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Outdoors Listings: Sept. 20 to 26, 2013


September 19. 2013 7:40PM

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




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THIS WEEK: Sept. 20 to 26, 2013


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. Begins tonight with check in 5:30 to 7:30 and check out 11 a.m. on Sunday. 823-2191.


Game On! Learn about the environment by playing Animalopoly, Plants and Predators and Orienteering. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 8:30 tonight. Donation. 945-3239.


Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the annual run through downtown Scranton to benefit breast cancer. Saturday 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.


September Sojourn Hike, a three-to-four-mile moderate loop hike on Big Dam Ridge to Little Falls Trail with two stream crossings. Trekking poles and waterproof boots suggested. Meet at the Hemlock Hill area in Lower Lake Campground beyond the gate by the water tower. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 9 a.m. Saturday. 676-0567.


Bike ‘n Bonfire, a bike tour of the roads bordering the park followed by a campfire under the full moon. Bring a snack to share. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 945-3239.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the intersection of Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. Sunday. Free. 542-5948.


Bicycle Excursion on the D&L Black Diamond Trail from White Haven north to the reconditioned trail bridge. Meet on Susquehanna Street in White Haven. 2 p.m. Sunday. 823-2191.


Progression of Bloom in the Landscape, a talk by Rob Rave of Rave Landscaping. Sponsored by the Mountain Top Garden Club at the Rice Township Municipal Building, 3000 Church Road, Mountain Top. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 610-657-2548.


Tannersville Bog Walks, guided walks through the northern boreal bog with unique plants. Meet at the Bog parking lot, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 13. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


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. Wednesday. Free. 403-2006.


Thursday Walks with Darryl, an interpretive hike with environmental educator Darryl Speicher to the Jonas Mountain Preserve in Polk Township. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. Thursday. $15. 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.


FUTURE


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.


Wild Edible and Medicinal Workshop with herbal expert Nathaniel Whitmore with a morning hike to collect various fungi and plants and an afternoon session on preparing remedies. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 280 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. Sept. 28 with hike 10 a.m. to noon and workshop 1 to 3 p.m. $15 per session or $25 for both. Registration (by Sept. 26): 836-3835.


Tannersville Bog Walk, a guided walk through the northern boreal bog with unique plants. Meet at the Bog parking lot, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 2 p.m. Sept. 28. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


Astronomy for Beginners, basic instruction on stargazing through a telescope. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. $5. 945-3239.


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.


Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania, a hike to identify edible mushrooms with Dave Wasilewski of the Wyoming Valley Mushroom Club. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 29. Registration: 403-2006.


Bicycle Excursion on the Pittston/West Pittston Loop Trail. Meet at the Pittston YMCA, 10 W. Main St. 2 p.m. Sept. 29. 823-2191.


Getting to the Core, a tree-measuring and tree-aging demonstration by naturalist Rick Koval. Lackawanna Environmental Education Center, 10 Moffatt Drive, Moscow. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Trip, a day of bird watching with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5 or at 7:30 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant, Route 93, West Hazleton. $8 trail fee. Information at 362-8727.


Fall Foliage Hike, an easy two-mile trek on Snow Shanty Loop in the Delaware State Forest. Sturdy footwear suggested. Meet at the Snow Shanty Boat Launch, off Pickerel Point Road. Promised Land State Park, Greentown. 9 a.m. Oct. 5. 676-0567.


Walk for the Animals, the 23rd annual fundraiser for the SPCA. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Oct. 5 with registration at 9 a.m. followed by Blessing of the Animals and the walk at 11 a.m. With t-shirts for the first 500 walkers, games, face painting, basket raffles and more. $15. 825-4111 or spcaluzernecounty.org.


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.


Look at Those Leaves! Learn photo tips while hiking through the colors of autumn. All skill levels welcome. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. 967-7275.


Game On! Learn about the environment by playing Animalopoly, Plants and Predators and Orienteering. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Donation. 945-3239.


Art in Nature, making a bird-seed wreath with artist Sally Robertson using gourds, dried plant material and birdseed. Bring clippers. Lackawanna Environmental Education Center, 10 Moffatt Drive, Moscow. 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12. $25 includes all materials. Registration: 842-1506.


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.


Bats! Oh My! All about this endangered — but not dangerous — amazing flying mammal. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. Oct. 18. 967-7275.


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.


Full Moon Hike, traversing Fall Brook Trail and a meadow by the light of the rising moon. Salt Springs State Park, 2395 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. 967-7275.


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.


Benjamin August Memorial Run and Walk, a three-mile course through South Wilkes-Barre beginning at Northampton Street with a finish on the River Common. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Oct. 20 with registration at 9:15 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $17 before Oct. 7; $20 thereafter. 824-4646.


Lake Malawi: Where Fishes Behave Like Birds, a travelogue by Dr. Bill Loftus on the African lake which has more species of fish than any other freshwater body of water. Presented by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. 479-0400.


Wolf Visions. Meet a live wolf and learn about its role in keeping a balanced ecosystem. Lackawanna Environmental Education Center, 10 Moffatt Drive, Moscow. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the intersection of Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. Oct. 27. Free. 542-5948.


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.


Game On! Learn about the environment by playing Animalopoly, Plants and Predators and Orienteering. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Donation. 945-3239.


Owl Prowl, an exploration of the Vosburg area near Tunkhannock to seek out great horned, screech, barred and other owls. Meet at the Weis Market, Village Shopping Center, Route 29, Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Free. 639-5785.


Bald Eagles of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an illustrated talk by professional wildlife photographers Jim and Joan Borden who have documented eagle behavior in the area. Presented by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Free. 479-0400.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the intersection of Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. Nov. 24. Free. 542-5948.


Local Waterfowl, an exploration around Harveys Lake and other local ponds in search of waterfowl with most birding done from your auto. Bring binoculars, spotting scopes and field guides. Meet at the Lakeside Skillet, Pole 279 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. for breakfast or 9 a.m. for birding. 479-0400.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the intersection of Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. Dec. 22. Free. 542-5948.


First Day Hike. Join the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society for a two-to-three-mile hike through Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Meet at the Visitor Center. 1 p.m. Jan. 1. 474-5884.




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