THIS WEEK: July 20 to 26, 2016
Kayaking: Level One, an introductory session for people who have never kayaked before. Meet at Lake Francis, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. July 20. For age 9 and up. $5. Registration: 570-403-2006.
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. 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 7. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.
Kayaking: Level Two, a program expanding on basic kayak skills including what to do in the event of a capsize. Meet at Lake Francis, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 3 p.m. July 20. For age 13 and up. $5. Registration: 570-403-2006.
Insects, a sweep netting to see what summer bug life is present at the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. July 20. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.
Kayaking: Level Three, a paddle around the lake for experienced kayakers. Meet at Lake Francis, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 5:30 p.m. July 20. For age 9 and up. $5. Registration: 570-403-2006.
Lyme Disease: Education and Prevention, with Community Health Nurse Jane Osborn. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. July 22. 570-967-7275.
Butterfly Count. Join the annual North American Butterfly Association’s effort to count butterfly populations. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9:30 a.m. July 23. $5. 570-629-3061.
Sssnakes Alive! Learn about identification and biological roles of area snakes during this illustrated talk which includes live specimens. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. July 23. $6. 570-629-3061.
Stairway Ridge Hike, two guided hikes leading to Stairway Lake atop a ridge in the Delaware State Forest, one a bit steeper and rockier than the other. Meet at the trailhead on Bluestone Boulevard in Westfall Township, Pike County. 10 a.m. July 23. Free. Registration: 570-839-1120.
Native Susquehanna County Snakes, live native specimens with former Ross Park zookeeper John Brunner. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. July 23. 570-967-7275.
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.
Woods Walk on the Paved Path, a walk to the swamp (with no traipsing through the underbrush) to investigate nature along the way. Meet at the intersection of Green and Mount Olivet roads, Frances Slocum State Park, Wyoming. 2 p.m. July 23. 570-696-3525.
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.
Valmont Bog Orchid Walk, two guided talk-and-walk sessions to learn about the globally rare orchids found in the North Branch Land Trust’s sanctuary in Hazleton, led by Bob Sprague of the Native Orchid Conference. Directions given upon registration. July 24 with walks at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $10. Registration: 570-310-1781.
Bear Creek Preserve, seven difficult miles. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10:45 a.m. July 24. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.
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.
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. July 24. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.
Bike the Border of Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1:30 p.m. July 24. Donation. 570-967-7275.
Twilight Paddle, a three-hour kayak trip on the Susquehanna River from Harding to West Pittston, followed by a wine-and-cheese party at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. Meet at the library 3:30 p.m. July 24 for the shuttle to Harding. $50 single kayak; $70 tandem; $20 with your own watercraft. Registration (by July 21): 570-654-9847.