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Outdoors Listings: August 16 to 22, 2013


August 15. 2013 6:17PM

By - mbiebel@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6109




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THIS WEEK: Aug. 16 to 22, 2013


Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900.


Women in the Woods, a girls-only weekend with nature hike, canoeing, yoga, astronomy, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Saturday and Sunday. $99 includes yurt lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


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. Saturday. 676-3428.


Up on the Ridge, an illustrated talk on Raccoon Ridge, a spectacular mountaintop lookout on the Appalachian Trail. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


Family Fun Day, with volleyball, hula hoops, tug of war, water-balloon fight, s’mores at the campsite and more. Family Campgrounds, Tobyhanna State Park, 114 Campground Road. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Registration: 894-8336.


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. Saturday. 967-7275.


Dragonfly Walk through the fields and ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Frog Frenzy, learning about amphibians while catching and releasing them. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. $5. 828-2319.


Woods Walk along the Deer Trail. Meet at the Environmental Education Building, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 696-3525.


Star Light, Star Bright, an indoor presentation by the Lackawanna Astronomical Society followed by outdoor stargazing through telescopes. Pavilion #3, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. 696-3525.


Bulldozer Trail Hike, seven difficult miles at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at the lower parking lot on Route 118, Sweet Valley. 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8010.


Nature Arts and Crafts in the Park, painting, recycling, exploring and other fun activities. Wear old clothes. Falls Pavilion, Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon through Aug. 28. 676-0567.


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, 166 Cherry Lane Road, East Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 11. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


Full Moon Bike and Bonfire, around the roads bordering the park. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 967-7275.


A Hike to the Center of the Bog, a unique area with a quaking mat and several unusual plants. Be prepared for wet feet. Meet at the parking lot of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 10 a.m. Thursday. $6. Reservations: 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.


FUTURE


Guided Hike, a short walk along Tobyhanna Creek on the trails of the Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area. Meet at the Natural Area parking lot, off Route 115, Blakeslee. 9 a.m. Aug. 23. Free. 403-2006.


Summer Tree Identification of common Pocono trees on the trails of the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Age 10 and older. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Aug. 24. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


The Walk for Debbie’s Darlings, a one-mile walk to raise funds to fill backpacks with school-related items for students in need. Dallas High School Track, 2000 Conyngham Ave. Aug. 24 with registration at 10:30 a.m. and walk at 11 a.m. $20, $10 students. Held in memory of Debbie Darling Belenski. Register at thewalkfordebbiesdarlings.org. 675-3864.


Butterfly Walk through the fields and ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Go Green Bike Tour, the fourth annual ride with mountain and road bike options covering Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties in the Endless Mountains. Leaves from the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company on Aug. 25 with check-in 7 to 10 a.m. followed by the ride. All ages and skill levels welcome. Also: live music, hot foods, t-shirts for the first 100 registrants and raffles. $30 until Aug. 15; $40 thereafter. Proceeds benefit Countryside Conservancy. 717-512-6114.


Falls Trail Hike, seven difficult miles at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at the lower parking lot, Route 118, Sweet Valley. 12:45 p.m. Aug. 25. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 256-9743.


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.


Putting Your Garden to Bed, fall gardening tasks including dividing and transplanting perennials, cleanup of beds and planning next year’s garden. Hazleton Health & Wellness Center, 50 Moisey Drive. 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Free but registration required. 501-6204.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Reservations: 676-0567.


Family Nature Getaway Weekend, with hiking, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emergy Road, Dingmans Ferry. Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. $210 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


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.


Scavenger Hunt, hunting for natural items around the park. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 3 p.m. Aug. 31. Free. 696-3525.


UV Bob’s Rock and Mineral Show, a presentation that transforms ordinary rocks into glowing orbs of light. Environmental Education Building, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Free. 696-3525.


A Night Out with the Stars, an indoor presentation followed by outdoor stargazing with the Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society. Age 6 and older. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Let’s Talk Turtles, an indoor and outdoor nature program. Meet at the parking area on Campground Road, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 1 p.m. Sept. 1. Free. 696-3525.


Nature Bingo, a fast-paced game for the whole family to learn about local plants and animals. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 6 p.m. Sept. 1. Free. 696-3525.


Monarch Madness, search fields and forest for the brightly colored caterpillars that will become the monarch butterfly. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 $5. 828-2319.


Half-Marathon Distance Run, an out-and-back 13.1-mile race along the D&H Rail Trail from Forest City to Union Dale. Sept. 8 beginning at 9 a.m. Registration: 679-9300.


Wilderness Skills, techniques required to survive in the wilderness including fire by friction, cordage, plant uses and dart throwing. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


Women’s Wellness Weekend, a relaxing getaway with healthy meals, staff-led activities, wine-and-cheese social, archery, canoeing, yoga, tai chi, high ropes, hiking, massage and more. Camp Kresge, 382 Camp Kresge Lane, White Haven. Sept. 20 to 22 with check in 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and check out 11 a.m. on Sunday. 823-2191.


Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the annual run through downtown Scranton to benefit breast cancer. Sept. 21 with registration 6:30 a.m. at 131 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, survivor breakfast at 7:15 a.m. and race at 8:30 a.m. Register online at komennepa.org or call 969-6072.


Falling Leaves Family Nature Getaway Weekend, with interpretive hikes, animal presentations, square dance, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Oct. 5 to 8. $205 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, a 5K event to benefit the American Cancer Society. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 19 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and walk at 9:30 a.m. 562-9749 or makingstrideswalk.org/wyomingvalley.




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