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
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.