THIS WEEK: March 7 through 13
Fly Fishing for Beginners: Trout, Streams, and Fly Tying Basics, 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 8, Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Join Mike Gondell, from the Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited, to learn the basics of the art of fly fishing. He will focus on trout biology, stream habitat, and insect identification. This program is designed to take some of the mystery out of fly fishing, but not lose the mystique. Suitable for 18 years and up. All equipment is provided. Free. Registration required. Call the park office at 570-403-2006.
Tobyhanna State Park, moderate 7-mile hike, meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 10:45 a.m. March 11 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leader Diane Buscarini 570-842-2230.
Well Water Basics: Protecting Your Drinking Water, 7 p.m. March 14, Nescopeck State Park office, Honey Hole Road, Drums. In honor of Goundwater Awareness Week, hydrogeologist Brian Oram will discuss drinking water, ground water resources, and some of the real potential hazards in your community. This free program is part of the Keystone Clean Water Team outreach. Learn more at pacleanwater.org. To register, call the park office at 570-403-2006 or go to events.dcnr.pa.gov.
Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, 8:30 a.m. March 17. Join Bruce Troy from Wild Birds Unlimited for a leisurely walk through the park to seek out beautiful birds. Spring is in the air and it’s a great time to get out for bird watching and enjoying nature. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the Environmental Education Center and boat rental. Bring your binoculars and have fun looking and listening to the birds. Free. Info, 570-675-9900.
Pinchot Trail At Lackawanna State Forest near Thornhurst. Moderate 9-mile hike. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 9:45 a.m. March 18 and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Leader Tom Barnard 570-388-4060.
Mocanaqua Loop Trail. Difficult 7-mile hike. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rte 309 near Blackman St. (across from KMART) at 11:45 a.m. March 25 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club.Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.
Early Explorers: Super Seeds, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 9, for ages 3 to 6 and a guardian, at Lackawanna Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. Children will learn the tricks plants use for seed dispersal and will plant a seed to take home. Classes run every other Monday March 26 to June 4. Cost is $40 for six classes or $8 for individual class. Pre-registration is required. 570-842-1506.
Family Earth Day Hike, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 22, a guided interpretive family hike along the trails of Lackawanna County Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. $5 per person. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. 570-842-1506.
Early Explorers: Awakening Amphibians, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 23, for children ages 3 to 6 and a guardian. Children will learn about frogs as we search for amphibians around the property. Cost is $40 for a series of 6 classes or $8 for individual classes. Classes run every other Monday from March 26th – June 4th. Pre-registration is required. 570-842-1506.