Hike Set for Bear Run

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Hiking

Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead an easy seven-mile hike through Bear Run Nature Reserve on July 30. Call Mike Robertson at 412-678-4039.

Jennings Environmental Education Center will host a 90-minute guided prairie hike at 2 p.m. July 30. The blazing star and other prairie flowers should be at peak bloom during late July and early August. The walk will begin in the prairie parking area. The prairie is hot and has little shade, so dress appropriately. Call 724-794- 6011.

Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead an eight-mile loop hike on Aug. 5 in Quebec Run Wild Area. The hike will pass along Mill Run Trail. Call Ben Brugmans at 412-361-3623.

Backpacking

Raccoon Creek State Park will host a program on lightweight backpacking from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Wildflower Reserve. Equipment choices, finding water, land navigation, traveling at night, edible plants, and other skills will be discussed. Call 724- 899-2200.

Events

Ohiopyle State Park will host a frog hunt from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater. Hikers will visit a pond to catch frogs. Call 724-329-8591.

Jennings Environmental Education Center will host a program on backyard wildlife from 10 a.m. to noon July 25. Call 724-794-6011.

Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will host an evening bat watch at 8 p.m. July 26 at Sons of Zebedee Church in Saltsburg. Participants will meet in the river parking lot at the end of Canal Street and walk up the West Penn Trail to the church. Call Karen Jackson at 724-668-7421.

Moraine Preservation Fund will hold a program on dissecting owl pellets at 7 p.m. July 28 at Moraine State Park. Dissecting pellets allows you to see their eating habits. Call 724-368-9185.

Keystone State park will host a children's program focusing on raptors from 2 to 3 p.m. July 29 at the beach house. There will be stories, crafts and games. Call 724-668-2939. …