THIS WEEK: July 6 to 12, 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.
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.
Discover Ricketts Hike, three difficult miles on the upper portion of Old Beaver Dam Road Trail to Ganoga Falls. Park and meet at the Shale Pit, off Route 487, Benton. 1 to 3 p.m. July 8. 570-477-7780.
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.
Unearth Your Inner Artist, drawing basics using graphite and colored pencils including an outdoor session to capture nature’s beauty with assisted landscape drawing. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9. $25. Reservations: 570-689-9494.
Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, a presentation by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center who brings along raptors such as a golden eagle, a peregrine falcon and saw-whet owl and more. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. July 9. Free. Tickets at 570-996-1500.
Critters in the Creek, searching for crayfish, stoneflies, minnows and other creatures in the stream. Meet in the parking lot near Pavilion #1, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 2 p.m. July 9. 570-696-3525.
Mammals of Pennsylvania, a talk by the park naturalist using taxidermy mounts, furs and skulls. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 7 p.m. July 9. 570-696-3525.
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.
Historical Kayak Trip, the third annual 12-mile paddle from the Falls boat launch to West Pittston. Meet 9 a.m. July 10 along the West Pittston river bank near the Water Street Bridge for a shuttle to the launch site. Includes a stop at one of the islands for a brief historical presentation by Jan Lokuta, then on to the Frances Dorrance Archaeological dig site at Coxton Yard in Duryea for a tour and picnic lunch. $80 tandem kayak rental; $65 single; $30 bring your own; picnic included. Register at 570-388-6107 or kayaktheriver.com.
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.
Francis Slocum State Park Hike, six easy miles followed by blueberry picking at Smith’s Farm and a cookout. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 12:45 p.m. July 10. Bring a dish to share. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-855-9896.
Explore Archery! A basic introductory session for age 12 and older. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 1 to 3 p.m. July 10.; 2 p.m. July 30. All equipment provided. Registration: 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.
‘Close Encounters with Birds of Prey,’ a presentation by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center who brings along raptors such as a golden eagle, a peregrine falcon and saw-whet owl and more. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. July 9. Free. Tickets at 570-996-1500.