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Sunday, May 19, 2013, 5:21 p.m.


• Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County will lead a “flower fever” hike along Spring House Trail from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Meet at the visitor center. Call 724-668-2566.

• 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. Saturday. It will range from easy to difficult. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

• Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County will lead an “incredible edibles” hike from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will learn to identify edible plants, when to harvest them and how to prepare them. Meet at the visitor center, bring insect repellent and dress for the weather. Call 724-668-2566.

• Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County will hold a night hike along the north shore from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Topics will include owls, night vision and more. Bring a flashlight and meet at the north shore amphitheater. Call 724-357-7913.

• Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County will host a “nature from A to Z” hike to look for signs of life in the woods along the Spring House and Stone Lodge trails from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Meet at the visitor center, dress for the weather and bring insect repellent. Meet at the visitor center. Call 724-668-2566.

• Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County will hold a two-mile hike along Ridgetop Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. May 27. The trail is somewhat challenging but will take hikers through a variety of habitats. Call 724-357-7913.

• Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will lead a free hike over the new Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the turnpike in Westmoreland County and back starting at 5:30 p.m. June 2. Participants should expect to see lots of wildflowers. Meet at the Spruce Flats Bog parking area on Summit Road. Visit


• Moraine State Park in Butler County will hold a paddling program for people interested in a leisurely float, rather than an aggressive paddle, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. 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 will lead an evening canoe tour of the lake from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 724-668-2566 or email to preregister.

• Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County will lead a beginner “kayak Keystone” paddling program on the lake from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 724-668-2566 or email to preregister.

• Exkursion Outfitters will hold a free kayak demo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Keystone State 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 hold their 2013 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


• Butler Outdoor Club will hold its annual Outdoor Extravaganza at Breakneck Campground in Butler County from Friday to May 27. The event will feature canoeing, 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

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold 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.


• Three Rivers Bird Club will lead a free outing to Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County on June 15 to see warblers, cliff swallows, tanagers and more. Meet at the Dairy Queen off the Donegal exit of the Turnpike at 7 a.m.


• Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County will hold a fishing program from 1 to 4 p.m. May 27 on the first of Pennsylvania's two “fish for free” days. Anglers will learn about fishing gear and techniques, then get to fish, with no license needed. A limited number of rods will be available. Call 724-357-7913.

• Cook Forest State Park in Clarion County will hold a fishing rodeo for children 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 take place 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, kids 7 to 9 and 10 to 12, over five days from July 17 to 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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