Outdoors: July 27 through Aug. 2

An event that invites participants to catch and identify damselflies and dragonflies will take place July 28 at Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township. - Times Leader file photo

THIS WEEK: July 27 through Aug. 2

Damsels and Dragons, learn about damselflies and dragonflies and use aerial nets to catch and identify them. Meet at 1 p.m. July 28 on the back deck of the Patrick Solano Education Building, Frances Slocum State Park, Mt. Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 570-696-9105

Compasses, Maps and You! Learn how to use compasses and maps. Materials provided. Meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 31 at the Amphitheater in Ricketts Glen State Park, Route 487, Benton. Info, Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or [email protected]

Compass Course, put your compass skills to the test by navigating our compass course. Materials provided. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 31, Ricketts Glen State Park Amphitheater, Route 487, Benton. Info, Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or [email protected]

Alien Attack. Learn how to recognize invasive plants and how to defeat the aliens by beckoning a citizen scientist, 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1, Amphitheater at Ricketts Glen State Park, Route 487, Benton. Info, Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or [email protected]

Explore Archery, for beginner archers, age 12 or older, 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 1, Visitor Center in Ricketts Glen State Park, Route 487, Benton. Info, Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or [email protected]

Take a Hike Thursday, hiking the Old Beaver Dam Road Trail to see Ganoga Falls, 5-mile moderate hike, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2. Park and meet at the shale pit parking area off Route 487 in Ricketts Glen State Park, Route 487, Benton. Info, Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or [email protected]

FUTURE

Froggy Fun, for ages 3 to 5. Little ones and their grown-ups will learn about frogs and toads, 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Campground Amphitheatre at Frances Slocum State Park, Mt. Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 570-696-9105

Whoo Likes Owls? 7 p.m. Aug. 4. The park naturalist will discuss the natural history of local owls using posters, mounts and hands-on activities. No live birds. Campground Amphitheatre, Frances Slocum State Park, Mt. Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 570-696-9105

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.

Leisurely Bird Walk with Bruce Troy, from Wild Birds Unlimited, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 11, meet in the parking lot at the Environmental Education Center and boat rental, Frances Slocum State Park, Mt. Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Free. Bring your binoculars. Info, 570-675-9900.

Skyline and Sand Springs areas at Hickory Run State Park. Difficult 8.5-mile hike. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rte 309 near Blackman St. (across from KMART) at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 12 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Nicole Gfeller, 610-547-5434. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Bulldozer Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park. Difficult 8-mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 19 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Hike includes steep inclines. Leader John McFadden 570-267-8143. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Guided hike at Tobyhanna State Park, 9 a.m. Aug. 21, Lake Trail, Tobyhanna State Park, 5-mile, easy hike. Meet at the parking lot at the dam, Tobyhanna State Park. Info, call Nescopeck State Park Office at 570-403-2006. Please wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Well-behaved and friendly dogs on a leash are welcome.

Cherry Run Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park. Moderate 12.5-mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 26 and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Monument Trail at High Point State Park, N.J. Moderate/difficult 7.5-mile hike. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 16 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County. Moderate 6-mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 23 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Bob Boettger, 570-346-8010. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Falls Trail At Ricketts Glen State Park, difficult 7-mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 30 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Leader Rita Skechus, 570-457-0527. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

An event that invites participants to catch and identify damselflies and dragonflies will take place July 28 at Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_dragonfly_PDR-_crop.jpgAn event that invites participants to catch and identify damselflies and dragonflies will take place July 28 at Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township. Times Leader file photo