THIS WEEK: May 24 to 30, 2013
Just What’s Living Amongst Those Ghost Trees? A hike through the old-growth forest to discover “what was once but is no more.” Meet in the Evergreen parking lot at Ricketts Glen State Park, off Route 118, Sweet Valley. 3 to 4:30 p.m. today. 477-7780.
Spring Fling Family Nature Weekend, with hikes, animal presentations, fishing, canoeing, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Begins tonight at 6 and continues through Memorial Day afternoon. $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. Saturday 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. Saturday. 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. Saturday. 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. Saturday. 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. Saturday. Free. 696-9105.
Birding for Fun, indoor and outdoor sessions for the beginning birder. Visitors Center, Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 477-7780.
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. Saturday. Free. 696-9105.
All About the Owls, an introduction to these nocturnal denizens of local forests. Park Amphitheater, Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 477-7780.
Full Moon Hike on the night of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. Midnight on Saturday. 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. Sunday. Free. 542-5948.
A Spring Wildflowers Scavenger Hunt, a “fun for all” woodland hunt to explore the variety of wildflowers in the park. Meet in the north parking lot off Route 118 at Ricketts Glen State Park, Sweet Valley. 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. 477-7780.
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. Sunday. 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. Sunday. Free. 696-3525.
Fish for Free Day, with tackle loaner programs. No license required. Lackawanna State Park, 1839 Abington Road, North Abington Township. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. 945-7011.
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. Wednesdays through June 5. $6. Registration: 629-3061.
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.
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.
Knights of Mayhem 5K Run and Walk, sponsored by the Lake-Lehman Track and Field and Girls Soccer teams. Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Dallas. May 31 with registration at 5:30 p.m. and event at 6:30 p.m. $20. 696-4503 or neparunner.com.
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.
Pocono Xterra Trail Run, the third in a series of races at area parks. With a series of challenges including stream crossings, rocky single tracks and a climb to the finish. The route runs past several waterfalls, a trout stream, woodland meadows and rhododendron tunnels. Hickory Run State Park, White Haven. June 1 with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. 443-0400.
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.
Life in a Forest, an exploration of the woods at Kettle Creek. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. June 1. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
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.
Hiking Series, 2.5 difficult miles along the Audubon Trail at Seven Tubs Nature Area, Route 115, Wilkes-Barre. 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 7. 403-2006.
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.
Kayaking: Level One, basic paddle skills for beginners. Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. June 8 with sessions at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Age 9 and older. Free. Registration: 403-2006.
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.
Evening Nature Paddle on Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. June 12 with sessions at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Age 9 and older. Free. Registration: 403-2006.
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.
Earth Conservancy Half Marathon, the Xduro Challenge along cliffs, mountains and mineland overlooking the Susquehanna River near Mocanaqua. Mocanaqua Loop Trail System, off Route 239. June 15 with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. Info at wilkesbarreracing.com.
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.
Hiking Series, 5.5 difficult miles along the Pine Hill loop at Hickory Run State Park in White Haven. 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 19. 403-2006.
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.
Back Mountain Trail Bike Ride, a mostly downhill 10-mile ride to RiverFest in Wilkes-Barre. Meet at the Dallas High School, 2000 Conyngham Ave. 9:30 a.m. June 22. Helmets mandatory. 208-9622.
Living with Black Bears, the do’s and don’ts of handling bear encounters. Lackawanna State Park Amphitheater, Dalton. 6:30 p.m. June 22. 945-7011.
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.
Xterra Race, the fifth in a series of races through local parks. Gouldsboro State Park, Route 507, Tobyhanna. June 29 with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. 894-8336.
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.