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First Posted: 4/29/2015

THIS WEEK: May 6 to 12, 2015

Bog Walk, traversing the floating boardwalk on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the unique northern boreal bog. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 1 p.m. Wednesdays from May 6 to June 3. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Birding Field Trip to the Bear Creek Camp to observe the spring bird migration. May 7. Sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Call 570-586-3702 for time and meeting place.

Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 50 parks, trails and events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and win prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 570-823-2191.

Warbler Weekend, with guided hikes to learn bird identification by sight, sound and habitat. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. May 8 to 10. $205 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Spring Migration Count. Volunteer to count birds for this important national census on May 9. Sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Call 570-362-8727 for details.

Spring Bird Walk, through the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, one mile north of Thompson. 6 a.m. May 9. 570-727-3362.

North American Migration Count, the annual walk through the woods to identify and count birds. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 7 a.m. May 9. 570-967-7275.

Spring Bird Migration, a morning walk to observe the annual springtime migration of a wide variety of birds. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. 7 to 9 a.m. May 9. $5. 570-629-3061.

Waverly Waddle, a 5K walk and run through the historic village of Waverly to celebrate Mother’s Day. Also: a Junior Waddle for age 8 and younger. Meet on the back lawn of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. May 9 with registration 8 to 8:45 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $15 advance; $20 after May 6. 570-586-8191.

Restore Habitat, Restore Birds, a bird walk along the Susquehanna River habitats. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 8:30 a.m. May 9. Free. 570-836-3835.

Birding at Frances Slocum, a leisurely walk to look for songbirds with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Meet in the parking lot at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. May 9. Free. 570-675-9900.

Rainbow Walk, the 18th annual fundraiser for Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness with an easy, non-competitive, two-mile walk around Wilkes-Barre along with gift vendors. Meet at the pavilion in Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. May 9 with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. 570-714-8800.

Planting for Butterflies, tips on attracting butterflies along with a starter kit of butterfly-friendly native plants. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 to 11 a.m. May 9. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Spring Surprises, a trail walk to explore spring happenings. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. May 9. $5. 570-629-3061.

Expressing Your Personality in the Garden, with Luzerne County Master Gardeners. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 10:30 a.m. May 9. 570-675-1182.

Bog Walk, traversing the floating boardwalk on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the unique northern boreal bog. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 2 p.m. May 9. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Astronomy Day, an indoor program followed by an outdoor telescope session to view the planets Venus and Jupiter along with galaxies, star clusters and double stars (weather permitting). Hosted by the Lackawanna Astronomical Society at the Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory, Route 107 and Hack Road, Fleetville. 7 p.m. May 9. Free. 570-945-5141.

Guided Bird Walk. Meet at the wooden bridge by the main visitor parking lot of the park office at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 a.m. May 10. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Tobyhanna State Park Hike, seven moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 10:45 a.m. May 10. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-842-2230.

Find Some Flowers for Mom, a 1.5-mile Mother’s Day Hike to seek out spring blooms. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 2 p.m. May 10. $5. 570-967-7275.

Birding the Bog, a morning of migration birding in the unique natural setting of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 7 a.m. May 12. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Safe Boating Classes, a qualification course to earn a Pennsylvania Boaters Education Certificate. American Legion, 4907 Memorial Highway (Route 415), Harveys Lake. 6 to 10 p.m. May 12 and 13. Age 12 and older. $25. Reservations: 570-815-0471.

Wood Duck Program, an outdoor program with duck call and hunting retriever demos, duck identification and ecology and conservation strategies. All ages with free duck calls for registered youths. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 12. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

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Roaring Creek Tract Hike, an 8.5-mile trek through the watershed north of Mount Carmel which passes two large reservoirs. Meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot, Route 42 below Aristes. 10:30 a.m. May 14. Registration: 570-467-2506.

Spring Photography Weekend. Explore and photograph the natural spring season while learning about visual design, composition, exposure and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. May 15 to 17. $270 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Century Day Birding Extravaganza, the annual all-day bus trip to birding hotspots from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to the Cherry Valley and Pocono Plateau in an attempt to spot 100 different species of birds. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16. $65 includes lunch, beverages and snacks. Registration (by May 8): 570-629-3061.

Rockin Red Run, a 5K race and Family Fun Walk around Lake Carey to benefit the American Red Cross in both Wyoming and Susquehanna counties. Meet at the Lake Carey Fire Department, 16 Siren Road. May 16 with check-in 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and race at 9 a.m. $15 advance; $20 day of race. 570-836-2626.

Spring Bird Walk, through the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, one mile north of Thompson. 7:30 a.m. May 16. 570-727-3362.

Lacawac’s Amazing GeoRace, a puzzle-solving geocache adventure to find containers and earn points while discovering natural and historic features at the Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. Followed by a post-race event with awards, raffle drawings and fun activities for the whole family. May 16 with Meet and Greet, light refreshments and registration at 9 a.m.; race at 10 a.m. and post-race event at 2 p.m. Info at 570-689-9494.

Salamander Hunt, through the grounds of the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 16. $5. 570-629-3061.

Pro Series: Herpetology, an in-depth look at amphibians and reptiles of the area with Dr. Thomas LaDuke. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. May 16. $20. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Bird Walk with Darryl Speicher of the Pocono Avian Research Center. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8 to 10 a.m. May 17. $5. 570-828-2319.

River Street Run and Walk, three miles through South Wilkes-Barre starting and finishing at the Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. May 17 with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $17 before May 4; $20 thereafter. 570-824-4646.

Vosberg Hike, six miles around the Tunkhannock preserve. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 11:45 a.m. May 17. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-406-3173.

Spring Bog Walk, traversing the floating boardwalk on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the unique northern boreal bog. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 1 p.m. May 17. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Birding the Bog, a morning of migration birding in the unique natural setting of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 7 a.m. May 19. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Intensive (Square Foot) Gardening, a Master Gardeners program. McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick. 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 19. Free. 570-752-2241.

Honey Bee Biology and Colony Collapse Disorder, a talk by bee expert Anita M. Collins. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 19. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Farm Meanderings, exploring the flora and fauna of the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. May 20. $5. Registration: 570-992-0899.

Family Nature Getaway Weekend with interpretive hikes, animal presentations, fishing, canoeing, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. May 22 to 25. $225 includes three nights lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Birds and Breakfast. Join the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society naturalists on a walk to identify local birds followed by breakfast at the Lodge. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 8 to 11 a.m. May 23. $15. Registration: 570-689-9494.

Blue Bird Walk, a leisurely walk through the park to seek out bluebirds and check the boxes for baby bluebirds. Meet in the parking lot next to the pool area at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 9 a.m. May 23. Free. 570-675-9900.

Star Party, a stargazing evening along with tips on using a telescope. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 8 p.m. May 23. $5. 570-967-7275.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch, Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. May 24. Free. 570-542-5948.

Ramble with a Naturalist, an easy-paced walk to look for animal signs and seasonal plants. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 1:30 p.m. May 24. Free. 570-836-3835.

Bike the Border, riding the roads in and near the park’s border. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1:30 p.m. May 25. Bring an item for the local food bank. 570-967-7275.

A Nightjar Evening, a walk to seek out the mysterious whippoorwill and its relative the common nighthawk. Meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 7 p.m. May 27. $15 includes transportation to various birding locations. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Bike Ride and Birding on the Black Diamond Trail from Mountain Top to Moosehead Lake — or beyond. Bring bike, binoculars, water and snacks for this two-to-three-hour trip. Meet at the Black Diamond Trailhead, Route 534, Mountain Top. 8 a.m. May 30. Free. Sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Registration: 570-443-7791.

Meditation Hike, a walk to lower stress and anxiety and achieve peace of mind. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. May 30. 570-836-3835.

Take a Dip in the Pond, using dip nets to catch and learn about tadpoles, salamanders and other aquatic animals. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon. May 30. $5. 570-629-3061.

Bird Photography 101, an in-depth look at attracting and photographing birds using a blind, creating perches and choosing the right camera gear. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon May 30. $15. 570-828-2319.

Bear Mountain State Park, six difficult miles with some rock scrambles on the Major Welch Trail. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 8:45 a.m. May 31. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Bridge the Gap: Wild Edibles Walk. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon May 31. Free. 570-828-2319.

Sunday for Singles. Explore nature while meeting new people on a guided hike. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. May 31. Free. 570-828-2319.

The Enchanted World of Dragonflies and Damselflies, a hike with naturalist Rick Koval to observe the colors and patterns of these insects. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 2. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Frances Slocum State Park Hike, six moderate miles. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. Bring water and snacks. 11:45 a.m. June 7. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-288-2733.

Breakneck Ridge Hike, eight difficult miles with rock scrambles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 8:45 a.m. June 14. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Walk 2 Miles in My Shoes, a fundraiser to raise awareness for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. June 14 with registration at noon and walk at 1 p.m. $10. 570-876-4034.

Safe Boating Classes, a qualification course to earn a Pennsylvania Boaters Education Certificate. American Legion, 4907 Memorial Highway (Route 415), Harveys Lake. 6 to 10 p.m. June 16 and 17. Age 12 and older. $25. Reservations: 570-815-0471.

Heritage Explorer Bike Tour, the sixth annual non-competitive event with four out-and-back routes on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and neighborhood streets through 17 municipalities. Stops with complimentary water, snacks and fun activities provided. Also: a festival with music, demonstrations, vendors and exhibits. Meet at Blakely Borough Park, Peckville. June 20 with bike ride 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration and details: 570-963-6730, ext. 8200 or lhva.org.

Birding at Frances Slocum, a leisurely walk to look for songbirds with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Meet in the parking lot at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. June 20. Free. 570-675-9900.

Wilkes-Barre Duathlon, the 12th annual event with a 3.1-mile run and 16-mile bike ride followed by a 3.1-mile run through Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township. Meet at Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. June 21 with registration at 6 a.m. and duathlon at 7:30 a.m. Awards follow 11 a.m. at Rodano’s restaurant on Public Square. $60 individual; $95 relay.

Prompton State Park Hike, nine moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 9:45 a.m. June 21. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Gardening and Wildlife, a Master Gardeners program. McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick. 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 23. Free. 570-752-2241.

Glen Onoko Falls Hike, nine difficult miles. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. June 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-283-1312.

Stoney Creek Hike, eight difficult miles with stream crossing. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. July 5. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-283-1312.

Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, live raptors including a golden eagle, peregrine falcon, saw whet owl and more brought by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. July 11. Free. 570-996-1500.

Frances Slocum State Park Hike, four easy miles followed by blueberry picking at Smith’s Farm and a cookout. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 12:45 p.m. July 12. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-855-9896.

Loyalsock Trail Hike, eight difficult miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 9:45 a.m. July 19. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Compost to Create Black Gold for Your Garden, a Master Gardeners program. McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick. 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 21. Free. 570-752-2241.

Tuscarora State Park Hike, seven moderate miles with an 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 26. 570-645-9617.

Composting with Earthworms All Year Long, a Master Gardeners program. McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. 570-752-2241.

D&H Half-Marathon and 5K, the eighth annual out-and-back event on the D&H Rail Trail from Forest City to Union Dale. Begins at the entrance to the Forest City Trailhead on Route 247. Sept. 13 with the half-marathon at 9 a.m. and the 5K at 9:10 a.m. $45; $55 after Aug. 21. Registration at dhdistancerun.com.

Putting the Garden to Bed, a Master Gardeners program. McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Free. 570-752-2241.