Duncannon Outdoor Club 2017 Schedule of Events

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Duncannon Outdoor Club (DOC) Schedule: 2017

Schedule:  Hikes will take place on the third Saturday of every month.  Hike starting times will change to suit the unique requirements of each hike and dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, please be sure to contact the hike leader prior to each hike to ensure that everything is on schedule.

Ned Smith Center LogoJan. 21st – Join the DOC at the Ned Smith Center in Millersburg for an average-paced 5 mile hike on moderate to strenuous terrain.  There is one .75 mile climb up Mountain Laurel Trail to Berry Mountain Trail and a nice view.  Return on part of Berry Mountain Trail to take Deer Run Trail until it intersects Drumming Log Trail back to the starting point at the Ned Smith Center.  If snow is on the ground, make sure to wear hiking boots and bring micro spikes or yak tracks if you have them.  The theme for discussion will be coyotes.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 9:00 am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Wildwood Nature Center LogoFeb. 18th – Come to an average-paced, loop hike at the Wildwood Nature Center for a total of 3 miles on easy terrain.  We will discuss fur-bearing animals. This hike is for all ages and is dog friendly.  Meet at 9:00 am. at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate at 9:00 am or alternately at the south Wildwood parking lot by the park entrance at 9:30 am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Tundra SwanMar. 18th Come to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Kleinfeltersville and observe the migration of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans as they touch down at this important way station.  Then hike an average-paced 6 mile hike over moderate to strenuous terrain on a series of trails that form a loop back to the visitor’s center.  There are 2 climbs from 300 to 400 ft. Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate at 8:30 am. or alternately at the Kmart parking lot at 9:00 am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  Please reimburse drivers 10 cents per mile and for turnpike tolls (124 miles total).  Bring your cameras and binoculars if you have them and pack a lunch.

Eastern BluebirdApril 22nd  – Come to a family friendly, average-paced, two mile hike over easy to moderate terrain (9:30 – 11:00).  Then learn about bluebirds from Phillip Durgin, Vice President of The Bluebird Society of PA, and make your own bluebird box to take home (11:00 – 12:00).  Cost is free, donations for materials appreciated.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate at 9:00 am to carpool or alternately at Little Buffalo State Park parking lot by the stage at 9:30 am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

DogMay 20th Come to a dog-friendly, average-paced shuttle hike on moderate terrain from Rt. 850 to Scotts Farm for a total of 6 miles.  We will stop at the Darlington Shelter for lunch and learn about dogs, what to do if attacked, dogs and hiking, etc.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately at Scott’s Farm at  9:30 am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

June 24th – Join the DOC on a canoeCanoe and Kayak/kayak trip from Blue Mountain Outfitters (BMO) to West Fairview for an opportunity to observe the nesting birds on Wade Island, learn about the Susquehanna Watershed, and check the water quality.  Cost is $12.50 if you bring your own boat.  Rent a kayak for $45.00 plus a $7.50 shuttle fee, a two man kayak for $65.00 plus $7.50 each person, a canoe for $45.00 plus $7.50 each person.  Tax is not included in these prices.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  We will meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center to carpool at 9:30 am. or alternately at BMO at 10 am.

Regal Fritillary Butterfly July 8th Join us for a three hour tour at Fort Indiantown Gap to observe the endangered Regal Fritillary  butterfly and the habitat necessary for breeding and providing success for 100 other species of conservation concern in PA.  Wear appropriate shoes and clothing for a nature walk on gravel trails and mowed paths.  Bring bug spray, sunscreen, binoculars, lunch, and cameras.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate to carpool at 8:00 am. or alternately at the Kmart in Summerdale ready to leave at 8:30 sharp.  Driving distance is approximately 80 miles total.  Please pay drivers 10 cents per mile for gas.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Eastern Hemlock AdelgidAug. 20th – Join us for an average-paced 2 mile hike over moderate terrain at Big Spring State Park in Blain.  Observe an abandoned, uncompleted railroad tunnel and learn about the Woolly Adelgid and how it is endangering our state tree, the Hemlock.  Bring water and a lunch.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate at 9:00 am. to carpool.  Please pay drivers 10 cents per mile for gas (80 miles total).  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

PA KeystoneSept. 16thHike at an average pace in and out along the Stony Valley Rail Trail over easy terrain for a total of 3 miles.  This is a family and dog friendly hike that offers a chance to learn all about Pennsylvania’s Natural Symbols.  Do you know about Pennsylvania’s state flower? How about the state dog? We’ll Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately you can meet us at the Dauphin Park and Ride at 9:30 am. Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Boiling Springs FurnaceOct. 21st Join the DOC for a 6 mile average-paced, shuttle hike from White Rocks Trail to Fisherman’s Parking Lot in Boiling Springs over moderate to strenuous terrain.   Learn about charcoal furnaces and charcoal making of the past.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center to carpool at 8:00 am. or alternately at the Kmart in Summerdale ready to leave at 8:30 am.  Those closer to Boiling Springs have the option of meeting at Fisherman’s Parking Lot around 9:00 – 9:15.  Driving distance is approximately 54 miles total.  Please pay drivers 10 cents per mile for gas.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

PossumNov. 18th – Come out for a 6 mile hike with the DOC as we learn about possums. We will hike a loop starting at Lambs Gap to Millers Gap and back over moderate terrain at an average pace.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately at Lambs Gap Rd/Darlington Trail Parking at 9:30 am. Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

CowbirdDec. 16th    Come to Little Buffalo State Park and hike the 1.2 mile exercise trail at a leisurely pace over easy terrain.  This is a family friendly hike meant for children and those unable to hike long distances.  Learn about cowbirds and engage in a fun learning activity.  Dress appropriately for the weather and temperature.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center a Geisinger Affiliate at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately at Little Buffalo Park Office at 9:30 am. Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

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