‘Step Outdoors’ and have some fun

‘Step Outdoors’ and have some fun

The Step Outdoors Winter Outings series continues in Tioga County with two free outdoor events this weekend and two free indoor events next weekend. All four are free and open to people of all ages, including children with adult supervision.

To learn more about all series events or for updates, trail conditions, directions and more, visit www.stepoutdoors.org or call 570-724-0300 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

• Today — Have Fun Snow or No Snow. From 1-3 p.m., families may build a snowman or use the snow as a blank canvas to create art. Participate in the Hoop It Up and Ice Maker contests, go on a scavenger hunt, make a winter craft to take home, play tic-tac-toe or try to form an Eskimo circle. The event will be at the Stephenhouse Pavilion at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake. The park entrance is 14 miles north of Wellsboro on Route 287. Hot beverages provided.

• Saturday — Family Rock Climbing Day. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., beginners and families can experience the climbing wall for free with guidance from trained staff at Mansfield University’s Kelchner Fitness Center, 80 Clinton St., Mansfield. All gear is provided. For details, call director Amy DeLozier at 570-662-4865.

• Jan. 15 — Eagle Talk and Watch. At 1 p.m., a program about bald eagles will be given indoors at the Visitor Information Center at Ives Run Recreation Area, 14 miles north of Wellsboro on Route 287. The presentation will include photographs and information about the life of the bald eagle, the state Game Commission’s reintroduction program, how to identify the raptor and the areas on Hammond, Tioga and Cowanesque lakes where people can go to see them. If conditions permit, an outdoor eagle watch will follow. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided. For information, call the center at 570-835-5281.

Watersheds summit open to the public

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited again is hosting the annual meeting of area watershed associations, public officials and conservation organizations that help to preserve, protect and enhance area streams and watersheds. It wil be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, rear of 102 E. Third St.

Each year, these groups carry out projects including improving stream habitat, stabilizing stream banks, monitoring water quality and educating landowners and the public about watershed issues and best practices.

The public is invited to attend and learn about the volunteer efforts, beneficial projects and plans for 2017.

Take a hike under the full moon

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will hold a series of full moon hikes this year at its grounds in Wyoming County.

The center’s naturalist will lead each 90-minute hike on trails in the area. All ages are welcome.

Hikes are planned to begin at:

• 6 p.m. Thursday

• 6 p.m. Feb. 10

• 7 p.m. March 12

• 7:30 p.m. April 11

Hikes will not be held in July or August.

For more information, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

Discover the birds of Hog Island

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon welcomes guests to its free monthly programs that are held at the Kelly Township supervisors building, 551 Zeigler Road.

At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Kay Cramer will present a program on her experience at Hog Island, Maine. She will display a slideshow describing “The Joy of Birding” course, with land and sea birds and will give a brief history of the camp.

For more information, see www.sevenmountainsaudubon.org.

Try yoga in the woods

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will offer hatha yoga, led by Annmarie Ciccarelli, through May. A fee applies per class.

Hatha yoga is a slow, meditative style of yoga, focused on breath awareness and proper alignment. The slow-flow class links breath with movement to help bring focus to the present moment and quiet the mind.

It is designed for all levels and beginners are welcome. Classes will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and may be held indoors during the winter but outside on beautiful days.

Classes are planned for Jan. 21; Feb. 4 and 18; March 4 and 18; April 1 and 22; and May 6 and 20.

Ciccarelli received hatha yoga teaching certification from Shambhava Yoga Center in Rollinsville, Colorado and also is certified to teach yoga for wellness and meditation in the shambhava tradition. On some Saturdays, alternate teacher Matt Fox will lead a bikram-style yoga.

For more information, or to register, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

‘Coal Collections’ events continue into new year

LEWISBURG — The Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment will hold a variety of events related to anthracite coal. “Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories” will include a series of free noon lectures in the Weis Center Atrium lobby, 1 Dent Drive. The series includes:

“Sports Talk: Athletes from the Anthracite Coal Region,” Jan. 26;

•  Silencio Blanco Puppeteers, Feb. 16, Chilean puppeteers discuss coal mining and representing stories through puppetry;

“Art and Visual Culture of the Anthracite Coal Region,” March 23, Greg Stuart, Samek Art Museum;

“Immigrant Experiences of the Anthracite Coal Region,” March 28, a panel of community members and faculty discuss the enduring legacy of the immigrant experience.

A “Coal Collections series” brochure is available for free. To request one, contact Lisa Leighton, Weis Center marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or email lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

Club plans 48th annual rock, mineral show

WYSOX — The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club will hold its 48th annual show at a new location in 2017. The show is planned for March 25-26 at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Co., 111 Lake Road.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for youth and free for those under age 8.

Club members and museums will have their exhibits on display; lapidary and geode-cutting demonstrations will be given; and door prizes will be awarded.

For children, a scavenger hunt and mini mine will be offered. A fluorescent show will be held.

Dealers will sell minerals, fossils, jewelry and lapidary.

For more details, see www.chehannarocks.com.