Programs for Seniors Citizens

Programs for Seniors Ages 60+

The Greenhouse Project is excited to announce a partnership with The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging to provide wellness programs to those sixty years and older. Our free programs give seniors the opportunity to leave their homes, strengthen and move their bodies, stimulate their creativity and minds, and interact with people of all ages. The Greenhouse Project will offer programs suited for people with different interests and abilities, including: guided 
nature walks,
 hands-on gardening, chair yoga, art classes, outdoor activities like intro to kayaking and fishing, plant-based cooking demonstrations and more. Free for those over 60 years. Donations encouraged for those younger.

All classes require registration except for the nature walks and in-person the yoga classes by or emailing getGHPinfo@gmail.com or calling (570) 963-6740. Some class sizes are limited. 

Stay Connected with Free Zoom Classes

Free classes designed to inspire and connect. Have fun while learning. Open and free to those 60 yrs. and older with pre-registration. Open to all levels, these online, small-group Zoom sessions are casual and uplifting. Must have access to a computer or smart phone.  Must email first to register and get help: getGHPinfo@gmail.com.   We send instructions. 


Dialogue for a New Day – Q&A Discussion Group.  Begins June 24th Wednesdays 6PM for six weeks.   Interactive online experience, specifically for seniors, led by Social Psychologist, Ada Rios-Rivera, Ph.D.  2020 has us wondering about the purpose of this particular time. Pete Seger reminded us that “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose.”  As human beings, as both American and global citizens, we are now living in a new pandemic reality. Faced with new challenges, we’re experiencing ourselves and life in sometimes exciting but often frightening ways. In rising to these challenges, we are creating shared experience, connection, and support in order to sustain ourselves and our relationships. This series of Q&A’s is all about exploring what this time and space means for us as individuals and as a people, and to help us thrive. Join a conversation and discuss your thoughts.

Dr. Rivera will host a series of of six online Q&A sessions geared toward exploring together this time means for us as individuals and as a people. Classes will be held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. The first class is Wednesday, June 24. Session leader, Dr. Rios-Rivera is a Social Psychologist who specializes in teaching others how to use all life experiences as a tool for individual, relationship and community success through mythology and meaning-making.To register for this informative series, email getGHPinfo@gmail.com with your name, age, and email address. For


Drawing 101.  Tuesdays 7PM – June 23rd – July 28th.   Drawing 101, with Michael Sorrentino will be a series of six classes will be held via Zoom. To register, simply email getGHPinfo@gmail.com with your name, age, and email. Space is limited to allow for participant interaction and instructor feedback. Participants will need internet access and a smartphone or tv, laptop or computer, plus pencil and paper. 75 mins.

Teaching artist Michael Sorrentino will help you explore the insights and techniques which can develop better drawing skills. All materials used will be common household items. No special art materials are needed. The topics of the six classes:  Proportions of the Face – Portraits; Art Basics – Drawing a Shoe;  1 and 2 Point Perspectives;  Creating a Landscape;  Still Life Basics – Drawing Flowers in a Vessel;  Figure Drawing. Space is limited to allow for meaningful interaction.


Life-Writing, Poetry, & Memoir Workshops  Begins Thurs. July 2-Aug 6th,  7pm
Writing as medicine. Writing as freedom. Writing as touch. As antiseptic and poultice.
This series of six specifically designed conversations and writing exercises address the wide range of emotional conditions that we experience while growing older, while living in an increasingly changing world. Confidential and intimate, our writing will be a form of connection and meditation that gives a mindfulness to reflection and helps find the good, healing words. Open to all writing levels, these online, small-group Zoom sessions are casual and uplifting. Sign up and connect to your highest, best writing self and meet others!  
Email to sign up and get help:  getGHPinfo@gmail.com   

>> Class by with Craig Czury, International Poet and Master Teacher


Chair Yoga.   Ongoing. Mondays at 10:00 AM via Zoom.  Jump in anytime. Chair yoga offers a full body experience for beginners to the experienced. In this class we will modify yoga poses so they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand, lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions, or just want a quick break from office work.

Yoga You Can Do.  Ongoing Fridays at 10:00 AM via Zoom.  Jump in anytime. Grab your yoga mat and an open space on the floor. This class is taught at a slower pace incorporating gentle stretching and strengthening as well as focusing on balance, the breath and meditation. The participants will experience standing, forward folds, balancing, breath and meditation, kneeling, as well as seated, prone and supine floor work.

Email to sign up and get help:  getGHPinfo@gmail.com   

>> Classes by Theresa Novak  (T Novak Spiritual Quest) – Theresa will help you register you for free and help you with Zoom.      *The Zoom room will be open as early as 9:30 for yoga. 

Senior Citizen Nature Walk Series - ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19

Each program will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and be 1 to 3 miles in length on easy to moderate terrain. Walks held on Tuesday or Saturday mornings at 10:00 am from late-April to through early-October. Bring water, hat, jacket, sunscreen. Rain or shine unless lightening or severe weather.

Please no pets on the nature walk. 

Nature Walk Information

  • Phone number during the week: 570-343-5144
  • Phone number for day of walk: Rob: 520-954-5759

DATE / TIME: TBD

Nature Walk: “Blueberries”
Eales Preserve, Mount Cobb

2.5 miles moderate, sometimes rocky terrain

Directions: From Route 81 in Dunmore, enter Casey Highway (new Route 6) toward Carbondale, and go a couple of miles to Exit #1 Marshwood Road. At end of exit ramp, turn left and go 2.6 miles to Nature Conservancy Trailhead Parking on left.

DATE / TIME: TBD

Nature Walk: “Flowers and Fruits”
Lackawanna State Park, Wallsville

2.5 miles moderate, terrain in the woods

Directions: Route 81 North from Scranton to Exit 199. Turn left and go 3.3 miles to stop sign on Route 407. Turn right and cross bridge. Turn left into park and left again into first parking lot. Restrooms available there.

DATE / TIME: TBD

Nature Walk: “Spiranthes Orchids”
Merli Sarnoski Park, Carbondale

2 miles on paved walkway and grass with one moderate hill

Directions: Route 81 in Dunmore to Carbondale Exit onto Casey Highway. Go to Jermyn Exit 5, Route 107. Turn left at STOP sign at end of ramp and go 3.7 miles to Business 6 underpass. Continue straight on 107 for 2.6 miles past Route 6 underpass to Sandy Bank Road (Takash sign). Turn right on Sandy Bank Road and go 3 miles to Merli-Sarnoski Park on right. Turn right and go 0.3 miles to parking on left.

DATE / TIME: TBD

Nature Walk: “River Meander”
Roaring Brook Trail, Moscow

3 miles moderate in the woods along Roaring Brook

Directions: From Scranton, take Route 307 south past Lake Scranton about 10 miles to Route 690. Turn left and go a few miles to Route 435. Turn right and go 1 block to bottom of hill. Turn left going under underpass onto Market Street. Go straight to parking lot on right at intersection of Market Street and Roaring Brook bridge. GPS Address: 237 Market Street, Moscow, PA 18444.

October 5, 2020 @ 10AM

Nature Walk: “Fall Foliage”
Lackawanna College, Covington Township

2.5 miles moderate through the woods with some rocks and roots

Directions: From the light at Lake Scranton on Route 307, go 9.1 miles south to Dorian Road and turn right. Go 1.2 miles to Sand Road and turn left. Go 0.9 miles to MacKenzie Road and turn right. Go 0.5 miles to center on left. GPS Address: MacKenzie Road, Covington Township, PA.

Other Programs

Beginner Kayaking

DATE / TIME: TBD

Lackawanna State Park, meet at shore access

You’re never too old to try something new! Come join us at Lackawanna State Park for summer morning of instruction of beginner kayaking. Kayaks and life jackets provided. Must be able to ambulate uneven terrain and lower into the kayak. Sponsored by Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and The Greenhouse Project. People over 60 are free. A donation of $10 gratefully accepted from others but not required. Children over 16 must be accompanied by an adult 60+.

The park will provide kayaks, life vests and paddles. Our paddle will last approximately two hours with some on land introductions in which we will cover some basic safety, and paddling techniques. Our on lake section will allow time to get comfortable with basic paddle strokes and then to take a leisurely paddle out towards the dam are of the lake and back to the launch. 

Important Notes:

If the park needs to cancel for any reason you will be contacted by email or phone by 8AM. Please wear clothes that dry quickly and can withstand moisture and shoes that you can walk in water with. You may also wish to bring water to drink in a non-glass container, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat and sunglasses. Your glasses or sunglasses should be secured with an eyeglass lanyard if possible. If you plan on bringing your cell phone, camera or other electronic devices on the kayak, be sure it is secured in a waterproof and floatable container.

Traveling North on South on 81 

Take Scott Exit #199 onto 524 West. Travel approximately 3 miles, you will see sign for Lackawanna State Park, continue straight to intersection of 407. Take a left onto 407 South. Pass sign and driveway of Park Office/Environmental Learning Center on your right, continue approximately .3 of a mile and take right into S. Shore Access area, parking will be on your left.

Traveling South on Route 11 

Follow Route 11 until it merges with Route 6 near Factoryville and take left onto Route 107 (at the Bluebird Diner). Follow 107 to intersection of 407 at Fleetville Corners, take a right onto 407 S. Stay on 407 S, you will pass the main park entrance on your right, continue straight on 407 S past the intersection of Route 524 on left. Pass sign and driveway of Park Office/Environmental Learning Center on your right, continue approximately .3 of a mile and take next right into S. Shore Access area, parking will be on your left.

All classes require registration except for the nature walks and the yoga classes by or emailing getGHPinfo@gmail.com or calling (570) 963-6740. Class size is limited in some events.