Outdoors Listings: May 20 to 26, 2015

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THIS WEEK: May 20 to 26, 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 through June 3. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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. Begins May 22 at 4 p.m. and continues through midday on May 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.

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.

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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.

Y-Cycle Sunday, a 10-mile bicycle ride on the levee trail to South Wilkes-Barre and Plymouth. Meet in the parking lot of Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. May 31. 570-714-1953.

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.

National Trails Day Work Day, a volunteer cleanup of the park. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 to 11 a.m. June 6. Registration: 570-403-2006.

National Trails Day Hike, a leisurely hike through the park trails. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. June 6. Registration: 570-403-2006.

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.

Kayaking, an introductory course at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. June 13 with sessions at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Age 9 and older. Meet at Lake Frances. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Nature Fest, with carnival games, wildflower walk, a study of woodland fungi with the Mushroom Man, a talk about the “Town Beneath the Lake,” live animal presentations, wild edibles walk, Lake Ecology Station, obstacle course, Animals Touch Station and more. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13. $10 per carload. 570-689-9494.

Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Day, a festival celebrating the trail with bike riding, food and fun activities. Off Route 93 near the intersection of Route 424 in Hazleton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13. 570-714-1953.

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.

Breeding Birds, exploring the types of birds found at the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. June 17. $5. Registration: 570-992-0899.

Battle of the Burgs, a three-mile community run or walk competition on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. Start at either the Mifflinburg or Lewisburg end. Afterwards meet at Ard’s Farm Market for an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, live music by Hirsute and beer tastings by Rusty Nail Microbrewery. 6:30 p.m. June 19. Sign up at afitevent.com.

Riverfest Bike Ride, the annual 10-mile, mostly downhill, bicycle ride on the Back Mountain Rail Trail to Riverfest in Nesbitt Park. Meet at Dallas High School, 2030 Conyngham Ave. 9:30 a.m. June 20. 570-714-1953.

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.

Butterflies, exploring types of butterflies who frequent the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. July 15. $5. Registration: 570-992-0899.

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.

Black Diamond Trail Ride, a 10-mile downhill bicycle ride. Meet July 26 at Pocono Biking Outfitters in White Haven at 12:30 p.m. if shuttling or renting bicycles; otherwise meet at the Mountain Top trailhead parking area on Route 437 at 1 p.m. 570-714-1953.

Susquehanna Warrior Trail Bike Ride, six miles round trip. Meet at the trailhead parking lot next to the Union Boat Launch and bike to the Shickshinny Forward Car Show and back with a side trip to the historic cemetery along the trail. 11 a.m. Aug. 1. 570-714-1953.

Y-Cycle Sunday, a 10-mile bicycle ride on the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail. Meet at the trailhead on Route 93 in Hazleton for a round trip to the old bridge and back. 1 p.m. Aug. 16. 570-714-1953.

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.

Cherry Creek Exploration, a look at some of the species of macro-invertebrates in the creek which flows through the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 19. $5. Registration: 570-992-0899.

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.

A Late Summer’s Eve, exploring the flora and fauna of the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16. $5. Registration: 570-992-0899.

Y-Cycle Sunday, a four-mile bicycle ride on the Pittston Trail to the site of the Knox Mine Disaster. Meet at the trailhead behind Cooper’s Seafood, 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. 1 p.m. Sept. 20. 570-714-1953.

Fall Splendor, observing seasonal changes and nature’s bounty at the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21. $5. Registration: 570-992-0899.

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.

D&L Half Marathon, a run/walk along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in a downhill course starting at Northern Lehigh High School in Slatington and finishing at Canal Street Park in Northampton. With a post-race buffet, finisher medals, top time and age-group awards and random prizes. 8 a.m. Nov. 1. Register at race.delawareandlehigh.org. or 610-923-3548.