THIS WEEK: June 22 through 28
Riverfest, family event features live animal shows, music, activities for kids, food, vendors, DCNR, PA Fish & Boat, Forestry, Master Gardeners, kayak displays and more. Noon to 5 p.m. June 23 at Nesbitt Park in Kingston.
Lehigh Gap Trail, difficult 8-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 9:45 a.m. June 24 at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Tom Barnard 570-262-7957.
DiscoverE Kids Program: Discovering Ducks, children ages 4-12 will learn about the ducks and their cousins that inhabit Ricketts Glen State Park, 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 23. Info, 570-477-7780 or [email protected]
Bat Count, join a naturalist at Ricketts Glen State Park Amphitheater to learn about bats and make a kids’ craft, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 23. Info, 570-477-7780 or [email protected]
Take a Hike Thursday, Grand View Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park to see the mountain laurel in bloom, 9 to 11 a.m. June 28, park and meet at teh shale pit off Route 487 in Ricketts Glen State Park. Info, 570-477-7780 or [email protected]
Invasive Insects, learn how to identify invasive insects and how you can stop them from taking over, 2 to 3 p.m. June 28, park and meet at the Amphitheater in Ricketts Glen State Park. Info, 570-477-7780 or rhs[email protected]
Archery for Kids, beginners are invited to join the park naturalist for an introductory program. Meet behind the Patrick Solano Education Building at Frances Slocum in Kingston Township. 10 a.m. June 30. For ages 9 to 14. In the event of inclement weather, call 570—696-9105 to confirm program is being held.
Salamander Search, for ages 6 and older, starts in the Campground Amphitheater with a short introduction to salamanders. Then the group will embark on an amphibian adventure and try to catch live examples. 2 p.m. June 30, Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township.
Bald Mountain Hike, moderate 6-mile hike. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 11:45 a.m. July 1 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.
Levee Walk, easy 6-mile hike. Meet at Church Street Parking Lot in Kingston at 12:45 p.m. July 8 and leave at 1 p.m. Bring snack and water. Leader Tom Barnard 570-262-7957. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.
Shades of Death and Sand Springs Trails, at Hickory Run State Park, part of park hiking series with naturalist. Meet at 9 a.m. July 11 at Hickory Run State Park Office, Route 534, White Haven. Length 3.5 miles. Terrain difficult. No registration required. Free. Please wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Well-behaved and friendly dogs on a leash are welcome. Info, call 570-403-2006.
Volunteer Workday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 12, at Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Join us for some light volunteer work! Equipment is provided. Long pants and a long sleeve layer are recommended. Meet at the park office. Registration required so we can plan projects and equipment accordingly. 570-403-2006
Birding at Frances Slocum, join Bruce Troy from Wild Birds Unlimited for a leisurely walk through the park to seek out beautiful birds at 8:30 a.m. July 12. Meet in the parking lot at the Environmental Education Center and boat rental at Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township. 570-675-9900
Introduction to Kayaking for Seniors, 1 p.m. July 17, Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Lake Frances is perfect for beginners. This hour-long session is for folks who have never kayaked before. You must register in advance by calling 570-403-2006. Wear shorts and shoes that can get wet and meet park staff at Lake Frances in the park. $5 per person, payable the day of the program with exact change required.
Pocono Environmental Center (PEEC) moderate 8.5 mile hike. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 9:45 a.m. July 22 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rita Skechus, 570-457-0527. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.
Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County. Difficult 10-mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 5 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader John McFadden 570-267-8143. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.