THIS WEEK: July 1 to 7, 2015
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 at 7 a.m. (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.
Ramble with a Naturalist, a trek through the forest to look for animal signs and seasonal plants. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. July 4. Free. 570-836-3835.
Turtle Walk and Talk, a short natural history talk followed by a trip to the turtle pond to check out specimens. Meet in the gravel parking area on the left at the bottom of Campground Road. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 4 p.m. July 4. 570-696-9105.
Native American Stories. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 7 p.m. July 4. 570-696-9105.
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.
Golden Paddle, a kayaking session especially for retirees with basic instruction followed by a float around Lake Frances. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. July 7. $5. Registration: 570-403-2006.
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.