Outdoors Listings: Oct. 4 to 10

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THIS WEEK: Oct. 4 to 10

Full Moon Hike, an evening of wicked good fun and adventure, sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust at the Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Boulevard (Route 115), Bear Creek, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5. After a 2-mile, moderate hike, enjoy a roaring bonfire, conversation and s’mores. Come prepared to use your night vision and bring a flashlight in case of cloudy conditions. Please wear sturdy footwear. The event is free to NBLT members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required. Please register online at nblt.org or call the office at 570-310-1781 by Oct. 3.

Harvest Moon Hike at Kettle Creek, sponsored by Monroe County Conservation District, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Listen and watch for animals that become active when the light begins to fade, and learn about their unique nocturnal adaptations. We will try to avoid using flashlights or headlamps, but bring them along just in case (red filters are recommended). Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Light refreshments will be available after the hike. Pre-registration required. Cost is $6/adults, $4/children under 12. To register, call Kettle Creek Environmental Education, 570-629-3061.

Reptiles and Amphibians Up Close, with naturalist Rick Koval, 11 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkannock, with a chance to meet and greet some of these creatures up close. The event is free but reservations are suggested. Call 570-996-1500. Ticket will be available at the door as long as they last.

Pinnacle hike at Hamburg Reservoir, 9 difficult miles. Meet at the Park & Ride on Route 309 near Blackman St. (across from Kmart) at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 8 and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Reptiles and Amphibians program, with WNEP-TV Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality Rick Koval, who will bring live frogs, salamanders, snakes and a turtle for you to meet, 7 p.m. Oct. 9, sponsored by North Pocono CARE (Citizens Alert Regarding the Environment), at Thornhurst Fire Hall, 351 Old River Road, Thornhurt. Free. For info, call Bonnie at 570-472-3274.

Elk Viewing in the Pennsylvania Wilds, sponsored by the Kettel Creek Environmental Education Center. These bus trips will give participants the opportunity to see wild elk and visit state parks, including the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Oct. 9 to 11. For full schedule and pricing call 570-629-3061.

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Black Forest Trail hike at Tiadaghton State Forest. Difficult 9 mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 15 and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Al Chapacharis 570-806-1754. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Hillside Farms hike, an informative hike at The Lands at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown, sponsored by North Branch Land Trust 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Learn the is history of Hillside Farms from a family owned business established in the late 1880s to the current non-profit, historic, and educational The Lands at Hillside Farms. The Lands mission is to teach healthy, practical, and sustainable life choices. Space is limited. Please register online at nblt.org under “Events”, or call the office at 570-310-1781. Hike is $10 for non-members. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Worlds End State Park Hike. Difficult 8 mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 22 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Tom Barnard 570-388-4060. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Halloween Fest, pumpkin carving, a pinata, ghost stories and a haunted walk at Salt Springs Park, 2305 Salt Springs Rd., Montrose, starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 28. 570-967-7275.

Salt Springs State Park Hike, moderate 6 mile hike in Susquehanna County. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 29 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Bob Boettger 570-346-8010. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Prompton State Park, moderate 9 mile hike. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 5 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. First Day of Eastern Standard Time. Leader John McFadden 570-267-8143. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Stoney Creek Hike, Lehigh Gorge. Difficult 8 mile hike. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 12 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Hike includes small stream crossing. Leader Susan Eckhart 570- 283-1312. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Hawk Mountain. Difficult 7 mile hike. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rte 309 near Blackman St. (across from KMART) at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 19 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Hike includes rock scrambles. Leader Rich McNulty 570- 239-8237. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Tubs Natural Area, moderate 5 + 3 mile hike. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 3 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. We will all hike the first 5 miles. At your discretion you may join the hike leader for an additional 3 miles. Leader Rita Skechus 570-457-0527. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Francis Walter Dam. Difficult 5 mile hike. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 10 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Cherry Run Trail-Connector (Little Cherry Run) at Ricketts Glen State Park. Moderate 6 mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 17 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Tom Barnard 570-388-4060. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.

Wyoming Valley Levee. Easy 5 mile hike. Meet at Levee parking lot next to Midway Shopping Center (across from Swetland Homestead) on US Route 11 at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 31 and leave at 1 p.m. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.