Outdoors Listings: Oct. 21 to 27, 2015

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THIS WEEK: Oct. 21 to 27, 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; 2 p.m. Nov. 14. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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.

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.

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.

Stroll Along Historic Brodhead Creek, a three-mile walk to learn about causes of the 1955 flood and ways of conserving land for flood control, water quality and public enjoyment. Meet at Pinebrook Park, North Fifth Street, off Route 447, Stroud Township. 10 a.m. Oct. 24. Free but registration required. 570-839-1120.

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.

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Birding Field Trip, an all-day birding adventure to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Jersey, a migratory hotspot for a diversity of birds. Meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. $24 includes bus transportation. Pack a lunch and binoculars; dinner stop will be made. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

Jack-O-Lantern 5K Walk and Run, sponsored by the Marywood University Lacrosse Team. Come in costume. Center for Athletics and Wellness on campus, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Oct. 31 with registration at 8:45 a.m. and race at 9:30 a.m. $15 includes a t-shirt. Entry form at marywoodpacers.com.

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.

Sign, Sign, Everywhere There’s Signs, indoor and outdoor programs on clues animals leave behind. Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Nov. 7. $5. 570-629-3061.

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.

Backyard Beekeeping, an introduction to apiary equipment, types of hive boxes, protective gear, costs and more. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $25. Registration: 570-842-1506.

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.

Build an Ecosystem in a Jar, condensing an ecosystem down to the size of a glass jar which, if balanced properly, can stay healthy without interference. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Nov. 14. $5. 570-629-3061.

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.

Live Reptile and Amphibian Show, with field naturalist Rick Koval who brings native snakes, frogs, salamanders and turtles. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Mystery Birding Trip. Join environmental educator Brian Hardiman who leads a field trip to a mystery birding destination. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Bring a lunch and binoculars. $24. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

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.

Winterfest Visit to Lacawac, a seasonal, one-mile hike to tour the field station. Bring a travel mug to fill with coffee or tea before the hike. Followed by a lunch of homemade soups. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. Dec. 13. $20. Reservations: 570-689-9494.

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.

Backyard Beekeeping, a class on “Preparing Your Apiary,” 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. Jan. 14. $25. Registration: 570-842-1506.

Backyard Beekeeping, a class on “Spring Apiary Management,” 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. Feb. 25. $25. Registration: 570-842-1506.