Hunter Trapper Education Programs to be held
MUNCY VALLEY - A hunter-trapper education class for youth ages 11 and older will be held 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the North Mountain Sportsman's Club on Shipman Hill Road in Sullivan County. Participants must attend all three sessions to complete the course. Upon successful course completion, an HTE card will be issued.
To enroll, register online at www.pgc.state.pa.us (click on Education and Hunter Trapper Education). If you have problems registering, call Rick Smith at 928-8941. Registration is limited to 45 per class.
For more information, visit www.northmt.com.
Bluebird Society sets conference
STATE COLLEGE - Registrations are being accepted now for the 14th annual Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania's conference on Friday and Saturday at the Penn Stater Hotel Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd.
On Friday evening, Ken Leister, state county coordinator for BSP, will host a social. Program topics include "Landscaping for Bluebirds," "17 Ways to Inspire Others about Bluebird Conservation" and a demonstration featuring the best nest box designs.
The Saturday, three guest speakers will hold talks:
Warren Miller, president of the Honey Bee Association of Pennsylvania, will discuss bee colonies and reasons why the insects are beneficial to mankind.
Thomas Serfass, a professor at Frostburg State University, will present "Otters, the Present, Past, and Future" and how people can help the animals survive in Pennsylvania's waterways.
Scott Shalaway, of West Virginia, a certified wildlife biologist, a nature journalist, author and broadcaster who hosts a nature-themed radio show in West Virginia and Pittsburgh. His program is titled "The Whole Story" and concerns the natural history of cavity-nesting songbirds.
Registration is $35 per person. For more information, visit www thebsp.org.
Take a hike with regional group
The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region in the spring and summer.
They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike.
Hikes will be held:
Saturday - Loyalsock Trail, Sullivan County, 6.5 miles, easy to moderate. We will hike from Sones Pond to the end of the trail on Route 220 via the Haystacks. Meet at 8:30 am at the McDonald's in Hughesville. Leader: Roy Fontaine, 220-4707.
April 19 - Bartley Gap Trail, Union County, four miles, moderate with rough footing. Try a mid-week hike for a change and get to know Bald Eagle State Forest. We'll go up a stream valley and onto a ridge, work our way back down along the Halls Pike Trail and loop back along the forest road. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Lewisburg post office parking lot or at 9:45 at the trailhead. The ground is very rocky and there are multiple stream crossings, so wear boots. Leader: Sam Pearson, 522-8159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWTF plans event for women
PORT MATILDA - The Nittany Valley Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a Women in the Outdoors event Saturday at Marrara's Mountain Lodge in Port Matilda, Centre County.
Registration is required in advance by going to www.womenintheoutdoors.org, clicking on "PA WITO Event Manager Calendar" and searching the calendar for the date.
For more information, contact Lindsay Breakey at 814-577-6798 or email@example.com.
Learn about 'earthscaping' at workshop
SIDMAN - April 14 is the last day to register for the "EarthScaping: An Environmental Approach to Landscape Design, Maintenance, Property Management and Fruit Tree Planting" workshop that will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21 at the Morris Tavern and Restaurant Banquet Room in Cambria County.
The workshop is sponsored by the Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association and includes both an indoor "classroom" component and an outdoor demonstration.
The program will cover landscape design principles, plant selection (woody and herbaceous plants), edible landscaping and alternative fruit crops for Pennsylvania. The demonstration component will include pruning basics, pruning woody ornamentals, planting fruit trees, techniques to ensure planting success and landscape troubleshooting.
The workshop will be conducted by Tom Ford, the area commercial horticulture educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension. The cost is $20 for nonmembers and $15 for AMWA members. Coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided.
For registration, directions and more information, call 814-472-8560.
Watershed group plans meeting
BARBOURS - The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. April 17 at Plunketts Creek Fire Hall.
The guest speaker is Dr. Jonathan Niles, a visiting professor at Susquehanna University. Weeks before Tropical Storm Lee caused extensive flooding in the Loyalsock Watershed, Niles and his interns collected comprehensive ecological data on many of the Loyalsock Creek's headwater streams. Niles will discuss the ecology of the streams prior to the flood, the data he has collected since the flood and his plans for studying the recovery of the watershed's aquatic communities.
Memberships to the LCWA will be available at the meeting.
Learn how to safely control a boat
PENNSDALE - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Williamsport, Flotilla 15-01, will hold its final safe boating course of the year at Gander Mountain in the Lycoming Mall 5-9 p.m. April 17 and 19.
Instructors are volunteers, but a $15 fee will be charged. Advance registration is required.
Participants will receive a USCGA safe boating certificate and will qualify for the Pennsylvania boating certificate upon successful completion of the course.
To enroll, or for more information, contact Joseph Kustanbauter at 435-2193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental film series offered
BLOSSBURG - The Countryside Film Series will be held at the Victoria Theater, 222 Main St., at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through at least June.
The theme of each film will explore some aspect of the notion of "countryside" and will deliver a message of hope and respect for the country and the country folks who live there. Before the feature film, a segment from one of the oral histories gathered by the Pine Creek Watershed Council will be shown to highlight the history and culture of this region.
The suggested ticket price is $5.
Upcoming movies include:
April 18 - "Taking Root, the Vision of Wangari Maathai"
May 16 - "Blue Planet" and "The Powers of 10"
June 20 - "Hope for Polluted Water"
Mill Cove celebrates Earth Day
MANSFIELD - "Earth Day at Mill Cove" will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21 at the Mill Cove Environmental Area north of here. Co-sponsored by Mansfield University and Mill Cove Inc., the event will feature a full day of activities and presentations suitable for all ages.
Demonstrations are planned on fish sampling, muzzleloading, macroinvertebrate (bug) collecting, archery, fly fishing, natural food growing and flora, wildlife and environmental protection. Activities will include canoeing, kayaking, a fishing derby, bird watching and local flora hikes and a BB gun competition.
The event is free, and lunch and refreshments will be sold. Vendors are sought.
Trail challenge scheduled
HYNER - The Hyner View Trail Challenge and Hyner Ultra Challenge 50K will be held April 21 at the Western Clinton Sportsmen's Association.
The 25K trail challenge will include more than 4,300 feet of elevation gain. In the ultra challenge, runners will have to complete the entire 25K course, but also will branch off and take on a challenging 14-mile loop.
A post-race party will be held at the start/finish area.
Registration is required by calling 814-321-8281. For more information, visit www.hikerun.com.
Help clean up the Loyalsock Trail
Hikers who want to help clean up a segment of the Loyalsock Trail on April 22, May 6 and/or May 20 may sign up by calling Ruth Rode, of the Alpine Club of Williamsport.
Participants should bring their own gloves, lunch and beverage, as well as clippers, loppers and bow or folding saws. Some equipment also will be provided.
Hikers first should register by calling Rode at 322-5878. On each day of the hike, they should meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Sovereign Bank, 251 S. Market St., South Williamsport.
Volunteers needed for Black Hole Creek event
MONTGOMERY - The Great Black Hole Creek Cleanup will be held April 28. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Hulsizer's Chevrolet. Rain date is May 5.
The cleanup will take place all through Montgomery, from Hulsizer's and past Riverside Campground. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
For more information, call 547-6289.
ATV safety class planned
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. April 28 at Wheels Of Williamsport Inc., 99 Grey Fox Drive, Montoursville. Student must provide their own ATV and parents must accompany their children.
Class size is limited and registration is required prior to the day of the class.
The class will be taught by state certified safety instructors Bill and Nancy Stugart.
The state requires youths ages 8 through 15 take a safety training course prescribed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and have a safety training certificate issued by DCNR before operating an ATV off their parents' or legal guardians' property.
To register, call Bill or Nancy at 435-0923.
Register for West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn
May 4 is the last day to register for the West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn, an 85-river mile-long expedition from Curwensville to Renovo that will be held May 19-24.
Break out the paddles, get campfire tales organized and organizers for an exciting trip through some of the most remote and lovely sections of the Upper West Branch of the Susquehanna River during a six-day educational canoe and kayak trip. Participants may paddle the entire trip or a few days.
Touted by National Geographic as "Best Adventure Destination for 2012" and recently designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service, the West Branch is a great place for exploration.
Full registration is $325 for adults and $165 for kids 12 and under. Partial registration is $65/day for adults and $33/day for kids 12 and under.
For more information, or to register, go to the www.susquehannagreenway.org/west-branch-sojourn-register-here webpage.
Watershed associations to meet
HUGHESVILLE - The Black Hole Creek Watershed Association and the Muncy Creek Watershed Association will hold a joint meeting at 7 p.m. May 10 at Hughesville Library, 146 Fifth St.
Mark Stephens, a professional geologist with the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Megan Lehman, an environmental planner with Lycoming County, will deliver a presentation about the North Central Source Water Protection Alliance and its efforts to protect public water systems.
The alliance protects the region's drinking water sources from all potential sources of contamination by proactively evaluating susceptibility to contamination, working to minimize or eliminate specific potential threats, creating long-range strategies to protect sources, encouraging local planning and inter-municipal coordination efforts, and educating the public about source water protection.
The meeting is open to the public.
Fishing derby planned
MONTGOMERY - The Black Hole Creek Fishin' Derby will be held May 19, unless the weather is inclement. The rain date is June 2.
For more information, call Becky at 547-6289
Anglers club release stocking schedule
TROUT RUN - The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will stock trout on May 26. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Trout Run Fire Co.
The club also will hold a children's fishing derby June 2 at the Sheshequin Campgrounds, north of here on Route 14 at the Marsh Hill Bridge. It will be held rain or shine.
Girls and boys up to age 13 may compete and each will receive a derby prize.
Registration times are:
3-4 years, 8:30 a.m., fishing 9 a.m.-10 a.m.;
5-6 years, 10 a.m., fishing 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.;
7-9 years, 11:30 a.m., fishing noon-1 p.m.;
10-13 years, 1 p.m., fishing, 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Group plans motorcycle ride
CASTANEA - The Durty Dabbers Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride will be held June 2-3 at the Castanea Fire Hall Picnic grounds, across the field from the William T. Piper Memorial Airport.
The ride involves about 100 miles of off-road, street-legal motorcycle riding.
For more information, call 748-9456 or 726-3343 or visit www.durtydabbers.com.
Women in the Outdoors event planned
DANVILLE - The White Deer Jakes, Col-mont Gobblers and Sun Area chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a Tri-Chapter Women in the Outdoors event on June 9 at Montour Preserve/North Montour Sportsmen's Club. A fee will apply.
Advance registration is required by going to www.womenintheoutdoors.org, clicking on "PA WITO Event Manager Calendar" and then searching the calendar.
Through expert instruction and hands-on education, the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors program helps women develop outdoor skills in a safe environment.
ATV ride to raise funds
RENOVO - The second annual ATV Cruise for a Cure will be held June 9. The 50-mile guided tour will begin in Renovo's Heritage Park, traverse the Bloody Skillet ATV Trail Park and return to Renovo.
It will start with a pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. at the Renovo Fire Hall.
Registration will be available noon-8 p.m. June 8 and at 7 a.m. June 9, but is available online now at www.renovo.eventbrite.com.
Vendors, organizations and businesses will be on hand to support those dealing with cancer.
For more information, call 923-1000, ext. 2191, or email email@example.com.
Athletes prepare for adventure triathlon
LOCK HAVEN - The sixth annual Great Island Adventure Triathlon will be held June 23 at the Woodward Boat Launch, across the Jay Street Bridge.
Participants will paddle, pedal and run through a 23-mile course in the heart of the PA Wilds.
For more information, call 748-6727 or visit www.lockhavenymca.com.
Bass tourney registrations sought
BERWICK - The Columbia County Bassmasters is accepting registrations for the third annual Bassmasters Fishing Tournament, which will be held Jane 23-24 at the Berwick Test Track Park boat launch.
The boundaries on the Susquehanna River extend from the Danville/Riverside bridge to the Nanticoke bridge.
Teams of two anglers may register, but there is a limit of 100 boats. A fee of $140 per boat includes breakfast and a T-shirt. Registration forms are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Once the 100-boat limit is reached, all other applications will be returned.
Cash prizes totaling $12,500 will be awarded. The first-place team will receive $5,000. Each day, lunker prizes will be awarded for adults and junior anglers.
Applications and rules may be downloaded from the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau's website -www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com/Bassmasters - or the Columbia County Bassmasters website - www.ColumbiaCountyBassmasters.com.
Applications also are available at Bo's Bait Barn, 1312 Raspberry Ave., Nescopeck; Smith's Outdoor Connection, 1901 Orange St., Berwick; Laubach's Sporting Goods, 547 E. Eighth St., Berwick; Halls Marine, 890 Lycoming Mall Drive, Muncy.
For more information, call Mike "Chuck" Monico, tournament director, at 752-3223.
Canoe, kayak races planned
HOWARD - The seventh annual Bricktown Challenge will be held July 14 at the Bald Eagle State Park beach, 149 Main Park Road.
The event offers canoe and kayak races for the serious paddler, youth and junior paddler races, and recreational races.
For more information, call 660-0382 or visit www.beechcreekwatershed.org.
Get ready to 'Prowl the Sproul'
HYNER - The eighth annual "Prowl the Sproul" race will be held July 21 at the Western Clinton Sportsmen's Association.
At 10 a.m., participants will take a 10K run through the mountains of Sproul State Forest, including three miles of uphill to the top of McCloskey Mountain and then a blistering 3.7 miles down to the finish.
Registration will be held 8:30-9:45 a.m. A $25 fee applies.
For more information, call 814-321-8281 or see www.hikerun.com/56912.html.
Outdoor events sought
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Announcements must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the event, preferably earlier.
Information and news releases may be:
Mailed to Outdoor editor, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport PA 17701
Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dropped off at the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport
Submitted through the Outdoor section of the Virtual Newsroom on the paper's website, www.sungazette.com.
All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.
Photographs by area residents of trophy fish or game animals or other interesting outdoor occurrences also will be considered. Digital photos may be sent by email.
Hard-copy glossy prints, negatives or slides may be dropped off or mailed. Polaroid prints typically cannot be reprinted in the newspaper.
Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.
Announcements published in the "Outdoor Briefs" section will print in chronological order as space permits.
The Outdoors section is published weekly on Sundays, but it goes to print early on Wednesday mornings.
Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
For more help, call 326-1551, ext. 3116.