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Outdoors

By Mary Therese Biebel

September 5, 2013

THIS WEEK: Sept. 6 to 12, 2013


Guided Bird Walk, a morning stroll with park volunteer Dave Kruel. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 a.m. Saturday. 403-2006.


Zombie Run and Disaster Preparedness Day, a three-mile trail and pavement run with physical obstacles including zombies. Test Track Park, Berwick. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by Berwick Area United Way and Total Survival. $60 runners; $25 zombies. Register at neparunner.com. 594-1356.


Varden Conservation Day, with live birds of prey, guided interpretive hikes, Kids Fishing Derby, scavenger hunts, homemade ice cream, fiddle music, displays, wild edible plants and tree identification walks. Varden Conservation Area, Tannery Access Road, off Route 296, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 676-0567.


Kayaking: Level Three, a paddle on Brady’s Lake for experienced kayakers. Meet at the lake parking lot, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 10 a.m. Saturday. Reservations: 403-2006.


Hike to the Top, a discovery hike with some off-trail exploring in search of clear views. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


Monarch Madness, search fields and forest for the brightly colored caterpillars that will become the monarch butterfly. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. $5. 828-2319.


Mount Tammany Hike, eight difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Half-Marathon Distance Run, the sixth annual out-and-back 13.1-mile race along the D&H Rail Trail from Forest City to Union Dale. Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Registration: 679-9300.


Race for Our Lady of Constantinople, a 5K Run and Fun Walk from the Old Forge High School Football Stadium to the Chapel of Our Lady, 145 Third Ave., Old Forge. 9 a.m. Sunday. $15 advance; $20 day of event. Call 489-0178 for an application.


End-of-Summer Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour trek to explore the northern boreal bog. Meet at the parking lot of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 1 p.m. Sunday. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


Trees: A Nature Walk, a two-hour easy walk to explore the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve in Thompson. Meet at the parking lot, Route 171 and Stack Road. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 727-2385.


Broad Mountain Hike, eight miles through Lehigh Gorge State Park to a scenic overlook of the Lehigh River. Meet at the DCNR parking lot, Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly. 9 a.m. Thursday. Free. 403-2006.


Tannersville Cranberry Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with novel plant and insect life. Meet at the Bog parking lot, 166 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and outdoor events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and win prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 823-2191.


FUTURE


The Pinnacle Hike, nine difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 8:45 a.m. Sept. 15. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 654-9617.


Wilderness Skills, techniques required to survive in the wilderness including fire by friction, cordage, plant uses and dart throwing. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


Full Moon Hike in the Bog, a 2.5-hour guided tour of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Bring a flashlight. Meet at the Bog parking lot, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. $6. Reservations: 629-3061.


Women’s Wellness Weekend, a relaxing getaway with healthy meals, staff-led activities, wine-and-cheese social, archery, canoeing, yoga, tai chi, high ropes, hiking, massage and more. Camp Kresge, 382 Camp Kresge Lane, White Haven. Sept. 20 to 22 with check in 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and check out 11 a.m. on Sunday. 823-2191.


Game On! Learn about the environment by playing Animalopoly, Plants and Predators and Orienteering. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Donation. 945-3239.


Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the annual run through downtown Scranton to benefit breast cancer. Sept. 21 with registration 6:30 a.m. at 131 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, survivor breakfast at 7:15 a.m. and race at 8:30 a.m. Register online at komennepa.org or call 969-6072.


September Sojourn Hike, a three-to-four-mile moderate loop hike on Big Dam Ridge to Little Falls Trail with two stream crossings. Trekking poles and waterproof boots suggested. Meet at the Hemlock Hill area in Lower Lake Campground beyond the gate by the water tower. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 9 a.m. Sept. 21. 676-0567.


Bike ‘n Bonfire, a bike tour of the roads bordering the park following by a campfire under the full moon. Bring a snack to share. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. 945-3239.


Skyline Trail Hike, a three-mile guided trek on trails at Hickory Run State Park in White Haven. Meet at the Gould Trailhead lot, one mile west of the park office on Route 534. 9 a.m. Sept. 25. Free. 403-2006.


National Public Lands Day, a park cleanup including landscaping, trail trimming, litter pickup and work in the nature classroom. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. Sept. 28. Registration: 403-2006.


Astronomy for Beginners, basic instruction on stargazing through a telescope. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. 945-3239.


Stony Creek Hike, eight difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sear’s Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. Sept. 29. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 283-1312.


Fall Foliage Hike, an easy two-mile trek on Snow Shanty Loop in the Delaware State Forest. Sturdy footwear suggested. Meet at the Snow Shanty Boat Launch, off Pickerel Point Road. Promised Land State Park, Greentown. 9 a.m. Oct. 5. 676-0567.


Falling Leaves Family Nature Getaway Weekend, with interpretive hikes, animal presentations, square dance, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Oct. 5 to 8. $205 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


Golden Eagle Hike, nine difficult miles with stream crossings. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Luzerne National Bank parking lot, Routes 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 6. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Game On! Learn about the environment by playing Animalopoly, Plants and Predators and Orienteering. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Donation. 945-3239.


Worlds End Hike, eight difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 13. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 388-6553.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, a 5K event to benefit the American Cancer Society. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 19 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and walk at 9:30 a.m. 562-9749 or makingstrideswalk.org/wyomingvalley.


Hemlock Mountain and Pine Creek Vistas Hike, nine difficult miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 20. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 735-4359.


Benjamin August Memorial Run and Walk, a three-mile course through South Wilkes-Barre beginning at Northampton Street with a finish on the River Common. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Oct. 20 with registration at 9:15 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $17 before Oct. 7; $20 thereafter. 824-4646.


Woodburne Forest Hike, five moderate miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 11:45 a.m. Oct. 27. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979.


Game On! Learn about the environment by playing Animalopoly, Plants and Predators and Orienteering. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Donation. 945-3239.