Outdoors notices: Nov. 17, 2014
• Venture Outdoors will lead a free outdoor skills session and hike from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Hartwood Acres in Allegheny County. Participants will learn to build a campfire, tie a bowline knot and more. The first 90 minutes of the program will be a classroom session; the following 90 minutes the hike. Call 41-255-0564.
• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will gave a Geminid meteor hike at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Succop Nature Park in Butler County. Cost $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-963-6100.
• Groups interested in learning how to apply for and receive grants for outdoor recreation and conservation projects are invited to the Finding the Green workshop set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township. It will focus on what funding opportunities exist and how to access them. Space is limited and preregistration is required by contacting Rebecca Heath at 717-745-9304 or [email protected].
• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will gave a pre-holiday sale at 5 p.m. Saturday at the nature store at its Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve at 614 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel, in Allegheny County. Light refreshments will be served, and members and those who join that evening will receive 20 percent off all items purchased and a copy of the Western Pennsylvania birding trail guide. Call 412-963-6100.
• Westminster College in Lawrence County will have a Student Symposium on the Environment from 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the school’s McKelvey Campus Center. Free and open to the public, it gives students from a number of area colleges and universities a chance to present their research, projects and creative works on the environment. Contact Helen Boylan at 724-946-6293 or [email protected].
• Herminie No. 2 Game Association, at 219 Cody Road, Herminie, will have its annual sight-in day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The public is welcome. Cost is $1 per gun for members and $2 per gun for nonmembers. Club members will be available to provide assistance, including bore-sighting if needed, and targets will be provided.
• Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County will have a program for homeschooling families on how to get involved in BirdSleuth and Project FeederWatch from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 3. It’s designed for children ages 5 and older. BirdSleuth and Project FeederWatch are opportunities for those seeking a curriculum related to birds and a winter-long commitment to a bird-related citizen science project. Cost is $3 per person or $12 per family. Enrollment is limited, and registration is required by Nov. 26 by calling 724-794-6011.