Information subject to change.
Mondays to Saturdays, Now thru February 28: Snowshoe & Cross-Country Skiing, Nescopeck State Park in Drums, (570) 403-2006. This free first come first served loaner program encourages outdoor fun in the park from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rules include: equipment must be returned by 3 p.m., at least 4″ of snow must be on the ground for skis and 6″ for snowshoes, borrowers must provide a valid driver’s license. Park staff is available for a brief instruction upon request.
Now thru March 1: Crystal Cabin Fever at Sculpted Ice Works, Lakeville, (570) 226-6246, www.crystalcabinfever.com. This year’s Under the Sea in ice theme is sure to thrill with amazing carving demos and displays. There’s even a huge ice slide for all to enjoy! Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to Thursday with Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Now through March 9: Little Shop of Horrors, The Shawnee Playhouse, River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware East Stroudsburg, (570) 421-5093, www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. Craving a feel-good musical? Check out this headline show about a down and out skid row floral assistant and carnivorous singing flora. Showtimes listed in our Entertainment section with inquiries directed to Shawnee.
Now through April 26: A Cool Look at the Ice Industry exhibit at Steamtown NHS, Scranton, (570) 340-5200, www.nps.gov/stea. Steamtown celebrates the winter and history of ice harvesting in the Pocono Mountains with this exhibit including artifacts and images tracing the path of ice from ponds and lakes to homes and businesses as “a resource that shaped a new America.”
Saturday, February 28: Backyard Poultry Talk, Tractor Supply in Milford, (570) 296-3400. Join Penn State Extension Educator Stephen Hughes for two sessions 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. then 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. dishing the details in his true “Farmer Steve” fashion.
Saturday, February 28: Starting Seeds Indoors, Pike County Public Library in Milford, (570) 296-3400. Start seeds indoors for a kick start to your garden with cost effective tips to grow seed-lings and have healthier plants. Pre-registration required. Cost is $5.
Saturday, February 28: Introduction to Snowshoeing, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) teaches the basics of snow shoes with the chance to “stomp through the woods” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Early registration recommended. Cost is $10.
Saturday, February 28: Retain the Rain, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Learn how to conserve and minimize water pollution with an explanation on the installation and features of a rain barrel and other practices to use around the home to better manage storm water. Free starting at 10 a.m.
Sunday, March 1: Volunteer in the Greenhouse, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites all to join in some gardening in the new greenhouse. Lend a hand on springtime projects from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration required.
Saturday, March 7: 38th Annual Public Maple Sugaring Day, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Tap into trees at the Meesing Outdoor Site in Marshalls Creek. Fun for all starting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about early methods of making maple syrup along with a taste of identifying then tapping Maple Trees and insight about the Evaporator Process. Round it off with fresh syrup over hotcakes! Cost is $5 for adults with kids under 12 $3
Saturday, March 7: Spring Waterfalls, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) offers the opportunity to enjoy the waterfalls cascading through chunks of frozen ice and snow. Cost is $12 with a 1 to 3 p.m. time set. Van seating is limited so reservations are required.
Saturday, March 7: Sugar Shack Scramble, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) explores the “Two Saps” Sugar Shack using a map and compass to reach rewards including hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup. Starts 9 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. expected end. Space is limited so signup today! Cost is $10 per person.
Sunday, March 8: Eckley Miners’ Village Charter Day, Eckley, (570) 636-2070, www.eckleyminersvillage.com. Join Eckley as it hosts a tour of the past showing the WVIA production “Up from the Mines.” Writer/Director Greg Matkosky will be on hand discussing the piece delving into the depths of regional coal mining that includes footage shot right at Eckley! FREE admission.
Sunday, March 8: Fire Building, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) tells of some primitive fire making skills with the chance to try making a flint and steel fire, bow drill fire and more from 10 a.m. to noon. Set for ages 10+ with a cost of $5.
Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15: 25th Annual Pocono Scout Weekend at Shawnee Mountain, (570) 421-7231 ext.223, www.shawneemt.com. This yearly event features discounts on lift tickets, rentals and lessons for all boy and girl scouts, as well as their families. There’s also free merit badge testing and race. Come with a troop or on your own.
Saturday, March 14: Woodcock Walk, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) sends out an invitation to join in a walk to see the “mysterious” woodcock and its springtime mating display. Ages 10+ are invited to this free event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Easy Does It Hike, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) takes a leisurely stroll through the woods with slow paces and interpretive natural history from 1 to 3 p.m. Event is FREE.
Sunday, March 15: Safe Haven Pet Rescue Adoption Day, Tractor Supply in Brodheadsville, www.safehavenpa.org. Meet and greet many young dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the chance to offer a safe forever home.
Monday, March 16: PA Game Commission & Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society presents Passenger Pigeon Program, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Rd, Dallas, (570) 675-1143, www.grwyovalas.org. Once the most abundant bird in North America, the Passenger Pigeon became extinct in 1914. Join Wildlife Conservation Officer William Williams for a look at its life history and extinction.
Ongoing: Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek BrewingCompany, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-9399, www.barleycreek.com. Free brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 p.m. See the tanks and mills at the brewpub and learn how great beer is made! Tours are followed by free tastings of assorted Barley Creek brews. All ages welcome for tours; tastings restricted to participants 21 and older. Group tours by appointment.
Ongoing: Candle Making Demonstrations, House of Candles, Route 715, Henryville, (570) 629-1953, www.houseofcandles.com. See candles made at the Oldest Candle Shop of the Poconos! Dip your own “wax hand” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See website for details.