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Wednesday

April

01

2015

Watershed Education Teacher Workshop

Watershed Education Teacher Workshop

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Watershed Education (WE) is an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary curriculum for students in grades 6 -12. Developed by the DCNR Bureau of State Parks, WE helps educators utilize local natural resources as a valuable teaching tool. By blending hands-on classroom and field investigations modeled on professional research methodologies, students participate in data collection and analysis, community networking and partnerships, stewardship and service learning activities. WE promotes in-depth, multi-modal learning and understanding of water resources while encouraging students to examine their watershed holistically.

· Hands-on Field Investigations

· Addresses Environment & Ecology, Geography, History, STEM and additional PDE Standards

· Interdisciplinary lessons

· Journaling and portfolio development

Educators attending this workshop will receive the Bureau of State Parks award-winning Watershed Education curriculum and additional resource materials, along with 14 Act 48 hours. Participating schools will have the opportunity to share data and experiences through the WE database and networking opportunities.

To register, contact 610-746-2801 or jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Thursday

April

02

2015

Friends of Nockamixon State Park Monthly Meeting

Friends of Nockamixon State Park Monthly Meeting

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Come join the Friends for their monthly meeting. Learn about projects they are working on and how you can help. They meet at the Education Center- park in Lot 12 and follow the trail to the Education Center.

Thursday

April

02

2015

Growing Up WILD!

Growing Up WILD!

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This program will be held on the first Thursday of each month! (with the exception of May)

Don’t let your young children miss out on nature! Bring them out to this interactive program designed for children ages 3-5 years old. Each month a new topic will be explored via a variety of basic crafts, stories, short walks and nature games which could take place inside or outside. Dress for the weather! Please pre-register by calling the Environmental Learning Center at 814-625-9369. Meet at the

Environmental Learning Center 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

1/1 January: In the Snow - A wild winter walk, animal tracking and signs

2/5 February: Amazing mammals - groundhogs, chipmunks, bears

3/5 March: Salamanders and frogs

4/2 April: Seeds & Plants growing together

May: (No program due to school field trips. Please attend Bald Eagle Birding Day on Saturday, May 9!)

6/4 June: Pond safari

7/2 July: Symbols, Native American stories

8/6 August: Camping and boating adventure

9/3 September: Insects

10/1 October: Leaves and trees

11/5 November: Winter survival

12/3 December: White tailed deer & animal ornament art

Thursday

April

02

2015

Hide-N-Seekers: Birds (am session)

Hide-N-Seekers: Birds (am session)

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Come enjoy the park this winter with your 3-5 year old. Each session will have outdoor discovery, games, craft, stories and fun! Pre-registration is required. There is a suggested $5 donation per child. Please pre-register by emailing nockamixonsp@pa.gov with the name of the child(ren) attending.

Thursday

April

02

2015

Hide-N-Seekers: Birds (pm session)

Hide-N-Seekers: Birds (pm session)

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Come enjoy the park this winter with your 3-5 year old. Each session will have outdoor discovery, games, craft, stories and fun! Pre-registration is required. There is a suggested $5 donation per child. Please pre-register by emailing nockamixonsp@pa.gov with the name of the child(ren) attending.

Thursday

April

02

2015

Hide-n'-Seekers: Signs of Spring

Hide-n'-Seekers: Signs of Spring

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Ages 3-5. Join us for this program designed to get pre-schoolers outside and learning about our natural world through stories, activities, and crafts. Children should be dressed to be both inside and out.

Register by calling 570-403-2006. Free.

Thursday

April

02

2015

SPRING Back to the FUTURE; Home School Day!

SPRING Back to the FUTURE; Home School Day!

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**Due to the forecast of inclement weather on March 26th this event has been moved to the rain date of Thursday April 2nd.**

Bald Eagle State Park is partnering with Penn State Students to create another day of excitement and learning at the Park! The day is currently being planned and coordinated by a Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Management Class. The class will provide various stations and learning opportunities for your curious students ages 6-14. Activities will include a fossil search, archery, animal tracking, crafts, and more! Pre-registration is encouraged, but not mandatory by calling 814-625-9369 before March 31.

10:00am - 2:00pm. Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Friday

April

03

2015

E.S.I. (Earth Scene Investigators) Finding FOSSILS!

E.S.I. (Earth Scene Investigators) Finding FOSSILS!

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Imagine finding something older than dinosaurs! This is a very likely possibility if you join in this trek along F.J. Sayers Lake. The dried lake bed provides an excellent opportunity to find fossils from critters that lived millions of years ago. Join the naturalist as he shares some unique features of the park while on this hike. Meet at the ELC for a strategy session before driving to the fossil pit! 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

April

03

2015

Family Night - Frog Find and Salameander

Family Night - Frog Find and Salameander

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Have you ever searched for amphibians in a vernal pond? Vernal ponds are temporary bodies of water that form in spring from rain and snow melt. These ponds lack predatory fish and are used by frogs and salamanders to breed and lay eggs. Join us for this nighttime adventure to explore these woodland ponds in search of amphibian wonders. Please dress for the weather, wear waterproof footwear, and bring a flashlight. To register, please call 610-746-2801 or email jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Friday

April

03

2015

Family Night - Frog Find and Salameander

Family Night - Frog Find and Salameander

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Have you ever searched for amphibians in a vernal pond? Vernal ponds are temporary bodies of water that form in spring from rain and snow melt. These ponds lack predatory fish and are used by frogs and salamanders to breed and lay eggs. Join us for this nighttime adventure to explore these woodland ponds in search of amphibian wonders. Please dress for the weather, wear waterproof footwear, and bring a flashlight. To register, please call 610-746-2801 or email jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Friday

April

03

2015

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

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Bring your children to the park for some fun nature learning! Children will enjoy a story, participate in a game, activity, or demonstration, and make a neat craft to take home. All ages are welcome! Please register by calling Beth Garner at 814-674-1000 x105. Meet in the conference room of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

Saturday

April

04

2015

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

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The Friends of Pinchot State Park is sponsoring a Spring Wildflower Walk (ages 10 and up). Wildflower enthusiast, Pat Sabold, will identify the spring blossoms and share tidbits of interest about them. Meet near Pavilion #2 (Sunnyside), located in the Conewago Day Use Area, off of Alpine Road. This easy to moderate walk will last about 1-1/2 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water. For more information, contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 or email psaboldFOPSP@aol.com.

Saturday

April

04

2015

4H Heritage Club

4H Heritage Club

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A partnership between Bucks County 4H and Tyler State Park, the Heritage Club meets once a month (Sept-July) on Saturday mornings. Members learn from experienced leaders and participate in a variety of learning and service activities with their parents. Must be a 4H member to participate. Any child age 9 to 18 can join. The goal of 4H is to increase a member’s knowledge in a variety of project areas, while teaching life-skills such as decision-making, public speaking, and leadership. For more information on joining 4H, contact the Bucks County Extension office, 215-345-3283, bucksext@psu.edu. Email Bonnie Tobin at btobin@pa.gov if you have questions.

Saturday

April

04

2015

5K Holiday Fun Run

5K Holiday Fun Run

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Join us for the Bunny Hop, Walk and Run event in April 2015.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Bald Eagle State Park Spring Clean Up Day!

Bald Eagle State Park Spring Clean Up Day!

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Help to keep Bald Eagle State Park the gem of Centre County. Team up with the park naturalist and other volunteers for a day of park beautification and conservation! Projects will include litter pickup and trash removal with gloves and gear being provided. Families, individuals, and groups are welcome to attend! Please meet at the Environmental Learning Center and we will then travel to the cleanup site. A picnic lunch will be provided at 12:00 noon for all those who participate in the morning project. Pre-registration is encouraged but not mandatory by Friday April 3 by calling 814-625-9369. The ELC will be open starting at 8:30am with coffee available and for new participants to complete required paperwork. Work will begin at 9:00am with lunch following at 12:00pm.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Bob's Creek Stream Cleanup

Bob's Creek Stream Cleanup

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Sponsored by Keep Bedford Beautiful, the annual Bob's Creek Stream Cleanup will be held on Saturday, rain or shine. All are welcome.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Bring A Friend Bass Tournament

Bring A Friend Bass Tournament

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Bring A Friend Tournament Trail is sponsoring a bass tournament on Pinchot Lake.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Bunny Run for #AJO 5K

Bunny Run for #AJO 5K

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The Bunny Run for #AJO is a 5K and Family fun run benefiting the #AJO Forever Fund. A family fun walk will start immediately after the run. Both the walk and the run will feature a scenic view of Lake Erie. Participants that pre-register will recieve a free t-shirt. Preregister by 3/20 to recieve your t-shirt on race day.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

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model yacht club sailing events

Saturday

April

04

2015

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

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Discover some fascinating facts about eagles, then view our resident pair and their eaglets through our spotting scope. Binoculars provided. Please meet at the Wildlife Observation Platform (at the Bear Wallow Boat launch) on Saturday, April 4 at 2pm.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

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Hop on over the park for our annual Spring Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Friends of Prince Gallitzin State Park! Children ages 12 and under are welcome to participate, and will be divided into appropriate age categories for the hunt. Tickets will be handed out to all participants for a prize drawing after the hunt. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny while you’re there! The hunt begins at 1:00 pm at Pickerel Pond. Grab some lunch before the hunt: hot food and drinks will be offered for sale at the pavilion, as well as Friends of Prince Gallitzin shirts, hats, and other items. No registration is necessary for this fun, free event. For more information, contact the park office at 814-674-1000 or princegallitzinsp@pa.gov.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

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The Pinchot Park Lions Club is holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Quaker Race Day Use area. Children through age 12 can participate.
The age groups are: 1 year- to 4 year olds; 4 year- to 8 year olds; and 8 year- to 12 year olds.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

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Keystone State Park's annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the beach area and is for children 10 years of age or younger. Participants are required to pre-register at the Friends of Keystone's website www.FriendsofKeystoneStatePark.org Sign-in will begin at 10:00am at the Beach House, and the Egg Hunts will begin at 11:00am. Don't miss this special day with the Easter Bunny, fire trucks, face painting and more! This event is made possible by the Friends of Keystone State Park. Funds support park projects, programs and events.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Fish Hatchery Trolley Tour

Fish Hatchery Trolley Tour

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Join us in a tour of the local hatcheries and learn why Erie is one of the top cities for fishing. Seating limited, registration required, free. Call 814-833-7424 to register.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Friends of Ohiopyle Monthly Volunteer Day

Friends of Ohiopyle Monthly Volunteer Day

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Every month (usually the first Saturday but check the calendar), the Friends of Ohiopyle head out for trail work, plantings, invasives attacks and other necessary and rewarding volunteer pursuits. Why not join them?

Saturday

April

04

2015

Friends of Ridley Creek Monthly Trail Day

Friends of Ridley Creek Monthly Trail Day

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Every month on the first Saturday of the month, the Friends of Ridley Creek are out taking care of the trails in their park. You are ever so welcome to join in at any time!

Saturday

April

04

2015

Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike

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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST: Take a springtime hike under the "Pink Moon" of April on the Hemlock Hill trail, an easy one mile hike. Meet at the Lower Lake Trail Trailhead (Between the Northwoods and the Rhododendron Camping Areas) on Friday, April 3 at 9pm. Please bring a flashlight.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Geocache Egg Hunt

Geocache Egg Hunt

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Try out your geocaching skills on a fun, spring egg hunt! A few GPS units will be available to borrow on a first-come basis, or bring your own. Meet at the pavilion at Muskrat Beach #3. Sturdy, waterproof shoes are recommended.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Rabbits and Hares of Pennsylvania

Rabbits and Hares of Pennsylvania

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Help celebrate Easter at the Elk Country Visitor Center as you enjoy a special program about the different species of rabbits and hares that inhabit the state. Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

April

04

2015

Woodcock Watch

Woodcock Watch

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The American Woodcock, aka “Timberdoodle” puts on a fancy flight in the spring of the year when trying to attract a mate. This can be witnessed fairly up close and personal if you know how and when to get close. Meet a park naturalist at the Tyler Cabin (previously “Camp Shawnee” or the “Cabin Classroom”) at the north end of the park to learn more and hopefully see this display.

Sunday

April

05

2015

Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch

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Enjoy Easter Brunch at the Sunset Cafe in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Adults $18.95, Children $10.95. children under 3 years of age are free. Call 814-833-5843 for reservations.

Sunday

April

05

2015

Full Moon Amphibian Hunt

Full Moon Amphibian Hunt

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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST:Night time is the right time for amorous amphibians. We'll search various wetland locations in Promised Land for frogs, toads and salamanders. Meet at the Auditorium on Saturday, April 4 at 8pm. Please bring a flashlight.

Monday

April

06

2015

5K Holiday Fun Run

5K Holiday Fun Run

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Join us for the Bunny Hop, Walk and Run event in April 2015.

Monday

April

06

2015

Books and Boots

Books and Boots

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Join our staff for a morning of mind exercising discussion, followed by a body exercising walk in Nolde Forest. Books are selected by the group. Bring your own nature/environment themed recommendations to share. Fact or fiction, past, present or future, all are considered. Start the week on a high note - we intend to have a good time meeting and sharing opinions and ideas with a cup of coffee or tea. Bring a breakfast item for yourself or to share (optional). Meet in the Mansion Library. Event Time: 9:30 - 11:30AM 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6 & 5/4 - 2015

Monday

April

06

2015

Environmental Education Programs for Public, Private, and Home Schools.

Environmental Education Programs for Public, Private, and Home Schools.

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Teachers and Parents: Give your students the opportunity to participate in standards-based environmental education programs which feature hands-on learning activities in your classroom or at our outdoor setting. Our curriculum includes nationally recognized programs including PA Songbirds, PA Amphibians and Reptiles, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and others. For more information, please call the park's environmental education specialist, Jane Swift at 570-924-1601.

Monday

April

06

2015

Hound Hike

Hound Hike

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Along the trail, hikers will have an opportunity to learn about dogs in the outdoors and how to keep your pet safe when hiking. During the program the dogs will be able to socialize and get quality exercise outdoors. Only one dog per hiker. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Dogs must be leashed and should be friendly with other dogs.

Tuesday

April

07

2015

Family Spring Walk PROGRAM FULL(for preschool and early elementary ages)

Family Spring Walk PROGRAM FULL(for preschool and early elementary ages)

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This month we will take our popular spring walk. Please dress for the weather and wear boots! Some of these trails are NOT stroller accessible. Must pre-register for this event. Meeting location will be announced in registration confirmation emails.

Please be patient while our new online registration system is under construction. To register: Email ALL OF the following information to btobin@pa.gov:

1) Date and time of the session you would like to attend (4/7 at 1 pm, 4/8 at 1 pm, 4/8 at 5 pm)

2) Alternate session choices in case your first choice is full

3) Names and ages of everyone who will attend. “Adult” is fine for adults :)

4) Phone number and email

Tuesday

April

07

2015

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Slimy Salamanders

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Slimy Salamanders

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The Half-Pints program series is back on Mondays in April. The program is for children ages 2-6 and will include a story, activity, craft and songs. The 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM programs will be identical, but the topic will change from week to week. All Pine Grove Half-pint programs are free of charge. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6. Registration is required. Please register at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.

Tuesday

April

07

2015

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Slimy Salamanders

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Slimy Salamanders

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The Half-Pints program series is back on Mondays in April. The program is for children ages 2-6 and will include a story, activity, craft and songs. The 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM programs will be identical, but the topic will change from week to week. All Pine Grove Half-pint programs are free of charge. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6. Registration is required. Please register at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.

Tuesday

April

07

2015

Spring Bird Walk Series!

Spring Bird Walk Series!

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Wake up to experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching! Become acquainted with the winged migrants that pass through Bald Eagle State Park. These walks are for novices and experts alike. Each week we will explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned for the summer.

Meet at the Main Park Office.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Wednesday

April

08

2015

Feeder Watch

Feeder Watch

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Come enjoy watching the birds who visit our feeders this morning! Learn about the species we see, pick up information on feeding birds, and find out about some citizen science programs you can get involved with. Meet at the park office. Some binoculars will be available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own. This program will be held outdoors. In case of rain the program will be cancelled.

Wednesday

April

08

2015

Growing Up WILD!

Growing Up WILD!

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Exciting nature-related activities await children ages 4 - 7 who enjoy active, hands-on learning.

Wednesday

April

08

2015

Morning Bird Walk

Morning Bird Walk

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Rise and shine! Over 150 species of birds have been recorded at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center. Amateur birdwatchers will improve their skills at identifying birds by sight and sound during this early morning hike. Intermediate and experienced birders will also enjoy these walks. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring you binoculars and favorite field guide. A limited number of binoculars and field guides will be available to borrow. To register, call 610-746-2801 or email jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Wednesday

April

08

2015

Peddler's Grave Hike

Peddler's Grave Hike

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(CANCELLED)Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 for a hike to Peddler’s Grave in Shenandoah Heights. The grave is the site of the first recorded murder in Schuylkill County. We will meet at the Miner’s Memorial in Shenandoah at 10:30 am and carpool to the site. The hike is moderate and 5 miles in length. Bring a lunch. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday

April

08

2015

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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These free weekly hikes are briskly-paced, 3.0 - 3.5 miles over uneven terrain, with a 20 minute break along the trail for a snack. Routes will vary each week. Hikers should always bring water, and sturdy boots or shoes are highly recommended.

Meet at the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area parking lot to depart promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

April

08

2015

Wildflower Wednesdays

Wildflower Wednesdays

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Through both walks and talks, visitors can learn about tools for identifying wildflowers, where to look for specific species, and explore the park for various species as they bloom. The programs will focus each week on Wildflower Wednesdays current blooming species and build visitor knowledge and skills.

Each program will stand alone however, so that visitors can attend one or all, and find the experience valuable to learning more about wildflowers.

Thursday

April

09

2015

2015 Allegheny League of Municipalities

2015 Allegheny League of Municipalities

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42nd Annual Spring Conference

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

April 9-12, 2015

For more information please call (412) 261-2521.

Thursday

April

09

2015

Adopt a Beach Training

Adopt a Beach Training

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Join us in helping with this citizen science initiative. Learn how to take data on our beaches and volunteer for this program. Great program for students, service groups and homeschool families! Registration required for this indoor meeting. 814-833-7424

Thursday

April

09

2015

Hands-on-Heritage Adult Learning Series: Colonial Kitchen Gardens

Hands-on-Heritage Adult Learning Series: Colonial Kitchen Gardens

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By request, we are doing fun and interactive programs for grownups! Sorry, kids, this one is for Mom (or Dad or Grandmom or… )

Come to learn a new/old skill! Each month we will explore another aspect of our local heritage. Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you Hands-On Heritage. In each of these morning programs, we will learn some local history, try our hand at some seasonal heritage skills and take something home to share with our families.

In April, Colonial Kitchen Gardens: This month we'll explore early American kitchen gardens and their common plants and layouts. Our take-home hands-on craft will be a small selection of herbs to take home to start your garden!

Who: Adults (teens ages 16+ are welcome to attend with a parent). Limited to 24.

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $10 per person materials fee.

Payment Methods: Via credit card at http://www.thankfulsagefarmschool.com/product/april-heritage-class

Thursday

April

09

2015

Hide-N-Seekers: Frogs (am session)

Hide-N-Seekers: Frogs (am session)

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Come enjoy the park this winter with your 3-5 year old. Each session will have outdoor discovery, games, craft, stories and fun! Pre-registration is required. There is a suggested $5 donation per child. Please pre-register by emailing nockamixonsp@pa.gov with the name of the child(ren) attending.

Thursday

April

09

2015

Hide-N-Seekers: Frogs (pm session)

Hide-N-Seekers: Frogs (pm session)

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Come enjoy the park this winter with your 3-5 year old. Each session will have outdoor discovery, games, craft, stories and fun! Pre-registration is required. There is a suggested $5 donation per child. Please pre-register by emailing nockamixonsp@pa.gov with the name of the child(ren) attending.

Thursday

April

09

2015

Homeschool CSI: Journey North (Afternoon Session)

Homeschool CSI: Journey North (Afternoon Session)

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Jennings will host the next in a series of citizen science investigations (CSI) for homeschooling families. Designed for students age 5 and older, the program will demonstrate how people can contribute to scientific research by observing and reporting the northward movements of animals, such as monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds. Families will learn the "whys" and "hows" of "Journey North", a global study of animal migration and other seasonal events, including changes in sunlight and the growth of plants. Participants will practice using modern technology as a tool for collecting and sharing data. Younger and older students may work separately on some of the activities, and in family teams on others.Cost of the program is $3.00 per person (maximum $12.00 per family). Pre-registration and pre-payment are required no later than April 6th. Register by calling Jennings at 724-794-6011. (To help with our planning, please let us know the number of adults and number of children, with their ages, when registering.)

Thursday

April

09

2015

Homeschool CSI: Journey North (Morning Session)

Homeschool CSI: Journey North (Morning Session)

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Jennings will host the next in a series of citizen science investigations (CSI) for homeschooling families. Designed for students age 5 and older, the program will demonstrate how people can contribute to scientific research by observing and reporting the northward movements of animals, such as monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds.

Families will learn the "whys" and "hows" of "Journey North", a global study of animal migration and other seasonal events, including changes in sunlight and the growth of plants. Participants will practice using modern technology as a tool for collecting and sharing data. Younger and older students may work separately on some of the activities, and in family teams on others.

Cost of the program is $3.00 per person (maximum $12.00 per family). Pre-registration and pre-payment are required no later than April 6th. Register by calling Jennings at 724-794-6011. (To help with our planning, please let us know the number of adults and number of children, with their ages, when registering.)

Thursday

April

09

2015

WILD About Wetlands Teacher Workshop

WILD About Wetlands Teacher Workshop

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Explore wetlands and wildlife in this unique workshop offered by the PA Game Commission and the Bureau of State Parks. Wetlands play an essential part in the lives of numerous species of wildlife, including humans. During this workshop we'll take a look at the characteristics and role of wetlands in our ecosystem, as well as how plants and animals have adapted to wetland life. Participants will receive the Wonders of Wetlands and Project WILD guides as well as additional background information and tips for incorporating these topics into their curriculum.

Act 48 hours are provided. This workshop is designed for formal and non-formal educators of grades K-12.

Cost: $20 materials fee, payable the day of workshop.

Registration is required by Friday, April 3, 2015. As of 2/25, registration is NEARLY FULL.

To register, contact park staff at 570-403-2006. Participants should bring a lunch and dress to be both indoors and outdoors.

This program is FULL. Please call to be placed on the waiting list.

Friday

April

10

2015

Penn Central Bassmasters Bass Tournament

Penn Central Bassmasters Bass Tournament

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Penn Central Bassmasters is sponsoring a bass tournament on Pinchot Lake.

Friday

April

10

2015

Woodcock Watch

Woodcock Watch

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The American Woodcock, aka “Timberdoodle” puts on a fancy flight in the spring of the year when trying to attract a mate. This can be witnessed fairly up close and personal if you know how and when to get close. Meet a park naturalist at the Tyler Cabin (previously “Camp Shawnee” or the “Cabin Classroom”) at the north end of the park to learn more and hopefully see this display.

Saturday

April

11

2015

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

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The Friends of Pinchot State Park is sponsoring a Spring Wildflower Walk (ages 10 and up). Wildflower enthusiast, Pat Sabold, will identify the spring blossoms and share tidbits of interest about them. Meet near Pavilion #2 (Sunnyside), located in the Conewago Day Use Area, off of Alpine Road. This easy to moderate walk will last about 1-1/2 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water. For more information, contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 or email psaboldFOPSP@aol.com.

Saturday

April

11

2015

59th Spring Cleanup

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Join hundreds of volunteers to clean up the beaches. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Prizes for the most unusual trash will be awarded. Service hours are available. Large groups can register by contacting bgula@pa.gov

Saturday

April

11

2015

A Day in the Life of a State Forest

A Day in the Life of a State Forest

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Our Day in the Life of a State Park/State Forest grows in popularity each year! The idea is to document what you see in our parks and forests during these celebratory weekends. Let’s capture the moments—from ordinary to extraordinary—during A Day in the Life of one of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks and 20 forests.

For a Day (two days this year) in the Life of a State Forest, we salute Joseph T. Rothrock, the father of Pennsylvania forestry, who was born 176 years ago this April 9th. He devoted his life to the conservation and management of a healthy forest ecosystem. So while you are out, be sure to pick up any litter that you see and leave your forest cleaner in the spirit of Joseph Rothrock!

Send your photos to intern-ppff@pa.net by Tuesday, April 14 and we will compile them into an album on Facebook. To see last year's selections, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151984182485308.1073741851.90479300307&type=3

Check in on May 23-25 for a Day in the Life of a State Park.

Saturday

April

11

2015

April Wildflower Stroll

April Wildflower Stroll

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Join us on a two hour search for the spring botanical treasures of Jacobsburg! Be prepared for a moderate hike that may involve muddy slopes and uphill climbs. Please bring binoculars, a camera, water, and a snack and wear sturdy shoes. This is the first walk in a series of monthly wildflower strolls this year at Jacobsburg. To register, call 610-746-2801 or email jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Birding By Ear

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Baird Ornithological Club member, Ken Lebo, shares a multimedia presentation to refresh birding by ear skills and ways to learn new bird songs.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Bring A Friend Bass Tournament

Bring A Friend Bass Tournament

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Bring A Friend Tournament Trail is sponsoring a bass tournament on Pinchot Lake.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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Join the park naturalist at the Eagle Watch Area to learn about this magnificieant bird of prey and observe eagles in the nest. The Eagle Watch Area is located just upstream from the entrance to the boat launch area. The nest is about 800' from the viewing area, and only slightly elevated. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for use during the scheduled time, and you are welcome to stay afterwards to continue viewing on your own.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Fish Identification for Beginners

Fish Identification for Beginners

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As part of the Mentored Youth Trout Day, Little Pine State Park will offer a program on identifying the fish found in Little Pine Lake.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Fort Washington SP 2015 Annual Volunteer Day

Fort Washington SP 2015 Annual Volunteer Day

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Help ready your park for another wonderful season outdoors. All age groups welcome. Bring a pair of work gloves all other tools suplied by the park. Raking leaves, sprucing up the playground and volleyball courts, assembling picnic tables, gardening and trail maintenance are some of the projects for this year. Refresments are available and a picnic lunch is served at noon for our participants.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Free Kayak Fishing Seminar at the Nature Inn!

Free Kayak Fishing Seminar at the Nature Inn!

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Are you an angler looking for a new adventure? Have you heard about kayak fishing but want to learn more? Do you already kayak fish but want some inside tips of how to fish F.J. Sayers Lake? Join us for an evening with Juan Veruete from Kayak Fish PA (http://www.kayakfishpa.com/) as he brings his professional guiding knowledge to answer all of your kayak fishing questions.

This seminar is developed with the beginner in mind, however even a seasoned kayak angler will learn helpful tips and tactics that will improve their fishing success. Juan will cover a variety of kayak fishing topics ranging from selecting a fishing kayak to angling strategies for fishing F.J. Sayers Lake. Learn directly from a professional guide as he shares his 40 years of fishing experience!

Become better educated in kayak fishing as the spring and summer are just around the corner! Kayaks and rigs will be on display to provide examples of how to properly equip yourself while on the water.

For more information, please call the ELC at 814-625-9369

Saturday

April

11

2015

Friends of Colonel Denning Monthly Volunteer Day

Friends of Colonel Denning Monthly Volunteer Day

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There's always a work project at the park on the second Saturday of the month beginning in April. This hard-working crew raises a TON of money for the park cutting and selling a TON of firewood. Bring your hatchet and help out! Call the park office at 717.776.5272 for details on where they're working this month!

Saturday

April

11

2015

GPS Basics

GPS Basics

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Learn the basics of how a recreational GPS receiver works and get some practice using its basic functions. If you’ve ever thought about geocaching, learn what this popular sport is all about. We’ll be outside- dress appropriately. Meet At 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Hemlocks of Hell's Hollow

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Hemlocks of Hell’s Hollow

McConnells Mill State Park

Saturday, April 11, 2015

10:00 AM to Noon

The eastern hemlock, our state tree, defines many of the beautiful valleys we love in Pennsylvania. Learn about this lovely evergreen tree while enjoying many points of interest along the Hell’s Hollow Trail. We will walk out and back along the easy to moderate waterfall hiking trail. Our guided walk will meet at 10:00 AM, Saturday April 11, 2015, at the Hell’s Hollow Trail parking lot (no facilities), about a 15 minute drive from the gristmill. Dress for the weather, bring water, and wear sturdy shoes.

For directions, download the DCNR McConnells Mill State Park map:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003641.pdf

or pick up a map at the park. The route to Hell’s Hollow Trail is outlined in yellow.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Heritage Trail Hike (4 Miles)

Heritage Trail Hike (4 Miles)

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Heritage Trail Hike (4 Miles)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (10am-1pm)

Meeting location within park and details will be emailed to registered attendees.

Come and stretch your legs as we explore the trails in the central section of Raccoon Creek State Park. This 4-5 mile hike can be physically challenging on hilly, wet, and sometimes rocky terrain. This is classified as a moderate hiking experience due to distance and terrain, so some hiking experience is needed. Please dress appropriately for weather and wear proper hiking footwear. This free program requires registration. Details and location within park will be emailed once registered. To register, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov

Saturday

April

11

2015

Marsh Creek Bass Club Fishing Tournament

Marsh Creek Bass Club Fishing Tournament

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Saturday

April

11

2015

Night Hike

Night Hike

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Let's get comfortable walking at night. We'll play some night games and call out some owls. Meet at Parking Area #2 on Lower Lake Rd. (#19 on Park map)on Friday, April 10 at 9pm. Trail is an easy one mile hike. Please bring a flashlight.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Nocturnal Amphibians

Nocturnal Amphibians

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Not all four-legged nocturnal animals are mammals. Amphibians have busy night lives as well. Find out what these amphibians are doing on a spring evening and watch your step as we search for them.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Project Feeder Watch and Open ELC!

Project Feeder Watch and Open ELC!

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Take part in a nationwide citizen science project during Project Feeder Watch! Join the naturalist for avian observation, identification, migration education, and calculation. Enjoy and welcome the spring
migrants back to PA! This program is the perfect introduction for anyone new to “birding”. The ELC will also be open for everyone to see the displays and mounts! Meet at the Environmental Learning
Center. 9:00 AM -10:30 PM.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Rock Walk

Rock Walk

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Get ready to rock! Come for an easy, hour long walk along the High Bridge Trail, located behind the Weisel Hostel. We'll discuss the boulders and Nockamixon's unique geology as we walk. In case of bad weather, please call an hour prior to the walk to verify the status of the walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes. FREE!

Saturday

April

11

2015

Saturday Morning Birding Series

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Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek Saturdays in April and May All 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park Office. Members of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will lead a series of Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek State Park throughout April and May. Walks highlight the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in or migrate through the parks. Bald Eagles are often observed, as well as Ospreys that frequent Hills Creek Lake. Please bring your binoculars (if you have them) and wear subdued clothing and sturdy shoes. Walks are usually two hours. If the weather is inclement, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep optics dry (as well as the participants). Meet at Hills Creek Park Office. Check out the club's website for updates on what's been seen lately and other helpful local birding information.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Signs of Spring Hike

Signs of Spring Hike

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Come along for a hike at Blue Hole, and look/listen for signs of Spring along the way. Meet at the parking lot off of Cole Run Road. Be prepared for an intermediate, 2-3 mile hike.

Registration is required - contact rachristie@pa.gov or 724-259-2201.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

Spring Wildflower Walk

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The Friends of Pinchot State Park is sponsoring a Spring Wildflower Walk (ages 10 and up). Wildflower enthusiast, Pat Sabold, will identify the spring blossoms and share tidbits of interest about them. Meet near Pavilion #2 (Sunnyside), located in the Conewago Day Use Area, off of Alpine Road. This easy to moderate walk will last about 1-1/2 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water. For more information, contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 or email psaboldFOPSP@aol.com.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

Spring Wildflower Walk

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The Friends of Pinchot State Park is sponsoring a Spring Wildflower Walk (ages 10 and up). Wildflower enthusiast, Pat Sabold, will identify the spring blossoms and share tidbits of interest about them. Meet near Pavilion #2 (Sunnyside), located in the Conewago Day Use Area, off of Alpine Road. This easy to moderate walk will last about 1-1/2 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water. For more information, contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 or email psaboldFOPSP@aol.com.

Saturday

April

11

2015

The Art of Fish Prints

The Art of Fish Prints

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Celebrate Mentored Youth Fishing Day by stopping at the lake to make a fish print to take home. Free loaner poles will also be available to those participating in the youth fishing day for a brief loan.

Remember, a permit is required for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day; visit the PA Fish & Boat Commission website for more information.

Free.

Saturday

April

11

2015

The Bear Out There

The Bear Out There

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Let's get the bear facts, then take a hike a look for signs of bear. Meet at te Auditorium on Saturday, April 11 at 4pm.

Saturday

April

11

2015

THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES

THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES

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Honeybees are fascinating and important insects that produce honey and other products and pollinate many fruit and vegetable crops important to us. Spend the morning learning from beekeeper

Bill Stancombe about keeping bees, the equipment used, the products bees produce, and some of the current challenges in beekeeping as well as the different species of bees including the African killer bees. (Friends of the Parks program)

Saturday

April

11

2015

Tues Night Bass Open Day Fishing Tournaments

Tues Night Bass Open Day Fishing Tournaments

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bass fishing tournaments

Saturday

April

11

2015

Woodcock Walk

Woodcock Walk

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Spring is the perfect time to view the courtship display of the American Woodcock. Learn more as we look to observe this spectacular dance. Meet at Pine Tree Pavilion near Beach 9. Free.

Saturday

April

11

2015

Woodcock Watch

Woodcock Watch

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The American Woodcock, aka “Timberdoodle” puts on a fancy flight in the spring of the year when trying to attract a mate. This can be witnessed fairly up close and personal if you know how and when to get close. Meet a park naturalist at the Tyler Cabin (previously “Camp Shawnee” or the “Cabin Classroom”) at the north end of the park to learn more and hopefully see this display.

Sunday

April

12

2015

"Take a Break" Hike

"Take a Break" Hike

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Take a break from your taxes and head for the hills of Salt Springs Park. We'll tackle one of the lesser traveled trails, with a 3-mile easy-to-moderate loop. We'll talk about the benefits of exercise and find surprises along the way. Wear appropriate layers and sturdy shoes, and bring snacks, drinks, and a camera or notepad. Meet at the Wheaton House.

Sunday

April

12

2015

365 Days of Birding

365 Days of Birding

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This program will take birding to a whole new level. Learn about the many species of birds that occur in Pennsylvania throughout the year, where you can find them, and interesting facts about birds, such as, do birds get frostbite? In addition, we will learn to use binoculars, a bird guide book, and identifying marks. Meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.

Sunday

April

12

2015

A Day in the Life of a State Forest

A Day in the Life of a State Forest

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Our Day in the Life of a State Park/State Forest grows in popularity each year! The idea is to document what you see in our parks and forests during these celebratory weekends. Let’s capture the moments—from ordinary to extraordinary—during A Day in the Life of one of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks and 20 forests.

For a Day (two days this year) in the Life of a State Forest, we salute Joseph T. Rothrock, the father of Pennsylvania forestry, who was born 176 years ago this April 9th. He devoted his life to the conservation and management of a healthy forest ecosystem. So while you are out, be sure to pick up any litter that you see and leave your forest cleaner in the spirit of Joseph Rothrock!

Send your photos to intern-ppff@pa.net by Tuesday, April 14 and we will compile them into an album on Facebook. To see last year's selections, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151984182485308.1073741851.90479300307&type=3

Check in on May 23-25 for a Day in the Life of a State Park.

Sunday

April

12

2015

Abe Sorek Memorial Run (5K & 10K)

Abe Sorek Memorial Run (5K & 10K)

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This 5k/10k race is a memorial run dedicated to Abe Sorek. All profits will go to stoptheviolence.org and the St. Vincent Lacrosse Team. Info is available on www.eriedayschool.com

Sunday

April

12

2015

Explore the Night Sky (FULL)

Explore the Night Sky (FULL)

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This registration for this program is full. If you have already registered and are no longer able to attend, please let us know so that we can offer your seats to another family.

Join us as we search for some of the brighter constellations and objects that will be visible that night. Be prepared for a moderate hike and cool, damp conditions. Please dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Bring a blanket to sit on, a flashlight, water, a snack, and binoculars if you have them. Please note that the park will not provide telescopes at this program. To register, call 610-746-2801 or email jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Sunday

April

12

2015

Garlic Mustard Pull for Weed Warriors

Garlic Mustard Pull for Weed Warriors

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Looking for Volunteers! Please join us for the removal of a plant called garlic mustard. We will have a brief training for volunteers. We want to continue to pull up the invasive plant- Garlic Mustard. It is critical to pull up the plants before they set their seeds. Help us work on eliminating this plant, it spreads and fills areas formerly filled with native plants and grasses.
Be a Weed Warrior! Please email nrsplibu@pa.gov if you are interested so that we know how many volunteers to expect. All participants must be a registered DCNR Conservation Volunteer. Please sign up by using the following link prior to the event. https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/VolunteerApplication.aspx

Sunday

April

12

2015

Marsh Creek Sailing Club

Marsh Creek Sailing Club

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Sunday

April

12

2015

Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

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Join us as we search for Screech owls, Barred owls and Great horned owls. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at the Tannery Access area at 8pm on Saturday, April 11.

Sunday

April

12

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

Spring Wildflower Walk

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Enjoy a short wild flower walk at Boyd Big Tree. We will hike the Creek Trail and look for the ephemeral early flowers.

Sunday

April

12

2015

Tracking Animals 101

Tracking Animals 101

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Learn how to track mammals. Great for all ages, free, no registration required.

Sunday

April

12

2015

Trail Care Day (Afternoon)

Trail Care Day (Afternoon)

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We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trail that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us we as we help in the upkeep of this beautiful trail system. Tools such as loppers and handsaws are welcome. We will have a few loppers, handsaws, and gloves available for use. Those attending should bring water and bug spray, and be prepared to hike approximately 3 miles.

Sunday

April

12

2015

Trail Care Day (Morning)

Trail Care Day (Morning)

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We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trail that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us we as we help in the upkeep of this beautiful trail system. Tools such as loppers and handsaws are welcome. We will have a few loppers, handsaws, and gloves available for use. Those attending should bring water and bug spray, and be prepared to hike approximately 3 miles.

Sunday

April

12

2015

Tumblin' Timberdoodles

Tumblin' Timberdoodles

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Every spring the elusive American woodcock returns to the park to perform what Aldo Leopold referred to as the "Sky Dance." Don't miss seeing - and hearing - this incredible game bird take to the sky in its annual courtship ritual. Fortunately for us, this happens right near our main parking lot, making this a program that folks of all ages can attend and enjoy. Program takes place inside and outdoors; please dress for the conditions. Co-sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society.

Registration is required, please call 570-403-2006. Clicking "follow" on this page does not constitute registration.

Monday

April

13

2015

Environmental Education Programs for Public, Private, and Home Schools.

Environmental Education Programs for Public, Private, and Home Schools.

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Teachers and Parents: Give your students the opportunity to participate in standards-based environmental education programs which feature hands-on learning activities in your classroom or at our outdoor setting. Our curriculum includes nationally recognized programs including PA Songbirds, PA Amphibians and Reptiles, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and others. For more information, please call the park's environmental education specialist, Jane Swift at 570-924-1601.

Monday

April

13

2015

Family Spring Walk (for preschool and early elementary ages)

Family Spring Walk (for preschool and early elementary ages)

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This program has been postponed from 4/8 and there is still time to register!

This month we will take our popular spring walk. Please dress for the weather and wear boots! Some of these trails are NOT stroller accessible. Must pre-register for this event. Meeting location will be announced in registration confirmation emails.

Please be patient while our new online registration system is under construction. To register: Email ALL OF the following information to btobin@pa.gov:

1) Date and time of the session you would like to attend (4/13 at 5 pm)

2) Names and ages of everyone who will attend. “Adult” is fine for adults :)

3) Phone number and email

Monday

April

13

2015

Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park Meeting

Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park Meeting

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Monthly meeting to discuss park business and events. Please join us, open to the public.

Monday

April

13

2015

Hound Hike

Hound Hike

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Along the trail, hikers will have an opportunity to learn about dogs in the outdoors and how to keep your pet safe when hiking. During the program the dogs will be able to socialize and get quality exercise outdoors. Only one dog per hiker. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Dogs must be leashed and should be friendly with other dogs.

Tuesday

April

14

2015

Bartramian Audubon Meeting: Climate Change 2015: The Science, the Impacts, and the Projections

Bartramian Audubon Meeting: Climate Change 2015: The Science, the Impacts, and the Projections

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Jennings hosts meetings of the Bartramian Audubon Society on the second Monday of each month. The meetings are free and open to the public.

This month's program will be presented by Dr. Julie A. Snow, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment at Slippery Rock University (SRU).

The presentation will include an overview of the science of climate change, explain current impacts and describe projections for the future. It will provide a special focus on threatened birds and their habitats. Dr. Snow has been teaching at SRU for 11 years. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Wittenberg University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Her current research focuses on trends in mercury deposition levels and their relationship to atmospheric transport over the last 15 years across the United States.

Tuesday

April

14

2015

Lake View Trail Hike

Lake View Trail Hike

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Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on Crow, Lake View and new Roc Loop Trails on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. The hike is 7 miles in length and moderate to difficult. The trails cross over two creeks and runs parallel to the lake. We will have a spectacular view from the dam and explore the State Game Lands near the spillway pond. Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off of Tuscarora Mountain Road. Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Bring a lunch. Shine only.

Tuesday

April

14

2015

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Tail Tales

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Tail Tales

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The Half-Pints program series is back on Mondays in April. The program is for children ages 2-6 and will include a story, activity, craft and songs. The 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM programs will be identical, but the topic will change from week to week. All Pine Grove Half-pint programs are free of charge. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6. Registration is required. Please register at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.

Tuesday

April

14

2015

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Tail Tales

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Tail Tales

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The Half-Pints program series is back on Mondays in April. The program is for children ages 2-6 and will include a story, activity, craft and songs. The 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM programs will be identical, but the topic will change from week to week. All Pine Grove Half-pint programs are free of charge. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6. Registration is required. Please register at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.

Tuesday

April

14

2015

Spring Bird Walk Series!

Spring Bird Walk Series!

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Wake up to experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching! Become acquainted with the winged migrants that pass through Bald Eagle State Park. These walks are for novices and experts alike. Each week we will explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned for the summer.

Meet at the Main Park Office.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Tuesday

April

14

2015

Tuesday Trails

Tuesday Trails

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Get moving after work with a brisk hike at Jacobsburg! These guided monthly hikes are 2 to 2.5 miles over uneven terrain. Hikers should always bring water and sturdy boots or shoes. Join the email reminder list by calling 610-746-2801 or emailing jacobsburgsp@pa.gov. On April 14th we will meet at the Visitor Center flag pole. The visitor center is at 400 Belfast Rd. Registration is not required.

Wednesday

April

15

2015

"Natural Gatherings:" A year-long project with Jennings and 3MJC

"Natural Gatherings:" A year-long project with Jennings and 3MJC

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“Do you enjoy working with your hands and the camaraderie of others with similar interests?" “Natural Gatherings” a shared year-long project with Jennings and 3MJC offers the opportunity for you to use your skills and imagination to create hand-made ornaments and decorations that will benefit Jennings through 3MJC, a community non-profit, who supports our local state parks.

This project group meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

For questions please contact the Center at 724-794-6011 and ask to speak with Brandi.

Wednesday

April

15

2015

Brown Bag Luncheon Topic: The emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid

Brown Bag Luncheon Topic: The emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid

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: “The Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid - The threat to Penn’s Woods and what we are doing about it.”

The emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid are two non-native invasive species from Asia killing ash and hemlock trees in Pennsylvania. The Bureau of Forestry’s Division of Forest Pest Management has implemented plans to minimize the impacts to ash and eastern hemlock and to conserve these trees in the forest landscape.

Presented by: Donald A. Eggen, Ph.D., Forest Health Manager, DCNR, Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Pest Management

Wednesday

April

15

2015

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

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model yacht club sailing

Wednesday

April

15

2015

Growing Up WILD!

Growing Up WILD!

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Exciting nature-related activities await children ages 4 - 7 who enjoy active, hands-on learning.

Wednesday

April

15

2015

Walk Across Pennsylvania

Walk Across Pennsylvania

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PA State Parks and Penn State Extension are partnering to offer a “free” walking program that invites people to explore our state park system. Teams of up to five people are encouraged to walk an average of ten miles per person/week over an eight week span that begins March 30. Pymatuning State Park will offer a walk beginning at the Spillway parking lot. Dress for the weather, bring drinking water and wear comfortable shoes. We will walk along the old railroad bed. Registration isn’t necessary. Come join us for our walk and get out and get healthy.

More information about the state program can be viewed at:

http://extension.psu.edu/health/events/everybody-walk-across-pa2015

Wednesday

April

15

2015

WEBINAR: All About Open Space - Owning and Managing Natural Lands

WEBINAR: All About Open Space - Owning and Managing Natural Lands

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Municipal officials, developers and planners often find themselves faced with opportunities and requests to own open space, and are then faced with the question - "how will it be cared for and maintained?" This webinar describes practical methods for managing natural areas, whether public parkland, residual parcels left undeveloped during the municipality's build-out process, or planned open space and naturalized areas for stormwater management and conservation subdivisions. Learn how Act 115 of 2013 has improved Pennsylvania's open space law, allowing some revenue acquired with a dedicated open space tax to be used for the maintenance and best utilization of open spaces. This webinar will also cover how land use codes can ensure permanent protection and best management for these undeveloped places.

Wednesday

April

15

2015

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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These free weekly hikes are briskly-paced, 3.0 - 3.5 miles over uneven terrain, with a 20 minute break along the trail for a snack. Routes will vary each week. Hikers should always bring water, and sturdy boots or shoes are highly recommended.

Meet at the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area parking lot to depart promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

April

15

2015

Wildflower Wednesdays

Wildflower Wednesdays

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Through both walks and talks, visitors can learn about tools for identifying wildflowers, where to look for specific species, and explore the park for various species as they bloom. The programs will focus each week on Wildflower Wednesdays current blooming species and build visitor knowledge and skills.

Each program will stand alone however, so that visitors can attend one or all, and find the experience valuable to learning more about wildflowers.

Thursday

April

16

2015

3MJC Meeting: Butler County in the Civil War

3MJC Meeting: Butler County in the Civil War

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The Civil War was a turning point in our country's history. Learn about the soldiers from Butler County and their demographics, their units, their contributions during the major battles such as Gettysburg and Antietam, life after the war for the veterans at home, and the Underground Railroad in our area. Brad Pflugh, who is on the Board of the Historical Society and heads the History Department at Knoch High School, will give us a better appreciation of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers.

The public is welcome to attend this meeting of Moraine, McConnells Mill, Jennings Commission (3MJC), a non-profit "friends" group that supports these three state parks. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Jennings.

Thursday

April

16

2015

Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and American Forests National Cadre Apprentice Training

Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and American Forests National Cadre Apprentice Training

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Cook Forest State Park, in conjunction with the Native Tree Society (NTS), American Forests (AF) and Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), will host a two-day Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop to the public and forest resource professionals focusing on learning the latest and most accurate methods of measuring big, tall, and noteworthy trees of Cook Forest and the Eastern United States.

April 16th will be a general workshop for those wanting to learn how to measure trees using advanced equipment and methods. The workshop will include a morning lecture and afternoon exercises in the field. Members from the Native Tree Society and American Forests will be available to conduct the lecture and field events.

April 17th will be for people who wish to continue and become American Forests National Cadre members. The National Cadre consists of people who have advanced tree-measuring skills. The Coordinator of the American Forests Big Tree Program calls on members to certify nominations to the National Register of Champion Trees, train new Cadre members, settle disputes over competing candidates, develop new measuring methods, and test new equipment.

New Cadre members will begin as apprentices. Most will progress to be fully competent in all aspects of tree measuring. The April 17th program is designed to train apprentices and will be conducted by current National Cadre members.

LOCATION: Cook Forest State Park, Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom

REGISTRATION: *Cost is free, but registration required. 30 participant limit. To register, please contact Dale Luthringer at (814)744-8475 or e-mail dluthringe@pa.gov.

ACCREDITATION: Society of American Forests and International Society of Arboriculture credits available.

Agenda for April 16

900-915am ‘Welcome’, by Dale Luthringer, Environmental Educational Specialist,

Cook Forest State Park (EES CFSP)

915-1115am ‘Introduction to Tree Measuring’, by Robert T. Leverett, The Native Tree Society

1115am LUNCH (please pack lunch, light refreshments provided)

100-400pm ‘Field Exercises: Introduce advanced equipment and tree measuring’,

by Robert Leverett, Dale Luthringer, NTS, AF, and LTI members

400-415-pm ‘Summary of lessons learned’ by Robert T. Leverett (NTS) and others

415-430pm ‘Conclusion’ by Dale Luthringer (EES CFSP)

Agenda for April 17

900-910am ‘Welcome’ by Dale Luthringer (EES CFSP)

910-930am ‘Welcome: Explanation of the National Cadre’ by representative of American Forests

930-945am ‘Assign existing Cadre trainer to each trainee’

945-1145am ‘Field Exercises: Advanced Measuring Skills & Testing’

by Robert T. Leverett, Dale Luthringer, and NTS members

1145am LUNCH (please pack lunch, light refreshments provided)

115-315pm ‘Field Exercises: Advanced Measuring Skills & Testing (cont.)’

315-415pm ‘Review Exercise Results’ , by each Cadre trainer and trainee

415-430pm ‘Concluding Comments’ , by representative of American Forests and Robert T. Leverett

SKILL SET DEVELOPMENT: methods for measuring tree height and error resolution, proficiency in locating tree top, trunk circumference measurements, methods for measuring crown spread, computing champion tree points, mathematical knowledge & problem solving

Resource professionals have the opportunity to earn credits for the following credentials per day:

Society of American Foresters =5.5 credits

International Society of Arboriculture = BCMA-Mgmt 1.5, BCMA-Science & Practice 2,

Certified Arborist 5.5, Municipal Specialist 5.5, TW Climber Specialist 5.5

Thursday

April

16

2015

Vernal Pools and Streamside Wetlands

Vernal Pools and Streamside Wetlands

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Explore the world of spotted salamanders, wood frogs and assorted other vernal pool critters. We will be taking peek into some of the park ponds as we learn about life cycles and wetland habitats during a hike and close up hands-on science session. . Most activities will be outdoors so dress for wet, muddy situations and about a 1.5 mile hike. Participants should pack bag lunch and water. Please pre-register by calling the office 570-966-1455 by March 30th.

Friday

April

17

2015

Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and American Forests National Cadre Apprentice Training

Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and American Forests National Cadre Apprentice Training

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Cook Forest State Park, in conjunction with the Native Tree Society (NTS), American Forests (AF) and Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), will host a two-day Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop to the public and forest resource professionals focusing on learning the latest and most accurate methods of measuring big, tall, and noteworthy trees of Cook Forest and the Eastern United States.

April 16th will be a general workshop for those wanting to learn how to measure trees using advanced equipment and methods. The workshop will include a morning lecture and afternoon exercises in the field. Members from the Native Tree Society and American Forests will be available to conduct the lecture and field events.

April 17th will be for people who wish to continue and become American Forests National Cadre members. The National Cadre consists of people who have advanced tree-measuring skills. The Coordinator of the American Forests Big Tree Program calls on members to certify nominations to the National Register of Champion Trees, train new Cadre members, settle disputes over competing candidates, develop new measuring methods, and test new equipment.

New Cadre members will begin as apprentices. Most will progress to be fully competent in all aspects of tree measuring. The April 17th program is designed to train apprentices and will be conducted by current National Cadre members.

LOCATION: Cook Forest State Park, Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom

REGISTRATION: *Cost is free, but registration required. 30 participant limit. To register, please contact Dale Luthringer at (814)744-8475 or e-mail dluthringe@pa.gov.

ACCREDITATION: Society of American Forests and International Society of Arboriculture credits available.

Agenda for April 16

900-915am ‘Welcome’, by Dale Luthringer, Environmental Educational Specialist,

Cook Forest State Park (EES CFSP)

915-1115am ‘Introduction to Tree Measuring’, by Robert T. Leverett, The Native Tree Society

1115am LUNCH (please pack lunch, light refreshments provided)

100-400pm ‘Field Exercises: Introduce advanced equipment and tree measuring’,

by Robert Leverett, Dale Luthringer, NTS, AF, and LTI members

400-415-pm ‘Summary of lessons learned’ by Robert T. Leverett (NTS) and others

415-430pm ‘Conclusion’ by Dale Luthringer (EES CFSP)

Agenda for April 17

900-910am ‘Welcome’ by Dale Luthringer (EES CFSP)

910-930am ‘Welcome: Explanation of the National Cadre’ by representative of American Forests

930-945am ‘Assign existing Cadre trainer to each trainee’

945-1145am ‘Field Exercises: Advanced Measuring Skills & Testing’

by Robert T. Leverett, Dale Luthringer, and NTS members

1145am LUNCH (please pack lunch, light refreshments provided)

115-315pm ‘Field Exercises: Advanced Measuring Skills & Testing (cont.)’

315-415pm ‘Review Exercise Results’ , by each Cadre trainer and trainee

415-430pm ‘Concluding Comments’ , by representative of American Forests and Robert T. Leverett

SKILL SET DEVELOPMENT: methods for measuring tree height and error resolution, proficiency in locating tree top, trunk circumference measurements, methods for measuring crown spread, computing champion tree points, mathematical knowledge & problem solving

Resource professionals have the opportunity to earn credits for the following credentials per day:

Society of American Foresters =5.5 credits

International Society of Arboriculture = BCMA-Mgmt 1.5, BCMA-Science & Practice 2,

Certified Arborist 5.5, Municipal Specialist 5.5, TW Climber Specialist 5.5

Friday

April

17

2015

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

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Bring your children to the park for some fun nature learning! Children will enjoy a story, participate in a game, activity, or demonstration, and make a neat craft to take home. All ages are welcome! Please register by calling Beth Garner at 814-674-1000 x105. Meet in the conference room of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

Friday

April

17

2015

Trout Hike

Trout Hike

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Kick off the start of Trout season by going for a hike near the high-quality trout stream, Quebec Run. Come prepared with water, snacks, and sturdy shoes. Be prepared for an intermediate, 3 mile hike. Meet at the main parking lot off of Quebec Road.

Registration is required - contact rachristie@pa.gov or 724-259-2201.

Friday

April

17

2015

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

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April 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, May 1, 2

The perfect melding of Bucks County charm and family dysfunction. Come join us for an evening that is by turns endearing, ridiculous, and surprising- but never dull. Crazy siblings, a cleaning woman who can predict the future, an aging starlet and her boy-toy, all honed to a fever comedic pitch that will no doubt have Anton Chekhov rolling over in his grave. We won't spoil the fun, but the costume party alone is worth the price of admission. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.

Langhorne Players at the Spring Garden Mill in Tyler State Park, 1440 Newtown-Richboro Road, Newtown, PA 18940 (Route 332 next to Neshaminy Creek Bridge)

Saturday

April

18

2015

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

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The Friends of Pinchot State Park is sponsoring a Spring Wildflower Walk (ages 10 and up). Wildflower enthusiast, Pat Sabold, will identify the spring blossoms and share tidbits of interest about them. Meet near Pavilion #2 (Sunnyside), located in the Conewago Day Use Area, off of Alpine Road. This easy to moderate walk will last about 1-1/2 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water. For more information, contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 or email psaboldFOPSP@aol.com.

Saturday

April

18

2015

5K Poker Run/Walk

5K Poker Run/Walk

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One of various running and/or walking events held at Presque Isle State Park each year by the Erie Runners Club. More information at www.erie-runnersclub.org

Saturday

April

18

2015

AMC Spring Warm-Up Bike Ride - 10 or 20 mi.

AMC Spring Warm-Up Bike Ride - 10 or 20 mi.

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Program Location: Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area, PA-611, Raubsville, PA. (Street address 297 Canal Rd, Easton, PA).

Contact: Ian Kindle, ikindle@pa.gov; 610-982-0166

Dust off the cobwebs, oil the chain, and get warmed up for the biking season! Join Appalachian Mountain Club for an easy-paced ride, with 10 or 20 mile options, on the Delaware Canal Towpath. We'll start at Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area (aka Ground Hog Lock, Locks 22-23), Rt 611, Raubsville, PA, ride south 5 miles to Trauger's Farm and back again, then north 5 miles to Lock 24 in Easton and back again. Drop out mid way or do the whole shebang. Bring your own bike (or borrow a loaner from us). Option to buy lunch at Canalside Cup near the end of the ride. Please bring water, a snack and lunch (possible option to buy). Helmets are required, and narrow (street) tires are strongly discouraged, due to the rough nature of riding on the towpath. Ride route may vary due to towpath repairs underway. Program will be cancelled in the event of heavy downpours or thunderstorms. Please call or e-mail to request a loaner bike.

Saturday

April

18

2015

American Woodcock Walk

American Woodcock Walk

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As evening approaches, a bird called by many names can be viewed for its specular courtship display.

Join the park educator to learn more about the American Woodcock and see its unique courtship display. Outdoor program, please dress for the weather. Free Program.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Blue Bird Bonanza

Blue Bird Bonanza

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Do you love blue birds? Are you interested in other cavity-nesters? Would you like to learn more about cavity-nesting birds and how to attract them? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, this is the perfect program for you! During this program participants will have the opportunity to learn about cavity-nesting species at Bald Eagle as well as construct their own nest box to take home! This program is open to all to attend but if you wish to construct a nest box, preregistration is required, as a limited number of box kits are available! Preregister by calling the Environmental Learning Center at 814-625-9369. Tools and equipment will be provided. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Dynamics of Fly-casting

Dynamics of Fly-casting

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Looking to learn the basics of fly-casting, or to revamp your skills? Dynamics of Fly-casting is a great way to do just that. The viewer will learn the important elements of great casting, vital hand and arm movements, practice routines that teach how to make almost all kinds of casts, along with some special tips.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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Join the park naturalist at the eagle watch area to learn about this magnificent bird of prey and observe eagles in the nest. The eagle watch area is located just upstream from the entrance to the boat launch area. The nest is approximately 800' from the viewing area, and only slightly elevated. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for use during the scheduled time, and you are welcome to stay afterwards to continue viewing on your own.

Bald eagles have been nesting at Little Pine State Park since 2004. This year it looks like they began incubating behavior about February 27-28, according to reports from park visitors. We hope that we will have a successful nesting this year.

Meet at the eagle watch area for this program.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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Our eagle eggs have hatched!! Come to the Wildlife Viewing Area to watch the adults feeding the young through a high-powered scope with the help of Park volunteers.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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Join the park naturalist at the eagle watch area to learn about this magnificent bird of prey and observe eagles in the nest. The eagle watch area is located just upstream from the entrance to the boat launch area. The nest is approximately 800' from the viewing area, and only slightly elevated. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for use during the scheduled time, and you are welcome to stay afterwards to continue viewing on your own.

Bald eagles have been nesting at Little Pine State Park since 2004. This year it looks like they began incubating behavior about February 27-28, according to reports from park visitors. We hope that we will have a successful nesting this year.

Meet at the eagle watch area for this program.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Earth Day

Earth Day

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Help beautify Black Moshannon State Park after the long winter months. Projects include trail maintenance, litter pickup, leaf removal, native plant gardening and many more. Families, individuals, and groups are welcome! Free camping is available for Friday and Saturday evenings for this weekend. A free lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. You can pre-register through the calendar or call 814-342-5960.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Earth Day Clean-up

Earth Day Clean-up

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Help the park get ready for busy season with a variety of projects. Projects are still being determined. Volunteers 16 years and older can help with our Adopt-A-Highway clean up project. Please register by emailing nockamixonsp@pa.gov so we know how many to expect that day. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and bring gloves if you have them.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Earth Day Open House and Children’s Crafts

Earth Day Open House and Children’s Crafts

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Celebrate Earth Day Weekend with a trip to Bald Eagle State Park and to the Environmental Learning Center! Explore the many mounts and educational exhibits within the ELC, observe birds at the feeders and help collect important avian data, build a bird feeder, and participate in a Raptor Program and pellet dissection with the park Naturalist! The ELC will be open starting at 12:00 PM and the Bluebird Bonanza program will begin at 2:00 PM.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Earth Day Paddle

Earth Day Paddle

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Accompany the Park Naturalist for an enjoyable afternoon paddle on F.J. Sayers Lake! Learn about kayaking basics, safety, the parks natural history, birds, and lake ecology with the naturalist as you skim across the largest lake in Centre County This paddle is for novice and experienced boaters. Cost - $5 per person for kayak. Children must be 14 years or older to participate. Pre-registration is required by Friday, April 17th by calling the ELC at 814-625-9369! Meet at the Park Office. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Ecosystems in a Jar

Ecosystems in a Jar

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Come and help us celebrate Earth Day and learn about ecosystems and the different types found around the world. After the presentation attendants will be able to create their own ecosystem in a jar to take home with them. Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Experiencing a Spring Night

Experiencing a Spring Night

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Spring is a season of frantic activity in the natural world but especially after the sun sets. The nocturnal forest is alive with the sounds of spring peepers and other shadowy creatures.
Join us to experience the mysteries and wonders of a spring evening. Before the hike, we’ll spend some time learning about amphibians while darkness falls and our night vision adjusts.
Wear footwear suitable for walking in wet areas and long pants to protect your legs. Flashlights should have red lenses.
This free program will begin at the Pine Plantation Area parking lot and is recommeded for ages five and older
If weather is questionable, call 486-3799 for information.

Saturday

April

18

2015

First Day of Trout

First Day of Trout

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Bring the kids and learn how to trout fish at East Waterworks Pond. Bait and equipment provided at this kids-only floating-platform fishing area (with a non-fishing adult). Free, no registration.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Fishing Season Art

Fishing Season Art

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It's trout season and you can eplore how fish are adapted to the water! We'll investigate survival and even use fish adaptations to make a piece of artwork for your wall. Register online to reserve your spot. $5.00 program fee. Program for ages 6+. Meet at Wentz Education Center

Saturday

April

18

2015

Fishmas Day Celebration

Fishmas Day Celebration

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The First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, the George B. Stevenson Dam and all waters of the Commonwealth are officially open for trout fishing at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th -- it’s Fishmas Day! Celebrate this special occasion at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Join the park staff from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM for a fun way to celebrate fishing and other great outdoor recreational opportunities in our area. Kids can make fish-prints and learn about trout with interactive games. Donate a colorful fish lure to hang on our Fishmas Day tree in the Park Office & Wildlife Center and receive free coffee, tea and hot cocoa for the whole family.

Bring your catch along and we will add your photo to our Fishmas Day Gallery. The longest trout of the day will be featured on our Facebook page and earn a year-long spot in the Wildlife Center photo exhibit. Come as you are! No registration is required for this free program.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Fly Tying For Beginners

Fly Tying For Beginners

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Learn the art of fly tying, discover stream biology, and enjoy the sport of fly fishing!

When: February — May, 2015

Where: Bald Eagle State Park’s Environmental Learning Center

Catching a fish on a fly that you tied can be a really rewarding experience! Join the park naturalist and other fly fishing beginners one Saturday per month from February to May for fly tying instruction and watershed education. Learn how to tie flies, discover the importance of water quality, and use the flies you made to attract hungry fish! The last program in May will consist of a Fly Fishing Basics program where fly rods will be available for casting instruction and fishing! You will be required to provide your own transportation throughout the park. All materials will be provided. Registration is required by calling the ELC at 814-625-9369. Cost for this program series is $10 and must be paid before February 21 by mailing a check to the Main Park Office or stopping in and paying at the park office.

Program dates and times:
Saturday, February 21, 10am—12pm
Saturday, March 21, 10am—12pm
Saturday, April 18, 10am—12pm
Saturday, May 23, 9am—12pm

For more information or to register, call Matt Truesdale at 814-625-9369

Saturday

April

18

2015

Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve Clean Up

Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve Clean Up

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Whether you prefer extracting old dumped trash or invasive nonnative plants, we can accomplish much more with your help. Age 18+ participants.This event is part of the Christina River Watershed Cleanup. Details are available on the Friends website. Contact April Schmitt to register.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Geocache Spring Walk

Geocache Spring Walk

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Let's go geocaching and enjoy the warmer spring weather! We'll go on an easy, hour long walk looking for geocaches along the High Bridge trail, which is located behind the Weisel Hostel. Wear good walking shoes. Please register to reserve a park GPS unit. Email nockamixonsp@pa.gov to register.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Jacobsburg Speaker Series: “The Return on the Environment” (It’s all about the Benjamins! $$$)

Jacobsburg Speaker Series: “The Return on the Environment” (It’s all about the Benjamins! $$$)

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Sure, animals are cute and fun to look at, our watersheds provide clean drinking water, and trails are a great place to get healthy, but let’s get real...CONSERVATION IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! Come learn about the real deal value of our natural resources. How much value is added to your home because you live near preserved land or a park? What is the dollar and cents value to protecting our waterways? Geoff Reese from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission will be here to answer all your questions.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Quest - Hike #1

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Quest - Hike #1

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** This event is sponsored by Venture Outdoors. Please contact VO directly for more information and to register using the link below or call 412-255-0564.

Completing all 70 miles of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is one of the ultimate outdoor challenges that Western Pennsylvania has to offer. Bruce Cridlebaugh leads the series of seven separate day-hikes to complete the entire LHHT starting at mile marker 70 near Johnstown and heading south to Ohiopyle. The shortest hike will be 6.8 miles and the longest will be 13.1 miles. You will traverse state parks, forests, game lands, and other public and private lands. This is an advanced hiking series. You should expect to maintain a pace of 2.5-3 mph (24-20 minutes per mile) with an average of over 10 miles per hike.

This is the first hike of the Quest series. At 13.1 miles, it is the longest hike of the bunch and will offer fantastic views after a sustained uphill at the beginning.

Dates for the remaining hikes:

Saturday, May 2

Saturday, May 30

Saturday, June 13

Saturday, June 27

Saturday, July 11

Saturday, July 25

To register, please visit https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/activities-calendar/?wppb=program&month=4&calyear=2015&=&tmpl=register&id=587

Saturday

April

18

2015

Marsh Creek Sailing Club Laser Regatta

Marsh Creek Sailing Club Laser Regatta

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sailing club races

Saturday

April

18

2015

Opening Day of Trout Snack and Slurp Sale

Opening Day of Trout Snack and Slurp Sale

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Join us for the opening day of trout at Keystone State Park! Friends of Keystone State Park will have a variety of food, beverages and giveaways available at the Boat Rental Building (same location as in the past). This Friends Group fund raiser has afforded the Friends the ability to hold other events at the park throughout the summer as well as help to make improvements at the park.

Saturday

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2015

Pond Study

Pond Study

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Prepare to get wet as we capture and release aquatic creatures in the Lower Lake! All equipment provided, but please wear shoes that can get wet. Meet at the Bear Wallow Boat Launch on Saturday, April 18 at 4pm.

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April

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Public Sky Watch

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Get a glimpse of the night sky with your own telescope or use the telescopes of the Starlight Astronomy Club as they scan the heavens. For more information, contact Diana Worley at 814-937-6991. Meet in main parking area.

Saturday

April

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2015

Raptor Experience

Raptor Experience

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Experience hawks, owls and other birds of prey through outdoor viewing, live raptors on display from Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and kids activities. Free, great for all ages.

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Saturday Morning Birding Series

Saturday Morning Birding Series

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Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek Saturdays in April and May All 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park Office. Members of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will lead a series of Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek State Park throughout April and May. Walks highlight the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in or migrate through the parks. Bald Eagles are often observed, as well as Ospreys that frequent Hills Creek Lake. Please bring your binoculars (if you have them) and wear subdued clothing and sturdy shoes. Walks are usually two hours. If the weather is inclement, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep optics dry (as well as the participants). Meet at Hills Creek Park Office. Check out the club's website for updates on what's been seen lately and other helpful local birding information.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Spring Hike

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Spring is here and we'll take a walk through the fields and woods to find the signs of the season. From spring wildflowers to spiders, to the greening trees and singing warblers, a spring hike will streth your legs and excite your soul. Be dressed for muddy trails. Meet at Wentz Education center

Saturday

April

18

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

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Spring has finally arrived and with it the long anticipated and spectacular spring wildflowers. Join park educator for a guided tour of these short-lived beauties along this 1 mile hike within the Wildflower Reserve. This area has one of the most diverse populations of plants in the state. Topics such as wildflower identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various flowers will be discussed. Be prepared for wet trails and moderate hiking. Free Program.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Springtime Salamander Pools

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Come learn about the temporary springtime pools that are vital to salamanders, wood frogs, and many other small creatures. Start by learning about these pools and why they are so important, and then take a short drive to explore a few of these wonderful water holes. Meet at the park office conference room, which can be accessed at the rear of the building. Please dress for the weather and wear waterproof shoes.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Star Trek

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Early Spring is your last chance to view all the fascinating features of the constellation Orion -The red giant Betelgeuse, the young blue/white Rigel, the Orion Nebula and the dark Horsehead Nebula with our telescope. Meet at the auditorium on Fri. April 17 at 8pm.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Swatara Clean Up Day

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Come out and join the Keep America Beautiful/Geat American Cleanup effort at Swatara State Park spearheaded by the park volunteer group. Bring your gloves if you have them, wear long pants, and be prepared to stash the trash. Bottled water will be provided. Meet at the Trout Run Trailhead. Please sign up on the DCNR Volunteer Website or call the park office at 717 865-6470.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Take Back the Woods: Battling Invasive Species

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Help restore native habitats in a local state park. Invasive plants are a major factor in the decline of native plant species and also impact native animals. Jennings is looking for individuals willing to spend a spring day pitching in at the park to help "weed out" invasive plants. A hearty and delicious lunch, featuring some of these plants, will be provided.

Participants must be age 12 or older, and be prepared to work outdoors, rain or shine. Space is limited. Registration for the program is required no later than April 10th, by contacting the Center at 724-794-6011.

Saturday

April

18

2015

Volunteer Day

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Lend the park a hand! Come by yourself or get a group togethre to help keep the park beautiful! All equipment will be provided and projects will vary. Please Pre-register with the park office at (717)485-3948

Saturday

April

18

2015

Volunteer Park Cleanup

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Volunteers of all ages are invited to the park for our annual spring cleanup event. Gloves, bags and snacks will be provided to participants. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register for this event, please contact Beth Garner at 814-674-1000 x105 or princeprogramssp@pa.gov. Meet at the park office conference room, which can be accessed at the rear of the building. Help get your local state park in tip-top shape!

Saturday

April

18

2015

Wilderness & Remote First Aid (2 day, 4/18-04/19)

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Penn Trails, a Licensed Training Provider for the American Red Cross, will offer several Wilderness & Remote First Aid (WRFA) courses at Kings Gap in 2015. Participants must be 16 years or older. Each course is two days long. Their professional instructors have backgrounds in first response, military and recreational back country settings.

WRFA provides individuals and organizations with a foundation of wilderness first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness and remote environments, including urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, as well as wilderness settings.

This course is taught by an American Red Cross authorized Wilderness and Remote First Aid instructor. Participants MUST have a current, recognized Adult CPR/AED certification to register and participate in this course. American Red Cross WRFA certification will be issued upon successful completion and testing in the course, which is valid for 2 years. Course handbook and materials included in course fee. Fee: $145.00 (public) and $120.00 (gov't & non-profit).

To register, contact Penn Trails by phone: 717.486.4455; email: info@penntrails.com; or on the web: www.penntrails.com

Sunday

April

19

2015

93rd Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

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PA State Association of Township Supervisors

Hershey Lodge & Convention Center

April 19-22, 2015

For more information please call (717) 763-0930.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Amphibious Spectaculus

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Every spring the area’s seasonal pools draw various species of amphibian. Join us as we learn just what makes frogs and salamanders so cool! You don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn of these seasonal treasures!

Sunday

April

19

2015

Bark In The Park - Dog Walk Series

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Dog Walk Series - Explore the park with your furry best friend. Learn the trails and experience nature. Natural and seasonal points of interest are included in all hikes. Dogs must be on leash and under owners control. No more than two dogs per adult hiker recommended. Medium difficulty - some steep trails - approximately 2 miles. Meet outside McConnell Education Hall. 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/19 & 5/3 2015

Sunday

April

19

2015

Be A Hero Run

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Benefits Safe Harbor Behavioral Health

Sunday

April

19

2015

Guided Bird Walk

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Join conservation volunteer Dave Kruel for a morning stroll to look and listen for birds! You don't want to miss the springtime return of some of the park's most musical residents. Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars.

Registration required by calling 570-403-2006. Free.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Landscape Design & Tree Planting

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Learn some landscaping basics. Bring pictures or a sketch of your home area, and we'll go through the steps from dreaming to paper to reality. We'll end the session with a tree planting demo. Participants will receive a strawberry starter plant. Meet at the Wheaton House

Sunday

April

19

2015

Meteor Watch

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Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, we'll supply the hot cocoa. Then, lie back on the beach and let's look for meteors! Meet at the beach at the Day Use area on Saturday, April 18 at 9pm.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Miles for Mercy 5K

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5k run/walk to benefit Mercy Center for Women, register at bigwhitetrailer.com or contact Renae at 814-455-4577

Sunday

April

19

2015

Return of the Fisher

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Originally found in Penn’s Woods, the fisher has had a long journey to once again become established in the ecosystem of today’s forests. Learn more about this fur-bearing predator and about conservation efforts that have led to the possibility of now seeing one around the Elk Country Visitor Center, as well as throughout Pennsylvania. Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Scavenger Hunt & Tree ID Walk

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Celebrate Earth and Arbor Days on a scavenger hunt through the forest to find clues and learn about trees. Prizes for young participants. The entire loop is 1.5 miles of easy to moderate hiking. Bring water, snacks, and your curiosity! Meet at the Bunny Trail trailhead on Buckley Road.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Scout Stewards: Battling Invasive Species

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Scouts from Junior Girl Scout and Webelo Boy Scout ages/levels and older are invited to participate in this event, the second in this year's "Scout Stewards" series of volunteer service opportunities. Scouts will learn about the importance of maintaining native plant species at Jennings, and will participate in a project to rid the park of non-native, invasive plants. Scout participants will receive a commemorative patch specific to this project (pictured, one of the series of four). Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. There is a $5 per person fee (children and aults), paid in advance, but refundable upon attendance at the event. Individual scouts or troops/packs/groups (of no more than 10) must register for the program beginning on March 27 at 9:00 AM by calling 724-794-6011. Registration ends April 8.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Trout Cleaning and Cooking

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You've caught your trout now learn to properly clean and cook your catch. Free and no registration.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Volunteer Work Day - Planting Natives to Celebrate Earth Day

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Let’s beautify the park before Earth Day!

Little Buffalo State Park Office

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Noon - 4pm

We will be holding a volunteer work day on Sunday, April 19th to help with plantings for our new native plant garden in front of the Little Buffalo Park Office. We invite you to participate in this make-over, planting native plants and shrubs to celebrate the forthcoming Earth Day. Bring gloves and shovels and dress appropriately for the weather.

We will meet at the Little Buffalo Park Office at noon and work until 3 or 4pm. If you can help for any part of the scheduled time that would be great.

Please email nrsplibu@pa.gov if you are interested so that we know how many volunteers to expect. All participants must be a registered DCNR Conservation Volunteer. Please sign up by using the following link prior to the event. https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/VolunteerApplication.aspx

Sunday

April

19

2015

Volunteer Workday

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Please register for this event by calling park at 610-796-3699 to ensure we have a project for you or your group. More information at www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us

Sunday

April

19

2015

Walk MS Pittsburgh

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The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National MS Society will be holding its annual Walk MS Pittsburgh at Point State Park again this year.

Registration begins at 8am, the walk starts at 9am.

For more information or to register to walk, go to: http://walkpax.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/PAXWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=25735

Sunday

April

19

2015

Weather Hunt

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How do you hunt for weather? Stop by the Brightbill Interpretive Center to find out! Be sure to enjoy the history and wildlife displays while you are there.

Sunday

April

19

2015

Wildflower Walk

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Guided walk to look for wildflowers in the forest. Dr. Susan Munch will present the beauty of botany.

Monday

April

20

2015

Environmental Education Programs for Public, Private, and Home Schools.

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Teachers and Parents: Give your students the opportunity to participate in standards-based environmental education programs which feature hands-on learning activities in your classroom or at our outdoor setting. Our curriculum includes nationally recognized programs including PA Songbirds, PA Amphibians and Reptiles, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and others. For more information, please call the park's environmental education specialist, Jane Swift at 570-924-1601.

Monday

April

20

2015

Hound Hike

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Along the trail, hikers will have an opportunity to learn about dogs in the outdoors and how to keep your pet safe when hiking. During the program the dogs will be able to socialize and get quality exercise outdoors. Only one dog per hiker. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Dogs must be leashed and should be friendly with other dogs.

Tuesday

April

21

2015

Home School Pond Prowl

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Snails, tadpoles and mayflies, oh my! Home School students in the 2nd-5th grades will delve deep into the world of pond animals. We'll spend time finding the insects and other animals that live in the pond. We will also discover what that tells about the water quality of the pond. Please pre-register by emaling nockamixonsp@pa.gov. FREE

Tuesday

April

21

2015

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Worm World

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The Half-Pints program series is back on Mondays in April. The program is for children ages 2-6 and will include a story, activity, craft and songs. The 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM programs will be identical, but the topic will change from week to week. All Pine Grove Half-pint programs are free of charge. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6. Registration is required. Please register at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.

Tuesday

April

21

2015

Pine Grove Half-Pints: Worm World

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The Half-Pints program series is back on Mondays in April. The program is for children ages 2-6 and will include a story, activity, craft and songs. The 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM programs will be identical, but the topic will change from week to week. All Pine Grove Half-pint programs are free of charge. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6. Registration is required. Please register at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.

Tuesday

April

21

2015

Spring Bird Walk Series!

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Wake up to experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching! Become acquainted with the winged migrants that pass through Bald Eagle State Park. These walks are for novices and experts alike. Each week we will explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned for the summer.

Meet at the Main Park Office.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Wednesday

April

22

2015

Earth Day Celebration

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We're celebrating Earth Day at the park with a reading of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. We'll do some activities and (weather permitting) go for a short nature walk afterwards. This program is FREE and no registration is required. We'll be meeting at the Education Center. To reach the Education Center, please enter through the Marina entrance off of Route 563. Go to the stop sign and turn right. Park in the first lot on your left, Lot 12. Follow the marked trail to the Education Center.

Wednesday

April

22

2015

Growing Up WILD!

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Exciting nature-related activities await children ages 4 - 7 who enjoy active, hands-on learning.

Wednesday

April

22

2015

History of Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania

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As a kick off to the traditional fishing season in April, renowned Pocono fly fisherman Don Baylor will provide a special program on the history of fly fishing in Pennsylvania. An expert fly fisherman, author, and artist Mr. Baylor has done extensive research on the origins and evolution of fly fishing dating back to colonial times. He will also give some great tips on fishing during the upcoming official trout season in PA. You wont want to miss this exciting program being offered in conjunction with the Western Pocono Trout Unlimited.

Register by calling 570-403-2006.

Wednesday

April

22

2015

Lakeshore Clean-up

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It's Earth Day. Help us collect litter along the Fisherman's trail and and also along the guard rails of Little Buffalo Road.

We are looking for anything that doesn't belong.

Please pick up some garbage bags, gloves and drinking water outside of the park office.

Volunteers MUST be signed up as DCNR Conservation Volunteers. This can be easily done online by going to https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/VolunteerApplication.aspx

We would like to work our way around the lakeshore starting at the dam breast and heading west along the fishermans trail.

Also we can have volunteers starting at the Blue Ball Tavern and walking along the guard rails to Swimming Pool Road.

Thank You for helping

Wednesday

April

22

2015

Morning Bird Walk

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Rise and shine! Over 150 species of birds have been recorded at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center. Amateur birdwatchers will improve their skills at identifying birds by sight and sound during this early morning hike. Intermediate and experienced birders will also enjoy these walks. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring you binoculars and favorite field guide. A limited number of binoculars and field guides will be available to borrow. To register, call 610-746-2801 or email jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Wednesday

April

22

2015

ROARING CREEK TRACT HIKE

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Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 am for a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed which is North of Mount Carmel. This hike is 8.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The loop passes by two large reservoirs. We will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot located on Route 42 below Aristes. Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 at Tuscarora State Park for further information. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday

April

22

2015

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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These free weekly hikes are briskly-paced, 3.0 - 3.5 miles over uneven terrain, with a 20 minute break along the trail for a snack. Routes will vary each week. Hikers should always bring water, and sturdy boots or shoes are highly recommended.

Meet at the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area parking lot to depart promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

April

22

2015

Wildflower Wednesdays

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Through both walks and talks, visitors can learn about tools for identifying wildflowers, where to look for specific species, and explore the park for various species as they bloom. The programs will focus each week on Wildflower Wednesdays current blooming species and build visitor knowledge and skills.

Each program will stand alone however, so that visitors can attend one or all, and find the experience valuable to learning more about wildflowers.

Thursday

April

23

2015

Friends of Prince Gallitzin Monthly Meeting

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Monthly business meeting of the Friends of Prince Gallitzin. All are welcome! Meet in the park office conference room which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

Friday

April

24

2015

Arbor Day Flora Walk

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Celebrate Arbor Day by learning about the seasonal flora of the Laurel Highlands. Come prepared for an easy 1 mile walk, with sturdy shoes. Meet at Laurel Summit State Park. Field guides will be provided.

*Registration is required. Please register online or by contacting 724-259-2201 or rachristie@pa.gov.

Friday

April

24

2015

Hiking Series #2 RESCHEDULED

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Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. (originally 4/3)TRAIL: Lehigh Gorge State Park rail trailLENGTH: 2-3 milesTERRAIN: easiestMEET: Rockport Acess - Lehigh Gorge State ParkWe'll hike down the Lehigh River for a bit on the nice, even rail trail. Highlights on this section include Luke's Falls and views of the scenic gorge.The rest of the hiking dates are set but still being planned: May 4, June 3, June 17, July 9, July 22, August 12, August 27, September 10, September 24, October 7, October 22, November 3Free. No registration required. Pets must be friendly, well-behaved, and on a leash.

Friday

April

24

2015

History of Pymatuning

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From glaciers to onion farms to torpedoes the history of Pymatuning has everything. We will meet at the classroom at the Jamestown Marina to begin our program then travel to the Gate House for a tour.

Friday

April

24

2015

Waterfowl Watch

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Join the park naturalist on “the point” by the Amphitheater. Field guides, binoculars, & a spotting scope will be available to use to identify the ducks on the lake

Saturday

April

25

2015

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

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The Friends of Pinchot State Park is sponsoring a Spring Wildflower Walk (ages 10 and up). Wildflower enthusiast, Pat Sabold, will identify the spring blossoms and share tidbits of interest about them. Meet near Pavilion #2 (Sunnyside), located in the Conewago Day Use Area, off of Alpine Road. This easy to moderate walk will last about 1-1/2 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water. For more information, contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 or email psaboldFOPSP@aol.com.

Saturday

April

25

2015

ATV Safety Classes

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~~ATV SAFETY CLASSES: Pennsylvania DCNR Safety Classes for ages 8-15 and the ATV Safety Institute Classes for ages 6 and up are now being scheduled. Contact the instructor, Robert Lioi at 412-264-3163 for information and to register for the class. Please do not contact the Park for information. There are no ATV trails in Raccoon Creek State Park; riding ATV’s in this State Park is prohibited except for the designated site during a scheduled class with a certified instructor. For laws and regulations pertaining to ATV’s, contact DCNR or visit the PA DCNR website www.visitPAparks.com.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Birding by ear walk

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Join local biologist Mike Leggiero for a morning of “bird listening”. Learn to identify common birds by song as well as by sight.

Meet at the McClintock’s Trailhead located on Tannery Road in Thornhurst. The walk will last from 0800 to approximately 1000 and is approximately 4 miles in length.

Please dress for the weather and expect moderately rugged and rocky terrain.

The walk is free, but registration is required. To register, send an email with your name and number of participants to sandcut18424@gmail.com.

For directions to the McClintock’s Trailhead please call the Lackawanna State Forest District Office at 570-945-7133

Saturday

April

25

2015

Campfire and a Movie

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Let's gather 'round a campfire to make some s'mores, then we'll watch a nature movie. Please bring s'mores making materials and a roasting implement. Meet at the Amphitheater on Friday, April 24 at 8:30pm.

Saturday

April

25

2015

CANCELLED! - Sunset Hike

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THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

Take a 3 mile hike under the setting sun on Sno-Runner Trail, identifying plants and animals we find along the way. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Trail is easy to moderately difficult. Meet at Red Oak Trail parking access (#16 on your map on Lower Lake Road, across the street from parking area one) on Saturday, April 25 at 6pm.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Canine Search and Rescue Hike

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** This event is sponsored by Venture Outdoors. Please contact VO directly for more information and to register using the link below or call 412-255-0564.

Learn scent theory, tracking, and other techniques used by a local canine search and rescue team on this hike in Laurel Hill State Park. We will hike 2-3 miles around the area and engage in some “hide and seek” exercises in which we will have a live demonstration of how these amazing canine-human teams work. We will wind up with a debrief in a park shelter with warm beverages, and a chance to hear from the team members. This outing may be especially attractive to dog lovers, but participants should NOT bring their own dogs on this hike.

To register, please visit https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/activities-calendar/?wppb=program&month=4&calyear=2015&=&tmpl=register&id=535

Saturday

April

25

2015

Civil War Re-Enactment

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Activities are open to public Saturday 4/25/15 and Sunday 4/26/15. In addition to the daily Battles Neshaminy State Park is sponsoring a Civil War living history weekend focused on the Actions Around Petersburg - 1865. There will be a host of Civil War programs throughout the day. Websites: www.Neshaminycwevent.org or www.28thpvi.net and the event times are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Community Service Day: Park Clean Up

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Enjoy getting out on a spring day for some light community service. We're hosting a 'park clean up'. We'll provide gloves, bags and maps so we can do litter and debris clean up and get the park in shape for summer. Register online to reserve a spot for you or your group. Meet at Wentz Education Center.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Decoration Day

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Decoration Day is celebrated today as Memorial Day. Join the park naturalist to discover the history of Decoration Day!

Saturday

April

25

2015

Eagle Watch

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Our eagle eggs have hatched!! Come to the Wildlife Viewing Area to watch the adults feeding the young through a high-powered scope with the help of Park volunteers.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

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Come and meet the resident Bald eagles of Promised Land! After a short lecture and a dress up game to review what we've learned, we'll use our spotting scope to get an up close look at our eagles and their nest. Binoculars and scope provided!

Saturday

April

25

2015

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

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Discover some fascinating facts about eagles, then view our resident pair and their eaglets through our spotting scope. Binoculars provided. Please meet at the Wildlife Observation Platform (at the Bear Wallow Boat launch) on Saturday, April 4 at 2pm.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day 2015

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Join the Friends of Colonel Denning for Earth Day 2015. We will be completing projects around the park, such as trail clean-up, mulching, and pond clean-up. You are not required to work all day; please come when you are able. Please register by emailing coloneldenningsp@pa.gov or calling 717-776-5272.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day at Jacobsburg

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Help Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center celebrate Earth Day by participating in one of the many stewardship projects at the center, including invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, butterfly garden clean-up, litter pick-ups and more. At 9:00 AM join educator Rick Wiltraut for a bird walk along the Homestead Trail. Stewardship projects start at 10:00 AM and continue after lunch. At 2:00 PM join educator Lauren Forster for a critter search in the creek! Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch. To register, call 610-746-2801 or email jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day Celebration

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Join us to celebrate Earth Day at the Laurel Hill State Park Complex. Get involved with a project of your choice. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy a picnic with the crew. To register please call 814-352-8649.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day Clean Up

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Volunteers are needed to help with litter pick up, flower planting, and sprucing up the park. Groups of 5 or more are asked to call 570.696.9105 to register

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day Volunteer Action Day

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Kings Gap invites you to Earth Day Volunteer Action Day! We are looking for volunteers willing to spend a spring morning helping with winter clean-up, landscaping, trail maintenance, and more. Lunch will be provided. Registration requested, but not required. Email Sarah at sberg@pa.gov. Meet at the education building.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day Volunteer Clean-up

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The park will observe Earth Day with a volunteer day to tidy up the park. There will be a variety of projects to cater to all age groups so bring out the entire family. After a morning of volunteering, all participants will are invited to celebrate with a volunteer appreciation lunch, beginning at noon. The main course will be provided to all participants courtesy of the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace. Participants staying for lunch should bring a covered dish to share. Registration is required. Please register at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day Weekend Litter Cleanup in the Park

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The Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park will be hosting their annual litter pick up on the weekend after Earth Day. Come out and join us as we make the park a more beautiful place. Safety vest and bags are provided. Anyone less than 18 years old will need to have a parental consent form signed. For any questions, please call the park at 724-899-3611. Free Program.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Earth Day: Wildlife Garden Clean-up

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Join us to clean out our wildlife garden and prepare it for the season! Snacks and drinks will be provided as well as hand-outs to show you how you can turn your backyard into a wildlife garden. Please meet at the Masker Museum on Saturday, April 25 at 10am.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Elk Among Us

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Learn about the elk of Pennsylvania! Discover some of the seasonal behaviors of the bulls, cows, and calves. Hear some interesting facts about the history of elk in the Keystone State as you handle antlers, pelts, and bones! Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Friends of Greenwood Furnace Volunteer Work Day

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This Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation Chapter cares for three parks: Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam and Penn Roosevelt. Join them in the annual clean up spruce up at Greenwood Furnace from 9:00 until noon. Hot dogs and refreshments to follow. There are always plenty of things to do and friends to meet.

(Spring clean up at Whipple Dam takes place on 5/2. Come out for either or both!)

Saturday

April

25

2015

Giving Pond Earth Day Clean-up

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Celebrate Earth Day by lending a hand with some projects in the Outdoor Classroom & litter pick up at the Giving Pond! Families & scout groups are welcome.

Please meet at the Giving Pond Recreation Area, which is ~1 mile south of the park office, right along River Rd/Rt. 32.

Participants should dress for the weather (long pants are advised) & bring a lunch. To register, please call the Delaware Canal office @ (610) 982-5560.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Great PA Clean Up by Kayak!

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Celebrate Earth Week by joining in on this lake shore clean up, by kayak. Limited number of park kayaks will be available to use or join in with your own boat. Must have proper PFD's and boat launch permits for personal boats. Registration is required by calling 570-945-7110. Litter bags, some litter pickers and gloves will be available. Wear shoes that can get wet.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Just for Kids: Art in the Park

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Children 3 years and older are invited to help us continue our mural series focusing on the changing seasons at the park. No special skills are needed and all materials are provided. Come join artist Jan Lokuta and get inspired by the beauty around you!

Ages 3 & up. Registration required by calling 570-403-2006. Free.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Nature Walk

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Nature walk through Nescopeck State Park is being offered and conducted by the Lackawanna Audubon Society. Meet at the park office along Honey Hole Road. The road can be reached from Pa. Route 309, just south of the I-80 underpass. Contact: Jim Montgomery (759-1322).

Saturday

April

25

2015

PA Songbirds Teacher Workshop

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Pennsylvania Songbirds is a hands-on, interdisciplinary, K-12 teachers’ resource and activity guide about Pennsylvania specific songbirds with topics ranging from "what makes a bird a bird" to interactions of people and songbirds. Action projects complete the educational process in the guide. All activities are aligned with PA academic standards at the appropriate grade levels.

Any K-12 teachers are invited to attend. Participants receive PA Songbirds teachers’ guide, other bird-related teaching materials, refreshments, and ACT 48 hours. Please bring a lunch, and dress to be indoors and outdoors.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Cost of this workshop is $20. To register, please contact Beth Garner at 814-674-1000 x105 or princeprogramssp@pa.gov. Registrations must be received by April 17.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Pennsylvania Black Bear

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Whether it is awe or fear that you feel when you see a bear, you probably don’t know the entire story of these incredible animals. Join us to learn more about their life and survival in Penn’s Woods, as well as what scientists have learned about them over the years.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Raccoon Lake Campout and Nature Paddle

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So how does a night paddle and campout on the beach sound? We'll also throw in a campfire and some star gazing to finish out the evening. You must have your own kayak or canoe and necessary camping equipment. Registration is required and details will be sent once registered. To register, contact Patrick Adams at paadams@pa.gov Limited enrollment.

Free program.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Rowing Regatta

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The Susquehanna Rowing Association (SRA) is holding a rowing regatta on Pinchot Lake.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Saturday Morning Birding Series

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Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek Saturdays in April and May All 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park Office. Members of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will lead a series of Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek State Park throughout April and May. Walks highlight the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in or migrate through the parks. Bald Eagles are often observed, as well as Ospreys that frequent Hills Creek Lake. Please bring your binoculars (if you have them) and wear subdued clothing and sturdy shoes. Walks are usually two hours. If the weather is inclement, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep optics dry (as well as the participants). Meet at Hills Creek Park Office. Check out the club's website for updates on what's been seen lately and other helpful local birding information.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Spring Birdwalk

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Conservation volunteer and avid birder, John Domalakes, will lead an early morning bird walk on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30 am. The walk will begin in the Locust Lake visitor parking lot. Those attending are encouraged to bring along binoculars and a favorite field guide. Some binoculars will be available to borrow. Shine only and no pets are allowed

Saturday

April

25

2015

Spring Into Action Park Cleanup

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It's that time of year! Our annual park cleanup has arrived and help is needed with a variety of projects. Please register your group so we can plan projects accordingly and be sure to specify if you're bringing younger helpers such as scouts.

Registration is required by calling 570-403-2006.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Spring Into Action Volunteer Weekend

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Gifford Pinchot State Park is hosting the fourth annual “Spring into Action” volunteer weekend at the park April 24 and 25, 2015. Volunteers will have the opportunity to lend a helping hand in maintaining their favorite park, with the park saying “thank you” for their hard work by providing free camping Friday and Saturday nights in the family campground. Any group or family who wishes to volunteer can participate in this program, whether they are staying in the campground or not. Those interested in volunteering, but not camping, need to pre-register by calling the park office. The park has a limited supply of tools for the volunteer work, so feel free to bring your own hand tools and work gloves. Saturday, April 25, will have two volunteer work sessions - 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We will meet Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the campground office, off of East Camping Area Road. Beginning Friday, April 24, there will be a limited number of campsites available for those who want to take advantage of the free camping. Campers must stop in at the campground office to register. Please do not call the State Park Reservation System to make reservations for this volunteer opportunity. Campers will not be charged the normal overnight camping fee in agreement that they participate in both the Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon work sessions. We will be working to spruce up the campground and the park in anticipation of the upcoming summer season. This includes campsite cleanup, trail work, litter pick-up and various other small park projects. Aside from the obvious incentive of a free weekend of camping, participants will be able to experience the rewards of volunteering in the outdoors and having a part in the beautification of our natural and recreational resources. This is a rain or shine event. If you have questions, please contact the park office at (717) 432-5011.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Spring Wildflower Hike

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We will meet at Cucumber Falls parking lot and take a stroll along the Great Gorge Trail to see our amazing spring flowers. The hike is about a mile and is easy walking. Bring a filed guide and camera if you wish.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

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For nearly 100 years, the Wildflower Reserve has been a plant sanctuary for the beautiful, the unusual, and the rare. This area is known nationally as a spot to see beautiful spring wildflowers. Join us as we explore this local botanical treasure. Due to weather, the trails may be wet and muddy, and we will be going up and down two hills with 200 foot evaluation changes. We will be stopping at multiple points to admire and learn about these spring wildflowers. Walk is approximately 1.25 miles. Free Program.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

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Spring has finally arrived and with it the long anticipated and spectacular spring wildflowers. Join park educator for a guided tour of these short-lived beauties along this 1.5 mile hike. Topics such as wildflower identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various flowers will be discussed. Be prepared for wet trails and moderate hiking. This free program requires registration. Details and location within park will be emailed once registered. To register, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov

Saturday

April

25

2015

Trail and Park Clean Up Day

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We need your help! Join our annual park and trail clean up day. We tackle everything from hauling and splitting wood into firewood; clearing trails, lawns, and flowerbeds; to cleaning the buildings and attacking invasive species. Free food, drinks, and T-shirts provided to all volunteers. Please pre-register (570-967-7275 or friends@epix.net) so we have sufficient supplies on hand.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Volunteer Spring Clean-up

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Help get R. B. Winter State Park in good condition after the long winter. Volunteers are needed for raking leaves in the campground, litter and brush clean ups, trail maintenance, tidying the park’s butterfly and wildflower gardens and other projects. If you or your group would like a hands-on way to celebrate Earth or Arbor Day, please contact the park office by calling 570-966-1455 for details and let us know if you plan to attend.

Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center Open House 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Saturday

April

25

2015

Walk for Autism

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The Autism Walk begins at the Rotary Pavilion on Presque Isle State Park at 11:00 AM. There will be vendor tents for information regarding autism, a themed basket auction, arts & crafts and Brad's Bounce -a-lot (weather permitting). There is a $20 registratin fee which will cover the cost of the official t-shirt and a $15 donation to the Autism Society - Northwestern Pennsylvania. Contact the Autism Society at 814-455-3540.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Wildflower Wander

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Enjoy the spring wildflowers while learning about their curious adaptations for survival. How do they compete, repel grazers and protect their seeds? Find out on this fun walk. Meet at Wentz Education Center

Saturday

April

25

2015

Winter in Yellowstone

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Mengel Natural History Society presents a progam on the wolves and natural wonders of the Yellowstone winter landscape. This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Woodsy Owl Awards

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We’ll begin with the creation of a matchless fire to warm you and end with s’mores to delight you. Volunteers will be recognized for their efforts and can see what other volunteers have helped to accomplish throughout the day. Come enjoy some fellowship with other park volunteers and partake of the light refreshments.

Saturday

April

25

2015

Woodsy Owl Clean-Up Day

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Come and lend a hand and give something back to your parks! We are asking residents and community service organizations to join together in a one-day effort to rake, sweep, spread mulch, pick up trash and debris, clear hiking trails, and other projects. For those participating all day, we are offering a limited number of free camping (Fri-Sat) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants should come to the Blacksmith Shop for orientation and work assignments. Volunteers will be asked to work on small and large clean-up projects and will be assigned to projects based in their skills, abilities, and desires. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and clubs are encouraged to participate. Please bring work gloves, and if possible, tools like rakes and shovels.

A free lunch will be provided afterwards courtesy of the Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam, and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks

Please register by Wednesday, April 22th by calling the park office at 814-667-1800 or by email at greenwoodfurnacesp@pa.gov

Saturday

April

25

2015

Woodsy Owl Volunteer Day

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Anyone who wishes to volunteer, even just for the day, can participate in the two Saturday volunteer sessions. But, beginning Friday, campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Campers will not be charged the normal overnight camping fee (Friday and Saturday night) in agreement that they participate in both the Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon work sessions that will be used to spruce up the park in anticipation of the upcoming summer season. Past work has included leaf raking, mulching, flowerbed improvements, tree planting, cleaning fire rings, trail clearing, and other projects. Aside from the obvious incentive of a free weekend of camping, participants will be able to experience the rewards of volunteering in the outdoors and having a part in the beautification of our natural and recreational resources. All volunteers will meet at the campground host site (#107) at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. If you have a group of volunteers (Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.), please contact the Conservation Volunteer Coordinator at (814) 765-0630 to discuss appropriate projects for your group's numbers and abilities that day.

Sunday

April

26

2015

104th Annual PSAB Conference

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PA State Association of Boroughs

Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center

April 26-29, 2015

For more information please call (800) 232-7722

Sunday

April

26

2015

Civil War Re-Enactment

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Activities are open to public Saturday 4/25/15 and Sunday 4/26/15. In addition to the daily Battles Neshaminy State Park is sponsoring a Civil War living history weekend focused on the Actions Around Petersburg - 1865. There will be a host of Civil War programs throughout the day. Websites: www.Neshaminycwevent.org or www.28thpvi.net and the event times are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

Sunday

April

26

2015

Egg Hunt

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Celebrate spring's new life with a hike to collect amphibian eggs. Learn about amazing PA amphibians and setting up a system for egg hatching. We'll cover 2.5 miles with moderate hiking. Bring drinks, snacks, and an empty container. Meet at the Wheaton House

Sunday

April

26

2015

Marsh Creek Sailing Club

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sailing club races

Sunday

April

26

2015

Spring Flower Origami

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Meeting at Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along US 30.

Join Ranger Morell at the Wildflower Reserve for a beginners program about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding called Origami. Participants will learn how to make an origami spring flower to celebrate the changing of the season. Children under 10 may need help to fold the flower model.

Free Program.

Sunday

April

26

2015

Star Party Chesmont Astronomical Society

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The Marsh Creek parties, held near 1st Lunar Quarter focus on observing the Moon, the Planets and bright deep sky objects. Events are weather dependent, be sure to check website (www.chesmontastro.org) after 5:00 pm for last minute schedule changes.

Sunday

April

26

2015

Time for Turkeys

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Spring Gobbler season is almost here! Come and learn about the wild bird that Benjamin Franklin wanted to be our national symbol. Following an informational slideshow, the children in the audience can enjoy some wild turkey coloring pages as they pet a beautiful taxidermy mount of a Pennsylvania wild turkey. Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.

Sunday

April

26

2015

WalkAmerica

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March for Babies is a 6-mile walk to raise money for the mission of the March of Dimes, to be held Sunday, April 26, 2015. Please go to marchforbabies.org for more information.

Monday

April

27

2015

Environmental Education Programs for Public, Private, and Home Schools.

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Teachers and Parents: Give your students the opportunity to participate in standards-based environmental education programs which feature hands-on learning activities in your classroom or at our outdoor setting. Our curriculum includes nationally recognized programs including PA Songbirds, PA Amphibians and Reptiles, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and others. For more information, please call the park's environmental education specialist, Jane Swift at 570-924-1601.

Tuesday

April

28

2015

Friends of Lyman Run Meeting

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Come support our park, plan events and give back. New members welcome. Actual location is at the upper end of the lake at the park maintenance building.

Wednesday

April

29

2015

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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These free weekly hikes are briskly-paced, 3.0 - 3.5 miles over uneven terrain, with a 20 minute break along the trail for a snack. Routes will vary each week. Hikers should always bring water, and sturdy boots or shoes are highly recommended.

Meet at the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area parking lot to depart promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

April

29

2015

Wildflower Wednesdays

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Through both walks and talks, visitors can learn about tools for identifying wildflowers, where to look for specific species, and explore the park for various species as they bloom. The programs will focus each week on Wildflower Wednesdays current blooming species and build visitor knowledge and skills.

Each program will stand alone however, so that visitors can attend one or all, and find the experience valuable to learning more about wildflowers.

Friday

May

01

2015

AMC Delaware Canal Spring Bike Loop Ride - 22 mi.

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Registration Required

Contact: Ian Kindle, ikindle@pa.gov; 610-982-0166

A moderately-paced, approx. 22 mile loop ride on the Delaware Canal Towpath and D&R Rail Trail from the park office on Lodi Hill Rd. in Upper Black Eddy, PA to Bulls Island and back. Bring your own bike (or borrow a loaner from us). We'll bike south on the PA side, make a possible lunch stop in Lumberville (if the general store is reopened) cross to Jersey on the Roebling pedestrian bridge to Bulls Island, then head north to Frenchtown and cross back to PA to finish up. Level towpath terrain, slight downhill to begin and slight uphill on the way back. Please bring water, a snack and lunch (possible option to buy). Helmets are required, and narrow (street) tires are strongly discouraged, due to the rough nature of riding on the towpath. Program will be cancelled in the event of heavy downpours or thunderstorms. Please call or e-mail to request a loaner bike.

Friday

May

01

2015

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

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Bring a brown bag breakfast to theCodorus park office/ visitor center for a 20 minute program followed by a short walk to monitor nearby cavity nest boxes. Bluebird and tree swallow sightings are likely. Coffee and good company are GUARANTEED !

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