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Monday

September

01

2014

60 + Years of Park History

60 + Years of Park History

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LocationHills Creek State Park
111 Spillway RoadCityWellsboroStatePAZip Code16901-9676CountyTiogaRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionCelebrate 60 years of camping at Hill's Creek State Park. Slides and the PCN dvd will tell of the past and recent history of the park. Joe Basil (assistant park operations manager) will be on hand to discuss the future of the park.Cake, punch, and a free drawing for prizes will be a part of this celebration.ActivitiesCampfire Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Aurigids Meteor Shower Watch

Aurigids Meteor Shower Watch

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionMeet at Boat Launch #2 to watch the Aurigids Meteor Shower. This is a small meteor shower, but sometimes it produces alot of meteors. It has also been known to have fireballs.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsStargazing

Monday

September

01

2014

Boulder Field Basics

Boulder Field Basics

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LocationBoulder Field Parking Lot
Hickory Run State Park
CityWhite HavenStatePAZip Code18661-9712Location Phone570-443-0400CountyCarbonRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionMeet the Naturalist for a brief talk on the history and significance of this geologic wonder. Allow 20 minutes to drive to Boulder Field from Route 534. Meet at the Boulder Field. Program takes approximately 15 minutes. Registration is not necessary.ContactsKatie Martens, Environmental Education SpecialistContact Emailhickoryrunenvedsp@pa.govContact Phone570-443-0400ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Campground Movie - PA Elk

Campground Movie - PA Elk

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionMeet the Elk of Pennsylvania and learn about the efforts to establish a herd in North Central PA. This 30 minute film is a great introduction to the majestic creatures. Meet at the park office.ContactsBen Ranney, Park NaturalistContact Emaillittlebuffsp@state.pa.usContact Phone717-567-9255ActivitiesOther

Monday

September

01

2014

Children's Story Time

Children's Story Time

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LocationLittle Pine State Park
4205 Little Pine Creek RoadCityWatervilleStatePAZip Code17776-9705Location Phone570-753-6000CountyLycomingRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionChildren's Story Time is based around the SoundPrints series of books by the Smithsonian Institution. These books focus on one animal and follow it through either a day or a year. After reading the story, there will be either live or mounted specimens for the children to see, and to learn more about. This program is intended for ages 5 - 12, but everyone is welcome. Meet at the beach.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Civil War Stories from the Cemetery

Civil War Stories from the Cemetery

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the Park Naturalist for a short walk to the Sulphur Springs Cemetery. We'll be learning a little about the very different and often surprising experiences of three Perry County Civil War soldiers buried within. Meet at the Park Office.ContactsBen Ranney, Park NaturalistContact Emaillittlebuffsp@state.pa.usContact Phone717-567-9255More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/littlebuffalo.aspxActivitiesHistory ProgramsInterpretive Walks

Monday

September

01

2014

Come and Kayak!

Come and Kayak!

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionParticipants 12 years of age and older (if younger than 12 please bring a life jacket from home that fits the child properly) are welcome to join the park naturalist at Doubling Gap Lake for some basic paddling skills. There are three adult single kayaks, two child single kayaks, and two tandem kayaks available. Life jackets and paddles are also provided. Please click on the link below to register. If there are any extra kayaks they will be available on a first come, first served basis. However, participants must be available at the start of the program. Program is WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Meet at the lake near the boat launch.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking[Click Here To Register For Come and Kayak! - 9 Openings Available]

Monday

September

01

2014

Come and Kayak!

Come and Kayak!

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionParticipants 12 years of age and older (if younger than 12 please bring a life jacket from home that fits the child properly) are welcome to join the park naturalist at Doubling Gap Lake for some basic paddling skills. There are three adult single kayaks, two child single kayaks, and two tandem kayaks available. Life jackets and paddles are also provided. Please click on the link below to register. If there are any extra kayaks they will be available on a first come, first served basis. However, participants must be available at the start of the program. Program is WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Meet at the lake near the boat launch.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking[Click Here To Register For Come and Kayak! - 9 Openings Available]

Monday

September

01

2014

DAM AND SPILLWAY HIKE

DAM AND SPILLWAY HIKE

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LocationYellow Creek State Park
170 Route 259 HighwayCityPenn RunStatePAZip Code15765-5941Location Phone724-357-7913CountyIndianaRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionMONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 – DAM AND SPILLWAY HIKE
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meet at the North Shore Amphitheater

Come join the park naturalist on this two-mile hike through the Boy Scout Camp to the dam and spillway. We will be walking on a service road that is flat and easy to walk. Feel free to pack a snack, binoculars, walking sticks, or whatever suits your walking style. Please park in the North Shore Pavilion area and do not park in Camping Cottage & Yurt Area.
ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsHiking and Walking

Monday

September

01

2014

Death & the Civil War

Death & the Civil War

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LocationCaledonia State Park
101 Pine Grove RoadCityFayettevilleStatePAZip Code17222-8224CountyFranklinRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThe four years of the Civil War killed more Americans than all of Americas other wars -combined. 700,000 dead soldiers impacted society in many ways. The first national military cemetaries were created. People struggled to make sense of so many deaths. Bring a flashlight and come to the amphitheater.*
ActivitiesCampfire Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Elk of PA

Elk of PA

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LocationKinzua Bridge State Park
C/O Bendigo State ParkCityJohnsonburgStatePAZip Code15845-0016Location Phone814-965-2646CountyMcKeanRegionPennsylvania WildsDescription
Discover some of the history of the PA elk! We will have a display complete with items including elk antlers, etc! Stop at the table near the kiosk!Contact Phone814-965-2646ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Engineers of Black Moshannon Lake

Engineers of Black Moshannon Lake

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionEnjoy a pontoon boat ride to see a beaver lodge. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Environmental Center Open House

Environmental Center Open House

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionCome on into the air-conditioned Environmental Learning Center to look around at various mounts and educational displays! The park naturalist will be on hand to talk, share general information about Bald Eagle State Park, and answer your questions about Pennsylvania’s natural environment!
Meet at the Environmental Learning CenterActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Follow the Mill RaceTrail to Shoaff's Mill

Follow the Mill RaceTrail to Shoaff's Mill

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThe park naturalist will lead a guided walk along the mill race trail. You will discover the water source that runs the mill, and learn a little about the history of the area we are walking. Walk is half a mile, with one short steep section(downhill). We will end at Shoaff’s Mill which will be open for tours upon our arrival. Hike begins at the performance stage in the East Area Picnic grounds.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingHistory Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Frankfort Mineral Springs Tour

Frankfort Mineral Springs Tour

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LocationRaccoon Creek State Park
3000 State Route 18CityHookstownStatePAZip Code15050-9416CountyBeaverRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionMeeting at the Frankfort Mineral Springs parking area along Rt 18.
The historic Frankfort Mineral Springs complex was constructed in the early 1800's and thrived for nearly a hundred years as a popular resort, best known for its mineral water, once believed to have "healing qualities." The guided tour will look back at the people and events that shaped the history of this once famous area. Be prepared for rough uneven terrain that might be wet. Free program.
ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

Monday

September

01

2014

Geocaching with the Naturalist

Geocaching with the Naturalist

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LocationPrince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina RoadCityPattonStatePAZip Code16668-6317CountyCambriaRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionCome along on this special geocaching adventure with the park naturalist. We will be searching for geocaches hidden along Turkey Ridge Trail. Some handheld GPS units will be available to borrow, or bring your own. Meet at Muskrat Beach #3.ActivitiesGeocachingHiking and Walking

Monday

September

01

2014

Good-bye Summer Paddle (a.m.)

Good-bye Summer Paddle (a.m.)

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LocationShawnee State Park
132 State Park RoadCitySchellsburgStatePAZip Code15559-7300CountyBedfordRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionCome enjoy the last day of the summer season with a relaxing interpretive paddle on Shawnee Lake. Learn about the ways that the lake and its inhabitants will soon begin to prepare for winter. Use one of our kayaks or bring your own. The non-refundable program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. Space is limited, so register now to reserve your kayak program slot by using the link at the bottom of the page or by calling (814)733-2203. Pre-registration is required for all participants. There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request. Meet at the Region 3 Headquarters complex along the main park road.

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Payment by credit card must be done at the Region 3 Headquarters either in person or by phone by calling (814)733-2203 prior to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Checks can be made out to: Commonwealth of PA and mailed to State Parks Region 3 Office, 435 State Park Rd, Schellsburg, PA 15559-7308 or brought to the program. Exact cash will also be accepted at the program. You will register through our State Parks Calendar of Events or by calling the Region 3 Headquarters.
ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Good-bye Summer Paddle (a.m.) - 16 Openings Available]

Monday

September

01

2014

Good-bye Summer Paddle (p.m.)

Good-bye Summer Paddle (p.m.)

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LocationShawnee State Park
132 State Park RoadCitySchellsburgStatePAZip Code15559-7300CountyBedfordRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionCome enjoy the last day of the summer season with a relaxing interpretive paddle on Shawnee Lake. Learn about the ways that the lake and its inhabitants will soon begin to prepare for winter. Use one of our kayaks or bring your own. The non-refundable program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. Space is limited, so register now to reserve your kayak program slot by using the link at the bottom of the page or by calling (814)733-2203. Pre-registration is required for all participants. There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request. Meet at the Region 3 Headquarters complex along the main park road.

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Payment by credit card must be done at the Region 3 Headquarters either in person or by phone by calling (814)733-2203 prior to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Checks can be made out to: Commonwealth of PA and mailed to State Parks Region 3 Office, 435 State Park Rd, Schellsburg, PA 15559-7308 or brought to the program. Exact cash will also be accepted at the program. You will register through our State Parks Calendar of Events or by calling the Region 3 Headquarters.
ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Good-bye Summer Paddle (p.m.) - 17 Openings Available]

Monday

September

01

2014

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionDiscover interesting facts about Great Blue Herons on this pontoon boat ride. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Hound hike

Hound hike

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionDogs are man’s best friend and love to get out of the house too. Enjoy a free hike with your tail-wagging friend in the Fuller Area.

Dogs must be leashed and should be friendly with other dogs. Only one dog per hiker. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at the Fuller bath house.ActivitiesDog WalkHiking and WalkingInterpretive Walks

Monday

September

01

2014

Labor Day Float on F. J. Sayers Lake!

Labor Day Float on F. J. Sayers Lake!

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionTeam up with Tussey Mountain Outfitters and connect with other kayak enthusiasts during this morning top water excursion! You can learn the basics of maneuvering a kayak, share your skills with others, or just join us for a paddle. Park naturalists will be on hand to discuss natural and cultural history. You can bring your own boat, or reserve one when you pre-register by Sunday, August 31. Participants must be over the age of 14.
Meet at the Park Office.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

Monday

September

01

2014

Lake Life Kayak

Lake Life Kayak

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the park naturalist on the lake to discover what lives in and around the water. Bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours: A few single-person kayaks and one tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling Renae Saum at 717-485-9018 or by registering on line. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are required for this program and will be provided. Meet at the Amphitheater.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking[Click Here To Register For Lake Life Kayak - 10 Openings Available]

Monday

September

01

2014

Learn to Kayak

Learn to Kayak

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LocationLaurel Hill State Park
1454 Laurel Hill Park RoadCitySomersetStatePAZip Code15501-5629CountySomersetRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionHave you been wanting to try kayaking? Here is your chance to learn paddling skills for flatwater kayaking. Instruction will be followed by a leisurely paddle on Laurel Hill Lake.

** Registration is required. To register, please call 814-352-8649.ContactsKimberly Peck, Environmental Education SpecialistContact Emailkipeck@pa.govContact Phone814-352-8649ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

Monday

September

01

2014

Learn to Kayak

Learn to Kayak

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LocationLaurel Hill State Park
1454 Laurel Hill Park RoadCitySomersetStatePAZip Code15501-5629CountySomersetRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionHave you been wanting to try kayaking? Here is your chance to learn paddling skills for flatwater kayaking. Instruction will be followed by a leisurely paddle on Laurel Hill Lake.

** Registration is required. To register, please call 814-352-8649.ContactsKimberly Peck, Environmental Education SpecialistContact Emailkipeck@pa.govContact Phone814-352-8649ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

Monday

September

01

2014

Leisurely Labor Day Paddle

Leisurely Labor Day Paddle

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LocationLackawanna State Park
1839 Abington RdCityNorth Abington TownshipStatePAZip Code18414-9785CountyLackawannaRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionYou work hard enough - why not celebrate Labor Day with the leisurely lake paddle?

Register online only if you wish to borrow one of the park kayaks, life vests, and paddles.

If joining in with your own kayak, please call 570-945-7110 to let us know.

Program is free, but donations are accepted.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingRegistration is now closed. Please check back for more events.

Monday

September

01

2014

Look At The Lake

Look At The Lake

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionTake a pontoon boat ride to discover what animals and plants make the lake their home. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Militia Hill Hawk Wathch

Militia Hill Hawk Wathch

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LocationFort Washington State Park
Militia Hill Observation Deck
448 Militia Hill RoadCityFort WashingtonStatePAZip Code19034-2107Location Phone215-591-5250CountyMontgomeryRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionAnnual Hawk Watch to view migrating raptors.
2013 saw over 26,000 birds fly over the observation deckActivitiesNature PhotographyWildlife MonitoringWildlife Watching/Birding

Monday

September

01

2014

Nature at the Beach

Nature at the Beach

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LocationPrince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina RoadCityPattonStatePAZip Code16668-6317CountyCambriaRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionStop by the nature table at Muskrat Beach #2 anytime between noon and 2pm for some hands-on learning. The park naturalist will be there to answer questions and to talk about the theme of the table: Furs & Skulls! Nature at the Beach is held near the concession building.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Nature Center Hours

Nature Center Hours

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThe Nature Center will be open from 9:00-10:00 AM on Monday, September 1st. The park naturalist will be available to answer any questions. Hope to see you there!ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Night Hike

Night Hike

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LocationPromised Land State Park
100 Lower Lake RoadCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionDiscover nature at night in this easy one mile hike. We'll play some night games and search for nocturnal animals. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Tree Tower Trail on Sun., Aug. 31 at 8pm.ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Monday

September

01

2014

Night Hike

Night Hike

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionLets discover who is moving around the park after dark! We will take a walk and learn about some of the special adaptations nocturnal creatures have which let them navigate in a dark world. Meet at the Nature Center.ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

Monday

September

01

2014

Park History Walk

Park History Walk

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescription– Meet at the Nature Center for a walk through time. Learn where the name ‘Cowans Gap’ came from, who built the buildings, and why it is all important today.ActivitiesHistory ProgramsInterpretive Walks

Monday

September

01

2014

School Field Learning Experiences

School Field Learning Experiences

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FrequencyDailyLocationFrench Creek State Park
843 Park RoadCityElversonStatePAZip Code19520-9523CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionField Learning Experiences (field trips) are intended to reinforce concepts and knowledge gained in the classroom, and to introduce students to the various habitats and recreational opportunities available at French Creek State Park. Many of the programs offered are from nationally recognized curriculum supplements such as Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Pennsylvania Songbirds, and Watershed Education. Most programs involve hands-on learning, although guided walks, orienteering and wildlife observation are included.

Programs are available for K-12, and are open to public and private schools and day-care centers. Programs are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. These programs are also available for home-school associations.

School visits are also available within a reasonable travel distance.

Contact Lisa Miller at 610-582-9680 or FrenchCreekEnvEd@pa.gov for a complete listing of programs offered.
ActivitiesHomeschool ProgramSchool Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Shoaff's Mill Tours

Shoaff's Mill Tours

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionOpen on Labor Day from 1:00 to 3:00, this nineteenth century gristmill is still powered by the 104-year old, 32 ft waterwheel. See cornmeal being made as the water provides the power needed to turn the heavy mill stones.ContactsBen Ranney, Park NaturalistContact Emaillittle buffsp@state.pa.usContact Phone717-567-9255ActivitiesHistory ProgramsInterpretive Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Theater in the Pines: Cloud, the White Stallion

Theater in the Pines: Cloud, the White Stallion

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LocationLittle Pine State Park
4205 Little Pine Creek RoadCityWatervilleStatePAZip Code17776-9705Location Phone570-753-6000CountyLycomingRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThis video is part of a series that documents the life of wild horses in the American west. Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesMovie

Monday

September

01

2014

Walking the Milky Way

Walking the Milky Way

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LocationCherry Springs State Park
c/o Lyman RunCityGaletonStatePAZip Code16922CountyPotterRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin park staff and volunteers as we travel this roadway in the sky. Starting with Cassiopeia in the north, travel through Cygnus and arrive at Sagittarius on the southern horizon. Experience the view as we look into the center of the Milky Way.

If the sky is unfavorable for stargazing, an alternative program will be held in the pavilion on the south side of the park. However this program may be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

Please leave your pets at home. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment used at the Night Sky programs do not create a pet friendly environment

The weather can be cool and damp, dress accordingly. For further information, please call the Lyman Run State Park office at (814) 435-5010

This program may be cancelled in the event of severe weather

Visitors may want to check the Cherry Springs State Park Clear Sky Chart web site for cloud cover and viewing conditons.
ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsStargazing

Monday

September

01

2014

Wildlife Olympics

Wildlife Olympics

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LocationCampground Amphitheater
Hickory Run State ParkCityWhite HavenStatePAZip Code18661-9712Location Phone570-443-0400CountyCarbonRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionOlympians can be found right here in Hickory Run State Park! The wildlife in the park are capable of some amazing feats, and so are you! Kids will compete with the help of the adult teammate in 8 challenging events. Prizes will be awarded.

All interpretive programs are free and open to the public.ContactsKatie Martens, Environmental Education SpecialistContact Emailhickoryrunenvedsp@pa.govContact Phone570-443-0400ActivitiesChildren's Programs

Monday

September

01

2014

Wildlife Watching Kayak Tour

Wildlife Watching Kayak Tour

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LocationCanoe Creek State Park
205 Canoe Creek RoadCityHollidaysburgStatePAZip Code16648-9752CountyBlairRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionGo exploring by kayak! Ages 12+. We’ll tour the lake and learn about the wildlife that lives here. Register online to use a park kayak OR to bring your own (when you register, please note if you’re bringing your own kayak). $5.00 program fee for each participant. Ages 18 and under must have parent present. Participants must show valid driver’s license to get a boat. All participants must wear provided life vest.
Meet at boat rental building.
ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Wildlife Watching Kayak Tour - 9 Openings Available]

Tuesday

September

02

2014

Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour (FULL)

Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour (FULL)

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LocationNockamixon State Park
1542 Mountain View Dr.CityQuakertownStatePAZip Code18951-5732Location Phone215-529-7300CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionPontoon Boat Eco-Tours are once again occurring most Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from the end of May through to the beginning of September. During these tours wildlife that could be seen include osprey, great blue herons and even the possibility of bald eagles. We will provide PFDs (life jackets) for adults and children 30 pounds and heavier. Children under 30 pounds must provide their own PFDs. These trips are FREE, but donations are appreciated. Pre-registration is required. Due to the popularity of this program and the limited number of passengers able to go on each trip, we ask that each person only sign up for ONE trip. When registering, please include a phone number you can be reached at the day of the trip in case of bad weather.ActivitiesWildlife Watching/BirdingThis session is full. Please check the website for other open dates or call the Park Office at 215-529-7300 to be placed on the waiting list.

Wednesday

September

03

2014

Natural Laundry Detergent

Natural Laundry Detergent

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LocationParker Dam State Park
28 Fairview RoadCityPenfieldStatePAZip Code15849-9799CountyClearfieldRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionWhether you might be looking to reduce spending or reduce your environmental footprint, making homemade, natural laundry soap can be a rewarding activity for the whole family to participate in. Participants will get the opportunity to make a batch of homemade laundry detergent, which they can take home with them to try, alongside a park educator as the benefits of using this type of detergent are discussed. This program will take place in the Environmental Education Classroom, annexed to the Park Office.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Wednesday

September

03

2014

Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour (FULL)

Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour (FULL)

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LocationNockamixon State Park
1542 Mountain View Dr.CityQuakertownStatePAZip Code18951-5732Location Phone215-529-7300CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionPontoon Boat Eco-Tours are once again occurring most Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from the end of May through to the beginning of September. During these tours wildlife that could be seen include osprey, great blue herons and even the possibility of bald eagles. We will provide PFDs (life jackets) for adults and children 30 pounds and heavier. Children under 30 pounds must provide their own PFDs. These trips are FREE, but donations are appreciated. Pre-registration is required. Due to the popularity of this program and the limited number of passengers able to go on each trip, we ask that each person only sign up for ONE trip. When registering, please include a phone number you can be reached at the day of the trip in case of bad weather.ActivitiesWildlife Watching/BirdingThis session is full. Please check the website for other open dates or call the Park Office at 215-529-7300 to be placed on the waiting list.

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September

03

2014

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThese free weekly hikes are briskly-paced, 2.0 - 2.5 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 5:30 p.m. Please note earlier start time and shorter distance!
Contact Emailgpadilla@pa.govContact Phone717-486-3799ActivitiesHiking and Walking

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September

03

2014

Wildlife on the Water Kayak Program

Wildlife on the Water Kayak Program

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LocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a 1 ½ hour guided kayak program. The trip is a leisurely paddle through the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife on the water’s edges. Turtles, eagles and osprey, waterfowl and wading birds abound. Boats, paddles, vests and binoculars are provided. Beginners are welcome. Experienced guides are DCNR conservation volunteers. Program cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingEco TourWildlife Watching/Birding

Thursday

September

04

2014

Hiking Series (9)

Hiking Series (9)

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LocationLehigh Gorge State ParkCityWhite HavenStatePAZip Code18661-9712Location Phone570-403-2006CountyCarbonRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionJoin PA State Park staff at 9 AM outside restrooms at Glen Onoko access area for a easy, 4 mile hike on the Lehigh Gorge State Park rail trail. The entire series will cover 40+ miles of trails on our public lands including state parks and local preserves. Come out and get some exercise, learn about the area's rich history and nature, and relax in the fresh air. Please call the park office (570-403-2006) or visit the PA State Parks' Calendar of Events (www.visitpaparks.com) for more information and detailed directions to meeting locations.

Trail: Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail
Length: 4 miles
Terrain: easiest
Meet: Outside restrooms at Glen Onoko access areaContactsMegan Fedor, Environmental Education SpecialistContact Emailnescopecksp@pa.govContact Phone570-403-2006ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Thursday

September

04

2014

LAKE VIEW TRAIL HIKE

LAKE VIEW TRAIL HIKE

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LocationTuscarora State Park
687 Tuscarora Park RoadCityBarnesvilleStatePAZip Code18214-9715CountySchuylkillRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionJoin Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trails on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 10:30 am. The hike is 6.5 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 am and 4 pm 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. Shine only.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingDog Walk

Thursday

September

04

2014

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Terrific Trees

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Terrific Trees

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a fun morning in the outdoors with the half-pints in your life! This program is for ages 2-6 and will include songs, a story, craft and activity. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, please only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6.

Meet at the Fuller Lake bath house at 9:30am.

Pine Grove Furnace Half-pints will be held every other Thursday at 9:30am and 11 am from September 4- October 16. Please register for each session individually.
ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsSorry, this session of Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints is full. Please check the calendar of events for future events.

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September

04

2014

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Terrific Trees

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Terrific Trees

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a fun morning in the outdoors with the half-pints in your life! This program is for ages 2-6 and will include songs, a story, craft and activity. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, please only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6.

Meet at the Fuller Lake bath house at 11:00am.

Pine Grove Furnace Half-pints will be held every other Thursday at 9:30am and 11 am from September 4- October 16. Please register for each session individually.
ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsSorry, this session of Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints is full. Please check the calendar of events for future events.

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September

04

2014

Tales for Tots

Tales for Tots

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LocationJacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast RoadCityNazarethStatePAZip Code18064Location Phone610-746-2801RegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionJoin us for story time followed by nature activities for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each week we will explore a different topic. Activities may involve arts and crafts or short hikes related to the topic of the story. Adults must accompany their child. Children that attend all six sessions will earn a DiscoverE Hide n’ Seekers certificate. This week we will learn about butterflies and go on a short walk in search of these beautiful flying insects. Please dress appropriately for the weather.ContactsAndy FedorContact Emailanfedor@pa.govContact Phone610-746-2801ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsDiscoverERegistration for Tales for Tots is closed.

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September

04

2014

Thursday Play Day at the Outdoor Classroom

Thursday Play Day at the Outdoor Classroom

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LocationDelaware Canal State Park
Giving Pond Recreation Area
1125 River Rd./PA-32CityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionStaff at Delaware Canal State Park have been working on the Outdoor Classroom area at Giving Pond for a few years, and we're excited to show it off to the world. The Outdoor Classroom is especially designed to introduce young learners to the out of doors. Areas for dirt and sand digging, climbing, building forts and natural block structures, nature art, a native flower garden and meadow, and more give young children and anyone with a youthful spirit a chance for hands on interaction with the natural world.

Come join us for free play, activities, and a good time. Sign-ups for DiscoverE kids day camps at the Outdoor Classroom in August will be available. While the day's activities (ages 3 and up with accompanying adult) will take place from 10-12, the area will be open and staffed from 9 am to 1 pm. Feel free to come early and stay late.ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/BirdingThis program is full or the registration deadline has passed. Please contact us about being added to the waitlist or to find out about upcoming opportunities.

Thursday

September

04

2014

UFDs, Unidentified Flying Discs: An Introduction to Disc Golf

UFDs, Unidentified Flying Discs: An Introduction to Disc Golf

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LocationPoint State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl.CityPittsburghStatePAZip Code15222Location Phone412-565-2850CountyAlleghenyRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin our park naturalist in the great lawn to learn a little bit about a fun sport called disc golf. Our park naturalist will be have the equipment out for one hour and will cover the basics of playing disc golf. Normal clothes and walking shoes will be appropriate for the program, but be prepared for a moderate level of physical activity including throwing discs that weigh 175 grams (approximately 0.38 pounds).

This program can be cancelled due to rain/muddy ground conditions.

For more information, contact the park office at 412-565-2850 or at ra-pointsp@pa.gov.Contact Emailra-pointsp@pa.govContact Phone412-565-2850ActivitiesDisc Golf

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September

04

2014

Volunteer Work Day - UW Day of Caring

Volunteer Work Day - UW Day of Caring

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LocationNolde Forest Environmental Education Center
2910 New Holland RoadCityReadingStatePAZip Code19607Location Phone610-796-3699CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionVolunteer Work Day- If you and/or your group are available for a service project, join the Nolde staff for an outdoor clean-up and project day. All abilities welcome and all skills appreciated. Pre-Registration for you or your group assures that we have an appropriate project for you. Call for details, 610-796-3699. More information at www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspxActivitiesVolunteer Work DayPlease call park for program information, 610-796-3699

Friday

September

05

2014

Night Hike

Night Hike

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LocationFrench Creek State Park
843 Park RoadCityElversonStatePAZip Code19520-9523CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionCome out for an easy hike around Hopewell Lake, and see what critters and creatures come out when the sun goes down. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Meet at the Hopewell Lake boat launch parking lot.ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Friday

September

05

2014

Pinecone Bird Feeder Craft

Pinecone Bird Feeder Craft

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionCome and make a tasty treat for the birds. Everyone will get to take home a pinecone bird feeder to hang in his or her own backyard. We will also discuss how to attract and feed birds at home!

Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesChildren's Programs

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September

05

2014

Presque Isle After Dark: Gull Point

Presque Isle After Dark: Gull Point

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionJoin Park Naturalists at Beach 10 Gull Point Trailhead for a four-mile evening hike, and learn about the wildlife of Presque Isle that are active at night. Dress for the weather, no fee or registration.Contact Phone814-833-7424ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Friday

September

05

2014

Wildlife on the Water Kayak Program

Wildlife on the Water Kayak Program

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LocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a 1 ½ hour guided kayak program. The trip is a leisurely paddle through the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife on the water’s edges. Turtles, eagles and osprey, waterfowl and wading birds abound. Boats, paddles, vests and binoculars are provided. Beginners are welcome. Experienced guides are DCNR conservation volunteers. Program cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingEco TourWildlife Watching/Birding

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September

05

2014

YELLOW CREEK CAMP OUT

YELLOW CREEK CAMP OUT

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LocationYellow Creek State Park
170 Route 259 HighwayCityPenn RunStatePAZip Code15765-5941Location Phone724-357-7913CountyIndianaRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionSEPTEMBER 5 – 7, 2014 – YELLOW CREEK CAMP OUT
Starts on Friday, September 5th at 6:00 PM – Environmental Learning Classroom

If you love to tent camp, backpack, and kayak this trip is for you. This is truly a camper’s dream vacation packed with fun-filled activities. This camping trip is designed for the beginner to intermediate level. Let the staff of trained outdoor professionals be your guide on a journey of a lifetime. Limited to first 12 participants. Total Cost: $40.00 per person. Includes: All food and kayaks. Some gear is available, such as backpacks, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and cook stoves. For Ages 10 and up, children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is August 17th, 2014. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. In order to go on this trip you must attend the following orientation class: Camping & Backpacking Basics on August 17th, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Environmental Learning Classroom. This course will go over camping agenda, equipment needed, and principles of “Leave No Trace” and answer any questions or concerns you might have. There is a $20.00 deposit due at this time.
ActivitiesBackpackingCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingHiking and WalkingInterpretive Programs

Saturday

September

06

2014

5th Annual Varden Conservation Day

5th Annual Varden Conservation Day

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LocationVarden Conservation Area
c/o Promised LandCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescription10 am - 3 pm @ Varden Conservation Area (near Hamlin); Rt. 296 Tannery Road Access

Come out to the 5th annual Varden Conservation Day! Celebrate the beauty of this preserved area and discover all that it has to offer. The day includes activities for the entire family such as crafts, hikes, a kid's fishing derby, homemade ice cream, fiddle music, a history of the Varden area, and much more! Plus, there will be a special presentation at 11 am.

Stop by the Park Office in late August/early September for a full schedule. The following activities will be available throughout the day: Varden
Chimney Preservation Info., Homemade Ice Cream, Food available (for purchase), Fiddle Music, Volunteer info. & much more! If you have questions or need directions, please call 570.676.3428 ext. 0 or stop at the Park Office.

Please email the Park at PromisedLandEnvEdsp@pa.gov to receive the full schedule electronically.SponsorsFriends of Varden Conservation AreaActivitiesFestivalsHiking and WalkingHistory ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksLiving Green

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September

06

2014

Bats!

Bats!

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LocationOhiopyle State Park
PO Box 105CityOhiopyleStatePAZip Code15470-0105CountyFayetteRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin us for one of our most popular programs. Learn about these misunderstood creatures of the night. Enjoy a “batlike” activity and then watch a video on Pennsylvania Bats. We guarantee that we’ll dispel some of the rumors you may have heard about these amazing creatures.ContactsJordon DuvallContact Emailjorduvall@pa.govActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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September

06

2014

Birding 101

Birding 101

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LocationKettle Creek State Park
97 Kettle Creek Park LaneCityRenovoStatePAZip Code17764-9708Location Phone570-923-6004CountyClintonRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionInterested in keeping track of what bird species you have seen? Come learn more about the different birds that call Kettle Creek State Park home. Afterwards, you will be shown how to make your very own bird journal. Meet at the Nature Center.


ActivitiesInterpretive WalksInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

Saturday

September

06

2014

CCC Reflections

CCC Reflections

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LocationOle Bull State Park
31 Valhalla LaneCityCross ForkStatePAZip Code17729-9701Location Phone814-435-5000CountyPotterRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionStep back in time and see how the life of a young CCC boy was like in the 1930's. Some of the topics being discussed will be the Great Depression, the work schedule of the CCC, and some of the CCC's work at Ole Bull State Park. Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsHistory Programs

Saturday

September

06

2014

Discover Backpacking

Discover Backpacking

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LocationEnvironmental Education Classroom
Parker Dam State Park
28 Fairview RoadCityPenfieldStatePAZip Code15849-9799CountyClearfieldRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThis program will provide participants the opportunity for a guided, overnight experience with all equipment and food provided by the park. It is especially designed to give beginners a stress-free introduction to the activity and to provide a short experience of what backpacking is all about. You’ll learn about the all-important planning process, what gear you’ll need, how to pack, and what to do along the trail while hiking, setting up camp, and meal preparations. The instruction will focus heavily on the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor recreation. The goal of the program is to give participants the confidence to continue backpacking on their own after the guided experience.ActivitiesBackpackingCampingHiking and WalkingYou must contact the Park Office to register or to get more information: (814) 765-0630, or email cahuber@pa.gov.

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September

06

2014

Elk In Pennsylvania

Elk In Pennsylvania

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThis program will educate and entertain all with a discussion about elk, their biology, history, and where they can be found in PA. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center
4:00PM - 5:00PM
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September

06

2014

Evening Healthy Hike

Evening Healthy Hike

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionLooking for a new way to exercise? Try trail hiking! Team up with the park naturalist and other hiking enthusiasts as we explore trails throughout Bald Eagle State Park during a quickly paced hike. (Note: Participants will be walking a mile at minimum on uneven surfaces. Prepare yourself by wearing sturdy footwear and bringing a full water bottle.) Meet at the Park Office 6:00PM - 7:30PM.
ActivitiesHiking and WalkingFitness

Saturday

September

06

2014

Geocaching

Geocaching

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin Ranger Mark to find out how to use a GPS unit to geocache. A limited number of GPS units will be available to borrow. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.ActivitiesGeocaching

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September

06

2014

Geocaching at the Bluffs

Geocaching at the Bluffs

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionJoin Environemntal Educators to explore the bluffs and look for hidden treasures by using GPS units. Meet at the parking area of Erie Bluffs State Park to receive coordinates and instructions. A fire will be made for lunch, but please bring your own lunch and drink. No registration or fees are required. Dress for the weather. A few GPS units will be available to lend. Visit www.geocache.com for more information on geocaching.Contact Phone814-833-7424ActivitiesGeocaching

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September

06

2014

Guided Bird Walk

Guided Bird Walk

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LocationNescopeck State Park
1137 Honey Hole RoadCityDrumsStatePAZip Code18222Location Phone570-403-2006CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionJoin conservation volunteer Dave Kruel for a morning stroll to look and listen for birds! You don't want to miss seeing and hearing some of the park's most musical residents and migrants. Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. The park will also have limited pairs to borrow. Registration is required by calling 570-403-2006. Meet at the park office. Free.ActivitiesInterpretive WalksWildlife Watching/Birding

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September

06

2014

Lakeside Creature Search

Lakeside Creature Search

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LocationPoe Valley State Park pavilion #2
c/o Reeds GapCityMilroyStatePAZip Code17063-9735CountyCentreRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionInvestigate the various animal communities living in Poe Valley. A short walk and aquatic animal safari will be included. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. Meet at pavilion #2 (between beach and dam).ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsHiking and WalkingInterpretive WalksInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

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September

06

2014

Military & Families Appreciation Day: Returning to the Outdoors

Military & Families Appreciation Day: Returning to the Outdoors

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LocationGifford Pinchot State Park
2200 Rosstown Rd.CityLewisberryStatePAZip Code17339-9787Location Phone717-432-5011CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThis FREE event is for service members, veterans and their families to try new forms of outdoor recreation, improve their skills, share a picnic lunch and enjoy our great outdoors. Participants of all abilities are welcome to the event hosted by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and DCNR--the idea is to connect military families to the outdoors, to one another, to resources that are available to them, and to introduce adaptive recreation for all who may have suffered injuries in the line of service.

This event will be located in the Conewago Day Use Area of the park.

Activities include kayaking, hiking, hand-crank bicycling, fishing, disc golf, children’s games, campfire cooking and more! Experts in accessible recreation will be on hand for instruction and support. In addition to those activities there will be presentations with service dogs, search and rescue dogs, hands-on activities for kids, as well as over 20 exhibitors. Exhibits range from outdoor recreational opportunities to military programs and support that might benefit to attendees.

We are still in need of volunteers to help with set-up and tear-down and any last minute exhibitors are welcome. Jen Rehill at jrehill@paparksandforests.org for more information. Learn more and register for the event at http://tinyurl.com/MFAD2014
SponsorsPPFFContactsJen RehillContact Emailjrehill@paparksandforests.orgMore Infohttp://tinyurl.com/MFAD2014ActivitiesSpecial Events

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September

06

2014

Monarch Tagging

Monarch Tagging

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LocationOil Creek State Park
305 State Park RoadCityOil CityStatePAZip Code16301-9733Location Phone814-676-5915CountyVenangoRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionMeet at the Park Amphitheater for a 30 min. presentation on Monarch Butterflies and their life cyle and migration. Then spend the rest of the time tagging and releasing them for their jouney south to Mexico. Registration is required by calling the office at 814-676-5915. This is a free event and open to the public.
Program intended for ages 6-adult.ContactsDave HallmanContact Emailoilcreeksp@pa.govContact Phone814-676-5915ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsWildlife MonitoringInterpretive ProgramsPlease call the park office for more information.

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September

06

2014

Nature's Engineer - The Beaver

Nature's Engineer - The Beaver

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LocationKinzua Bridge State Park
C/O Bendigo State ParkCityJohnsonburgStatePAZip Code15845-0016Location Phone814-965-2646CountyMcKeanRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionStop at the park to learn about Nature's Engineer - The Beaver! Display located near the kiosk in the main picnic area. Stop at the park entrance to view the lodge and tree stumps where a beaver once lived!Contact Phone814-965-2646ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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September

06

2014

Panther Run Trail Hike

Panther Run Trail Hike

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LocationLittle Pine State Park
4205 Little Pine Creek RoadCityWatervilleStatePAZip Code17776-9705Location Phone570-753-6000CountyLycomingRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionPanther Run Trail is most scenic in the park, and the most difficult. This 2.3-mile loop hike includes parts of Love Run Road, Love Run Trail, and the most scenic part of Panther Run Trail. This trail is rated "difficult", so proper footwear is required. Insect repellent and water are also highly recommended. During the hike we will cover local history, geology, and the plants and animals along the trail. Meet at the Eagle Watch Area for this hike.ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

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September

06

2014

Pine Grove Campout

Pine Grove Campout

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park, 1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionHave you been eager to give tent camping a try but have not set-up the tent outside of your living room or backyard? After acquiring a tent, knowing how to get started can be difficult. Here’s your chance to try camping with expert support provided!

“Pine Grove Furnace Campout” is being offered just for families who are new to camping, but have not actually “camped” with their tent. So dust off that tent that you have been storing and put it to good use. Please bring your tent and family members for a great weekend of camping at Pine Grove Furnace State Park on September 6-7th. A campfire with s’mores, stargazing, and waking up to the dawn chorus of singing birds will complete the traditional camping experience.

Experienced staff will remain on site throughout the program.
Program fee is $10.00 per person and children 2 and under are free. Registration is required. Call 717-486-7174 to register by September 1st.
SponsorsCumberlandContactsLea SmithContact Emailangelesmit@pa.govContact Phone717-486-7174ActivitiesCampfire ProgramsCampingStargazingWildlife Watching/Birding

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September

06

2014

Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS

Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS

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LocationPoint State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl Bldg ACityPittsburghStatePAZip Code15222-1212Location Phone412-565-2850CountyAlleghenyRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionThe Walk to Defeat ALS is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS raises funds that allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year.

The walk will cover 1 mile inside of the park. You can preregister online or register in person on the day of the walk. Registration/check-in will begin at 8:30am. The walk starts at 10:00am. For more information, go to http://www.cure4als.org/SponsorsThe ALS Association Western Pennsylvania ChapterContactsKristi MarsiliContact Emailkristi@cure4als.orgContact Phone412-821-3254More Infohttp://www.cure4als.org/ActivitiesCharity EventHiking and Walking

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September

06

2014

Primitive Skills Demo Day

Primitive Skills Demo Day

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin Colonel Denning in celebrating primitive skills at our 2nd Annual Primitive Skills Demo Day. View a variety of skills and try some for yourself! Demonstrations include: tinsmith, charcoal making, wood carving, pine needle baskets, wool spinning/carding, campfire food, fungus etching, wild edibles, animal tracking, flint knapping, soapstone carving, and more!!!

We hope to see you for a day of Primitive Skills and fun! Primitive Skills Demo Day will be held in the grassy area below the lake.
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September

06

2014

Raptor Watch 2014

Raptor Watch 2014

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LocationSusquehannock State Park
1880 Park DriveCityDrumoreStatePAZip Code17518-9751CountyLancasterRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionStop by Hawk Point Overlook for a wonderful view of the raptors of Susquehannock as they soar over the Susquehanna. See which ones decide to fly by and learn how to identify them during flight. This is a great way for the family to learn about the raptors.ActivitiesWildlife Watching/BirdingInterpretive Programs

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September

06

2014

River Otter & Fisher

River Otter & Fisher

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LocationFalls Visitor Center
Ohiopyle State Park
PO Box 105CityOhiopyleStatePAZip Code15470-0105Location Phone724-329-0986CountyFayetteRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionFor many years these playful mammals were absent from Ohiopyle. Join us and lean about their miraculous return to the Youghiogheny watershed. We’ll also talk about what intelligent and truly amazing animals they areContactsRose FugeContact Emailrosfuge@pa.govContact Phone724-329-0986ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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September

06

2014

Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover

Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover

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LocationRalph Stover State Park
High Rocks Overlook
Tory Rd.CityPipersvilleStatePAZip Code18947CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionRock Climbing is experiencing increased popularity as an outdoor recreational pursuit. High Rocks Overlook at Ralph Stover State Park is one of the best climbing spots in the mid-Atlantic region. Staff will be on hand to teach the basics of rock climbing, safety and Leave No Trace ethics for climbers. Helmets and harnesses are provided.

This program is excellent for individuals and families alike, especially people who are interested in trying rock climbing for the first time.

From Rt. 32 (River Rd.) in Point Pleasant turn onto Cafferty Road and then make a left onto Tory Road. Continue straight on Tory Rd. We will meet in the parking lot on the right hand side of the road. Ages 8 and up are welcome. Donations are always appreciated.
Please wear sturdy, comfortable hiking boots or sneakers. Wearing long pants and bringing water and a snack are recommended.

ContactsSarah Berg and Ian KindleContact Emailsberg@state.pa.us; ikindle@state.pa.usContact Phone610-982-0161ActivitiesRock Climbing[Click Here To Register For Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover - 6 Openings Available]

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Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover

Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover

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LocationRalph Stover State Park
High Rocks Overlook
Tory Rd.CityPipersvilleStatePAZip Code18947CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionRock Climbing is experiencing increased popularity as an outdoor recreational pursuit. High Rocks Overlook at Ralph Stover State Park is one of the best climbing spots in the mid-Atlantic region. Staff will be on hand to teach the basics of rock climbing, safety and Leave No Trace ethics for climbers. Helmets and harnesses are provided.

This program is excellent for individuals and families alike, especially people who are interested in trying rock climbing for the first time.

From Rt. 32 (River Rd.) in Point Pleasant turn onto Cafferty Road and then make a left onto Tory Road. Continue straight on Tory Rd. We will meet in the parking lot on the right hand side of the road. Ages 8 and up are welcome. Donations are always appreciated.
Please wear sturdy, comfortable hiking boots or sneakers. Wearing long pants and bringing water and a snack are recommended.

ContactsSarah Berg and Ian KindleContact Emailsberg@state.pa.us; ikindle@state.pa.usContact Phone610-982-0161ActivitiesRock Climbing[Click Here To Register For Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover - 2 Openings Available]

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Sailboat Race

Sailboat Race

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LocationGifford Pinchot State Park
2200 Rosstown Rd.CityLewisberryStatePAZip Code17339-9787CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionPinchot Sailing Club is holding a sailboat race on Pinchot Lake. They will be leaving from boat mooring area #2. Event time: 10:00 amSponsorsPinchot Sailing ClubContact Phone717-903-6820ActivitiesSailing

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2014

Star Party

Star Party

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LocationMarsh Creek State Park
675 Park Rd.CityDowningtownStatePAZip Code19335-1898CountyChesterRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionWhat is a star party? Members of the Chesmont Astronomical Society set up their personal telescopes and provide visitors with the opportunity to view planets, star clusters, galaxies and more. The Marsh Creek events focus on observing the moon, the planets and bright, deep-sky objects. The location for the Marsh Creek Star Parties is the lower parking lot of the main park entrance.

Visitors should dress for the weather-evenings in the park can be quite chilly, even in the summer months! Please avoid shining headlights on the observing area and using white flashlights. Night vision is essential for appreciating views of the night sky; consider covering your flashlight lens with red cellophane to save the night vision of yourself and those in the viewing area.

These events are free of charge provided to the community by your neighbors who are members of the Chesmont Astronomical Society. Because these events are clear, dark sky, and weather-dependent, be sure to check this website after 5:00pm for last-minute schedule changes: www.chesmontastro.org. For a complete schedule of Chesmont Astronomical Society star parties, visit: www.chesmontastro.org/monthlystarparty and driving directions: www.chesmontastro.org/starpartydirections.


SponsorsChesmont Astronomical SocietyMore Infohttp://www.chesmontastro.org/monthlystarpartyActivitiesStargazing

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September

06

2014

The Incredible Vulture Hike

The Incredible Vulture Hike

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LocationSusquehannock State Park
1880 Park DriveCityDrumoreStatePAZip Code17518-9751CountyLancasterRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionCome out for a hike to each of the park’s overlooks and enjoy the soaring vultures. Along the way we will learn about the vulture in honor of International Vulture Day. The 1 ½ mile hike will be mostly over easy terrain with one significant uphill. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring you camera or binoculars to watch the birds. Bring plenty of water. Meet at the Hawk Point Pavilion parking area.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingWildlife Watching/Birding

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2014

Tornado of 2003

Tornado of 2003

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LocationKinzua Bridge State Park
C/O Bendigo State ParkCityJohnsonburgStatePAZip Code15845-0016Location Phone814-965-2646CountyMcKeanRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionIt's been 11 years since the devastating tornado went through the park. Join us as we talk about the tornado, its effect on the bridge, and the forest.Contact Phone814-965-2646ActivitiesHistory ProgramsInterpretive Programs

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2014

Volunteer Work Day

Volunteer Work Day

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306Location Phone717-486-3799CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionVolunteers are needed to help with park improvement projects including landscaping and trail maintenance. Spend quality outside time in the outdoors and meet other enthusiastic volunteers. The morning will fly by! Call 717-486-3799 by Sept.3 to register.
Contact Emailgpadilla@pa.govContact Phone717-486-3799ActivitiesVolunteers

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2014

What DO Elk Eat?

What DO Elk Eat?

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LocationElk Country Visitor Center
134 Homestead DriveCityBenezetteStatePAZip Code15821CountyElkRegionPennsylvania WildsDescription- Enjoy an informational overview on the diet of the elk, as well as the similarities and differences about the dietary preferences of elk and whitetail deer. Learn about the various grasses and clovers found in our forage plots and how the ruminant system of the elk is perfectly adapted to utilize this vegetation for optimum nutritional benefit. Check information board inside Lobby for program location.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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06

2014

Whitetails and Indian Summer

Whitetails and Indian Summer

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LocationLittle Pine State Park
4205 Little Pine Creek RoadCityWatervilleStatePAZip Code17776-9705CountyLycomingRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThis program illustrates the importance of the Whitetailed Deer do the Native Americans of Pennsylvania before the arrival of the Europeans. Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Wild Mushroom Walk

Wild Mushroom Walk

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LocationNescopeck State Park
1137 Honey Hole RoadCityDrumsStatePAZip Code18222CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionJoin Dave Wasilewski for a Wild Mushroom Walk as we stroll through the woods looking for various fungi and learn ways to identify and differentiate between them. Ages 18 & up. Space is limited for this program, so you must register in advance by calling 570-403-2006.
Contact Emailnescopecksp@pa.govActivitiesInterpretive Walks

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2014

Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

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LocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000Location Phone717-637-2816CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a 1 ½ hour guided pontoon boat cruise. Leisurely explore the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife along the water’s edges. Turtles, eagles, osprey, waterfowl and wading birds abound. Shorebird and fall migrating birds are showcased at this Audubon designated IBA (Important Birding Area). Experienced guides and operators are certified DCNR conservation volunteers. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early. Hats, sunscreen and water are suggested. Binoculars and PFDs are provided. Pre-registration is required. Program cost is $15 per person and must be prepaid at the park office or by phone. Boat departs from the marina Dock A.
ActivitiesEco TourWildlife Watching/Birding

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07

2014

ATV Safety Class

ATV Safety Class

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LocationRaccoon Creek State Park
3000 State Route 18CityHookstownStatePAZip Code15050-9416Location Phone724-899-2200CountyBeaverRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionPennsylvania 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 at 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.SponsorsRobert LioiContacts412-264-3163Contact Phone412-264-3163ActivitiesTraining

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2014

Back on the Towpath Bike Ride North - 17 mi.

Back on the Towpath Bike Ride North - 17 mi.

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LocationLock 24/Fish Ladder
S. Delaware Dr. (PA-611)CityEastonStatePAZip Code18042Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionThings are looking promising for the canal and towpath in 2014! If everything is fixed and ready to go in September, we'll take an easy-paced 17 mile ride from Easton to Riegelsville and back, on the Delaware Canal Towpath. We'll get a first hand look at the sections most damaged by 2011 flooding, and see how they've been repaired.

Bring your own bike (or borrow a loaner from us). Option to buy lunch in Riegelsville, or bring your own. Please bring water. Helmets are required, and narrow (street) tires are strongly discouraged, due to the rough nature of riding on the towpath.

Ride location may vary if towpath repairs are still underway. Program will be cancelled in the event of heavy downpours or thunderstorms. Please call or e-mail to request a loaner bike.ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesBikingWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Back on the Towpath Bike Ride North - 17 mi. - 20 Openings Available]

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2014

Backyard Bass Fishing

Backyard Bass Fishing

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LocationGreenwood Furnace State Park
15795 Greenwood RoadCityHuntingdonStatePAZip Code16652-5831CountyHuntingdonRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionWho needs water. Come out and learn the art of casting the rod and reel and then practice by casting at targets and catching backyard bass. Bring the entire family out to try some fishing for backyard bass. Great fun for the kids! Meet at the ball field.ActivitiesFishing/Spinning TackleChildren's Programs

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2014

Campground Wildlife Movie

Campground Wildlife Movie

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LocationPoe Valley State Park amphitheater
c/o Reeds GapCityMilroyStatePAZip Code17063-9735CountyCentreRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionJoin the Park Naturalist for an interesting nature documentary. All ages. Meet at the amphitheater
ActivitiesMovieInterpretive Programs

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07

2014

CCC Reflections

CCC Reflections

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LocationKettle Creek State Park
97 Kettle Creek Park LaneCityRenovoStatePAZip Code17764-9708Location Phone570-923-6004CountyClintonRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionStep back in time and see how the life of a young CCC boy was like in the 1930's. Some of the topics being discussed will be the Great Depression, the work schedule of the CCC, and some of the CCC's work at Kettle Creek State Park. Meet at the Nature Center.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsHistory Programs

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2014

Engineers of Black Moshannon Lake

Engineers of Black Moshannon Lake

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionEnjoy a pontoon boat ride to see a beaver lodge. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations will be accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

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LocationKeystone State Park
1150 Keystone Park RoadCityDerryStatePAZip Code15627-3679Location Phone724-668-2939CountyWestmorelandRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionEvery Sunday starting June 1 until September 28, 2014 there will be a Farmer’s Market in the beach parking lot at Keystone State Park. The hours are 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Venders are welcome and the cost to set up is $10 per table.ActivitiesOther

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2014

Fire Tower Historical Tour

Fire Tower Historical Tour

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LocationCook Forest State Park
PO Box 120CityCooksburgStatePAZip Code16217-0120Location Phone814-744-8407CountyClarionRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionPlease bring your binoculars to the Fire Tower for an historical tour of Fire Tower #9 conducted by park volunteers, Kelley & Al Bilotto. Take a breathtaking view from the box at the very top of the Fire Tower and learn how it operated. The tower will be open from 100-300pm.ActivitiesHistory ProgramsHiking and WalkingInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

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2014

Fort Swatara History Ride

Fort Swatara History Ride

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LocationSwatara State Park
c/o Memorial LakeCityGrantvilleStatePAZip Code17028-9682CountyLebanonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionFamily friendly bicycle ride. Meet at Lickdale Trailhead on Monroe Valley Road in Swatara State Park.
Ride leader is Dean Auchenbach.SponsorsLebanon Valley Bicycle CoalitionContactsDean AuchenbachActivitiesBiking

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2014

From the Teeth of Dinosaurs

From the Teeth of Dinosaurs

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LocationShawnee State Park
132 State Park RoadCitySchellsburgStatePAZip Code15559-7300Location Phone814-733-4218CountyBedfordRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionThe program begins with dinosaurs then looks at the biting, grazing, browsing, gnawing, and chewing habits of modern critters.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Giving Pond Paddle

Giving Pond Paddle

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LocationGiving Pond Recreation Area
1125 River Rd. (PA-32)
CityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972-9540Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionCome join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area and identifying local wildlife.

The park will provide the use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets. We have a limited number of child sized life jackets for ages 6 or younger. Please inquire about availability. Donations for this program are appreciated!ContactsSarah BergContact Emailsberg@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0161More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/BirdingI'm sorry but this program is full or the registration deadline has passed. Please register for another session or contact us for more information.

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2014

Giving Pond Paddle

Giving Pond Paddle

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LocationGiving Pond Recreation Area
1125 River Rd. (PA-32)
CityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972-9540Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionCome join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area and identifying local wildlife.

The park will provide the use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets. We have a limited number of child sized life jackets for ages 6 or younger. Please inquire about availability. Donations for this program are appreciated!ContactsSarah BergContact Emailsberg@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0161More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Giving Pond Paddle - 15 Openings Available]

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2014

Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionParticipants in their "golden years" are welcome to join the park naturalist at Doubling Gap Lake for some basic paddling skills. There are three single kayaks and two tandem kayaks available. Life jackets and paddles are also provided. Please click on the link below to register. If there are any extra kayaks they will be available on a first come, first served basis. However, participants must be available at the start of the program. Program is WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Meet at the lake near the boat launch.ContactsJulieContact Emailra-nrspcodeees@pa.govContact Phone717-776-5272ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking[Click Here To Register For Golden Paddle - 7 Openings Available]

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2014

Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionParticipants in their "golden years" are welcome to join the park naturalist at Doubling Gap Lake for some basic paddling skills. There are three single kayaks and two tandem kayaks available. Life jackets and paddles are also provided. Please click on the link below to register. If there are any extra kayaks they will be available on a first come, first served basis. However, participants must be available at the start of the program. Program is WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Meet at the lake near the boat launch.ContactsJulieContact Emailra-nrspcodeees@pa.govContact Phone717-776-5272ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking[Click Here To Register For Golden Paddle - 7 Openings Available]

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2014

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionDiscover interesting facts about Great Blue Herons on this pontoon boat ride. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Harvest Moon Walk

Harvest Moon Walk

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LocationSwatara State Park
c/o Memorial LakeCityGrantvilleStatePAZip Code17028-9682CountyLebanonDescriptionCome howl at the moon with the Friends of Swatara State Park.
Bring your flashlight and meet at the Appalachian Trail Bridge parking lot.ActivitiesHiking and Walking

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2014

Look at the Lake

Look at the Lake

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionFind out what animals and plants depend on the lake for their survival during this pontoon boat ride. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations will be accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Lunar Viewing- The Harvest Moon

Lunar Viewing- The Harvest Moon

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LocationCherry Springs State Park
c/o Lyman RunCityGaletonStatePAZip Code16922Location Phone814-435-5010CountyPotterRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin park staff and volunteers as we observe the the lunar landscape through the park's telescopes. This is a full moon program! Light reflected from the moon greatly diminishes the ability to see all but the brighter stars and constellations.
Programs are conducted at the Night Sky Viewing Area. Follow the red lit walkway from the public program parking section to the seating area.

If the sky is unfavorable for stargazing, an alternative program may be held. Programs will be cancelled in the event of rain.

The Clear Sky Chart for Cherry Springs offers cloud cover forcasts to help you plan for a successful evening of observing the night sky.

The park asks that visitors to the Night Sky programs to please leave their pets at home. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment do not create a pet friendly environment.
ActivitiesStargazing

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2014

Music on the Mountain Concerts

Music on the Mountain Concerts

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionMusic on the Mountain returns with bluegrass on Sunday, June 1, brought to you by the Friends of Kings Gap. Admission is free. Bring your blanket or chair. Rain or Shine! Food will be available from several vendors and the FoKG.
The Friends of Kings Gap will present three more Music on the Mountain concerts throughout the summer. Classic rock is set for Sunday, July 6 and bluegrass bands will be featured again on Sunday, August 3. Celtic bands will appear on September 7. Performance times are for each event are 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm. For details on all performances or information on how you can support Music on the Mountain, email music@friendsofkingsgap.org.SponsorsFriends of Kings GapContact Emailkingsgapsp@pa.govContact Phone717-486-5031ActivitiesMusicSpecial Events

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2014

Nolde Mansion Open House

Nolde Mansion Open House

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LocationNolde Forest Environmental Education Center
2910 New Holland RoadCityReadingStatePAZip Code19607Location Phone610-796-3699CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionFirst Sunday-
September through May
1:00 – 4:00pm
Now serving as the administrative center for an extensive environmental education program, the Nolde property was once the home of a wealthy Reading manufacturer. See our story in video, tour the mansion, go on a scavenger hunt, and enjoy a special event. No registration required. Hosted by the Friends of Nolde Forest.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS are offered at 2:00pm
Contact Emailnoldeforestsp@pa.govActivitiesChildren's ProgramsHiking and WalkingInterpretive WalksOpen House

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2014

Photos by the Lake Hike

Photos by the Lake Hike

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LocationGreenwood Furnace State Park
15795 Greenwood RoadCityHuntingdonStatePAZip Code16652-5831CountyHuntingdonRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionCome out to Greenwood Furnace State Park and join us for a nature photography hike around the lake. Enjoy the beauty of late summer with this leisurely hike along the easy hiking Lakeview Trail and capture it with your camera. Along the way learn how nature photography relates to Leave No Trace and pick up tips on taking better nature photos. Along the way keep an eye out for migrating animals including raptors and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Meet in front of the Blacksmith Shop.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingNature Photography

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07

2014

Pine Grove Campout

Pine Grove Campout

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park, 1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionHave you been eager to give tent camping a try but have not set-up the tent outside of your living room or backyard? After acquiring a tent, knowing how to get started can be difficult. Here’s your chance to try camping with expert support provided!

“Pine Grove Furnace Campout” is being offered just for families who are new to camping, but have not actually “camped” with their tent. So dust off that tent that you have been storing and put it to good use. Please bring your tent and family members for a great weekend of camping at Pine Grove Furnace State Park on September 6-7th. A campfire with s’mores, stargazing, and waking up to the dawn chorus of singing birds will complete the traditional camping experience.

Experienced staff will remain on site throughout the program.
Program fee is $10.00 per person and children 2 and under are free. Registration is required. Call 717-486-7174 to register by September 1st.
SponsorsCumberlandContactsLea SmithContact Emailangelesmit@pa.govContact Phone717-486-7174ActivitiesCampfire ProgramsCampingStargazingWildlife Watching/Birding

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2014

Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam

Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
Lake Day Use Area
George B. Stevenson DamCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720Location Phone814-647-8401CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin the park staff for a relaxing and informative 45 minute tour of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir. This program focuses on the birds, plants and wildlife of lake and wetland habitats. The pontoon boat has 18 available seats. Tours are offered free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made online or by calling the park office at 814-647-8401. Rides begin at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Meet at the Boat Launch Area 15 minutes prior to program time.

For more information on the program or other programs offered at the park contact the park office at 814-647-8401.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam - 18 Openings Available]

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Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam

Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
Lake Day Use Area
George B. Stevenson DamCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720Location Phone814-647-8401CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin the park staff for a relaxing and informative 45 minute tour of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir. This program focuses on the birds, plants and wildlife of lake and wetland habitats. The pontoon boat has 18 available seats. Tours are offered free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made online or by calling the park office at 814-647-8401. Rides begin at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Meet at the Boat Launch Area 15 minutes prior to program time.

For more information on the program or other programs offered at the park contact the park office at 814-647-8401.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam - 18 Openings Available]

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2014

Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam

Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
Lake Day Use Area
George B. Stevenson DamCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720Location Phone814-647-8401CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin the park staff for a relaxing and informative 45 minute tour of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir. This program focuses on the birds, plants and wildlife of lake and wetland habitats. The pontoon boat has 18 available seats. Tours are offered free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made online or by calling the park office at 814-647-8401. Rides begin at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Meet at the Boat Launch Area 15 minutes prior to program time.

For more information on the program or other programs offered at the park contact the park office at 814-647-8401.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/BirdingOnline registration for the Pontoon Boat Tour of the George B. Stevenson Dam is now closed. Please call the Park Office for more information.

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2014

Presque Isle Bicycle Time Trial - Fall

Presque Isle Bicycle Time Trial - Fall

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionThe Presque Isle Time Trial is a 12.5-mile cycling loop around the park where cyclists race against themselves raising money for the Iroquois School District Foundation.SponsorsIroquois School District FoundationContactsJulie KresgeContact Emailfoundation@iroquois.iu5.orgMore Infohttp://www.iroquoissd.orgActivitiesOther

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Sunday Morning Stroll

Sunday Morning Stroll

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionSunday's in September 7, 14, 21, 28
Join the park naturalist in meandering around the local trails to explore what the morning brings. Natural history topics from insects to plants may be discussed. (Participants will be walking at least a mile on un- even surfaces). Meet at the Nature Inn. 8:30AM - 9:30AM.
ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive Walks

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The Healthy Hunter

The Healthy Hunter

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LocationElk Country Visitor Center
134 Homestead DriveCityBenezetteStatePAZip Code15821CountyElkRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionGuest Presenter Maurus Sorg, M.D. Dr Sorg, a Board-Certified physician in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Sports Medicine, is also an experienced hunter of 45 years. Dr. Sorg will present an interesting and very informative program on critically important health and safety tips for hunters in the woods and fields of Pennsylvania. Check the Lobby for program location.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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September

07

2014

The Yellowstone Biome

The Yellowstone Biome

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LocationCook Forest State Park
PO Box 120CityCooksburgStatePAZip Code16217-0120Location Phone814-744-8407CountyClarionRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThe Yellowstone Ecosystem is perhaps the most intact western ecosystem in the lower 48 states. Its thermal features provide a dramatic geologic theater. Please bring your chairs and blankets to the Ridge Camp Amphitheater to join Dr. Hank Webster, Penn State adjunct professor, for a slide show tour through one of the finest national parks in the United States.



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Sunday

September

07

2014

Theater in the Pines: Beavers - The Best Dam Builders

Theater in the Pines: Beavers - The Best Dam Builders

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LocationLittle Pine State Park
4205 Little Pine Creek RoadCityWatervilleStatePAZip Code17776-9705Location Phone570-753-6000CountyLycomingRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThis video demonstrates how and why the beaver builds dams, and the benefits to other forms of wildlife. Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesMovie

Sunday

September

07

2014

Trail Work Day

Trail Work Day

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LocationNolde Forest Environmental Education Center
2910 New Holland RoadCityReadingStatePAZip Code19607Location Phone610-796-3699CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionVolunteer Work Day for Nolde Forest Trails. Wear sturdy shoes and gloves. Tools will be provided. Registration required contact Lisa Miller at 610-796-3699 or noldeforestsp@pa.govActivitiesVolunteers

Sunday

September

07

2014

UFDs, Unidentified Flying Discs: An Introduction to Disc Golf

UFDs, Unidentified Flying Discs: An Introduction to Disc Golf

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LocationPoint State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl.CityPittsburghStatePAZip Code15222Location Phone412-565-2850CountyAlleghenyRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin our park naturalist in the great lawn to learn a little bit about a fun sport called disc golf. Our park naturalist will be have the equipment out for one hour and will cover the basics of playing disc golf. Normal clothes and walking shoes will be appropriate for the program, but be prepared for a moderate level of physical activity including throwing discs that weigh 175 grams (approximately 0.38 pounds).

This program can be cancelled due to rain/muddy ground conditions.

For more information, contact the park office at 412-565-2850 or at ra-pointsp@pa.gov.Contact Emailra-pointsp@pa.govContact Phone412-565-2850ActivitiesDisc Golf

Sunday

September

07

2014

Wildlife on the Water Kayak Program

Wildlife on the Water Kayak Program

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LocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a 1 ½ hour guided kayak program. The trip is a leisurely paddle through the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife on the water’s edges. Turtles, eagles and osprey, waterfowl and wading birds abound. Boats, paddles, vests and binoculars are provided. Beginners are welcome. Experienced guides are DCNR conservation volunteers. Program cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingEco TourWildlife Watching/Birding

Sunday

September

07

2014

Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

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LocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000Location Phone717-637-2816CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a 1 ½ hour guided pontoon boat cruise. Leisurely explore the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife along the water’s edges. Turtles, eagles, osprey, waterfowl and wading birds abound. Shorebird and fall migrating birds are showcased at this Audubon designated IBA (Important Birding Area). Experienced guides and operators are certified DCNR conservation volunteers. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early. Hats, sunscreen and water are suggested. Binoculars and PFDs are provided. Pre-registration is required. Program cost is $15 per person and must be prepaid at the park office or by phone. Boat departs from the marina Dock A.
ActivitiesEco TourWildlife Watching/Birding

Monday

September

08

2014

Full Moon Giving Pond Paddle

Full Moon Giving Pond Paddle

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LocationGiving Pond Recreation Area
1125 River Rd (PA-32)CityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972-9540Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionCome join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area at night under a full moon. We'll listen and wach for animals that become active when the light begins to fade. Beavers are busy on the pond, and this is the best time of day to see them at work.

Donations are always appreciated for use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets. As this is an after dark paddle program in potentially cold weather, please inquire before signing children up for this program.

Pre-registration is necessary.Click below to register online. Canoes, single, and tandem kayaks will be available. If you wish to specify your boat preference, please use the notes section of the reservation form.ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/BirdingI'm sorry but this program is full or the registration deadline has passed. Please register for another session or contact us for more information.

Monday

September

08

2014

Hound Hike

Hound Hike

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionDogs are man’s best friend and love to get out of the house too. Enjoy a free hike with your tail-wagging friend in the Fuller Area.

Dogs must be leashed and should be friendly with other dogs. Only one dog per hiker. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at the Fuller bath house.ActivitiesDog WalkHiking and WalkingInterpretive Walks

Tuesday

September

09

2014

Bass Tournament

Bass Tournament

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LocationGifford Pinchot State Park
2200 Rosstown Rd.CityLewisberryStatePAZip Code17339-9787CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionYork County Bass Anglers is holding a bass fishing tournament on Pinchot Lake. They will be leaving from boat mooring area #2. Event time: 5:30 pmSponsorsYork County Bass AnglersContactsJeffrey FlickingerContact Phone717-843-2716ActivitiesFishing/Spinning Tackle

Tuesday

September

09

2014

Full Moon Paddle

Full Moon Paddle

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LocationMoraine State Park
Register for specific locationCityPortersvilleStatePAZip Code16051-9650Location Phone724-368-8811CountyButlerRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionOn the water is a perfect place to enjoy a full moon. Join Moraine State Park staff in a unique kayaking adventure as we paddle out into the sunset and return just in time to see the moon rise.

Participants may bring their own kayak (lifejacket required), or borrow one of Moraine’s kayaks and equipment free of charge. Please register below or by calling the park at 724-368-8811. Please specify if you are bringing your own kayak. Participants must be at least 9 years of age. An adult must accompany those participants that are under the age of 18. Please call the park at 724-368-8811 for more information.

DUE TO INCREASED INTEREST, PARTICIPATION IN PARK KAYAK PROGRAMS IS LIMITED TO 2 PROGRAMS PER SEASON.

If program is full, please check back to see if spots become open.Contact Emailmoraineenvedsp@pa.govContact Phone724-368-8811ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingOtherWildlife Watching/BirdingRegistration for this event is full. Please check back to see if more spots become available.

Tuesday

September

09

2014

Golden Trails: More Talk, Less Walk

Golden Trails: More Talk, Less Walk

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FrequencyMonthlyLocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306Location Phone717-486-3799CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionCarl Leinbach will lead a leisurely trail exploration for hikers of a "certain age" who would prefer to take time to look closely at the curiosities of the natural world rather than covering distance. Bring your cameras, field guides and stories to share during a 1.0-1.5 mile hike over fairly flat terrain with an uneven walking surface. Water and sturdy shoes are recommended, and trekking poles, if you have them. This event is designed for older adults who enjoy socializing while hiking at a relaxed pace. The program is free but registration is required by phone: 717-486-3799. Deadline to register is Sept. 5.Contact Emailkingsgapsp@pa.govContact Phone7174863799ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Tuesday

September

09

2014

Moonlit Kayaking

Moonlit Kayaking

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin us for a Moonlit paddle led by the park naturalist. We’ll talk about the history of the park, plants and animals too. Bring your own kayak or borrow one from the park. Registration is required and limited by the number of boats we have. Meet at the main boat launch area. **Not Suitable for beginners **. Must be 18 years or older to participate. To register or reserve a kayak call 717-567-9255.
** Limit of 9 participants **ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

Wednesday

September

10

2014

Gold Mine Road Hike

Gold Mine Road Hike

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LocationTuscarora State Park
687 Tuscarora Park RoadCityBarnesvilleStatePAZip Code18214-9715CountySchuylkillRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionJoin Naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park for a hike near Swatara State Park on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The trail is 5 miles in length and easy. We will hike along the Lebanon Reservoir on an old railroad bed. We will meet off of Route 443 in Suedberg on Swopes Valley Road in Swatara State Park parking lot at 12:30 pm and carpool to the site where the hike will begin at 1:00 pm. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Contact Robin at (570) 467-2506 for further information. Shine only.ActivitiesDog WalkHiking and Walking

Wednesday

September

10

2014

Natural Cleaners

Natural Cleaners

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LocationParker Dam State Park
28 Fairview RoadCityPenfieldStatePAZip Code15849-9799CountyClearfieldRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionWhy go natural and avoid commercial cleaners? Well, when you learn of what is contained in many commercial cleaners, you may understand. Participants will learn more about what is toxic and harmful in many store-bought cleaners. Then they will discover how to make their own natural cleaners to use at home. You may even be surprised at how well these cleaners work, and in some cases- work better, for your cleaning needs. This program will take place in the Environmental Education Classroom, annexed to the Park Office.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Wednesday

September

10

2014

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThese free weekly hikes are briskly-paced, 2.0 - 2.5 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 5:30 p.m. Please note earlier start time and shorter distance!
Contact Emailgpadilla@pa.govContact Phone717-486-3799ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Wednesday

September

10

2014

Wednesday Morning Hike. Meet at Firetower Road.

Wednesday Morning Hike. Meet at Firetower Road.

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LocationFrench Creek State Park
843 Park RoadCityElversonStatePAZip Code19520-9523Location Phone610-582-9680CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionEnjoy a guided hike in the park with park staff and fellow hikers. Blaze orange is recommended while hiking in the park in autumn (we will provide if you do not have your own). Wear sturdy hiking shoes (most trails tend to be fairly rocky) and bring water and snacks. Leashed, friendly dogs welcome. Today's hike: 3 miles, moderate. Meet at Firetower Road parking lot. From Birdsboro, follow Route 345 South. Turn right onto Geigertown Road. Follow approx. 1.5 miles and turn left onto Firetower Road. Follow approx. 1.5 miles to parking lot entrance on left-follow access road up the hill to the upper parking lot near the Fire Tower. Physical address for GPS/MapQuest: 617 Firetower Road, Elverson, PA. Email FrenchCreekEnvEd@pa.gov for a map of the meeting location.ActivitiesHiking and Walking[Click Here To Register For Wednesday Morning Hike. Meet at Firetower Road.]

Thursday

September

11

2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics

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LocationPoint State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl.CityPittsburghStatePAZip Code15222Location Phone412-565-2850CountyAlleghenyRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin our park naturalist in front of the Fort Pitt Museum for a beginning birding program. The program will last for an hour and will cover the basics of using binoculars and field guides to identify birds. Since this is a program for beginners, it will not be intensive. Normal clothes and walking shoes will be appropriate. Participants must be able to lift and hold a pair of binoculars at eye level for short periods of time.

Point State Park has several binoculars and field guides for participants to use during the program. Equipment and space is limited, so all participants must register prior to the program. To register, click the link below. For more information, please contact the park office at 412-565-2850 or ra-pointsp@pa.gov.

This program can be cancelled due to rain/inclement weather conditions.Contact Emailra-pointsp@pa.govContact Phone412-565-2850ActivitiesWildlife Watching/BirdingRegistration for Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics is closed.

Thursday

September

11

2014

See the Park Series

See the Park Series

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEach week we set out from the park office to explore a different trail in the park. This week we will venture up the Three Mile Trail. This trail is a bit rugged and steep in spots. It offers beautiful views of the valley and travels through the mountain laurel and blueberries on Tuscarora Mountain. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Thursday

September

11

2014

Tales for Tots

Tales for Tots

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LocationJacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast RdCityNazarethStatePAZip Code18064Location Phone610-746-2801CountyNorthamptonRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionJoin us for story time followed by nature activities for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each week we will explore a different topic. Activities may involve arts and crafts or short hikes related to the topic of the story. Adults must accompany their child. Children that attend all six sessions will earn a DiscoverE Hide n’ Seekers certificate.ContactsAndy FedorContact Emailanfedor@pa.govContact Phone610-746-2801ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsDiscoverERegistration for Tales for Tots is closed.

Thursday

September

11

2014

The Wildlife of Ricketts Walk

The Wildlife of Ricketts Walk

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LocationRicketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487CityBentonStatePAZip Code17814Location Phone570-477-7780CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionJoin us for a journey through an enchanting Old Growth Forest where we will explore what kind of wildlife, from chipmunks to black bears, that we may encounter at Ricketts Glen! We'll walk the same trail as the Native Americans on their hunting expeditions. Meet at the Adams Falls/Evergreen Trail parking lot off of Rt. 118. (IN CASE OF RAIN, THIS WALK WILL BE RESCHEDULED)ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

Thursday

September

11

2014

Thursday Play Day at the Outdoor Classroom

Thursday Play Day at the Outdoor Classroom

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LocationDelaware Canal State Park
Giving Pond Recreation Area
1125 River Rd./PA-32CityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionStaff at Delaware Canal State Park have been working on the Outdoor Classroom area at Giving Pond for a few years, and we're excited to show it off to the world. The Outdoor Classroom is especially designed to introduce young learners to the out of doors. Areas for dirt and sand digging, climbing, building forts and natural block structures, nature art, a native flower garden and meadow, and more give young children and anyone with a youthful spirit a chance for hands on interaction with the natural world.

Come join us for free play, activities, and a good time. Sign-ups for DiscoverE kids day camps at the Outdoor Classroom in August will be available. While the day's activities (ages 3 and up with accompanying adult) will take place from 10-12, the area will be open and staffed from 9 am to 1 pm. Feel free to come early and stay late.ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/BirdingThis program is full or the registration deadline has passed. Please contact us about being added to the waitlist or to find out about upcoming opportunities.

Friday

September

12

2014

Campfire on the Beach

Campfire on the Beach

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionBring a lawn chair or beach towel and meet at Presque Isle State Park's Environmental Educators for its last evening campfire of the season at Beach #11. Fun for the whole family, dress for the weather. No fee or registration required.Contact Phone814-833-7424ActivitiesCampfire Programs

Friday

September

12

2014

Family Night

Family Night

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LocationJacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast RdCityNazarethStatePAZip Code18064Location Phone610-746-2801CountyNorthamptonRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionBring your family along to the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center for an evening outdoor adventure followed by a craft. On the second Friday of each month we will explore a different topic, from frogs, to butterflies, to hiking at night! On September 12th we'll explore the world of insects. We'll learn how to identify them and all about their cool adaptations! Wear sturdy shoes for the walk and old clothes for the craft, we might get messy! This program is best for families with children ages 5 and up. Registration is required.ContactsLauren ForsterContact Emaillaforster@pa.govContact Phone610-746-2801ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive Walks[Click Here To Register For Family Night - 6 Openings Available]

Friday

September

12

2014

Friday Night Hiking Series: The Colvin Trail

Friday Night Hiking Series: The Colvin Trail

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LocationShawnee State Park
132 State Park RoadCitySchellsburgStatePAZip Code15559-7300CountyBedfordRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionStart the weekend off right with a relaxing hike at Shawnee State Park. Every other Friday night throughout the summer we will highlight a different trail in the park. This week we will be hiking the Colvin Trail. The hike is 1 mile long over easy terrain. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the Colvin Boat Launch area off of PA-96.ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Friday

September

12

2014

Game Night!

Game Night!

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the park naturalist for game night! Choose between Wildlife Jenga, Scatland, and Earthopoly! Bring a team or play as an individual.

Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesChildren's Programs

Friday

September

12

2014

Golden Trails: Mushrooms

Golden Trails: Mushrooms

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionPark staff will lead a leisurely trail exploration for hikers of a "certain age" who would prefer to take time to look closely at the curiosities of the natural world rather than covering distance. Bring your cameras, field guides and stories to share during a 1.0-1.5 mile hike over fairly flat terrain with an uneven walking surface. Water and sturdy shoes are recommended, and trekking poles, if you have them. This event is designed for adults in their "golden years" who enjoy socializing while hiking at a relaxed pace.

Meet at the Fuller Lake Bath HouseContact Emailangelesmit@pa.govContact Phone717-486-7174ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksHiking and Walking

Friday

September

12

2014

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering

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LocationGreenwood Furnace State Park
15795 Greenwood RoadCityHuntingdonStatePAZip Code16652-5831Location Phone814-667-1800CountyHuntingdonRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionThe Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a weekend of music with plenty of opportunities to share, jam, dance and learn. The gathering will be held September 12 - 14. More information about the 2014 Folk Gathering will be available in early summer. Musicians of all levels as well as non-musicians who wish to listen or experiment, or pick up a dance step or two, are invited to participate in workshops designed and led by professional instuctors. Saturday evening’s highlight will be a concert with Simple Gifts followed by a contradance.

WORKSHOP FEE and INFORMATION: Visit www.folkgathering.com for fees and workshop information. More detailed informaiton will be availabler later this summer.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION: For additional information for the workshop please call the Huntingdon County Arts Council at (814) 643-6220 or by email at huntingdonarts@comcast.net.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Modern campsites with hot showers and flush toilets are available at the park; also, special primitive camping arrangements have been made, with toilets nearby and showers a short walk away. To register for camping (primitive or modern) for this event, contact the park directly at 814-667-1800 and indicate that you are a folk gathering registrant. Do not register for camping by using the State Parks reservation system (888-PA-PARKS or visitPAparks.com). Bed & breakfast and hotel accommodations are available in Big Valley, Lewistown, Huntingdon, and State College areas.


This program is partially funded by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour; developed by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Event Time: 6 pm Friday to 5 pm SundaySponsorsHuntingdon County Arts CouncilContactsIlona BallreichContact Emailhuntingdonarts@comcast.netContact Phone814-643-6220More Infohttp://www.folkgathering.comActivitiesConcertHistory ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsMusic[Click Here To Register For Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering - 150 Openings Available]

Friday

September

12

2014

Huntin' Camp

Huntin' Camp

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LocationClear Creek State Park
38 Clear Creek Park RoadCitySigelStatePAZip Code15860-6702Location Phone814 752-2368CountyJeffersonRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionWith the diversity of wildlife and the vastness of the forests, the PA Wilds has been a favorite destination for hunters for decades. We welcome the new generation that has already decided to hunt, to learn with their families the traditions that accompany the hunt. Huntin' Camp teaches families how to make reservations, pack the gear and pursue the game. From campfire building to training Hunting dogs and a chili contest, Huntin' Camp is a unique experience for those heading afield. Participants may register for a cabin through the park office or choose to stay in the campground for this weekend long event. Contact the park office for more information.ContactsSuzann RenselContact Emailra-clearcreekenved@pa.govContact Phone814 752-2368ActivitiesCampfire ProgramsCamping[Click Here To Register For Huntin' Camp]

Friday

September

12

2014

Pa Natural Symbols Walk

Pa Natural Symbols Walk

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the naturalist for a walk through the park where we will discover the Pennsylvania natives that symbolize our state. Meet at the nature center.ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

Saturday

September

13

2014

4th Annual Outdoor Heritage Festival

4th Annual Outdoor Heritage Festival

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LocationRyerson Station State Park
361 Bristoria RoadCityWind RidgeStatePAZip Code15380-1258Location Phone724-428-4254CountyGreeneRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionThe following events will be will be set at scheduled times: Flag Raising Ceremony at 10am, Sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest at 1pm. All other events will take place throught the day: Modern and Taditional Archery Demonstrations, Local Re-Enactors, Educational Programs, Trapping and Primitive Skills Demos, Vendors, Beekeeping Basics, Get your Big Buck Scored, Childrens Activities, Chicken BBQ and other foods, Call for campground information or contact the park main office for any additional information.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsFestivalsHiking and WalkingInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksSpecial Events

Saturday

September

13

2014

AMC Giving Pond Afternoon Paddle

AMC Giving Pond Afternoon Paddle

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LocationGiving Pond Recreation Area
1125 River Rd. (PA-32)
CityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972-9540Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionCome join Applachian Mountain Club leader and Delaware Canal State Park educator Ian Kindle for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area and identifying local wildlife.

The park will provide the use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets. We have a limited number of child sized life jackets for ages 6 or younger. Please inquire about availability. Donations for this program are appreciated!ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/BirdingI'm sorry but this program is full or the registration deadline has passed. Please register for another session or contact us for more information.

Saturday

September

13

2014

AMC Giving Pond Morning Paddle

AMC Giving Pond Morning Paddle

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LocationGiving Pond Recreation Area
1125 River Rd. (PA-32)
CityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972-9540Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionCome join Applachian Mountain Club leader and Delaware Canal State Park educator Ian Kindle for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area and identifying local wildlife.

The park will provide the use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets. We have a limited number of child sized life jackets for ages 6 or younger. Please inquire about availability. Donations for this program are appreciated!ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingWildlife Watching/BirdingI'm sorry but this program is full or the registration deadline has passed. Please register for another session or contact us for more information.

Saturday

September

13

2014

Bass Tournament

Bass Tournament

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LocationGifford Pinchot State Park
2200 Rosstown Rd.CityLewisberryStatePAZip Code17339-9787CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionBring a Friend Tournament Trail is holding a bass fishing tournament on Pinchot Lake. They will be leaving from boat mooring area #3. Event time: 6:30 am to 2:00 pmSponsorsBring A Friend Tournament TrailContactsJill DunnContact Phone717-697-7393ActivitiesFishing/Spinning Tackle

Saturday

September

13

2014

Bethany Outreach Center 5K Run, Walk and Bike Race

Bethany Outreach Center 5K Run, Walk and Bike Race

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionPlease join us at Beach #1 for a 5K Run, Walk and Bike Race to benefit Bethany Outreach Center. Please call the Center for more information at (814) 456-6254.SponsorsBethany Outreach CenterContactsDeb GallowayContact Phone814-456-6254More Infohttp://www.bethanyoutreachcenter.orgActivitiesOther

Saturday

September

13

2014

Binoculars for Beginners

Binoculars for Beginners

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the park naturalist as we discuss the mechanics of binoculars. This program is for beginners who are new to binoculars and birding. There will be time after the discussion to do some beginner birding. Field IDs will be available.

Meet at the gazebo near the beach.ActivitiesWildlife Watching/Birding

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BioDiversity in Poe Valley

BioDiversity in Poe Valley

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LocationPoe Valley State Park beach house breezeway
c/o Reeds GapCityMilroyStatePAZip Code17063-9735CountyCentreRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionJoin the Park Naturalist for a short walk and discussion on the various animal communities living in and around Poe Valley State Park. Pelts, animal artifacts, bird calls, and some limited critters will be investigated. All ages. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the beach house breezeway.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksWildlife Watching/Birding

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Birding 101

Birding 101

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LocationOle Bull State Park
31 Valhalla LaneCityCross ForkStatePAZip Code17729-9701Location Phone814-435-5000CountyPotterRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionInterested in keeping track of what bird species you have seen? Come learn more about the different birds that call Ole Bull State Park home. Afterwards, you will be shown how to make your very own bird journal. Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksWildlife Watching/Birding

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Cache In Trash Out Event

Cache In Trash Out Event

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LocationFrench Creek State Park
843 Park RoadCityElversonStatePAZip Code19520-9523CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionJoin other geocachers and volunteers for this CITO (Cache In Trash Out) event. These events bring cachers together to clean up and maintain our natural areas. For this CITO, we will be picking up trash along Route 345. Bring work gloves and sturdy shoes; all other equipment will be provided. All geocachers and volunteers welcome, from veterans to beginners. Meet at the parking lot at Shed Rd and Route 345. Registration is requested; sign up at www.geocaching.com, or email FrenchCreekEnvEd@pa.gov.ActivitiesGeocachingHiking and WalkingSpecial EventsVolunteers[Click Here To Register For Cache In Trash Out Event]

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Chestnut Trees in PA - The American Chestnut Foundation

Chestnut Trees in PA - The American Chestnut Foundation

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LocationSalt Springs State Park
c/o LackawannaCityDaltonStatePAZip Code18414-9785CountySusquehannaRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionVicki Brownell will give a presentation about the history of our dwindling population of Chestnut trees, the work of the American Chestnure Foundation, and what we can do to bring our Chestnut trees back to this area. Information about the Foundation will be shared, inclunding membership, meetings, and how to start plantings. Meet at the Weaton House.

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Non-members - $5/person
Members - Free
Children - FreeActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Cowans Gap History

Cowans Gap History

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionCome to the Amphitheater to learn about the history of the park. From the French and Indian War and a secret marriage to the CCC and the many boys that helped build the structures you see around the park today.ActivitiesHistory Programs

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Elk in the First Fork Valley

Elk in the First Fork Valley

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
Park Office and Wildlife Center
4843 Park RoadCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720Location Phone814-647-8401CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionIt is that time of year again. The bugling of the elk will soon be heard throughout the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek area. Learn about the restoration of elk in Pennsylvania and how these majestic animals have adapted to life in the First Fork Valley. This free, family-friendly program will begin with a presentation in the Wildlife Center classroom, followed by a guided trip to view wildlife in the park.

For more information about these programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact Kim Lott, Environmental Education Specialist, at 814-647-8401 ext. 106 or by email at KLOTT@pa.gov.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
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September

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End of Summer PICNIC!

End of Summer PICNIC!

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LocationCanoe Creek State Park
205 Canoe Creek RoadCityHollidaysburgStatePAZip Code16648-9752CountyBlairRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionCanoe Creek State Park and the Friends of Canoe Creek State Park are excited to invite you to our picnic! We invite all active volunteers, members of the Friends group and anyone interested in volunteering or joining the group. We’ll provide the hotdogs and hamburgers, you bring the family and a dish to share. Please RSVP by Sept 17 by calling 695-6807 to register for your spot!ActivitiesOther

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Explore Chapman by Canoe and Kayak

Explore Chapman by Canoe and Kayak

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LocationChapman State Park
4790 Chapman Dam RoadCityClarendonStatePAZip Code16313Location Phone814-723-0259CountyWarrenRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionExplore Chapman State Park by Canoe and Kayak!. Enjoy the fall leaves by boat. Meet at the Beach Concession building. Pre-registration is required as canoes and kayaks are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, but you must register. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at 814-723-0250 by Friday, September 12, 2014. This program is free of charge and open to the public.ContactsJen Moore EESContact Emailjennmoore@pal.govContact Phone814-723-0259ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

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Family Fly Fishing Program

Family Fly Fishing Program

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LocationRicketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487CityBentonStatePAZip Code17814Location Phone570-477-7780CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionHave you ever wondered what it would be like to fly fish or what fly fishing is? Now is your opportunity to try fly fishing at no cost to you: no fishing license or equipment needed!
PA Fish and Boat Commission is providing a FREE “Fly Fishing Introduction Course” Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton. This course is designed for families interested in learning the basics of fly fishing equipment, casting techniques and on water skills.
This course is the perfect place to learn fly fishing basics and meet other people interested in fishing! Invite your friends, family or anybody else who may be interested in joing you and the PA Fish and Boat Commission for a day of fun on the water with a fly.

This program is being hosted by the DCNR Ricketts Glen State Park.

Pre-registration is required: Register by 4 p.m. September 11, 2014 . Registration can be completed online at www.gonefishingpa.com under the family fishing program link. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and space is limited. Participants should dress for the weather. The program will be held rain or shine.
If you have questions about the program please contact Allan Schreffler at 570-477-2206.
SponsorsPA Fish & Boat CommissionContactsAllan SchrefflerContact Phone570-477-2206ActivitiesFly FishingSpecial Events

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Family Paddle

Family Paddle

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LocationPromised Land State Park
100 Lower Lake RoadCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionGrab the kids or grandkids for a day of family fun on the water! Cost is $5.pp and includes kayak, paddle and pfd. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and bring water. There are a limited number of kayaks available, so please call Alison at 570-676-0567 to reserve a space. Program will be cancelled in the event of rain or heavy wind. Meet at the Upper Lake on Sat., Sept. 13 at 1pm.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

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Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionParticipants can learn the basics of kayaking with others who are also in their “golden years”. Then, the retirees will take a guided tour of Laurel Lake, discovering the beautiful flora and fauna that can be seen by boat. Bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen, clothes to get wet, and shoes for walking in the water. Personal floatation devices and other essential equipment will be provided.

Space is limited; participants must register online, at the park office, or by calling 717-486-7174. Participants will meet in the lower parking lot of Laurel Lake.

Availability for walk-ins will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Meet at the “kayak shed”:
Directions:
If traveling from the south/ park office, travel 2 miles north of the park office. You will see a gravel lot with canoes, kayaks and rowboats, this is the boat rental business at the park- do not turn here. Make either of the next two right turns after the boat rental lot into the parking areas for Laurel Lake. Once parked, look for a yellow gate near the entrance of the lower lot. The meeting place, a small launch area with a brown shed, is just beyond the gate.

If traveling from the north/ PA route 34, travel past the concrete dam on the left and make either of the next two left turns into the parking areas for Laurel Lake. Once parked, look for a yellow gate near the entrance of the lower lot. The meeting place, a small launch area with a brown shed, is just beyond the gate.
Contact Emailangelesmit@pa.govContact Phone717-486-7174ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingInterpretive Programs[Click Here To Register For Golden Paddle - 13 Openings Available]

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Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionParticipants can learn the basics of kayaking with others who are also in their “golden years”. Then, the retirees will take a guided tour of Laurel Lake, discovering the beautiful flora and fauna that can be seen by boat. Bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen, clothes to get wet, and shoes for walking in the water. Personal floatation devices and other essential equipment will be provided.

Space is limited; participants must register online, at the park office, or by calling 717-486-7174. Participants will meet in the lower parking lot of Laurel Lake.

Availability for walk-ins will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Meet at the “kayak shed”:
Directions:
If traveling from the south/ park office, travel 2 miles north of the park office. You will see a gravel lot with canoes, kayaks and rowboats, this is the boat rental business at the park- do not turn here. Make either of the next two right turns after the boat rental lot into the parking areas for Laurel Lake. Once parked, look for a yellow gate near the entrance of the lower lot. The meeting place, a small launch area with a brown shed, is just beyond the gate.

If traveling from the north/ PA route 34, travel past the concrete dam on the left and make either of the next two left turns into the parking areas for Laurel Lake. Once parked, look for a yellow gate near the entrance of the lower lot. The meeting place, a small launch area with a brown shed, is just beyond the gate.
Contact Emailangelesmit@pa.govContact Phone717-486-7174ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingInterpretive ProgramsSorry, this session is full. Please check our calendar for other events.

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Hike the Forestry Trails

Hike the Forestry Trails

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the park naturalist for a 3.8 (approximate) mile hike on the lower Tuscarora Forest trails surrounding Colonel Denning. We will take Cider Path to North Slope Haul Road to Crooked Leg Trail to Shade Trail. The first 0.6 miles will be very strenuous. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. THIS PROGRAM IS WEATHER PERMITTING.

Meet the park naturalist at the Day Use Lot 1 parking area. We will then proceed to the "back forestry lot" where we will leave our vehicles.

There will be ten sets of trekking poles for use during this hike. They will be available at the start of the hike.ContactsJulieContact Emailra-nrspcodeees@pa.govContact Phone717-776-5272ActivitiesHiking and Walking[Click Here To Register For Hike the Forestry Trails - 20 Openings Available]

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Historic Oil Well Operation

Historic Oil Well Operation

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LocationMoraine State Park
Park RoadCityPortersvilleStatePAZip Code16051Location Phone724-368-3612CountyButlerRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionCome see a restored oil well in operation! The The Muddy Creek Oil Well #19 is an award-winning restoration site of an antique oil well. The Bessemer Gas Engine and Marshall-Barr No. 19 oil well equipment was restored and the site was first opened for visitors during the Lake Arthur Regatta in August of 2000.

The well will operate from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Volunteers from 3MJC (Moraine, McConnells Mill, Jennings Commission) will be there to operate the engine and answer your questions. So come out and see the Bessemer engine pump some Pennsylvania crude. The central powerhouse site is located beyond the Forestry & Regional office building on Park Rd. (Old 422) off Route 528. Free refreshments will be provided! Visit www.3mjc.org or Check out 3MJC's facebook page for more information.More Infohttp://3mjc.orgActivitiesHistory ProgramsOther

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Introduction to Orienteering

Introduction to Orienteering

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306Location Phone717-486-3799CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionOrienteering is defined as the skill of finding your way on a course using a map and compass. Join members of the Susquehanna Valley Orienteering Club to discover more about the sport of orienteering. Receive instruction on the basics of compass use and reading topographic maps. Participants will also have the opportunity to run a beginners’ level orienteering course. Loaner compasses will be available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. No registration is required for this free program, which will begin in the education building and is recommended for ages 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.Contact Emailkingsgapsp@pa.govContact Phone717-486-3799ActivitiesHiking and WalkingOrienteering

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Junior Bird Club Hawk Watching

Junior Bird Club Hawk Watching

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LocationNescopeck State Park
1137 Honey Hole RoadCityDrumsStatePAZip Code18222Location Phone570-403-2006CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionSeptember is the time to get out there and head to the ridge tops! We'll go hawk watching this trip and look for migrating broadwings and other raptors. Registration is required by calling 570-403-2006. The JBC is for kids ages 9 & up and meets several times throughout the year. There is a one-time fee of $5 for new members who are welcome to join at any time. The program is sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

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Katydid Cadence

Katydid Cadence

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LocationKettle Creek State Park
97 Kettle Creek Park LaneCityRenovoStatePAZip Code17764-9708Location Phone570-923-6004CountyClintonRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionEver hear a katydid sing? Or maybe you heard a katydidn't. Come on over to Kettle Creek State Park and learn about these fascinating insects and also why they are singing at night. Meet at the Nature Center.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Monarch Awareness

Monarch Awareness

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionIt is that time of the year again! The sun is setting earlier, the leaves are beginning to change, and what monarchs still exist have begun their migration to Mexico. This interpretive hike by the park naturalist will explore the present day monarch situation and provide educational materials for individuals to create their own “Monarch Waystation”. A short monarch tagging hike will follow. Meet at Pavilion #6 near Beach
Area. 2:00PM - 3:00PM
If you cannot attend this program but would still like more information on the declining Monarch population, please visit www.monarchwatch.org
ActivitiesWildlife MonitoringInterpretive Programs

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Monarch Migration Madness

Monarch Migration Madness

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LocationFrench Creek State Park
843 Park RoadCityElversonStatePAZip Code19520-9523CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionAs summer winds down, Monarch Butterflies start making their way south on a long, dangerous journey. Watch as they stop at one of our meadows to fuel up for the long trip. Weather-permitting, we will tag and release some Monarchs and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about Monarch migrations. Meet at the park office for this free, family-friendly program. This event may be cancelled in the event of rain.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksWildlife Monitoring

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Movie Night

Movie Night

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the park naturalist for an educational evening movie! Be sure to dress warm and bring a flashlight. Feel free to bring popcorn or a blanket as well.

Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsMovie

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Nature Magnified

Nature Magnified

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionSee nature up close on the big screen at the Amphitheater! Stop by to discover some of the hidden beauty found in the smaller things that live at the park.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Owl Pellets!

Owl Pellets!

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionOwls are one of nature’s neatest nocturnal creatures! Come learn about owls of Pennsylvania, their habits, and their diets by dissecting owl pellets that you can take home with you!
Meet at the Environmental Learning Center 6:00PM - 7:00PM.
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Patriots in the Park

Patriots in the Park

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LocationMt. Pisgah State Park
Hilltop Pavilion
28 Entrance RoadCityTroyStatePAZip Code16947-9448Location Phone570-297-2734CountyBradfordRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionMt. Pisgah State Park is currently planning their 1st annual Patriots in the Park Day, on Saturday, September 13th, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, archery activities and lunch will be provided to all active duty personnel, veterans and their families. If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of this day or sponsoring this event, please contact Nicole Harris 570/297-2734 or email mtpisgahee@pa.govActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingFishing/Spinning TackleVeterans' ProgramsVolunteers

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Pirate's Treasure Hunt

Pirate's Treasure Hunt

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LocationPromised Land State Park
100 Lower Lake RoadCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionLearn how to use a compass to search for clues and find buried "treasure"! Meet at the Masker Museum at 5pm on Saturday, September 13.ActivitiesOrienteering

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Presque Isle Bicycle Tour

Presque Isle Bicycle Tour

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionThe beauty of Presque Isle is best observed at a slower pace. Enjoy our final bike tour of the season on this 10-mile ride and discover some natural park history. Meet at the Cookhouse Pavilion. Bring your own bike or rent from the concession. Helmets are required. Rental fees only.Contact Phone814-833-7424ActivitiesBiking

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Project Wild Teacher Workshop

Project Wild Teacher Workshop

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LocationEnvironmental Learning Classroom
Yellow Creek State Park
170 Route 259 HighwayCityPenn RunStatePAZip Code15765-5941Location Phone724-357-7913CountyIndianaRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionPlease join us for a 1-day Project WILD Workshop for K-12 teachers! Project WILD is a national, award winning K-12 conservation education program about wildlife, people and the environment. During this workshop, participants will experience hands-on activities that help address state education standards while exploring concepts and issues surrounding Pennsylvania wildlife. For $20.00, workshop participants (formal and non-formal educators) will spend the day indoors and outdoors, participating in numerous lessons from the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide. This workshop includes 5.5 Act 48 Hours, the Project WILD Guide, and additional education materials relating to nature and wildlife. Project WILD is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at 724-357-7913.ActivitiesWorkshop

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Raptor Migrations at the Allegheny Front

Raptor Migrations at the Allegheny Front

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LocationOhiopyle State Park
PO Box 105CityOhiopyleStatePAZip Code15470-0105Location Phone724-329-8591CountyFayetteRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionWe will meet at the train station and then carpool to the Allegheny Front where we will observe the annual migrations. We'll join experts from the Allegheny Front Audubon Society who will help us identify the flyers-by. Make sure to dress warmly for this program. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is required at 724-329-0986 or email: rosfuge@pa.govContactsRose FugeContact Emailrosfuge@pa.govContact Phone724-329-0986ActivitiesWildlife Watching/Birding

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Recreational Foraging

Recreational Foraging

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LocationLittle Pine State Park
4205 Little Pine Creek RoadCityWatervilleStatePAZip Code17776-9705Location Phone570-753-6000CountyLycomingRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThis program is intended to introduce participants to some common wild plants that can provide new tastes and textures when added to the menu. Smaples will be served during and after the walk. Meet at the parking lot in front of the office building.ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

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Return of the Fisher

Return of the Fisher

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LocationElk Country Visitor Center
134 Homestead DriveCityBenezetteStatePAZip Code15821CountyElkRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionOriginally 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. See information board in Lobby for program location.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Scout Day at Jacobsburg

Scout Day at Jacobsburg

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LocationJacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast Rd.CityNazarethStatePAZip Code18064Location Phone610-746-2801CountyNorthamptonRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionJoin us for our annual Scout Day! Scouts will rotate through three natural history stations to help complete requirements for patches/badges related to those topics. This year the topics will include insects, amphibians and reptiles, and Leave No Trace ethics. After lunch, the scouts will be involved in a stewardship project in the park which can help satisfy community service requirements. Each scout should bring their own lunch and work gloves. Event is rain or shine and scouts should dress for the weather.ContactsLauren ForsterContact Emaillaforster@pa.govContact Phone610-746-2801ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsVolunteer Work Day[Click Here To Register For Scout Day at Jacobsburg - 22 Openings Available]

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Silver Sneakers Stroll

Silver Sneakers Stroll

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LocationCanoe Creek State Park
205 Canoe Creek RoadCityHollidaysburgStatePAZip Code16648-9752CountyBlairRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionSeniors are invited to join the park naturalist on a feet-friendly trail to enjoy a morning nature walk. Be dressed for fickle weather!
Meet at Wentz Education Center.
ActivitiesHiking and Walking

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Skull Scatter

Skull Scatter

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionStop by the nature center to see check your knowledge of the local wildlife. Can you tell who is who just by their skull?ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Snorkeling the Clarion

Snorkeling the Clarion

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LocationCook Forest State Park
PO Box 120CityCooksburgStatePAZip Code16217-0120Location Phone814-744-8407CountyClarionRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionPlease bring your masks & snorkels to the Park Office to search the river for aquatic insects and fish. This is a great opportunity to see fish and macros up close and personal and undisturbed in their natural habitat. It’s a totally different world down there. Sorry, no children under 12 years old. Minors must be with a participating adult.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksWildlife Watching/Birding

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Stroll With Spot Pet first aid and Dog Hike

Stroll With Spot Pet first aid and Dog Hike

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LocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescription“Calling All Dogs”… Please bring your people partners for a one hour hike guided by Spot. Experience the trail from pup’s point of view and learn about emergency pet first aid. Six foot leashes are requested. Water bottles and bug spray are recommended.
Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingWildlife Watching/Birding

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Tag a Monarch Butterfly

Tag a Monarch Butterfly

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LocationMoraine State Park
225 Pleasant Valley Rd.CityPortersvilleStatePAZip Code16051-9650Location Phone724-368-8811CountyButlerRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionBecome a citizen scientist! Monarch butterflies make an amazing migration each year that allows the species to continue its survival. Meet park staff at Pavilion 7 at McDanel’s Launch on the North Shore to learn about this wonder of nature and to try to tag some Monarchs. We will provide tags and tagging datasheets. Please bring binoculars, a peanut butter jar and a butterfly net if possible.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksWildlife Watching/Birding

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Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi for Health

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LocationRaccoon Creek State Park
3000 State Route 18CityHookstownStatePAZip Code15050-9416Location Phone724-899-3611CountyBeaverRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionTai Chi is an ancient martial art form that is characterized by slow, continuous movements that change shape and direction. Tai Chi is great for calming the mind, while revitalizing the body for people of all ages. Guerney Bolster, a senior trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute, will be leading this program. Please wear flat comfortable shoes, bring a towel or yoga mat to sit on, and be prepared to walk ¼ mile up hill to the practice field. On-line registration required. Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees before program date. Free Program.
ActivitiesFitness[Click Here To Register For Tai Chi for Health - 30 Openings Available]

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Tailgate Hike

Tailgate Hike

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionKickoff your fall football Saturday with a guided hike at Bald Eagle State Park! Team up with the park naturalist as he captains the group on one of the park trails as you discuss environmental topics, or the lineup for the day’s big game. The 45 minute hike will conclude at the Environmental Learning Center where you will have the opportunity to grab some water and explore the mounts and exhibits. This program is sure to be a touchdown! Meet at the Environmental Learning Center 8:30AM - 10:00AMActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksHiking and Walking

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Trailcare at Big Pocono State Park

Trailcare at Big Pocono State Park

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LocationBig Pocono State Park
Parking Lot #3
Camelback Rd.CityTannersvilleStatePAZip Code18372Location Phone570-236-1462CountyMonroeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionTrailcare at Big Pocono State Park. Contact John Motz, 570-236-1462 or trailbuilder@enter.netContactsJohn MotzContact Emailtrailbuilder@enter.netContact Phone570-236-1462ActivitiesVolunteer Work Day

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Webelos Naturalist

Webelos Naturalist

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LocationEnvironmental Education Classroom
Parker Dam State Park
CityPenfieldStatePAZip Code15849-9799Location Phone814-765-0630CountyClearfieldRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThis program is for Cub Scouts who are looking to fill their requirements for the Webelos Naturalist activity pin. Registered participants will meet in the Environmental Education Classroom, next to the Park Office. Be prepared for outdoor activities, rain or shine. Registering from this site only partially completes registration. You will need to complete registration no later than 7 days prior to the program date by paying the $3.00 registration fee to the Park Office by credit card or state park gift card (over the phone- 814-765-0630) or by check or cash (in person or by mail- Parker Dam State Park, 28 Fairview Rd, Penfield, PA 15849). SPACE IS VERY LIMITED; DO NOT register scouts that you don't know for sure are planning to attend. Seven days prior to the program incomplete/unpaid registrations will be forfeited and spaces will be given to scouts on the waiting list.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsRegistration is full/closed. Please try to register for a Webelos Naturalist program on a different date. To be placed on the waiting list for this date, call the Park Office at (814) 765-0630.

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Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

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FrequencyWeeklyLocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a 1 ½ hour guided pontoon program featuring wildlife watching opportunities. During this leisurely ride we search up to 26 miles of shoreline. We even provide binoculars! Experienced guides and boat captains are DCNR conservation volunteers. Boat departs from the marina. Program cost is $15 per person which must be prepaid at the time of reservation.ActivitiesWildlife Watching/Birding

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September

13

2014

WOLF CREEK FALLS HIKE

WOLF CREEK FALLS HIKE

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LocationTuscarora State Park
687 Tuscarora Park RoadCityBarnesvilleStatePAZip Code18214-9715CountySchuylkillRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionJoin the park naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 am for a spectacular hike to Wolf Creek Falls in Saint Clair. We will meet at the North end of the Wal-Mart parking lot off PA Route 61 in the Coal Creek Commerce Center. This hike is five miles and rated difficult. It will take us up the mountain to Wolf Creek Falls and beyond to the reservoir. This hike is dog-friendly, but all pets must be leashed and get along well with people and other pets. Due to limited space, registration is required by contacting Robin at 570-467-2506 or registering online at dcnr.state.pa.us under the Tuscarora State Park calendar of events.ActivitiesDog WalkHiking and Walking

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September

14

2014

A Taste of History: Dutch Oven Cooking

A Taste of History: Dutch Oven Cooking

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LocationMcConnells Mill State Park
Gristmill CourtyardCityPortersvilleStatePAZip Code16051-9401CountyLawrenceRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionVisit the courtyard of the historic gristmill anytime from 12:00-3:30p.m. to see Dutch oven cooking in action. Breads were often baked in Dutch ovens, and they can make your next outdoor meal special, too. Grains ground in the gristmill were baked over campfires, iron for the cookware was smelted in Slippery Rock Gorge, and the charcoal to burn for fuel was also made in this valley. Sample Native American and pioneer food specialties! Park at Kildoo Picnic Area, and hike down to the old mill. Handicapped parking available at the mill.
ActivitiesHistory Programs

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Almost Autumn Kayak

Almost Autumn Kayak

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LocationPrince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina RoadCityPattonStatePAZip Code16668-6317CountyCambriaRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionTake in the sights and sounds of summer’s end on this gentle paddle on Glendale Lake.
Registration is required for this program and space is limited. Participants must be at least 12 years of age, and PFDs (life jackets) are required. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Some kayaks are available to borrow, and must be reserved in advance by contacting Beth Garner at 814-674-1000 ext. 105 or princeprogramssp@pa.gov by September 10. Or bring your own! Paddles and PFDs will be provided for those who borrow a kayak. Please register by contacting Beth. Meet at the Beaverdam Boat Launch.
ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingTo register for this program, please contact Beth at 814-674-1000 x105 or princeprogramssp@pa.gov.

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2014

Bark In The Park - Dog Walk Series

Bark In The Park - Dog Walk Series

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LocationNolde Forest Environmental Education Center
2910 New Holland RoadCityReadingStatePAZip Code19607Location Phone610-796-3699CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionDog 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.
9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/19 & 5/3
ActivitiesDog Walk[Click Here To Register For Bark In The Park - Dog Walk Series - 34 Openings Available]

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2014

Beetle Mania

Beetle Mania

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LocationShawnee State Park
132 State Park RoadCitySchellsburgStatePAZip Code15559-7300Location Phone814-733-4218CountyBedfordRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionIt may not be rock and roll, but we will find the answer to this question. "Where would we be Without Beetles?" Find out at the park's H & I Center.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Bike the Border

Bike the Border

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LocationSalt Springs State Park
c/o LackawannaCityDaltonStatePAZip Code18414-9785CountySusquehannaRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionSay “goodbye” to summer with a bike tour of the bordering roads to Salt Springs Park. For those that want a challenge, a mountain bike trail will be chosen. (Participants must have a helmet for the latter.) Bring plenty of water and snacks. Meet at the Wheaton House. Free-will donation.SponsorsFriends of Salt Springs ParkContactsConcetta SchirraContact Emailfriends@epix.netContact Phone570-967-7275ActivitiesBiking

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2014

Birds and Brunch Pontoon Boat Program

Birds and Brunch Pontoon Boat Program

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
Lake Day Use Area
George B. Stevenson DamCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720Location Phone814-647-8401CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionTreat yourself to a leisurely bird-watching pontoon boat excursion on the George B. Stevenson Dam. Enjoy a light brunch on the boat, complete with tablecloths and music, as we cruise along the shores and wetland areas of in search of herons, mergansers, kingfishers, bald eagles, osprey and other birds migrating through the valley at this time of year. With help from Mark Johnson, from the Allegheny Highlands Bird Club, who knows how many birds we might see!!

Program fee of $20.00 per person includes a delicious brunch catered by the award-winning Pizza Palace Plus of Emporium.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.
ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Birds and Brunch Pontoon Boat Program - 4 Openings Available]

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2014

Campground Movie: "The Secret World of Bats"

Campground Movie: "The Secret World of Bats"

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LocationPoe Valley State Park amphitheater
c/o Reeds GapCityMilroyStatePAZip Code17063-9735CountyCentreRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionJoin the Park Naturalist for a documentary on these commonly misunderstood finger-winged flying mammals. Meet at the amphitheater. Approximately 48 mins. All ages. In the event of rain, showing will be cancelled.ActivitiesMovieInterpretive Programs

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2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics

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LocationPoint State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl.CityPittsburghStatePAZip Code15222Location Phone412-565-2850CountyAlleghenyRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin our park naturalist in front of the Fort Pitt Museum for a beginning birding program. The program will last for an hour and will cover the basics of using binoculars and field guides to identify birds. Since this is a program for beginners, it will not be intensive. Normal clothes and walking shoes will be appropriate. Participants must be able to lift and hold a pair of binoculars at eye level for short periods of time.

Point State Park has several binoculars and field guides for participants to use during the program. Equipment and space is limited, so all participants must register prior to the program. To register, click the link below. For more information, please contact the park office at 412-565-2850 or ra-pointsp@pa.gov.

This program can be cancelled due to rain/inclement weather conditions.Contact Emailra-pointsp@pa.govContact Phone412-565-2850ActivitiesWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics - 10 Openings Available]

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DAM HALF & DAM FULL TRAIL RACES

DAM HALF & DAM FULL TRAIL RACES

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LocationR.B. Winter State Park
17215 Buffalo RoadCityMifflinburgStatePAZip Code17844-9656CountyUnionRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionThe Dam Half is a challenging ½ marathon staged in central Pennsylvania that has expanded to become a dual trail competition to include a marathon. We hope that runners and hikers will continue to enjoy the 13-mile course that takes contestants over single & double track trails with some portions of fire roads. The contestants will be subjected to rocks, mud, downed trees, stumps, roots, woodland creatures and small stream crossings. Competitors will scale challenging ascents with scenic vistas before the final downhill to the finish line! The Dam Full will lead runners and speed hikers’ further out along new trails in Bald Eagle State Forest. Sponsored by the Mid Penn Trail Blazers, please contact: MID-PENN TRAILBLAZERS, 280 NORTH HILL ROAD, NEW COLUMBIA, PA 17856SponsorsMID PENN TRAILBLAZERSContactsLORI FOXContact Emailfox.lori1188@yahoo.comMore Infohttp://www.midpenntrailblazers.comActivitiesAdventure Races

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2014

Digital Photography Workshop

Digital Photography Workshop

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LocationMariton Wildlife Sanctuary
Sunnyside Rd.CityEastonStatePAZip Code18042Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionJoin state park educator Ian Kindle and local bird and wildlife watcher and photograpy enthusiast Carole Mebus for a fun and informative opportunity to learn about taking photographs outdoors. Whether you're new to digital photography or an accomplished veteran, this hike will provide an opportunity to take some photos, learn some skills, and have fun on a hike in a beautiful place.

We'll be exploring the trails and meadows at Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and focusing on photos of flowers, insects, birds, and late summer landscapes. Bring your own camera (or anything that takes pictures) or borrow one of the park's loaner cameras. Zoom lenses recommended for bird photography. After the hike we'll have an opportunity to view photographs and discuss free and easy options for photo retouching.ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive WalksNature PhotographyWildlife Watching/BirdingThis program is full or the registration deadline has passed. Please call or e-mail for more information, waiting list, or upcoming opportunities.

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ELC Open House

ELC Open House

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionVisit the ELC to look around at various mounts and educational displays! The park naturalist will be on hand to answer any questions.
Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. 1:00PM - 3:00PM.
ActivitiesOpen House

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2014

Engineers of Black Moshannon Lake

Engineers of Black Moshannon Lake

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionEnjoy a pontoon boat ride to see a beaver lodge. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations will be accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionOne of various running and/or walking events held at Presque Isle State Park each year by the Erie Runners Club.SponsorsErie Runners Club, Inc.ContactsJan & Mike VieyraContact Emaileriemara@gmail.comMore Infohttp://www.erie-runnersclub.orgActivitiesOther

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Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

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LocationKeystone State Park
1150 Keystone Park RoadCityDerryStatePAZip Code15627-3679Location Phone724-668-2939CountyWestmorelandRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionEvery Sunday starting June 1 until September 28, 2014 there will be a Farmer’s Market in the beach parking lot at Keystone State Park. The hours are 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Venders are welcome and the cost to set up is $10 per table.ActivitiesOther

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Frog Hunt

Frog Hunt

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LocationOhiopyle State Park
PO Box 105CityOhiopyleStatePAZip Code15470-0105CountyFayetteRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin us for one of our most fun and popular programs. We’ll meet at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater to discuss our plan of attack. Then we’ll head to the infamous frog pond where we will try and catch some of our elusive green buddies.ContactsJordon DuvallContact Emailjorduvall@pa.govContact Phone724-329-0986ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Give Trekking Poles A Try

Give Trekking Poles A Try

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin the park naturalist on the Rattlesnake Trail and give trekking poles a try! There will be ten sets available. The Rattlesnake Trail is approximately 1.15 miles on moderate terrain. This will be a great trail to try trekking poles for the first time. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Meet at the Rattlesnake Trail trailhead near the dressing stockade below the dam.ContactsJulieContact Emailra-nrspcodeees@pa.govContact Phone717-776-5272ActivitiesHiking and Walking[Click Here To Register For Give Trekking Poles A Try - 10 Openings Available]

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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionEnjoy a pontoon boat ride about the Great Blue Heron. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations will be accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Katydid Cadence

Katydid Cadence

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LocationOle Bull State Park
31 Valhalla LaneCityCross ForkStatePAZip Code17729-9701Location Phone814-435-5000CountyPotterRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionEver hear a katydid sing? Or maybe you heard a katydidn't. Come on over to Ole Bull State Park and learn about these fascinating insects and also why they are singing at night. Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Kayak Basics

Kayak Basics

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LocationParker Dam State Park
28 Fairview RoadCityPenfieldStatePAZip Code15849-9799CountyClearfieldRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionNOTE: There is a $3.00 fee for all participants of this program.
Learn what type of kayak you would be comfortable in, how to prepare for a day on the water, and most important- how to get in, out and get around on the water. Limited number of kayaks available- pre-registration recommended. Contact the Park Office (814-765-0630) to pre-register. This program will take place behind the Beach House.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

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2014

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionNovice and experienced paddlers are welcome to participate in a relaxed 1.5 hour exploration of this quiet reservoir located in Michaux State Forest near Caledonia State Park. Participants meet Kings Gap staff at the lake. Single kayaks, paddles and life vests are provided. Basic instruction and safety procedures will be reviewed before launching. Kings Gap staff will provide a natural history program during each session. Two sessions will be held: 1:00 pm or 3:30 pm. Registration is required at $15 per person by Sept. 10. Call 717-486-5031 for more information or to register.Contact Emailkingsgapsp@pa.govContact Phone717-486-5031ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingInterpretive Programs

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2014

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionNovice and experienced paddlers are welcome to participate in a relaxed 1.5 hour exploration of this quiet reservoir located in Michaux State Forest near Caledonia State Park. Participants meet Kings Gap staff at the lake. Single kayaks, paddles and life vests are provided. Basic instruction and safety procedures will be reviewed before launching. Kings Gap staff will provide a natural history program during each session. Two sessions will be held: 1:00 pm or 3:30 pm. Registration is required at $15 per person by Sept. 10. Call 717-486-5031 for more information or to register.Contact Emailkingsgapsp@pa.govContact Phone717-486-5031ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingInterpretive Programs

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Look at the Lake

Look at the Lake

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionFind out what animals and plants depend on the lake for their survival during this pontoon boat ride. This is a first come first serve program due to the limited seats. PFD's will be provided. Age limit-4 years and older. Meet at Boat Launch #1. Donations will be accepted.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Marsh Creek Trail Days

Marsh Creek Trail Days

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FrequencyMonthlyLocationMarsh Creek State Park
675 Park Rd.CityDowningtownStatePAZip Code19335-1898Location Phone610-458-5119CountyChesterRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionPlease join us to help maintain and improve the trails at Marsh Creek. Work will include repairing trails, rerouting trails,and planning and building new trails with the approval of park management. We will meet at the West Launch parking lot, N. Reeds Rd. Please dress appropriately for trail work, and bring a water bottle, gloves and snacks. All volunteers must be registered as DCNR Conservation Volunteers. Please register on-line by following this link: https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspx.ActivitiesVolunteer Work Day

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Night Hike

Night Hike

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionMeet at the Amphitheater for a stroll through the park after dark to investigate some of the creatures that are just waking up as night sets in. We will learn some of the amazing adaptations these critters have acquired in order to survive in their dark world.ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

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Open Water Swim Practice

Open Water Swim Practice

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LocationKeystone State Park
1150 Keystone Park RoadCityDerryStatePAZip Code15627-3679Location Phone724-668-2939CountyWestmorelandRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionNo Boundaries Fitness will be conducting an open swim at Keystone State Park every 2nd Sunday of each month. It will be held from May thru September. Safety boats will be in the lake while swimmers are in the water. The swim will last about 1 1/2 hours starting at 10:00am and at 11:00 am. The swim will start at the beach and go towards the boat rental and back for a 1 mile loop. The cost of the swim is free but they are accepting donations of $10 to pay for park fees and boat rentals. Please come ½ hour early before your time slot for a pre-swim meeting that last about 15 minutes. Learn more at: www.nbfit.netSponsorsNo Boundries Fitness and American Adventure SportsContactsNo Boundries FitnessContact Phone724-261-7616More Infohttps://www.facebook.com/NoBoundariesFitness/app_9953271133ActivitiesSpecial Events

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The Beauty of Botany Series

The Beauty of Botany Series

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LocationNolde Forest Environmental Education Center
2910 New Holland RoadCityReadingStatePAZip Code19607Location Phone610-796-3699CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionDr. Susan Munch will present seasonal botany topics. Indoor program in C. H. McConnell Hall followed by forest walk for hands on identification, weather permitting. Registration is requested.
Sundays 1-3PM
9/14Fall Wildflowers
10/12Mosses & Ferns of the Forest
11/9Using Buds for Winter Tree ID
12/7Evergreens of the Forest: Woody and Herbaceous
Call 610 796-3699 or email noldeforestsp@pa.gov to registerActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksNature Photography[Click Here To Register For The Beauty of Botany Series - 30 Openings Available]

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Trail Walk and Talk

Trail Walk and Talk

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LocationElk Country Visitor Center
134 Homestead DriveCityBenezetteStatePAZip Code15821CountyElkRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin a staff member as we hike the trails around The Elk Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit these fields and woods. While on the trails put your identification skills to the test as we try to correctly ID any wildlife and birds that we may encounter. Some binoculars and field guides will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them! See information board in Lobby for program location.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Tree I.D.

Tree I.D.

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LocationPrince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina RoadCityPattonStatePAZip Code16668-6317CountyCambriaRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionCome along on this gentle walk as we lean to identify several common trees of Pennsylvania by leaf, bark, and fruit. This program is suitable for all ages and would be great for scouts or school projects, or for anyone interested in getting to know the forest better. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at Muskrat Beach #3.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive Walks

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2014

UFDs, Unidentified Flying Discs: An Introduction to Disc Golf

UFDs, Unidentified Flying Discs: An Introduction to Disc Golf

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LocationPoint State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl.CityPittsburghStatePAZip Code15222Location Phone412-565-2850CountyAlleghenyRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin our park naturalist in the great lawn to learn a little bit about a fun sport called disc golf. Our park naturalist will be have the equipment out for one hour and will cover the basics of playing disc golf. Normal clothes and walking shoes will be appropriate for the program, but be prepared for a moderate level of physical activity including throwing discs that weigh 175 grams (approximately 0.38 pounds).

This program can be cancelled due to rain/muddy ground conditions.

For more information, contact the park office at 412-565-2850 or at ra-pointsp@pa.gov.Contact Emailra-pointsp@pa.govContact Phone412-565-2850ActivitiesDisc Golf

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Walking the Milky Way

Walking the Milky Way

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LocationCherry Springs State Park
c/o Lyman RunCityGaletonStatePAZip Code16922CountyPotterRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin park staff and volunteers as we travel this roadway in the sky. Starting with Cassiopeia in the north, travel through Cygnus and arrive at Sagittarius on the southern horizon. Experience the view as we look into the center of the Milky Way.


Programs are conducted at the Night Sky Viewing Area. Follow the red lit walkway from the public program parking section to the seating area.

If the sky is unfavorable for stargazing, an alternative program may be held. Programs will be cancelled in the event of rain.

The Clear Sky Chart for Cherry Springs offers cloud cover forcasts to help you plan for a successful evening of observing the night sky.

The park asks that visitors to the Night Sky programs to please leave their pets at home. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment do not create a pet friendly environment.

ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsStargazing

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2014

What Happened to the Water?

What Happened to the Water?

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThe lake is being drawn down on September 8th. Join us at the Amphitheater to find out how this will effect the lake. We will take a walk around the lake to see what is being done and how things change when it is lowered 4 feet.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Whoodunnit Mystery

Whoodunnit Mystery

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionSomething is amiss in Little Critterville! Become a detective and help us analyze the evidence, question the suspects and hear from the witnesses as we try to determine who is guilty! Meet at the Amphitheater to be part of this interactive murder mystery!ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

Wildlife Watchers on the Water Pontoon program

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FrequencyWeeklyLocationCodorus State Park
2600 Smith Station RoadCityHanover PAStatePAZip Code17331-8000CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a 1 ½ hour guided pontoon program featuring wildlife watching opportunities. During this leisurely ride we search up to 26 miles of shoreline. We even provide binoculars! Experienced guides and boat captains are DCNR conservation volunteers. Boat departs from the marina. Program cost is $15 per person which must be prepaid at the time of reservation.ActivitiesWildlife Watching/Birding

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

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

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FrequencyDailyLocationWorlds End State Park
82 Cabin Bridge RdCityForksvilleStatePAZip Code18616-0062CountySullivanRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionTeachers 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.ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsSchool Programs

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Homeschool Days - Raptors and Songbirds

Homeschool Days - Raptors and Songbirds

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionCowans Gap State Park is excited to announce the addition of monthly Homeschool Days to be held this season! This is a great opportunity to get the kids out and have some fun in the park while learning about the world around them! Programs are offered free of charge and are open to any school aged children who are homeschooled. Pre-registration is required by contacting the park office at (717)485-3948. IF registering online, please place the childrens names and ages in the notes section.

During this program, we will look at birds and their homes. We will start out at Cowans Gap and then will carpool to the pulpit (about 7 miles away) for hawk watching!ActivitiesSchool ProgramsThis program is now full. Please contact the park office for more information.

Monday

September

15

2014

Hound Hike

Hound Hike

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionDogs are man’s best friend and love to get out of the house too. Enjoy a free hike with your tail-wagging friend in the Fuller Area.

Dogs must be leashed and should be friendly with other dogs. Only one dog per hiker. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Meet at the Fuller bath house.ActivitiesDog WalkHiking and WalkingInterpretive Walks

Wednesday

September

17

2014

Homemade Soap Making

Homemade Soap Making

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LocationParker Dam State Park
28 Fairview RoadCityPenfieldStatePAZip Code15849-9799CountyClearfieldRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionNote: A $3.00 program fee and pre-registration is required for this program.
Natural soap making is a traditional craft using natural products that (once finished) do not harm our health or our environment. Join us as we discuss and demonstrate the process of soap making in the traditional way. Participants will learn how to make their own soap and discover which of the various ingredients may be beneficial to them. Contact the Park Office to get more information or to pre-register by calling: (814) 765-0630, or emailing: parkerdamee@pa.gov. This program will be held in the Environmental Education Classroom, annexed to the Park Office.
ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsLiving Green[Click Here To Register For Homemade Soap Making - 40 Openings Available]

Wednesday

September

17

2014

Mom's Morning Out

Mom's Morning Out

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LocationFrances Slocum State Park
565 Mount Olivet Rd.CityWyomingStatePAZip Code18644-9333Location Phone570-696-3525CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionRegistration required. Call 570-696-9105 to sign up.

Moms, get the kids off to school, then come out and enjoy a morning kayak paddle. We'll paddle along the edge of the lake and look for plants and wildlife. More information given upon registration.ContactsKathy KelchnerContact EmailRA-nrspfrsleep@pa.govContact Phone570-696-9105ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingInterpretive Programs

Wednesday

September

17

2014

Sam Mohawk and the Wigton Massacre

Sam Mohawk and the Wigton Massacre

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LocationJennings Environmental Education Center
2951 Prospect Rd.CitySlippery RockStatePAZip Code16057-5023Location Phone724-794-6011CountyButlerRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionSeptember 17th at 7PM at Jennings Environmental Education Center

Program: Brad Pflugh, a board member of the Butler Historical Society and head of the history department at Knoch High School, will present a program about the Wigton Massacre. The events that lead up to the massacre, the manhunt and capture of Sam Mohawk, and the trial and execution will be discussed.
The public is welcome to this meeting of 3MJC.

Sponsors3MJCContact Emailjenningssp@pa.govContact Phone724-794-6011ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Wednesday

September

17

2014

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThese free weekly hikes are briskly-paced, 2.0 - 2.5 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 5:30 p.m. Please note earlier start time and shorter distance!
Contact Emailgpadilla@pa.govContact Phone717-486-3799ActivitiesHiking and Walking

Wednesday

September

17

2014

Wednesday Morning Hike. Meet at Firetower Road.

Wednesday Morning Hike. Meet at Firetower Road.

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LocationFrench Creek State Park
843 Park RoadCityElversonStatePAZip Code19520-9523Location Phone610-582-9680CountyBerksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionEnjoy a guided hike in the park with park staff and fellow hikers. Blaze orange is recommended while hiking in the park in autumn (we will provide if you do not have your own). Wear sturdy hiking shoes (most trails tend to be fairly rocky) and bring water and snacks. Leashed, friendly dogs welcome. Today's hike: 2.5 miles, fairly easy. Meet at Firetower Road parking lot. From Birdsboro, follow Route 345 South. Turn right onto Geigertown Road. Follow approx. 1.5 miles and turn left onto Firetower Road. Follow approx. 1.5 miles to parking lot entrance on left-follow access road up the hill to the upper parking lot near the Fire Tower. Physical address for GPS/MapQuest: 617 Firetower Road, Elverson, PA. Email FrenchCreekEnvEd@pa.gov for a map of the meeting location.ActivitiesHiking and Walking[Click Here To Register For Wednesday Morning Hike. Meet at Firetower Road.]

Wednesday

September

17

2014

Wild About Elk Homeschool Day

Wild About Elk Homeschool Day

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
40 Maples Day Use Area
4843 Park RoadCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720Location Phone814-647-8401CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionCalling all homeschoolers! Bring your children to Sinnemahoning for fun and learning. On Wednesday, September 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sinnemahoning State Park environmental education program will offer “Wild About Elk” to homeschooled students in grades K-12. Students will enjoy learning through stories, crafts, games, and hands-on activities.

This program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To register your child, please call the park office at Sinnemahoning State Park at 814-647-8401, email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov, or CLICK BELOW TO REGISTER ONLINE.

Program size is limited so registering early is encouraged.

All programs will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Please bring a lunch. Meet at the 40 Maples Day Use Area.

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
ActivitiesSchool ProgramsChildren's ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive WalksWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Wild About Elk Homeschool Day - 44 Openings Available]

Thursday

September

18

2014

Afternoon & Evening Kayaking - Afternoon

Afternoon & Evening Kayaking - Afternoon

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin us for one of two shoreline paddles led by the park naturalist. We’ll talk about the history of the park, plants and animals too. Bring your own kayak or borrow one from the park. Registration is required and limited by the number of boats we have. Meet at the main boat launch area. Suitable for beginners or novices. Must be 12 years or older to participate, under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To register or reserve a kayak call 717-567-9255.Contact Phone717-567-9255ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

Thursday

September

18

2014

Afternoon & Evening Kayaking -Evening

Afternoon & Evening Kayaking -Evening

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin us for one of two shoreline paddles led by the park naturalist. We’ll talk about the history of the park, plants and animals too. Bring your own kayak or borrow one from the park. Registration is required and limited by the number of boats we have. Meet at the main boat launch area. Suitable for beginners or novices. Must be 12 years or older to participate, under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To register or reserve a kayak call 717-567-9255.Contact Phone717-567-9255ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

Thursday

September

18

2014

Home Schoolers Day - Riding the Wind

Home Schoolers Day - Riding the Wind

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LocationRicketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487CityBentonStatePAZip Code17814Location Phone570-477-7780CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionOnce again, Ricketts Glen will be offering programs for home schoolers that meet the Environmental Education Academic Standards for the State of PA. At this program, we will touch on bird behavior, life cycles, and physical characteristics of birds. We'll look for some "live examples"as well as examine bird adaptations in relation to habitat and niche. Focal point will be on the mystery of migration. These programs are free, however, registration is required as space is limited. Contact: JUDY ADAMIC, EES, at: (570) 477-7780 or e-mail above. Programs begin at the Visitor's Center.ActivitiesHomeschool Program[Click Here To Register For Home Schoolers Day - Riding the Wind - 25 Openings Available]

Thursday

September

18

2014

Home Schoolers Day - Seasonal Changes

Home Schoolers Day - Seasonal Changes

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LocationRicketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487CityBentonStatePAZip Code17814Location Phone570-477-7780CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionOnce again, Ricketts Glen will be offering programs for home schoolers that meet the Environmental Education Academic Standards for the State of PA. The first session is:SEASONAL CHANGES, where you will be joining us on a woodland walk as we discuss the changes the animals and plants undertake at this time of year, how they adapt to these changes, and how they survive through the long, hard winter. Programs are free, however, registration is required as space is limited. Please call, JUDY ADAMIC, EES, at (570) 477-7780 or e-mail above to register.ActivitiesHomeschool Program[Click Here To Register For Home Schoolers Day - Seasonal Changes - 25 Openings Available]

Thursday

September

18

2014

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionHelp us keep the park in tip-top shape! Volunteers are needed to assist with trail maintance, litter clean up, gardening, nature center chores, and campground clean up. If interested, please contact the park office at (717) 485-3948.ActivitiesVolunteer Work Day

Thursday

September

18

2014

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Fantastic Fall

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Fantastic Fall

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a fun morning in the outdoors with the half-pints in your life! This program is for ages 2-6 and will include songs, a story, craft and activity. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, please only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6.

Meet at the Fuller Lake bath house at 9:30am.

Pine Grove Furnace Half-pints will be held every other Thursday at 9:30am and 11 am from September 4- October 16. Please register for each session individually.
ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive Programs[Click Here To Register For Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Fantastic Fall - 9 Openings Available]

Thursday

September

18

2014

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Fantastic Fall

Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Fantastic Fall

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionEnjoy a fun morning in the outdoors with the half-pints in your life! This program is for ages 2-6 and will include songs, a story, craft and activity. Please dress for the outdoors. Program will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome; however, when registering, please only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6.

Meet at the Fuller Lake bath house at 11:00am.

Pine Grove Furnace Half-pints will be held every other Thursday at 9:30am and 11 am from September 4- October 16. Please register for each session individually.
ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsInterpretive Programs[Click Here To Register For Pine Grove Furnace Half-Pints - Fantastic Fall - 5 Openings Available]

Thursday

September

18

2014

SCARY SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT

SCARY SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT

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LocationYellow Creek State Park
170 Route 259 HighwayCityPenn RunStatePAZip Code15765-5941Location Phone724-357-7913CountyIndianaRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 – SCARY SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Environmental Learning Classroom

The Sun has just set…light is fading quickly. You feel the darkness start to wrap around your body like a blanket. You hear screams and howls off in the distance. What is that awful sound?? Your heart starts to pound faster, your breathing picks up. You are scared out of your wits. Darkness has a way of taking over your senses. Don’t let these “scary sounds of the night” keep you down and out. There’s an explanation for everything in life. Join the park naturalist as he unravels these mysterious nighttime sounds, followed by a hike around Dragonfly Pond. Bring a flashlight if you have one.

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Thursday

September

18

2014

Tales for Tots

Tales for Tots

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LocationJacobsburg Environmental Education Center
400 Belfast RdCityNazarethStatePAZip Code18064Location Phone610-746-2801CountyNorthamptonRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionJoin us for story time followed by nature activities for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each week we will explore a different topic. Activities may involve arts and crafts or short hikes related to the topic of the story. Adults must accompany their child. Children that attend all six sessions will earn a DiscoverE Hide n’ Seekers certificate.ContactsAndy FedorContact Emailanfedor@pa.govContact Phone610-746-2801ActivitiesChildren's ProgramsDiscoverE[Click Here To Register For Tales for Tots - 15 Openings Available]

Thursday

September

18

2014

Varden History Hike

Varden History Hike

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LocationVarden Conservation Area
c/o Promised LandCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionTake a guided tour of the historic structures located in Varden. We'll make some rubbings using charcoal and tracing paper to try and discover the names and dates on some of the old, worn tombstones in the cemetary that is the resting place of some of the earliest pioneers to this area. Meet at the Tannery Road access area at 5:30 pm on September 18.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingHistory Programs

Thursday

September

18

2014

What's that Tree?

What's that Tree?

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LocationParker Dam State Park
28 Fairview RoadCityPenfieldStatePAZip Code15849-9799CountyClearfieldRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThere are a great many trees in the forest. Learn about some of the common ones and how you can easily identify them. If you have a leaf collection that is due, this will be a great opportunity to see a variety of species; and, one of the only times that you will have permission to take leaves from any of the trees in the park. Meet in the Environmental Education Classroom, annexed to the Park Office.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Friday

September

19

2014

Bugs of the Underworld

Bugs of the Underworld

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LocationKettle Creek State Park
97 Kettle Creek Park LaneCityRenovoStatePAZip Code17764-9708Location Phone570-923-6004CountyClintonRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThere's a whole world underneath the surface of the water. What's it like? What creatures live beneath the water? Come and find out! A video will be shown. Meet at the Lower Campground's Nature Center.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

Friday

September

19

2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics

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LocationPoint State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl.CityPittsburghStatePAZip Code15222Location Phone412-565-2850CountyAlleghenyRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionJoin our park naturalist in front of the Fort Pitt Museum for a beginning birding program. The program will last for an hour and will cover the basics of using binoculars and field guides to identify birds. Since this is a program for beginners, it will not be intensive. Normal clothes and walking shoes will be appropriate. Participants must be able to lift and hold a pair of binoculars at eye level for short periods of time.

Point State Park has several binoculars and field guides for participants to use during the program. Equipment and space is limited, so all participants must register prior to the program. To register, click the link below. For more information, please contact the park office at 412-565-2850 or ra-pointsp@pa.gov.

This program can be cancelled due to rain/inclement weather conditions.Contact Emailra-pointsp@pa.govContact Phone412-565-2850ActivitiesWildlife Watching/Birding[Click Here To Register For Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Beginning Birding and Binocular Basics - 10 Openings Available]

Friday

September

19

2014

Elk Watch

Elk Watch

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
4843 Park RoadCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThe bulls are beginning to bugle in the First Fork Valley! Try to spot the elk with binoculars or spotting scope as they go about the business of defending territory and finding mates. Park staff and/or volunteers will be on-hand to share information about the elk in the park.

Elk Watch station will be set up where elk are active. Call the park office between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. or look for signs marking the day’s location. Wildlife watching is unpredictable. The park makes no guarantee that elk will be present at the viewing area at the time of the watch. A sample of elk antlers and elk hides, along with pictures and other elk information will be provided.
ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

Friday

September

19

2014

Intermediate Backpacking

Intermediate Backpacking

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LocationOil Creek State Park
305 State Park RoadCityOil CityStatePAZip Code16301-9733Location Phone814-676-5915CountyVenangoRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionOil Creek State Park is pleased to hold an Intermediate Backpacking program to those individuals that have completed Backpacking 101 or are experienced backpackers. Meet on Friday night, 9-19-14, at 6:30 pm, & hike 1.5 miles to
Wolfkiel shelters to sleep. Day two: Hike 8.30 miles to Cow Run shelters to sleep. Day three: Hike 3.75 miles back to Miller Farm Parking Lot.
Cost: $10.00/person
Pre-registration Required

ContactsEmily BorczContact Emaileborcz@pa.govContact Phone724-865-9473ActivitiesBackpackingThis program is full. Please call the office to be placed on the waiting list.

Friday

September

19

2014

Night Hike

Night Hike

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LocationCamelback Road
Parking Lot 2CityTannersvilleStatePAZip Code18372Location Phone570-894-8336CountyMonroeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionLearn to use your senses to experience Big Pocono at night. While we walk along the Rim Road, we'll discover the critters that consider night to be the best time to be out and about. Presented by an area environmental educator. Free event.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

Friday

September

19

2014

Public Sky Watch

Public Sky Watch

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LocationCanoe Creek State Park
205 Canoe Creek RoadCityHollidaysburgStatePAZip Code16648-9752CountyBlairRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionJoin the Starlight Astronomy Club for a public sky watch. Bring your telescope or use the club’s telescopes to scan the night sky for astronomical wonders! For more information, visit www.starlightastronomyclub.com or call Diana Worley at 937-6991.
Meet in main parking area
ActivitiesStargazing

Friday

September

19

2014

The Elk Country Autumn Auto Tour

The Elk Country Autumn Auto Tour

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LocationBald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park RoadCityHowardStatePAZip Code16841CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionOne of the best ways to truly experience the majesty of fall is a visit to the Pennsylvania Wilds coupled with a stay at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle. This year, we’ve partnered with the Elk Country Visitor Center (ECVC) to bring you an adventure-filled two night getaway in mid-September celebrating over 100 years of elk in PA!
Arrive in time for Friday afternoon’s 4:00pm guided stroll on park trails with a discussion of natural history topics including insects, plants, trees, and of course birds. A special welcome dinner awaits your return and will provide an opportunity to converse with fellow travelers over a hearty meal. After dinner, gather in the library for a screening of Pennsylvania Elk: Reclaiming the Alleghenies, to kick off the elk viewing trip.
After enjoying a hot breakfast Saturday morning, pick up your prepared lunch and meet the park naturalists to begin your auto tour of the PA Wilds! This self-driving Pennsylvania Scenic Byway tour will take you through breathtaking scenery. A stop at Hyner View State Park will highlight the tour through an impressive mountaintop lookout and a short cultural history program of what lies below your view. The auto tour will conclude at the ECVC where staff will present an exciting program about elk in Pennsylvania, accompanied by live elk viewing on the center grounds. You will also receive tickets to a screening of The Elk in the center’s immersive 4-D theatre. This will be followed by an old fashioned wagon ride around the grounds which will provide another chance for viewing elk against the colorful early Autumn backdrop. Be sure to bring your cameras and to dress for the weather! Before leaving the ECVC to return to Bald Eagle State Park, take advantage of one of Benezette’s restaurants for an on your own dinner.

Pricing includes all items detailed to the right. Guests must provide their own vehicle for the auto tour or carpool with others. Total mileage of the auto tour from Bald Eagle State Park to the ECVC is about 98 miles one way. Space is limited. Call to reserve your spot today!

Single rooms starting at $429.00 inclusive
Nature Inn 814-625-2879


Package Includes:

-Two nights lodging at the Nature Inn.
-Friday welcome dinner.
-Special BESP programming, including a screening of the Film: “Pennsylvania
Elk: Reclaiming the Alleghenies.”
-Saturday breakfast at the Nature Inn and a prepared lunch.
-A special self-driven auto tour of the PA Wilds with experienced park naturalists.
-ECVC elk program.
-4-D theater ticket.
-Late afternoon wagon ride.
-Sunday morning breakfast.
ActivitiesSpecial EventsHistory ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Monitoring

Friday

September

19

2014

The Woodland Wonders

The Woodland Wonders

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LocationRicketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487CityBentonStatePAZip Code17814Location Phone570-477-7780CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionJoin the Park EES/Naturalist for a casual walk down the enchanting Evergreen Trail as we check out the wildlife of Ricketts Glen and just what they are doing this time of year! Bring your binoculars, for you may wish to take this opportunity to discover some of the various species of birds that prefer to reside in an Old Growth Forest. Be prepared to slow down your pace a bit as we take a walk back in time through this ancient area. Meet at the Adams Falls/Evergreen Trail parking lot off Rt. 118. (IN CASE OF RAIN, THIS WALK WILL BE RESCHEDULED.)ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

Saturday

September

20

2014

29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup

29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup

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LocationPresque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1CityErieStatePAZip Code16505-2042Location Phone814-833-7424CountyErieRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionRegistrations open at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center or the Erie Bluffs State Park parking area for the 12th year of Presque Isle State Park's participation in this annual cleanup. Participants will be collecting trash and recording data. Groups larger than 10, please cll 217-9632 by September 12th, otherwise just come to either park!Contact Phone814-833-7424ActivitiesOther

Saturday

September

20

2014

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

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LocationPrince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina RoadCityPattonStatePAZip Code16668-6317CountyCambriaRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionEnjoy an easy, one-mile stroll as we explore the changing sights, sounds, scents, and textures of the almost-autumn forest. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather. Don’t forget your camera—who knows what we might see! Meet at the Point Trailhead parking lot, near the campground entrance on Beaver Valley Road.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive Walks

Saturday

September

20

2014

Animal Teeth

Animal Teeth

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LocationCanoe Creek State Park
205 Canoe Creek RoadCityHollidaysburgStatePAZip Code16648-9752CountyBlairRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionTake a stroll back into time over 100 years ago to learn about the local industry. What was it like here in our now-peaceful park? A fall hike will reveal this fascinating history!
Meet at Wentz Education Center.
ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive Walks

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September

20

2014

Archery

Archery

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionShoot compound and recurve bows with a US Archery and US Field Archery instructor. Meet at the Upper Beach Parking Lot.ActivitiesOther

Saturday

September

20

2014

Back on the Towpath Bike Ride South - 14 mi.

Back on the Towpath Bike Ride South - 14 mi.

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LocationVirginia Forrest Recreation Area
3292 River Rd. (PA-32)CityNew HopeStatePAZip Code18938Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionThings are looking promising for the canal and towpath in 2014! If everything is fixed and ready to go in September, we'll take an easy-paced 14 mile loop ride from Virgina Forrest Recreation Area to New Hope, across the river to Lambertville, NJ, north to Bulls Island State Park, and back to the start on the Delaware Canal Towpath. We'll get a first hand look at the sections most damaged by 2011 flooding, and see how they've been repaired.

Bring your own bike (or borrow a loaner from us). Option to buy lunch in Stockton, NJ or bring your own. Please bring water. Helmets are required, and narrow (street) tires are strongly discouraged, due to the rough nature of riding on the towpath.

Ride location may vary if towpath repairs are still underway. Program will be cancelled in the event of heavy downpours or thunderstorms. Please call or e-mail to request a loaner bike.ContactsIan KindleContact Emailikindle@pa.govContact Phone610-982-0166More Infohttp://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/delawarecanal/index.htmActivitiesWildlife Watching/BirdingBiking[Click Here To Register For Back on the Towpath Bike Ride South - 14 mi. - 11 Openings Available]

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September

20

2014

Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park

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LocationColonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Rd.CityNewvilleStatePAZip Code17241-9756CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionJoin us for our 3rd Bark in the Park event on Saturday, September 20th!

Dog-loving presenters, exhibitors, vendors, and people like you will be here celebrating the fun-filled day. Exhibitors include: Bedford County Wilderness Search Team, Newville & Holly Pike Animal Hospital, BAD PRESS, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office: K-9 Officer and dog, Carl Photography, Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center, Dandy Dog Training, Hairy Hound Dog Training, CPAA, Tuscarora State Forest Ranger, and more!

Come on out and enjoy the day with your dog at Colonel Denning State Park! Event and parking are free!ContactsJulieContact Emailra-nrspcodeees@pa.govContact Phone717-776-5272ActivitiesFestivalsSpecial Events

Saturday

September

20

2014

Bugs of the Underworld

Bugs of the Underworld

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LocationOle Bull State Park
31 Valhalla LaneCityCross ForkStatePAZip Code17729-9701Location Phone814-435-5000CountyPotterRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThere's a whole world underneath the surface of the water. What's it like? What creatures live beneath the water? Come and find out! A video will be shown. Meet at the amphitheater.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsMovie

Saturday

September

20

2014

Butterfly Journey - Movie

Butterfly Journey - Movie

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LocationLittle Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park RoadCityNewportStatePAZip Code17074-9428Location Phone717-567-9255CountyPerryRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionThe remarkable migration of Monarchs is highlited in this film. Monarch numbers were down last year, learn how you can help. Meet at the park office.Contact Emailbranney@pa.govContact Phone717-567-9255ActivitiesMovie

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Canoe with your pet

Canoe with your pet

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LocationDelaware Canal State Park
Giving Pond Recreation AreaCityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972-9540Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionDelaware Canal State Park is offering a chance to take your four legged friends canoeing with you on Giving Pond. Come join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area and identifying local wildlife. pets should be friendly, on a leash 6' or less and are to stay in the boats.

A $10 per person donation is requested for use of a canoe, paddles, and life jackets. We have a limited number of child sized life jackets for ages 6 or younger, sorry no dog vests available. No donation requested for a non-paddling child riding in a boat with one or two family members.

Pre-registration is necessary. Click below to register online or contact Sarah at [p] 610-982-0161 or [e] sberg@pa.gov for more information or to register. These programs are typically Canoe-only. If you wish to request a kayak, please let us know when you register.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking[Click Here To Register For Canoe with your pet - 7 Openings Available]

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Canoe with your pet

Canoe with your pet

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LocationDelaware Canal State Park
Giving Pond Recreation AreaCityUpper Black EddyStatePAZip Code18972-9540Location Phone610-982-5560CountyBucksRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionDelaware Canal State Park is offering a chance to take your four legged friends canoeing with you on Giving Pond. Come join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area and identifying local wildlife. pets should be friendly, on a leash 6' or less and are to stay in the boats.

A $10 per person donation is requested for use of a canoe, paddles, and life jackets. We have a limited number of child sized life jackets for ages 6 or younger, sorry no dog vests available. No donation requested for a non-paddling child riding in a boat with one or two family members.

Pre-registration is necessary. Click below to register online or contact Sarah at [p] 610-982-0161 or [e] sberg@pa.gov for more information or to register. These programs are typically Canoe-only. If you wish to request a kayak, please let us know when you register.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking[Click Here To Register For Canoe with your pet - 8 Openings Available]

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Cathedral by Candlelight

Cathedral by Candlelight

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LocationCook Forest State Park
PO Box 120CityCooksburgStatePAZip Code16217-0120Location Phone814-744-8407CountyClarionRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionWalk back in time with us into the depths of the Forest Cathedral with an historical character from the past. Come view the ancient forest as we walk beneath the giants by candlelight. Either a French Marine from the 1750’s who saw these massive trees 250 years ago, or a lumberman from the 1800’s will be there to guide us. Refreshments, sponsored by Kalyumet Campground (www.Kalyument.com), will be served at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom. Bring your flashlights!ActivitiesHiking and WalkingHistory ProgramsInterpretive ProgramsInterpretive Walks

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Chicks in the Sticks

Chicks in the Sticks

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LocationOil Creek State Park
305 State Park RoadCityOil CityStatePAZip Code16301-9733Location Phone814-676-5915CountyVenangoRegionPennsylvania Great Lakes RegionDescriptionMore details to follow. This is an Outdoor Programming Workshop for Women.
There will be a small fee and registration will be required.
Please feel free to email: oilcreekfriends@gmail.com for more information.SponsorsFriends of Oil Creek State ParkContactsKirby NeupertContact Emailoilcreekfriends@gmail.comContact Phone814-676-5915More Infohttp://www.friendsocsp.orgActivitiesBikingCampingCanoeing/Flatwater KayakingFishing/Spinning TackleInterpretive ProgramsOrienteeringWilderness SurvivalPlease register at the park office or by contacting the Friends of Oil Creek State Park at: oilcreekfriends@gmail.com

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Elk Watch

Elk Watch

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LocationSinnemahoning State Park
4843 Park RoadCityAustinStatePAZip Code16720CountyCameronRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionThe bulls are beginning to bugle in the First Fork Valley! Try to spot the elk with binoculars or spotting scope as they go about the business of defending territory and finding mates. Park staff and/or volunteers will be on-hand to share information about the elk in the park.

Elk Watch station will be set up where elk are active. Call the park office between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. or look for signs marking the day’s location. Wildlife watching is unpredictable. The park makes no guarantee that elk will be present at the viewing area at the time of the watch. A sample of elk antlers and elk hides, along with pictures and other elk information will be provided.
ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

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Fall Solstice

Fall Solstice

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LocationSalt Springs State Park
c/o LackawannaCityDaltonStatePAZip Code18414-9785CountySusquehannaRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionCelebrate the beginning of fall¡K. Take a short walk to ID fall-flowering wildflowers, learning the benefits of landscaping with these native beauties. ¡K Gather the garden goodies for roasting, and ¡§put the garden to bed¡¨ until spring. ¡K Then relax and welcome autumn around a toasty fire as we watch the full moon rise! ƒº
Bring snacks to share or food to cook over the open fire. (Garden veggies will be grilled.) Free-will donation.


Rain date: Sunday September 21SponsorsFriends of Salt Springs ParkContactsConcetta SchirraContact Emailfriends@epix.netContact Phone570-967-7275ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

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First Annual International Hawk Migration Week

First Annual International Hawk Migration Week

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LocationFort Washington State Park
Militia Hill Observation Deck
448 Militia Hill RoadCityFort WashingtonStatePAZip Code19034-2107Location Phone215-591-5250CountyMontgomeryRegionPhiladelphia and the CountrysideDescriptionThe purpose of International Hawk Migration Week (IHMW) is to raise awareness of hawks, hawk migration and the HMANA network of sites that count hawks.

Registration is optional at HawkCount.orgSponsorsHMANA Hawk Migration Assoc of North AmericaContactsJulie BrownContact Emailbrown@hmana.orgActivitiesNature PhotographyWildlife MonitoringWildlife Watching/Birding

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Goldenrod Safari

Goldenrod Safari

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LocationCanoe Creek State Park
205 Canoe Creek RoadCityHollidaysburgStatePAZip Code16648-9752CountyBlairRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionEver stand in the middle of a goldenrod field? There is so much life to be seen when the goldenrod blooms - the last big feeding frenzy of fall. Be dressed for walking in a field!
Meet at Wentz Education Center.
ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive WalksInterpretive Programs

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Hawk Watch

Hawk Watch

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LocationCamelback Road
Parking Lot 2CityTannersvilleStatePAZip Code18372Location Phone570-894-8336CountyMonroeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionScan the skies above Big Pocono for migrating raptors. Cooper's, Sharp-shinned, Broad-winged, and Red-tailed hawks, Kestrels, and Bald Eagles have been spotted during previous watches. Presented by an area environmental educator. Free program.ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

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2014

Hike to Happy Hour

Hike to Happy Hour

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LocationLaurel Ridge State Park
1117 Jim Mountain RoadCityRockwoodStatePAZip Code15557-8703CountySomersetRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionThis hike will travel 8 to 10 miles along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. Explore all of the amazing ways that Laurel Ridge shapes the landscape and culture of the Laurel Highlands area. The hike will end at a local spot to enjoy a much deserved happy hour.

** Registration is required. Please call 814-352-8649 to register.ContactsKimberly Peck, Environmental Education SpecialistContact Emailkipeck@pa.govContact Phone814-352-8649ActivitiesHiking and Walking

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Insect-ology

Insect-ology

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LocationPrince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina RoadCityPattonStatePAZip Code16668-6317CountyCambriaRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionDiscover the amazing diversity of insects in this program designed for older children and adults. Learn about some common orders of insects and then go afield with the park naturalist to capture and identify some insects. This program covers fairly easy terrain, but sturdy footwear is recommended. Meet at the Pickerel Pond picnic area.ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive WalksInterpretive Programs

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2014

Lake Talk

Lake Talk

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionStop by the Amphitheater for a discussion on why the lake was lowered. We will explain the why and the how about the lake being drawn down, as well as talk about some of the possible effects on the lake.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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2014

Lakeshore Trail Walk

Lakeshore Trail Walk

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LocationFrances Slocum State Park
565 Mount Olivet Rd.CityWyomingStatePAZip Code18644-9333Location Phone570-696-3525CountyLuzerneRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionTake an easy walk with the park naturalist along part of Lakeshore Trail. We'll keep our eyes open for wildlife, interesting plants and migrating birds. Meet near Pavilion#3. Sneakers are fine, no flip flops.ContactsKathy KelchnerContact EmailRA-nrspfrsleep@pa.govContact Phone570-696-9105ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive Walks

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2014

Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Monarch Butterfly Tagging

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LocationElk Country Visitor Center
134 Homestead DriveCityBenezetteStatePAZip Code15821CountyElkRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionGuest Presenters Keely Roen, PSU Instructor and Mandy Marconi of the PGC. Get “up close and personal” with Monarch Butterflies as they pass southward through Pennsylvania on their Fall migration. Find out more about their amazing journey while learning how to safely capture, handle, tag, and measure these beautiful creatures. Check for program location inside the Elk Center Lobby.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day

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LocationKings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd.CityCarlisleStatePAZip Code17015-9306Location Phone717-486-3799CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionGet your hands dirty and keep your public lands beautiful! National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands of America. This is a great opportunity for groups and individuals to earn community service hours while contributing to the maintenance of outdoor facilities at Kings Gap. Lunch will be provided and a raffle will offer wonderful eco-prizes! Participants must be 12 years or older. Pre-registration for the program is required by Wednesday, Sept. 17 by calling 717-486-3799.
Contact Emailkingsgapsp@pa.govContact Phone717-486-3799ActivitiesVolunteers

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Night Hike

Night Hike

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LocationPromised Land State Park
100 Lower Lake RoadCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionJoin our naturalist for a night time hike on an easy one mile trail. Play some night games and look for beavers, owls, and other nocturnal beasties. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Meet at Conservation Island on Friday, September 19 at 9pm.ActivitiesHiking and Walking

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Orienteering for Beginners

Orienteering for Beginners

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LocationPine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove RoadCityGardnersStatePAZip Code17324Location Phone717-486-7174CountyCumberlandRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionTry out a new sport: orienteering. Learn how to use a compass and map to make your way throughout the park to find orienteering markers. Loaner compasses will be available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Orienteering is recommended for ages 8 and older and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please meet at the Fuller Bath House.Contact Emailangelesmit@pa.govContact Phone717-486-7174ActivitiesHiking and WalkingInterpretive ProgramsOrienteering

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Otter Madness

Otter Madness

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LocationPromised Land State Park
100 Lower Lake RoadCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionDiscover the world of the River Otter, then take a moderately difficult 2 mile hike to search for otters on Egypt Meadow Lake. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Egypt Meadow Access Area (right next to route 84) at 2pm on Saturday, September 20.ActivitiesInterpretive Walks

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Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

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LocationRaccoon Creek State Park
3000 State Route 18CityHookstownStatePAZip Code15050-9416Location Phone724-899-3611CountyBeaverRegionPittsburgh and its CountrysideDescriptionGreat horned owls, screech owls, barred owls oh my. Join us on this 1 mile night hike to learn and maybe hear some of these amazing creatures of the night. Registration on-line is required for this limited space program. Meeting location within park will be emailed to those registered for this program one week before program date. Free program.ActivitiesInterpretive WalksProgram is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, call 724-899-3611.

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Poe Valley Animals of the Night

Poe Valley Animals of the Night

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LocationPoe Valley State Park amphitheater
c/o Reeds GapCityMilroyStatePAZip Code17063-9735CountyCentreRegionThe Alleghenies and Her ValleysDescriptionIdentify various nocturnal animal calls and discuss some of the night-loving inhabitants of Poe Valley State Park. Meet at the amphitheater. In the event of rain, Meet at the beach house breezeway.ActivitiesInterpretive Programs

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Project Wild Educators Workshop

Project Wild Educators Workshop

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LocationBlack Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver RoadCityPhilipsburgStatePAZip Code16866-9519CountyCentreRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionFormal and non-formal educators are invited to attend the Project Wild workshop. you will receive a Project Wild curriculm at the end of the workshop. Pre-registration is required by September 12. Register by emailing blackmoshannonee@pa.gov or call 814-342-5960. Cost: $30. Act 48 hours available.ActivitiesWorkshop

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Raptor Migration

Raptor Migration

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LocationCowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick RoadCityFort LoudonStatePAZip Code17224-9801CountyFultonRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionIt’s migration time! We will meet at the park office for a quick overview of the birds of prey in the area, then set out for the pulpit to watch the action as they fly south to their wintering grounds while we further discuss their unique habits. We will carpool to the pulpit which is about 7 miles from the park. Bring binoculars, or borrow ours, and a cushion to sit on. It can be windy there, so please dress appropriately!ActivitiesInterpretive ProgramsWildlife Watching/Birding

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Sailboat Race

Sailboat Race

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LocationGifford Pinchot State Park
2200 Rosstown Rd.CityLewisberryStatePAZip Code17339-9787CountyYorkRegionDutch Country RoadsDescriptionPinchot Sailing Club is holding a sailboat race on Pinchot Lake. They will be leaving from boat mooring area #2. Event time: 10:00 amSponsorsPinchot Sailing ClubContact Phone717-903-6820ActivitiesSailing

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Star Party

Star Party

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LocationSalt Springs State Park
c/o LackawannaCityDaltonStatePAZip Code18414-9785CountySusquehannaRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionMike & Mary Sinkovich - will host a fall “star party” at Salt Springs Park
Evening will begin at the Wheaton House with some tips about telescopes and utilizing good internet resources for astronomy. Bring a flashlight & we will “transform it” into a “red light” with red nail polish! At dusk, group will move to the field above on Salt Springs Park Road, where viewing is ideal!
ALL levels of astronomers and star gazers welcome - with or without your own equipment. Remember to dress in warm layers. Total cloud-out or rain is unpredictable - Call SSP on the afternoon of the event.

Program Fee: $5.00 per person; $15 for families; FSSP members free.

IF ANYONE would like to LEARN to use the Salt Springs TELESCOPE, please contact Concetta via email: friends@epix.net
SponsorsFriends of Salt Springs ParkContactsConcetta SchirraContact Emailfriends@epix.netContact Phone570-967-7275ActivitiesStargazing

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Step Outdoors TRYathlon

Step Outdoors TRYathlon

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LocationHills Creek State Park
111 Spillway RoadCityWellsboroStatePAZip Code16901-9676Location Phone570-724-4246CountyTiogaRegionPennsylvania WildsDescriptionJoin us for the 7th annual Step Outdoors TRYathlon! This shorter triathlon (trail running, kayaking/canoeing, and biking) is well-suited for both the serious competitor and the average athlete that would like to challenge themselves. Thus - the TRY in the TRYathlon.

It was great to see more younger competitors last year and we'll continue to have those younger categories to encourage even more. See registration form (after June 1st).

Registration required by completing the event form (available at link below).

Registration opens at 8am - race starts at 10am sharp. Great event for a first-time competitor! Run, Paddle, and Bike in teams of two or three or you may compete solo. More information and past results are posted at www.stepoutdoors.orgSponsorsTioga County Partnership for Community HealthMore Infohttp://www.stepoutdoors.org/ActivitiesAdventure RacesRegister by completing forms found at link. New forms expected posted by June 1st. Questions: hillscreeksp@pa.gov or 570-724-4246

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Sunset Paddle

Sunset Paddle

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LocationPromised Land State Park
100 Lower Lake RoadCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionGo kayaking into the sunset in this family friendly program. Cost is $5. per person and includes kayak, paddle and pfd. There are a limited number of kayaks, so please call Alison at 570-676-0567 to reserve a kayak. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Program will be cancelled in the event of rain or heavy wind. Meet at the Upper Lake on Sat. Sept. 20 at 6pm.ActivitiesCanoeing/Flatwater Kayaking

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The Fungus Among Us

The Fungus Among Us

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LocationPromised Land State Park
100 Lower Lake RoadCityGreentownStatePAZip Code18426-9735Location Phone570-676-3428CountyPikeRegionNortheast Pennsylvania MountainsDescriptionJoin Nathaniel Whitmore for a hike in search of the fall fungus of Promised Land State Park. This program is intended for adults, but if your youngster is totally into fungi, please bring them along! Please meet at the Upper Lake on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1pm.ActivitiesInterpretive Walks