A series of free, guided evening walks featuring downtown neighborhoods, history, walking and health, architecture, wildlife and new development in Wilkes-Barre.

  • All walks begin promptly at 6:00 pm leaving from the YMCA lobby.
  • Walks are approximately 90 minutes long and lead by volunteer leaders.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.
  • In case of rain or extreme heat the walk will be postponed until the same time the following evening.
  • If raining or hot the that evening then the walk is cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
  • For information call the YMCA, 570-823-2191 or visit the Y’s Facebook page.
  • No walk is scheduled for July 4.

June 5 Walking Your Way to a Healthier You.
Learn about the many ways that regular activity like walking can
improve your physical and mental health: learn how to develop a healthy walking plan and avoid injury.
Walk Leader: Holly Liguori, Erin Hackett, Pivot Physical Therapy.

June 12 Tour the Luzerne County Courthouse.
The Luzerne County Courthouse is a newly restored neoclassical gem from Luzerne County’s coal baron period. Tour the people’s house and learn about what goes on inside.
Walk Leader: Richard M. Hughes, III, President Judge.

June 19 Keeping the Susquehanna Out of Our Living Rooms.
The Wyoming Valley Flood Protection levee system works hard to keep the Susquehanna’s waters where they belong: in the river. Explore the inner and outer workings on the Agnes Flood anniversary (June 23 rd 1972).
Walk Leader: Chris Belleman, Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority

June 26 Walking and Christianity in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Many denominations of Christian faith call downtown their home. Join the First Presbyterian Church, one of the first four denominations in the Wyoming Valley, in a walk exploring Christian places of worship in the southern part of Wilkes-Barre’s Downtown.
Walk Leader: Matthew Schooley, First Presbyterian Church.

July 10 A Journey Through Kings College.
Wander through Kings’ campus and surroundings and discover the history of the buildings and area, and plans for new facilities and functions.
Walk Leader: Dr. Paul Zbiek, Kings College

July 17 Millionaires and Mansions.
An architectural and social history stroll past some of 19th and early 20th
century homes of Wilkes-Barre’s leading families. Visit Wilkes-Barre’s oldest house, and learn about plans to restore it.
Walk Leader: Tony Brooks, Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society.

July 24 Walking Wilkes University.
Enjoy a walk through Wilkes University, and learn about the highlights, recent developments and history of the school, including a tour of the Wilkes University Polish Room.
Walk Leader: Michael Wood, Wilkes University.

July 31 Native, Alien & Medicinal Plants of the Kirby Natural Area.
Learn from folklore, history and science the benefits, drawbacks, unique uses and special powers of the many plants that call Kirby Park’s wild, riparian woodland home.
Walk Leader: Ken Klemow, Wilkes University.

August 7 LCTA Bus and Walk to the Murray Complex.
Join the Luzerne County Transportation Authority in a bus ride to the Murray Complex to learn about how LCTA is modernizing its routes, signage, boarding/payment options, and headquarters, then walk back to the Y.
Walk Leader: Norm Gavlick, LCTA

August 14 Storm and Sanitary Water Management in the Wyoming Valley. Learn about the importance of clean water, threats of stormwater pollution, and how to protect local waterways
Walk Leader: Rob Krehely, WVSA

August 21 Wilkes-Barre’s African-American Community.
Walk to the site of the former South Branch of the YMCA on South Main Street, originally serving the African-American community, and learn about Wilkes- Barre’s African-American community past and present.
Walk Leader: Pastor Michael Brewster, Mt. Zion Baptist Church

August 28 A Sidewalk View to Building a More Walkable Downtown.
People use the word “Walkability” but what does the term really mean? Learn what is making our city’s streetscapes safer, more efficient and more usable for all.
Walk Leader: Larry Newman, Diamond City Partnership

This program is funded by the City of Wilkes-Barre via a PA Department of Health Safe and Healthy Communities Grant, and by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, administered by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc., and by a sponsorship from Highmark.

Y Walk Wednesdays are a Northeast PA Chapter of “Get Your Tail on the Trail” approved event.  See tailonthetrail.org for more information about this fitness program which offers free rewards.

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