our local farms that provide us with fresh, healthy food?
There is so much to love and to explore in our unique Upper Delaware and Catskill Mountains region, and our annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands dinner celebrates it all—and the work we do to achieve your vision for the places you love. Join us on May 2 for the celebration. All income from this evening supports our mission to protect the lands, waters, and quality of life of our region, now and for future generations.
The Green Lodging Partnership allows guests at participating hotels to contribute to the Conservancy with every reservation and help protect the beautiful lands, pristine waters, and outdoor recreational opportunities that make the Upper Delaware River region special.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship and the Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship are awarded annually to students pursuing a field in environmental studies or education in college. The scholarships are open to students in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in NY and PA (click for details). Applications are due every April, with announcements made the following June.
Shop Local Save Land connects us to local farm and forest products to support working lands and promote sustainable local economies. Get your guides to Farms and Farm Markets and Wood Products, Professionals, and Resources: easy-to-use, easy-to-carry, one-stop resources.
Women and Their Woods is a dynamic and fun program that teaches women to effectively care for their lands. It emphasizes conservation stewardship and the value of intact forestlands, instilling in women landowners a sense of confidence in their abilities to meet the challenges of forestland ownership.
Why I Care
Standing on the lip of the Upper Delaware, on a Sunday, with little or no traffic going by, when the weather is 5 above, and the wind is blowing down River, and a mature eagle lights in a tree across from the blind to pose for a 45 minute study; it’s spiritual, it’s like being in church, it’s a magnificent experience!
- Joel Murphy, Volunteer
As my kayak hits the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers each spring, I am reminded of nature's beauty and why I love living in this region of northeast Pennsylvania. Each time my boat passes a bald eagle nest or a screeching great blue heron, I appreciate the opportunity to recreate in such peaceful waters.
-Katie Lester, PPL Lake Wallenpaupack
I care because I'm proud of where I live. Spending an afternoon observing bald eagles, hiking in the woods, or floating down the river recharges me. I want to be able to continue sharing these experiences with people that don't realize the beauty of this area.
-Shanna Kenny, Volunteer
As a kid I remember losing myself in the sacred places of Pike County, PA. Covered in mud, wet to the waist in the river, a stream or a pond, burned by the sun, those were the happiest days of my life, and they were the days that formed my character. In my lifetime I have seen some of those sacred places desecrated. I support the Conservancy to keep some of our places sacred for my children.
- Keith Fitzpatrick, Owner,
Keith Fitzpatrick Custom Carpentry
My family couldn't be luckier to live in Sullivan County right now. I'm thrilled to be a member of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors and an active volunteer for Eagle Watch. Sharing the existence of the beautiful bald eagles that reside and visit here with locals and visitors is really quite Zen-like.
- Nicole Slevin, Volunteer