THINGS TO DO

FLEA MARKETS

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6233, Route 18, West Middlesex, will hold indoor flea markets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 10 and 17. Admission is free. Food will be available. Masks are required.

Contact Janet: 724-528-1961

PROGRAMS

• Jennings Environmental Education Center is offering these programs:

» A Jennings Original Storybook Trail: “Habitat Sweet Habitat: Zapo the Jennings Jumping Mouse Looks for a House”

Discover and read the pages of this children’s story along the trail while exploring the outdoors, learning about nature and sharing in some related activities with your family or pod.

The event is free, no registration is required, and will be available April 2 through April 11. The route begins on Woodwhisper Trail near the front of the Center and contains some steps and uneven terrain. Parts of the route are not stroller friendly. A mask is recommended, as social distancing on the trails during this time may be difficult.

» Take Back the Woods: Battling Invasive Species – Celebrate Earth Day by helping to “weed out” invasive plants at the Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 17 (slots open every half hour).

Individuals or groups of up to 12 volunteers can sign up for their own one hour time slot. Each volunteer/group will receive: a virtual introduction to invasive plants and the projects to watch in advance or in the park; all the tools/materials and directions needed to help the park remove these destructive plants; and an invasive species cookbook as a reward for their efforts.

Participants must be age 12 or older and be prepared to work outdoors, rain or shine. Pre-registration for the event is required no later than April 15 online at events.dcnr.pa.gov or by calling 724-794-6011.

» Family Science Outside: Invasive Plants – Bring at-home learners and their grown-ups into the living lab of the great outdoors to explore the impacts that invasive plant species can have on native plants already growing there.

This experience includes: a virtual introduction from Jennings staff, including guidance on how to identify the targeted invasive plant (garlic mustard) and how to pull it. An investigation guide to compete together as a family, containing activities for exploring invasive plants and their impact on native plants, and all the needed materials for the invasive plant removal.

The event is April 18, 20, 21, or 22. Familes/cooperative groups/”pods” register for their own time slot on one of the available dates. Time slots are available for a max of 12 people/group, every hour or half hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration required; visit events.dcnr.pa.gov or call 724-794-6011.

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