Outdoors Listings: Oct. 9 to 13, 2015

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THIS WEEK: Oct. 7 to 13, 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. 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 4. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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.

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.

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. Oct. 9. $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.

Birding at Frances Slocum, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10. Free. 570-675-9900.

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.

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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.

Fall Hiking Weekend, three days of guided hikes ranging from 2 to 8 miles, for hikers of all levels. Also: programs on reptiles/amphibians and bald eagles, an early morning bird walk, and use of a sand volleyball court, game room, kayaks and canoes. Sponsored by the Keystone Trails Association at Doubling Gap Center, Newville in Cumberland County. Oct. 16 to 18. Registration at kta-hike.org.

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.

A Lap Along the Lakeshore, a walk along the lake edge from Pavilion #3 to the turtle pond and back, looking for signs of autumn. Meet at the footbridge near Pavilion #3, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 10 a.m. Oct. 17. 570-696-9105.

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.

Fall 8K Foot Race, sponsored by the Susquehanna River Runners Club of Wilkes-Barre. Begins on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail in Shickshinny near North Canal Street and continues to West Nanticoke where runners reverse course and race back into Shickshinny. Followed by food and refreshments at the picnic pavilion at the borough park. 11 a.m. Oct. 18. Entry forms available at neparunner.com.

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.

Atlatyl Action. Learn about this ancient weapon, then try your skill at throwing it for distance and accuracy. Age 12 and older. Meet at the Ball Field, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 10 a.m. Oct. 24. 570-696-9105.

Live Bats: Fact or Fiction, a talk on the benefits provided by these nocturnal mammals. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. 570-675-9900.

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.

Birding at Frances Slocum, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Free. 570-675-9900.

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.