Take a hike with regional club
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:
Today - R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
July 21: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
July 27 - T-Squared Trail, Clinton County, 11 miles, strenuous. The T-Squared trail, named in honor of Tom Thwaites, connects two of Pennsylvania's premier trails. We will access the T2T by hiking in on the Black Forest Trail off Route 44 and end at Hyner Run State Park via the Donut Hole Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Harvest Moon Restaurant on Route 220 west of Williamsport. Leaders: Catherine McLaughlin and Ed Lawrence, 925-5285.
July 28: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 4: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 11: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 18: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, 10 miles, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 25: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
It's time to chase butterflies at Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Join the Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association today for a butterfly count.
From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will help survey butterflies on and around Montour Preserve. The annual July Butterfly Count gathers information on the range and population numbers of butterfly species. This is a great opportunity to get involved and learn about these beautiful creatures. If you would like to help with this year's count, plan to spend part of or all day outdoors with us.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center and return at 2 p.m. to share the results of the count, if you would like to stay for the meeting. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, as well as water and a lunch.
Fish and Boat Commission meets this week
HARRISBURG - The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold its quarterly business meeting on Monday and Tuesday at its headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Ave.
Committees will meet beginning at 9:45 a.m. Monday and again at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full commission will begin at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.
A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the agency's website at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.
Explore what's in the water at Riverlands
BERWICK - Activities this week at PPL Susquehanna Riverlands will focus on water.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, guests can go on a pond exploration. Small ponds offer water, food and shelter for animals such as turtles, frogs, insects and fishes. Arrive at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center for a brief introduction before heading outside to the ponds for some hands-on learning.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, take a peek at the fascinating creatures that inhabit an 88-acre wetland in Wonders of Wetlands. The popular, hands-on exploration is fun for the entire family. Identify plants and animals while learning about the adaptations that allow them to live an aquatic existence. The program meets at the Wetlands Parking Area on Hicks Ferry Road.
These free programs are offered to children ages 5 and up with an accompanying adult. Participants should wear old clothes and proper footwear, for there is the possibility of getting wet.
Discover Pennsylvania landscapes in art
MILTON - "Pennsylvania Landscapes from the Samek Art Gallery Collection at Bucknell University" will be on display at the Milton Public Library at Rose Hill during normal library hours through Thursday. Admission is free and open to the public.
The show brings together 17 works from the 19th and 20th centuries depicting Pennsylvania landscapes. Mostly composed by Pennsylvania artists, the landscapes depict not only the natural splendor of the Susquehanna River Valley and other picturesque corners of the state, but bridges, rock quarries and other alterations human hands have wrought upon that land.
The library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Prowl the Sproul over the weekend
The Keystone Trails Association will host the 10th annual Prowl the Sproul Hiking Weekend Friday through next Sunday in the Sproul State Forest of western Clinton County. Hikers can explore parts of the Sproul that only are seen when hiking with a DCNR guide.
The forest contains some of the most rugged and remote forestland in Pennsylvania. Guides from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will share their insider knowledge of the trails while they lead hikers off the beaten path to explore hidden jewels.
Popular area hikes include the Chuck Keiper Trail, the Donut Hole Trail, the Hammersley Wild Area, the recently dedicated Jack Paulhamus/Garby Trail and portions of the Hyner View Trail Challenge course.
On Friday, two hikes will be held, including one that ends with a tour of the Western Clinton Sportsman's Club trout nursery. It will be followed by a BYOB wine and cheese social.
Saturday features 11 hikes and the Prowl the Sproul 10K.
Sunday includes five hikes, plus the final leg of a Chuck Keiper Trail slackpack.
For more information, call 717-238-7017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trails group plans chicken barbecue
GILLENTOWN - The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails organization will hold its 11th annual chicken barbecue Saturday. Full meals cost $8 and will be available around 11:30 a.m. at the Gillentown Trailhead in Centre County.
Vendors also will be on site and the rails to trails group will sell clothes and membership applications.
For more information, visit www.ssrt.org.
10K planned in Sproul forest
The Prowl the Sproul 10K will be held Saturday on a six-mile circuit that is three miles up and three miles down.
For more information, contact Craig Fleming at email@example.com.
Trees, birds focus of walk
WATERVILLE - The Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will sponsor a tree identification and bird watching walk around the center's demonstration forest at 1 p.m. Saturday. The walk will be about a half-mile of easy to moderate hiking.
Pamphlets to assist in tree identification and binoculars and field guides will be available to borrow.
For more information, contact Rich Hill at 753-5409, ext. 132, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stroll and smell the wildflowers
WASHINGTONVILLE - Take a leisurely stroll from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday along the trails at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve to explore the identity, natural history and folklore of summer wildflowers.
Many of the field and meadow flowers provide food and shelter for a variety of insects and even some birds. We'll also discuss the role wildflowers play in the ecosystem. Dress for the outdoors and a walk at an easy pace.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Montour" and then click on "Contacts and Directions." For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or email@example.com.
PA Sled Dog Club plans summer campout
MORRIS - The PA Sled Dog Club's summer campout will be held July 27-28 at Twin Stream Campground, 2143 Route 287.
Events include free drag races with bikes, scooters and gigs pulled by sled dogs and followed by a public demonstration about equipment and dogs. For a fee, visitors can watch other demonstrations on topics such as dressing for the weather.
For more information, call Jessica Willoughby at 302-388-5503 or LuWanna Krause at 302-545-9692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Billtown Bikers announce photo scavenger hunt
The Billtown Bikers Motorcycle Club will hold its second annual scavenger hunt through the end of July.
Motorcyclists who register will receive a list of locations or sites, all of which can be found somewhere in Pennsylvania. They'll take a photograph of the item, along with their motorcycle and their scavenger hunt registration number and submit it to contest organizers.
Each item or location will be ranked with a particular number of points, and prizes will be given to those who accrue the most points.
About 50 locations and/or items are on the list.
People may sign up at any time and have all month to locate the items on the list.
Proceeds from the hunt will benefit the Lycoming County Special Olympics.
To register, or for more information, email email@example.com or call Eirl Birt at 506-6102 or Curt Cohick at 419-0771.
In addition, the public is invited to learn more about the Billtown Bikers Motorcycle Club at its meetings on the last Tuesday of every month. The club meets for a meal at 6 p.m. at Perkins in Williamsport, and club business begins at 7.
Cable-restraint class scheduled
ARNOT - A cable-restraint course will be held at the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, 167 Elm St., from 8 a.m. to noon July 27. Register online at the state Game Commission website.
Free predator trapping and hunting seminars with Darin Freeborough, of Animalistics Outdoors, begin at 1 p.m. He can be seen on The Pursuit Channel.
Sherry Baity will give a coyote calling demostration, using her own line of calls.
Trapper and Supply dealers Joe Mast and Bill Ford will be on hand.
A free lake fishing trip, guided and donated by Bob Kelly, will be raffled off.
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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.
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Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
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