Club to stock trout today; public invited
The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks have begun their stocking for the 2013 trout season.
Today, the club will stock about 600 trout in the following Sullivan County streams: Birch Creek, Lopez Creek, Glass Creek, Stink Run, Muncy Creek and Little Muncy Creek.
On May 11-12, the sportsmen will do their inseason stocking for the tributaries to Muncy Creek that were stocked preseason.
The public is invited to join in.
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-mile loop, moderate to strenuous. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader is Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
April 28 - Loyalsock Trail, Lycoming County, 8.7 miles, moderate to strenuous. We will hike the LT from Little Bear Road to Miller Trail via the spectacular Smith Knob Vista. Meet at the Walmart parking lot on Route 87 (North Loyalsock Avenue) at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leaders are Sue Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Hallie Luppert, hallie10 @verizon.net.
Get your 'tail on the rail trail'
WATERVILLE - Today on the Pine Creek Rail Trail, the Lycoming County SPCA will hold a five-mile walk, bike or run event called Tails on the Rail Trail.
Participants may bring their dogs if they are up-to-date on vaccines, have a current dog license and are friendly toward people and other dogs.
The event will begin at the Waterville access lot on North Route 44. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10.
The registration fee is $15 per person. Additional pledges are welcome.
The walk will turn around at 2.5 miles at the Dry Run Comfort Station and will head back to the starting line.
Prizes will be awarded to the individuals who raise the most pledges. Other prize drawings will be held for all participants. Door prize drawings will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the registration area. All paid participants are eligible to win.
Refreshments will be served at the registration area and beverages will be available at the halfway point.
The SPCA will feature some of the adoptable dogs that are at the shelter.
An event brochure with pledge sheet is available at www.lycomingspca.org/events.
Celebrate the Earth in Hershey
HERSHEY - Right in time for Earth Day, both ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and Hershey Gardens offer guests two unique ways to celebrate the planet on today with their "Party for the Planet" and "Gardenfest" events.
ZooAmerica invites guests to experience "Party for the Planet" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with regular admission, this fair-like event offers visitors the chance to explore stations throughout the Zoo that feature conservation tips and best environmental practices from both Zoo employees and community partners.
Guests can learn what recycled materials are used to introduce animals to new objects within their exhibits; discover behind-the-scenes conservation projects that happen at the zoo; enjoy musical entertainment; see featured animal feedings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and more.
During the event, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co. will showcase its environmental practices and recycling efforts including its Food Waste Program between ZooAmerica and The Hotel Hershey, where the animals receive left over food scraps as part of their diets. Guests also can learn how the company's 2012 recycling efforts have a positive impact on the earth through its saving of packaging and raw materials. For example, recycling efforts helped conserve 8.2 million gallons of water and 126,250 gallons of oil that would provide enough energy to heat and cool more than 619 homes for one year.
"Party for the Planet" is an initiative of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to recognize and celebrate Earth Day. ZooAmerica, among many other accredited zoos and aquariums in North America, is participating in this event to help create awareness and spread the message of conservation in the community. ZooAmerica is one of only eight association members in Pennsylvania.
Also on April 21, Hershey Gardens celebrates the beauty of its 23-acre botanical garden with its free community day event, "Gardenfest." General admission is free to all guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local organizations offer information about various community and garden programs.
During Gardenfest, guests also can help in the planting of a 5-foot-tall Nordmann fir tree in the Gardens. This tree was used during Christmas programming last December and now will find a permanent home near the M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden.
From mid- to late April, Hershey Gardens expects more than 40,000 tulips to bloom in the Seasonal Display Garden and Children's Garden.
For more information, visit www.HersheyPA.com or call 800-437-7439.
Learn how to prevent flooding
BARBOURS - The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will address "Flooding: What Can We Do?" at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Plunketts Creek Fire Hall.
Dr. Rob Cooley, a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member who teaches environmental science, will present a program on the hydrology of the watershed and the practices that contribute to flooding. A comparison of the flooding in the main stem of the Loyalsock Creek and in Little Bear Creek suggests how best land management practices reduce flood damage.
Get answers to your gardening questions
LEWISBURG - Master Gardeners with Penn State Extension will be at The Public Library for Union County to host the Garden Hotline from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in April.
Located just inside the library, the Master Gardeners will answer questions about gardening topics including vegetable and herb gardens, insects and pesticides, weeds, native plants, composting, water conservation, plant diseases, landscaping and more.
For more information call 523-1172 or visit www.publibuc.org.
Aleutian island birds topic of meeting
The Lycoming Audubon Society will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Lowry Room of the James V. Brown Library.
At 6:30, Frank and Barb Hass will give a presentation called "The Birds of Adak, Alaska." The Hasses have visited Adak, an Aleutian island in the Pacific Ocean, at least 10 times. Adak attracts visiting birders from North America hoping to observe exotic Asian birds that regularly visit the island, such as smew, Laysan albatross, Terek sandpiper, whiskered auklet, Siberian rubythroat and many more.
Frank is a former park superintendent at Shikellamy State Park. Together, they once held the record for the most species of birds seen in Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit www.lycoming.org/audubon.
Conservancy plans annual meeting
Wednesday is the last day to register for the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy's annual membership meeting, which will be held May 1 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Williamsport.
Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. A fee applies.
Directors will be elected during the meeting
To make reservations, call 323-6222.
Create something beautiful and floral
MIFFLINBURG - Country Farm and Home, 7801 Old Turnpike Road, has announced several Make and Take Classes, through June 26. A fee applies for each course.
Wednesday - Floral Globe, 7 p.m. Create a spectacular flowering globe to hang on a shepherd's hook or on a branch of your favorite tree.
May 1 - Hypertufa Planter, 7 p.m. This is a two-night class. Make the planter May and plant it on May 15.
May 8 - Patio Planter, 7 p.m. Learn Keith's secrets for successful container gardening while planting a beautiful container full of the top performing thriller, filler and spiller annuals on the market.
May 22 - Butterfly Garden Planter, 7 p.m. Learn what is needed to entice butterflies to your garden while planting a butterfly garden, filled with host and nectar plants, in a beautiful planter.
June 5 - Living Wall, 7 p.m. - Graphically arrange a collection of plants in the Living Wall Planter System. We will frame your creations, so once you get it home, you mount it on a vertical surface, giving you a whole new world in which to express your creativity.
June 12 - Everlasting Butterfly Pitcher, 7 p.m. Fill a beautiful pitcher with everlasting summer flowers and butterflies.
June 26 - Gypsy Garden, 6 p.m. Create a unique fairy garden. This will be the final class and guests are asked to bring a salad to share. A meal will be held prior to the class.
Call 966-4030 to register or for more information.
Watershed group plans annual dinner
WARRENSVILLE - The Rose Valley Mill Creek Watershed Association will hold its annual dinner and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Co. hall.
Tickets are available for a fee for adults and children but will not be sold at the door.
The guest speaker is Dr. Peter Petokas, of the Clean Water Institute at Lycoming College. He will discuss crayfish in northcentral Pennsylvania.
For information on how to purchase tickets, call Jon Larson at 971-9153.
Birding, flower walk set at park
WARRENSVILLE - A general birding and early wildflower walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Rider Park. It is sponsored by park officials and member of the Lycoming Audubon Society.
Participants will explore the beautiful upland forest and fields of Rider Park in hopes of seeing various resident and migrating birds and beautiful early spring wildflowers.
Meet Joe Yoder and Ron Beach at the Rider Park pavilion. For more information, call Yoder at 323-5716 or Beach at 368-2921.
Make a 'Run for Reading'
LOCK HAVEN - The Annie Halenbake Ross Library will hold a "Run For Reading" 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday along the levee. A registration fee will be charged, and participants are asked to register in advance.
Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third places in male and female running categories.
To register, or for more information, call 748-3321 or email email@example.com.
State forest announces habitat tour
CROSS FORK - Susquehannock State Forest will hold its annual forest management/habitat tour at 9 a.m. April 28 at the Bureau of Forestry Office off of Route 144.
The tour includes visits to four sites and discussion on topics including how the district collects data on habitat quality and deer impact, current deer and habitat research in the district, the district's timber management program, local tree insect and disease update including the hemlock wooly adelgid and this year's gypsy moth spraying program, wildlife habitat improvement projects and rattlesnake overview.
State forest personnel, the state Game Commission and the Black Forest Conservation Association will participate in the tour. The event's goal is to exchange information, build a better relationship with those who use the forest and provide the public with a better understanding of the complexity of sustainable forest management in northcentral Pennsylvania.
The tour is free and transportation and lunch will be provided. To register, call the district office at 814-274-3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club plans fishing derby for kids
PICTURE ROCKS - The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its annual Dick Harner Memorial Children's Fishing Derby on May 5 at Van Renselar Park. The park is behind George Ferrell Elementary School.
The derby is open to children up to age 12. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m., and lunch will be available.
Kids 5 and younger will start fishing at 1; 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds at 2; and ages 9 to 12 at 3. Only bait fishing is allowed and the limit is four fish.
The derby will be held rain or shine. Only high water could cause a postponement.
For more details, call Art Fry at 368-1245.
Master Gardeners to sell perennial plants
The Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will hold a perennial plant sale beginning at noon May 10 at Bruce E. Henry Park on Miller Avenue, behind St. Ann's Church. The sale will continue until all of the plants are sold.
The sale has been very popular, with plants selling out within the hour. They will cost $3 each.
Varieties will include yarrow, columbine, lupines, catchfly, money plant and dozens more.
Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
For more information, call Penn State Extension at 433-3040 or email@example.com.
Explore, paddle, learn on West Branch Sojourn
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership's annual sojourn on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River will start May 14 in Mahaffey, Clearfield County and end May 19 in Keating, Clinton County. A fee applies.
The six-day, 97-mile canoe and kayak trip takes paddlers of all ages and skill levels to some of the most beautiful and remote locations along the river. Along the way, local experts will give exclusive access to the area's history, wildlife and conservation efforts through river-side presentations.
Registration includes river guides, camp sites, meals, insurance, shuttles, a T-shirt and educational programs and entertainment. Paddlers must provide their own boat and gear. Boat rental information and a daily schedule are available in the online registration packet. Beginners are encouraged to join.
Paddlers may pay for the entire trip or on a day-to-day basis. Early registration is due May 1. Information may be downloaded at www.susquehannagreenway.org or by calling Erin Pierce, program coordinator, at 522-7244.
"The West Branch sojourn will be a great way for folks to explore this stretch of water trail, since much of it is breathtakingly rural, secluded and one of the closest things we have in Pennsylvania to a wilderness experience," Pierce said.
Pennsylvania's river sojourns are a national model for connecting people to their natural environment in a fun and educational way. National Geographic Adventure named the West Branch a "Best Adventure Destination for 2012" and the 228-mile river also is recognized as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service.
ATV safety class scheduled
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 18 at Wheels Of Williamsport Inc., 99 Grey Fox Drive, Montoursville.
Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Students - youths or adults - must provide their own ATVs.
State-certified safety instructors Bill and Nancy Stugart will teach the course.
Pennsylvania law requires that youths ages 8 through 15 take a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-approved safety training course and earn a safety training certificate from it before operating an ATV off their parents' or legal guardian's property.
To register for the course, call Bill or Nancy at 435-0923.
Women in the Outdoors event planned
TIOGA - A Women in the Outdoors event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 at Ives Run Recreation Area at Hammond Lake. Women ages 14 and older may apply.
The event is designed to teach women new skills and activities and introduce them to new friends. No experience is necessary.
Paid registration includes four classes, a one-year membership to the Women in the Outdoors program, breakfast and lunch and use of equipment and materials. Raffles and a silent auction also will be held.
Classes include birding, outdoor photography, preparing wild game, archery, fishing, bobcats, Dutch oven cooking, shotgun and trap, geocaching and kayaking.
This Women in the Outdoors event is sponsored by the Arnie Hayden Memorial chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. More information about the program and other area events can be found at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.
Get down and dirty at Clinton County mud run
MACKEYVILLE - The Clinton County Fair Association is sponsoring its first Kels Lomison Mud Run at the fairgrounds on June 15.
The 5K will be open to people of all ages who want to run, walk, crawl or climb the course.
The run will be non-competitive and will not be timed. Individuals or teams may register.
Three courses will be set up - one for adults ages 14 and up; the Mini Mudder for ages 9 to 13; and the Pee Wee Mudder for ages 4 to 8. Participants will receive a free Kels Lomison Mud Run T-shirt.
Proceeds benefit the new permanent Kels Lomison Memorial Stage being planned at the fairgrounds.
For more details, visit www.clintoncountyfairpa.com or call Ruth Eoute at 660-1231.
Register now for greenway sojourn
The 2013 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Greenway Sojourn - a fully supported, five-day ride along the Great Allegheny Passage - will take place June 23-27, and participants now can reserve their seat.
The Greenway Sojourn is part bicycle ride, part trail-building program. It celebrates newly opened trails and promotes the completion of others to create regional trail systems.
The ride covers mostly off-road, multi-use trails between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md.
All ages and skill levels may register by going online to wilderness-voyageurs.com/rails-to-trails-greenway-sojourn.html.
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:
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.