Outdoors Listings: Jan. 13 to 19, 2016

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THIS WEEK: Jan. 13 to 19, 2016

Snowshoes and Cross-Country Skis are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Feb. 29 (except Feb. 6 and 20). Requires a minimum of 4 inches of snow on the ground. 570-403-2006.

Free Senior Ski Clinics, along with clinics in snowboarding and telemark skiing for seniors older than age 55. Jack Frost Mountain, 1 S. Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. Every Wednesday throughout the ski season with registration at 9:30 a.m. and clinic at 10 a.m. A special luncheon and ski talk after the Feb. 3 clinic. Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. 570-443-8425.

Backyard Beekeeping, a class on “Preparing Your Apiary,” appropriate for honeybee enthusiasts, designed to support new and seasoned beekeepers. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14. $25. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Cross-Country Skiing. Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons, practicing the basics on an old logging road loop. Skis, poles and boots provided but call to register your shoe size. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays; 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 28 except Feb. 13-14. $20; $10 children. Registration: 570-828-2319.

Intro to Snowshoeing. Learn the basics and enjoy a stomp through the winter woods. All equipment provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to noon Sundays through Feb. 28 except Feb. 13-14. $10. Registration: 570-828-2319.

All About Trail Cameras, an introduction to trail-camera photography to monitor animals. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Jan. 16. $5. 570-629-3061.

Owl Prowl, an indoor session with live owls followed by an outdoor walk to listen for owls. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 6 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Seven Tubs Natural Area Hike, five moderate miles with an optional three miles additional. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11:45 a.m. Jan. 17. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Animal Tracking, exploring natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, eat marks and other signs that animals leave. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17. $5. Registration: 570-828-2319.

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Eagle Watch, a field trip to the Upper Delaware River in search of bald eagles. Sponsored by the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29. $28. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Feeder Fidelity, a morning of banding birds at the feeders of the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 23. $5. 570-629-3061.

Winter Walk in the West End, 3.3 easy miles on the trails of West End Regional Park. Meet at the trailhead at 578 Evergreen Hollow Road, Brodheadsville. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23. Free but registration required: 570-839-1120.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area. Join Bob Wasilewski of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to seek out species in the park. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch, accessed via First Avenue in Kingston. 8 a.m. Jan. 24. Free. 570-371-3951.

Nescopeck State Park Hike, six moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street in Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. Jan. 24. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Eagle Watch for Eagle Enthusiasts, a trip to the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River and the Eagle Institute to look for winter residents and nesting pairs. Bring a lunch, camera and suitable clothing. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30. $20. Call 570-828-2319 to reserve a seat in the van.

Whose Track Is That? A study of animal tracks and the clues they provide. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 30. $5. 570-629-3061.

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, a presentation by outdoorsman and author Jeff Mitchell showcasing the state’s parks, natural areas, hiking trails and waterways. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Jan. 30. Free. Reservations: 570-996-1500.

Gouldsboro State Park Hike, seven moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. 10:45 a.m. Jan. 31. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-842-2230.

Eagle Watch, a field trip to the Upper Delaware River in search of wintering bald eagles. Meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 12. $28 includes bus transportation. Bring lunch and binoculars. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Eagle Watch, a trip to the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River and the Eagle Institute to look for winter residents and nesting pairs. Bring a lunch, camera and suitable clothing. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6. $20. Call 570-828-2319 to reserve a seat in the van.

Lake Scranton Hike, seven easy miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. 11:45 a.m. Feb. 7. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-855-9896.

Tree-Tapping Day, preparing for the 2016 maple sugaring season by tapping trees, running the tube collection lines and setting up the evaporator. Meesing Sugarbush, Marshall’s Creek. Stop by anytime after 10 a.m. to observe the preparations. Weather permitting; hot drinks provided. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Winter Wonderland Family Nature Getaway, with cross-country skiing, animal tracking, nature hikes, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 12 to 15. $225 includes three nights lodging and all meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Winter Tree ID, how to identify leafless trees. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Feb. 13. $5. 570-629-3061.

Tree Pest and Disease Management, including the chestnut blight, the hemlock wooly adelgid, the emerald ash borer and Dutch elm disease. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Feb. 20. $5. 570-629-3061.

Sugar Notch Mountain Hike, six moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street in Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. Feb. 21. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-735-4359.

Lakota Wolf Preserve Field Trip, a visit to the Columbia, New Jersey, preserve to observe four different packs of wolves along with foxes and bobcats. Meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $28. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Backyard Beekeeping, a class on “Spring Apiary Management,” appropriate for honeybee enthusiasts, designed to support new and seasoned beekeepers. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $25. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Animal Tracking, exploring natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, eat marks and other signs that animals leave. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27. $5. Registration: 570-828-2319.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area. Join Bob Wasilewski of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to seek out species in the park. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch, accessed via First Avenue in Kingston. 8 a.m. Feb. 28. Free. 570-371-3951.

Wild Creek Cove Hike, six moderate miles at Beltsville State Park. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11:45 a.m. Feb. 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Sugar Shack Scramble, a hike through the woods stopping at the Two Saps Sugar Shack for cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. March 5; sign up for a 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. start time. $12. Registration: 570-828-2319.

Birding Field Trip. Travel with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area on the border of Lebanon and Lancaster counties to view thousands of snow geese and tundra swans along with songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. Leaves 7:30 a.m. March 6 from the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street or 8 a.m. from Perkins Restaurant, Route 93, Hazleton. Free. Information at 570-443-7791.

Sunday for Singles. Explore nature on a guided hike and meet new single friends. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. March 6. Free. 570-828-2319.

Do-It-Yourself Paracord Bracelet. Make your own survival bracelet with all supplies provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. March 13. $5. Registration: 570-828-2319.

My Fascination with Birds: The Story Behind the Photos, a talk by naturalist Rick Koval of WNEP’s “Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.” Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. March 19. Free. 570-996-1500.

Woodcock Walk, a hike to observe the mysterious woodcock and its spectacular spingtime mating display. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 19. Free. 570-828-2319.

Fire Building, learning primitive and modern fire-making skills including flint and steel fires. Age 10 and older. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon March 26. $5. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Easy Does It Hike, a leisurely walk through the woods to learn about natural history. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. March 26. Free. 570-828-2319.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area. Join Bob Wasilewski of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to seek out species in the park. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch, accessed via First Avenue in Kingston. 8 a.m. March 27. Free. 570-371-3951.