Grab your hiking boots and get outside and enjoy this great big beautiful world! There are some wonderful hikes -- something for everyone coming in April.
Sunday, April 7
Sheppton Mine Disaster Site from 1 pm to 3 pm
Meet at the parking lot of East Union Township Building for this 2 mile walk rated easy. Led by John Domalakes, this walk will take you to the site of a miraculous mine rescue.
Tuesday, April 9
Vernal Pool Exploration at 10:30 am CANCELLED
Silver Creek Reservoir/Fire Tower at 10:00 am
Meet at Locust Lake State Park parking lot for this 7 mile hike rated moderate. Led by a naturalist from Tuscarora State Park, this hike will welcome leashed dogs if they are friendly with people AND other dogs. Bring a lunch!
Friday, April 12
Bird Walk at 7 pm
Meet at Crow Trail parking lot in Tuscarora State Park for this 1 mile walk to search for birds including owls and woodcocks. Bring your binoculars! Sorry, dogs - even the most well-behaved ones - are not invited. You must register for the walk by calling 570-467-2506.
Sunday, April 14
Big Lick Mountain Adventure from 9 am to 1 pm
Meet at the Dollar General Store on Route 209 in Williamstown for this 8 mile hike rated difficult. Led by Sojourner Steve, this hike on a loop will include Williamstown Tunnel, Plane Tunnel and Big Lick Tunnel. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs.
Friday, April 19
Swatara State Park Hike at 10 am
Meet at the parking lot on Sand Siding Road (just off Rte. 443 in Suedberg) for this 7 mile hike rated moderate. Led by Naturalist Robin Tracey, this hike will include the old steel bridge and Bordner Cabin. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs. Bring a lunch and water.
Saturday, April 27
Spring Wildflower Walk from 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet in the parking lot of Frog Hollow on Stone Mountain Road just outside of Friedensburg for this 2 mile hike rated easy. Led by naturalist Mike Centeleghe, this hike is a chance to enjoy beautiful flowers.
This is no April Fool's Joke! The Pottsville Library is hosting a Used Book Sale on Monday, April 1 from noon to 2 pm so, if you need a few new books to read (and who doesn't?), stop by and see what they have!
This is it! The month when we finally begin hoping that there will be more Spring-like days than wintry days. Of course, we could still experience another snowstorm or two but I promise it won't last long! To celebrate the beginning of warm weather days, why not sign up for an organized hike?
Sunday, March 10
SCEETR Walk from 1 pm to 3 pm
Meet at the New Philadelphia Post Office for this 2 mile walk rated easy. Led by John Domalakes, this walk will take in the water reclamation project of the Schuylkill River.
Saturday, March 16
Blackwood Ramble from 9 am to 1 pm
Meet at Llewellyn Hose Company for this 5.5 mile hike rated easy. Led by Hiker Jim, features Blackwood, Stump Dam, Bass Dam and lots of history!
If you're interested in learning more about the outdoors, the Pottville Library is having visits from Master Gardeners on the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm. First up is the dreaded Spotted Lanternfly (and Master Gardener Kitty Murray) on March 14. In April the library will welcome Master Gardener Tom Reed and his knowledge of composting -- a great topic considering Earth Day is in April -- on April 11. May will bring Master Gardener Sue Laubach talking about making herbal vinegars -- which could be a great Mother's Day gift -- on May 9.
This weekend you can meet a very unusual person -- Ryan "The Bugman" Bridge. Before you assume he's the latest Marvel Superhero let me tell you that The Bugman's superpower is the ability to fascinate even people who think they don't like bugs. The Bugman will be at Sweet Arrow County State Park clubhouse on Friday, March 8 at 7 pm with a free and fun program for all ages. Come and learn what's happening in the Bug World!