The Stanley cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will conduct a cleanup and sign posting along the fly fishing stretch of Bowman’s Creek on Sunday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. Meeting place will be the parking lot on the right just over the Route 29 bridge. Volunteers are welcome.
The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host an Introduction to Fly Fishing for Adults program on Saturday, May 11 at the American Legion Post in Mountain Top (off of Church Road). The program is for men and women 18 and older and begins at 10 a.m. The hands-n course includes an intriduction to fly fishing (rods, reels, lines and flies), fly casting, fly tying, knot tying and fly fishing in a stream and pond. Cost is $25 and includes all equipment needed, lunch and a one-year membership to the chapter. The event is free to SCTU members. For more information or to register call Jay Downs at 814-6998.
The Red Rock Chapter on the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual JAKES event at the Georgetown Settlement Camp in Thornhurst on Sunday, April 21. This event is open to children ages 5-17. If your child loves the outdoors and would like to learn more about the fun things there is to do, then this is the event for them. Some of the classes offered include archery, fishing skills, treestand safety, outdoor cooking, and turkey calling just to name a few. This event is open to the first 150 responders so get your reservation in now. Cost of the event is $15 and includes a one-year membership, lunch, all the classes and a goody bag at the end of the day. For more information contact ChastityKing at 472-1190.
A bus tour highlighting seven sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques such as native plants, riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, community gardens and more will be held on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The tour is organized by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and PA Environmental Council. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area where they will board a charter bus and travel to the Plains Animal Hospital, Lands at Hillside Farm, Butler Township Community Garden/Center for Landscape Stewardship and Design, Life Expression Wellness Center, and Nescopeck State Park.
The cost for the program is $20 which includes the bus tour, lunch, raffle prizes and a tour booklet highlighting our stops will be included. Tour sponsorships are also available. For more information and to register please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 825-1701.
Nescopeck State Park will host Plant for Conservation: Trees to Protect Water Quality on Wednesday April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join Vincent Cotrone from the Penn State Extension office to learn how planting trees can improve water quality. You will learn which native trees work best to benefit both local wildlife and aquatic communities. There will be free 2-3 foot trees and tree shelter give aways at the end of the program. The program is free. To register, call 403-2006. The program is sponsored by WREN (Water Resources Education Network), Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership and Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Committee.
The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will host the annual Fred Loch Memorial Scholarship Shoot on Sunday, May 5 on the club grounds located on Lake Winola Road. This shoot is to help fund the club’s scholarship program for graduating seniors at Lackawanna Trail and Tunkhannock High schools. Graduating senior children of any club member may also apply from any other school district.
Scholarship winners in 2012 were: Adam Martin, Valley View HS; Julie Vaccaro, Cumberland Valley HS; Cassandra Williams and Theodore Frear, Tunkhannock Area HS; and Graham Williams, Lackawanna Trail HS.
Shooting on the clay bird sporting clays course begins at 9am and a full steak dinner with all the fixings will be served at 11:30 a.m. Dinner will be provided for shooters by the club as part of the entry fee. Shotguns are also available if needed. The entry fee is $25 per shooter for 50 birds or $45 for 100 birds. In both cases shooters will need to supply their own ammunition. All proceeds go towards the scholarship fund. This year’s sporting clays course will again feature automatic traps. We invite you to come out and try this challenging and fun target shooting game.
If you aren’t available to shoot, you can sponsor a shooter or a shooting station for $25 Donations of any size are also appreciated.
Scholarship applications will be available in the guidance offices at both high schools and at the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club. For additional information or to request an entry form, contact either Carl Tylutki at 945-3137 or Fred Rose at 903-5755 by April 29. You can also check the club website at www.fscweb.org.