The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 24, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Time running out for hunter education


Try bouldering

Bouldering is just like rock climbing except you don’t climb quite as high.

You and your family are invited to join the Bloomsburg University Quest Outdoor Club on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. for some bouldering near Mocanaqua. The club will be exploring one of its “secret crags” known as Squirrel Rock. According to what I’ve heard about this particular face, it offers climbers lots of routes that range from easy to extremely difficult with a few classic bouldering challenges thrown in for good measure. Club members have mapped out at least 70 different routes at Squirrel Rock and they’re always welcoming of new climbers to show them a few more. For more information, call (570) 389-4409.

Rattling skeletons

This time of year, anything having to do with skeletons and bones typically relates to Halloween. But the presentation Senior Naturalist Jon Beam is offering this weekend at PPL’s Montour Preserve has more to do with developing young conservationists and forensic scientists than it does with trick-or-treating.

Beam will be using animal bones, skulls and entire skeletons Saturday from 1-3 p.m. to examine and discuss outdoor science with a limited number of 8-to-12-year olds.

This is a hands-on session where the participants will determine what animal the bones come from based on adaptations and other characteristics. Also, owl “pellets” will be dissected during the session to learn more about an owl’s diet.

Because there are limited spots available for this free session, pre-registration is required. You can register a child by visiting

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