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Outdoors notices: Jan. 12 |

Outdoors notices: Jan. 12


• Venture Outdoors will lead a guided winter tree identification hike through Frick Park in Allegheny County from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26. Cost is $6 for kids, $8 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a naturalist-led morning hike at Succpo Nature Reserve in Butler County from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 30. The hike is free. Call 412-963-6100.


• Moraine State Park in Butler County will hold its annual free Winterfest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, with activities centered around the McDanels Launch on the lake’s north shore. There will be ice fishing demonstrations, owl and raptor programs, a family birding hike, snowshoe workshop, chainsaw carving, ice sculpting, family activities, a chili cookoff, live music and more. Call 724-368-3612 for details and a schedule.

• Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County will hold its 14th annual prairie improvement day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers 12 and older are being sought to do maintenance work on the park prairie habitat. Those who turn out will get soup from local restaurants in a commemorative mug. Bring gloves and dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required by calling 724-794-6011.

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a Project FrogWatch training session at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21. Participants will learn to count frog calls at ponds and report those for a national citizen science project. Register by calling 412-963-6100.

• Cook Forest State park in Clarion County will hold a two-hour otter watch program starting at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1. Participants should bring binoculars and spotting scopes to the park office, from where they’ll go on a driving tour to look for otters along the Clarion River. This is considered prime time for finding otter activity, as well as otter slides, tracks and carp kills along the river banks. Hot chocolate will be available at the park office afterward. Call 814-744-8407.

• Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will hold a free “introduction to winter camping” class from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at the wildflower reserve interpretive center along Route 30. It will cover clothing, camping equipment and safety, while preparing participants for an overnight campout in the park on Feb. 22-23. Pre-registration is required by calling 724-899-3611.

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