The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host an Introduction to Fly Fishing for Adults program on Saturday, May 11, at the American Legion Post in Mountain Top (off of Church Road). The program is for men and women 18 and older and begins at 10 a.m. The hands-on course includes an introduction to fly fishing (rods, reels, lines and flies), fly casting, fly tying, knot tying and fly fishing in a stream and pond. Cost is $25 and includes all equipment needed, lunch and a one-year membership to the chapter. The event is free to SCTU members. For more information, call Jay Downs at 814-6998.
A bus tour highlighting seven sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques, such as native plants, riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, community gardens and more will be held May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The tour is organized by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and PA Environmental Council. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area where they will board a charter bus and travel to the Plains Animal Hospital, Lands at Hillside Farm, Butler Township Community Garden/Center for Landscape Stewardship and Design, Life Expression Wellness Center and Nescopeck State Park.
The cost for the program is $20, which includes the bus tour, lunch, raffle prizes and a tour booklet highlighting the stops. Tour sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 825-1701.
The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will host the annual Fred Loch Memorial Scholarship Shoot on Sunday, May 5, at the club grounds located on Lake Winola Road. This shoot is to help fund the club’s scholarship program for graduating seniors at Lackawanna Trail and Tunkhannock high schools. Graduating senior children of any club member may also apply from any other school district.
Scholarship winners in 2012 were: Adam Martin, Valley View HS; Julie Vaccaro, Cumberland Valley HS; Cassandra Williams and Theodore Frear, Tunkhannock Area HS; and Graham Williams, Lackawanna Trail HS.
Shooting on the clay bird sporting clays course begins at 9 a.m. and a full steak dinner with all the fixings will be served at 11:30 a.m. Dinner will be provided for shooters by the club as part of the entry fee. Shotguns are also available if needed. The entry fee is $25 per shooter for 50 birds or $45 for 100 birds. In both cases shooters will need to supply their own ammunition. All proceeds go towards the scholarship fund. This year’s sporting clays course will again feature automatic traps. We invite you to come out and try this challenging and fun target shooting game.
If you aren’t available to shoot, you can sponsor a shooter or a shooting station for $25 Donations of any size are also appreciated.
Scholarship applications will be available in the guidance offices at both high schools and at the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club. For additional information or to request an entry form, contact either Carl Tylutki at 945-3137 or Fred Rose at 903-5755 by April 29. You can also check the club website at www.fscweb.org.
Join Conservation Volunteer Dave Kruel for an early morning birdwalk on Saturday, May 25 at 8 a.m. This walk is suitable for beginners and will focus on the beautiful songbirds that have made their migration north after the long winter. Meet at the park office. Binoculars will be available for to borrow as supplies last. Free of Charge. Please register by calling the park office at 403-2006.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.
The PFBC is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days - Memorial Day, May 27, and Independence Day, July 4.
“Family Fishing Festivals are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “While we offer family fishing programs throughout the year, the May and June events call more attention to the importance of fishing in the lives of many Pennsylvania families. Through the events, former and new anglers can try fishing at no cost. We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more.”
Family Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience to have fun fishing together. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program.
Family Fishing Festivals will be hosted by the PFBC at these locations:
May 4 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County.
May 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County.
May 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County. Pavilion # 1.
June 8 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County.
June 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Lake Arthur, Moraine State Park, Butler County.
June 29 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna County.
The PFBC is waiving the fishing license requirement during the program for registered Family Fishing Festival participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and up. The PFBC is providing equipment, bait and tackle. PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish. Preregistration is required.
Visit www.TakeMeFishingPa.com to register or learn more about these events. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the event. In addition, PFBC partners will be hosting events throughout the month. These events can also be viewed at this website.