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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 will be set for all ski events if conditions allow.

Check back for more information on the series, updates, and trail conditions. 

Winter Trail and Ice Reports

Winter is here! Thin cover on most trails in Tioga County with marginal skiing possible. Potter County, especially Denton Hill area, is great for skiing and even snowshoeing.

Lake ice is still building back from open water only a week ago, so use extreme caution even with recent cold temps.

Updated Jan 22, 2020

Additional updates on conditions may be posted to the Step Outdoors Facebook

WINTER OUTINGS CALENDAR

 

EVENT DETAILS

Thursdays All Winter – Tyoga Running Club 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. Yes, the group runs in almost any conditions. Distances vary. Look up the club on Facebook for more info.

                                                      

Sundays all Winter – Sunday Funday Snow-biking Series

9AM-varies – Asaph – US Geological Survey Parking (sometimes varies)

Weekly mountain or snow-bike riding series usually starting at the lab in Asaph with updates weekly at https://www.facebook.com/OswaldCycleWorks/

 

Saturday January 25 – Winter Adventure Hike

9AM-11AM – 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.

 

Saturday January 25 – Winter in the Lumber Camp

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

Pennsylvania forests provide endless possibilities for winter-time outdoor recreation. Visit the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum to try your hand at a variety of outdoor activities. Bring your sled and slide on our hills, make a snowman and then warm-up with some hot drinks in the program room. We will provide cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting), and volunteer instructors to get you started on how to use them.  Then, hit the trail at 1 Pm for a short guided (snowshoe) hike on the museum’s Sustainable Forestry Trail. Equipment and instruction is free. Museum admission and snacks available for a nominal cost.

 

Sunday January 26 – Kayak Club Open House

6:00PM-8:00PM– Mansfield University – Decker Pool

Come try kayaking INSIDE at the pool so you’re ready for Spring!  All ages welcome. Kayaks, paddles and related equipment provided at no charge by the MU Kayak Club. A swimsuit and a towel are all that's needed. Non-swimmers welcome! Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult (that doesn’t need to go in the water).

 

Saturday February 1 – Family Climbing Day

10AM-3PM– 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.

 

Sunday February 2 – Snowshoe / Hike / Sledding Hill

1PM-3PM – Nessmuk Recreation Area – Parking Area

Take a guided tour of the trails at Nessmuk. Hike or borrow limited snowshoes if conditions allow. Limited hiking traction devices will also be available if conditions warrant. There will be a hike if snow is limited. Kids can also make some runs on the sledding hill behind the pavilion!

 

February 7-9 – Winter Women in the Wilds (registration required)

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, fire starting, open hearth cooking and more.  Program fee is $70 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) by Friday, 1/24.  Meet at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park.

 

Saturday February 8 – Winter Fun: XC Ski, Snowshoe, Ice Skate & Sled

9AM-11PM – Hills Creek State Park – Beach Parking Area

Try out XC skis and snowshoes during a short mini-clinic where you will learn the basics, then test your skills on the park trails and groomed track. Conditions permitting. Ice Skates will be available if conditions permit for skating. Bring your own sled. Limited sleds or tubes may be available. Dress in layers for the weather, but to be active. All equipment provided for adults and youth of almost all sizes.

 

February 14-16 – Snow-mobility Weekend

10AM-3PM – 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 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. Documentary films will be shown in the program room during breakfast. 

 

Saturday February 15 – Wellsboro Winter Celebration - Family Fun on the Green

12noon-3PM – The Green – Wellsboro

Kids can try out cross-country skis or try mini-golf in the snow. Tubing races will be back again at this popular in-town event as part of the Wellsboro Winter Celebration. More info on the entire weekend at wellsboropa.com

 

Sunday February 16 – 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! https://sites.google.com/site/mttomchallenge/home  

 

Wednesday February 19 –Bird Conservation Talk

7PM-8PM – Wellsboro High School

Join special guest, Jeff Larkin, who will discuss the importance of landscape-scale bird conservation across private and public forestlands in Pennsylvania. Several studies have recently examined nesting and post-fledging habitat selection of many at-risk, forest-dependent songbirds. Collectively, this research provides a substantial body of evidence that suggests forest bird conservation is intimately tied to landscape context and configuration and within-stand structural complexity, regardless of nesting guild.   As such, strategically increasing forest age class diversity has become an important focus of many forest-bird conservation efforts. This presentation will provide examples of successes and insight as to how a well-funded and well-organized partnership can overcome the many constraints that can often inhibit large-scale conservation implementation.  The talk will be geared toward a diverse audience from private landowners, birders, and conservation organizations.

 

Saturday February 22 – Canyon Sled Dog Challenge

9AM-Noon – Pine Creek Trail – Darling Run Parking Area for spectators

Watch teams of 6 and 8 dogs pull sleds down and back in the canyon! New this year will be one and two dog skijoring categories. Spectators, please leave your pets at home! The only spectator area is Darling Run parking area to watch this fast-paced down-and-back format. Hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks will be available for purchase benefitting Second Chance Animal Sanctuary. Club page: https://www.pasleddogclub.com/races-events-source/2019/2/23/canyon-sled-dog-challenge

 

Saturday February 22 –Snowshoeing Basics (registration required)

12PM – 2PM – 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.  Snow shoes 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.  Participants are then encouraged to explore the park on snowshoes in the afternoon.  If snow depth is insufficient for snowshoeing, the indoor portion of the program will still be held from 11:00-11:30, and a 2- to 3-mile nature hike will be offered following the instruction.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required by Thursday 2/20.  Register online through the DCNR Calendar of Events.  Meet in classroom of Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning.

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