Outdoors Listings: June 17 to 23, 2015

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    Tours of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog are offered every Wednesday morning through September by the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center in Stroudsburg.

    THIS WEEK: June 17 to 23, 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 Sept. 30. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Discovering the Farm’s Amphibians and Reptiles, an interpretive walk through the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 1 to 3 p.m. June 19. $5. 570-992-6161.

    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, Wyoming. 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.

    Ponder a Pond, an exploration of Swink Pond to learn about — and catch — some of the critters that call it home. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon June 20. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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 another 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.

    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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    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.

    Tree ID Program, learning to identify trees by their leaves. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 27. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    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. June 28. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Bernie’s Memorial Run and Walk, the 32nd annual three-mile event in honor of former YMCA executive director Bernie Hargadon. Beginning at West Market and South River streets, continuing through residential neighborhoods in South Wilkes-Barre and finishing at Public Square. Sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. July 4 with same-day registration (on Public Square) and event at 8:30 a.m. $25. Free Kids Fun Run at 9:15 a.m., beginning at South Main and Ross streets and ending at Public Square. 570-823-2191.

    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 with your own watercraft (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.

    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. July 12. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Sssnakes Alive! Learn about the identification and biological roles of native snakes. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. July 18. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Butterfly Count, the annual event sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association to assess butterfly populations throughout the U.S. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9:30 a.m. July 25. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Wild Edibles Walk. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 25. Free. 570-828-2319.

    Earthen Healing, learning about the healing powers of plants, which species cure various ailments and how to prepare them for use. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 25. $5. 570-828-2319.

    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. 2 p.m. July 25. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Butterfly Walk, a search through the fields and around the ponds for butterflies and dragonflies. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 26. $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 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.

    Women’s Weekend, a relaxing getaway with nature hikes, canoeing, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. July 31 to Aug. 2. $199 includes two nights lodging and six meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

    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.

    The Edible, Ecological and Easier Garden, how to make gardening easier by working with nature including deep sheet mulching, building supportive plant guilds, choosing hardy and disease-free edibles and designing for passive rainwater harvest. With Nicole Luttrell of Deeply Rooted Design. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Aug. 1. $10. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Frog Frenzy, an afternoon at the ponds and streams gently catching and releasing these hopping amphibians. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 2. $5. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    Bridge the Gap: Day Hike, a three-mile loop on the Tumbling Waters Trail. Snacks provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8. Free. 570-828-2319.

    Life Under a Log, capturing underground creatures that live in rotting logs and underneath rocks on the forest floor. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Aug. 8. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Pro Series: Ferns and Lycophytes, an in-depth study of these various plants of the area, ending the day in the lab for closeup looks under microscopes. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8. $20. 570-828-2319.

    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. 2 p.m. Aug. 8. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Summer Canoe Paddle. Beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 9. Call to reserve your watercraft: 570-828-2319.

    Migration Mysteries, a program about which animals migrate and why. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Aug. 15. $5. Registration: 570-629-0361.

    Dragonfly Walk through fields and around the ponds to seek out dragonflies and butterflies. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15. $5. 570-828-2319.

    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.

    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. Aug. 16. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Family Canoe Trip, a 20-mile leisurely two-day river trip from Dingmans Ferry to Smithfield Beach with river interpretation, swimming, fishing, birding and one night’s camping with a night hike. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Aug. 18 and 19. $110 includes canoe rental, four meals and all programs. Reservations: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Hike to the Center of the Bog, a rare opportunity to explore this unique area with a “quaking mat” and several unusual plants. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 10 a.m. Aug. 25. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Amphibian and Reptile Ramble, searching for salamanders, frogs, turtles and snakes at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 29. $5. 570-629-3061.

    Hike to the Top, a discovery trek to the top of an unnamed ridge with a huge glacial erratic boulder and a scenic vista. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Sept. 12. $5. 570-629-3061.

    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. 2 p.m. Sept. 12. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    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.

    Dragonflies and Their Allies, learning about these winged creatures who frequent ponds at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Sept. 19. $5. 570-629-3061.

    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.

    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. Sept. 20. $6. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.