Outdoors Listings: June 22 to 28, 2016

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Head to Lackawanna State Park June 25 for a free introduction to fly fishing.

THIS WEEK: June 22 to 28, 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. Wednesdays through Sept. 7. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

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]

Riverfest, the annual event along the Susquehanna River in Nesbitt Park, Wilkes-Barre with river trips, live music, environmental displays, children’s activities and more. Begins June 24 with a food-truck rally, community mural painting, a reptile and amphibian program (6:30 p.m.) and more. Continues June 25 with an afternoon festival of pony rides, guided nature hikes, kayaking demos, fly casting, music, food, birds of prey (1:30 p.m.) and live mammals (3 p.m.). River trips include West Pittston to Wilkes-Barre 4 to 7:30 p.m. June 24; Harding to Wilkes-Barre 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25; and Wilkes-Barre to Hunlock Creek (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26). Registration: 570-388-6107 or 570-746-9140. More info at riverfrontparks.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Lackawanna State Park Hike, nine moderate miles through the park trails. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. July 3 (call 570-806-1754 for exact meeting time). Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers.

Summertime Greenery on the Farm, a tour of interesting plant species found in the summer forests at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon July 8. $6. 570-992-6161.

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.

Whip-poor-wills, a brief indoor introduction to this elusive member of the Nightjar family followed by a hike to seek out the birds. Flashlights recommended. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8:30 p.m. July 9. Free but registration required. 570-403-2006.

Francis Slocum State Park Hike, six easy miles followed by blueberry picking and a cookout. July 10 (call 570-855-9896 for exact meeting time and place). Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers.

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.

Cathy’s Trail Hike, a two-mile hike through the preserve at the Hauser Nature Center, joined by members of the Nature Conservancy. Meet at Tunkhannock Township Park in Long Pond. 9 a.m. July 13. Free. Followed by a picnic (bring a dish to share). 570-403-2006.

Walk for Kids’ Sake, a 5K run or Fun Walk to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of The Bridge. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. July 16. $20; $10 children. 570-824-8756.

Life Under a Log, an investigation of the communities of living creatures supported by the microhabitats in a rotting log and how the affect the entire forest ecosystem. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. July 16. $6. 570-629-3061.

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.

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. July 16. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Pinchot Trail Hike, nine moderate miles in the Lackawanna State Forest near Thornhurst. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. July 17. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. Bring lunch and water. 570-388-4060.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bear Creek Preserve, seven difficult miles. Meet at the

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.

Edible and Medicinal Walk, a hike focused on food and natural remedies provided by nature. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 30. $5. 570-828-2319.

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle. Beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 31. Free. 570-828-2319.

Kayak Day on the Susquehanna River, a three-hour paddle from Lime Ridge to Bloomsburg with a pit stop on a private island for a cookout. Meet 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at Town Park, off Market Street, Bloomsburg, for a shuttle to Lime Ridge. $50 includes kayak, t-shirt (for early sign-ups) and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. 570-784-5530 or bte.org.

Bike Ride, 8 to 10 miles along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail in Shickshinny. Meet at the Shickshinny Boat Launch trailhead. Followed by food, activities and an antique car show at the Shickshinny Forward Festival. 9:30 a.m. Aug. 6. 570-970-5040.

Perseid Meteor Shower. Join us for one or both evenings to watch the annual light show with a bonfire if it’s chilly. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13. Free. 570-967-7275.

Miles for Michael 5K, the 18th annual run and Fun Walk held during the Pittston Tomato Festival on Main Street. Aug. 20 with registration 8:30 a.m. at the Pittston YMCA, 10 N. Main St. and event at 10 a.m. Online registration 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. Aug. 28. Free. 570-371-3951.

Bike Ride, four miles on the Black Diamond/Lehigh Gorge trails, preceded by a bike safety presentation. Meet at the White Haven South Trailhead parking lot at the end of South Main Street. 1 p.m. Sept. 10. A limited number of bicycles are available. Call 570-714-1953 to reserve.

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.

Bike Ride, a ten-mile round-trip ride on the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail. Meet at the trailhead on Route 93. 1 p.m. Sept. 25. 570-970-5040.

Head to Lackawanna State Park June 25 for a free introduction to fly fishing.
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