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.
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.
2nd annual Lumberjack Triathlon set
The second annual Lumberjack Triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. today at the West Branch Boat Club in DuBoistown.
Applications are available online at www.parunners.com. A fee applies, and proceeds benefit the Williamsport Area Swim Club and the Williamsport Area High School swimming pool repair fund.
Teams and individuals will swim, bike and run the course.
Get revved up for rock climbing
WASHINGTONVILLE - Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking to learn new skills to enhance your outdoor recreational experiences? Join college intern Eve Steransky from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the Environmental Education Center at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
The free program is intended to suit the needs of outdoor recreation fans of every experience level. Participants will gain the knowledge and resources to safely and efficiently climb. Steransky will cover types of rock climbing equipment, techniques and safety.
Garden Fest coming to Extension office
Garden Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lysock View Complex, 542 County Farm Road, Montoursville.
Perennial, native, vegetable and rose gardens will be on display. Features also include speakers, a plant and garden treasure sale, refreshments and various educational demonstrations.
Free workshops include:
Door prizes will be available.
The event is sponsored by the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.
For more information, call the Lycoming County Penn State Cooperative Extension Office at 433-3040.
Resort plans running in the dark event
SEVEN SPRINGS - Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's outdoor adventure headquarters, will hold Mud on the Mountain in the Dark on Saturday.
The popular adventure race series will present a whole new challenge to participants as they take on 6.42 miles of mountainous terrain, 20 obstacles of varying difficulty and 1,551-feet of elevation gain - in the dark.
Participants will start the event in 15-minute intervals beginning at 9 p.m. Registration is open to the first 1,500 athletes at $85 per competitor and includes an official Mud on the Mountain technical shirt and an LED headlamp. Registration materials and additional information can be found online at www.mudonthemountain.com. Overnight lodging packages are available, too.
A pre-race and post-race recovery party will be held at the Foggy Goggle where participants, their friends and family can celebrate their accomplishments and unwind by trading battle stories with comrades.
Spend some time in the garden
LEWISBURG - Learn how to preserve homegrown produce at a free educational program at 11 a.m. Saturday at the community garden at the corner of North Water and St. Anthony's streets.
The program, titled "Preserving the Harvest and Season Extension," will include an overview of pickling and fermenting foods; making sauces, salsas and jellies; freezing; and creative methods for storage, as well as discussion on late summer and cool weather crops, transplanting herbs into containers for in-home use, and methods for keeping plants warm into the autumn.
Registration is required by calling 577-3973 or going online at sites.google.com/a/bucknell.edu/lcg/home.
The Lewisburg Community Garden is a collaboration between Bucknell University and the Borough of Lewisburg.
Kayak down the river with conservancy
The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and Canoe Susquehanna will hold a three- to four-hour kayak excursion in Aug. 18. Participants will set said at 1 p.m. and paddle from Montoursville to Muncy.
Canoe Susquehanna staff will provide equipment, instruction, on-water guidance and moral support.
The cost is $55 per person with equipment rental and $45 per person if you are providing your own kayak or canoe, paddle(s) and life jackets or personal floatation devices.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling Canoe Susquehanna at 800-524-7692.
Trout Run Park re-dedication planned
TROUT RUN - A re-dedication ceremony of Trout Run Park will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 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 Aug. 24 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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
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.
For more help, call 326-1551, ext. 3116.