Outdoor Listings: Aug. 3 to 9, 2016

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will present a program on ‘The Osprey and Peregrine Falcon’ Aug. 10 at the Northeast Region Office in Dallas.

THIS WEEK: Aug. 3 to 9, 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 Sept. 7. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Adult Nature Weekend, with interpretive hikes, canoeing, waterfall tours, animal presenters, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Aug. 5 to 7. Age 21 and older. $195 includes two nights lodging and six meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319 or peec.org.

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.

Damsels and Dragons, learning about the natural history of these winged wonders. Environmental Education Center, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 1 p.m. Aug. 6. 570-696-9105.

Wildlife Rehab, a presentation of rescued animals by representatives from Second Chance Wildlife. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 7 p.m. Aug. 6. 570-696-9105.

Ricketts Glen Hike, seven difficult miles on the Falls Trail. Meet in the lower parking lot of Ricketts Glen State Park, Route 118, Sweet Valley. 11:45 a.m. Aug. 7. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-457-0527.

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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Backyard Composting, a Master Gardener’s presentation. Bear Creek Community Charter School, 30 Charter School Way. 1 p.m. Aug. 10. $5. 570-825-1701.

The Osprey and Peregrine Falcon, a program by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on two of the state’s most charismatic birds of prey. Game Commission Northeast Region Office, 3917 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Aug. 10. 570-675-1143.

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.

Bridge the Gap: Tumbling Waters Hike, a three-mile loop with a waterfall and scenic overlook of the Delaware River Valley. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 13. Free. 570-828-2319.

Butterfly Walk, a search through the fields and around the ponds for butterflies and dragonflies. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 13. $5. 570-828-2319.

Close Encounters with Live Birds of Prey, including eagles, owls, falcons and hawks from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 13. $10, $3 children. 570-689-9494.

Frog Frenzy, learning about amphibians while gently catching and releasing them. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 13. $5. 570-828-2319.

Public Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with unique plant and animal life. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 2 p.m. Aug. 13. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3060.

Star Party, an indoor presentation followed by outdoor stargazing through telescopes. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 p.m. Aug. 13. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Skywatch, a PowerPoint presentation followed by outdoor stargazing through telescopes. Pavilion #3, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 9 p.m. Aug. 13. Not suitable for young children. 570-696-9105.

Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk and Run, the annual fundraiser for Help Line. Anderson Sports & Health Complex, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Aug. 14 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and race at 9:30 a.m. $25. Register online at paulyfriedmanwalkrun.eventbrite.com.

Ricketts Glen Hike, seven difficult miles on the Bulldozer Trail including steep inclines. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway (Route 309). 10:45 a.m. Aug. 14. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-388-4060.

Pine Hill Trail Loop, a six-mile trek through Hickory Run State Park in White Haven. Meet at the park office and bring water and a snack. 9 a.m. Aug. 16. Free. 570-403-2006.

Tree Leaf ID, a talk on tree identification while exploring the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17. $6. Registration: 570-629-3060.

Full Moon Hike, followed by a campfire with snacks and stories. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 8 p.m. Aug. 18. 570-967-7275.

Golden Day Out, a day geared for retirees and senior citizens beginning with a leisurely morning two-mile hike, followed by lunch (provided) and an introductory kayak paddle on Lake Frances. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19. $10. Reservations: 570-403-2006.

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.

Rewild Your Body, a program on reaching optimum wellness by exploring the health benefits of nature. Included: a 45-minute outdoor Pilates session (bring a mat). Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Refreshments served. $14. Reservations: 570-629-3060.

Mushrooms and Mycelia, an illustrated talk followed by a walk on the park trails in search of fungi. Bring a bag lunch. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. Aug. 20. $5. 570-967-7275.

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle, a free boat paddle with instructions for beginners. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20. Call to reserve a boat. 570-828-2319.

Early Evening Nature Walk, along the short Hilltop Loop to look for interesting plants and creatures along the way. Meet in the small parking area at the top of Green Road, outside Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 6 p.m. Aug. 20. 570-696-9105.

Nature at Night, a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars and enjoy the “music of the night.” Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $5. 570-828-2319.

Ricketts Glen Hike, 10 moderate miles on the Cherry Run Trail. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway (Route 309). 8:45 a.m. Aug. 21. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

Edible and Medicinal Walk, to seek out natural plant remedies. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21. $5. 570-828-2319.

Geology Hike, to talk about rocks, fossils, glacial deposits and what makes the park unique. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21. $5. 570-828-2319.

Public Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with unique plant and animal life. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 1 p.m. Aug. 21. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3060.

Volunteer Workday. Help out with landscaping, litter cleanup or trail work at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Explore the Weiss Property, a walk through the meadow habitat at this recently acquired property. Meet at the parking lot of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 6 p.m. Aug. 23. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3060.

Pond Explorers, collecting fish, macro-invertebrates, amphibians and more for up-close study. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27. $5. 570-828-2319.

Wild Mushroom Walk with representatives from the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to noon. $10. Registration: 570-689-9494.

PARS at Kettle Creek. Help to count the salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles and snakes at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, and report the results to the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27. $6. 570-629-3060.

Sssnake!! Jeannie Carl of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center bring live snakes to the Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 7 p.m. Aug. 27. 570-696-9105.

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.

Pinnacle Hike, nine difficult miles at the Hamburg Reservoir. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street in Wilkes-Barre. 8:45 a.m. Aug. 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

Bridge the Gap: 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 Aug. 28. Free. Call to reserve a boat. 570-828-2319.

Sunday for Singles. Explore nature while meeting new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 28. Free. 570-828-2319.

Salt Springs Celebration, with music, activities for all ages, hikes, demonstrations, quilt show, silent auction and exhibits. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Sept. 3. 570-967-7275.

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.

Bird Watching on the Water, an early morning paddle on Lake Lacawac with the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society members. Followed by a bagel breakfast in the historic Watres Lodge. Boats and lifejackets provided. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 17. $15. Registration: 570-689-9494.

Left Side Loop Hike, 5.5 difficult miles on the Joe Gmiter Trail. Meet at the abandoned bank, Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. 11:45 a.m. Sept. 18. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

Historic Watres Paddle, a guided paddle on Lake Lacawac to learn about Lacawac’s 50-year history. Boats and lifejackets provided. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24. $15. Registration: 570-689-9494.

Monument Trail Hike, eight moderate-to-difficult miles at High Point State Park. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. 9:45 a.m. Sept. 25. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

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.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will present a program on ‘The Osprey and Peregrine Falcon’ Aug. 10 at the Northeast Region Office in Dallas.
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