Outdoors Listings: June 15 to 21, 2016

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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.

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Amazing GeoRace. Form a team and go on a geocaching adventure solving puzzles, finding containers and earning points while discovering natural and historical features at the sanctuary. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 8:45 a.m. to noon June 25. $40 for team of 4 to 6. Registration: 570-689-9494.

Back Mountain Trail Bike Ride, 10 mostly downhill miles beginning at the Dallas High School, 2030 Conyngham Ave. and ending at Riverfest in Nesbitt Park, Wilkes-Barre. 9:30 a.m. June 25. 570-970-5040.

Get Outdoors Hike, a guided 2.5-mile hike through the Blakeslee Natural Area, a 130-acre preserve. Meet at the lower trailhead off Route 115. 10 a.m. June 25. Free. Registration: 570-839-1120.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre, accessed via First Avenue. 8 a.m. June 26. Free. 570-371-3951.

Wellness in Nature, a practical workshop on the science of self-healing with yoga, meditation, edible plants and medicinal herbs. Lunch provided. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26. $30. Registration (by June 22): 570-689-9494.

Holly Springs Loop Hike, eight moderate miles at the Delware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. June 26. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Frog Frolic. Learn about frogs while gently catching and releasing them. Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon June 26. $5. 570-828-2319.

Fly Fishing on the Brodhead, a hands-on workshop with experts to learn about equipment selection, casting techniques, trout-stream entomology and basic fly tying. ForEvergreen Nature Preserve, Cherry Lane, off Route 191, Analomink. 1 to 4 p.m. June 26. $15. Reservations: 570-424-1514.

Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour trek on floating platforms into the boreal bog environment with unique plant and animal life. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Stroudsburg. 1 p.m. June 26. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Celebration with a Bang, a Family Nature Getaway Weekend with nature hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, fireworks, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. July 1 to 4. $225 includes three nights lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. 570-828-2319.

Basic Kayaking Course, with kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices provided. Tuscarora State Park, 687 Tuscarora Road, Barnesville. 3 p.m. July 2. $10; $3 if you bring your own watercraft and equipment. Registration: 570-467-2506.

Bridge the Gap: Hike and Bike, a bike ride along the McDade Trail followed by a hike. All equipment and transportation provided along with snacks. Bring a lunch. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9. Free. Registration: 570-828-2319.

Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, a presentation by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center who brings along a golden eagle, a peregrine falcon and saw-whet owl. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. July 9. Free. 570-996-1500.

Summer Pond Paddle, with instructions for beginners on paddling a canoe or kayak. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 10. $5. Call to reserve a boat. 570-828-2319.

Walk for Kids’ Sake, a 5K run or Fun Walk to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of The Bridge. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. July 16. $20; $10 children. 570-824-8756.

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle, with instructions for beginners on paddling a canoe or kayak. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 16. Free. Call to reserve a boat. 570-828-2319.

Dragonfly Walk, a search through the fields and around the ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 23. $5. 570-828-2319.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre, accessed via First Avenue. 8 a.m. July 24. Free. 570-371-3951.

Sunday for Singles. Explore nature while meeting new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 24. Free. 570-828-2319.

Edible and Medicinal Walk, a hike focused on food and natural remedies provided by nature. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 30. $5. 570-828-2319.

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle. Beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 31. Free. 570-828-2319.

Kayak Day on the Susquehanna River, a three-hour paddle from Lime Ridge to Bloomsburg with a pit stop on a private island for a cookout. Meet 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at Town Park, off Market Street, Bloomsburg, for a shuttle to Lime Ridge. $50 includes kayak, t-shirt (for early sign-ups) and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. 570-784-5530 or bte.org.

Bike Ride, 8 to 10 miles along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail in Shickshinny. Meet at the Shickshinny Boat Launch trailhead. Followed by food, activities and an antique car show at the Shickshinny Forward Festival. 9:30 a.m. Aug. 6. 570-970-5040.

Perseid Meteor Shower. Join us for one or both evenings to watch the annual light show with a bonfire if it’s chilly. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13. Free. 570-967-7275.

Miles for Michael 5K, the 18th annual run and Fun Walk held during the Pittston Tomato Festival on Main Street. Aug. 20 with registration 8:30 a.m. at the Pittston YMCA, 10 N. Main St. and event at 10 a.m. Online registration at runsignup.com.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre, accessed via First Avenue. 8 a.m. Aug. 28. Free. 570-371-3951.

Bike Ride, four miles on the Black Diamond/Lehigh Gorge trails, preceded by a bike safety presentation. Meet at the White Haven South Trailhead parking lot at the end of South Main Street. 1 p.m. Sept. 10. A limited number of bicycles are available. Call 570-714-1953 to reserve.

D&H Distance Run, the ninth annual 13.1-mile “out and back” race on the D&H Rail Trail in Susquehanna County. 9 a.m. Sept. 11. $40. Register at dhdistancerun.com.

Bike Ride, a ten-mile round-trip ride on the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail. Meet at the trailhead on Route 93. 1 p.m. Sept. 25. 570-970-5040.

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