2016 Spring PSU Plow & Hearth

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County extend an invitation to the community to its third annual Spring Open House hosted by Plow & Hearth at the Shoppes at Montage, 2111 Shoppes Boulevard, Moosic, on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 3 p.m.

There will be: plenty of free publications, the opportunity to speak to the Master Gardeners, and the ability to get advice on tree care, container gardening, the birds in your backyard, pollinators, native plants, and more.

Information about composting will be provided by Barbara Giovagnoli from the Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability.

For more information, please call 570-963-6842 or email:

2016 Master Watershed Steward Program

The Penn State Extension Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming County offices are now accepting applications for the 2016 Master Watershed Steward Program. The program provides people who are enthusiastic about the environment with the information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others.

Master Watershed Stewards receive 40 hours of training on topics including water quality, stream health, native plants, recreational resources, and groundwater. After completing the training session, students fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service. In subsequent years, Master Watershed Stewards can maintain their status through 20 hours of volunteer time to watershed projects or programs and attending a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education training.

The 2016 Master Watershed Steward training program starts Wednesday, June 1, and continues on subsequent Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through August 31. The course also includes three hands-on Saturday field trips, visiting sites in all three counties. Classes will be held at partnering environmental organizations throughout Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties. There is a fee to help offset the costs for program materials and professional guest speakers. Scholarships are available for those with financial hardships.

Two information sessions will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations: Thursday,      April 14, at the Luzerne County Extension Office; and Monday, April 18, at Penn State Worthington Campus.

For more information about the Master Watershed Steward Program or to register for one of the informational sessions, contact Mike Balk at 610-746-1970 or by email at

The 2016 Master Watershed Steward Program is a collaborative effort of Penn State Extension, Lackawanna, Luzerne, & Wyoming County Conservation Districts, Lackawanna River Conservation Association, Pennsylvania American Water Company, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority.

2016 PSU Earth Day

Join the Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County for

Earth Day Is Your Day!

We will be having a special event in advance of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 16.

We are committed to values of Earth Day and want to equip people to be more environmentally aware of the decisions they make in home landscaping.

We will have the latest research-based information on topics such as:

Composting, Tree care, Growing vegetables, Pollinator friendly gardening, Container gardening and more.

We will have prizes and seedling trees to take home. There will be fun learning activities for all ages along with plenty of time to answer all of your gardening questions.


The Mall at Steamtown will be hosting the event

from noon to 4 p.m. It’s free and open to the public!!


For more information, please contact the Penn State Extension – Lackawanna County –  200 Adams Avenue, Lower Level, Scranton, PA 18503.  The office telephone number is 570-963-6842.


You can discover ways you can enjoy and be involved in the community

with our special guests:


Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority

Lackawanna River Conservation Association

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

The Greenhouse Project


The Offices of Environmental Sustainability and Community Relations

From Lackawanna County