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WINTER OUTINGS SERIES

What are the Winter Outings?

FREE EVENTS –  Family FUN!       

• Limited equipment is available to use free of charge.

• All ages are welcome with adult supervision (unless otherwise stated).

• Most activities are for beginners and make it easy to try something new.

• Limited snow cover may alter the events, but when possible, an alternative program will be offered.

• XC ski track may be set for ski events, if conditions allow.

Check back for more information on the series and updates. 

Winter Trail and Ice Reports

Looks like winter is here finally!

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WINTER OUTINGS CALENDAR

 

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Weekly Events

Thursday Night Group Running Series

Thursdays All Winter – Tyoga Running Club Thursday Night Run

6PM-7PM – Wellsboro – Packer Park Lot

Sponsor(s): Tyoga Running Club

Come on out for a group run. Multiple pace groups for almost any ability level. Yes – it’s dark, so bring a headlamp / lights. Yes, the group runs in almost any conditions. Distances vary. Look up the club on Facebook for more info.

FMI: Tyoga Running Club Facebook

 

EVENT DETAILS

 

2023 Events:          

Thursdays All Winter – Thursday Night Run

6PM-7PM – Wellsboro – Packer Park Lot

Come on out for a group run. Multiple pace groups for almost any ability level. Yes – it’s dark, so bring a headlamp / lights and the group runs in almost any weather condition. Distances vary. Look up Tyoga Running Club on Facebook for more info.

Saturday January 28 – Winter in the Lumber Camp

10AM-3PM – PA Lumber Museum – Main Parking Area

Outdoor fun in the snow with sledding, snow men, and snow art activities. Try your hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting) with the help of equipment provided by PA DCNR and volunteer instructors. Food and drink available in the program room.

Sunday January 29 –Mt. Tom Snowshoe / Hike

9AM-12:00PM – Pine Creek Rail Trail – Darling Run Trailhead                             

Climb over 1100 feet to one of the most scenic vistas in our area, offering views of Ansonia and the upper Pine Creek valley.  Experience and conditioning are required for this strenuous climb.  Dress in layers.  Bring a snack and water.  Limited snowshoes will be available.  Due to snow and/or ice, traction aiding devices (such as snowshoes or simple boot cleats) are required. This is a slow-paced course preview for the upcoming Mt. Tom Challenge.

February 3-5 – Winter Women in the Wilds (registration required)** ***FULL***

Sinnemahoning State Park – Pre-register online!

Ladies, beat cabin fever this winter while trying something new during this fun weekend of outdoor recreation and environmental education.  Sessions include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter bird identification, winter survival, open hearth cooking and more.  Program fee is $90 per person and includes three full catered meals and participant’s choice of up to 6 classes.  Group size is limited.  Pre-register with the PA Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) between Thursday, 12/1 and  Friday, 1/20.  Questions: SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov

Saturday February 4 – Community Climbing Day                                        

2PM-6PM – Mansfield University – Kelchner Fitness Center

Family friendly climbing geared towards kids and beginners.  We have all the gear and staff ready to get climbing newcomers off the ground. Registration is required and will open January 24th. More info at www.mansfield.edu/kfc, on the Kelchner Fitness Center Facebook page or by emailing adelozier@mansfield.edu

Sunday February 5 – Winter Adventure Hike

1PM-3PM – Lyman Run State Park – Day use parking

Take this great opportunity to get outside in the colder months and see the winter beauty at Lyman Run. Be prepared with good hiking boots, hiking poles/sticks, and water. A limited number of traction aides or snowshoes will be available to borrow, if conditions require.

 Saturday February 11 –Snowshoeing Basics (registration required) **

10AM – 11:30AM – Sinnemahoning State Park – Park Office & Wildlife Center

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore your favorite trails in winter.  New to the sport?  No problem!  Park staff will help you get started.  Snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided.  Program will begin indoors with an introduction to snowshoeing equipment and styles, followed by a guided practice instruction on level ground, then a short excursion on the trail.  If snow depth is insufficient for snowshoeing, the indoor portion of the program will still be held, followed by a 2- to 3-mile nature hike.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required by Thursday 2/9.  Register online through the DCNR Calendar of Events.  Questions: SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov

 Saturday February 11 – Wellsboro Winter Celebration – Kids XC Skiing Intro

12noon-2:30PM – The Green – Wellsboro

Kids can try out cross-country skis with basic instruction. Tubing races will also be held at 2pm at this popular in-town event as part of the Wellsboro Winter Celebration. More info on the entire weekend at wellsboropa.com

Sunday February 12 – Mt. Tom Challenge

9AM-Noon – Mt. Tom Trails – Darling Run Parking Area

Challenge yourself to climb the steepest and tallest in the area – Mt. Tom! Then do it again and again… if you can! https://sites.google.com/site/mttomchallenge/home  

February 17-19 – Snow-mobility Weekend

10AM-4PM – PA Lumber Museum – Main Parking Area

Ride your snowmobile to the museum all weekend long. Cross-country ski/ hike to the museum on Saturday (ONLY) for a Pancake Breakfast from 10:30 Am until 1:00 Pm. Documentary films will be shown in the program room during breakfast. At 1:30, a program on making maple syrup will be offered by Chris Nicholas.

Saturday February 18 – Great Backyard Bird Count Walk

10AM-12PM – Sinnemahoning State Park – Park Office and Wildlife Center

Wander the park with members of the local bird club, on the lookout for winter birds in woodland, meadow, and wetlands of the First Fork Valley while participating in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Hike will be 2-3 miles over mostly level terrain.  Snowshoes provided if needed.  Novice and experienced birders welcome!  No pre-registration required for this free program.

Sunday February 19 – Nest Box Building

1PM-3PM – Tioga – Cumming’s Wood Shop

Join club members in an annual tradition of building nest boxes for wildlife. Please register by Feb 10th to help in planning. Contact Anne at tiogacowoa@gmail.com or 570-279-7074 or find the group on Facebook.

Saturday February 25 – Snow Day Fun – Cross Country Skiing

10AM-12PM – Cherry Springs State Park – Parking Area

Beat the winter blahs by getting outside! Marvel at the wonder of snow-blanketed landscapes, search for fresh animal tracks, and more! FREE program for kids and adults alike. Just wear warm clothes.  Adult and youth sized cross-country ski equipment (including boots, skis, and poles) will be available to borrow for on-site use during the program. Basic instruction will be given to people new to cross-country skiing, and a more in-depth intro to cross-country skiing class will be offered from 10:30 – 11, with a guided ski from 11 – 11:30 AM. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, classic ski tracks will be set along the perimeter of the park. No pre-registration required.

*** program may be modified due to weather conditions ***

Saturday March 4 – Winter Tree Identification

10AM – 12PM – Sinnemahoning State Park – Park Office & Wildlife Center

What trees are growing in your woods?  Learn to distinguish common local trees in winter by observing bark, twigs, cones, and other features while learning interesting facts about our native forests. Slow-paced, 1-mile walk over mostly level terrain. Binoculars and field guides available for use during the program.  Program will begin indoors with an overview of tree identification, followed by a slow paced, 1-2 mile hike over uneven terrain to practice identifying live trees in the park.  All skill levels welcome. No pre-registration required for this free program.

Sunday March 5 – Winter Adventure Hike

1PM-3PM – Lyman Run State Park – Day use parking

Take this great opportunity to get outside in the colder months and see the winter beauty at Lyman Run. Be prepared with good hiking boots, hiking poles/sticks, and water. A limited number of traction aides or snowshoes will be available to borrow, if conditions require.

Friday March 10 – Telescopes & Planetarium Open House

7PM-8:30PM – Strait Planetarium – Commonwealth (Mansfield) University

Explore the winter night sky, Orion’s belt, and distant galaxies, all from the comfort of the planetarium with a short program suitable for all ages. Before or after the program, look through telescopes provided to take a closer look at the planetary lineup of Saturn, Venus, and Mars. Telescopes will be setup outside on your way in. The planetarium is part of Grant Science Center. See Mansfield.edu for a campus map.

 Sunday March 12 – Charter Day

10AM-4PM – PA Lumber Museum – Free Admission

Most PA Trails of History sites are free to the public to celebrate Pennsylvania's birthday! The PA Lumber Museum will be offering guided tours of its facilities and exhibits.

Saturday & Sunday March 18-19 – Maple Open House Weekend

See www.pamaple.com for times and locations

 

 

 

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