Outdoors: April 20 through 26

THIS WEEK: April 20 to April 26

Earth Day Extravaganza, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Lake Jean Beach, Ricketts Glen State Park, Route 487, Benton. Experts from State Parks, Forestry, Pennsylvania Amphibian & Reptile Survey, and Dept. of Environmental Protection will offer ideas on what you can do to aid us in conservation. Meet at the Environmental Education Center at the park office. For more information, contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or [email protected]

Give Ash Creek Some Shade! North Pocono CARE, an environmental organization in Thornhurst, is sponsoring a small tree and shrub planting along Ash Creek in Clifton Township, Lackawanna Co, to restore some shade to an stream side area cut for a PPL transmission line. Meet on noon April 21 at the State Game Lands 135 parking area on Clifton Beach Road across from Plank Road West (about 4 miles north of Thornhurst Twp. Building). Lunch and water provided. Please register by calling 570-472-3274 or email [email protected], so that we will have sufficient supplies.

Family Earth Day Hike, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 22, a guided interpretive family hike along the trails of Lackawanna County Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. $5 per person. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. 570-842-1506.

Bruce Lake Natural Area at Promised Land State Park. Moderate 8 mile hike with Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 10:45 a.m. April 22 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water.

Early Explorers: Awakening Amphibians, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 23, for children ages 3 to 6 and a guardian. Children will learn about frogs as we search for amphibians around the property at at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township.. Cost is $40 for a series of 6 classes or $8 for individual classes. Classes run every other Monday from March 26th – June 4th. Pre-registration is required. 570-842-1506.

FUTURE

Spring into Action Volunteer Workday, 9 a.m. to noon April 28, Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Registration requested so we can plan projects and equipment. We can always use an extra hand. Please join us for a volunteer work day as we tackle landscaping, litter clean up and trail work. Parents and scout leaders, please have ages and number of children when you call to register so we can plan appropriate projects for them. Meet at the park office. 570-403-2006.

Full Moon Hike at Tannersville Bog. Explore the bog under the light of a full moon with the Pocono Environmental Education Center. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. April 28 and participants should bring a flashlight. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost is $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration required and limited. Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right. Pre-registration is required. Please call the E. E. Center at 570-629-3061, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For info on other programs we offer, visit mcconservation.org.

Nature Play Day, 1 to 3 p.m. April 28, Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. If you haven’t already found our kid-friendly play area, now is the time to do it. Come prepared to dig in the dirt, build a stick fort, or put on an impromptu musical concert. If you can’t make this date, remember that the Nature Discovery Area is open to visit at your convenience during park hours all summer long! Meet in the Nature Discovery Area near the park office.

Guided Bird Walk, 8 a.m. April 29, Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Join conservation volunteer Dave Kruel for a morning stroll to look and listen for birds. You don’t want to miss the springtime return of some of the park’s most musical residents. Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars. Meet at the wooden bridge by the main visitor parking lot of the park office. Please register at 570-403-2006.

Milford Cliffs, Raymondskill Falls, and Million Dollar Outhouse trails, moderate 7 mile hike with Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 9:45 a.m. April 29 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.

Choke Creek Falls at Pinchot State Forest. Moderate 7.5 mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 10:45 a.m. May 6 and leave at 11 a.m. Leader Rick Stibgen, 570-333-5276.

Mt. Tammany at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Difficult 11 mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 8:45 a.m. May 13 and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.

Vosburg hike, moderate six miles with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 11:45 a.m May 20 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Leaders Wendell and Kathy Jones 570-406-3173.