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THIS WEEK: Oct. 25 to 31, 2013


Batty About Bats, learning about one of Halloween’s symbols. Park Amphitheater, Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 6:30 tonight. Registration: 570-676-0567.


Midnight Madness! Discover adaptations of nocturnal animals such as bats, opossums and fireflies. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 7 tonight. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.


Great Pumpkin 5k Halloween Run and Fun Walk, along the flat trails of the Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. Saturday with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $18. Special freebies to those in costume. 570-759-1300.


Live Bats: Fact or Fiction, understanding local bats and the benefit they provide in nature. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free Halloween candy for the children. Free. 570-675-9900.


Wolf Visions. Meet a live wolf and learn about its role in keeping a balanced ecosystem. Lackawanna Environmental Education Center, 10 Moffatt Drive, Moscow. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.


Halloween Night Hike. Hear the legend of Irish Jack and seek out creatures that go bump in the night on this hour-long hike. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $8. Registration: 570-629-3061.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the intersection of Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. Sunday. Free. 570-542-5948.


Woodburne Forest Hike, five moderate miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-655-4979.


Batty About Bats, dispelling myths and fears about bats and appreciating their special qualities. Engine House, 99 Towanda St., White Haven. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 570-443-8776.


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; 2 p.m. Nov. 2. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.


Birding at Brig Field, a day trip to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Jersey, a hot spot for a diversity of waterfowl and raptors. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 7 a.m. Thursday. $20. Registration: 570-629-3061.


Thursday Walks with Darryl, an interpretive hike with environmental educator Darryl Speicher through the Mader Property at the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Hamilton Township. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Van leaves 8:30 a.m. Thursday. $15. Reservations: 570-629-3061.


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Turkey Trot, the fourth annual 5k walk and run in downtown Scranton sponsored by the Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine St., Scranton. Nov. 2 with registration at 7:30 a.m., Tiny Trot (for ages 4 to 13) at 8:30 a.m. and walk and run at 9 a.m. $20 advance; $25 day of event; $5 Tiny Trot. 570-504-9687.


Pocono Wildlife, a program on the diversity of life in local forests, fields and water habitats. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 2. Registration: 570-629-3061.


Lehigh Gorge State Park Hike, a short and easy walk through the park. Meet at the White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2. Free. 570-403-2006.


Moosic Mountain Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 10:45 a.m. Nov. 3. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-346-8010.


Hike to the Top of Bald Mountain, a four-mile round trip with moderate to challenging terrain, guided by naturalist Charlene Wildes. Meet at the Bear Creek Camp Nature Center, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Township. 1 p.m. Nov. 3. Sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust. $10. 570-696-5545.


Thursday Walks with Darryl, an interpretive hike with environmental educator Darryl Speicher through the Alpine Rose Property in Eldred Township. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Van leaves 8:30 a.m. Nov. 7. $15. Reservations: 570-629-3061.


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. 570-945-3239.


Run Against Hunger, with 5k and 10k runs and a two-mile walk to benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen. Scranton Running Company, 3 W. Olive St. Nov. 9 with registration at 7:30 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $25 (10k), $20 advance; $30 day of event. 570-955-0921.


Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center and boat rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Free. 570-675-9900.


Big Pocono State Park Hike, 7.5 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. Bring lunch and water 9:45 a.m. Nov. 10. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-679-2261.


Holiday Bows and Boughs, creating holiday decorations using natural materials which are provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Registration: 570-828-2319.


Sportsman Series: White-Tailed Deer from A to Z, talks on the prevalent mammal by three speakers. Luncheon provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. $20. Reservations: 570-828-2319.


Woodland Way Trail Hike, an easy two-mile walk through the woods of Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. Nov. 12. Free. 570-403-2006.


Thursday Walks with Darryl, an interpretive hike with environmental educator Darryl Speicher through Conklin Park in Jackson Township. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Van leaves 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14. $15. Reservations: 570-629-3061.


Owl Prowl, an exploration of the Vosburg area near Tunkhannock to seek out great horned, screech, barred and other owls. Meet at the Weis Market, Village Shopping Center, Route 29, Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Free. 570-639-5785.


Winter: How Nature Readies for the Worst! A talk by naturalist Rick Koval on nature’s fascinating cold-weather adaptations. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Nov. 16. Free. 570-996-1500.


Hawk Mountain Hike, seven difficult miles with rock scrambles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 17. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.


Bald Eagles of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an illustrated talk by professional wildlife photographers Jim and Joan Borden, who have documented eagle behavior in the area. Presented by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Free. 570-479-0400.


Thursday Walks with Darryl, an interpretive hike with environmental educator Darryl Speicher through the Nob Preserve in Mount Pocono. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Van leaves 8:30 a.m. Nov. 21. $15. Reservations: 570-629-3061.


Introduction to Astronomy, an evening of star gazing and learning about the constellations. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 23. $10. Adults only. Registration: 570-828-2319.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the intersection of Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. Nov. 24. Free. 570-542-5948.


Run for the Diamonds, the 104th annual Thanksgiving tradition encompassing a nine-mile run starting and ending on Market Street in Berwick with diamond rings for the top male finishers and diamond pendants for the women. Nov. 28 with registration 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $25; $35 after Nov. 17. 570-759-1300 or runfordiamonds.com.


Pinchot Trail Hike, nine moderate miles. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Dec. 1. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.


Local Waterfowl, an exploration around Harveys Lake and other local ponds in search of waterfowl with most birding done from your auto. Bring binoculars, spotting scopes and field guides. Meet at the Lakeside Skillet, Pole 279 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. for breakfast or 9 a.m. for birding. 570-479-0400.


Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands, learning about Lenape culture including the food, clothing and shelter of the local hunter-gatherers. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. $20. Age 10 and older. 570-828-2319.


Introduction to Astronomy, an evening of star gazing and learning about the constellations. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. $10. Adults only. Registration: 570-828-2319.


Introduction to Snowshoeing, learning the basics with equipment provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8. $10. Registration: 570-828-2319.


1000 Steps at Glen Onoko, 8.5 difficult miles. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Dec. 8. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-283-1312.


Make a Holiday Bird Treat, using bagels, peanuts and fruit. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 10 a.m. Dec. 14. Free. 570-675-9900.


Winter Survival Hike, building a shelter, trying your hand at firemaking and learning other useful skills for surviving in the winter woods. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14. $20. Adults only. Registration: 570-828-2319.


Around the Campfire, a leisurely dusk hike that ends at the campfire ring with s’mores provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14. $5. 570-828-2319.


Hibernation Hike, learning how different plants and animals survive in the winter. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15. $5. 570-828-2319.


Riverlands Natural Area Hike, six easy miles. Meet at the Riverlands parking lot, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. 11:45 a.m. Dec. 15. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-388-6553.


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. Dec. 22. Free. 570-542-5948.


Frances Slocum State Park Hike, six moderate miles. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 11:45 a.m. Dec. 22. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-288-2733.


Broad Mountain Lookout Hike, 11 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Dec. 29. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.


First Day Hike. Join the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society for a two-to-three-mile hike through Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Meet at the Visitor Center. 1 p.m. Jan. 1. 570-474-5884.


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