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The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly member meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the VFW Anthracite Post 283 in Kingston. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information on the chapter, visit www.sctu.org.

The Wyoming Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual banquet on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Best Western East Mountain Inn in Wilkes-Barre. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and an auction will be held at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 single, $75 per couple, and incude a one-year membership to Ducks Unlimited. For more information contact Jack McDermott at 446-8847.

Nescopeck State Park will hold a work day on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in recognition of National Public Lands Day, and work includes landscaping, trail trimming, litter pickup and work in the park's nature classroom. Volunteers are needed. For more information or to register, call 403-2006.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host a bus tour highlighting seven sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques such as riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, community gardens and more.

The tour, which was also organized by Penn State Cooperative Extension and PA Environmental Council, will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Sept. 20. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area in Wilkes-Barre, where they will board a charter bus and travel to the Plains Animal Hospital, Lands at Hillside Farm, Butler Township Community Garden/Center for Landscape Stewardship and Design, Life Expression Wellness Center, and Nescopeck State Park.

The cost for the program is $30 which includes the bus tour, lunch, and a tour booklet highlighting our stops. Tour sponsorships are also available. For more information and to register please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 825-1701.

Hickory Run State Park naturalist Megan Taylor will lead a hike on the Cove Ridge Trail at Beltzville State Park on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. Length of the trail, which is difficult, is approximately four miles.

Meeting place is the Wildcreek Trailhead parking lot on Pohopoco Drive, northeast of the Beltzville State Park Office. This hike is the eleventh in the 2012 Hickory Run State Park Hiking Series.For more information, contact Megan Taylor at hickoryrunenvedsp@pa.gov or 403-2006.

Outdoors Notes items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

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