Outdoor notices: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
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• Venture Outdoors will lead a guided hike to seek out and explore vernal pools from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 15 through Montour Run Valley in Moon Township. Participants will do an easy two to three miles and look for pools that are home to Eastern wood frogs, spring peepers and Jefferson salamanders. Cost is $6 for kids, $8 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.
• Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County will host a volunteer trail day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers will do trail maintenance. Please dress appropriately and bring lunch. Call 724-329-0986.
• Venture Outdoors will host a “campfire building for kids” program from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Riverview Park. Participants will learn to collect materials, place a campfire and build it. Cost is $5 for kids, $8 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.
• Raccoon Creek State park in Beaver County will hold a maple sugaring workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 8. Participants will learn how sap is collected, boiled, graded and processed into candy and syrup. The day will conclude with a pancake dinner. The location of the workshop will be emailed to participants a week in advance. Cost is $20 and preregistration is required by Monday by calling 724-899-3611.
• Todd Bird Club will lead an outing to Yellow Creek State Park on Tuesday. Meet at 8 a.m. each day at the park office.
• Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will lead a waterfowl tour to a number of Westmoreland County lakes on March 22. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Beaver Run Reservoir parking lot on Route 380 and plan to visit Loyalhanna and Derry lakes, Keystone State Park and, time permitting, Trout Run Reservoir.
• Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club will host its fifth annual “Raccoongaine” at 10 a.m. on March 23 at Raccoon Creek State Park. The event is a wilderness land navigation orienteering challenge. Competition will be in up to nine classes based on age and gender. Unlike in a typical orienteering event, which requires contestants to go to checkpoints in a defined order, this event is more like a scavenger hunt. Competitors will be able to seek out 50 checkpoints in whatever order they prefer, within a time limit. Call Jim Wolfe at 814-255-6606.
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