Outdoors Listings: Sept. 23 to 29, 2015

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Head out to Dingmans Ferry for a 'Long Swamp Hike' on a plank boardwalk on Sept. 26.

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    THIS WEEK: Sept. 23 to 29, 2015

    Cranberry Bog Walk. Traverse the floating platforms of the northern boreal bog to study its flora and fauna on this 2.5-hour guided tour. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 4. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Owl Prowl, a session on the natural history of local owls followed by a walk to practice your own owl call. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

    Hiking Series, seven difficult miles on Broad Mountain in Lehigh Gorge State Park. Meet in the parking lot across from the Weatherly Country Inn, 34 S. Lehigh Gorge Drive. 9 a.m. Sept. 24. Free. 570-403-2006.

    The Keystone College Observatory is open for its fall session at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday evenings through Nov. 20. Included: illustrated lectures followed by weather-permitted observation through telescopes. Thomas G. Cupillari Astronomical Observatory, Keystone College, La Plume. Free. 570-945-8170.

    Yoga and Biking Retreat, a weekend of rejuvenation and relaxation with meditation sessions, yoga classes, bike riding in Lehigh Gorge State Park, Ayurvedic vegetarian meals, one gourmet restaurant dinner and one organic bagged lunch by the 14-Acre Farm. The Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Sept. 25 to 27. Reservations: 570-527-5453.

    Steph’s Fall 5K, a 3.1-mile run and 1.86-mile walk to raise awareness of colon cancer held in memory of Stephanie Godri-Johnston. Luzerne County Sports Complex. Sept. 26 with registration 8:30 to 10:10 am and event at 10:30 a.m. Online registration at stephsfall5k.com

    Long Swamp Hike, an exploration of some of the 458 acres formed 10,000 years ago after the area’s most recent glacier retreated. The walk will take place on a plank boardwalk surrounded by huge ferns, carnivorous pitcher plants and black spruce. Meet at Camp Speers YMCA, 143 Nichecronk Road, off Route 739, Dingmans Ferry. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26. Free. Registration: 570-839-1120.

    Hawk Identification Workshop, identifying raptors by size, shape and patterns of movement with birder Evan Mann. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 26. 570-967-7275.

    Live Eagles, a closeup look at these raptors with naturalists from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. Sept. 26. Free. 570-675-9900.

    Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area. Join Bob Wasilewski from the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to see which birds are migrating in the park this fall. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Sept. 27. Free. 570-542-5948.

    Monument Trail Hike, eight moderate-to-difficult miles at High Point State Park in New Jersey. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Pittston. 9:45 a.m. Sept. 27. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

    Sunday for Singles. Explore nature and meet new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 27. 570-828-2319.

    Two-Wheeled Tour, a late-season bike ride around the park. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Sept. 27. 570-967-7275.

    Math in Nature: Fractal Hike, a trek to discover the mathematical patterns in nature. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 27. 570-828-2319.

    Lunar Eclipse, observing the night skies as the moon falls under the earth’s shadow with amateur astronomers Mike and Mary Sinkovich. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 8 p.m. Sept. 27. 570-967-7275.

    Elk Viewing in the Pennsylvania Wilds, a three-day journey to view majestic elk during the prime bugling season with stops at Bald Eagle State Park, Sinnemahoning State Park, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Quehanna Natural Area and the Elk Country Visitor Center. Sept. 28 to 30. $290 includes two nights cabin lodging, transportation, five meals and a covered-wagon ride through elk country. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Full Moon Bog Hike. Explore the northern boreal bog under the light of a full moon. Bring a flashlight. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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    Fall Foliage Photography Weekend. Explore the Pocono Mountains and learn skills necessary for creating visually stunning images. Tripods recommended but not required. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Oct. 2 to 4. $270 includes lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

    Bridge the Gap: Hike and Bike, a bike ride on the McDade Trail followed by a hike back to the Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. All equipment and transportation provided. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3. Bring a lunch. Free. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

    Monroe County Farm Tour, a self-guided visit to several local farms to learn about their available products and farm management. Maps available at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3. 570-629-3060 or mcconservation.org.

    Golden Eagle Trail Hike, nine difficult miles with stream crossings at the Tiadaghton State Forest. Meet at the former First National Bank parking lot, Routes 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 4. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

    Spectacular Colors of Fall Walk, an interpretive hike in search of local flora and fauna. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7. $5. 570-842-1506.

    Rattlesnake Swamp Hike, a five-mile trek in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, exploring wetlands and ridge tops over rocky and uneven terrain. Meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Bring a lunch. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $24. Registration: 570-629-3060.

    Falling Leaves Family Nature Getaway, a weekend of hiking, animal presentations, square dancing, canoeing, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Oct. 9 to 12. $225 includes lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

    Worlds End State Park Hike, eight difficult miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 11. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-388-4060.

    Fall Foliage Hike, three moderate miles in Hickory Run State Park, primarily on the Skyline Trail which overlooks the Lehigh Gorge. Meet at the Gould Trail parking area, Route 534, White Haven. 10 a.m. Oct. 12. Registration: 570-474-5884.

    Backyard Beekeeping, the first of four classes appropriate for honeybee enthusiasts, designed to support new and seasoned beekeepers. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $25 or $80 for entire course. Registration: 570-842-1506.

    Costa Rica Dreaming, a talk by environmental educator Brian Hardiman on the biologically rich country of Costa Rica with its 800 species of birds as well as a diverse number of mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Oct. 17. $5. 570-629-3060.

    Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an illustrated talk on frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes found locally, followed by an introduction of some live specimens by naturalist Rick Koval. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Oct. 17. Free. 570-996-1500.

    Monarch Migration and Milkweed, learning about the life cycle, long journey to Mexico and the importance of milkweed to the Monarch butterfly. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Oct. 17. 570-967-7275.

    Nature at Night, an evening walk to listen for owls, star gaze and test your night vision. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Angel Falls and Kettle Creek Hike, eight difficult miles at Loyalsock. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 18. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

    Bog Day, with free guided walks through the Tannersville Cranberry Bog as well as other areas of the 1000-acre preserve. 166 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. 570-629-3060.

    Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and Woods Walk, through the nature trails of the 400-acre Lacawac Santuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. Oct. 18 with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 11 a.m. Oct. 18. $25 for 8K; $15 woods walk. Online registration at active.com. 570-689-9494 or lacawac.org.

    From Apples to Cider, Bring a bag of apples and an empty jug and go home with some fresh cider. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 2 p.m. Oct. 18. $5. 570-967-7275.

    The Geology Behind the Fascinating Features That Define Yellowstone National Park, a look at the geologic forces that shaped our first national park with Wilkes University geology professor Sid Halsor who conducted a ten-year geologic study there. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Free. 50-479-0400.

    Wilderness Survival 101, including fire starting, shelter making, signals, wild foods, water procurement, first aid, navigation and proper clothing and equipment. Held outdoors at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21. $5. Geared to children and families age 7 and older. Registration: 570-842-1506.

    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.

    Autumn Splendor, a brisk walk to explore seasonal changes. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Oct. 24. Free. 570-629-3060.

    Nature at Night, with a live animal presentation, activities, crafts, s’mores, campfire, a sensory night walk, stargazing, owl prowl and more. Merrill Lodge, Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 5 p.m. Oct. 24. $10. Reservations: 570-836-3835.

    Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area. Join Bob Wasilewski from the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to see which birds are migrating in the park this fall. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Oct. 25. Free. 570-542-5948.

    Sunfish Pond Hike, eight moderate miles at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 25. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-283-1312.

    Fire Building. Try your hand at a flint-and-steel fire, a bow-drill fire and other primitive firemaking methods. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Wilderness Skills, outdoor survival skills from fire building and camping preparedness to tracking and stalking animals. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25. $5. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    Owl Prowl, an exploration of the Vosburg area of Wyoming County in search of owls. Meet at the Weis Market, 600 Hunter Highway, Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Registration: 570-639-5785.

    Scenic Bike Train. Take a 25-mile train ride from Jim Thorpe to White Haven, then bicycle back at your own pace on the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail past remains of the historic canal, picnic spots, scenic overlooks and railroad trestles. Bring your own bike or rent one from Pocono Biking. Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railways, 1 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7-8. $22; $40 with bike rental. 570-325-3654 or 610-562-2102.

    Border Hike, a leisurely walk along a stream working up to a moderate-to-difficult finish. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Nov. 7. 570-967-7275.

    Easy Does It Hike, a leisurely walk through the woods to interpret natural history. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8. Free. 570-828-2319.

    Winter Bird-Feeding Seminar, with birder Evan Mann who shows how to make a bird feeder from recycled materials. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Nov. 8. $5. 570-967-7275.

    Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands, a session on the day-to-day activities, food, clothing and shelter of the Lenape culture. Age 10 and older. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 15. $20. 570-828-2319.

    Milkweed, Monarchs and More, tracing the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly and the plight of their survival. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Free. 570-479-0400.

    Introduction to Astronomy. Step out for an evening of star gazing and learn about some of the many constellations in the sky. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. $10. 570-828-2319.

    Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area. Join Bob Wasilewski from the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to see which birds are migrating in the park this fall. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Nov. 22. Free. 570-542-5948.

    Turkey Time Talk, information on the turkey’s life cycle, habitat and predators along with tips on hunting them and using turkey calls. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Nov. 22. 570-967-7275.

    Holiday Bows and Boughs. Create your own holiday decorations using natural materials. Evergreen boughs and wreathmaking materials provided but feel free to bring your own supplies. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 29. $10. Registration: 570-828-2319.

    Winter Ecology Hike to learn how plants and animals survive the elements. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 6. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area. Join Bob Wasilewski from the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to see which birds are migrating in the park this fall. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Dec. 27. Free. 570-542-5948.

    First Day Hike, a two-to-three-mile hike to start off the New Year. Meet at the Visitors Center of Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. 570-474-5884.

    Head out to Dingmans Ferry for a ‘Long Swamp Hike’ on a plank boardwalk on Sept. 26.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_LongSwamp13_BoardWalkIntoSwamp_print.jpgHead out to Dingmans Ferry for a ‘Long Swamp Hike’ on a plank boardwalk on Sept. 26.