Outdoors Listings: June 3 to 9, 2015

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    ‘Mary’s View’ is one of the scenic vistas to be seen during a 4.5-mile hike along the Loyalsock State Forest trails on June 7.

    THIS WEEK: June 5 to 11, 2015

    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.

    Family Nature Walk, along the Deer Trail of Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 9 a.m. June 6. 570-696-3525.

    Finishing the Fight, the fifth annual 5K run and walk to raise funds for “Love from Home,” which sends care packages to deployed men and women. Blakely Borough Recreational Complex, 99 Keystone Drive. June 6 with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 11 a.m. $20. 570-614-6341.

    Breathe Deep Lungevity Walk, a 5K walk or run to raise funds for the fight to cure lung cancer. Martz Pavilion, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. June 6 with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10:30 a.m. $25; $20 survivors; $15 students. Register on line at lungevity.org/nepa.

    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.

    Cranberry Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour tour of the northern boreal bog on floating platforms. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 2 p.m. June 6. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Wildflower Walk, with naturalist Nancy Wottrich to identify plants at the 400-acre Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve. Meet at the Stalk Road parking lot on Route 171, one mile north of Thompson. 2 p.m. June 6. 908-403-8255.

    Loyalsock Hike, a 4.5-mile loop in the Loyalsock State Forest including panoramic views and waterfalls. Meet 10:45 a.m. June 7 at the Loyalsock Trail parking lot, Dry Run Road (3.1 miles off Route 87) near Hillsgrove.570-946-4049.

    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.

    Do-It-Yourself Day, fun DIY projects including candles, pinecone bird feeders and homemade fire-starters. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. June 7. $5. 570-282-2319.

    Following Nature’s Cues, saving and restoring successful native plant habitats by learning which plants are native and which are invasive. Led by botanist Claudia Steckel. Meet at DCNR’s Lehigh Track along Old River Road, Thornhurst. 6 p.m. June 8. Free with refreshments. 570-472-3274.

    Kayak Trip at the Bog, a three-hour paddle into the Bog Preserve on Cranberry Creek. Bring your own kayak or canoe and meet at the bog parking lot, 166 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. 10 a.m. June 11. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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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    Raptor Field Trip, to observe locally breeding bald eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons and learn about their dramatic comeback. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12. $24 includes transportation. Bring a lunch and binoculars. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Bridge the Gap: Day Paddle, a free trip on the Delaware River on canoe or kayak. Bring lunch and water. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13. 570-828-2319.

    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, canoeing and kayaking, wild edibles walk, Lake Ecology Station, obstacle course, Animals Touch Station and more. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13. $10 per carload. 570-689-9494.

    Salamander Search. Wear old shoes and be prepared for mud. Meet below the Butterfly Garden at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 10 a.m. June 13. 570-696-3525.

    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.

    Morning Kayak Paddle, for age 12 and older with prior experience. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 9 a.m. June 14. Registration: 570-696-9105.

    Wild Edibles Walk. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon June 14. $5. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    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.

    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 Recreation Complex, 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.

    Summer Solstice Celebration, with solar viewing, solar lessons, solar power and other demonstrations ending with a bonfire and storytelling session in the evening. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. Noon on June 20. 570-967-7275.

    Pro Series: Small Mammals, a workshop on the identification of Pennsylvania’s mammals including bats, mice and shrews. Also: live mammals, prepared specimens and skulls. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. June 20. $20. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    SuperDad Fun Run, a two-mile family run with prizes. Superhero costumes welcome. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. June 21. $25. 570-967-7275.

    Pond Explorers, using nets to collect fish, macro-invertebrates and amphibians for up-close study. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. June 21. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Father and Son Sunday, with activities including treasure hunting, orienteering, rock scrambling and more. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 2 p.m. June 21. $5. 570-967-7275.

    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.

    Bridge the Gap: Hike and Bike, a bike ride along the McDade Trail followed by a return hike. All equipment and transportation provided. Bring lunch and water. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27. Free. Space limited; registration: 570-828-2319.

    Family Fishing Festival, learning about casting, fishing safety, clean water and more for children age 8 and older. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27. Registration: 570-477-2206.

    Brandon’s Run, a 5K run and walk to raise funds for Brandon’s Forever Home which helps children in foster care. With music, drinks, food and booths. Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 9 a.m. to noon June 27. Race forms available at lehmanpa.com.

    Amphibian and Reptile Survey, a morning presentation followed by a field survey. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27. $5. 570-967-7275.

    Summer Canoe Paddle. Learn to paddle a canoe with all equipment provided. Beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. June 27. $5. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    Ecozone Discovery Room. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave or dig in a fossil pit in this indoor discovery room with hands-on exhibits on natural history and the environment. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. June 28. $2. 570-828-2319.

    Two-Wheeled Tour. Bike the roads and trails around Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. June 28. Free. 570-967-7275.

    Celebration with a Bang, a Family Nature Getaway Weekend with nature hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, fireworks, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. July 2 to 5. $225 includes three nights lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

    Music in the Park, a concert under the stars by the Lonnie Griffiths Band along with a campfire and marshmallow toasting. Park Pavilion, Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. July 3. 570-967-7275.

    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.

    Summer Canoe Paddle. Learn to paddle a canoe with all equipment provided. Beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 5. $5. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    Frog Frolic, a fun afternoon learning about frogs while catching and releasing them at ponds and streams. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 11. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Historic Kayak Trip, a five-hour river trip from West Falls to West Pittston with stops at one of the river islands for a history talk by Jan Lokuta and at the archaelogical dig site at Coxton Yard for a tour and lunch. Meet 9 a.m. July 12 at the Water Street Bridge in West Pittston. Reservations: 570-746-9140 or 570-388-6107. $65 single; $80 tandem; $25 bring your own (includes lunch). Information at greaterpittstonhistory.org.

    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.

    Sunday for Singles. Explore nature and meet new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 12. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    Nature at Night, a walk in the woods to listen for animal sounds and observe the stars. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8 to 9:30 p.m. July 18. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Ecozone Discovery Room. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave or dig in a fossil pit in this indoor discovery room with hands-on exhibits on natural history and the environment. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. July 18. $2. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    Summer Canoe Paddle. Learn to paddle a canoe with all equipment provided. Beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 19. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Dragonflies and Damselflies, an indoor overview followed by outdoor observation at Silver Creek. Nets provided. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. July 19. $5. 570-967-7275.

    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.

    Harveys Lake BRWalk. Bike, run or walk nine miles around the lake to benefit Candy’s Place: A Cancer Wellness Center. July 25 with registration at 9 a.m. and staggered starts beginning at 10 a.m. $15 advance; $20 day of event. 570-714-8800.

    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.

    Ecozone Discovery Room. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave or dig in a fossil pit in this indoor discovery room with hands-on exhibits on natural history and the environment. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. July 26. $2. 570-828-2319.

    Two-Wheeled Tour. Bike the roads and trails around Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. July 26. Free. 570-967-7275.

    Full Blue Moon Hike, a short walk in the moonlight at Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 8 p.m. July 31. 570-967-7275.

    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.

    BTE Kayak Day, a three-hour trip on the Susquehanna River from Lime Ridge to Bloomsburg’s Town Park with a stop on a private island for a cookout. Meet at Town Park 9 a.m. Aug. 8. $50 includes kayak rental, t-shirt and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. 570-784-5530.

    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.