THIS WEEK: June 15 to 21, 2016
Bear Creek Hike, a six-mile trek at the Bear Creek Preserve, 47 Rabbit Run Lane, off Route 115, Bear Creek Village. 9 a.m. June 15. Free. 570-403-2006.
Mountain Laurel Hike, one easy mile. Meet at the Shale Pit, Route 487 near Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton. 9 to 10 a.m. June 15. 570-477-7780.
Wednesday Bog Walks, a 2.5-hour trek on floating platforms into the unique environment of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Stroudsburg. 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 7. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.
Learn to Build a Pollinator-Friendly Garden, a two-session workshop with Penn State Master Gardeners. Part 1 is basic instruction followed part 2’s hands-on gardening. Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area, Green Ridge section of Scranton between Green Ridge and East Market streets. 6 p.m. June 15 and 16. Free but reservations required. 570-963-6730.
Breeding Birds at the Farm, an early morning bird walk to seek out songbirds at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 7 to 9 a.m. June 16. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.
Silver Creek Fire Tower Hike, nine difficult miles exploring the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park, 687 Tuscarora Park Road, Barnesville. 10 a.m. June 16. Meet at the park’s visitor parking lot. Bring a lunch; leashed dogs welcome. 570-467-2506.
Volunteer Workday. Join in an evening of landscaping, litter cleanup and trail work at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 6 p.m. June 16. Registration: 403-2006.
Susquehanna River Sojourn. Explore 46 miles of the North Branch while paddling from Shickshinny to Sunbury from June 17 to 19. Take the entire trip or select days. $65 per day includes meals, campsites, programs, entertainment and t-shirt. Registration: 570-522-7229 or susquehannagreenway.org.
Discover Ricketts Hike, two easy miles on the Grand View Trail to see the mountain laurel in bloom. Meet at the Shale Pit, Route 487 near Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton. 1 to 3 p.m. June 17. 570-477-7780.
Basic Kayaking Course, with kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices provided. Tuscarora State Park, 687 Tuscarora Road, Barnesville. 5 p.m. June 17 and 24. $10; $3 if you bring your own watercraft and equipment. Registration: 570-467-2506.
Living with White-Tail Deer: The Truth About Lyme Disease, learning about deer biology, management strategies and the effect of deer browse on forest health along with historical aspects of Lyme disease. Lunch provided. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18. $15. Registration: 570-689-9494.
Dating Our Hemlocks, a walk with forester Jim Kessler to learn about the park’s giant hemlocks. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. June 18. Free. 570-967-7275.
Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle, a free paddle with instruction for beginners. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon June 18 and 25. Call to reserve a boat. 570-828-2319.
Summer Solstice Celebration, with afternoon demos and stories around a bonfire in the evening. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. June 18. Free. 570-967-7275.
Vosburg Hike, six moderate miles through the Tunkhannock preserve. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 11:45 a.m. June 19. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-406-3173.
Pond Explorers. Collect fish, macro-invertebrates, amphibians and more for up-close study. Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. June 19. $5. Registration: 570-828-2319.
Keystone Active Zone Passport, the 10th year of the program which attempts to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get active outside while exploring nearby parks, trails and outdoor events. To participate, sign up at KAZpassport.org, visit as many of the passport stops through Oct. 1 and log them in to win prizes. More info at 570-714-1953.