THIS WEEK: May 31 to June 6, 2013
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. Tonight with registration at 5:30 and event at 6:30. $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. Saturday 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. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 11 a.m. 614-6341 or finishingthefight.com.
Breathe Deep NEPA, a 5K Walk and Fun Run in memory of Allan Makowski to raise awareness of lung cancer. Martz Pavilion, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. $25. 690-6111.
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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
Wildflower Walk, three easy miles with naturalist Jane Frey. PPL Environmental Center, Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. 1 p.m. Saturday. 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. Saturday. $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. Saturday. Free. 675-9900.
Astronomy for Beginners, basic instruction followed by stargazing through telescopes. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 967-7275.
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. Sunday. 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. Sunday. $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. Sunday. 472-3741.
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. Wednesday. Also: 2 to 4:30 p.m. June 8. $6. Registration: 629-3061.
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. Wednesday. For age eight to adult. $5. Registration: 842-1506.
Birds, Bogs and Breakfast, an early-morning bird walk through the Tannersville Cranberry Bog to seek out northern breeders. Followed by a hot breakfast at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center. Meet at the Bog parking lot, Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 7 a.m. Thursday. $10. Registration: 629-3061.
Senior Citizen Hike, three easy miles at Staback Park. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 9 a.m. Thursday. $8. 343-5144.
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.
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.
Pond Peekers, hands-on pond exploration for the entire family. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. June 8. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
Border Trail Hike, to learn about orienteering. Meet at the Wheaton House, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. June 8. 967-7275.
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.
Dragonflies, Damselflies and Other Insects. Catch, identify and learn about the insects that live in Fall Brook. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. June 9. 967-7275.
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. Ages 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.
Common Waters, a free driving tour of privately owned forested properties within the Upper Delaware River Basin to learn how the Common Waters Fund helps conserve and manage them and how healthy forests provide clean drinking water. Also: how these forests are threatened by the pressures of development. Sponsored by Grey Towers Heritage Association in Milford. 9 a.m. June 15. Information and reservations at 296-9625.
Wilkes-Barre Duathlon, two three-mile runs and a 16-mile bike race through Wilkes-Barre beginning on Public Square, continuing through Kirby and Nesbitt parks and South Wilkes-Barre. Sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. June 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m. $60 until June 1; $65 afterward. 970-5041 or wbduathlon.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.
Build Your Own Bird Box or Feeder, a family activity with a take-home bird box. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. June 16. Registration: 967-7275.
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.
Lightning Bug Show, an introduction followed by a walk in the fields to observe these amazing insects at the peak of their display. Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary, Route 29, Dimock. 8 to 9:30 p.m. June 22. Registration: 278-3384.
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.
Silver Creek Trail Hike, a trek to identify wildflowers. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 12:30 p.m. June 22. 967-7275.
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.
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, the outdoor skills and ethics program that teaches how to use the outdoors responsibly. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 2 to 4 p.m. June 30. Free but registration required: 403-2006.
Bernie’s Memorial Run and Walk, the 30th annual three-mile event beginning at West Market and South River streets, continuing through residential neighborhoods in South Wilkes-Barre and finishing at Public Square. In honor of the former YMCA executive director Bernie Hargadon. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. July 4 with registration 7 a.m. at the YMCA, walk and Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. and run at 9:10 a.m. $15 until June 27; $20 afterward. 208-9622.
Weather Tracking from Your Own Back Yard: Make a barometer and dew-point gauge. Materials provided. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. July 7. 967-7275.
Rooster Run, a 5K cross-country race and walk through the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm past ponds, pastures, apple orchards and historical buildings on varying surfaces. Followed by the 7th annual Music in the Valley with old-fashioned traditional music. 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. July 13 with race at 9 a.m. and music 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 992-6161.
Organic Gardening Workshop, discussions on organic gardening, seed saving and other creative gardening methods. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. July 15. Registration: 654-9847.
Tamarack Trail Hike, a trek through the woods to learn about coniferous trees. Meet at the Wheaton House, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. July 20. 967-7275.
Hemlock Trail Hike, a walk through the old-growth forest to the deer exclosure fence. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. Aug. 3. 967-7275.
Perseids Meteor Shower, the annual light show of falling stars. Bring a blanket or chair, binoculars or telescopes. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11. 967-7275.
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.
Cliff Trail Hike, a strenuous hike to learn about vernal pools. Bring a lunch. Meet at the Buckley Road parking lot, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Aug. 17. 967-7275.
Full Moon Bike and Bonfire, around the roads bordering the park. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 6 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 967-7275.
Mushrooms and Mycilia, a discussion, slide show and trail walk to learn about fungi. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Aug. 25. 967-7275.
Salt Springs Celebration, with activities for all ages, music, exhibits, live animals and more. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31. 967-7275.