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THIS WEEK: July 12 to 18, 2013


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


Rooster Run, a 5K cross-country race and walk through the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm past ponds, pastures, apple orchards and historical buildings on varying surfaces. Followed by the 7th annual Music in the Valley with old-fashioned traditional music. 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Saturday with race at 9 a.m. and music 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 992-6161.


Hawk Mountain Grand Reopening, with new and expanded facilities, modern technology, new exhibits and green features. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. Saturday with ribbon cutting at noon and free nature programs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details at hawkmountain.org.


Water World, pond exploration to discover the critters who live there. Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


Dragonfly Survey, a visit to several wetland areas to catch and identify these flying predators. Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Route 29, Dimock. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. 278-3384.


Sawkill Gorge Hike, to showcase the forests, geology and history of the area. Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. Saturday with departure times at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Free. Reservations: 296-9625.


Introduction to Bees, a workshop with beekeeper Kevin Baker, who will discuss the business of beekeeping, the decline of honeybees and their importance to the ecosystem. Also: a walk to the apiary to watch the bees at work. Howland Preserve, Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 1 p.m. Saturday. Presented by the North Branch Land Trust. $10. Registration: 696-5545.


Frog Frolic, a fun morning at the ponds and streams learning about and catching amphibians. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. $5. 828-2319.


Winged Wonders, all about hummingbirds. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 696-9105.


Kayak the Susquehanna River, a three-hour paddle from Harding to West Pittston to learn about stream ecology and wildlife along the river. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with trip beginning at 10 a.m. $50 single kayak; $65 tandem; $15 with no rental. 654-9847.


Frances Slocum State Park Hike, four easy miles. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Followed by blueberry picking at Smith’s Farm. Bring containers. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 288-2733.


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, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 11; 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 20. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


Discovering Butterflies, a nature walk with naturalist Colleen Wolpert. Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, Thompson. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 727-4272.


Organic Gardening Workshop, discussions on organic gardening, seed saving and other creative gardening methods. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Registration: 654-9847.


Nature Arts and Crafts in the Park, painting, recycling, exploring and other fun activities. Wear old clothes. Falls Pavilion, Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon through Aug. 28. 676-0567.


Brady’s Lake Paddle, a level-three kayaking adventure for experienced paddlers, ages 16 and older. Meet at Brady’s Lake parking area, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Reservations: 676-0567.


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.


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Wiffle Ball and Horseshoe Tournament, sponsored by the Backyard Wiffle Ball League, 345 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. July 20 with registration deadline July 13. $10. Proceeds benefit Fallen Officers Remembered. 704-8344.


Tamarack Trail Hike, a trek through the woods to learn about coniferous trees. Meet at the Wheaton House, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. July 20. 967-7275.


Ssssnakes Alive, an illustrated talk along with live specimens. All ages welcome. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. July 20. $5. 629-3061.


Reptiles and Snakes. Join the naturalists from Carbon County Environmental Education Center and get a closeup look at the black rat snake, eastern ribbon snake and corn snake. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. July 20. Free. 675-9900.


What’s Hiding Under That Log? Peek under rocks and logs to find elusive critters living there, including salamanders, centipedes and ground beetles. Meet at Big Pines parking lot, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 4 p.m. July 20. 696-9105.


Native American Storytelling and Drumming. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 p.m. July 20. 696-9105.


Valmont Bog Orchid Walk, to learn about the globally rare and unique orchids found in the heart of the Valmont Industrial Park. Valmont Bog Sanctuary, West Hazleton. July 21 with sessions at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $15. Sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust. Registration: 696-5545.


Loyalsock Trail Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 9:45 a.m. July 21. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Summer Canoe Paddle, beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 21. $5. Reservations: 828-2319.


Caterpillars and Butterflies, a nature program. Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Route 29, Dimock. 1 to 3 p.m. July 21. 278-3384.


Nocturnal Moths, attracting and examining these night insects with a black light and sugary dessert. Bring a flashlight with a red filter for walking the night trails. Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Route 29, Dimock. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 26. 278-3384.


Wild Edibles, a hike focusing on nature’s foodstuffs. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 27. $10. Call to reserve a seat in the van. 828-2319.


Down and Dirty Kayak Paddle. Forge a path through thick vegetation to the swamp. Age 12 and older. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 2 p.m. July 27. Registration: 696-9105.


Night Star Gazing, an introduction following by stargazing through telescopes. Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Route 29, Dimock. 8 to 9:30 p.m. July 27. Registration: 278-3384.


Tuscarora State Park Hike, seven moderate miles with optional cable crossing (or bring water shoes). Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. July 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 645-9617.


Butterfly Walk through the fields and around the ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 28. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Kayak: Level One, an introductory lesson to learn basic paddling skills. Ages 16 and older. Meet at Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 11 a.m. July 31. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Kayak: Level Two, a lesson focusing on self-rescue and boat-over-boat rescue. Ages 16 and older. Meet at Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. July 31. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 31. Reservations: 676-0567.


Dog Days of Summer, a family nature getaway weekend with nature hikes, animal presentations, fishing, canoeing, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Aug. 2 to 4. $195 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


Hemlock Trail Hike, a walk through the old-growth forest to the deer exclosure fence. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. Aug. 3. 967-7275.


Ricketts Glen State Park Hike, 8.5 moderate miles on a variety of trails. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 10:45 a.m. Aug. 4. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979.


Delaware Canoe Trip, a leisurely, two-day, 20-mile river paddle on the Delaware River from Dingmans Ferry to Smithfield Beach. With river interpretation by environmental educators, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, camping and a night hike. Free tent rentals. Aug. 13-14. $100 includes watercraft rental, four meals and all activities. Pre-trip information session 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Registration: 629-3061.


Pauly Friedman Family 5K Walk and Run, the fifth annual event to benefit the Family Service Association. Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Aug. 11 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and race at 9:30 a.m. $25. Walk-ups accepted on race day. Registration: 823-5144.


Mountain Springs Lake Hike, nine moderate miles. Meet behind the bank building, Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. 10:45 a.m. Aug. 11. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Sunday for Singles, a hike to explore nature and meet new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11. Free. 828-2319.


Perseids Meteor Shower, the annual light show of falling stars. Bring a blanket or chair, binoculars or telescopes. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11. 967-7275.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Reservations: 676-0567.


Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Free. 675-9900.


Women in the Woods, a girls-only weekend with nature hike, canoeing, yoga, astronomy, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Aug. 17 and 18. $99 includes yurt lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


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.


Cliff Trail Hike, a strenuous hike to learn about vernal pools. Bring a lunch. Meet at the Buckley Road parking lot, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Aug. 17. 967-7275.


Dragonfly Walk through the fields and ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Frog Frenzy, learning about amphibians while catching and releasing them. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. $5. 828-2319.


Bulldozer Trail Hike, seven difficult miles at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at the lower parking lot on Route 118, Sweet Valley. 12:45 p.m. Aug. 18. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8010.


Full Moon Bike and Bonfire, around the roads bordering the park. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 6 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 967-7275.


Butterfly Walk through the fields and ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 537 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Falls Trail Hike, seven difficult miles at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at the lower parking lot, Route 118, Sweet Valley. 12:45 p.m. Aug. 25. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 256-9743.


Mushrooms and Mycilia, a discussion, slide show and trail walk to learn about fungi. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Aug. 25. 967-7275.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Reservations: 676-0567.


Family Nature Getaway Weekend, with hiking, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. $210 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


Salt Springs Celebration, with activities for all ages, music, exhibits, live animals and more. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31. 967-7275.


Half-Marathon Distance Run, an out-and-back 13.1-mile race along the D&H Rail Trail from Forest City to Union Dale. Sept. 8 beginning at 9 a.m. Registration: 679-9300.


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.

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