LAKE REGION - Earth Day will once again be celebrated at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Saturday, April 20. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., take in the many activities and demonstrations provided by PPL and a host of local organizations. Each has the common thread, to value and protect our environment.

Hands-on activities for all ages are featured. The festival includes, in part, arts and crafts for children, bird walks, door prizes, face painting, healthy food and maple syrup for sale, kayak demonstrations on Lake Wallenpaupack and much more. Live music is planned.

Cub Scout Pack #229 will be creating bags from old t-shirts. Bring one in and see what they do.

Recycle your old tennis shoes. Girl Scout Troop #50151 is recycling them with Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe campaign.

This year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating 40 years of the Endangered Species Act. The act has been protecting imperiled animals and plants since 1973. What better way to celebrate than by dressing up as our favorite species? Enjoy the festival from a new perspective.

Come in costume as your favorite native, endangered or threatened species of plant or animal. Don’t have time to make a costume? At the festival there will be some ideas and materials for putting together a costume in the "Costume Cave." Be as elaborate as you like! The choice is yours.

* Simply add wings and antennae to yourself to become a bee or butterfly.

* Wear a mask to represent your favorite flora or fauna.

* Come transformed from head to toe!

The learning center is off Route 6 just east of the intersection of Routes 590 and 6 and next to Wallenpaupack Area High School. There is no admission cost to attend Pike Wayne Earth Day Festival.

Learn more about the organizations in your own backyard and how you can get involved.

Among the organizations planning the event are DCNR- Promised Land State Park; Lackawanna College Lake Region Center; Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District; Northeast PA Audubon Society; PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Preserve; Pike County Conservation District; Pike County Master Gardeners; Pocono Avian Research Center; SEEDS; Wayne Conservation District and Wayne County Master Gardeners.

For more information, visit, or contact PPL at (570) 253-7001 or