Open paddle planned
Country Ski & Sports in Montoursville is organizing an open paddle at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week and through the season. The event is not a class. It will meet at the Greevy boat launch.
For more information, call the store.
Musician to perform at Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Enjoy an afternoon of acoustic music, folk ballads, humorous songs and good old-time music from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the PPL Montour Environmental Preserve.
Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Jerry Haines will provide a delightful musical program for all ages, mixing vocals with guitar, harmonica and autoharp.
The free program will be held 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 570-437-3131 or email@example.com.
Learn about birds, bees and butterflies
WELLSBORO - Lee Hoar, former president of the Grand Canyon Photography Club, will give a presentation titled "Birds, Bees and Butterflies" at the club's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main St.
"My interests in micro and telephoto work have blossomed in the last few years, and I will show you what you can do with knowledge, hard work and determination, along with a little equipment," Hoar said.
The meeting is open to the public.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try scuba diving in Pennsylvania
JERSEY SHORE - Sunken Treasure Scuba Center is organizing a scuba diving trip on Saturday to Dutch Springs, a 47-acre lake off of Route 22, a few miles north of Bethlehem.
Surrounded by 50 acres of grassy fields and woods, Dutch Springs is privately owned and has been set up as a dive facility.
Divers are required to pay an entry fee to Dutch Springs. Organizers are taking a grill, burgers and brats and ask attendees to bring a dish to share.
To register, call Rich Best at 570-398-1458.
KTA announces 'preview' hike
A preview hike will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association's sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run. It will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground in Airville, York County, about 15 miles. Meet at Otter Creek Campground.
The hike will proceed at a normal, brisk pace to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges. Attendees should bring lunch and water.
Advance registration and a $10 fee is required, and there is a 20-participant limit. The hike will be held regardless of weather.
On Sept. 6, the Keystone Trails Association will offer two mileage options: a 23.4-mile Super Hike and 29.6-mile Ultra Trail Run. The registration fee is $90 for participants registering before Aug. 1 and includes snacks and beverages at several checkpoints along the route, admission to a celebratory picnic, a one-year membership to KTA, a completion certificate, a commemorative T-shirt, and bus transportation from the finish line to the parking area at the start.
Registration will be capped at 600 participants; over 250 individuals already are registered.
For more information or to register for the Susquehanna Super Hike and Ultra Trail Run or a preview hike, visit www.kta-hike.org or call KTA at 717-238-7017.
Group plans canoe, kayak races
The local chapter of PACK (Pennsylvania Canoe and Kayak) will hold several canoe and kayak races in the area this summer. Events include:
Saturday - Bricktown Challenge at Bald Eagle State Park
July 13 - Third annual Keystone Challenge, a 40-mile race and 15-mile relay race, starts at Bald Eagle State Parkand ends at Haywood's on the Water
Aug. 11-17 - United States Canoe and Kayak Nationals Race at Woodward Boat Launch, Lock Haven
Oct. 5 - PACK Fall Foliage in Castanea
Chase butterflies at Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - All across the nation, volunteers are joining to count numbers and species of butterflies in designated locations. Why not volunteer with members of the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association and help survey butterflies on and around the Montour Preserve? The butterfly count will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13.
The annual July count gathers information on the range and populations numbers of butterfly species in the area. It is a great opportunity to get involved and learn about these beautiful insects.
If you would like to help with this year's count, plan to spend part or all of the day outdoors at the preserve. Bring binoculars and a field guide, as well as water and a lunch. The butterfly chapter will meet at 2 p.m. to share results, and the meeting is open to the public.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour, and click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or email@example.com.
Kayak on the West Branch of the Susquehanna
The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy is teaming up with Canoe Susquehanna again this summer to offer an approximately 9-mile kayak trip from Montoursville to Muncy on July 13.
The trip is open to the public, but a registration fee applies. A $55 fee per person includes the rental of a kayak, paddles, life jacket, water gun and transportation. Those who have their own kayak will pay $45 each, which also includes a water gun and transportation.
Reservations are required and must be made through Canoe Susquehanna. Email Mail@PaddleHappy.com or call 888-524-7692 or 570-524-7692 to book a spot.
Proceeds will benefit NPC's land protection program.
Prowl the Sproul Weekend nears
The Keystone Trails Association will hold the 11th annual Prowl the Sproul hiking weekend July 18-20 in the Sproul State Forest, western Clinton County.
The Sproul contains some of the most rugged and remote forestland in Pennsylvania. Guides and KTA volunteer hike leaders will share insider knowledge of the trails while they lead hikers off the beaten path to explore. Popular area hikes include the Chuck Keiper Trail, the Donut Hole Trail, the Hammersley Wild Area and portions of the Hyner View Trail Challenge course. This year, a variety of "cool" hike options will be offered for hikers seeking refuge from Pennsylvania's typically hot and humid summer weather.
The Prowl the Sproul 10K will be held July 19. To register, contact Craig Fleming at 814-321-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to fish for free
SLATE RUN - The state Fish and Boat Commission, with help from several collaborative partners, are offering two separate Family Fishing programs on July 19. The free programs will run simultaneously from noon to 5 p.m. at Tombs Flat along Pine Creek in Lycoming County.
The Family Spin Fishing program will introduce families to the use of spinning gear to catch trout. Participants will have the opportunity to use spinners and other lures.
The Family Fly Fishing program will introduce families to the use of fly fishing gear to catch trout.
The programs result from a partnership between Slate Run Tackle Shop, the commission, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, local Trout Unlimited chapters, and local volunteers. Participants will receive hands-on instruction from the partners.
All equipment is provided. Both programs include instruction on equipment, casting, lures or flies, knot-tying and on-water skills.
Using their new skills, participants can fly-fish or spinner-fish for freshly stocked brown trout. The stocking is courtesy of Slate Run Tackle Shop, which also will provide voluntary youth fishing license vouchers, a hot dog lunch and a fishing goodie bag.
The fishing license requirement is waived for participants age 16 and older. Children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by an adult. Adults wishing to attend must be accompanied by children because the programs are designed for families.
Registration is required by 4 p.m. July 17 at www.gonefishingpa.com.
For more information, contact Amidea Daniel at 814-359-5127 or email@example.com.
Fire company plans river cleanup
The Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Co. is organizing a cleanup of the Susquehanna River beginning at 8 a.m. July 19 at the Susquehanna Boat Club of Montgomery.
Scuba divers and shore volunteers are needed.
For more information or to register, contact Kaelyn Fogelman at 570-590-7785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rails to trails group plans events
SNOW SHOE - The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association is planning the following events:
July 19 - 12th annual Best Line Powersports/SSRTA chicken barbecue. Ride as you please, then return around 11:30 a.m. to Gillentown Trailhead for a chicken dinner. Take-outs available.
Labor Day Weekend - Moose Dice Run on the SSRT. Members may register at Clarence Moose from 9 to 10 a.m. and return to Moose by 4 p.m. for last roll and meal.
Sept. 20 - Second annual Carns Equipment/SSRT pig roast dinner ride. Ride as you please and return to Gillentown Trailhead for dinner. Eat in or take out for $8.
Furtaker gathering open to public
ARNOT - A furtaking and trapper gathering will be held July 26 at the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, 167 Elm St.
It begins with a cable restraint course from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should register in advance.
Lunch will be served at noon and will be provided by the club.
Free demonstrations will start at 1 p.m. They will include:
Cable restraints and dog-proof traps, by Herb Senderling;
Complete fur handling for raccoon, by Matt Kauffman;
Canines, by Joe Mast
Vendors and supply dealers will be on hand, include Smithy's Stretchers and Supplies and Pete's Fur Shed.
Special prizes will be given to young sportsmen who attend, and a drawing will be held for a lake fishing trip guided and donated by Bob Kelly. The club will award a variety of door prizes.
For more information, call Ron Signor at 570-638-2985.
Volunteers needed for local cleanups
Clinton County CleanScapes recently announced the following events:
July 26 - Tire removal project in Bald Eagle Creek, Clinton County. Water activity.
Sept. 6 - Tire removal project in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County. Water activity.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at email@example.com.