THIS WEEK: May 17 to 23, 2013
Spring Bird Walk, a leisurely walk with naturalist Evan Mann. Florence Shelly Nature Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, Thompson. 7:30 a.m. Saturday. 727-3362.
Bird Walk, a morning walk to learn bird identification and natural history. Binoculars and field guides provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 828-2319.
Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900.
Jorge’s Walk to Defeat ALS, the third annual event to raise money to defeat ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Town Park, off Market Street, Bloomsburg. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and two-mile walk at 10:30 a.m. 394-8516.
Penn State Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions at Keiner’s Nursery, 1713 Slocum Road, Wapwallopen. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 417-3262.
Spring Bloomers Walk, three moderate miles through Lackawanna State Park. Meet at the Rowlands Road entrance. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.
Pocono Wetlands, indoor and outdoor sessions on these unique ecosystems with resource conservationist Victor Motts. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
Traversing Tremendous Trails, a hike along the Friends Trail to visit bluebird boxes. Meet at the Buckley Road parking area, Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. 967-7275.
Celebration of Life Walk, sponsored by the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross to honor local blood donors and members of the Armed Forces. Whispering Willows Park, Conyngham. Saturday with a tribute at 10:45 a.m. followed by one- and five-mile walks. Picnic lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration: 455-9517.
Walk the Woods, a 1.5-mile hike through the Milford Experimental Forest, the original research station of the Yale School of Forestry, showcasing American chestnut-tree reintroduction and deer management for forest health. Meet at the Visitor Pavilion, Grey Towers National Historic Landmark in Milford. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Reservations: 296-9625.
Live Eagles, an up-close look at these magnificent birds with naturalists from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900.
Herpetology Series, an in-depth look at the amphibians and reptiles of the area. Part one of a four-part series. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. $30. Reservations: 828-2319.
Bear Mountain Hike, eight difficult miles with rock scrambles and beautiful views including treks through Storm King State Park in New York state. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.
March for Babies, the annual March of Dimes fundraising walk. King’s College Betzler Field, 221 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Sunday with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Followed by entertainment, lunch, children’s activities, goodie bags and more. Register at 829-1019 or marchforbabies.org.
YMCA Hike to Staback Park, three moderate miles. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 9:15 a.m. Sunday. $8. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.
Spring Triathlon, a fundraiser for Branden’s Heart, an organization combating substance abuse. With running, biking and whitewater rafting (which can be split between team members) at Lehigh Gorge State Park. Meet at Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center, 288 N. Stagecoach Road, Weatherly. Sunday with a pre-event orientation at 11 a.m., shuttle to starting point at noon and event at 12:30 p.m. $60. Details at 443-9532 or whitewaterchallengers.com/triathlon.
Walk for Recovery and Mental Health Fair, the 12th annual event sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Meet in the parking lot of Guard Insurance Group, South River and West Market streets, Wilkes-Barre. Sunday at noon with walk to Kirby Park at 12:30 p.m., followed by the fair including a cookout, Chinese auction and information on mental health. Free. 371-3844.
Camp Kresge Open House. Enjoy camp tours, climbing tower, canoeing, archery and more at the YMCA’s 1200-acre camp. Camp Kresge, 382 Senator Raphael Musto Drive, White Haven. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 970-5052.
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with novel plant and insect life. Meet at the Bog parking lot, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesdays through June 5. $6. Registration: 629-3061.
Sustainability Series, a session on “How to Work with Conservation Districts to Conserve Natural Resources on Your Private Land” including tips on free services and information. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 945-8555.
Senior Citizen Outing, three easy miles on the Lackawanna River Trail. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 9 a.m. Thursday. $8. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.
New Ideas in Vegetable Gardening, with speakers from the Penn State Master Gardeners program. Hazleton Health & Wellness Center, 50 Moisey Drive. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free but registration required. 501-6204.
Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and outdoor events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and win prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 823-2191.
Spring Fling Family Nature Weekend, with hikes, animal presentations, fishing, canoeing, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. May 24 to 27. $210 includes lodging and nine meals. Reservations: 828-2319.
Caring for C.O.P.S. 5K Race and Walk, to benefit Fallen Officers Remembered, an organization that raises funds to purchase body armor for police. Begins at 100 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. May 25 with registration 8 to 9:45 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. $25. Sponsored by the Lackawanna College Police Academy. 346-9679.
Bird Walk, to seek out spring songbirds. Meet at the park office, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 a.m. May 25. Free. Registration: 403-2006.
Discover Lehigh Gorge Walk, an easy one-hour walk to search for spring wildflowers and remnants of the area’s history. Meet at the White Haven Community Library, 243 Main St. 11 a.m. May 25. Free. 403-2005 or 443-8776.
Solar Viewing, with the sun displayed on a solar screen attached to a solar scope. Also: how to tell time by the sun and use a compass to locate north. Eclipse glasses provided. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. May 25. Free. 967-7275.
Family Nature Hike, along the Lakeshore Trail to Turtle Pond. Meet at Pavilion #3, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 2 p.m. May 25. Free. 696-9105.
Live Birds of Prey, with live hawks and owls. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7:30 p.m. May 25. Free. 696-9105.
Full Moon Hike on the night of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. Midnight May 25. Free. 967-7275.
Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. May 26. Free. 542-5948.
Tree Walk and Talk, to learn local tree identification. Meet near the entrance to the boat rental parking lot, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 4 p.m. May 26. Free. 696-9105.
Pennsylvania Natural Symbols, a refresher on the state’s various symbols. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 p.m. May 26. Free. 696-3525.
Sustainable Landscape Bus Tour, to view seven sites in Luzerne County that showcase land-management techniques, native plants, riparian buffers, rain gardens, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens and more. Meet at the Kirby Park Natural Area, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 31. $20 includes tour, lunch, raffle prizes and a tour booklet. Registration: 825-1701.
Lackawanna Riverfest, sponsored by the Lackawanna River Corridor Association. Begins with timed canoe runs on the Lackawanna River from launch sites in Archbald and Blakely to Scranton. Festivities continue at the Olive Street Bridge river bank in Scranton with a Duck-a-thon, a Regatta, music, food, educational and environmental displays and river activities. June 1 with the canoe race at 8 a.m. and festivities 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 347-6311 or lrca.org.
Finishing the Fight 5K Run and Walk, a benefit for troops deployed to foreign countries. Mellow Park, Peckville. June 1 with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 11 a.m. 614-6341 or finishingthefight.com.
Memorial Pet Walk, with activities for pets and their families, music by the Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, the Scranton K-9 Unit, Alan Finn’s Designing Dogs, dog massage and wellness, vendors, pet rescues, raffles and food. McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. June 1 with registration at 10 a.m., blessing of pets at 11 a.m. and walk at 11:30 a.m. Event ends at 5:30 p.m. $25 walkers. Sponsored by Tracey’s Hope Hospice and Domestic Pet Rescue. 457-1625.
Wildflower Walk, with naturalist Jane Frey. PPL Environmental Center, Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. 1 p.m. June 1. Free. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.
Cicada Mania! Learn about these amazing insects about to emerge from their 13- and 17-year cycles. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. June 1. $5. 828-2319 or peec.org.
Mammals, a program with naturalist Susan Gallagher of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, who will bring live mammals, tanned hides and study skins. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. June 1. Free. 675-9900.
High Knob Vista Hike, 10 difficult miles in the Endless Mountains. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 8:45 a.m. June 2. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8010.
Blakeslee Natural Area Hike, three moderate miles. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 9:15 a.m. June 2. $8. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.
Bear Creek Camp Open House, with boating, guided hikes and tours of the Nature Center. Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 4 p.m. June 2. 472-3741.
Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands, a talk on Pennsylvania’s native people including their food, clothing and shelter along with hands-on attempts at some traditional native wilderness skills such as fire by friction. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 6 to 8 p.m. June 5. For age eight to adult. $5. Registration: 842-1506.
Fight for Air Walk, a fundraiser to fight lung disease. Use a dry or water-sprinkler route. King’s College Betzler Fields, 221 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. June 8 with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Followed by an ice-cream social. 823-2212 or lunginfo.org/wbwalk.
Butterflies and Birds, a walk through the butterfly garden and the bird-feeding station. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 1 p.m. June 8. Free. 696-3525.
Frances Slocum Trail Walk, a guided hike to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 3 p.m. June 8. Free. 696-9105.
Raymondskill Cliffs Hike, three steep miles. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 9:15 a.m. June 9. $8. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.
Hazleton Rails to Trails Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. June 9. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 457-0527.
Walk Two Miles in My Shoes, a fundraiser for reflex sympathetic disorder syndrome. McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. June 9 with registration at noon and event at 1 p.m. $10. 876-4034.
River Float, a 10-mile paddle on the Susquehanna River from Town Park in Bloomsburg to Riverside Adventure Company in Danville. 1 p.m. June 9. Watercraft rentals and box lunches available. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Information: 271-6188 or geisinger/org/cmn.
Heritage Explorer Bike Tour & Festival, a family-friendly, non-competitive event to benefit the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Choose from out-and-back routes of 5, 11, 22 or 44 miles beginning at Mellow Park in Peckville and proceeding on local rail trails and streets. June 15 with the 44-mile departing at 8 a.m. with the other rides leaving throughout the morning. Also: A community festival with music, food, exhibits, raffles and children’s activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mellow Park. 963-6730.
Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. June 15. Free. 675-9900.
Glen Onoko Falls Hike, nine difficult miles. Bring lunch, water and snacks. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. June 16. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 283-1312.
RiverFest, the annual event along the Susquehanna River with river paddles, live music, environmental displays, children’s activities and more. Begins June 21 along the River Common in Wilkes-Barre with free family fishing, mural painting, food vendors and music by Classic Rock Express and Don Shappelle & the Pickups from 6 to 9 p.m. Continues June 22 with a festival at Nesbitt Park from noon to 5 p.m. with live mammals, nature programs, pony rides, nature hikes kayaking demos and more. River trips include West Pittston to Harding 5 to 7 p.m. June 21; Harding to Wilkes-Barre 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22; and Wilkes-Barre to Hunlock Creek 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 along with Dragon Boat Racing 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Schedule at riverfrontparks.org.
Breakneck Ridge Hike, eight difficult miles with rock scrambles and vistas. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 7:45 a.m. June 23. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.
Small Mammals, an in-depth look at mice, moles, voles and shrews using live specimens and taxidermy mounts. Also: an evening study of bats and their echolocation calls. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 4 to 9 p.m. June 29. $30. 828-2319 or peec.org.
CCC Reunion and Festival, the annual celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps with music, geocaching, crafting, art, dancing, food, interpretive talks, the Blacksmith Shop, Masker Museum, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. 676-3428.