THIS WEEK: April 13 to 19, 2016
Stargazing at Keystone, astronomical programs including an illustrated lecture followed by telescope observations of the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Thomas G. Cupillari ‘60 Astronomical Observatory, Keystone College, La Plume. Through May 27 at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. 570-945-8402.
Understanding Brook Trout, a program on the state fish offering tips of catching them as well as their biology, physiology and habitat. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 7 p.m. April 14. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.
Do It for the Kids Walk-a-thon, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association with food, make-and-take crafts, music, raffle baskets, face painting, balloons and more. Begins at 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. April 16 with registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. and post-walk events and awards at 10:45 a.m. $25; $15 children. 570-714-1246.
Chainsaw Day. Bring a chainsaw and truck, if possible, to clean up dead and downed trees for firewood. Free food and t-shirts for all volunteers. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 9 a.m. April 16. 570-967-7275.
Jog for Jude 5K, a run/walk to “Stomp Out SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome),” held in memory of Jude Zayac who passed away from SIDS in 2014. Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Scranton. April 17 with check-in at 7:30 a.m. and race at 9 a.m. Rain or shine. Followed by a post-race celebration with children’s activities, awards, a balloon release and more. Register at judezayacfoundation.com.
Guided Bird Walk. Meet at the wooden bridge by the main visitor parking lot at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 a.m. April 17. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.
Penobscot Mountain Hike, with sustained uphill hiking and three excellent views. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. April 17. Bring water and snacks. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-855-9896.
Pond Explorers. Use nets to collect fish, macro-invertebrates, amphibians and more for up-close study. Wear boots and plan on getting wet and muddy. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. April 17. $5. 570-828-2319.