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The North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will host a Family Fun Activity Day on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Factoryville Sportsmen's Club in Factoryville. The event will feature a 30-target 3D shoot, claybird shooting, horseshoe tournament and a chicken BBQ dinner. A gun raffle and 50/50 drawing will also be held. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and dinner is served between noon and 4 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Chris Denmon at 477-2238 or Linda Coolbaugh at 836-2765.



The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will host a Family Fishing Program from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilkes-Barre River Common's Fishing Pier.This program is being offered in partnership with the Riverfront Parks Committee ( www.riverfrontparks.org) and the Luzerne County Keystone Active Zone (KAZ) Passport program ( www.kazpassport.org). The program is free, open to the public and a fishing license will not be required.


The program is designed for families with children ages eight and older with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn about safety, fishing tackle, regulations and basic techniques like casting and knot tying. Participants will also be given the opportunity to fish together as a family.


Equipment and bait will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair and drinking water. Meet at the River Common fishing pier located along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre. A map and directions are available at the Riverfront Parks Committee website at www.riverfrontparks.org.


Registration is required and available online by visiting the Family Fishing Program schedule at http://fishandboat.com/fish_fundamentals.htm.



Hunts for Healing will host its first Red, White and Blue Rally from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the American Legion Post 510 in Laceyville. The family event will feature a chicken barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, raffles, 50/50 drawing and a baked goods sale.



Nescopeck State Park will hold a birds and butterflies walk today with enthusiast Jonathan Debalko. The walk will meander around the butterfly garden and lake in search of birds and butterflies.


Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. The park will have a small supply available to borrow.


This is also a Junior Bird Club event. Kids ages 9 and up are invited to attend the birds and butterflies program. There is a one-time $5 fee for new members. This club is supported by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society.


If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the park or make inquiries through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 888-537-7294 (TTY). Bureau of State Parks staff will gladly discuss how to accommodate your needs. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.



Hickory Run State Park naturalist Megan Taylor will host the ninth hike in the 2012 Hickory Run State Park Hiking Series at 9 a.m. on Aug. 19. The 2.5 mile hike is classified as difficult. Meet at the Hawk Falls Trailhead on Route 534, east of the park office. This hike will feature some small but very steep and rocky sections on Hawk Falls and Orchard Trail Loop.


For more information, contact Taylor at hickoryrunenvedsp@pa.gov or 570-403-2006.



Department of Conservation and Natural Resources volunteer David Kruel will host an early morning beginners bird walk at 8 a.m. on Aug. 25 at Nescopeck State Park to celebrate the Global Birding Initiatives "Pledge to Fledge" program. From Aug. 24-26, birders across six continents will be sharing their interest in birds by bringing friends and other non-birders out to truly see and enjoy birds for the first time. The goal of the program is to share enthusiasm toward bird watching to transform non-birders and casual birders into citizens concerned about bird conservation and the environment.


This program is free and will meet at the wood bridge near the education center at Nescopeck State Park. A limited number of binoculars will be available. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water along. Registration is required by calling 403-2006.



The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host a bus tour highlighting seven sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques such as riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, community gardens and more.


The tour, which was also organized by Penn State Cooperative Extension and PA Environmental Council, will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Sept. 20. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area in Wilkes-Barre, 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 $30 which includes the bus tour, lunch, and a tour booklet highlighting our stops. Tour sponsorships are also available. For more information and to register please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 825-1701.


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