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Outdoors Listings March 29 to April 4, 2013


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THIS WEEK: MARCH 29 to April 4, 2013

Sounds of a Spring Night, an indoor session followed by an outdoor walk. Bring a flashlight. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Live Native Animals. Get up close and personal with native birds, reptiles and mammals of the Pocono Wildlife Rehab Center. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


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Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K Race and Fun Walk on the old railroad bed of the Delaware and Lackawanna Railroad along the Suquehanna River. Registration Pavilion, Oak and North Canal streets, Shickshinny. April 6 with registration 9 to 10 a.m. and event at 10:15 a.m. $20. Tee-shirts to the first 200 entrants. 542-7946.


Raised Bed Gardening, a session with Master Gardener Mary Ann Miller. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to noon April 6. $5. Registration: 825-1701.


Seeing Change, a nature walk to looks for seasonal changes in the ecosystem of the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 6. $5. 629-3061.


Fight for Air. Raise funds for the American Lung Association by climbing 1,224 steps of the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. April 6 with registration at noon and climb at 1 p.m. $25 entry fee plus a minimum of $100 in donations. 823-2212 or action.lung.org.


Spring Waterfalls, a trip to some of the scenic waterfalls in the region. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. April 6. $20 includes van transportation. Reservations: 828-2319.


Frank Gantz Trail Hike, 8.5 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. April 7. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Trip, a two-day trip to one of Delaware’s premier waterfowl and shorebird sites. Sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. April 10 and 11. Call 586-3702 for details.


Hummingbirds on Parade, fascinating and fun facts about these tiny birds. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 6 to 7 p.m. April 11. Free. 675-9900.


Chainsaw Day. Volunteer to cut and clear winter debris. Free food and T-shirts. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 9 a.m. April 13. Registration: 967-7275.

Salamanders, Frogs and More! Explore nearby breeding pools for egg masses. Nets and collection jars provided for gentle, up-close study. Wear boots and old clothes. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. April 13 and 28. $5. 828-2319.


Peeper Search. Listen to the impressive choir of these tiny tree frogs while carefully catching, studying and releasing them. Bring a flashlight. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8 to 9 p.m. April 13. $5. 828-2319.


Bruce Lake Natural Area Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 10:45 a.m. April 14. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 814-2803.

Trees: Celebrating Their Importance for Wildlife and People, a talk by Service Forester Ben Hardy who gives tips on improving habitats for birds and wildlife. Sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. April 15. Free. 479-0400.


Amphibian Walk, a short introduction followed by a walk in search of eggs, tadpoles, salamanders, newts, frogs and toads. Hosted by naturalist Rick Koval at the Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 6 to 8 p.m. April 17. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


Plant for Conservation, a talk with forester Vincent Cotrone to learn how planting certain native trees can help improve water quality and provide benefits for local wildlife and the aquatic community. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 6 to 8 p.m. April 17. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. April 20 and May 18. Free. 675-9900.


Earth Day Celebration, a cleanup session around the greenhouses and barns at The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20. Wear gloves and bring rakes and shovels. 888-887-7811.


Fishing Tackle Loaner Day, first come first served basis. Bring your own bait. Driver’s license required to sign out equipment. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon April 20. Free. 403-2006.


Art in Nature, a workshop on using clay pots and moss to create living wreaths. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 9 a.m. to noon April 20. $25. Registration: 842-1506.


MetroCast Giving Back 5K Run and Walk, to benefit local organizations involved in the prevention of teenage suicide, bullying and child abuse. Summerhill Volunteer Fire Company, 422 Summerhill Road, Berwick. April 20 with registration 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. Followed by a complimentary hot breakfast for all participants. 802-5660 or neparunner.com.


Earth Day Celebration, with hands-on learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, animals, crafts, food, music and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20. $5 per car. 828-2319.


Herbs from the Ground Up, growing herbs, their uses and preservation with Master Gardener Jo Robbins. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to noon April 20. $5. Registration: 825-1701.


Trail Cleanup Day. Clear park trails of branches, trash and debris. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. April 20. Free food and T-shirts. Registration: 967-7275.

Guided Bird Walk. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 to 10 a.m. April 21. Free. 403-2006.


Egypt Lake Area Hike, 8.5 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. April 21. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 457-0527.

Cycle and Recycle, an afternoon of activities focused on recycling, composting and bike riding for all ages. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 12:30 to 5 p.m. April 21. 967-7275.

Sustainability Series, a session on “Preserving Green Space Through Land Trusts” with representatives from Countryside Conservancy, the North Branch Land Trust and the Edward L. Rose Conservancy of Susquehanna County. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 6 p.m. April 23. Free. 945-8555.


Move It Outside Day, a guided, two-mile hike to look for signs of spring. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 24. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Gardening Workshop, an all-day session on turf management, trees, flowers, soil, water features, shade gardens and vegetables with keynote speaker Vincent Cotrone on “Trees and Shrubs in a Changing Landscape.” Also: a plant sale and flea market. Sponsored by the Penn State Master Gardeners at the Technology Center, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 118, Lehman Township. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27. $30. Registration: 825-1701.

Spring into Action Park Cleanup. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon April 27. Registration: 403-2006.


Egg Hunt, collecting salamander eggs and learning about their hatching. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 to 4 p.m. April 27. Free. 967-7275.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. April 28. Free. 542-5948.


Pennsylvania Environmental Center Hike, 8.5 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. April 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 457-0527.

Bats in My Belfry, Dingbats in Yours? A discussion of our furry flying cousins including why we fear them, what use they may be and how white-nose syndrome killed up to 90 percent of hibernating bats. Jack’s Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. May 1. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Blood Is the Life” at the Everhart Museum. Free. Age 21 and older. 346-7186.


Rain Barrel Workshop, how to reuse raindrops to protect the watershed and manage stormwater to reduce source pollution and flooding. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4. $25 includes a rain barrel. 945-8555.


Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride for Habitat, the fifth annual 35-mile ride through the scenic Back Mountain to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Begins at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. May 5 with registration at 7 a.m. and event at 8 a.m. $35. 820-8002 or bikeforhabitat.org.


Candy’s Place Rainbow Walk, the 16th annual 2.5-mile walk with food, music and prizes. Kirby Park Pavilion, Wilkes-Barre. May 11 with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Center for Cancer Wellness. Registration: 714-8800.


Backyard Composting, a workshop with Master Gardener Mary Ann Miller. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to noon May 11. $5. Registration: 825-1701.


Creatures of the Night, a program by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with live nocturnal animals. Presented at the Annual Banquet of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Apple Tree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 6 p.m. May 14. $35. Reservations by May 3. 479-0400.


Live Eagles, an up-close look at these magnificent birds with naturalists from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 1 p.m. May 18. Free. 675-9900.


Bloody Murder Obstacle Course, a three-to-five mile Steeplechase course with creative and innovative obstacles designed by engineers. May 18-19 in Scranton. Waiting for info.

Sustainability Series, a session on “How to Work with Conservation Districts to Conserve Natural Resources on Your Private Land” including tips on free services and information. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 6 p.m. May 21. Free. 945-8555.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. May 26. Free. 542-5948.


Heritage Explorer Bike Tour & Festival, a family-friendly, non-competitive event to benefit the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Choose from out-and-back routes of 5, 11, 22 or 44 miles beginning at Mellow Park in Peckville and proceeding on local rail trails and streets. June 15 with the 44-mile departing at 8 a.m. with the other rides leaving throughout the morning. Also: A community festival with music, food, exhibits, raffles and children’s activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mellow Park. 963-6730.


CCC Reunion and Festival, the annual celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps with music, geocaching, crafting, art, dancing, food, interpretive talks, the Blacksmith Shop, Masker Museum, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. 676-3428.




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