THIS WEEK: April 5-11
Cherry Run Trail-Connector (Little Cherry Run), moderate 6-mile hike sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 10:45 a.m. April 9 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. 570-388-4060.
Salamanders, Frogs and More! A program to learn about amphibians stirring in the woods. Nets and collection bins provided for gentle, up-close study. Wear boots and clothes than can get a little muddy or wet. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, 10 a.m. to noon, April 9. $5 per person. Info, 570-828-2319.
What’s Eating Our Woods? Tim Latz, a forestry expert from the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, will present a program on several native and non-native insects that are having impacts on the health of Pennsylvania’s forests. The presentation will include some old pests like gypsy moth, and new pests like spotted lanternfly. Free and open to the public. No registration required. 7 p.m. April 10, Thornhurst Township Building, 356 Old River Road. Sponsored by North Pocono CARE (Citizens Alert Regarding the Environment.) Info, 570-472-3274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ricketts Ghost Town Walk, at 1:00-3:00pm. Discover where the town of Ricketts used to stand and learn some history along the way. Meet at the Visitor Center 1 to 3 p.m. April 14 and April 28, Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 State Route 487, Benton, 570-477-7780.
Mushroom Inoculation. Learn how to grow Shiitake mushrooms on wooden logs with a take-home specimen. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. April 15. Free. 570-836-3835.
Hawley Earth Fest, a three-day celebration of Earth includes a cleanup of Route 6, dinner specials, live entertainment, shopping sales, demonstrations, book readings, nature education, hikes and more. Takes place at various sites in Hawley. April 22 to 24. Contact Jason Merrill at 570-862-2453.
Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch in Wilkes-Barre, accessed via First Avenue. 8 a.m. April 23. Free. 570-371-3951.
Winter State Park, moderate 7-mile hike sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club, meet at the Park & Ride on Route 309 near Blackman Street (across from Kmart) in Wilkes-Barre Township at 9:45 a.m. April 23 and leave at 10 a.m. 570-239-8237.
Promised Land State Park, moderate 7-hike sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rt. 315 in Dupont at 10:45 a.m. April 30 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. 570-806-1754.