Outdoors: Dec. 29 through Jan. 4

December 29th, 2017 6:01 am

THIS WEEK: Dec. 29 through Jan. 4

Wyoming Valley Levee. Easy 5 mile hike. Meet at Levee parking lot next to Midway Shopping Center (across from Swetland Homestead) on US Route 11 at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 31 and leave at 1 p.m. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

First Day Hike: Lake and Nescopeck Trails, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 1. Start the New Year out right. Join park staff and conservation volunteer John Jakoby for this easy 2.5-mile hike that cruises through various habitats within Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums, and passes by the scenic Nescopeck Creek. Hiking boots, water, and a snack are recommended. Nescopeck Trail is not suitable for strollers. Pets are not permitted on this hike. Hike may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Registration required; please choose only one hike to attend. 570-403-2006.

Hide-n’-Seekers Program for Preschoolers – Animals in Winter, 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Join us for a program to get preschoolers ages 3-5 out and learning about our natural world through stories, activities, and crafts. Weather permitting, we’ll go outside for part of the program, so children should be dressed accordingly. Registration required. 570-403-2006.

FUTURE

Birds & Beans, 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 6. Stop by the office at Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums, to enjoy a hot beverage such as tea, hot cocoa or bird-friendly coffee while getting to know the visitors to the bird feeders. Park staff will be on hand to answer questions about bird identification, winter bird feeding, and February’s upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. No registration necessary.

Introduction to Snowshoeing Opportunities, 9 a.m. Jan. 13 at Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Join park staff for a learn-to-snowshoe program. We’ll learn the parts of a snowshoe, how they work, and go on a short snowshoe hike. Participants should dress in waterproof shoes, layers, and avoid cotton like blue jeans or sweatpants. If there is less than 6” of snow, we’ll go on a short hike instead. Registration required. 570-403-2006.

Shiverfest, the “extreme kayak and canoe race” will travel approximately 2.7 miles of the Lackawanna River in Scranton from Parker Street Landing to Sweeney’s Beach. Paddlers should have their own vessel and wet-suit. Launch at noon Jan. 13. Entry fee is $30 per person and includes the “Thaw Party” at the Backyard Ale House. Preregister at bit.ly/2zcH8U5. Spectators and the general public are also invited to the Thaw Party, which features food, beverages, music, education and camaraderie. Tickets to the party cost $20 per person and are also available at bit.ly/2zcH8U5.

Bald Eagle Watch for Seniors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18. Seniors and retirees are invited to join the staff of Nescopeck State Park for a field trip through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in search of wintering and resident bald eagles. Sightings are likely but not guaranteed, as our van will make many stops at hot spots to get out and search. We’ll also make stops for restrooms and lunch, but participants should plan for a full day in the field; pack a drink, snack, and dress to be outdoors. Participants will be responsible to cover the cost of their own lunch. Registration is required. Call Nescopeck State Park Office at 570-403-2006.

North Branch Land Trust Winter Picnic, 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Boulevard (Route 115), Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Participants may come and go as they please and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. You may bring your snowshoes, cross country skis, sleds, or other winter sports gear, join in a 1-hour moderate hike or sit by the fire inside the lodge to enjoy board games, cards and conversation. a hearty picnic meal will be provided by The AppleTree Terrace at Newberry Estate in Dallas. The event is $5 for NBLT members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required and payment in advance by credit card or by check is encouraged. Please register online at www.nblt.org, email [email protected], or call the NBLT office at 570-310-1781. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 7.

An easy, 5-mile hike will take place along the Wyoming Valley Levee on Dec. 31.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_LeveeExercise-1.jpgAn easy, 5-mile hike will take place along the Wyoming Valley Levee on Dec. 31. Times Leader file photo
The North Branch Land Trust will hold a Winter Picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Bear Creek Camp (BCC), 3601 Bear Creek Boulevard (Route 115), Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Please register online at www.nblt.org, email [email protected], or call the NBLT office at 570-310-1781. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 7.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Bear-Creek-Camp-Bridge-1.jpgThe North Branch Land Trust will hold a Winter Picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Bear Creek Camp (BCC), 3601 Bear Creek Boulevard (Route 115), Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Please register online at www.nblt.org, email [email protected], or call the NBLT office at 570-310-1781. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Times Leader file photo


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