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THIS WEEK: Aug. 23 to 29, 2013


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. today. 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. Saturday. $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. Saturday 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. Saturday. $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 Sunday 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. $40. 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. Sunday. 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. Sunday. 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. Tuesday. Free but registration required. 501-6204.


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. 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. 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.


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. Wednesday. Reservations: 676-0567.


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


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.


Guided Bird Walk, a morning stroll with park volunteer Dave Kruel. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 a.m. Sept. 7. 403-2006.


Zombie Run and Disaster Preparedness Day, a three-mile trail and pavement run with physical obstacles including zombies. Test Track Park, Berwick. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7. Sponsored by Berwick Area United Way and Total Survival. 594-1356. $60 runners; $25 zombies. Register at neparunner.com.


Varden Conservation Day, with live birds of prey, guided interpretive hikes, Kids Fishing Derby, scavenger hunts, homemade ice cream, fiddle music, displays, wild edible plants and tree identification walks. Varden Conservation Area, Tannery Access Road, off Route 296, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7. 676-0567.


Kayaking: Level Three, a paddle on Brady’s Lake for experienced kayakers. Meet at the lake parking lot, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 10 a.m. Sept. 7. Reservations: 403-2006.


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.


Mount Tammany Hike, eight difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 8:45 a.m. Sept. 8. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


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.


Broad Mountain Hike, eight miles through Lehigh Gorge State Park to a scenic overlook of the Lehigh River. Meet at the DCNR parking lot, Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly. 9 a.m. Sept. 12. Free. 403-2006.


The Pinnacle Hike, nine difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 8:45 a.m. Sept. 15. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 654-9617.


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.


Skyline Trail Hike, a three-mile guided trek on trails at Hickory Run State Park in White Haven. Meet at the Gould Trailhead lot, one mile west of the park office on Route 534. 9 a.m. Sept. 25. Free. 403-2006.


National Public Lands Day, a park cleanup including landscaping, trail trimming, litter pickup and work in the nature classroom. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. Sept. 28. Registration: 403-2006.


Stony Creek Hike, eight difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sear’s Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. Sept. 29. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 283-1312.


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.


Golden Eagle Hike, nine difficult miles with stream crossings. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Luzerne National Bank parking lot, Routes 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 6. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Worlds End Hike, eight difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 13. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 388-6553.


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.


Hemlock Mountain and Pine Creek Vistas Hike, nine difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 20. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 735-4359.


Woodburne Forest Hike, five moderate miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 11:45 a.m. Oct. 27. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979.


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