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First Posted: 11/14/2014

THIS WEEK: Nov. 19 to 25, 2014

Natural History of the White-Tailed Deer, a discussion of deer management, conflicts between deer and humans and the impact of the deer population in Pennsylvania with TV personality and outdoor writer Ron Tussel. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Autumn Mystery Birding Trip, a field trip to a surprise birding destination with environmental educator Brian Hardiman. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. $24. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Turkey Trot, the fifth annual 5K Walk and Fun Run, sponsored by Geisinger Medical Center. Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. $20. Register at events.geisinger.org or 800-322-5437.

Virtual Hike of the Appalachian Trail. Jim Yeich shares his adventures along the trail through stories and a slide show. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Donation. 570-945-3239.

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. Sunday, Nov. 23. 570-542-5948.

Moon Lake Park Hike, five miles. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the bank parking lot, Routes 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-256-9743.

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Run for the Diamonds, the 105th annual Thanksgiving Day tradition encompassing a nine-mile race starting and ending on Market Street in Berwick with diamond jewelry awarded to the top male and female runners. Thursday, Nov. 27 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $35. 570-759-1300 or runfordiamonds.com.

Local Waterfowl, an exploration of local areas in search of waterfowl for both beginner and experienced birders. Meet at Weis Market, Village Shopping Center, 580 Route 29, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Free. 570-586-3702.

Holiday Bows and Boughs. Create your own holiday decorations using natural materials. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. $10. Registration: 570-828-2319.

Evergreen Wreath Workshop, using provided natural materials. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6. $35. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Holiday for the Birds, making edible decorations for our feathered friends. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. $8. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Winter Snow, searching for winter wonders including animal tracks. Bring snowshoes or cross-country skis. Postponed if no snow. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. 570-945-3239.

Introduction to Astronomy, an evening of stargazing and learning about constellations. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. $10. 570-828-2319.

Pinchot Trail Hike, nine moderate miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

Winter Ecology Hike to discover how different plants and animals survive the winter. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 7. $5. 570-828-2319.

Game On! End the week with some family fun and games in the Wheaton House including Animalopoly, Plants and Predators, and Orienteering. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. 570-945-3239.

Make a Holiday Bird Treat. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Free. 570-675-9900.

Pocono Wildlife, a program on the variety of animal life found in the Pocono Mountains. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. $5. 570-629-3061.

Cherry Run Connector Trail Hike, six moderate miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-388-6553.

Hickory Run State Park Hike, 7.5 moderate miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Mountain Top Fire Company back lot. 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-655-4979.

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. Sunday, Dec. 28. 570-542-5948.

1000 Steps at Glen Onoko, an eight-mile difficult hike. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

First Day Hike, a three-mile walk through various habitats in Hickory Run State Park. Meet at the Gould Trail parking area, Route 534, White Haven. 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1. Free. 570-474-5884.

Animal Tracks, interpreting tracks and signs left in the snow. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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. Sunday, Jan. 25. 570-542-5948.