Outdoors calendar, week beginning april 16 _ outdoors _ lancasteronline. com

Learning to Draw from Nature program: 2-3 p. m. in the Environmental Center of Lancaster County’s Central Park. For ages 8 and older. Join naturalist Christina Schwindinger for an interactive workshop series geared toward beginning artist who have an interest in improving their artistic abilities. Sketchbooks are available for a fee, but orders must be placed at least 1 week in advance. If time and weather permit the workshop will conclude with a short nature walk and participants will be encouraged to stop and sketch along the way; dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per person. Call 295-2055 to register by noon on the day prior to the program.

Celebrate Spring Wildflower Walks: 3:30-5 p. m., at the Covered Bridge Parking Lot, in Lancaster County Central Park, near Pavilion 21. For all ages. The Wildflower Trail in the Kiwanis Natural Area is a good place to see the succession of early blooms! Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will lead walks to savor these spring ephemerals as well as other signs of the season. Dress for the weather and for walking 1-2 miles on woodland and floodplain trails. Meet at the Kurtz Covered Bridge on Kiwanis Drive. Cost is $2 per person. For all ages; but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register, by noon on the day preceding the program, call 295-2055.

8th Annual South Mountain Chapter Grouse Challenge Sporting Clays Shoots: at Elstonville Sportsman’s Association, 3133 Pinch Road, Manheim. Registration and breakfast is at 8 a. m.; the shoot (shotgun start) will begin at 9 a. m. Lunch will be served at noon. Only 120 shooters; first-come, first-served. Cost for adults is $60 includes 75 targets, full breakfast, chicken BBQ lunch, door prizes and awards to the high shooters. Cost for the Youth Division (16 and under) $30 prizes and trophies awarded. Pre-registration required. Make checks payable to: RGS South Mountain Chapter. For more information, contact Jan Christen 940-1483; janchristen@utilitykeystone. com.

Spring Twilight Hike: 7-8 p. m. at Speedwell Forge County Park. For all ages. As part of their “GO Days” initiative, join naturalist Francine Praught to celebrate spring’s rebirth at Speedwell Forge County Park. Participants will hike the wetland meadow, field edge and forest of this beautiful park while learning about the history and wildlife of the area. There is a great chance that frogs, toads and owls may be calling. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Bring water and a snack. There are no bathroom facilities at the park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $2 per person. Call 295-2055 to register by noon on April 15.

Compost Happens… Naturally workshop: 6:30-7:30 p. m. in the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park. Join naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez for a program on composting. Participants will explore several ways to compost to help you choose the best method for your location and needs. Learn about the proper mix of browns and greens to make the best black gold possible, then learn how to use the end results. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost $1 per person. Call 295-2055.

Earth Day Garlic Mustard Pull work trip for Earth Day: 9:30 a. m.-noon, at Pavilion 2 at Lancaster County Central Park. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Celebrate Earth Day and give back by reducing an invasive plant along the Wildflower Trail in Central Park. Garlic mustard, native of Europe, flowers in early spring and is a prolific seed producer. An Earth Day pulling allows removal of plants before new seeds have a chance to mature and spread. Naturalist Mary Ann Schegel will provide background information on garlic mustard before leading participants outdoors to identify and remove these plants. Dress for the weather and bring garden gloves if desired. There is no cost to attend this program. Call 295-2055 to register by noon on April 21.

A Walk on the Wild Side: Wild Edibles program: 10-11:30 a. m.. Saturday, April 23, in the Environmental Center of Lancaster County Central Park. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Liven up your spring diet with fresh wildflowers. Meet naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez to discover spring’s wild edible plants. Learn what is sprouting and flowering in the woodlands and backyards of Lancaster County. Bring your adventurous appetite for sampling and learning about wild, healthy foods. Liability waivers will need to be signed. Cost is $2 per person. Call 295-2055 to register by noon on April 22.

Donegal Trout Unlimited’s 5th annual Ladies in Lancaster County Cold Water Conservation Breakfast: Saturday, April 23, from 8 a. m. to 1 p. m. at Millport Conservancy, 737 E. Millport Road, Lititz. Women, daughters and granddaughters of Lancaster County are invited to join a breakfast seminar. Participants will learn about cold-water conservation and local stream restoration. In addition, there will be fly-casting lessons and fly-tying demos performed by chapter members. There is no charge for this workshop, but registration is required no later than Saturday, April 16. Minimum age is 12. For more information, contact Cathy Wise at cathy. wise@donegaltu. org.

Conewago Rod and Gun Club’s National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Course: 8 a. m.-4 p. m. Sunday, April 24, at the organization’s clubhouse, 1483 Turnpike Road. This course is designed for individuals who have limited or no experience with a handgun. The eight-hour course will teach beginning shooters the fundamental skills needed to own and use a handgun safely. It will include instruction in the classroom and on the pistol range. This course is open to club members and the public. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. The fee for the course is $60 for members; $80 for non-members. Participants must provide their own handguns. Class size is limited to eight participants; registration is required. For more information, contact Scott Deiter, training@conewagogunclub. org.

18th annual Conewago Creek Earth Day Celebration on the banks of the creek at Aberdeen Mills, 2405 Mill Road, Elizabethtown: Saturday, April 23, from noon to 4 p. m. There will be many fun and informative activities throughout the afternoon including live animals, guided walks, refreshments and giveaways. Special presentations include ZooAmerica, wildflower walks, fish surveys, electro-fishing and more. Food vendors will be on site to offer food items for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Tri-County Conewago Creek Association. The rain date is April 24th, with all other times remaining the same. Before festivities will begin there will be a stream clean-up at 10 a. m. from the same location. It’s requested that interested volunteers register for clean-up, so we can plan accordingly. (RSVP for the litter pick-up to Jenn Fetter at jrf21@psu. edu or call 921-8803). Volunteers will receive free meal tickets.