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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 Wyoming Valley Fly Tyers will meet on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Anthracite Post 283 in Kingston. The public is welcome to attend.

Nescopeck State Park will hold the following events in June (for more information or to register call 403-2006):

Saturday, June 1 - Junior Bird Club: Morning Bird Walk; 7:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 8 - Kayaking: Level One, Session I - 9:30 a.m.; Session II - 11:00 a.m.; Session III - 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12 - Kayaking: Evening Nature Paddle; Session I – 5 p.m., Session II – 6:30 p.m.

Beltzville State Park will host a Basic Boating Course instructed by Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission staff on May 14 and 16. The course will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.

There is no charge for the course. All participants must pre-register and must attend both sessions. Please call Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045 to register. The Basic Boating Course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors will provide students with information via a classroom setting to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water. Students who successfully complete the course may apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate for a $10 fee. The certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft (PWCs) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 who operate a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower. More information about this course or boating safety can be found by visiting the Commission’s website at www.fishandboat.com.

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