THIS WEEK: APRIL 19 to 25, 2013
MetroCast Giving Back 5K Run and Walk, to benefit local organizations involved in the prevention of teenage suicide, bullying and child abuse. Summerhill Volunteer Fire Company, 422 Summerhill Road, Berwick. Saturday with registration 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. Followed by a complimentary breakfast for all participants. $25. 802-5660 or neparunner.com.
Run for a Rescue, a 5K run and walk to benefit Blues Chip Farms Animal Rescue. McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. Saturday with run at 8 a.m. and walk at 8:30 a.m. $25. 657-0248.
Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900.
Earth Day Celebration, a cleanup session around the greenhouses and barns at The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Wear gloves and bring rakes and shovels. 888-887-7811.
Fishing Tackle Loaner Day, first come first served basis. Bring your own bait. Driver’s license required to sign out equipment. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. 403-2006.
Art in Nature, a workshop on using clay pots and moss to create living wreaths. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. $25. Registration: 842-1506.
Snake Road Cleanup, with the Lackawanna Audubon Society. Meet in the first parking lot of McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. 9 a.m. Saturday. 563-1565.
Forty Fort Cemetery Earth Day Cleanup. Bring work gloves and rakes. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 760-1255.
Earth Day Celebration, with hands-on learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, animals, crafts, food, music and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $5 per car. 828-2319.
Creating Bird-Friendly Habitats in Your Yard, using native plants to support local birds and wildlife. Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Bartonsville. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
Earth Day Cleanup, including litter pickup, raking mulch and planting shrubs and trees. Meet at the park office, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. 696-9105.
Trail Cleanup Day. Clear park trails of branches, trash and debris. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free food and T-shirts. Registration: 967-7275.
Guided Bird Walk. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Free. Registration: 403-2006.
A Celebration of Our Beautiful Local Environment, a 5K walk and run on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail beginning at the Olive Street entrance in Scranton. 8 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the University of Scranton. 941-7520.
Egypt Lake Area Hike, 8.5 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979.
Harveys Lake Earth Day Cleanup. Help pick up litter around the lake. Meet at the Lake-Noxen Elementary School, 135 Westpoint Ave., Harveys Lake. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Registration: 814-9230.
Cycle and Recycle, an afternoon of activities focused on recycling, composting and bike riding for all ages. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 967-7275.
Sunday for Singles, meet new people and explore nature together. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $5. 828-2319.
Sustainability Series, a session on “Preserving Green Space Through Land Trusts” with representatives from Countryside Conservancy, the North Branch Land Trust and the Edward L. Rose Conservancy of Susquehanna County. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 945-8555.
Move It Outside Day, a guided, two-mile hike to look for signs of spring. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Registration: 403-2006.
Spring into Gardening Workshop, an all-day session on turf management, trees, flowers, soil, water features, shade gardens and vegetables with keynote speaker Vincent Cotrone on “Trees and Shrubs in a Changing Landscape.” Also: a plant sale and flea market. Sponsored by the Penn State Master Gardeners at the Technology Center, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 118, Lehman Township. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27. $30. Registration: 825-1701.
Race for a Cause, a 5K Run and Fun Walk to benefit local charities. Atherton Gymnasium, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. April 27 with registration at 8 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $15. 740-0237.
Spring into Action Park Cleanup. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon April 27. Registration: 403-2006.
Egg Hunt, collecting salamander eggs and learning about their hatching. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 to 4 p.m. April 27. Free. 967-7275.
Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. April 28. Free. 542-5948.
Pennsylvania Environmental Center Hike, 8.5 moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. April 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 457-0527.
Introduction to Fly Fishing, basics, knot tying and casting with Tom Battista of Trout Unlimited. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon April 28. $20. 828-2319.
Where the Brodhead Ends, an exploration of the Brodhead Creek along the newly completed Cherry Creek Confluence Trail. Meet in the parking area of the Pennsylvania Visitors Center, Route 2028, off I-80, Delaware Water Gap. 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 28. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
Stonewall Restoration Workshop, an overview followed by hands-on training on a stone wall with professional dry mason and educator Ken Ely. Some lifting required. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 1 to 5 p.m. April 28. $35. Reservations: 592-2629.
Salamanders, Frogs and More! Explore nearby breeding pools for egg masses. Nets and collection jars provided for gentle, up-close study. Wear boots and old clothes. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. April 28. $5. 828-2319.
Spring Waterfalls, a trip to some of the scenic waterfalls in the region. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. April 28. $20 includes van transportation. Reservations: 828-2319.
Wildflower Walk, with the Lackawanna Audubon Society. Meet at the Wetlands Nature Area, Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 28. 759-1322.
Moonlight 5K and 10K Walk and Run, a fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center. Also: a Family Festival with a climbing wall, Bookmobile, K9 demonstration, giant inflatable slide, children’s games, stage performances, child ID program, basket raffle, DJ music, food and beverages. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. April 28 with festival and registration at 2 p.m., Kids Fun Run at 5 p.m., walk at 5:30 p.m. and run at 6 p.m.
Tannersville Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with novel plant and insect life. Meet at the Bog parking lot, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from May 1 to June 5. $6. Registration: 629-3061.
Bats in My Belfry, Dingbats in Yours? A discussion of our furry flying cousins including why we fear them, what use they may be and how white-nose syndrome killed up to 90 percent of hibernating bats. Jack’s Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. May 1. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Blood Is the Life” at the Everhart Museum. Free. Age 21 and older. 346-7186.
Rain Barrel Workshop, how to reuse raindrops to protect the watershed and manage stormwater to reduce source pollution and flooding. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4. $25 includes a rain barrel. 945-8555.
Wildflower Walk. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. May 4. Free. Registration: 403-2006.
Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride for Habitat, the fifth annual 35-mile ride through the scenic Back Mountain to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Begins at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. May 5 with registration at 7 a.m. and event at 8 a.m. $35. 820-8002 or bikeforhabitat.org.
Wildflower Walk, to identify spring buds and blooms. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to noon May 5. Free. 828-2319.
Butterfly Gardens. Learn how to provide the right food and shelter to increase the variety of butterflies in your garden. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. May 5. $10. Registration: 828-2319.
Warbler Weekend, guided hikes to learn bird identification by sight, sound and habitat. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. May 10 to 12. $195 includes lodging and six meals. Reservations: 828-2319.
A Bird in the Hand: Songbird Mist Netting. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with ornithologist Jeffrey Stratford who demonstrates how to capture, identify, measure, band and release songbirds. Meet at Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8:30 a.m. to noon May 11. Free. 403-2006.
Candy’s Place Rainbow Walk, the 16th annual 2.5-mile walk with food, music and prizes. Kirby Park Pavilion, Wilkes-Barre. May 11 with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Center for Cancer Wellness. Registration: 714-8800.
Introduction to Fishing. Learn the basics, then try your luck on the ponds. Equipment provided; no license necessary. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9:30 a.m. to noon May 11. $5 adults; $10 children. Registration: 828-2319.
Astronomy Day. Observe the planets Jupiter and Saturn along with star clusters and galaxies with the Lackawanna Astronomical Society. Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory of Keystone College, Fleetville. 7 p.m. May 11. Free. Weather permitting. 586-0789.
Creatures of the Night, a program by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with live nocturnal animals. Presented at the Annual Banquet of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Apple Tree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 6 p.m. May 15. $35. Reservations by May 3. 479-0400.
Fungus, Moss and Lichen Walk, to learn about the natural history, ecology and evolution of mushrooms, lichens and mosses. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 6 to 8 p.m. May 15. $5. Registration: 842-1506.
Bird Walk, a morning walk to learn bird identification and natural history. Binoculars and field guides provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8 to 10 a.m. May 18. $5. Registration: 828-2319.
Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. May 18. Free. 675-9900.
Jorge’s Walk to Defeat ALS, the third annual event to raise money to defeat ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Town Park, off Market Street, Bloomsburg. May 18 with registration at 9 a.m. and two-mile walk at 10:30 a.m. 394-8516.
Live Eagles, an upclose look at these magnificent birds with naturalists from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 1 p.m. May 18. Free. 675-9900.
Herpetology Series, an in-depth look at the amphibians and reptiles of the area. Part one of a four-part series. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 3 to 8 p.m. May 18. $30. Reservations: 828-2319.
Bloody Murder Obstacle Course, a three- to-five-mile Steeplechase course with creative and innovative obstacles designed by engineers. May 18-19 in Scranton. Waiting for info.
Spring Triathlon, a fundraiser for Branden’s Heart, an organization combating substance abuse. With running, biking and whitewater rafting (which can be split between team members) at Lehigh Gorge State Park. Meet at Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center, 288 N. Stagecoach Road, Weatherly. May 19 with a pre-event orientation at 11 a.m., shuttle to starting point at noon and event at 12:30 p.m. $45; $60 after May 1. Registration deadline: May 12. Details at 443-9532 or whitewaterchallengers.com/triathlon.
Sustainability Series, a session on “How to Work with Conservation Districts to Conserve Natural Resources on Your Private Land” including tips on free services and information. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 6 p.m. May 21. Free. 945-8555.
Spring Fling Family Nature Weekend, with hikes, animal presentations, fishing, canoeing, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. May 24 to 27. $210 includes lodging and nine meals. Reservations: 828-2319.
Caring for C.O.P.S. 5K Race and Walk, to benefit Fallen Officers Remembered, an organization that raises funds to purchase body armor for police. Begins at 100 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. May 25 with registration 8 to 9:45 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. $20 before May 15; $25 thereafter. Sponsored by the Lackawanna College Police Academy. 346-9679.
Discover Lehigh Gorge Walk, an easy one-hour walk to search for spring wildflowers and remnants of the area’s history. Meet at the White Haven Community Library, 243 Main St. 11 a.m. May 25. Free. 403-2005 or 443-8776.
Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. May 26. Free. 542-5948.
Sustainable Landscape Bus Tour, to view seven sites in Luzerne County that showcase land-management techniques, native plants, riparian buffers, rain gardens, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens and more. Meet at the Kirby Park Natural Area, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31. $20 includes tour, lunch, raffle prizes and a tour booklet. Registration: 825-1701.
Lackawanna Riverfest, sponsored by the Lackawanna River Corridor Association. Begins with timed canoe runs on the Lackawanna River from launch sites in Archbald and Blakely to Scranton. Festivities continue at the Olive Street Bridge river bank in Scranton with a Duck-a-thon, a Regatta, music, food, educational and environmental displays and river activities. June 1 with the canoe race at 8 a.m. and festivities 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 347-6311 or lrca.org.
Finishing the Fight 5K Run and Walk, a benefit for troops deployed to foreign countries. Mellow Park, Peckville. June 1 with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 11 a.m. 614-6341 or finishingthefight.com.
Heritage Explorer Bike Tour & Festival, a family-friendly, non-competitive event to benefit the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Choose from out-and-back routes of 5, 11, 22 or 44 miles beginning at Mellow Park in Peckville and proceeding on local rail trails and streets. June 15 with the 44-mile departing at 8 a.m. with the other rides leaving throughout the morning. Also: A community festival with music, food, exhibits, raffles and children’s activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mellow Park. 963-6730.
CCC Reunion and Festival, the annual celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps with music, geocaching, crafting, art, dancing, food, interpretive talks, the Blacksmith Shop, Masker Museum, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. 676-3428.