THIS WEEK: March 14 through 20
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.
North Branch Land Trust hike, Land Trust member and volunteer Jim Ridolfi will lead a moderate 4-mile hike on PA State Game Lands #91 in Jenkins Township, from 1 to 4 p.m. March 25. Sunday, March 25. This leisurely hike winds through various habitats including an old hemlock grove and ends at a small wooded lake where beaver and river otter are frequently spotted. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Maximum number of participants is 25. No charge for NBLT members; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members. Registration is required. Please register online at www.nblt.org or call the NBLT office at 570-310-1781. Registration deadline is March 23. Please leave your four-legged friends at home and please arrive by 12:45 so that the hike begins on time.
DiscoverE Nature Camps for children at Nescopeck State Park, registration begins 8 a.m. April 2. Camps include Hide-‘n-Seekers for ages 4 to 5, which runs 9 to 11 a.m. from June 11-13; Outdoor Explorers for ages 6 to 8, which runs 9 to 11 a.m. from June 18-20 and Penn’s Adventurers for ages 9 to 12, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon July 30 to Aug. 2. Cost is $20 per child. Register at events.dcnr.pa.gov or in person or at 570-403-2006 during office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
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.
Trout Fishing in America’s West, sponsored by the Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Pocono fly fisherman, artist, author and biologist Don Baylor will president a slide program on one of his adventure-filled western trout fishing trips. 7 p.m. April 10, at Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Free. Registration required. Call 570-403-2006.