Club to stock trout
Today, the Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will do 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 - Golden Eagle Trail, Lycoming County, 9 miles, moderate to strenuous. One of the best hikes in Pennsylvania with excellent views. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Sovereign Bank parking lot, Southern Avenue between Market and Hastings streets (Route 15) in South Williamsport or at the trail parking lot along Route 414 at 8:50 a.m. Leader: Roy Fontaine, 220-4707.
May 19 - Old Loggers Path, Lycoming County, 10.5 miles, moderate to strenuous. The beautiful Old Logger's Path is one of Pennsylvania's most threatened hiking trails due to gas drilling. Enjoy it while you can. Great vistas at Sprout Point and Sharp Top. There is a wet stream crossing near the end of the hike. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking area behind the Lewisburg Post Office or 9 a.m. at the Wal-mart parking lot on Route 87 in Montoursville, just off Route 220. Leader: Paul Shaw, email@example.com; 717-215-8339.
May 26 - R.B. Winter State Park & 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.
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. 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.
Fishing derby announced
The Black Hole Creek Fishin' Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 in Montgomery, at the Bower Street Bridge on Main Street.
Children under 13 years old may participate. A drawing for prizes will be held during the event.
Food and drink will be available. Golf balls from the floodplain restoration project at White Deer Golf Course will be on sale for $5 per dozen.
For more information, call 547-6289.
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.
3rd annual Kids' Fishing Derby nears
GALETON - The third annual Kids' Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Friends of Lyman Run, will be held Saturday at the main spillway basin below the dam and the section of stream going all the way down to the old ford area. It is free for kids ages 12 and under.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Fishing begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. Prizes, gifts and a free lunch will be given to anglers. Lunch is available for a fee for adults.
All registered children must be accompanied by parents or a designated guardian/adult. Fishing gear and bait is not provided.
All fish caught must be taken to the measuring station across from the footbridge below the spillway. Lots of trophy fish will be stocked for the kids to catch. Fishing in those areas is forbidden for others.
The derby will take place rain or shine. Bring the kids, bring the lawn chairs, bring the rain ponchos ... but leave the dogs at home, as they are not permitted.
Follow Pennsylvania's trees
WASHINGTONVILLE - Talk a walk through the woods and see a demonstration of turning a log into lumber from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
Pennsylvania's forests cover almost 60 percent of the state, providing opportunities for bird watching, hiking, camping, photography, hunting and fishing. Trees keep the air and water clean, help prevent flooding and soil erosion, and provide us with some of the best hardwood lumber in the world. We'll discuss the history and conservation of our woodlands, followed by a special demonstration of turning a log into lumber at a portable saw mill.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about binoculars and bugs
WATERVILLE - A pair of programs on May 25 at the Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will introduce attendees to binoculars and insects. The center is just north of here on Route 44.
"Beginning Binoculars," an introduction to binoculars and bird watching, will be held at 1 p.m. Ten sets of binoculars and bird books will be available, but attendees also may bring their own.
At about 2:30 p.m., the program "What's Bugging You," an introduction to butterflies, moths and other insects, will be held. Butterfly nets, bug boxes and field guides will be available.
For more information, contact Rich Hill at 753-5409, ext. 132, or email@example.com.
Hit the trails for hike week
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Keystone Trails Association will offer nearly 100 organized hikes and walks available throughout Pennsylvania during the nine-day Hiking Week - May 25 through June 2.
All of the scheduled hikes have leaders. Most hikes are on the two weekends of the event, but several weekday and evening hikes are offered. Special hikes include night hikes, wildflower walks, hikes for people with disabilities, pet walks and geology walks.
Most hikes will take place in state parks and state forests, with some hikes scheduled on the Appalachian Trail, in Allegheny National Forest and in city and community parks.
For more information, contact the department at 717-772-9104 or the association at 717-238-7017.
NWTF chapter plans annual banquet
The Susquehanna Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on June 2 at Haywood's on the Water, 610 Antlers Lane. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5.
The deadline to take advantage of "early bird" registration is May 25. The two packages involve a discount on tickets for the sportsmen raffle and a special raffle for ladies.
A variety of ticket packages are available from single, to couple to sponsor memberships.
Auction and raffle items include 20 firearms, including the 2013 Gun of the Year, a Browning A-Bolt Medallion .30-06 caliber rifle with upgraded walnut stock and engraved receiver; a wine cabinet; double hammock; Thomas Kinkade print; a child's pedal truck; NWTF Wild Turkey Disc-It outdoor wok; NWTF teak bistro set; Ned Smith and Dan Christ prints; along with other prints, items and gift certificates donated by local businesses.
Proceeds from the banquet are used in the local area. Last year, the chapter received grants used for habitat projects, land acquisition, seed subsidy and surplus seed programs, and events for JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) and Women in the Outdoors.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Steve Berger at 322-0673.
Bicycle ride opens registration
Registration now is open for the Tour de Bill, a 2-mile bicycle loop around Williamsport on June 1. Riders will use the River Walk and city side streets.
The route begins between 9 and 11 a.m. at Wegmans and also ends at that grocery store.
Funds raised benefit the Strong Kids Campaign at the YMCA.
To register, go to www.williamsportymca.org and look under "events" or register in person at the YMCA, 320 Elmira St. The first 100 registrants will receive an event T-shirt.
View photos of gas drilling in Pa.
BLOOMSBURG - The Moose Exchange Stairwell Gallery will host an exhibition titled the "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" through June 8. The exhibition includes the work of six professional photographers who share in the telling of the complex story of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project photographers are Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial. The exhibition represents each photographer's aesthetic, each having chosen a different angle from which to view the subject. Together, they offer a compelling narrative that represents, they believe, an honest appraisal of how the arrival of Marcellus Shale drilling has affected communities.
For more information, visit mooseexchange.org/site/?p=4457.
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.