Nature and Outdoor Living Classes

301   8th Annual Spring Garden Day   Instructors: Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County  This event has been canceled

Join the Penn State Master Gardeners for their 8th annual Spring Garden Day! This event features a variety of fun and educational gardening programs. This year we are extremely happy to have Paul Epsom from Greystone Gardens and WNEP’s “Home and Backyard” TV show presenting a double feature: Container Gardening and My “E” Garden. E = Effort-less, environmental, enabled, edible and extra-ordinary. This style of gardening he plans on doing for the next 50 years. There will be several classes held throughout the day  including vegetable gardening, a Master Gardener discussion panel and creating a bird, butterfly, bee garden, plus much more. Demonstrations and displays will be on hand,  plus door prizes and a silent auction to complete the day.  Morning refreshments and a delicious light lunch is included. Don’t wait to register; seating is limited.

One Saturday, April 25, 9:00 am until 3:00 pm This event has been canceled

Location: Montrose Bible Conference, Lake Avenue, Montrose

Cost: $35.00


302 Pruning Basics   Instructor: Master Gardener and retired State Forester, Jim Kessler   This class is full

When should I prune? How should I prune? Where should I prune? Why and why not prune? These and other pruning questions will be demonstrated on common trees, fruit trees, and shrubs.  After you understand the basics of pruning you will be able to take your knowledge to most trees and shrubs for better growth, durability and health. Directions will be emailed shortly before class. Class will be held rain or shine so dress appropriately.  Class limit 20 students.

One Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am    This class is full.

Location: TBD; Directions will be emailed.

Fee: $5.00


303 Bench Grafting Apples    Instructor: Robert Fearnley This class is canceled

Bench grafting is not magic or voodoo.  Come learn to graft a scion onto a semi-dwarf root stock.  Scions and root stocks will be provided. Bring a grafting knife if you have one.  You will go home with a young tree ready to plant. Class limit 15 students.

One Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 am  This class is canceled

Location: Salt Springs  Park, Carriage House

Fee: $5.00 Material fee: $10.00


304 Extend Your Growing Season with Cold Frames & More    Instructors: Master Gardeners, Jim Kasten & Lori Wallace  This class is canceled

Have you ever wanted to grow crops earlier in the spring, or later in the fall and did not want to worry about the frost? Do you have an old window lying around and thought to yourself,  “This would make a good Cold Frame!” Come join the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and learn about different season extenders such as cold frames, hot beds, low tunnels and more.

One Saturday , March 21 at 10:00 am   This class is canceled

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church , Church St. Montrose

Fee:  $5.00


305 Fly Fishing   Instructor: Douglas Sheldon, Fly Fishing Enthusiast 

(This class is full)

 Learn the basics of fly fishing, including a brief introduction to its history, the examination of fly tackle, and learn some  details of the life cycles of the insects fish eat. Join a small group for hands on fly-casting instruction. These sessions will include a mix of instructional and learning techniques,  including excellent, brief You Tube videos, a review of a top-rated introductory fly-fishing hand book, small group instruction and hands-on examination and use of actual fly fishing gear.   The course has three Saturday morning sessions scheduled beginning in mid March and ending in mid April…see the actual dates below. Videos to review between class sessions will be discussed as well as how to acquire the basic fly fishing outfit for your personal learning, practice and later enjoyment in fishing. Available for minimal cost is the recommended guide book “L.L.Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook.” 

Three Saturday morning sessions all meet at New Milford’s  St Mark’s Parish Building. If the weather is favorable on the day of the last session,  permission has been granted for refining your newly learned fly casting skills on the real thing … the water of a local private pond which is located only a 5 minute drive from the meeting place.  One way of combating cabin fever for 2020 is to learn something new. This will be an opportunity to demystify a style of fishing that could begin a lifelong path of discovery. Class limit: 6 students

Three Saturdays:   March 14, March 28 and April 18 at 9:30 am. (This class is full)

Location:  St. Mark’s Parish Hall,  Main Street, New Milford

Fee:  $15.00    Material Fee:  $5.00   (L.L.Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook)


306 Pruning Fruit Trees in Your Backyard Orchard      Instructors: Master Gardeners, George Schreck and Lori Wallace  This class has been canceled

Join the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and learn how to prune your fruit trees. This class will focus on maximizing fruit production for apple, pear and plum trees, young and old trees, site selection,variety selection, proper planting of new trees, choosing proper tools, maintenance of tools, sanitation and disease prevention. See mistakes and what you can do to correct.. This is an outdoor class with a bit of hiking. Dress appropriately for the weather: boots,gloves, and hats. Directions will be emailed shortly before class. Class limit of 20 students.

One Saturday, March 28 beginning at 10:00 am (Tentative, depending on the weather)  This class has been canceled

Location: New Milford, private residence,  Location will be sent prior to class

Fee: $5.00


307 Riparian Buffers     Instructors: Retired Forester & Master Gardener, Jim Kessler and Retired Watershed Specialist Robert Fearnley  This class has been canceled

What is a riparian buffer? Can you lessen the effects of flooding? Can you lessen the impact of too much rain? What trees should you plant? Even more rain is fore casted in our future due to climate change. Get the answers to these and more questions. Come join us at Salt Springs State Park and see the efforts to repair flood damage. Learn about future plans and how you might be able to apply your new knowledge to your own property. All proceeds from this class will be donated to the park.

One Saturday, April 4th , 9:00 am

Location: Salt Springs State Park

Fee: $10.00   This class has been canceled


308 Medicinal Plant Walk   Instructor: Maddie Murray, Naturalist  This class has been canceled

Discover what plants could be in your backyard and which  have medicinal qualities and what you can do with them. Walk around Humming Hill to see what you can find. We will identify and discuss when to harvest, what particular parts can be used and what to do with them. We will also discuss the process of making herbal oils, salves, tinctures and teas. It is amazing what is at your fingertips.  Class limit: 15 students.

One Saturday, May 2 , at 10:00 am

Location: Humming Hill, 7019 Maple St., Brooklyn, PA

Fee: $5.00  Material Fee: $5.00


309 Make Your Own Self-Watering Containers    Instructors: Master Gardeners Lori Wallace & Jim Kasten  This class has been canceled

Tired of watering your plant containers every day during the summer? Sometimes twice a day? Come join the Penn State Master Gardeners in this fun DIY project. It is so easy,  you will wonder why you didn’t think of this yourself. Learn how to make a reservoir, what to fill the container with and how to fertilize your container. Bring at least one large plastic  container with no holes: Tug bucket, muck bucket, 5-gal bucket or other to class. On your registration form, please indicate how many container kits you will need. Cost per kit is $3. Please also bring a charged cordless drill if you have one.

One Saturday, May 2, at 10:00 am

Location: Penn State Extension Office, 88 Chenango Street, Montrose

Fee: $5.00  Material Fee: $3.00 for each container kit ordered. Please indicate how many kits you would like on the registration form.


310 Make Your Own Rain Barrel        Instructors: Master Gardeners, Jim Kasten and Lori Wallace  This class has been canceled.

 Conserving water is important these days. It’s been feast or famine lately. You can collect the rainwater off your shed or house roof to use in your garden.   Join the Penn State Master Gardeners for this fun DIY project. All parts will be supplied – We will have tools available, but please bring a charged cordless drill, protective eyewear, and a 7/8″ spade bit or hole saw. One Kit is $43.00 and makes one rain barrel.  Please indicate how many you wish to make on the registration form. Deadline to reserve your kits & barrel is April 18. You may still attend the class and listen in even if you do not wish to make a rain barrel. Please note we will be working outside so dress appropriately.

One Saturday,  May 2, beginning at 1:00 pm

Location: Penn State Extension office, 88 Chenango St, Montrose

Fee: $5 Material Fee: $43.00 for each rain barrel kit ordered



311 Update on the Spotted Lantern-fly  Instructor: Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County   This class has been canceled

Spotted Lantern-fly (SLF), is a new invasive insect that has spread throughout southeastern Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. SLF presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit and nursery industries, which collectively are worth nearly $18 billion to the state’s economy.  Also threatened are our outdoor recreation, backyard enjoyment, and biodiversity.  The insect can also result in significant impacts from restrictions  on commerce within quarantine zones.  Come and get your questions answered about this invasive pest, what you can do to help and learn how the battle against this pest is progressing.

One Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 pm

Location: Penn State Extension Conference Room, 88 Chenango St., Montrose

Fee: $5.00