THIS WEEK: May 9 through 15
Safe Boating Classes, 6 to 10 p.m. May 9 and 6 to 10 p.m. June 12 and 13, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla at Harveys Lake American Legion, Route 415, 4907 Memorial Highway, Harveys Lake. For ages 12 and older. Registration required. Contact Jim Johnson at 570-639-2898 for reservations. The fee is $25 payable at the door on the first night of the class. The fee includes the Boating Safely Class Book.
Wildflower Walk, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 10 at Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton. Jane Swift from World End State Park will guide us along the lower portion of the Falls Trail to observe wildflowers in bloom. Park and meet at the Route 118 parking lot. Info, 570-477-7780
Kid’s Fishing Derby, Wilkes-Barre Township Settlement Camp, Bear Creek Township, for children through age 15. Registration is at 9 a.m. May 12 and derby begins at 10 a.m. Three age categories: 1 through 5, 6 through 9 and 10 through 15. Prizes will be awarded to children who catch the largest fish in each category. The lake will be stocked with trout. Children must be accompanied by an adult, wear eye protection and bring their own rod with reel, tackle and bait. 570-823-7540.
Birding at Frances Slocum State Park. Join Bruce Troy, Wild Birds Unlimited, for a leisurely walk through the park to seek out beautiful birds. Spring is here and it’s a great time for bird watching and enjoying nature. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the Environmental Education Center and boat rental at 8:30 a.m. May 12. Bring your binoculars and have fun looking and listening to the birds. Info, 570-675-9900.
Mt. Tammany at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Difficult 11 mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 8:45 a.m. May 13 and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.
Y Cycle Sunday “Path of History” Family Bike Ride, second in a series, meet at 2 p.m. May 20 at the Millenium Circle portal of Wilkes-Barre’s River Common, 92 North River St. Parking is available in the lot behind the Irem Temple across the street. Ride will be slow, family and novice-rider friendly. Riders must wear helmets and parents or guardians must accompany minor children. The ride will follow the levee trail to the Wyoming Monument. Contact Michele Schasberger at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA at 570-823-2121, ext. 5040 with any questions.
Vosburg hike, moderate six miles with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 11:45 a.m May 20 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Leaders Wendell and Kathy Jones 570-406-3173.
Pennsylvania Black Bears, a program on bear biology, ecology, management and hunting opportunities presented by Bill Williams from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 7 p.m. May 31, Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Meet at the park office. Free. Registration required. Call 570-403-2006.
Y Cycle Sunday “Trail to Trail” Bicycle Ride for National Trails Day. Third in a series. Meet at the Millenium Circle portal at 2 p.m. June 3 and ride the Susquehanna River Levee trail up and around to the Kmart on Wyoming Avenue, and continue on city streets to the Back Mountain Trail, which we will ride up to the waterfall. We will learn about the trail network currently growing in Luzerne County, especially the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor extension to the City of Wilkes-Barre. This ride will have a moderate uphill slope for part of the ride. Riders must wear helmets and parents or guardians must accompany minor children. Contact Michele Schasberger at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA at 570-823-2121, ext. 5040 with any questions.
High Knob Vista, difficult 10-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet 8:45 a.m. June 3 at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader is Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.
Bear Creek Preserve, difficult 8-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 10:45 a.m. June 10 at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Nicole Gfeller 570-735-4359.
Lackawanna State Park, moderate 9-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 9:45 am. June 17 at Park & Ride on Route 315 in Dupont and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Al Chapacharis 570-806-1754.
Lehigh Gap Trails, difficult 8-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 9:45 a.m. June 24 at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Tom Barnard 570-262-7957.