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Venture Outdoors to offer Brush Creek Park hike

Bob Frye
| Monday, July 5, 2010

Hiking

• Venture Outdoors will lead a blueberry pie hike through Brush Creek Park from 1 to 4 p.m. July 11. Cost is $8 for kids, $12 for members and $16 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

• The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will hold an ecology, history and transformation hike through Highland Park July 14. The guided walk will focus on improvements made to the park over the years. Hikers should meet at the Entry Fountain. Call 412-682-7275.

Boating

• Venture Outdoors will host a "three rivers paddle" from 8 to 11:30 .m. July 24. It will begin at Kayak Pittsburgh and go up either the Allegheny, Monongahela or Ohio. Paddlers will cover six to eight miles over three hours and learn some of the rivers' history and wildlife. Cost is 416 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

Events

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a "pond dipping" program from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Too Nature Reserve. Participants will explore the chemistry and biology of a pond habitat. Wear shoes to get muddy. Cost is $2 for members, $5 for nonmembers and reservations are required by calling 412-963-6100.

• McConnells Mill State Park will host a program on wild edible plants starting at 2 p.m. July 19 at Kildoo picnic area. Participants will learn some basic plant identification and take home some recipes. Call 724-368-3612.

• Venture Outdoors will host a program on wilderness navigation from 11 a,m. to 3 p.m. July 25 at Hartwood Acres. Participants will spend time in a classroom learning the parts of a compass and associated tools and how read a topographic map, then head into the park to put those skills to use. Minimum age is 16. Cost is $15 for kids, $20 for members and $27 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

Fishing

• Moraine State Park and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a family fishing program at 1 p.m. July 31 at the park's Bear Run boat launch. Participants will learn some of the basics of fishing, like how to rig a rod, types of bait, knot tying, rules and regulations and more. There will also be practice casting and time to fish. NO license is required, but pre-registration is by calling 724-368-8811.

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