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Nescopeck State Park will host the following events in September (for more information or to register, call the park office at 403-2006):

Thursday, Sept. 20 - Sustainable Landscape Bus Tour,9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22 - Family Paddling Program,9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Led by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Family Paddling Program is a free, four hour program for families with children age 8 and older who are new to paddling. Participants will learn about regulations, equipment, safety and paddling skills. After an on shore lesson there will be the opportunity to test out your new skills and to practice re-entering swamped canoes. All canoes, paddles, PFDs and safety equipment will be provided. Participants should bring their own water and lunch and should wear clothes that can get wet. Pre-registration required by calling 403-2006.

Saturday, Sept. 29 - National Public Lands Day

Helping Hand's for America's Lands, 9 a.m. to noon; Do you have a few hours to spare to volunteer at one of your local State Park's to celebrate National Public Lands Day? Nescopeck State Park will be holding a work day to help with landscaping, trail trimming, litter pick up, and work in the park's nature classroom. National Public Lands Day began in 1994 and is now the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. In 2011, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at 2,067 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. 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.

Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

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