Outdoor Listings: Oct. 12 to 18, 2016

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THIS WEEK: Oct. 12 to 18, 2016

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 Nov. 2. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Fall Photography Weekend. Explore the beauty of autumn with renowned photographer John Barclay to learn about exposure, composition and more. Geared towards DSLR-type cameras. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Oct. 14 to 16. $290 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Project Owlnet, a saw-whet owl-banding program open to the public on Friday nights at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28. 570-629-3061.

Signs of Fall, a hike to discover the science behind the fall season, changes in animal behavior and why leaves turn colors. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15. $5. 570-828-2319.

White-Tailed Deer, a talk about the deer’s lifestyle, feeding habits and interactions with humans. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Oct. 15. $6. 570-629-3061.

Evolution of the Grey Towers Landscape: Autumn in Cornelia’s Gardens, a guided walk through the landscape to observe native shrubs, Japanese maples and European Copper Beeches. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Registration: 570-296-9630.

Shuman Point Hike, a three-mile jaunt to explore the Shuman Point Natural Area on Lake Wallenpaupack. Meet at the Shuman Point parking area, Route 590, Hawley at 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Free. Registration: 570-839-1120.

Getting Ready for Winter, strategies that animals use to survive the winter months. Environmental Education Building, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 1 p.m. Oct. 15. 570-969-9105.

Full Moon Hike, followed by a campfire with snacks and stories. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Donation. 570-967-7275.

Bridge the Gap: Hike and Bike, a bike ride along the McDade Trail followed by a hike. All equipment and transportation provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16. Free. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Bog Day, free explorations of the northern boreal bog with a floating boardwalk. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Stroudsburg. Oct. 16 with a walk “Exploring the Bryson Tract” 10 a.m. to noon; and Boardwalk Walks at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Salt Springs State Park Hike, six moderate miles on the park trails in Franklin Forks. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center on Memorial Highway. Bring lunch and water. 10:45 a.m. Oct. 16. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-346-8010.

Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and 5K Family Dog Woods Walk, winding through 550 acres of wooded nature trails at Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 11 a.m. Oct. 16. 570-689-9494 or lacawac.org.

Monarch Migration and Milkweed, all about the butterfly’s life cycle, their long journey to Mexico and the importance of milkweed to their existence. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Oct. 16. $5. 570-967-7275.

Full Moon Walk, a moderate, two-mile walk followed by a campfire with appetizers, snacks and beverages. Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Village. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16. $10. Registration: 570-310-1781.

Full Moon Paddle around Brady’s Lake to listen and watch for nocturnal animals. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 6 p.m. Oct. 16. $8. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Hiking Series, four difficult miles on the Mount Yeager Trail. Meet at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. Oct. 18, followed by a pot-luck lunch. Bring a dish to share. 570-403-2006.

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Nature’s Bounty, a hike to observe the natural world in the autumn. Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 19. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Being Prepared: Overnight Survival, how to make the best of an unintended night in the outdoors. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Golden Hawk Watch, a one-to-two mile walk to the Council Cup Overlook to spend an afternoon learning about the fall raptor migration. Bring a lunch or snack. Meet at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums to carpool to the site. 11 a.m. Oct. 21. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Stretch and Sketch, a hike-and-draw session with artist-in-residence Heidi VanLeuven. No experience necessary; age 16 and older. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 22. $10 includes a sketch kit. Registration: 570-689-9494.

Laurel Hill Cemetery Walk, with readings introducing visitors to some of the buried individuals. Also: gravestone symbolism, epitaphs and restoration efforts. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 11 a.m. Oct. 22. Registration: 570-296-9630.

Live Bats: Fact or Fiction, understanding the benefits provided by bats with naturalist Susan Gallagher. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. Oct. 22. Free Halloween candy for the children. 570-675-9900.

Jack-O-Lantern Jog, a three-mile run and one-mile fun run for children age 5 and older along the Luzerne County National Recreation Trail, followed by family fun including games for children, basket raffle and desserts. Greater Pittston YMCA, 10 N. Main St. Oct. 23 with registration at 7:30 a.m. and event at 9:30 a.m. Costumes recommended. $10 one-mile; $25 three-mile until Oct. 15; $15 and $30 thereafter. Register 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. Oct. 23, Nov. 27, Dec. 25 and Jan. 22. Free. 570-371-3951.

Levee Walk, six easy miles along the Susquehanna River levee. Meet at the Church Street parking lot in Kingston. Bring a snack and water. 12:45 p.m. Oct. 23. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-388-4060.

Sunday for Singles. Explore nature while meeting new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Free. 570-828-2319.

Last Fall Footsteps, the last hike of the season along Deer Trail to look for birds, animals and interesting plants. Meet at the Environmental Education Building, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 1 p.m. Oct. 23. 570-696-9105.

Autumn Evening with Bats, including how white-nose syndrome affects bats, the importance of bat conservation and listening to echolocation calls of bats as they are recorded using acoustic monitoring. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $5. Registration: 570-689-9494.

Golden Eagle Trail Hike, nine difficult miles at Tiadaghton State Forest. Meet at the bank parking lot at the corner of routes 29 and 118. Bring lunch and water. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 30. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-806-1754.

Prompton State Park Hike, nine moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 6. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-346-8010.

Natural Creations Workshop. Get ready for the holiday season with an afternoon of using natural materials collected from the forest to create a variety of gifts, decorations, wreaths, gift tags, ornaments and more. Bear Creek Preserve, 47 Rabbit Run Lane, Bear Creek. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 6. $10. Registration: 570-310-1781.

Night Hike, one mile on the Wood Frog Loop at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 6 p.m. Nov. 8. 570-403-2006.

Stoney Creek Hike, eight difficult miles. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 13. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-283-1312.

River of Rocks Hike, seven moderate miles at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 20. $9 entrance fee required. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

Thousand Steps Hike, eight difficult miles at Glen Onoko Falls, Lehigh Gorge State Park. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 27. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-806-1754.

Tubs Natural Area Hike, five moderate miles (with an optional three extra miles). Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11:45 a.m. Dec. 4. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-457-0527.

Local Waterfowl, a birding trip for beginners and experienced birders with most birding done from your auto. Guided by Jon Thomas of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Weis Market parking lot, Route 29, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. Dec. 10. Free. Registration: 570-586-3702.

Francis Walter Dam Hike, five difficult miles. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11:45 a.m. Dec. 11. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

Cherry Run Trail Hike, six moderate miles at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 10:45 a.m. Dec. 18. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-388-4060.

First Day Hike, two to three miles through the various habitat zones at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Meet 1 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Visitor Center. Free. Registration: 570-474-5884.

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