PEEC's programs educate children and adults about the importance of environmental stewardship. Support and memberships enable thousands of children from the northeast to develop a greater appreciation for the natural world. Support from "Friends" helps us maintain affordable user fees. Your tax-deductible donation / Friends of PEEC membership also supports our community outreach, public programs, and facility improvement projects.

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) would like to thank everyone who supports our mission and efforts to provide quality educational programs and experiences for the thousands of people who visit and study with us each year. We will consider everyone who supports PEEC as a "Friend" and eligible to receive benefits..

"Friends" include our annual members, folks who contribute to the year-end appeal, event sponsors, campership contributors, and more.  Please be as generous as you can.  Your support is critical in sustaining the quality of programming that PEEC offers."

Dr. K. Joy Karnas, Chairperson, PEEC Board of Trustees
Jeff Rosalsky, Executive Director, PEEC

PEEC is a federal, non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization.  PEEC is funded through user fees, donations, grants, and membership support.

Volunteer

Wish List

Other Gift Giving Opportunities


Friends of PEEC Program & Benefits

All Friends receive:

  • Free entry to PEEC's EcoZone during all scheduled "open" days
  • Invitation to special "Friends of PEEC" events
  • Quarterly Newsletter (PEEC Seasons)
  • Monthly email updates & digital events calendar
  • Recognition in PEEC's Annual Report

Additional benefits include:

  • EASTERN PHOEBE (For Individuals) -- $25 
    Includes all basic benefits for an individual member
  • TREE SWALLOW (For Families) -- $50 
    Includes all basic benefits for the entire family
  • SCARLET TANAGER -- $100 
    Includes benefits above,  plus a 10% discount on summer camp, family weekends, and workshops
  • BLUE HERON -- $250 
    Includes benefits above, plus a 10% discount on all bookstore purchases
  • RED SHOULDERED HAWK -- $500
    Includes all benefits above, plus a thank you gift
  • BALD EAGLE -- $1500
    Benefactor, includes benefits above, plus name added to EcoZone "Bald Eagle Nest" plaque 

How to Become a Friend of PEEC

Donate online via Paypal or download and print the Membership Application. Mail your completed form along with a check or money order (made payable to PEEC) or Visa / Mastercard information to:

Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) 
538 Emery Road
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328-9614

Other Gift Giving Opportunities

Annual Appeal
PEEC’s Annual Appeal is one of the mainstays of our support.
Download the donation form

Matching Gifts
Please ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program. 

Sponsorships
There are ample opportunities for you and your family to sponsor PEEC staff, summer campers, scouts, school groups, special events, and programs.

Memorial Donations
Gifts can be made in loving memory or in loving honor.

Camperships
The Heather Lynn Rosborough Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund
This fund, which was begun in 2006, provides opportunities to help children attend summer day camp at PEEC.

American Express Donation Site
Card holders have the opportunity to make donations to more than 1,000,000 U.S. nonprofit organizations listed on the Guidestar database. Card members are also allowed to redeem Membership Rewards points for donations to their favorite charities.  Donations can be made online…easy and simple.

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From the 'Wish Lists' page, enter POCONO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER for our information. 

PEEC's Wish List

Top priorities and items we always welcome:

  • Gift cards from: Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, K-Mart
  • Aquariums, Bird feeders, and Bird Seed
  • Study skins, skulls, rubberized scat, teeth & mounts
  • Office Supplies
  • Silverware for Dining Hall - Mismatched and/or Odd Pieces Welcome

Education/Outdoor Recreation: 

  • Gently used laboratory equipment (microscopes, magnifying glasses, plastic petri dishes)
  • Cross country ski equipment &/or Snowshoes
  • Canoes, Kayaks, Paddles & PDFs
  • White Boards
  • Lighted table

Facilities & General Operations:

  • New or used mini-van
  • New or used 12 passenger van
  • Awnings for the all the windows on the Main Building
  • Energy efficient windows for the cabins
  • Desk Chairs
  • Conference Room Chairs
  • Area Rugs
  • Large Round Dining Hall Tables
  • 8 Ft. Rectangular Folding Tables
  • Flat Screen Monitors
  • Projectors
  • Industrial Floor Buffers / Cleaners
  • Industrial Vacuums
  • Landscaping Equipment (Trimmers, Commercial Riding Mowers, Etc.)
  • Commercial Washing Machine / Dryer 

Volunteer 

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to share your valuable skills and knowledge; PEEC relies on volunteer efforts all year long.  Volunteers are very important to us and there are many ways for to be involved at PEEC. 

Volunteers can participate in regularly scheduled volunteer workdays or weekends.  During these clean-up events, volunteers have the opportunity to select and work on various projects; meet and work with new people or old friends; and have fun all at the same time.  You are also invited to volunteer whenever it is convenient for you.

How You Can Help

  • EcoZone! Guide
  • Data Entry/General Office/Reception
  • General Maintenance
  • Special Events
  • Grounds/Trail Keeping
  • Instruction/Presentations
  • Interpretive Hikes
  • Mailings and Marketing
  • Trail Patrol
  • And More!

If you are interest in volunteering, please contact PEEC's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. either by mail, fax, or email. 

the dining hall at peec

PEEC welcomes the opportunity to host programs, meetings, reunions, retreats, conferences, workshops, camps, and special occasions.  PEEC works closely and cooperatively with all guests to ensure a shared and successful program.

Meetings & Retreats Brochure 
Conference & Retreat Guide
College & University Trips & Retreats
     The perfect off-campus meeting place for college & university groups!
Wedding Package Information

For more information, contact PEEC at 570-828-2319 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Single day, multiple day, or multiple week programs
  • Facilities for classes and/or groups of 15 - 300 for meetings, sleeping, and dining
  • Year-round facilities
  • Award-winning Dining Hall with passive solar design
  • Meeting Rooms available in our Main Building; additional meeting space and outdoor meeting venues on Lower Campus

 

 

PEEC welcomes the opportunity to host school programs, group meetings, workshops, reunions, training, camps, or special occasions.  PEEC staff will design and deliver single and multi-day outings or supplement existing programs with various activities and services.

PEEC's facilities can accommodate various size (15 – 300) classes and groups for programs, meetings, sleeping, and dining.  The campus is fully operational and open all year long.

Meetings & Retreats Brochure
Conference & Retreat Guide
Program Activity Guide
PEEC Campus Map
Cabin Rental Information

Entrance to PEEC: Pocono Environmental Education Center

Main Education Building
Dining Hall
Food Service
Sleeping Accommodations
     Lodges, Cabins
     Yurt Village
Outdoor Teaching / Meeting Venues
Facility Rental Information


Main Education Building

PEEC Main Education Building

The Main Education Building is the hub of activity at PEEC and houses a large meeting area for presentations and gatherings, three classrooms, administrative offices, educational displays, and the book store.

Main Education Building

Main Education Building classrooms are equipped with tables, chairs, chalkboards, and dry-erase boards.  PEEC is also equipped to run slides, power point presentations, dvds, and cds.  Wi-Fi internet access is available in the Main Education Building and across much of the campus.

PEEC’s Book Store

PEEC Book Store

The Book Store offers a variety of books, guides, and resources that complement everyone’s PEEC experience.  Earth friendly souvenirs, hats, t-shirts, bandanas, and water bottles are available.  Call 570-828-2319 to arrange PEEC souvenirs for your entire group.

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Dining Hall

PEEC Dining Hall

The Dining Hall serves as the main food service venue for all PEEC guests and visitors and is a 'natural' choice for special events in the Poconos. The 3600 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility, seating 250 people, boasts several 'green' strategies incorporated in its design, construction, and function.  Catering services are also available.

The Dining Hall received a 2006 Honor Award and in 2007 was named one of the Top Ten ‘Green’ Buildings from the American Institute of Architects.  The facility boasts many sustainable properties such as passive solar heating, natural ventilation methods, energy efficient insulation, day-lighting, and the use of recycled and non-toxic materials for construction.

“The new Dining Hall is so unbelievable and so spacious and I love the fact that the building is environmentally friendly."
-Roberta Jacoby, Teacher, Elkins Park Middle School 

Food Service

All meals and snacks are prepared on-site by a professional food service staff and served buffet style.  All catering needs such as coffee breaks, barbecues, and elegant buffet meals are arranged to suit each group’s individual needs.

Special dietary needs will be addressed when PEEC is notified 3 weeks prior to a group's visit.  The Food Service manager is available to meet with all interested parties to design the most appropriate menu and services to meet each group's individual religious and/or medical needs and requirements.  Sample menus and catering options are available.

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Sleeping Accommodations

PEEC’s guests may be housed in a number of overnight accommodation options:

Guest Lodges
Family Duplex Cabins 
Cabins
Yurt Village
Group Tenting Area

Guest Lodges

PEEC Guest Lodges

PEEC has two duplex-style Guest Lodges that comfortably sleep 40 people (20/wing).  Each wing has a private bedroom for 2 adults, a large handicap accessible bathroom with showers, and a communal area for bunk beds with camp-type mattresses.  Guest Lodges meet ADA standards and have received rave reviews by schools, scouts, and other groups. Sustainable and 'green' materials were used in the design and construction of the lodges.

Family Duplex Cabins

PEEC Family Duplex Cabins

Four Family Duplex Cabins are located on PEEC's lower campus and sleep up to 6 people on each side of the cabin.  Each side has 3 bunk beds and a private bathroom/shower.

Cabins

PEEC Cabins

PEEC’s Cabins comfortably sleep 2 - 12 people on wooden bunk beds with camp-type mattresses. The Cabins have heat, electricity, and private bathroom facilities.  Guests can either bring their own sleeping bags / linens or rent a linen packet from PEEC.

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Yurt Village & Bath House

PEEC Yurt Village and Bath House

A YURT is a cross between a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome and a luxury safari tent. The circular, canvas-covered yurts have plywood sub floors, wood lattice walls, windows, and a framed door entry. YURTS are very popular and can be found in numerous national and state parks throughout the country.  PEEC’s YURTS are the first in the Poconos.

PEEC has four YURTS that sleep up to 8 guests each, and four larger YURTS that sleep up to 12 guests each.  Four YURTS are ADA accessible.

PEEC Yurts Interior

YURTS are furnished with bunk beds, heat, electricity, and ceiling fans. A large stand-alone bathroom/shower facility has been constructed in the village.

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Outdoor Teaching / Meeting Venues

PEEC Outdoor Teaching and Meeting VenuesPavillion

PEEC's 38 acre campus is situated in the middle of the 77,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and is surrounded by an additional 100,000 acres of public land…giving our guests access to an enormous outdoor classroom.  PEEC programs and activities take full advantage of the opportunities that come with this location.

Depending on the season, visitors can canoe or fish (with valid PA license) on PEEC ponds or cross-country ski through towering pine forests, shady hemlock gorges, diverse upland and lowland forests, ponds, streams, and waterfalls.  PEEC has easy access to the Delaware River, boreal bogs, and a quarry containing 400 million year old fossils.

Currently, there are four team building courses, three orienteering courses, two sensory trails, 12 miles of hiking trails, several picnic areas, two campfire rings, an open air teaching venue, a large outdoor pavilion, gazebo, and an ADA trail/boardwalk.

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PEEC is one of the most respected and recognized residential environmental education centers in the northeastern United States.  PEEC is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the education partner of the National Park Service in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  This unique public/private partnership has served the education community for over forty years.  Approximately 24,000 people visit PEEC annually.

PEEC's Mission

PEEC advances environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park.

View the PEEC Video.

Location

PEEC is

  • located on the Pocono Plateau in northeastern Pennsylvania.
  • situated within the boundaries of a 77,000 acre National Park, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. 
  • twenty miles southwest of the tri-state junction of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (See map).
  • accessible by car, train, or bus and is approximately a 2-hour drive from the major metropolitan centers of New York City, Philadelphia, Newark, and Trenton.  

Get Directions to PEEC 

Environmental Diversity at PEEC

The enjoyment and study of nature and natural systems is a focal point at PEEC.  Our proximity to 200,000 acres of public lands, including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA), numerous state parks, forests, and game lands offers a world of opportunities for our guests to explore, such as:   

  • shady hemlock gorges
  • the scenic Delaware River
  • diverse lowland and upland forests, fields, ponds, streams, & waterfalls
  • the unique flora and fauna found in boreal bogs
  • a quarry containing 400 million year-old fossils

History

Read about the history of PEEC in an excerpt from:
"It Began 40 Years Ago" A Sense of Place, PEEC 40th Anniversary Book, 1972-2012

Before it was PEEC
Read about one couple's experience at Honeymoon Haven, the rustic resort that once occupied the land that is now PEEC.

PEEC People

PEEC employs ten permanent employees, fifteen to thirty intern/environmental educators, and a varying number of supplemental resource persons to facilitate all programs and daily operations. 

Staff members are well-trained professionals available to assist you in planning and delivering a successful program.

View our Board of Directors and Staff Directory. 

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