THIS WEEK: April 20 to 26, 2016
Edible Landscaping, how to grow a beautiful edible garden with tips from Penn State Master Gardener Donna Zagrapan. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 20. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.
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.
Celebrate the Arts and Earth Day, art work focusing on the birds found along the Susquehanna River, created by Tunkhannock Area Middle School students, followed by an observation of the “swirling” mating dance of the American woodcock. Howland Preserve, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 5 to 7 p.m. April 22. Free. 570-696-5545.
Whooo Gives a Hoot? A full-moon hike following a short presentation on native owls. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. April 22. $10. 570-967-7275.
Protect & Defend 5K, the second annual event sponsored by cadets from the Lackawanna College Police Academy. Begins at Courthouse Square, 200 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. April 23 with registration at 8 a.m. and event at 9:30 a.m. $25 advance; $30 day of event. Register online at runsignup.com.
Spring into Action Volunteer Work Day. Work on landscaping, litter cleanup or trail work. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon April 23. Registration: 570-403-2006.
Earth Day Community Cleanup. Meet at the 1972 Flood Memorial in the center of the Fort Fort Cemetery, 20 River St. Bing a rake and gloves. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23.
Salamanders, Frogs and More! Explore breeding pools for egg masses, frogs and salamanders. Nets and collection jars provided. Wear boots and clothes that can get a little wet and muddy. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon April 23. $5. 570-828-2319.
Earth Day Cleanup. Help spruce up the park through litter pickup, debris clearing and more. Meet at the office of Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 10 a.m. to noon April 23. 570-696-9105.
Earth Day at Promised Land State Park. Paint a rain barrel, mulch the Wildlife Garden and listen to a live skunk program. Beverages and snacks provided. Masker Museum, Promised Land State Park, Greentown. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23. 570-676-056
Trail Day, a park cleanup with free food and t-shirts for all volunteers. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. April 23. 570-967-7275.
Ironmaster’s Challenge, the seventh annual 50K Ultra and 15K Challenge for both runners and hikers who traverse rustic trails through a state forest, state park and private game preserve with numerous scenic vistas throughout. Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1212 Pine Grove Road, Gardners. April 24. $65 for 50K; $40 for 15K by April 1; $75, $50 afterwards. Includes tech t-shirt, breakfast, snacks and drinks, goodie bags and a finish-line picnic. Registration on line only at pretzelcitysports.com.
Introduction to Fly Fishing, learning the basics including knot tying and casting with Will Daskal from the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to noon April 24. $15. 570-828-2319.
Hawkeye Ski Trail Hike, seven moderate miles at Loyalsock State Park with stream crossings. Meet at the abandoned bank at the corner of Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. 9:45 a.m. April 24. Bring water and lunch. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-655-4979.
Get Outdoors Poconos Hike, a moderate, 90-minute walk of about 2.5 miles exploring the Swiftwater Forest Preserve. Meet at the cul-de-sac on Donaldson Road, off Lower Swiftwater Road in Paradise Township. 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 24. Free but registration required: 570-839-1120. Details at brodheadwatershed.org.
Egg Hunt, a hike to collect amphibian eggs and set up a system for hatching. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. April 24. $5. 570-967-7275.