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Natural Wonders

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road in Covington Township, invites children ages 3 to 6 and their parents or guardians to attend Natural Wonders, a program officials say is aimed at providing children with a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world. Classes will be held every other Thursday from March 23 to June 1 from 1-2:30 p.m.

According to the center, Natural Wonders offers discovery-based learning that changes with each season. Using the natural world as a catalyst for growth and development, children will explore natural sciences, gain sensory awareness, creatively express themselves and practice using large and fine motor skills while developing critical social skills.

During each class children will have the opportunity to hike and explore the various habitats on the 211-acre property which includes a forest, meadow, open field and a stream. Children will also gain first-hand experiences with plants and animals. Each week will feature a different nature-related topic including seeds, butterflies, spring winds, the forest floor and gardening. The cost is $40 for the series of six classes, or $8 per class. Registration is required. For more information, call 570-842-1506 or email

Arts Scholarships

The Pocono Arts Council is offering two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors in music and visual art who plan to continue their art education at the college level. The scholarships are available thanks to a bequest by long-time local art supporter Suzanne Anderson. The deadline for applying is March 31. Winners will be invited to this year’s Spring for the Arts Gala on May 5 at Stroudsmoor Country Inn to receive their award. Further information and applications are available by calling 570-476- 4460 or emailing

Rain Barrel Sale

Are you interested in collecting rain water for outdoor uses around the home? Whether used for watering plants, washing the car or washing windows, roof runoff collected in rain barrels provides an ample supply of naturally soft water for a variety of outdoor uses. This spring, the Monroe County Conservation District is holding a rain barrel sale on Saturday, April 22. This Pennsylvania-made rain barrel features a screened lid, brass ball valve spigot, bottom drain and overflow fittings, all installed on a repurposed barrel.

Ordering deadline is Wednesday, April 12 and pickup day is Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monroe County Earth Day, held at Monroe Campus of Northampton County Community College in Tannersville. For more information about Earth Day, visit For more information on the rain barrel, or for an order form, call 570-629-3061 or visit