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Runners and those who cheer them on can lace up to celebrate Memorial Day at the Forty Fort Five-Miler, a foot race sponsored by the Forty Fort Lions that begins and ends at the Forty Fort Park on Wyoming Avenue. Start time is 9 a.m.

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THIS WEEK: MAY 23 to 29, 2008

Pond and River, a movie in the park amphitheater about the rivers of the world and other freshwater ecosystems hosting wildlife from the piranha to the river dolphin. Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, near White Haven. Tonight at 9 p.m. 443-0400.

Birding Susquehanna County, a bird walk through the Florence Shelley Preserve, Route 171 in Thompson. Meet in the parking lot. Saturday, 8 to 11 a.m. 967-7275.

Shades of Death Hike. Join the park naturalist for a walk to Sand Spring Lake along the Shades of Death trail and learn about the creek, its critters and its place in the watershed. Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, near White Haven. Saturday at 9 a.m. 443-0400.

Join Hands. Bring a broom and gardening tools and help spruce up the parish grounds at Sacred Heart Church, 605 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. 868-7444 or 403-2067.

Boulder Field Basics, a brief talk on the history and significance of this geologic wonder. Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, near White Haven. Saturday at 1 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m.; Monday at 11:30 a.m. 443-0400.

Fish for Free Day. Never fished before but always wanted to give it a try? Stop by Lake Frances and borrow fishing equipment; no fishing license required. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. 403-2006.

Family Walk, a slow-paced 1.2-mile beginner’s walk along Deer Trail. Meet below the bird-feeding area near Pavilion Two at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday at 2 p.m. 696-9105.

Water Walkers, an exploration of insects that seem to walk on water. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday at 5 p.m. 696-9105.

Amazing Amphibians. Hop on over to the Campground Amphitheater for a session on frogs, toads and salamanders. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday at 7 p.m. 696-9105.

Edge Trail Bird Walk. Join naturalist John Domelike for an early-morning bird walk along Edge Trail. Meet at the Visitors Center with binoculars and field guides. Tuscarora State Park, 687 Tuscarora Park Road, Barnesville. Sunday at 7:30 a.m. 467-2404.

Inspired by the Susquehanna, a guided kayak trip for painters, photographers, writers and dreamers to explore Scoval Island, a natural area in the Susquehanna River with a view of Campbell’s Ledge and the Coxton-to-Exeter railroad trestle crossing. All equipment, instruction and guides provided by Susquehanna River Adventures. Sunday at 9 a.m. Meet at the river access point at the Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming to shuttle to the Harding launch area. Sponsored in part by the Luzerne County Cultural Council. $35. 328-4001.

The Story of Frances Slocum. Sit back and enjoy a video on the park’s namesake at the Campground Amphitheater. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Sunday at 8 p.m. 696-9105.

Wild Pennsylvania, a multimedia program by photographer Mike Gadomski, author of “Wild Pennsylvania: A Celebration of Our State’s Natural Beauty.” Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, near White Haven. Sunday at 9 p.m. 443-0400.

Forty Fort Five Miler, a Memorial Day foot race, sponsored by the Forty Fort Lions. Begins and ends at the Forty Fort Park on Wyoming Avenue. Monday at 9 a.m. 287-4510.

Nature Hike. See migrating warblers as well as bald eagles, spring wildflowers, butterflies, frogs, salamanders, reptiles and other signs of spring on a two-mile hike with naturalist John Serrao. Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Free. 828-2319 or peec.org.

Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens, an informative program on controlling stormwater by using rain barrels and rain gardens. With urban forester Vinnie Cotrone and Penn State Master Gardener Mary Pat Appel. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration: 403-2006.

Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program to encourage all ages to get outside and become active at close-to-home parks, trails and events in Luzerne County during the summer months. To participate, visit stepstoahealthierluzernecounty.org to register and receive a passport. Then visit any or all of the passport’s 24 stops, find the answer to the scavenger-hunt questions and log your answers. Prizes awarded at summer’s end. 408-1630.

FUTURE

Origins of Ornithology Dinner and Show with naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul, who traces the unpredictable history of bird study in America. Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. May 30, 6 to 9 p.m. $20. Reservations: 828-2319 or peec.org.

Night Hike, a short walk through the woods without flashlights to develop night vision through fun activities and games. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater. Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, near White Haven. May 31 at 8:45 p.m. 443-0400.

Family Fishing Clinic, information and instruction on state fish varieties, fish habitats, safety and basic fishing skills. No fishing license necessary; equipment provided. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. May 31, 9 a.m. to noon. Limited space. Registration: 403-2006.

Nature Walk and Zen Meditation Workshop, a nature-studies walk along Atta Dipa Trail on Endless Mountain Zendo’s 18 acres with naturalist Kevin Hilsey and the same walk with Zen monk Genro Milton Sensei in complete present-minded silence. The day also includes an introduction and instruction in formal Zen practice and seated meditation (zazen), walking meditation, chanting as well as a vegetarian lunch and tea. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. May 31, 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Suggested donation $45. Registration: 925-5077.

Family Fishing Basics, a morning of fishy fun learning about aquatic animals, the need for clean water, outdoor manners, angler safety and fishing techniques. All equipment and bait provided. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. May 31, 1 to 5 p.m. Registration: 696-9105.

Salamander Sally. Learn the difference between different species of salamanders, then search through various habitats for the elusive creatures. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater. Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, near White Haven. May 31 at 4 p.m. 443-0400.

Invasive Species, an introductory talk on invasive species in Pennsylvania. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. May 31 at 7 p.m. 696-9105.

Way of a Trout, a film tracing the life of a native rainbow trout from egg to creel to its release. Campground Amphitheater. Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, near White Haven. May 31 at 9 p.m. 443-0400.

Black Bear Triathlon, a half-iron and sprint-distance race with swimming, biking and running through Beltzville State Park in Carbon County. June 1 beginning at 7:30 a.m. with awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Registration information at cgiracing.com.

Lake Rutherford Hike, six moderate miles at the Sussex, N.J., natural site. Guided by naturalist Jane Frey. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 North Blakely St., Dunmore. June 1 at 9:15 a.m. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.

Pinchot Trail Hike, 11 moderate miles on the north side of the trail to Pine Hill Vista. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot at the Wyoming Valley Mall, off Route 115, Wilkes-Barre Township. June 1 at 11:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. A shorter four-mile hike on the same trail leaves at 1:15 p.m. 825-7200 or 693-2152.

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