1 Watch for meteors
South Sound residents should watch for the Lyrids meteor shower, which usually produces about 20 meteors per hour at its peak; the shower is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, discovered in 1861; the shower will reach its peak Wednesday night and early Thursday morning; the best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.
2 Plant willows in Puyallup
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Join the Pierce Conservation District, Lions Club, and site stewards to plant willow cuttings and clear blackberry for future plantings in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; Silver-Meeker Creek; free; piercecountycd.org/stvolunteer.html.
3 Walk through nature center
Metro Parks Tacoma is offering a guided walk through this urban park; learn about the plants and animals that call the park home; 1-2 p.m. Saturday; Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free, but registration is required; sign up by calling 253-591-6439 or going to metroparkstacoma.org.
4 Visit coastal center
If you find yourself in the Ocean Shores area on the weekend, make time to visit the Coastal Interpretive Center; there are plenty of hands-on activities for children and lots of history for older visitors; open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 1033 Catala Ave. SE, Ocean Shores; 360-289-4617, interpretivecenter.org.