Outdoors calendar

Turtle talk

Monday, 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m., 969 State Park Road, Swanton. Learn about species of turtles found in Garrett County. Explore the shell from the inside out and touch the resident reptiles. Cost: free. Information; 301-387-7067, cblizzard@dnr.state.md.us.

Wildlife investigation

Monday, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m., 969 State Park Road, Swanton, Garrett County. Self-guided program allows you to become a detective for the natural world. Solve a puzzle to win a prize. Cost: free. Information: 301-387-7067, cblizzard@dnr.state.md.us.

You as a bear

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Cunningham Falls State Park, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, Frederick County. Join a ranger at the Manor Area Visitor Center off Route 15 and play a game to see whether you have what it takes to survive as a black bear. Dress for the weather. For ages 8-12 accompanied by an adult. Cost: Park entry $3 per car. Information: 301-271-7574, fjdoyle@dnr.state.md.us.

Robert E. Lee hike

Wednesday. Five-mile easy walk through Robert E. Lee Park and around Lake Roland. Call 410-764-3234 or 410-583-0039.

Gunpowder hike

Wednesday. Circuit hike of approximately 7.5 miles through the Panther Branch of Gunpowder Falls State Park with some hills and nice views of the Gunpowder River. Eat lunch at Raven Rock waterfall. Pace averages 2.5 mph. Call 410-661-3182 before 9 p.m.

Patapsco Valley hike

Wednesday. Eight-mile hike through a little-used section of Patapsco Valley State Park in Carroll County. Easy bailout possible at the six-mile point. Possible mud. Call 410-245-9843 before 8 p.m.

Loch Raven hike

Saturday. Ten-mile out-and-back hike on Loch Raven Merryman Trail follows paths between Dulaney Valley and Warren roads. Expect half a dozen small stream crossings with several moderate climbs and one steep hill. Call 805-300-4698. Estimated carpool cost: $1.

3D shoot

Next Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thirty-target 3D shoot at Ephrata (Pa.) Bowmen at 899 N. Maple St. Kitchen will serve pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Information: ephratabowmen.com.

Fishing tackle

Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. Lenny "The Ultimate Angler" Rudow will discuss targeting trophies on light tackle at the monthly meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association at Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall at 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Please use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. The meeting is free, and visitors are welcome. Information: Mark DeHoff, mcdehoff@netzero.com.

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