Outdoors: Jan. 2 through 8

The North Branch Land Trust is getting ready for its Winter Picnic, set for Feb. 11 at Bear Creek Camp. - Submitted photo

THIS WEEK: Jan. 2 through 8

WinterFest at Nescopeck State Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 with the ever-popular sled dog team, children’s activities, snowshoe demos, and more at the park along Honey Hole Road in Drums. We’ll have a warming fire and Dennison Township Volunteer Fire Department will have hot food and beverages to purchase. Activities may be modified due to snow and ice conditions. More info, 570-403-2006 or dcnr.state.pa.us.

Gouldsboro State Park, moderate 7-mile hike. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Diane Buscarini 570-842-2230.

Hide-n’-Seekers Program for Preschoolers — Birds, to get ages 3 to 5 out and learning about the natural world through stories, activities and crafts will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at Nescopeck State Park in Drums. Weather permitting, part of the program will take place outside, so children should be dressed accordingly. Registration required at events. dcnr.pa.gov or 570—403-2006.

FUTURE

Snowshoe Hike, guided snowshoe hike through Nescopeck State Park in Drums with members of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society at 1 p.m. Feb. 10. Equipment provided by the park. If there is not at least 6 inches of snow, a hike will take place instead. Registration required at events. dcnr.pa.gov or 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.

Sugar Notch Mountain moderate 6-mile hike, meet at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Park & Ride on Rte 309 near Blackman St. (across from KMART) and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leader Nicole Gfeller 570-735-4359.

Birds & Beans, the Nescopeck State Park office in Drums will provide hot beverages (tea, hot cocoa and “bird-friendly” coffee) while patrons get to know visitors to the bird feeders. Park staff will be on hand to answer questions about bird identification, winter bird feeding and February’s Great Backyard Bird Count. No registration necessary.

Moon Lake Park easy 5-mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 18 and leave at 1 p.m. Bring snack and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leaders Wendell & Kathy Jones 570-406-3173.

Introduction to Snowshoeing, staff from Nescopeck State Park in Drums will instruct participants on the part of a snowshoe and how they work. Following the instruction, the group will go on a short snowshoe hike. Participants should dress in waterproof shoes and layers and avoid cotton like blue jeans or sweatpants. If there is not at least 6” of snow, the group will go on a short hike instead. Registration required at events. dcnr.pa.gov or 570—403-2006.

Wild Creek Cove At Beltzville State Park. Moderate 6-mile hike. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 25 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.

Bruce Lake Natural Area At Promised Land State Park, moderate 8-mile hike. Meet at 10:45 a.m. March 4 at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leader John McFadden 570-267-8143.

Tobyhanna State Park, moderate 7-mile hike, meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 10:45 a.m. March 11 and leave at 11 . Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leader Diane Buscarini 570-842-2230.

Pinchot Trail At Lackawanna State Forest near Thornhurst. Moderate 9-mile hike. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 9:45 a.m. March 18 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leader Tom Barnard 570-388-4060.

Mocanaqua Loop Trail. Difficult 7-mile hike. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rte 309 near Blackman St. (across from KMART) at 11:45 a.m. March 28 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.

The North Branch Land Trust is getting ready for its Winter Picnic, set for Feb. 11 at Bear Creek Camp.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_winter.picnic.jpgThe North Branch Land Trust is getting ready for its Winter Picnic, set for Feb. 11 at Bear Creek Camp. Submitted photo