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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 and updates. 

Winter Trail and Ice Reports

Looks like winter is here finally!

Check out Step Outdoors Facebook for periodic trail conditions and ski track alerts.

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

 

Watch for updates below through the season.

 

Saturday January 22 – 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. Updates available on the museum's Facebook page.

 

Saturday January 22 – Women’s Intro to Ice Fishing (registration FULL)**

2 Sessions / Times vary – Nessmuk Lake

Open to women interested in learning how to ice fish, alongside other women. Registration will be posted on the PA Fish and Boat Facebook page in early December. Direct Link

 

Sunday January 23 – Intro to Ice Fishing (registration FULL)**

Times vary – Nessmuk Lake

Open to anyone 12 and over, interested in learning how to ice fish. Registration will be posted on the PA Fish and Boat Facebook page in early December.

 

Saturday 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.

 

Sunday January 30 – Eagle Watch

9AM-10AM – Ives Run Mixing Channel – Ives Run Recreation Area

Join us for an eagle watch at perhaps the best location in our area to view them in winter. Local expert and educational program coordinator for Mill Cove, Matt West, will be leading the watch and answering questions about these amazing raptors. Bring binoculars if you have them or a limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will also be on hand. This event is being co-sponsored by the Tioga County Woodland Owners Association, who will be providing a hot drink and snacks for all attendees.

Directions from Wellsboro (18 miles):

Take Route 287 north for 17 miles to Tioga (past Ives Run Recreation Area). Turn right onto S. Main St., follow to the end and wind past the park entrance gate and to the top of the hill where the road ends at the mixing channel parking lot.

 

February 4-6 – 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 $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, 1/21.  Questions: SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov

 

Saturday February 5 – 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.

To register for Community Climbing Day contact Amy DeLozier at the Kelchner Fitness Center at adelozier@mansfield.edu

More info at www.mansfield.edu/kfc, on the Kelchner Fitness Center Facebook page or by emailing adelozier@mansfield.edu

 

Sunday February 6 – Eagle Watch

9AM-10AM – Ives Run Mixing Channel – Ives Run Recreation Area

Join us for an eagle watch at perhaps the best location in our area to view them in winter. Local expert and educational program coordinator for Mill Cove, Matt West, will be leading the watch and answering questions about these amazing raptors. Bring binoculars if you have them or a limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will also be on hand.

Directions from Wellsboro (18 miles):

Take Route 287 north for 17 miles to Tioga (past Ives Run Recreation Area). Turn right onto S. Main St., follow to the end and wind past the park entrance gate and to the top of the hill where the road ends at the mixing channel parking lot.

 

Sunday February 6 – 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 February 12 – 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 13 – 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 18-20 – 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 9:30 Am until 1:30 Pm. Documentary films will be shown in the program room during breakfast. 

 

Saturday February 19 – Great Backyard Bird Count Walk

10AM-12PM – Sinnemahoning State Park – 40 Maples day use, pavilion 1

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 20 – 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!

 

Saturday February 26 – 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. Updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057239238088

 

Saturday March 5 – Winter Bird Walk

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

Grab a hot cup of coffee and hit the trail as we enjoy a morning taking in the sights and sounds of raptors in flight and songbirds a-twitter.  Led by park staff and assisted by local bird-watching enthusiasts.  Binoculars and field guides available for use during the program.  Slow paced, 1-2 mile hike over uneven terrain.  Beginner and experienced birders welcome. No pre-registration required for this free program.

 

Sunday March 6 – 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.

 

Sunday March 13 – 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 March 12 – Shed Hunting for First Timers

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

Get outdoors for some great exercise and to experience the thrill of the hunt while searching for deer and elk antlers on public lands.  Program will begin indoors with a brief talk about deer and elk antlers, how they grow, and where and when to find them, then head outdoors for a 1- to 2-mile hike to practice locating and identifying good sites to search.  Adults and children ages 8 and up.  Most of hiking will be off-trail and over rough, uneven terrain.  Tick repellant suggested.  No pre-registration required for this free program. 

 

Saturday & Sunday March 19-20 – Maple Open House Weekend

See www.pamaple.com for times and locations

 

THE END – until the 2023 series kicks off Jan 1st!!!

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