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, 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.
Take hunter-trapper class
JERSEY SHORE - A two-day hunter-trapper education class will be heldfrom 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Northcentral Regional office of the state Game Commission, just south of Jersey Shore on Route 44.
Students may register online at the commission website. They must attend both nights and successfully complete the test to be certified.
For more information, call Max at 337-8750.
Learn about hummingbirds, falcons
The Lycoming Audubon Society will hold a special screening of the PBS Nature film "Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Arts Center.
By using cameras able to capture more than 500 frames a second, the PBS Nature team created a documentary that is as magical as these birds themselves.
As a special bonus, Dan Brauning, with the state Game Commission, will share some fresh memories and wonderful photographs of the peregrine falcon family that took up residence on the Market Street Bridge this summer. Follow the story of the species' return from the brink of extinction in Pennsylvania.
The film and program are open and free to the public, courtesy of the Lycoming Audubon Society and the Community Arts Center.
Trout Run Park rededication planned
TROUT RUN - A rededication ceremony of Trout Run Park will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the park grounds, on Route 14 in Lewis Township, a half-mile south of here.
Visitor can check out the new improvements - a playground, fishing ramp, nature trail and interpretative signs. Sean Farley and Friends will perform live music.
Other activities include casting demos, Pennsylvania Woodmobile tours, door prizes and food vendors. Festivities will end around 4.
Family fishing program offered
BOALSBURG - The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold a family fishing program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Tussey Mountain Lodge's pond.
The three-hour educational program is designed to teach the basics of fishing, equipment, casting and on-water skills. Participants will receive hands on instruction and have an opportunity to fish for panfish, using those skills.
The fishing license requirement is waived for participants age 16 and older. Adults must accompany children.
Advance registration is required, as space is limited. Visit www.takemefishingpa.com for more information or to register.
For more information on this program, contact Amidea Daniel at 814-359-5127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about shrubs, trees and vines
LEWISBURG - Iris Haseloff, a Master Gardener with Penn State Extension, will discuss shrubs, trees and vines known as the backbone of the garden during the "Woody Ornamentals" program at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd.
Reserve a seat by calling 523-1172.
Outdoor events sought
Do you have a meeting or outdoor event you'd like to publicize in the Sun-Gazette?
Announcements must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the event, preferably earlier.
Information and news releases may be:
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All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.
News releases submitted in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS will not be accepted.
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.
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