THIS WEEK: Oct. 4 to 10, 2013
Great Monroe County Snipe Hunt, a 24-hour birding adventure in which teams vie for the most points to win the coveted Snipe Hunt Trophy. Each bird species is given a point value, the rarer the bird the greater its worth. Begins tonight at 5 and ends Saturday at 5 p.m. with a pizza party. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. $15 per person. Team registration: 629-3061.
Fall Photography Weekend, with Del Morgan, a fine-art photographer who draws his artistic passion from nature. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Begins tonight at 6 and runs through Sunday afternoon. $195 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Trip, a day of bird watching with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre 7 a.m. Saturday or at 7:30 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant, Route 93, West Hazleton. $8 trail fee. Information at 362-8727.
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, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 9 a.m. Saturday. 676-0567.
Birds of Prey Migration, a day of raptor watching at Sunrise Mountain. Bring a folding chair, binoculars, water and snacks. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $15. Van reservations: 828-2319.
Walk for the Animals, the 23rd annual fundraiser for the SPCA. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m., followed by Blessing of the Animals and the walk at 11 a.m. With T-shirts for the first 500 walkers, games, face painting, basket raffles and more. $15. 825-4111 or spcaluzernecounty.org.
Birdfeeding Basics, a primer on feeding winter birds. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
Golden Eagle Hike, nine difficult miles plus stream crossings with the Susquehanna Trailers. Bring lunch/water. Meet at the Luzerne National Bank parking lot, Routes 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. 8:45 a.m. Sunday. 825-7200.
Look at Those Leaves! Learn photo tips while hiking through the colors of autumn. All skill levels welcome. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 967-7275.
Tannersville Bog Walks, guided walks through the northern boreal bog with unique plants. Meet at the Bog parking lot, 552 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 13. $6. Registration: 629-3061.
Thursday Walks with Darryl, an interpretive hike with environmental educator Darryl Speicher through the Blakeslee Preserve in Tobyhanna Township. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Van leaves 8:30 a.m. Thursday. $15. Reservations: 629-3061.
Mushroom Identification Walk, with renowned herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore focusing on edible, medicinal and poisonous mushrooms. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. Meet on the park office porch 5 p.m. Thursday. $5. Registration: 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. 11 to 14. $210 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.
Ladies of the Lake Evening Kayak Paddle, the last power paddle of the season. Promised Lake State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Registration: 676-0567.
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.