Three great programs round out the month of June at the Riverlands

Questions about canning? Wondering what butterflies are in your backyard?
Make plans to attend one of these great programs at the Susquehanna Riverlands.

Saving Your Surplus: Food Preservation Techniques
Friday, June 17
5-6:30 p.m.
Susquehanna Energy Information Center
Presenter: Tonya Sagar, PPL Riverlands Naturalist

Enjoy your favorite foods year-round. The class is appropriate for any level of canning enthusiast. Even veteran canners can learn some tricks from Tonya. She’ll describe the history of canning and provide some unique recipes as well as describe other ways to save your fruits and vegetables such as fermentation, dehydration and root cellars. This program will be very interactive. For more information, please call 1-866-832-3312 or email

18th Annual Fourth of July Butterfly Count
Saturday, June 18
8:30 a.m.
Susquehanna Energy Information Center
Presenter: Nancy Dennis
Preregistration is appreciated. Call toll-free 1-866-832-3312.

In an age of shrinking habitat and disappearing species, it is important to keep track of the health and numbers of wild populations. Have you ever wondered how that is accomplished? Who is out there counting? Well, it could be you, if you join us for our annual butterfly count. Previous counts have tallied 30 different species including monarchs, tiger swallowtails, and more.

The program is open to the public. Some knowledge of butterfly species is helpful, though not vital. We are mainly looking for dedicated people with a love for butterflies, the ability to handle some moderately hilly terrain and a willingness to help. Information collected in this count will be reported to and compiled by the North American Butterfly Association.

Participants should bring binoculars and a field guide if they have them, water and a light lunch. There is a $3 participation fee, which will go to NABA. Because of the way the count is conducted, large Scouting groups or other organizations cannot be accommodated.

For more information, contact Nancy Dennis at (570) 759-1590.

 Growing Up Wild
Friday, June 24
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Susquehanna Energy Information Center
Presenter: Diane Madl, Environmental Education Specialist,
Nescopeck State Park
Preregistration is required. Call toll-free 1-866-832-3312.

Learn how to build on young children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them. During the five-hour workshop, participants will sample activities and receive a curriculum and activity guide. Activities are designed for 3-7 year olds and are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains. Teachers, informal educators and early childhood caregivers may take the training.
ACT 48 credits are available to participating teachers. This program is PQAS (PA Quality Assurance System) approved. Space is limited and you must preregister. To register, call the Riverlands at 1-866-832-3312.

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