Enjoy natural wonders, activities at local posts during National Park Week

Enjoy the outdoors, learn some history and celebrate “America’s best idea” during the annual National Park Week.
The action happens nationwide from Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, April 28, including at the National Park Service sites in Northeast Pennsylvania. All park entrance fees are waived on April 20, and other days throughout the week will commemorate different groups and topics, such as “Wild Wednesday,” “Friendship Friday” and “BARK Ranger Day.” For more information, visit nps.gov.
Meanwhile, here’s how you can join the fun locally.

Steamtown National Historic Site
Hours:
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 350 Cliff St., Scranton
Details: 570-340-5200 or nps.gov/stea

The free railroad museum and home to historical trains and related machinery has been part of the National Park Service for 33 years, and it will celebrate not only National Park Week but also National Volunteer Week to honor the people who help keep it chugging along.
This year’s park week celebrations include the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial spike that connected the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads to mark the completion of the United States’ first transcontinental railroad. The park also will release the seventh edition of a series of collectible trading cards and a new Steamtown Junior Ranger badge (available starting Saturday, April 20), with one day dedicated to Junior Rangers that week.
On Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can check out games, activities and other information about the health benefits of the outdoors during Park RX Day. Scranton Limited short train rides also will return, and the site will offer extra tours.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Hours:
Most of the park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (check with visitors centers for specific hours)
Where: Park headquarters, 1978 River Road, Middle Smithfield Twp.
Details: 570-426-2452 or nps.gov/dewa

The recreation area and nearby Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee, will host the annual volunteer-led cleanup of River Road on Saturday, April 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Safety gear, a continental breakfast, post-cleanup appreciation lunch and T-shirt (while supplies last) will be provided to volunteers, who should meet at the Shawnee River Sanctuary Pavilion on the resort’s Grand Front Lawn at 8:30 a.m. The program will take place rain or shine.
To volunteer, register at https://a.pgtb.me/sZ8MgR. For more information, contact Nicole Althouse-Garced at 570-424-4050, ext. 1408, or
marketing@shawneeinn.com.

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
Where: The site encompasses the upper echelon of the Delaware River; traveling from Scranton, take Interstate 81 to Route 6 East (Exit 187) through Carbondale and Honesdale to Route 652 East to Narrowsburg and New York Route 97.
Hours: River use, 24 hours a day, year-round; public river access, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: 570-685-4871 or nps.gov/upde

Park visitors can hit the Delaware River for boating, rafting, fishing and other water-based fun, or stay on land for hiking. Guests also can hit up one of the area’s notable sites, including the Roebling Bridge, which is open 24 hours a day and crosses the river from Lackawaxen to Minisink Ford, New York; the Towpath Trail, which is open year-round (access the trailhead near the parking lot entrance on the New York side of the Roebling Bridge); and the Roebling Bridge Toll House, 4225 Route 97, Barryville, New York, which is open daily (weather permitting), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.