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Outdoors notices: April 20

| Sunday, April 20, 2014, 6:36 p.m.

Hiking

• Forbes State Forest is hosting an eight-mile hike through Quebec Run area of the forest starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the parking area off Quebec Road and bring water, snacks and sturdy shoes.

• Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County is having a series of Rustic Runs, which are four- to five-mile trail runs through the forest, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21, June 18, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15. All skill levels are welcome. Meet at the warming hut on Laurel Summit Road.

Boating

• Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will have a night paddle and campout from 7 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. You'll need your own canoe or kayak and camping equipment, but participants will paddle the lake after dark, then camp on the beach. Space is limited to 15 people and preregistration is required by Monday by calling 724-899-3611.

• Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County will lead a free Sailing 101 class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday U.S. Sailing-certified instructors will go over the basics of wind awareness, sail trim and points of sail, then each student will get the chance to go sailing. Life jackets will be provided, but participants must be capable of swimming 50 yards in clothing and shoes. Space is limited, and preregistration is required by calling 724-357-7913.

• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will have a free boating safety and water awareness class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 at the Sarah Heinz House in Pittsburgh. Participants need to bring lunch, water, pencil and paper and swim clothes. Preregistration is required by contacting Cathy Fodor at 412-231-2377 or fodor@sarahheinzhouse.com.

• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will have a free basic boating course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Conneaut Lake Sportsmen Club in Crawford County. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations and equipment. Preregistration is required by contacting Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or chfoster@pa.gov.

Events

• Dana Rizzo and Susan Boser, water resource educators with Penn State Extension, and Tim Wood of Aquatic Edge Consulting will offer pond management workshops in Sarver, Butler County, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. April 30 at Fair Winds Manor, 126 Iron Bridge Road. The presenters will offer tips and advice on common pond problems and proper management, such as how to identify and control nuisance plants and the best kinds of fish to stock. Cost is $15 per person. Preregistration is required at extension.psu.edu/courses/pond-and-lake-management or by calling 724-774-3003.

• Staff from Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County will have a Nature Detectives program on salamanders at 2 p.m. May 4. It's designed for children ages 5 and up with an accompanying adult. Children will explore the forest and water in search of the salamanders that live there. The program is free. But space it limited, and preregistration is required by calling 724-794-6011.

Fishing

• Eric Chapman, director of aquatic science with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will give a free demonstration of electroshocking to survey trout populations from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County. Bring rubber boots if you have them. Call 724-357-7913.

• Harrison Hills County Parks near Natrona Heights will have a free family fishing day from 1 to 5 p.m. May 4. Participants will learn basic fishing skills, such as knot tying, casting, bait options and how to take a fish off the hook, all at the hands of Fish and Boat Commission instructors. There will be time spent fishing, too. It's all free, and equipment is provided. Adults must bring a child, though, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required by calling 814-443-9841 or emailing mirsmith@pa.gov.

• Organizers of the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail will have a Fly Fishing Forum for Females Only program starting at 10 a.m. May 17 at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3534 Route 30, Latrobe, Westmoreland County. For beginner and experienced fisherwomen, the event will begin with coffee, pastries and juice, a display of women's fishing fashions, and a program on All You Need to Know About Fly Fishing. Afterward, participants will drive to a nearby stream for some hands-on fishing and instruction. Cost is $30 and includes use of equipment. Space is limited, and preregistration is required by calling 724-879-4241.

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