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Notices from the outdoors

Bob Frye
| Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Hiking

» Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a winter walkabout from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel. Cost is $2 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Call 412-963-6100.

» Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead an easy 8-mile loop hike between Freeport and Bagdad, partially along the Baker Trail, on Sunday. Meet at the Bob Evans Restaurant in Harmarville at 11 a.m. Call Divers at 412-828-5154.

» Keystone State Park will host a guided walk along Springhouse Trail from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 12. The walk will focus on common trees and plants and any wildlife spotted along the way. Pre-registration is required by calling 724-668-2566.

» Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead a fast-paced 7 miles in Deer Lakes Park on Dec. 13. Call Judy or Don Ziegler at 412-826-0519.

» Venture Outdoors will host a "mountain pie ramble" hike from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at Riverview Park. Participants will hike the park, then cook mountain pies over an open fire. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family and space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Call 412-255-0564.

Events

» Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will lead a winter tree and weed identification hike at Potter's Corner in Murrysville on Sunday. Meet at Sloan Elementary School in Murrysville at 1 p.m. Call Tom Pearson at 724-864-1902.

Snowshoeing

» Venture Outdoors will host an introductory family snowshoeing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at McKinley Park in Mt. Oliver. Participants will learn some basics, then hit the trail. If there's no snow, participants will try their snowshoes in the grass, then hike. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Call 412-255-0564.

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