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New family-oriented Step Outdoors festival celebrates all outdoor pursuits

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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From hiking and biking to nature photography, find what inspires you to go outside at Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley.

Bicycling is one of the activities at the Step Outdoors festival at ArtsQuest and SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Submitted photo.

Bicycling is one of the activities at the Step Outdoors festival at ArtsQuest and SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Submitted photo.

Hey yeah, I like that. Tell me more.
This inaugural event is happening 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday May 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday May 31 at the ArtsQuest Center and outdoor spaces at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Highlights include live peregrine falcons, which are very rare in Pennsylvania; a chance to sample wild game dishes and cuisine made with insects; more than 30 different conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife groups; and presentations, hands-on activities and educational experiences, including urban hikes, archery, fishing demos and birding walks; plus live music by the duo Trout Fishing in America.
What else?
It’s family-friendly, with opportunities for children to try their hand at shooting a bow, casting a fly rod, making something called a Toad Abode, navigating an orienteering course, donning scuba equipment and more. There will be live animal presentations by Lehigh Valley Zoo and Hawk Mountain sanctuary in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, camping outfitters from Cabela’s and a lot more. See the full schedule at www.steelstacks.org/stepoutdoors.

 

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Live animal presentations are part of the Step Outdoors festival at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem. Submitted photo.

When’s the concert?
7:30 p.m. May 30 at the Levitt Pavilion.
What’s it cost?
Admission is free. However, the cost is $10 for the “Make Your Own Bluebird Box” workshop, and $15 for the Saturday “Tie One On: Fly Tying 101” workshop. For the “Make Your Own Glass Birdfeeder” sessions on Saturday, the cost is $45 and you need to sign up in advance at the website. Also, you’ll need $5 for the Family Bike Ride on the Lehigh Canal Towpath. Advance registration for that is at www.wildlandspa.org.

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