THIS WEEK: APRIL 26 to MAY 2, 2013
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. Saturday. $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. Saturday with registration at 8 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $15. 740-0237.
Do It for the Kids Walk-a-thon and Festival, the 21st annual event to benefit the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Walk as a team or individual. $25, $15 children. Followed by a festival with Ronald McDonald, Tux, juggling, pony rides, moon bounce, face painting, balloon animals, food, DJ music and vendors. 714-1246.
Spring into Action Park Cleanup. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 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. Saturday. 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. Sunday. 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. Sunday. 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 Sunday. $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. Sunday. $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. Sunday. $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. Sunday. $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. Sunday. $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. Sunday. 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. Sunday 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. 969-7313.
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 through June 5. Also: 2 p.m. May 4. $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. Wednesday. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Blood Is the Life” at the Everhart Museum. Free. Age 21 and older. 346-7186.
Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and outdoor events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and win prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 823-2191.
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.
Signs of Spring Walk, a 1.5-hour leisurely walk on the trails of the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. May 4. $5. Registration: 629-3061.
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.
Bear Creek Preserve Hike, 7.5 moderate miles in Blakeslee. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11:45 a.m. May 5. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 735-4359.
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.
Birding the Bog, a morning of seeking out spring migrants. Meet at the Cranberry Bog parking lot, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. 7 a.m. May 7. $6. Registration: 629-3061.
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.
Spring Bird Walk, a morning of bird watching covering a wide area of the 400-acre preserve, home to an extensive variety of species. Florence Shelly Nature Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, Thompson. 6 a.m. May 11. 727-3362.
Waverly Waddle, a 5K run and walk through the historic village of Waverly with a Junior Waddle for age 8 and under. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. May 11 with registration 8 to 8:45 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $12, $6 children. 586-8191 or waverlycomm.org.
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.
Rockin’ Red Run, the first annual 5K race and Family Fun Run to benefit the American Red Cross of Wyoming and Susquehanna counties. Meet at the Lake Carey Fire Department. May 11 with check-in 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $15 advance, $20 day of race. 575-3116.
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.
Walk for Kids’ Sake, a 5K event sponsored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bridge. Martz Pavilion, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. May 11. $20, $10 children. 824-8756 or walkforkidssake.com.
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.
Prompton State Park Hike, nine moderate miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 10:45 a.m. May 12. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8010.
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.
Spring Bird Walk, a leisurely walk with naturalist Evan Mann. Florence Shelly Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, Thompson. 7:30 a.m. May 18. 727-3362.
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 up-close 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.
Bear Mountain Hike, eight difficult miles with rock scrambles but beautiful views including treks through Storm King State Park in New York state. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 8:45 a.m. May 19. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.
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.
Family Nature Hike, along the Lakeshore Trail to Turtle Pond. Meet at Pavilion #3, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 2 p.m. May 25. Free. 696-9105.
Live Birds of Prey, with live hawks and owls. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7:30 p.m. May 25. Free. 696-9105.
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.
Tree Walk and Talk, to learn local tree identification. Meet near the entrance to the boat rental parking lot, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 4 p.m. May 26. Free. 696-9105.
Pennsylvania Natural Symbols, a refresher on the state’s various symbols. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 p.m. May 26. Free. 696-3525.
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. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 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.
Memorial Pet Walk, with activities for pets and their families, music by the Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, the Scranton K-9 Unit, Alan Finn’s Designing Dogs, dog massage and wellness, vendors, pet rescues, raffles and food. McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. June 1 with registration at 10 a.m., blessing of pets at 11 a.m. and walk at 11:30 a.m. Event ends at 5:30 p.m. $25 walkers. Sponsored by Tracey’s Hope Hospice and Domestic Pet Rescue. 457-1625.
High Knob Vista Hike, 10 difficult miles in the Endless Mountains. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8010.
Butterflies and Birds, a walk through the butterfly garden and the bird-feeding station. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 1 p.m. June 8. Free. 696-3525.
Frances Slocum Trail Walk, a guided hike to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 3 p.m. June 8. Free. 696-9105.
Hazleton Rails to Trails Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. June 9. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 457-0527.
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.
Glen Onoko Falls Hike, nine difficult miles. Bring lunch, water and snacks. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. June 16. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 283-1312.
Breakneck Ridge Hike, eight difficult miles with rock scrambles and vistas. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 7:45 a.m. June 23. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.
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.