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Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley

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June 1-2, 2019

Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley, now in its fifth year, is a free family festival celebrating all things outdoors! Filled with dynamic presentations, hands-on activities and tons of fun, this event is designed to introduce children and their families to the wonders of the world around them. This free event is sponsored by St. Luke's University Health Network. 

At Step Outdoors, children enjoy presentations and activities by more than 25 local and state groups. Activities include archery, biking, gardening, art & nature activities, hiking, nature photography, bluebird box building, laser sporting clays and more. Throughout the weekend, organizations like Hawk Mountain and Wildlands Conservancy also offer presentations featuring live wildlife.

The 2019 DockDogs competition, which takes place June 1, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and June 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., features athletic canines performing high-flying feats as they leap into a 40-foot swimming pool set up on SteelStacks’ Air Products Town Square. During the competition, dogs go paw to paw as they compete in categories designed to showcase the highest leap, longest jump and quickest retrieve. 

New at Step Outdoors on Saturday are a Family Fishing Program offered by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, as well as a Kids Firefighter Challenge presented by Kistler O’Brien Fire Protection. The fishing event, which takes place 9 a.m.-noon along the Lehigh Canal on Sand Island, is designed for families with little or no fishing experience. During the event, PFBC staff teach participants basic fishing skills, culminating with the chance to angle for bass, panfish and trout on Lehigh Canal. The free program is open to ages 5 and older, with all equipment provided. Anyone interested in taking part can register here.

Other Step Outdoors highlights include:

  • Falconers Sean and Margaret Young with their red-tailed hawk and American kestrel
  • NEW Four-course Beer Dinner June 1, 6:30 p.m., featuring Seven Sirens Brewing (tickets on sale at www.steelstacks.org)
  • NEW activities like pinecone birdfeeder making, macro-invertebrate identification, sunflower seed plantings and axe throwing
  • Wildlands Conservancy offering a Camping 101 experience where attendees can learn about tent setup, campsite selection, water filtration and more
  • Appalachian Mountain Club offering urban hikes on the South Bethlehem Greenway 10 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday

Families looking for unique experiences that tie art to the outdoors will want to check out the Banana Factory Arts Center’s station, where kids can make colorful bird feeders or mini 3D woven turtles.

Photos by Craig Roberts.

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