Field Trip Registration Open for Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center

Students playing a game during a field trip to the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center.

Thousands of school students throughout Northeast Pennsylvania will explore the natural world on 211-acres at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center located in Covington Township, Pennsylvania. Students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade will use hands-on activities and games to investigate the various habitats and native plants and animals of Pennsylvania while gaining an understanding of the interconnectedness and importance of biodiversity, adaptations, ecosystems, and renewable energies.

Younger students discover treasures as they take a “magical” walk along the trails exploring the natural world using their senses! Other students investigate who is living in the stream, forest, and meadow while learning what every creature needs from their habitat to survive. The Amazing Adaptations program guides students to examine the diversity of the animal kingdom. Students collect data and make observations about animals body parts, behaviors, colors, and relationships with other animals to better understand their ability to survive. Other programs use the LCEEC’s USGBC Gold Certified building and living Marsh Machine as a teaching model for sustainability. Students use hands-on, real-world tools such as water testing chemicals, kill-a-watts, photovoltaic panels, and a Solar Pathfinder to better understand alternative energy, energy conservation, water consumption, and water quality.

LCEEC field trips are a great way to take a break from the normal study routine and bring material from a classroom to life. LCEEC invites public, private, and home schools along with preschools, daycares, scouts, and other groups to join them for an environmentally focused field trip! Programs are designed by grade to meet many of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Academic Standards for Environmental and Ecology and Science and Technology. Registration is open, and spring dates are filling quickly. The cost ranges from $6 to $8 per student, with a $100 minimum for smaller groups. Parents and chaperones are free. If you would like to schedule a field trip or require additional information, please contact Sharon Yanik at (570) 842-1506 or

The Dime Bank Donated $5,000.00 to the University of Scranton

The Dime Bank Directors: Jeanne Genzlinger, Brian Kelly, Gary Beilman, John Kiesendahl; Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations Division of University Advancement Meg Hambrose; and The Dime Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Bochnovich.

The Dime Bank donated $5,000.00 to the University of Scranton through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

The University of Scranton’s program, the University of Success, prepares underserved high school students from the local community for future college success. The program is unique to northeastern Pennsylvania and consists of two parts. A two-week summer academy provides students with an opportunity to live on campus and experience college life first-hand, while focusing on enrichment in such areas as mathematics, physics, biology, space exploration, and earth science. The summer program is followed by year-round Saturday sessions, providing information on science, math, computer science, writing, study skills, humanities, cultural diversity, college and career planning, and SAT preparation. In addition, tutoring, mentoring, college/career information, and parent programs are also offered, as those are necessary tools to assist teens who have academic potential successfully graduate high school and enroll in college.

Program Director Dr. Andrea Mantione said, “We simply could not continue to offer this innovative program without the support of community partners like The Dime Bank. Your gift helps to strengthen our community and ensure a bright future for Northeastern Pennsylvania!”

Lockheed Martin Supports University of Scranton Veterans

Lockheed Martin’s Archbald Operations presented a check to The University of Scranton in the amount of $3,000 to support their student Veterans’ Club. From left: Todd Santos, business operations director of Lockheed Martin’s Archbald Operations, and Margaret Hambrose, director of corporate and foundation relations at The University of Scranton.

Lockheed Martin is committed to a program of philanthropy that supports the corporation’s strategic business goals and invests in the quality of life in the communities where our employees work and live. As part of that initiative, Lockheed Martin’s Archbald Operations presented a check to The University of Scranton in the amount of $3,000 to support their student Veterans’ Club.

Lockheed Martin’s 350,000-square-foot facility in Archbald has been in continuous operation since 1951. The site has received numerous awards throughout the years, including the 2015 Governor’s Export ImPAct award, the 2013 Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence and the 2013 Industry Week Best Plants Award.

Celebrate Spring Fest at the Everhart

This spring, in the spirit of community the Everhart Museum will host Spring Fest.  On Saturday, April 25 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, the Everhart opens its doors and offers FREE admission to the public. The day will offer guests the opportunity to participate in guided workshops, lectures, and tours of the galleries as well as shop for earth-inspired creations by local fine artists and traditional crafters. This event traditionally attracts over 1,000 patrons and gives our participating partners a venue to showcase the talent our area has to offer.

Spring Fest is centered around Art in Bloom. Held at museums across the country, Art in Bloom allows visitors to view floral interpretations of Museum collections created by regional designers. A preview reception and award ceremony will be held on Friday, April 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Join us for the perfect springtime event, valuing the aesthetic marriage between art and natural components.

Spring Fest is the Everheart’s gift back to the community and would not be possible without the support of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Lackawanna County, ArtsENGAGE, and the City of Scranton.

For those interested in presenting an activity, demonstration, or talk on a specific theme, or acting as a merchandise vendor please contact Stef Colarusso at or 570-346-7186 ext 516.