Outdoor Listings: Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2016

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THIS WEEK: Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2016

Bog Walk, 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. Sept. 28. $6. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Bird Banding, learning the basics including how to catch birds and why avian research is so important. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Mountain Top Rotary 5K, beginning and ending at Wright Township Park and coursing through South Main Road and Deerfield Acres. Free refreshments to all participants. Oct. 1 with registration 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and race at 9 a.m. $25 until Sept. 28; $30 thereafter. Online registration at racemenu.com/rotary5k.

Self-Guided Monroe County Farm Tour, to connect consumers with local producers and to learn about farm management. Sponsored by the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1. Brochures and map aavailable at mcconservation.org. A 13-passenger bus will be available for non-drivers leaving at 8:15 a.m. from the environmental education center. $15. Reservations: 570-629-3060.

Fall Foliage Paddle, for age 10 and older. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Call to reserve a kayak. 570-676-0567.

The Secrets of Squirrels, with environmental educator Karen N. Boyle. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Oct. 1. $6. 570-629-3061.

Hawk Identification Workshop, identifying raptors by size, shape and patterns of movement. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. Oct. 1. $5. 570-967-7275.

Fall Foliage Hike, two difficult miles with tree identification along the way. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 1 p.m. Oct. 1. 570-676-3428.

Star Party, viewing the night sky from a field. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $5. 570-967-7275.

Watkin’s Glen Hike, eight difficult miles at the New York waterfall site. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center on Memorial Highway. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 2. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

Birds of Prey Migration, a day of raptor watching at Sunrise Mountain. Dress in layers and bring a folding chair, binoculars and snacks. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2. $15. Call 570-828-2319 to reserve a seat in the van.

From Apples to Cider. Bring apples (10-lb. limit) and an empty jug and run them through a cider press to go home with fresh cider. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 2 p.m. Oct. 2. $5. 570-967-7275.

Sunset Hike, 2.5 easy miles past the Brooks Estate and into the family cemetery. Varden Conservation Area, 1100 Mid Valley Road, Lake Ariel. 5 p.m. Oct. 4. 570-676-3428.

Fall Gardening Tips, with Master Gardener Sandy Visintainer. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Registration: 570-474-9313.

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Fall Wildflower Walk, a flower identification hike with naturalist Jane Frye. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Backyard Beekeeping, an overview of the apiary established in January 2015. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6. $25. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Night Hike, one easy mile of hiking in the dark. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. 570-676-3428.

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. 7, 14, 21 and 28. 570-629-3061.

The Big Sit! Join birders from the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society on the rooftop of the Cohen Science Center of Wilkes University, South River Street, Wilkes-Barre, to count bird species. Bring warm clothes, food, drink, sun block and a comfortable chair. Meet in the lobby Oct. 8 at any of the following times for roof access: 6:45, 9 and 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Register by Oct. 6 by emailing [email protected]

Falling Leaves Family Nature Getaway, a weekend of interpretive hikes, animal presentations, square dancing, canoeing, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Oct. 7 to 10. $225 includes three nights lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Birding at Frances Slocum, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Meet at the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8. Free. 570-675-9900.

Sketching Nature, with local scientific illustrator Kelly Finan. No drawing experience necessary. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Oct. 8. $5. Registration: 570-967-7275.

Loyalsock Trail Hike, eight difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center on Memorial Highway. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 9. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-825-7200.

Art in Nature Walk, a peaceful walk in the woods with Deb Dick who talks about how to keep an illustrated nature journal. Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Village. 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 9. $10. Reservations: 570-310-1781.

Nature Photography, a class for beginners. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Oct. 9. $5. 570-967-7275.

Fall Foliage Hike, three moderate miles on the Skyline Trail overlooking the Lehigh Gorge in Hickory Run State Park, White Haven. Meet at the Gould Trail parking area along Route 534. 10 a.m. Oct. 10. Registration: 570-474-5884.

Fall Photography Weekend. Explore the beauty of autumn with renowned photographer John Barclay to learn about exposure, composition and more. Geared towards DSLR-type cameras. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Oct. 14 to 16. $290 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Signs of Fall, a hike to discover the science behind the fall season, changes in animal behavior and why leaves turn colors. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15. $5. 570-828-2319.

Full Moon Hike, followed by a campfire with snacks and stories. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Donation. 570-967-7275.

Bridge the Gap: Hike and Bike, a bike ride along the McDade Trail followed by a hike. All equipment and transportation provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16. Free. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Salt Springs State Park Hike, six moderate miles on the park trails in Franklin Forks. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center on Memorial Highway. Bring lunch and water. 10:45 a.m. Oct. 16. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers. 570-346-8010.

Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and 5K Family Dog Woods Walk, winding through 550 acres of wooded nature trails at Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 11 a.m. Oct. 16. 570-689-9494 or lacawac.org.

Monarch Migration and Milkweed, all about the butterfly’s life cycle, their long journey to Mexico and the importance of milkweed to their existence. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Oct. 16. $5. 570-967-7275.

Full Moon Walk, a moderate, two-mile walk followed by a campfire with appetizers, snacks and beverages. Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Village. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16. $10. Registration: 570-310-1781.

Hiking Series, four difficult miles on the Mount Yeager Trail. Meet at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. Oct. 18, followed by a pot-luck lunch. Bring a dish to share. 570-403-2006.

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.

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. $10 one-mile; $25 three-mile until Oct. 15; $15 and $30 thereafter. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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