Outdoor Listings: Oct. 19 to 25, 2016

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THIS WEEK: Oct. 19 to 25, 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.

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.

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. 21 and 28. 570-629-3061.

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.

Costa Rican Dreaming, a talk about the biologically rich Central American country which is a true paradise for birdwatchers and naturalists. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Oct. 22. 570-629-3061.

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. $15 one-mile; $30 three-mile. 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.

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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.

Minisink in Autumn, a short hike through Minisink Park bordering the Broadhead and Cherry creeks, followed by hot chocolate and cider. 10 a.m. Oct. 30. Free. Registration: 570-839-1120.

Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Pennsylvania, a talk by biologist Mike Leggiero on the diseases, testing methods and prevention. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Who’s Gonna Hibernate? A session on how Pocono animals cope with winter weather. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Nov. 5. $6. 570-629-3061.

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.

Tree Identification, a two-hour walk through Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg, to learn about trees. 1 p.m. Nov. 6. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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.

Live Mammals, close-up looks at furry friends from the Second Chance Wildlife Center. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Autumn’s Sounds, an auditory ramble through the trails of the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Nov. 12. $6. 570-629-3061.

Public Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour trek on floating platforms to explore the northern boreal bog. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 2 p.m. Nov. 12. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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.

Mystery Birding Trip, a field trip where the destinations and target birds are not revealed until the day of the trip. Meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $24 includes transportation. Bring a lunch and binoculars. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Cancertacular 5K Walk and Run, a fundraiser for local children and their families who are affected by cancer. Memorial Park, Hill Street, Jessup. Nov. 19 with registration 8 to 9:15 a.m., followed by the event. $20. Info at scrantonrunning.com.

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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