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.
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.
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.