Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival: Free family-friendly fun!

Earth Day_Ben Every year around Earth Day, Pike and Wayne County based conservation organizations get together with the same goal in mind: Celebrate Earth Day with the community. For several months prior to the event, the planning committee meets to determine what new activities will be offered to the public. All of the planning ends with one big celebration. This year’s event is almost here!

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On Saturday, April 20, the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and packed full of hands-on activities, craft projects, games and much more. We’re highlighting the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act that has saved many species like red wolves and bald eagles with a species celebration. Visitors are encouraged to come wearing a mask or

costume that represents their favorite native or endangered flora and fauna. We’ll have a “Costume Cave” set-up that day for crafting simple representations of a variety of species. Whether you come prepared or transform while you’re here, visit the “Costume Cave” to find facts about your species or add to your costume.  Think eco-friendly by using recycled or natural materials… and have fun!

Do some spring cleaning before you come and bring your old t-shirts and tennis shoes! Cub Scout Pack #229 will help your memories live on by transforming your  favorite shirts into reusable bags. Tennis shoes can be recycled with Girl Scout Troop #50151. They’ll show you the process of how Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program works and collect your old tennis shoes to be recycled.

Other activities include:

  • Bird walks
  • Puppet shows
  • Face painting
  • Food and maple products for sale
  • Help build an eagle’s nest
  • Seedling giveaways and take-home wildflower plantings
  • Stream and lake water study using microscopes
  • Energy bicycle

For more information and directions, visit www.pikewayneearthday.wordpress.com or call (570) 253-7001.

Better yet, come out on Saturday, April 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to see what all the buzz is about!

Fall Enjoyed by All

Children with expertly painted faces popped in and out among pumpkins and hay bales during the Fall Festival held at PPL’s Susquehanna Riverlands on Oct. 6th.

Everyone enjoyed good food, hayrides and various exhibits accompanied by the toe tapping music of local musician Jay Smar at this annual event held on the first Saturday of October.

The festival gives us an opportunity to bring members of our community together for an enjoyable day filled with nature exhibits and outdoor activities. The free activities are our way of saying thank you to our plant neighbors for their support.

Along with having their faces painted as Halloween specters, children painted pumpkins, fed butterflies with Folk’s Butterfly Farm and watched bees work on a hive with James and Ginny from the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association. Many visitors also took advantage of the informational bus tours around the plant’s perimeter provided by Susquehanna staff and enjoyed a quiet walk along the nature trails in the 400-acre park.

Check out these terrific photos by Joshua Miller, Riverlands program assistant and mark your calendars for next year’s festival on October 5, 2013!

 ~Alana Roberts, PPL Susquehanna Riverlands

A Welcoming Wednesday at Wallenpaupack

Today was a day of excitement at the learning center!  From an annual Christmas party to an educators’ tour, guests and staff were busy bustling about.

In our auditorium, PPL hosted the Wallenpaupack Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Party.  Attendees meandered through the hall of displays and ventured into the laboratory for a look at microscopic water specimens.  Mingling ceased as word spread that the Wallenpaupack High School Chamber Choir had arrived for their yearly performance.  Reminiscent Christmas hymns and songs were sung, including Carol of the Bells.  A wardrobe change revealed an exciting song and dance show of classics like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Zat you Santa Claus?”  Choir members then joined society members in pie, punch and pleasurable conversation.

In an adjacent meeting room, PPL Education and Public Relations Manager Meg Welker hosted the Freedoms Foundation teachers from Montgomery County.  These teacher-learners were presented an informational power point of the hydroelectric dam.  Meg explained to them the educational and public outreach aspects of the center, as well as PPL’s connections with the community.  The foundation teachers were then treated to an outdoor tour of the dam.  Back at the center, the educators had free time to see the lab, library and various displays before boarding their bus back to Montgomery County. 

With sounds of joyful voices filling the air, smiling faces were abundant on this beautiful December day.  Thank you, guests, for a delightful day at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

Soggy, but fun, Earth Day celebration

Talking to Smokey and Woodsy at Earth Day

Despite the chilly weather and rainy skies, over 300 people joined the celebration at the 13th annual Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival held at PPL’s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Saturday. Along with the ever-popular Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear, there were recycled art activities, information on energy conservation and renewables, bird walks, a green camping demo, music and puppet shows and much more. This festival showcases the various conservation groups located in Pike and Wayne counties. Thanks to all who participated. It was a great way to spend a rainy day…the smiles were plentiful!

Looking for fun on a rainy day…?

Rain or shine … join us at the 13th annual Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival at PPL’s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and fun for all ages!

Reduce, reuse and recycle!

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