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Outdoors Listings: July 26 to Aug. 1, 2013


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THIS WEEK: July 26 to Aug. 1, 2013


Grand Opening of the newest stretch of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail connecting Elm Street in Scranton to Keyser Creek in Taylor. With a ribbon cutting and ceremony at the Amphitheater, Taylor end of the trail. 11 a.m. today. 963-6730.


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 tonight. 278-3384.


North American Butterfly Count. Form into groups and disperse to various areas to collect data on butterflies at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 629-3061.


North Branch Land Trust River Trip, the 13th annual paddle with an 11-mile float from Meshoppen to Tunkhannock along the Vosburg Neck section of the Susquehanna River. Guided by Endless Mountain Outfitters. Meet at the Howland Preserve, Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. Saturday with shuttle leaving Tunkhannock at 9:30 a.m. and river launch at 10:30 a.m. $50 kayak; $65 canoe. Register at 746-9140 or emo444.com.


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


Of Bogs and Butterflies, a walk into the Tannersville Cranberry Bog to count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association’s annual butterfly count. Meet at the Bog Parking Area, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


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. 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 696-9105.


Night Star Gazing, an introduction followed by stargazing through telescopes. Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Route 29, Dimock. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 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. Sunday. 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. Sunday. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


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, East Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 11. Also: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 3. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


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.


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. Wednesday. 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. 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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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.


Valley Day Great 8 and 5K Races, in conjunction with the third annual Valley Day celebration. John and Ruth Gould Rec Center, Main Street, Conyngham. Aug. 3 with registration at 7:30 a.m. and events at 8:30 a.m. $20 eight-mile race; $15 5K; $5 extra day of event. 233-4023.


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.


Heat and Hills Challenge, the Hobbie 5K Run for Scouting. Meet at the Hobbie Fire Hall, 655 E. County Road. Aug. 4 with registration at 10:30 a.m. and race at noon. Pre-register at neparunner.com. $20. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 300. 379-3991.


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 of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 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.


Ramble the Paradise Watershed, exploring the region including Fieldstone Farm, the Brodhead Falls Preserve, Mount Airy trails and the Nothstein Cranberry Preserve. Register and pick up a map at Skywood Park, Skywood Lane, Paradise Valley, Cresco. Aug. 11 with walks, talks and presentations 1 to 4 p.m. and After Ramble Party with food and wine from 4 to 5 p.m. $15. 839-1120.


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.


Go Green Bike Tour, the fourth annual ride with mountain and road bike options covering Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties in the Endless Mountains. Leaves from the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company on Aug. 25 with check-in 7 to 10 a.m. followed by the ride. All ages and skill levels welcome. Also: live music, hot foods, t-shirts for the first 100 registrants and raffles. $30 until Aug. 15; $40 thereafter. Proceeds benefit Countryside Conservancy. 717-512-6114.


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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