LEHMAN TWP.- As the ground warms, periodical cicadas that have spent the last 17 years underground will emerge and take to the skies. On Saturday, June 1, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a program focusing on these amazing insects. The class will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person.

There will be different educational stations for you to visit. Program participants will learn about the life-cycle of the cicada, how they survive years underground, and what adaptations make them so unique. Make a cicada craft, learn about these fascinating insects, and see how many you can catch!

Periodical cicadas do not bite or sting, and this brood only emerges once every 17 years, so come out and take advantage of this amazing natural event.

Other programs at PEEC the first weekend of June will include: Volunteer Day – National Trails Day, June 1 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Family Fishing on June 2 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; and EcoZone Exploration & Discovery Room on June 2 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Registration is requested for all programs. Please call PEEC at (570)828-2319 or email peec@peec.org. Visit www.peec.org for a complete list of all upcoming events and programs.

PEEC’s mission is to advance environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park. PEEC provides unique, year-round environmental experiences to families, school groups, scouts, and nature enthusiasts of all ages. The environmental center is located near mile marker 8, off Route 209 within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, in Dingmans Ferry. For more information call (570) 828-2319 or visit PEEC online at www.peec.org.