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Friday, January 5, 2018

WINTER OUTINGS SERIES PRESS RELEASE FOR JAN. 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14 & 15

The 2018 Step Outdoors Winter Outings series continues in Toga and Potter counties with free outdoor activities this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 6 and 7 and 8, Thursday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 13, 14 and 15.
Thursday Night Runs are on Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25 changes in bold face red)
The Tyoga Running Club is hosting Thursday Night Runs beginning this Thursday,Jan. 4 and continuing on Jan. 11, 18 and 25. They are free and open to the public. Meet at the Packer Park parking lot behind the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro to go on a one-hour run beginning at 6 p.m. no matter what the weather conditions. Wearing a headlamp is recommended. There are different pace groups with varying distances for runners of all ages and ability levels. For information, email run4trc@gmail.com or visit www.Facebook.com/tyogarunningclub. To learn more about all Winter Outings events or for updates, trail conditions, directions and more, visit www.stepoutdoors.com or call 570-724-0635 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Snowshoe Hike at Mill Cove on Jan. 6
At 10 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 6, a brief introduction to snowshoeing will be held at the main pavilion at the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 2317 Mill Creek Road, Tioga in Tioga County. Immediately following will be a free 1.5-mile, 1.5-hour guided snowshoe or regular hike and a 4.5-mile, 3-hour guided snowshoe or regular hike that includes a fairly steep climb. A limited number of snowshoes will be available free of charge for people to use if there is enough snow. Those who have snowshoes are encouraged to bring them. At 9:15 a.m. meet Daryl Warren at Packer Park at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro to carpool to Mill Cove or to drive there take North Main Street in Mansfield, turn onto Decker Street and proceed up Pickle Hill Road for about 5 miles, turn left onto Mill Creek Road and continue west, proceed through the gate and travel one-quarter of a mile to the main pavilion on the right. For more information, contact Marilyn Jones at 570-549-2794 or jones_mk@yahoo.com.

Eagle Watch is Jan. 6
This Saturday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m., a free one-hour Eagle Watch led by local expert Matt West will begin at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Connecting Channel Overlook at the Tioga-Hammond Dam. This is one of the best spots in the area to see bald eagles. Those who have binoculars are encouraged to bring them. A limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will be available. West will talk about the life of the bald eagle, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's reintroduction program, how to identify this raptor and areas where people can go to see them on Hammond, Tioga and Cowanesque lakes and other locations in Tioga County. For information, call the Ives Run Visitor Information Center at 570-835-5281. To get to the overlook, take Route 287 north for 17 miles, turn right onto South Main Street in Tioga Borough, drive to the end of the street, wind past the park entrance gate and drive to the top of the hill until the road ends at the overlook parking lot.

Sunday Funday Snow Biking on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28
Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring the free Mountain and Snow Bike Riding Series, which begins this Sunday, Jan. 7 and continues on Jan. 14, 21 and 28. These rides will start at 9 a.m. at the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Branch at 176 Straight Run Road, just off Route 6 in Asaph, eight miles west of Wellsboro. The rides last two to three hours and the routes are always different to keep them interesting. For weekly updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/OswaldCycleWorks/ or contact Tom Oswald at 570-662-3097.

Snowman Building & Snow Art or Snowless Activities are on Jan. 7
From 1-3 p.m., this Sunday, Jan. 7, families and friends are invited to build a snowman and use the snow as a blank canvas to create snow art. Everything is free, including materials and hot beverages. If there is no snow, participate in the Hoop It Up and Ice Maker contests, go on a scavenger hunt, make a winter craft to take home or play tic-tac-toe. This event will be at the Stephenhouse Pavilion at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake. The park entrance is 14 miles north of Wellsboro on Route 287. For information, call leader Debbie Calkins at 570-662-3968.

Weekly Hikes are on Jan. 8, 13 and 15
Daryl Warren, local hiking guru and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources volunteer leads the free Weekly Hiking Series. The hikes are held year-round on Mondays and Saturdays. Warren will lead hikes on Monday, Jan. 8 through Monday, Feb. 26 as part of the Winter Outings series. The hikes range from easy (Pine Creek Rail Trail) to strenuous (narrow, steep mountain trails), short (3 miles) to lengthy (12 miles). Each week, hikers will meet at the parking lot at Packer Park behind the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro to carpool to the hike location. Warren ranks each hike on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 the hardest.

“My hiking speed averages 1.7 miles per hour,” he said. “If necessary, the pace will be set slower. The time listed for each hike is the actual hiking time. It does not include shuttling to and from trailheads." This coming Monday, Jan. 8, Warren will lead an 8.6-mile, 5-hour hike on Larry’s Loop. He rates it as a 3 based on its length. At 8 a.m., meet Warren at Packer Park to carpool to Larry’s Loop. On Saturday, Jan. 13, Warren will lead a 3-mile, 2-hour hike on Hamilton Lake loop. He rates this as a 2 because it is on mostly level terrain and has one short bushwhack. At 9 a.m., meet Warren at Packer Park to carpool to Hamilton Lake Loop. On Monday, Jan. 15, Warren will lead a 6-mile, 3.5-hour hike on Bee Tree Ski Trail. He rates this as a 3.5 because of its length. This hike is on mostly level terrain and has one moderate climb. At 9 a.m., meet Warren at Packer Park to carpool to the Bee Tree Ski Trail. To receive detailed information about the hikes and to sign up for weekly updates, email Daryl at rindercella@epix.net or call him at 570-724-7721 or 570-439-3739.

Family Climbing Day is Saturday, Jan. 13 at Mansfield University 
 On Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginners, including adults and children of all ages under adult supervision, can experience the climbing wall with guidance at Mansfield University’s Kelchner Fitness Center at 80 Clinton Street. All gear is provided free. For information, contact Amy DeLozier at 570-662-4865.

Winter in the Lumber Camp on Sunday, Jan. 14 
 From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, visit the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum at 5660 Route 6, Galeton in Potter County. Bring a sled and slide on the hills and make a snowman and then warm up with some hot beverages in the program room. If there is enough ice on the pond and snow, cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates will be provided and volunteer instructors will show beginners, both adults and children under adult supervision, how to use them. At 1 p.m., go on a short, guided hike or snowshoe hike on the Sustainable Forestry Trail. Equipment and instruction is free to use for these free activities. Those who have their own equipment are encouraged to bring it. Museum admission and snacks are available for a nominal cost. For more information, call 1-814-435-2652.

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To learn more about all Winter Outings events. almost all of them free, or for updates, trail conditions, directions and more, visit http://www.stepoutdoors.org or call 570-724-0635 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

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