Outdoors Listings: May 25 to 31, 2016

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THIS WEEK: May 25 to 31, 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. 1 p.m. May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Stargazing at Keystone, astronomical programs including an illustrated lecture followed by telescope observations of the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Thomas G. Cupillari ‘60 Astronomical Observatory, Keystone College, La Plume. 7:30 p.m. May 25 and 27. 570-945-8402.

Spring Fling Family Nature Getaway Weekend, with interpretive hikes, animal presentations, canoeing, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. May 27 to 30. $225 includes three nights lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Guided Bird Walk with conservation volunteer Jonathan DeBalko. Meet at the wooden bridge by the main parking lot near the park office at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 a.m. May 28. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Birding Walk, through state gamelands #35 in Hallstead. Meet in the rear parking lot of McDonald’s Restaurant, Route 11 in Hallstead. 8 a.m. May 28. 570-663-2621.

Veterans Hike, an easy one-mile guided nature hike for veterans and their families. Meet at the park office, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. May 28. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Family Nature Walk along the Lakeshore Trail to Turtle Pond. Meet at Pavilion #3, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 4 p.m. May 28. 570-696-3525.

Native American Stories, tales told by the park naturalist. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 7 p.m. May 28. 570-696-3525.

Frances Slocum Trail Walk, the tale of the young girl kidnapped by Indians told while hiking to the historic rock shelter where she spent a night. Meet just before the boat-rental parking lot, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 1 p.m. May 29. 570-696-3525.

Bike the Border of Friends Land and Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1:30 p.m. May 29. Bring an item for the local food bank. 570-967-7275.

Interesting Amphibians, learn about frogs, toads and salamanders while viewing live specimens. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 7 p.m. May 29. 570-696-3525.

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.

FUTURE

Meditation Hike, a guided sensory-awareness hike with Bernadette Kozlowski of Light Your Fire Meditation. Beginners welcome. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 1. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Sand Spring/Hickory Run Hike, a two-mile loop to celebrate National Trails Day. Meet at the park office, Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, White Haven. 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 4. Free. 570-443-0400.

Family Scavenger Hunt. Find a list of natural objects and win a prize. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. June 4. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Volunteer Trail Maintenance. Help to clean up the Fireline Trail in honor of National Trails Day. Meet at the trailhead, approximately two miles west of Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, White Haven. Noon to 2 p.m. June 4. Registration: 570-443-0400.

Summer Pond Paddle. Beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. June 4. $5. Call to reserve a boat. 570-828-2319.

Star Party, telescope instruction followed by stargazing in a nearby field. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 8 p.m. June 4. $5. 570-967-7275.

Prompton State Park Hike, nine moderate miles. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 315 near Oak Street, Dupont. 9:45 a.m. June 5. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-346-8010.

Let’s Grow! A presentation on pollinators and native plantings followed by hands-on planting in the park garden. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. June 5. $10. 570-967-7275.

Canoe/Kayak Trip at the Bog, a three-hour paddling trip into the Bog Preserve on Cranberry Creek. Provide your own watercraft and meet at the Bog parking lot, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. June 9. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Basic Kayaking Course, with kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices provided. Tuscarora State Park, 687 Tuscarora Road, Barnesville. 4 p.m. June 10. $10; $3 if you bring your own watercraft and equipment. Registration: 570-467-2506.

Birding at Frances Slocum, a leisurely walk through the park to seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 8:30 a.m. June 11. Free. 570-675-9900.

Bridge the Gap: Day Paddle along the Delaware River on canoe or kayak. Bring lunch and water, and dress for the weather. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11. Free. Registration: 570-828-2319.

Kayak Demos, brief excursions on Lake Frances in park kayaks for persons who are thinking of buying one but would like to investigate the pros and cons of specific models. Kayak experience required. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon June 11. Age 9 and older. Free. 570-403-2006.

Twitter, Tweets and (Bird) Talk, how to identify the whimsical sounds of native songbirds on a stroll around the park with birder Evan Mann. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. June 11. $5. 570-967-7275.

Lacawac Nature Fest, a day of outdoor fun with environmental presentations and displays, nature walks, obstacle course and children’s activities. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11. 570-689-9494.

Kayaking: Level I, an introductory course for those who’ve never kayaked. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 to 2 p.m. June 11. Age 9 and older. Registration: 570-403-2006.

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. 2 p.m. June 11. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Bear Mountain Hike, a difficult trek with steep climbs and rock scrambles at Storm King State Park and Bear Mountain. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 315 near Oak Street, Dupont. 8:45 a.m. June 12. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk, a hike focusing on nature’s natural remedies and wild edibles. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. June 12. $5. 570-828-2319.

Safe Boating Class, a two-part certification course for age 12 and older, offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla. American Legion, 4907 Memorial Highway, Harveys Lake. 6 to 10 p.m. June 14 and 15. $25. Registration: 570-332-0146.

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.

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.

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 (by June 1): 570-522-7229 or susquehannagreenway.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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