THIS WEEK: June 22 to 28, 2016
Inspired by the River: An Artist River Tour, a leisurely six-mile paddle on a scenic stretch of the Susquehanna River from Harding to West Pittston with stops along the way to sketch, draw or photograph nature. Meet on the West Pittston River Common 9 a.m. June 24 for a shuttle to the Apple Tree Boat Launch in Harding. Held in conjunction with the annual Riverfest Celebration in Nesbitt Park. Registration: 570-388-6107 or [email protected]
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.
Family Fly Fishing, an introduction to the sport with no cost, fishing license or equipment needed. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at Lackawanna State Park, 1839 N. Abington Road, North Abington Township. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25. Register on line at gonefishingpa.com or call 570-477-2206.
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.
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 25. Call to reserve a boat. 570-828-2319.
Pocono Otters, a program about the playful river otters and threats to their population. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. June 25. $6; $4 children. 570-629-3061.
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.
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.
Head to Lackawanna State Park June 25 for a free introduction to fly fishing.