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First Posted: 10/4/2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 8 to 14, 2014

Black Diamond Trail Hike, an easy eight-mile trek while learning about the area’s history. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Hawk Mountain Field Trip to the oldest hawk-migration monitoring site in the world. Meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. $24. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Cranberry Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with novel plant and animal life. Meet at the Bog parking lot, 166 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 12. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Fall Astronomy Sessions, an illustrated lecture followed by weather-permitted telescope observation of the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Thomas G. Cupillari Astronomical Observatory, Keystone College, La Plume. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 14. Free. 570-945-8402.

Falling Leaves Family Nature Getaway Weekend, with interpretive hikes, animal presentations, square dancing, canoeing, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Begins Friday, Oct. 10 and runs through midday Monday, Oct. 13. $210 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Autumn Splendor Walk, a 1.5-hour trek to enjoy the fall foliage at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. $5. Registration: 570-629-3060.

The Vosburg Eagles, a dinner and illustrated talk by Sharon Templin, a local photographer who captured images of two young eaglets growing up to hunt on their own. Pink Apple Restaurant, 651 Route 6 West, Tunkhannock. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. $25. Reservations: 570-836-3835.

Worlds End State Park Hike, eight difficult miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-388-6553.


Fall Photography Weekend. Learn about exposure, composition and more. Geared toward DSLR-type cameras; tripod recommended. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Begins Friday, Oct. 17 and runs through midday Sunday, Oct. 19. $290 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

Stone Wall Workshop, an illustrated talk on the history of stone walls in northeastern Pennsylvania with Ken Ely followed by a hands-on workshop. Outdoor Amphitheater, Lackawanna State Park. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 with the workshop 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Ziegler Preserve, Route 438 adjacent to Lackawanna State Park. Talk is free; workshop $20. Registration: 570-945-6995.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K, a 3.1-mile walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, Oct. 18 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and walk at 9:30 a.m. 570-562-9749 or

Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. 570-675-9900.

Radical Raptors, a presentation about broad-winged species, followed by a hike to a high point to catch them in flight. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $5. 570-967-7275.

Evolution of the Grey Towers Landscape: Autumn in Cornelia’s Gardens, an autumn landscape tour including native shrubs, Japanese maples and European copper beeches planted by former Gov. Gifford Pinchot at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Registration: 570-296-9630.

Saw-Whet Owl Banding, a field trip to the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art to observe researchers catching and banding migrating owls. Meet at the Weis Market parking lot, Route 415, Dallas at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 or at 5 p.m. at the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Free but a donation is requested. Registration: 570-639-5785.

Campfire Tales. Listen to the legend of Irish Jack and the Jack-O-Lantern along with tales of the Milky Way and shooting stars while gathering about a campfire and enjoying hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows and s’mores. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $8. Registration: 570-629-3060.

Lake to Lake Trail Run and Woods Walk, an 8K event with participants covering trails winding through 500 acres of rich biodiversity and natural resources. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. Sunday, Oct. 19 with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 11 a.m. $25 for the 8K; $15 for the woods walk. 570-689-9494 or

Fall Foliage and Nature Photography Bus Tour of the most scenic places in Northeastern Pennsylvania for photo opportunities and photo composition tips. Keystone College Environmental Education Institute, One College Green, La Plume. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. $50; $35 students includes lunch. Registration: 570-945-8555 or