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Outdoors notices: May 12, 2013

| Sunday, May 12, 2013, 3:36 p.m.

Hiking

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will have a free wildflower walk at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Hikers will look for the last of spring's wildflowers before they disappear. Call 412-963-6100.

• Venture Outdoors will lead a seven- to nine-mile hike to see the waterfalls of McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25. It will range from easy to difficult. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

Boating

• Moraine State Park in Butler County will have a paddling program for people interested in a leisurely float, rather than an aggressive paddle, from 9 to 11 a.m. May 21. Participants can bring their own kayak or borrow one free of charge from the park. Registration is limited. Call 724-368-8811.

• Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County and Exkursion Outfitters will have a free kayak demo from noon to 5 p.m. May 25 in the park. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, paddling and more. Call 724-668-2939.

• The people behind the new Shenango River Water Trail will have their Rally on the River starting at 8:15 a.m. June 1 in Mercer County. Paddlers will go from Riverside Park in Greenville to Shenango Valley RV Park in Transfer. There will be shuttles, a wildlife while afloat contest, and more. Cost is $10. Contact Hugh Clark at 724-927-9483 or greengrass@windstream.net.

Events

• Venture Outdoors will have its Outdoors Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Point State Park in Pittsburgh. There will be a climbing wall, kayaking, fishing, biking, dragon boating, arts, crafts, music and more. It's all free. Call 412-255-0564.

• Butler Outdoor Club will have its Outdoor Extravaganza from May 24-27 at Breakneck Campground in Butler County. The event will feature canoeing and kayaking, hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, children's activities and workshops on topics from outdoor photography to wilderness survival. There will be a gear swap and flea market, too. Registration is required for some activities at www.outdoorextravaganza.org/

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will have a free “firefly watch” training program to teach citizens how to monitor fireflies as part of a worldwide research project from 8 to 10 p.m. June 7 and 14. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-963-6100.

Birding

• Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will have a free program on bluebirds from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the park's wildflower reserve interpretive center. Scott Parry, the park's bluebird trails coordinator, will discuss the bluebird's natural history and how to attract bluebirds to your property. Call 724-899-3611.

Fishing

• Cook Forest State Park in Clarion County will have a fishing rodeo for children ages 12 and younger from 1 to 3 p.m. June 2 on freshly-stocked Tom's Run, between the swinging bridge and the children's fishing pond. Registration and prize giveaways will be at the pond behind the park office. Call 814-744-8407.

• The Pittsburgh-based RiverQuest is again sponsoring a fishing camp this summer. “Angler's Adventure” is being offered for two age groups — Children 7-9 and 10-12 — over five days from July 17-21. Participants will learn about spin and fly fishing as well as conservation. Gear is provided, though kids can bring their own if they prefer. Cost is $250. Call 412-231-2712.

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