LAKE REGION - Join PPL for one of their the Summer Nature Series programs, geared toward budding junior naturalists. On Wednesday, July 30, Wallenpaupack Area High School art teacher Dave Hamill will lead Watercolor Wow! This colorful program will use the plants, leaves and ferns from around Lake Wallenpaupack to inspire you to create wonderful watercolor paintings.
      Watercolors usually wash out, but bring a smock or wear play clothes.
       Join them on Saturday, Aug. 2, for Amphibian and Reptile Adventures! These creatures are most likely found enjoying the dampness of the forest floor. We will lift rocks and logs searching for them. They expect to find salamanders, frogs and much more on the walk. Bring a water bottle, if desired, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Northampton Community College biology professor Jackie Speicher will lead this adventure.
      "These hands-on activities will spark creativity and appreciation for the natural environment around us," said  program planners.
       Bring your children prepared to be outdoors and feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside after the program. To register for this and other series programs, call 570-253-7001 or email
    PPL's team of presenters has designed this series for ages 5 to 10, welcoming budding naturalists of all ages. Programs are free and held at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on each Wednesday and Saturday, July 23 to August 16. All programs run from 10 a.m. to noon.
    The Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center is part of PPL’s Wallenpaupack hydroelectric project, built in 1926 near Hawley. The learning center is off Route 6 just east of the intersection of Routes 590 and 6 and next to Wallenpaupack Area High School.