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THIS WEEK: March 7 to 13, 2014


Basic Boating Course, a certification course provided by the state Fish and Boat Commission. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 570-406-4041.


Sugar Shack Scramble. Take an orienteering expedition to the “Two Saps Sugar Shack” using a map and compass. Then enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. Reservations: 570-828-2319.


Fly Fishing Program, covering equipment, casting, strategy, fly tying, basic entomology and local fishing areas. Presented by the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. $8. Registration: 570-629-3061.


Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a talk and presentation of live specimens with naturalist Rick Koval. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 570-996-1500.


Where in the Watershed, an exploration of vernal pools along the newly completed Tank Creek Trail at the Kurmes Paradise Creek Nature Preserve. Meet in the parking area of the preserve, off Devil’s Hole Road, Paradise Township. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 570-424-1514.


Mocanaqua Loop Hike, seven difficult miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Bring snacks and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.


Amphibian Search, a walk to the pond to seek out frogs and salamanders. Wear boots and clothes that can get muddy. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. $5. 570-828-2319.


FUTURE


Birding at Frances Slocum with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center and boat rental, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. March 15. Bring binoculars. 570-675-9900.


Fossil Trail Hike, 1.25-mile walk past a vernal pool and a mature hardwood ravine. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 15. $5. 570-828-2319.


Woodcock Walk. Observe the mysterious American woodcock and its spectacular mating display. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 15. Age 10 and older. $5. 570-828-2319.


Tobyhanna State Park Hike, six moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 10:45 a.m. March 16. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Bring lunch and water. 570-842-2230.


Nature in Costa Rica, a talk sponsored by the Lackawanna Audubon Society. Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. 2:30 p.m. March 16. 570-586-5156.


Live Owls of Pennsylvania with environmental education specialist Rebecca Lesko. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. March 22. Free. 570-675-9900.


Sugar Notch Mountain Hike, six moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. March 23. Bring snacks and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-735-4359.


EcoZone Discovery Room. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave and dig in a fossil pit along with other hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. March 23. $2. 570-828-2319.


Broad Mountain Hike, 11 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 9:45 a.m. March 30. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-457-0527.


Don’t Tell Me to Slow Down, the inaugural 5K Run and Walk in support of the National Stuttering Association. Anderson Outdoor Athletic Complex, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. March 30 with registration 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. $20, $15 students until March 18; $25 thereafter. 570-674-6724.


Volunteer Trail Day, trail blazing and maintenance on the new 211-acre property. Refreshments and lunch provided. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 9 a.m. to noon April 5. Registration: 570-842-1506.


Pocono Environmental Education Center Hike, 8.5 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 9:45 a.m. April 6. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-457-0527.


Camouflage and Mimicry, survival techniques of local animals presented by naturalist Rick Koval. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 8. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.


Birding Tune-Up. Join the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society for a beginner birding program. Geared to all ages. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 12. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.


River of Rocks Hike, seven moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 9:45 a.m. April 13. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.


Reptile and Amphibian Survey Program, an introduction to the state-sponsored program that hopes to conserve reptiles and amphibians through citizen science. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 23. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.


Earth Day 5K Fun Walk and Run, held to promote environmental awareness. Begins at the Olive Street entrance to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. April 26 with registration at 10 a.m. and event at 11 a.m. Registration: 570-941-7520.


Bruce Lake Natural Area Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 10:45 a.m. April 27. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-814-2803.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Snowshoe Loaner Program. Free snowshoes are available for use in the park when there is at least six inches of snow cover. Drivers license required. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. Through March 28. 570-676-3428.


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