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Sunday

March

01

2015

"Sharp" Kids ~ Basic Outdoor Knife Skills

"Sharp" Kids ~ Basic Outdoor Knife Skills

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This half-day workshop for responsible boys and girls ages 8 - 16 will guide students through several kid-friendly carving projects. The course will instruct students on knife safety, first aid for cuts, and basic outdoor knife skills. Following instruction and completion of a written test on knife safety, each child will be given their own small, fixed-blade knife to use during class and to keep. Registration is required along with completion of a waiver prior to taking the course. Cash payment can be made the day of the course.

Sunday

March

01

2015

Bark In The Park - Dog Walk Series

Bark In The Park - Dog Walk Series

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

Sunday

March

01

2015

Children Story Time

Children Story Time

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Join a staff member for story hour! We will be reading several books that are natured themed. Children and families can enjoy several stories about elk and many other animals that inhabit the state of Pennsylvania. This program will begin at 1:00 P.M. in front of the fire place.

Sunday

March

01

2015

Evening Lecture: Biomimicry

Evening Lecture: Biomimicry

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Using nature as a model we can solve many human problems. Learn more about how to explore nature's solutions and this growing field of study.

Sunday

March

01

2015

Nature's Wetland Engineers: Beavers!

Nature's Wetland Engineers: Beavers!

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Join Jennings staff to learn more about an animal that has made its presence known again at the park after a decade of absence. A brief, indoor introduction will be followed by an outdoor walk to search for signs of recent beaver activity, and perhaps even to catch a glimpse of one of these industrious creatures.

A cousin of mice and squirrels, the beaver is amazingly well-adapted to life in the water, and remarkably capable of modifying its environment to promote its own survival. This engineering ability ultimately can result in creating habitat for other species, as well as challenges for humans.

Pre-registration is not necessary for this free, public program.

Sunday

March

01

2015

Nolde Mansion Open House

Nolde Mansion Open House

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See the Nolde story in video and explore the Mansion. Come anytime. Self-guided scavenger hunt available to help you discover Nolde's unique characteristics.

Sunday

March

01

2015

Project Feeder Watch

Project Feeder Watch

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Sundays and Mondays: December 21 & 22 January 4 & 5, 18 & 19 9:00am-3:30pm The Center participates in the winter bird feeder counts sponsored through Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Volunteers observe, identify birds, and record data at the McConnell Hall feeders. You may arrive and depart at any time. For training session call the Center to make an appointment.

Monday

March

02

2015

Books and Boots

Books and Boots

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

Monday

March

02

2015

Fly Tying Class

Fly Tying Class

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Ring in the New Year with Trout Unlimited's annual fly tying classes for beginners and intermediate tiers. The eight class course will be held on Mondays at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The course will end on March 16th (note: we will be skipping the second Monday of each month). To sign up contact Thom Beverly at kbeverly@rcn.com or 610-393-6663. Cost $25. This class is limited to 25 participants, please register in advance. Instruction will include the proper use of tools, material selection and introductory tying techniques. New tying techniques and patterns will be introduced for the more experienced tier. Equipment and materials will be provided, but you can bring your own vise and tools if you have them. There will be a refundable deposit fee to borrow a tying kit for use between classes.

Monday

March

02

2015

Snowshoe Loaner Program

Snowshoe Loaner Program

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A limited number of snowshoes are available for loan Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm or Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm - 3:30pm, if not being used for a park program. A signed liability release form and valid driver's license are required from on member of the party. The driver's license will be held at the park office, or copied if loaned over a weekend, until all snowshoes are returned. There must be a minimum of four inches of snow cover to take out snow shoes. Snow shoes must be used within the park or on adjacent forestry lands. Loans must be returned by 4:00pm on the day borrowed or by 4:00pm Monday if borrowed over a weekend. Snowshoe loans are free. Call to check availability at 814-342-5960.

Monday

March

02

2015

Snowshoeing Adventures

Snowshoeing Adventures

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Are you ready for some adventure? Try out hiking on snowshoes! A limited number of snowshoes are available for use at R. B. Winter State Park. When there are 6 or more inches of snow on the ground, interested participants may borrow snowshoes on a first come, first served basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Park Staff will give a quick lesson then you may explore the park on your own! A valid driver’s license must be provided in order to borrow. Please find out snow conditions and make arrangements to borrow snowshoes by calling the park office at (570) 966-1455 Monday through Friday. Sorry no weekend or holiday loans are available due to staffing limitations.

Tuesday

March

03

2015

Maple Sugaring Walk - tapping and collecting sap

Maple Sugaring Walk - tapping and collecting sap

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Learn how to easily tap Sugar Maples and easily collect sap to make your own REAL maple syrup. We will meet in the old office parking lot, where Little Buffalo Road and Gill Hill Road intersect.

Tuesday

March

03

2015

Snowshoeing Adventures

Snowshoeing Adventures

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Are you ready for some adventure? Try out hiking on snowshoes! A limited number of snowshoes are available for use at R. B. Winter State Park. When there are 6 or more inches of snow on the ground, interested participants may borrow snowshoes on a first come, first served basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Park Staff will give a quick lesson then you may explore the park on your own! A valid driver’s license must be provided in order to borrow. Please find out snow conditions and make arrangements to borrow snowshoes by calling the park office at (570) 966-1455 Monday through Friday. Sorry no weekend or holiday loans are available due to staffing limitations.

Wednesday

March

04

2015

Feeder Watch

Feeder Watch

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

Wednesday

March

04

2015

PPFF Photo Contest Showcase

PPFF Photo Contest Showcase

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The winners of the 2014 Parks & Forests Through the Seasons photo contest are on display at Penn Brewery this evening. Come on out and see the winners; be sure to bring your "We Care Wednesday" flyer and donate 20% of your tab to PPFF.

Wednesday

March

04

2015

Snowshoeing Adventures

Snowshoeing Adventures

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Are you ready for some adventure? Try out hiking on snowshoes! A limited number of snowshoes are available for use at R. B. Winter State Park. When there are 6 or more inches of snow on the ground, interested participants may borrow snowshoes on a first come, first served basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Park Staff will give a quick lesson then you may explore the park on your own! A valid driver’s license must be provided in order to borrow. Please find out snow conditions and make arrangements to borrow snowshoes by calling the park office at (570) 966-1455 Monday through Friday. Sorry no weekend or holiday loans are available due to staffing limitations.

Thursday

March

05

2015

Amazing Amphibians Homeschool Day

Amazing Amphibians Homeschool Day

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Amphibian identification, classification, adaptations and habitat needs will be among the topics discussed with homeschool students ages 7 to 17 and their parents. We will be using activities from the PA Herp. curriculum as well as other resources. Most activities will be indoors. Please pre-register by calling the office by March 3rd. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm. Please call 570-966-1455.

R. B. Winter State Park is located along PA Rt. 192 - 18 miles west of Lewisburg, 25 miles east of Centre Hall. The Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center can be reached by traveling to the park’s west entrance. Proceed on to Sand Mountain Road to the back parking area. Turn right into the parking area. The Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center is located near the lower left corner of the lot.

Thursday

March

05

2015

Friends of Nockamixon State Park Monthly Meeting

Friends of Nockamixon State Park Monthly Meeting

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

Thursday

March

05

2015

Growing Up WILD!

Growing Up WILD!

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

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

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

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

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

3/5 March: Salamanders and frogs

4/2 April: Seeds & Plants growing together

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

6/4 June: Pond safari

7/2 July: Symbols, Native American stories

8/6 August: Camping and boating adventure

9/3 September: Insects

10/1 October: Leaves and trees

11/5 November: Winter survival

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

Thursday

March

05

2015

Homeschool Day: Amazing Amphibians

Homeschool Day: Amazing Amphibians

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Amphibian identification, classification, adaptations and habitat needs will be among the topics discussed with homeschool students ages 7 to 17 and their parents. We will be using activities from the PA Herp. Curriculum as well as other resources. Most activities will be indoors. Please pre-register by calling the office by March 3rd.

Thursday

March

05

2015

Homeschool Day: Amazing Amphibians

Homeschool Day: Amazing Amphibians

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Amphibian identification, classification, adaptations and habitat needs will be among the topics discussed with homeschool students ages 7 to 17 and their parents. We will be using activities from the PA Herp. Curriculum as well as other resources. Most activities will be indoors. Please pre-register by calling the office by March 3rd.

Thursday

March

05

2015

March Madness Fly Tying

March Madness Fly Tying

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The public is welcome to join the Forks of the Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited for their annual fly tying event. Contact Thom Beverly at 610-393-6663 for more information.

Thursday

March

05

2015

New Year's Resolution Walk Series

New Year's Resolution Walk Series

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Enjoy outdoor fitness throughout the iwnter with weekly guided walks every Thursday night from January 1 until March 26, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Meet at the Ranger Station on Presque Isle State Park to be directed to the walks starting point. Walks will cover approximately three miles in length over wooded, sandy and paved trails. Park naturalists will season the walks with talks about park up-dates, history and nature tidbits. No fee or registration required. Program may be cancelled or modified at discretion of park staff.

Thursday

March

05

2015

Snowshoeing Adventures

Snowshoeing Adventures

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Are you ready for some adventure? Try out hiking on snowshoes! A limited number of snowshoes are available for use at R. B. Winter State Park. When there are 6 or more inches of snow on the ground, interested participants may borrow snowshoes on a first come, first served basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Park Staff will give a quick lesson then you may explore the park on your own! A valid driver’s license must be provided in order to borrow. Please find out snow conditions and make arrangements to borrow snowshoes by calling the park office at (570) 966-1455 Monday through Friday. Sorry no weekend or holiday loans are available due to staffing limitations.

Friday

March

06

2015

AMC 1st Fridays Along the Delaware - Raubsville to Durham Hike

AMC 1st Fridays Along the Delaware - Raubsville to Durham Hike

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Progam Location: Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area (aka Ground Hog Lock, Locks 22-23), Rt 611, Raubsville, PA.

Join park educator and Appalachian Mountain Club leader Ian Kindle for a morning hiking the scenic Delaware Canal Towpath toward Riegelsville. This section features magnificent river views and the town of Riegelsville. This will be a moderate to brisk paced hike on the Delaware Canal State Park towpath.

Meet at 10 am in the upper parking lot of Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area (aka Ground Hog Lock, Locks 22-23), Rt 611, Raubsville, PA. We will take a brief tour of the area and learn about the locks and hydroelectric generation plant, then head south on the towpath. Approximately 4 miles to Durham and back again (8 mi RT). We'll take a look at recent canal repairs.

Bring lunch or a hearty snack and water. Option to buy lunch in Riegelsville. Hike cancels in the event of rain or heavy snow. If sufficient snow is on the ground, bring cross country skis or snow shoes. Some loaner snowshoes available. In case of snow on the ground, distance may be shortened.

Friday

March

06

2015

Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike

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Come and explore Salt Springs by the light of the moon. Free-will donation

Friday

March

06

2015

Golden Eagle Voyage Birding Weekend

Golden Eagle Voyage Birding Weekend

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During the peak of the annual Golden Eagle northern migration, spend an event filled weekend in Central Pennsylvania with the opportunity to view these majestic birds soaring overhead from atop Tussey Mountain. Enjoy the comforts and accommodations of the Nature Inn while experiencing the natural beauty of the surrounding forests and fields of Bald Eagle State Park. Stimulate and enhance your awareness of nature and restore your connection to the outdoors in this quiet haven. While Eagles may be the weekend’s main attraction, there will be several other opportunities over the course of the weekend to observe local bird life.

Friday evening will begin with a group dinner followed by an Owl Prowl, including an indoor presentation and a nighttime stroll in search of nearby owls.

Saturday, Inn guests will drive the short drive to Tussey Mountain where we’ll watch for a variety of hawks, and of course the main attraction, migrating Golden Eagles.

We’ll continue on to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Learning Center for a hearty, hot lunch provided by the Innkeeper followed by a live Birds of Prey program.

To finish the day, return to the Inn for another specially prepared group dinner followed by a more detailed look at eagle and hawk migration in PA with help from the guest speakers & authors of Birds of Central Pennsylvania.

Round out this birding weekend with a Sunday Morning Sunrise Woodcock Trot and a hearty delicious breakfast to follow!

Package includes:
-Two nights accommodations.
-Group dinners Friday & Saturday nights.
-Friday evening owl program.
-Fresh breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
-Hot picnic lunchfollowed by a live Birds of Prey program.
-Your choice of a locally and sustainably
crafted birdfeeder.

Double Occupancy starting at
$419.00 inclusive

“Tussey Mountain consistently records the highest seasonal totals and peak daily counts of migrating eagles
in spring in the eastern US”
~Birds of Central Pennsylvania

Friday

March

06

2015

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

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

Friday

March

06

2015

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Teacher Workshop

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Teacher Workshop

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Preschool, PreK and Kindergarten teachers can attend a workshop using the award-winning Project Learning Tree curriculum. Teachers will receive a PLT Early Childhood Curriculum book and music CD. Act 48 hours are available and teachers can submit for PQAS hours. Morning refreshments will be provided, please bring a lunch. The cost is $20 per teacher. Please pre-register by contacting the Education Center at 215-529-7307 or by emailing nockamixonsp@pa.gov

Friday

March

06

2015

Snowshoeing Adventures

Snowshoeing Adventures

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Are you ready for some adventure? Try out hiking on snowshoes! A limited number of snowshoes are available for use at R. B. Winter State Park. When there are 6 or more inches of snow on the ground, interested participants may borrow snowshoes on a first come, first served basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Park Staff will give a quick lesson then you may explore the park on your own! A valid driver’s license must be provided in order to borrow. Please find out snow conditions and make arrangements to borrow snowshoes by calling the park office at (570) 966-1455 Monday through Friday. Sorry no weekend or holiday loans are available due to staffing limitations.

Saturday

March

07

2015

4H Heritage Club

4H Heritage Club

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

Saturday

March

07

2015

Amphibians and Reptiles

Amphibians and Reptiles

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Short indoor presentation introducing some of the reptiles and amphibians found within the Nolde Forest followed by an outdoor exploration to see who is moving in the woods and pond. Make a reptile or amphibian craft to take home.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Basic Boating Course offered by the PFBC

Basic Boating Course offered by the PFBC

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Provided by the PA Fish & Boat Commission, the Basic Boating Course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors will provide students with information via a classroom setting to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water. Students who successfully complete the course may apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate for a $10 fee. The certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft (PWCs) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 who operates a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower. More information about this course or boating safety can by found by visiting the Fish Commission's website at www.fishandboat.com.

Registration is required through the PA Fish & Boat Commission for this course. Contact WCO Aaron Lupacchini at 570-406-4041.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Coyote and Fox Talk

Coyote and Fox Talk

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Learn more about the unique nature of the coyote and fox populations on Presque Isle and enjoy extrordinary photos of these beautiful animals. Seats are limited so please register. Call 814-833-7424

Saturday

March

07

2015

Coyote and Fox Talk

Coyote and Fox Talk

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Learn more about the unique nature of the coyote and fox populations on Presque Isle and enjoy extrordinary photos of these beautiful animals. Seats are limited so please register. Call 814-833-7424

Saturday

March

07

2015

Friends of Ohiopyle Monthly Volunteer Day

Friends of Ohiopyle Monthly Volunteer Day

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

Saturday

March

07

2015

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

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Visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Saturdays starting January 10 and then every Saturday afterwards in January, February, & March from 10 AM until 6 PM. Create a FREE kids craft to take home! Crafts are subject to availability, suitable for all age groups. A different craft will be available every Saturday. Program is subject to modification or cancellation at the discretion of park staff.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Maple Sugaring Primer

Maple Sugaring Primer

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Whether you realize it or not, maple sugaring season is upon us. Learn the history, how-to, and taste of making pure maple syrup. Learn enough to appreciate why it costs a little more, and perhaps to try making it for yourself. This program will be held at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Moonlight Skiing

Moonlight Skiing

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Enjoy a beautiful FULL MOON!

Cross-country skiing by the silent moonlight is a wonderful way to explore the night.

We will kick and glide through the forested trails of Kooser State Park.

A limited number of skis will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Please meet at the Kooser Park Office.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Orienteering for Beginners

Orienteering for Beginners

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Join DVOA for an indoor introduction to orienteering followed by a course walk out in the park. Great for all ages and organized groups like Scouts.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Snowshoe Hike

Snowshoe Hike

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Enjoy the snow while on a short hike on our wooded trails. Equipment available for loan or bring your own.

Saturday

March

07

2015

Snowshoe Saturdays: Schafer Run Snowshoe Hike

Snowshoe Saturdays: Schafer Run Snowshoe Hike

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Meet at the Schafer Run Road parking lot to shuttle to the Schafer Run warming hut. We will be hiking roughly 4 miles, along Mountain View Trail. Please come prepared with warm layers, water, snacks, and snowshoes! *Registration is required. *There is a limited quantity of snowshoes to borrow—please specify if you need to borrow when registering for program. Please register online or by contacting 724-259-2201 or rachristie@pa.gov. ***Snowshoe Saturdays hiking series will be held rain, shine, snow, or NO snow!***

Saturday

March

07

2015

Who Goes There?

Who Goes There?

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Learn about the mammals in the park. We'll follow their tracks and look for other signs of their activity.

Sunday

March

08

2015

Elk Throughout the Seasons

Elk Throughout the Seasons

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Enjoy this informative, hands-on program as you get introduced to various aspects of elk and what changes they go through each year. The program will be held at 1:00P.M. in the Discovery Room.

Sunday

March

08

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Sunday

March

08

2015

Mountain Pie Madness!

Mountain Pie Madness!

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The Friends of Canoe Creek are bringing Mountain Pie Madness back for a 3rd year to Canoe Creek. A short, guided hike focusing on how critters find food in the winter landscape will leave the Terry Wentz Education Cetner at 1 PM. Then come back to the center to put together some tasy treats at the fire. If you have never made a moutnain pie, you can learn now. If you have, please bring your Mt. Pie iron along with you, and share your expertise. Visit the Friends of Canoe Creek Website and facebook page for further info.

Sunday

March

08

2015

Skull ID

Skull ID

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Learn how to identify some common animal skulls in this fun workshop. Put your scientific skills to work as you examine the fine details of each animal’s design. This program is best suited for older children and adults. Meet in the park office conference room, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

Sunday

March

08

2015

Spring Forward Stroll

Spring Forward Stroll

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Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead to join in this morning stroll! Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a winter’s day as we walk some of the campground peninsula. This one-mile stroll covers mostly gentle terrain, but please dress for the weather and wear sturdy, waterproof shoes. *Due to continual snow buildup, snowshoes are recommended! A few pairs will be available to borrow. Meet on the lane approaching the campground office building.

Monday

March

09

2015

Snowshoe Loaner Program

Snowshoe Loaner Program

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A limited number of snowshoes are available for loan Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm or Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm - 3:30pm, if not being used for a park program. A signed liability release form and valid driver's license are required from on member of the party. The driver's license will be held at the park office, or copied if loaned over a weekend, until all snowshoes are returned. There must be a minimum of four inches of snow cover to take out snow shoes. Snow shoes must be used within the park or on adjacent forestry lands. Loans must be returned by 4:00pm on the day borrowed or by 4:00pm Monday if borrowed over a weekend. Snowshoe loans are free. Call to check availability at 814-342-5960.

Tuesday

March

10

2015

Bartramian Audubon Meeting: The Realities and Opportunities of Using Native Plants

Bartramian Audubon Meeting: The Realities and Opportunities of Using Native Plants

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

This month's program will be presented by Mark Brownlee, Principal and Head Propagator, ArcheWild Consulting, Design and Native Nurseries.

Gardening with native plants to promote ecological health turns out to be much more complex than switching from mums to asters. Our local birds, butterflies, beetles, and pollinators of all sorts have close relationships with the 3000+ native plants growing in Pennsylvania. Yet fewer than 5 percent of PA-native plants are in cultivation. We’ll talk about the realities of using native plants and the unique opportunities to help change this.

Tuesday

March

10

2015

Home School Geology

Home School Geology

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Students in 2nd-5th grades can get ready to rock! We'll review minerals, the different types of rocks and how they form, materials made of rocks. Weather permitting, we'll go for a short walk to check out some of Nockamixon's rocks and discuss their formation. Please email the Education Center at nockamixonsp@pa.gov to register.

Thursday

March

12

2015

Hands-on-Heritage Adult Learning Series, Shakers in Pennsylvania: Religious Expression with Lasting Influence

Hands-on-Heritage Adult Learning Series, Shakers in Pennsylvania: Religious Expression with Lasting Influence

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

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

March: Shakers in Pennsylvania: Religious Expression with Lasting Influence. This month we'll look at the beliefs, practices, and legacy of the Shakers and their connection to Philadelphia. Our take home will be Shaker cheese baskets made from rattan reed. Our instructor will remain in the classroom until 1 pm to continue working with anyone who would like her assistance.

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park

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

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

Payment Methods: Via credit card at http://www.thankfulsagefarmschool.com

Thursday

March

12

2015

Hide-n'-Seekers: Amazing Amphibians

Hide-n'-Seekers: Amazing Amphibians

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Ages 3-5. Join us for this program to get pre-schoolers outside and learning about our natural world through stories, activities, and crafts. Children should be dressed to be both inside and out. Registration is required by calling 570-403-2006. Free.

Thursday

March

12

2015

Maple Sugaring- Tapping and collecting sap

Maple Sugaring- Tapping and collecting sap

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Learn how to easily tap Sugar Maples and easily collect sap to make your own REAL maple syrup. We will meet in the old office parking lot, where Little Buffalo Road and Gill Hill Road intersect.

Thursday

March

12

2015

New Year's Resolution Walk Series

New Year's Resolution Walk Series

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Enjoy outdoor fitness throughout the iwnter with weekly guided walks every Thursday night from January 1 until March 26, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Meet at the Ranger Station on Presque Isle State Park to be directed to the walks starting point. Walks will cover approximately three miles in length over wooded, sandy and paved trails. Park naturalists will season the walks with talks about park up-dates, history and nature tidbits. No fee or registration required. Program may be cancelled or modified at discretion of park staff.

Friday

March

13

2015

Family Night - Mysterious Mammals

Family Night - Mysterious Mammals

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Get hands-on with some furs and skulls while learning about the mammals of Pennsylvania. This program is best for families with children ages 5 and up. Register by calling 610-746-2801 or emailing jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Friday

March

13

2015

Family Night - Mysterious Mammals

Family Night - Mysterious Mammals

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Get hands-on with some furs and skulls while learning about the mammals of Pennsylvania. This program is best for families with children ages 5 and up. Register by calling 610-746-2801 or emailing jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Friday

March

13

2015

Volunteer Information 2015

Volunteer Information 2015

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Want to volunteer at Kings Gap to help us improve the center? We’d like to invite you to join us as we discuss projects for 2015. Projects range from butterfly gardens and bridge replacement to clean ups and trail maintenance. Snacks and beverages provided. Registration requested.

Friday

March

13

2015

Windows on the Wild, Biodiversity Basics: A Workshop for Educators

Windows on the Wild, Biodiversity Basics: A Workshop for Educators

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This one day educator workshop has been cancelled. Please watch for other teacher workshops in the future!

Saturday

March

14

2015

“Searching For the Green” Family Hike

“Searching For the Green” Family Hike

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With over a foot of snow still on the ground, it is hard to believe that St. Patrick’s Day and spring are just around the corner. But have hope! There are still shades of green to be found at Sinnemahoning State Park. Join park staff in a fun exploration of the forest flora in search of mosses, ferns, pines and, with a little bit o' luck, some early spring blooms.

Hike will cover about 1-2 miles at a slow to moderate family-friendly pace over mostly level trails. All participants should be prepared for outdoor activity. Please dress for the weather, wearing layers as needed. Waterproof shoes or boots, plus a water bottle, are strongly recommended. No registration is required for this free family program.

Saturday

March

14

2015

2015 Schuylkill Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River

2015 Schuylkill Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River

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The 2015 Watershed Congress will offer an empowering keynote, information packed breakout sessions, one-on-one poster discussions and more.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Birding by Trolley: Waterfowl

Birding by Trolley: Waterfowl

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Discover the waterfowl species that can be found as the ice melts on our waterways. Bring your lunch and binoculars. We will travel around the park in the comfort of the trolley and get outside at some stops so dress for the weather. Seating limited, registration required, free. Call 814-833-7424 to register.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Farmland Raptors

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Baird Ornithological Club hosts Dr. Laurie Goodrich from Hawk Mountain to talk about conservation efforts, threats, and ways to assist farmland raptors.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Friends of Mount Pisgah Sugar on Snow

Friends of Mount Pisgah Sugar on Snow

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Maple syrup and fresh snow are an unbeatable combination! Keep watch on the Friends Facebook page for all the details.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

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Visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Saturdays starting January 10 and then every Saturday afterwards in January, February, & March from 10 AM until 6 PM. Create a FREE kids craft to take home! Crafts are subject to availability, suitable for all age groups. A different craft will be available every Saturday. Program is subject to modification or cancellation at the discretion of park staff.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Maple Sugaring Workshop

Maple Sugaring Workshop

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~~Ever wonder what real maple syrup taste like or how it’s made? Find out during this workshop covering the collection of maple sap, boiling process, grades of syrup and the processing of syrup into candies and sugar. The workshop focuses on small scale evaporation. A variety of easy to make low cost evaporation methods will be covered. The day will conclude with a pancake dinner sampling a variety of whole grain pancakes and fresh maple syrup. We’ll also cover tree identification, wild teas, and home grain milling. Cost $20.00. Pre-register required by March 1 at 724-899-3611 or by email at paadams@pa.gov Once registered and payment is received workshop details and location will be emailed to participants.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Pennsylvania State Symbols

Pennsylvania State Symbols

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Can you name all of our State Symbols? Pennsylvania has a variety of plants and animals that represent many important aspects of our state. Learn not only what all of our State Symbols are, but why they were selected and what makes them so interesting. Following the presentation try to locate some of our state symbols here at the Elk Country Visitor Center. This program is at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Snowshoe Hike

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Join the park naturalist to explore the beautiful Hemlock Natural Area on snowshoes. Enjoy beautiful scenery and discover interesting winter tracks.

A limited number of snowshoes are available on a first come first serve basis.

Please meet at the Laurel Hill Park Office.

Saturday

March

14

2015

St. Patricks' Day-Distance Festival

St. Patricks' Day-Distance Festival

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

Saturday

March

14

2015

Tree Pruning Class

Tree Pruning Class

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Retired forester Jim Kessler will discuss and demonstrate the why, where, how, what, and when to prune. He'll focus on several different species of trees. Bring your questions; the program is interactive.

Saturday

March

14

2015

Winter Bark ID Hike

Winter Bark ID Hike

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It can be tricky to properly identify (ID) trees during the winter because there are no leaves! Learn how to identify common PA trees by observing other physical characteristics of trees, like the bark! Come prepared for a brisk hike on the Bob Ache trail, behind the Forbes’ district office. No registration is required.

Sunday

March

15

2015

4H Outdoor Adventure Club

4H Outdoor Adventure Club

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A partnership between Bucks County 4H and Tyler State Park, the Outdoor Adventure Club meets once a month (Sept-July) on Sunday afternoons. Members learn from experienced leaders and participate in a variety of outdoor recreational activities with their parents. Must be a 4H member to participate. Any child age 9 to 18 can join. The goal of 4H is to increase a member’s knowledge in a variety of project areas, while teaching life-skills such as decision-making, public speaking, and leadership. For more information on joining 4H, contact the Bucks County Extension office, 215-345-3283, bucksext@psu.edu.

Sunday

March

15

2015

Fish Prints and Aqualab Tour

Fish Prints and Aqualab Tour

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Join us for a craft and tour of our live fish facility. Make a fish print to take home. $3/person. Registration required. Call 814-833-7424 to register.

Sunday

March

15

2015

Friends of Mount Pisgah Sugar on Snow

Friends of Mount Pisgah Sugar on Snow

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Maple syrup and fresh snow are an unbeatable combination! Keep watch on the Friends Facebook page for all the details.

Sunday

March

15

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Sunday

March

15

2015

Project Feeder Watch

Project Feeder Watch

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Sundays and Mondays: December 21 & 22 January 4 & 5, 18 & 19 9:00am-3:30pm The Center participates in the winter bird feeder counts sponsored through Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Volunteers observe, identify birds, and record data at the McConnell Hall feeders. You may arrive and depart at any time. For training session call the Center to make an appointment.

Sunday

March

15

2015

Stalking Signs of Spring

Stalking Signs of Spring

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Guided hike to look for early blossoms of the forest and signs of spring. Dr. Susan Munch will present the beauty of botany.

Sunday

March

15

2015

The Dangers of Artificially Feeding Elk

The Dangers of Artificially Feeding Elk

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Join us and our guest speaker Jeremy Banfield, PA Game Commission Elk Biologist as he discusses the negative consequences of feeding our elk herd. This is a “MUST HEAR” presentation you don’t want to miss! The program will be held at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.

Monday

March

16

2015

Annual Volunteer Kickoff Meeting

Annual Volunteer Kickoff Meeting

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All current and potential volunteers invited! Hear about last season’s successes and what’s coming up this season at Tyler State Park. Meet other volunteers and discuss opportunities to become involved at your favorite state park. Hope to see you there!

Monday

March

16

2015

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

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

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

Monday

March

16

2015

Fly Tying Class

Fly Tying Class

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Ring in the New Year with Trout Unlimited's annual fly tying classes for beginners and intermediate tiers. The eight class course will be held on Mondays at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The course will end on March 16th (note: we will be skipping the second Monday of each month). To sign up contact Thom Beverly at kbeverly@rcn.com or 610-393-6663. Cost $25. This class is limited to 25 participants, please register in advance. Instruction will include the proper use of tools, material selection and introductory tying techniques. New tying techniques and patterns will be introduced for the more experienced tier. Equipment and materials will be provided, but you can bring your own vise and tools if you have them. There will be a refundable deposit fee to borrow a tying kit for use between classes.

Monday

March

16

2015

Maple Sugaring - tapping & collecting sap

Maple Sugaring - tapping & collecting sap

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Learn how to easily tap Sugar Maples and easily collect sap to make your own REAL maple syrup.

Meet at the old office parking lot.

Monday

March

16

2015

Maple Sugaring - Tapping and collecting sap

Maple Sugaring - Tapping and collecting sap

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Learn how to easily tap Sugar Maples and easily collect sap to make your own REAL maple syrup. We will meet in the old office parking lot, where Little Buffalo Road and Gill Hill Road intersect.

Monday

March

16

2015

Programs for schools / groups

Programs for schools / groups

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Field Learning Experiences (field trips) are intended to re-enforce concepts and knowledge gained in the classroom, and to introduce students to the various habitats and recreational opportunities available at Little Pine 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 and wildlife observation are included.

Programs are available for pre-K through G12 levels, and are open to public and private schools and day-care centers. Programs are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. When requesting a program, please be as specific as possible regarding content, as there are over 400 programs available.

School visits are also available within a reasonable travel distance.

To request a program, or for more information, please contact John Kaercher at 570-753-6005 or e-mail at LittlePineEE@pa.gov

Monday

March

16

2015

School programs by request

School programs by request

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Field Learning Experiences (field trips) are intended to re-enforce concepts and knowledge gained in the classroom, and to introduce students to the various habitats and recreational opportunities available at Little Pine 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 and wildlife observation are included. Programs are available for pre-K through G12 levels, and are open to public and private schools and day-care centers. Programs are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. When requesting a program, please be as specific as possible regarding content, as there are over 400 programs available. School visits are also available within a reasonable travel distance. To request a program, or for more information, please contact John Kaercher at 570-753-6005 or e-mail at LittlePineEE@pa.gov

Monday

March

16

2015

Skunk Cabbage!

Skunk Cabbage!

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The first wildflower of Spring, Skunk Cabbage, will be in bloom. This odd looking flower will win you over. Spend a while with the park naturalist and discover the wonder of our earliest flower.

Tuesday

March

17

2015

Introduction to Steelhead Fishing

Introduction to Steelhead Fishing

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Just us to learn about steelhead and improve your chance at catching one. Meet at Elk Creek Access area at Erie Bluffs State Park. Bring your own equipment or use ours. Bring your own lunch/beverage. Ages 12 and up welcome. Fee of $10 payable at registration. Call 814-833-7424 to register

Tuesday

March

17

2015

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

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Some space is still available for public, private or homeschooled students in grades 1-6 to discover the uniquely North American seasonal tradition of Maple Sugaring! The program is perfect for reinforcing science, technology, and social studies learning.Schools may schedule program sessions that begin at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, or 2 PM, with the program lasting approximately 1.5 hours. The cost is $2.00/student (no charge for adults).Teachers should e-mail mcrotsley@pa.gov or call 724-794-6011 for information or to schedule. Spots are filling fast - don't delay!

Tuesday

March

17

2015

Programs for schools / groups

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Field Learning Experiences (field trips) are intended to re-enforce concepts and knowledge gained in the classroom, and to introduce students to the various habitats and recreational opportunities available at Little Pine 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 and wildlife observation are included.

Programs are available for pre-K through G12 levels, and are open to public and private schools and day-care centers. Programs are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. When requesting a program, please be as specific as possible regarding content, as there are over 400 programs available.

School visits are also available within a reasonable travel distance.

To request a program, or for more information, please contact John Kaercher at 570-753-6005 or e-mail at LittlePineEE@pa.gov

Wednesday

March

18

2015

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday

March

18

2015

Brown Bag Luncheon

Brown Bag Luncheon

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The PA State Data Center: The Commonwealth's Official Source of Population Statistics

Wednesday

March

18

2015

Feeder Watch

Feeder Watch

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

Wednesday

March

18

2015

Live Reptile Show

Live Reptile Show

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Students from Delaware Valley College will be bringing their live reptiles to the Education Center. Come anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 to see, learn about and touch these amazing animals. This program is FREE and no registration is required.

Live Reptile Show meets at the Education Center. To reach the Education Center, please enter through the Marina entrance (Harrisburg School Road) off of Route 563. Go to the stop sign and turn right. Park in the first lot on your left, Lot 12. Follow the marked trail to the Education Center. Bring a flashlight.

Wednesday

March

18

2015

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

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Some space is still available for public, private or homeschooled students in grades 1-6 to discover the uniquely North American seasonal tradition of Maple Sugaring! The program is perfect for reinforcing science, technology, and social studies learning.Schools may schedule program sessions that begin at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, or 2 PM, with the program lasting approximately 1.5 hours. The cost is $2.00/student (no charge for adults).Teachers should e-mail mcrotsley@pa.gov or call 724-794-6011 for information or to schedule. Spots are filling fast - don't delay!

Wednesday

March

18

2015

Programs for schools / groups

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Field Learning Experiences (field trips) are intended to re-enforce concepts and knowledge gained in the classroom, and to introduce students to the various habitats and recreational opportunities available at Little Pine 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 and wildlife observation are included.

Programs are available for pre-K through G12 levels, and are open to public and private schools and day-care centers. Programs are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. When requesting a program, please be as specific as possible regarding content, as there are over 400 programs available.

School visits are also available within a reasonable travel distance.

To request a program, or for more information, please contact John Kaercher at 570-753-6005 or e-mail at LittlePineEE@pa.gov

Thursday

March

19

2015

3MJC Meeting: Maple Sugaring: Sweet Technologies through Time

3MJC Meeting: Maple Sugaring: Sweet Technologies through Time

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Brandi Miller-Parrish, an EES at Jennings, will present a program about maple sugaring technologies through time. Learn about the function of trees, the history of maple sugaring, and the maple sugaring process from the Indians to the present day. You will even get a taste of real maple syrup!

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

Thursday

March

19

2015

Bluebird Boxes 101

Bluebird Boxes 101

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Want to attract bluebirds to your own property? You can with the help of a bluebird box! Come out to Forbes to learn about bluebirds and for the opportunity to take home your own box. Meet at the Laurel Mountain warming hut.

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

Thursday

March

19

2015

Hide-N-Seekers: Oh, Deer! (pm session)

Hide-N-Seekers: Oh, Deer! (pm session)

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

Thursday

March

19

2015

Hiking Series #1

Hiking Series #1

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Thursday, March 19 at 9 a.m.TRAIL: Wood Frog LoopLENGTH: 1 mileTERRAIN: easiestMEET: Nescopeck State Park OfficeThe 2015 series kicks off with a nice, easy stroll in the woods. If spring has sprung, we’ll listen for calling frogs and singing birds. If not, we’ll take out the snowshoes! Either way, it’ll be great to get some fresh air.The rest of the hiking dates are set but still being planned: March 19, April 3, May 4, June 3, June 17, July 9, July 22, August 12, August 27, September 10, September 24, October 7, October 22, November 3Free. No registration required.

Thursday

March

19

2015

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

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Some space is still available for public, private or homeschooled students in grades 1-6 to discover the uniquely North American seasonal tradition of Maple Sugaring! The program is perfect for reinforcing science, technology, and social studies learning.Schools may schedule program sessions that begin at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, or 2 PM, with the program lasting approximately 1.5 hours. The cost is $2.00/student (no charge for adults).Teachers should e-mail mcrotsley@pa.gov or call 724-794-6011 for information or to schedule. Spots are filling fast - don't delay!

Thursday

March

19

2015

New Year's Resolution Walk Series

New Year's Resolution Walk Series

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Enjoy outdoor fitness throughout the iwnter with weekly guided walks every Thursday night from January 1 until March 26, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Meet at the Ranger Station on Presque Isle State Park to be directed to the walks starting point. Walks will cover approximately three miles in length over wooded, sandy and paved trails. Park naturalists will season the walks with talks about park up-dates, history and nature tidbits. No fee or registration required. Program may be cancelled or modified at discretion of park staff.

Thursday

March

19

2015

Stories of Our Past: The People of the First and Second Fork

Stories of Our Past: The People of the First and Second Fork

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Susan Hoy from the Cameron County Historical Society will be the guest speaker at the next “Stories of Our Past” local heritage program, a series of talks dedicated to the unique history of Cameron and Potter Counties. Susan’s presentation will be packed full of historical photos covering Driftwood, Sinnamahoning, and First Fork areas and the stories behind them, taking us back to the their beginnings and the amazing growth of business and industry in these communities.

“Second Fork” or Driftwood stories will feature the tannery at Goosetown, a man gunned down at the La Fayette Hotel, the 1908 unveiling of the Bucktail Monument, as well as a few famous pioneers from our area, such as College Football Hall of Fame Recipient Garrett Cochran, and the Roach brothers, who were Major League baseball players.

In the Sinnamahoning and First Fork area, Susan will share stories of the Wykoff family that "Wykoff Run" was named after, the explosives industry that helped in the creation of the Panama Canal, to the CCC Veterans Camp that built a ferry to transport supplies in the community after the 1936 flood. Plus so much more...........the history of this area is unbelievable!

Refreshments will be provided and program participants will be given an opportunity to share stories of what life was like in the First Fork Valley “back in the day”. Feel free to bring family photos to share along with the stories!

Pre-registration is requested. Please call the Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401 for more information or to register for this free program.

Thursday

March

19

2015

Volunteer Meeting

Volunteer Meeting

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Interested in learning more about helping with park projects? We need help with our butterfly garden, monitoring bluebirds and bats and maintaining our trails. Those interested in becoming volunteers are encouraged to attend our volunteer meeting. We will discuss the different volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering, but can't attend the meeting, please email the park at nockamixonsp@pa.gov.

The meeting will be held at the Education Center. To reach the Education Center, please enter through the Marina entrance (Harrisburg School Road) off of Route 563. Go to the stop sign and turn right. Park in the first lot on your left, Lot 12. Follow the marked trail to the Education Center. Bring a flashlight.

Friday

March

20

2015

CANCELED Boy Scout Merit Badge: Part One

CANCELED Boy Scout Merit Badge: Part One

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THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED. IT MAY BE OFFERED AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

The first of two sessions (Part Two will occur Saturday, May 9 from 9 AM - 1 PM) in which boy scouts complete all the requirements necessary to earn the Bird Study Merit Badge. Scouts must attend both sessions to earn the badge. There will be required course work to complete on your own time between sessions.

Registration is required by March 16 by calling 570-403-2006. Free.

Friday

March

20

2015

First Day of Spring Hike!

First Day of Spring Hike!

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The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, and life is returning to the Bald Eagle State Park environment! It’s time to join the club and get back out onto the trail! Accompany the park naturalist on the first official day of Spring for an interpretive hike throughout Bald Eagle State Park. We will discuss topics such as the cultural history of the region and the natural resources that make Bald Eagle a unique and special place. Binoculars will be available to borrow throughout the 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 Main Park Office before driving to the trailhead 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Friday

March

20

2015

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

Maple Sugaring Programs for Schools

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Some space is still available for public, private or homeschooled students in grades 1-6 to discover the uniquely North American seasonal tradition of Maple Sugaring! The program is perfect for reinforcing science, technology, and social studies learning.Schools may schedule program sessions that begin at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, or 2 PM, with the program lasting approximately 1.5 hours. The cost is $2.00/student (no charge for adults).Teachers should e-mail mcrotsley@pa.gov or call 724-794-6011 for information or to schedule. Spots are filling fast - don't delay!

Friday

March

20

2015

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

Nature Story & Craft for Kids

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

Friday

March

20

2015

Presque Isle After Dark: Dead Pond Trail

Presque Isle After Dark: Dead Pond Trail

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Explore the nighttime woods on this 3-mile guided trail hike. Meet at the Pine Tree Pavilion/Beach 9

Friday

March

20

2015

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

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Spring is in the Air....literally! Join us as we search the twilight skies for the American Woodcock as it does its spring courtship dance in hopes of luring in that illusive female. An introductory powerpoint will start the program before we venture out to hopefully see and hear this love sick crooner. Spring is not the time to be "Peeent" up...

Friday

March

20

2015

Spring Open House!

Spring Open House!

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Stop into the Environmental Learning Center to see what the naturalists have been hard at work at throughout the winter months! New exhibits, displays, and
library will be showcased, along with all of the mounts! Spend some time with the naturalists and help as they identify birds for Project Feeder Watch! Coffee, water, and hot chocolate will be provided! Individuals will also have the opportunity to pick up publication material regarding the park and the upcoming 2015 special events. We hope to see you on the first day of spring!

Meet at the Environmental Learning
Center 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday

March

21

2015

A “Big Year” for Birds!

A “Big Year” for Birds!

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Make 2015 your year to learn more about our avian friends! Team up with the park naturalist for an early afternoon of bird watching action! Start your own Big Year checklist as the naturalist takes you through steps of becoming a birder while learning about feeders, seed, and most importantly, how to identify birds. Binoculars will be available to borrow and spotting scopes will be available for use. Bird checklists will also be given to all participants!

Meet at the Environmental Learning
Center 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Saturday

March

21

2015

AMC Spring Family Adventure

AMC Spring Family Adventure

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Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area, 1125 River Rd., Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

Tired of winter? Bring your family out on the first full day of spring to welcome in the changing season!

An opportunity for families with children of all ages to take a leisurely exploration hike around the Giving Pond. Meet at 10 am at Giving Pond Recreation Area, 1125 River Rd. (PA-32), Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972. We'll talk a little bit about what happens to animals and plants in the spring, then we'll spend the rest of the time exploring Giving Pond and hunting for spring signs, such as awakening amphibians, budding plants, signs of animal activity, and whatever else we can find. The hike will be easy paced, 1-2 miles or less, and suitable for all ages.

Come dressed in layers of clothing, suitable for changeable early spring weather and possible mud. Bringing water, a snack, and extra dry clothing just in case is recommended. Program will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or poor driving conditions, but will go on in the event of light precipitation.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Birds of a Lesser Feather

Birds of a Lesser Feather

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Enjoy learning about some of our state seldom seen and often forgotten feathered friends.Several of Western Pa's less common bird species will be discussed including biological facts and traits, current status and other interesting tidbids of information

Saturday

March

21

2015

Duck Safari

Duck Safari

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CANCELLED DUE TO REMAINING LAKE ICE: Join us to search for migrating waterfowl on the lakes and wetlands of Promised Land State Park. We'll use our spotting scope to view wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, green-winged teals and more! Meet at the auditorium on Saturday, March 21 at 2pm. Please be sure to have transportation as we will be visiting various sites. Binoculars will be provided.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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Please bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to the Park Office for a driving tour to eagle hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. This is the prime time of the year to view bald eagles on their nests and find new nesting sites. Expect a long car-pool and aggressive hike to some of the better areas, but the rewards will be worth it. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available at the Park Office to warm us up. (3 hrs)

Saturday

March

21

2015

Fly Tying For Beginners

Fly Tying For Beginners

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

When: February — May, 2015

Where: Bald Eagle State Park’s Environmental Learning Center

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

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

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

Saturday

March

21

2015

Fox Chaser 2 -Orienteering Event

Fox Chaser 2 -Orienteering Event

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Come out for this two-day public orienteering event to be held at Ridley Creek State Park and Tyler Arboretum.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Geocaching 101

Geocaching 101

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Have you heard about geocaching, but don't know much about it? We'll go through the basics of geocaching, do some activities and find a geocache! This program is for adults and families with children 8 years and older. Please register to borrow one of the park's GPS units. To register, please email nockamixonsp@pa.gov with the number of people of attending.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Introduction to snowshoeing and cross country skiing

Introduction to snowshoeing and cross country skiing

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If you have always wanted to try snowshoeing or cross country skiing this is your chance. We will meet at the new Falls Area Visitor's Center in Ohiopyle. From there we will gear up and head out. There will be instruction and help with skiing. This program is free but pre-registration is required. To register contact Barbara Wallace at 724-329-0986 or email bawallace@pa.gove

Saturday

March

21

2015

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge Workshop

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge Workshop

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Junior Girl Scouts can learn something new, have fun and do all the requirements to earn their Geocacher Badge. There is a $5 suggested donation per girl. Registration is required and space is limited. Portions of the program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

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Visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Saturdays starting January 10 and then every Saturday afterwards in January, February, & March from 10 AM until 6 PM. Create a FREE kids craft to take home! Crafts are subject to availability, suitable for all age groups. A different craft will be available every Saturday. Program is subject to modification or cancellation at the discretion of park staff.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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View the short film "The Maple Sugaring Story" followed by a brief talk about making your own syrup. Children can put the steps of making syrup in order from pictures. We'll end with a taste of maple syrup made right here at Little Buffalo State Park.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Maple Sugaring Day for Scouts

Maple Sugaring Day for Scouts

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Scouts (ages 7-11) will participate in a two-hour program that demonstrates the art of maple sugaring from past to present and explains how and why the process works. The program will begin indoors with a presentation that unravels the mystery of how trees function, and considers the many benefits they provide. The presentation is followed by a guided, outdoor walk featuring a working evaporator and a taste of spring itself, real maple syrup. Maple products from a local producer will be available in Jennings’ gift shop for optional purchases.

The maple sugaring program will be offered in the morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and in the afternoonfrom 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each participating scout will receive an embroidered patch. Cub Scout den leaders and Girl Scout troop leaders must pre-register their scouts for either the morning or afternoon session by calling the Jennings Center at 724-794-1090 beginning on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Leaders may also pre-register in person on February 4, during the same hours. Space is limited for this very popular program, and very often fills up on this first registration day! The program fee is $2.00 per person. Scout leaders will need to confirm and pre-pay for an accurate number of registered participants by March 6.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Maple Weekend Open House

Maple Weekend Open House

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Bring the whole family to Hills Creek State Park and learn how pure maple syrup is processed from the tree to your table. The Maple Open House will be held in conjunction with the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers 11th Annual Maple Weekend. Taste our finished product, and find out how you can ‘tap’ into the resource in your own backyard. Arrive anytime between 10am and 4pm. Plan to enjoy about 45-minutes with us in order to experience what each station has to offer. You will learn how to identify maple trees, how to tap trees and collect sap, the history of maple syrup making, and how the finished product is made. This event is free. Large groups should contact the park to schedule a private tour (either on this weekend or another time in-season, as schedules allow). Location: Sugarhouse, located across from the pavilions in beach parking area

Saturday

March

21

2015

March Madness at Middle Creek

March Madness at Middle Creek

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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is one of the premier birding spots in eastern Pennsylvania. It is an early spring staging area for over 100,000 Snow Geese and up to 5,000 Tundra Swans. Join us for this birding tour of Middle Creek as we enjoy this spectacle and look for many other species of waterfowl. Both the rare Ross’s Goose and Cackling Geese have been seen on previous trips. We’ll also check the extensive grasslands for raptors like Northern Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks. Bald Eagles are often seen and Golden Eagles are seen occasionally. We will stay until dusk to listen for American Woodcocks and look for Short-eared Owls. This program is free of charge. Limited van space is available for first time participants. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a lunch. This is a great opportunity for photographers.

Saturday

March

21

2015

March Madness at Middle Creek

March Madness at Middle Creek

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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is one of the premier birding spots in eastern Pennsylvania. It is an early spring staging area for up to 100,000 Snow Geese and over 4,000 Tundra Swans. Join us for this birding tour of Middle Creek as we enjoy this spectacle and look for many other species of waterfowl. Both Ross’s and Cackling Geese have been seen on previous trips. We’ll also check the extensive grasslands for raptors like Northern Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks. Bald Eagles are often seen and Golden Eagles are seen occasionally. Leaders will stay until dusk to listen for American Woodcocks and to look for Short-eared Owls. Limited van space is available for first time participants. Register by calling 610-746-2801 or emailing jacobsburgsp@pa.gov. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a lunch. This is a great opportunity for photographers.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Pennsylvania's "Wild" Wetlands and Waterways

Pennsylvania's "Wild" Wetlands and Waterways

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Discover the plants and animals that live in and around Pennsylvania's wetlands and waterways. Create your own mock wetland following the program! This program will be held at 1:00 in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Pottery Show by Friend's of Nolde Forest

Pottery Show by Friend's of Nolde Forest

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Nolde Forest Pottery, neighbor to the park has been producing quality redware for over 20 years. This redware pottery show and sale is hosted by the Friend's of Nolde Forest in the Nolde mansion. A plate to benefit the Friends group will be available for order at the show. The 2015 plate features a hummingbird and is limited edition.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Sharp Kids; Basic Outdoor Knife Skills

Sharp Kids; Basic Outdoor Knife Skills

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Sharp Kids will be conducting this half-day workshop for responsible boys and girls ages 8 - 16. This course will guide students through several kid-friendly carving projects. Students will be given instruction on knife safety, first aid for cuts, and basic outdoor knife skills. Following instruction and completion of a written test on knife safety, each child will be given their own small, fixed-blade knife to use during class and to keep. Registration is required by calling 570-945-7110. A waiver of liability is also required prior to course. Cash payment can be made the day of course. This is an excellent course for boy and girl scouts.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Skunk Cabbage!

Skunk Cabbage!

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The first wildflower of Spring, Skunk Cabbage, will be in bloom. This odd looking flower will win you over. Spend a while with the park naturalist and discover the wonder of our earliest flower.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Snowshoe Cook Forest at Night: Fire Tower Road

Snowshoe Cook Forest at Night: Fire Tower Road

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Please bring your snowshoes and headlamps and meet at the Nuthole Cabin, located at the entrance of Ridge Camp, for an evening 3 mile interpretive snowshoe program along Fire Tower Rd to Seneca Point. Learn how to identify animal tracks in the snow and explore the Seneca Point cave as we snowshoe under ancient hemlock & oaks in one of Cook Forest’s premiere old growth forests. If snow conditions aren’t good, we’ll hike instead. Snowshoes are not required, although we will have a few pair on hand. Hot chocolate and a luke-warm cabin will be available to warm us up!

Saturday

March

21

2015

Spring Has Sprung! Bird Walk

Spring Has Sprung! Bird Walk

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Celebrate the arrival of spring with a bird walk at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Despite the lingering snow and below average temps, the spring winged migrants are making their way north to their summer homes. Join Mark Johnson from the Allegheny Highlands Bird Club on a lakeside stroll in search of songbirds and waterfowl along the Stevenson Dam.

This free program, open to all outdoor enthusiasts, will be held outdoors in the Lake Day Use Area. Participants should dress for the weather and wear waterproof boots - it may be muddy and a bit breezy along the water’s edge. A light snack and a bottle of water are suggested. Bring along your own binoculars or borrow ours.

Walk will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Meet at the Eagle Watch at the Lake Day Use Area.

Get out and enjoy the SPRING!!

Saturday

March

21

2015

Spring Into Action

Spring Into Action

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Kings Gap invites volunteers willing to spend a spring morning helping with winter clean-up, landscaping, trail maintenance and more. Lunch will be provided. Registration requested by email at sberg@pa.gov. Meet at the education building.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Spring Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Spring Photo Scavenger Hunt!

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Are you up for an exciting challenge? Gather your friends, create a team, and head out to Bald Eagle State Park for an afternoon of adventure and fun! This scavenger hunt will take your team through the trees and on the trails of Bald Eagle State Park’s day use area as you search for natural objects and relics of the past! Meet up with the Park Naturalist as he explains the rules and reveals the list of items to find. A digital camera, or phone, will be required to have for a team to participate. Registration is appreciated, but not required to participate. This scavenger hunt will be designed to walk. Prizes will be awarded!

Meet at the Environmental Learning Center promptly at 2:00 PM

Saturday

March

21

2015

Star Trek

Star Trek

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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS: Early Spring is your last chance to view all the fascinating features of the constellation Orion -The red giant Betelgeuse, the young blue/white Rigel, the Orion Nebula and the dark Horsehead Nebula with our telescope. Meet at the auditorium on Fri. March 20 at 8pm.

Saturday

March

21

2015

What in the World is a Woodcock?

What in the World is a Woodcock?

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Discover the springtime ritual of these unique birds during this night hike. We will talk about the natural history of this strange, little bird, while observing its spectacular mating dance. Meet at the Camp Run parking lot off of Route 381. Come prepared with warm layers and sturdy shoes. *Registration is required. Please register online or by contacting 724-259-2201 or rachristie@pa.gov.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course

Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course

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Penn Trails, a Licensed Training Provider for the American Red Cross, will offer several Wilderness & Remote First Aid (WRFA) courses at Kings Gap in 2015. Participants must be 16 years or older. Each course is two days long.

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

This course is taught by an American Red Cross authorized Wilderness and Remote First Aid instructor. American Red Cross WFFA certification will be issued upon successful completion and testing in the course, which is valid for 2 years. Course handbook and materials included in course fee. Fee: $140.00

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

Saturday

March

21

2015

Woodcock Walk

Woodcock Walk

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March is the perfect time to view the courtship display of the American Woodcock, and the Tannery Access area at Varden Conservation Area is the best place to view it. Join Barbara Leo from NEPA Audubon Society on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30pm. Please bring a flashlight, binoculars will be provided.

Saturday

March

21

2015

Woodcock Weekend

Woodcock Weekend

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The weird and wild mating dance of the American Woodcock is an amazing site to see. Take a short hike to observe this courtship display up close.

MARCH 20:

Meet at the Camp Run Parking Area in Forbes State Forest

MARCH 21:

Meet at the Laurel Hill State Park Office

Sunday

March

22

2015

Build Your Own Bird Box

Build Your Own Bird Box

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Provide a place in your yard for birds to call their own. Patterns for bluebird and American kestrel boxes will be pre-cut and all materials provided for us to assemble. Local birding experts will also be on hand to answer your questions. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please pre-register by March 13 (570-967-7275 or friends@epix.net). Meet at Carriage Barn.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Chariot of Fire

Chariot of Fire

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For the inhabitants of Earth, the sun is our most important star in the universe. Even though its intense light warms us and is the engine of life, it can blind you if you look at it directly. It is possible, however, to observe sunspots, solar flares, and other features of the sun in complete safety. This program will instruct you on how to safely observe the sun, some sun trivia, and weather permitting, we will do some sun observing. At the Visitor Center.

Sunday

March

22

2015

How to Attract Purple Martins

How to Attract Purple Martins

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Want to share your property with some of the best bug-eaters on the planet? Join local birding expert and purple martin enthusiast Dave Gobert as he gives helpful tips and information on starting a successful purple martin colony. Different types of housing will be discussed and Dave will set up one of the park’s gourd racks as a demonstration. This program will begin in the park office conference room, and then move outside.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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Celebrate the end of winter with the seasonal tradition of maple sugaring. This presentation will unravel the mystery of how a tree functions, and show how sap from a tree becomes syrup for the breakfast table.

The program will begin with an indoor introduction, followed by a guided, outdoor walk that demonstrates the art of maple sugaring from past to present. You'll see a working evaporator and get a taste of spring itself, real maple syrup! A variety of local maple products will be available for sale in The Nature Shop at Jennings.

This annual, free program is open to the public. Registration is not required, but be sure to arrive on time to get a seat for this very popular event.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Maple Weekend Open House

Maple Weekend Open House

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Bring the whole family to Hills Creek State Park and learn how pure maple syrup is processed from the tree to your table. The Maple Open House will be held in conjunction with the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers 11th Annual Maple Weekend. Taste our finished product, and find out how you can ‘tap’ into the resource in your own backyard. Arrive anytime between 10am and 4pm. Plan to enjoy about 45-minutes with us in order to experience what each station has to offer. You will learn how to identify maple trees, how to tap trees and collect sap, the history of maple syrup making, and how the finished product is made. This event is free. Large groups should contact the park to schedule a private tour (either on this weekend or another time in-season, as schedules allow). Location: Sugarhouse, located across from the pavilions in beach parking area.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Mushroom ID Program

Mushroom ID Program

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Join us for this indoor lecture to learn the different types of mushrooms found in our woods and your backyard. Free.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc. 2015 Annual State Conference

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc. 2015 Annual State Conference

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The Parks and Recreation industry is changing! Technology and Social Media is used more today than ever before and the leisure activities which people participate in have evolved. This year’s PRPS conference theme is #BreakingTraditions. We are #BreakingTraditions with fresh, enhanced conference ideas implemented to the program schedule, exhibit hall and registration and keeping the tried and true conference traditions! Our new conference location in the picturesque Lancaster County; will have you appreciating the simpler life, with its rolling hills, farmsteads and roadside markets. Be ready for a buggy to take you on an 80 megabits-per-second high speed internet ride to show you how to bring technology and Parks and Recreation together.

We look forward to seeing everyone in beautiful Lancaster, PA March 22-25 2015!

Register online at www.prps.org.

Karen Hegedus & Mark Palerino, PRPS Conference Co-Chairs

Sunday

March

22

2015

Recreation and Parks Citizens & Friends Day at Lancaster Marriott

Recreation and Parks Citizens & Friends Day at Lancaster Marriott

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A New Perspective on Local Parks and Recreation - The PA Recreation and Park Society, Inc. (PRPS) is providing a one-day workshop at the 68th Annual PRPS State Conference for citizen advisory board members who serve on Pennsylvania's local recreation and park boards.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Signs of Spring Walk

Signs of Spring Walk

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Believe it or not, spring is officially here! Join us as we look for evidence of spring’s arrival on this gentle walk around the Muskrat Beach area. This program covers approximately two miles of easy terrain, but sturdy, waterproof shoes are recommended. Meet at the Muskrat Beach 3 parking lot.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Spring Has Sprung Hike

Spring Has Sprung Hike

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After the long days of cold weather and all the snow, join us as we celebrate the beginning of spring with a hike. We will explore the long iced in pine plantation area and maybe catch sight of some spring animals enjoying the weather. No registration required for this free event.

Sunday

March

22

2015

The Beaver

The Beaver

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View an exciting movie presentation on the history and habit of the beaver. There will be several children’s activities and puzzles available. This movie will be running throughout the day in the Discovery Room.

Sunday

March

22

2015

Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course

Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course

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Penn Trails, a Licensed Training Provider for the American Red Cross, will offer several Wilderness & Remote First Aid (WRFA) courses at Kings Gap in 2015. Participants must be 16 years or older. Each course is two days long.

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

This course is taught by an American Red Cross authorized Wilderness and Remote First Aid instructor. American Red Cross WFFA certification will be issued upon successful completion and testing in the course, which is valid for 2 years. Course handbook and materials included in course fee. Fee: $140.00

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

Sunday

March

22

2015

Woodcock Weekend

Woodcock Weekend

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The weird and wild mating dance of the American Woodcock is an amazing site to see. Take a short hike to observe this courtship display up close.

MARCH 20:

Meet at the Camp Run Parking Area in Forbes State Forest

MARCH 21:

Meet at the Laurel Hill State Park Office

Monday

March

23

2015

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

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

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

Tuesday

March

24

2015

Friends of Lyman Run Meeting

Friends of Lyman Run Meeting

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

Tuesday

March

24

2015

Tuesday Trails

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Get moving after work with a brisk hike at Jacobsburg! These guided monthly hikes are 2 to 2.5 miles over uneven terrain. Hikers should always bring water and sturdy boots or shoes. Join the email reminder list by calling 610-746-2801 or emailing jacobsburgsp@pa.gov. On March 24th we will be hiking the Sober's Run Trail and meeting at the Horse Trailer Parking Lot. Registration is not required.

Wednesday

March

25

2015

Watershed Education Teacher Workshop

Watershed Education Teacher Workshop

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

· Hands-on Field Investigations

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

· Interdisciplinary lessons

· Journaling and portfolio development

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

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

Thursday

March

26

2015

Friends of Prince Gallitzin Monthly Meeting

Friends of Prince Gallitzin Monthly Meeting

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

Thursday

March

26

2015

Lake Erie Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales

Lake Erie Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales

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Discover the history behind our Great Lake and hear the tales of the most notorious wrecks of our region. Free. Registration requested. Call 814-833-7424 to register.

Thursday

March

26

2015

New Year's Resolution Walk Series

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Enjoy outdoor fitness throughout the iwnter with weekly guided walks every Thursday night from January 1 until March 26, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Meet at the Ranger Station on Presque Isle State Park to be directed to the walks starting point. Walks will cover approximately three miles in length over wooded, sandy and paved trails. Park naturalists will season the walks with talks about park up-dates, history and nature tidbits. No fee or registration required. Program may be cancelled or modified at discretion of park staff.

Thursday

March

26

2015

SPRING Back to the FUTURE; Home School Day!

SPRING Back to the FUTURE; Home School Day!

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Bald Eagle State Park is partnering with Penn State Students to create another day of excitement and learning at the Park! The day is currently being planned and coordinated by a Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Management Class. The class will provide various stations and learning opportunities for your curious students ages 6-14. Activities will include a fossil search, archery, animal tracking, crafts, and more! Pre-registration is encouraged, but not mandatory by calling 814-625-9369 before March 16.

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

Friday

March

27

2015

Annual Park Volunteer Potluck Dinner

Annual Park Volunteer Potluck Dinner

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AWARDS! GREAT FOOD!! GOOD PEOPLE!!! If you’ve been a volunteer or are interested in becoming one, you, your family and friends are invited to attend a potluck dinner at the Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center. Find out what is new in the park and in the plans. So bring your favorite covered dish to share in this celebration of volunteering and the RETURN OF SPRING! Please call (570)-966-1455 and let us know you plan to attend.

Friday

March

27

2015

Friday Evening Hike

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Join us as we enjoy the longer days by hitting the trail. We plan to hike from the mansion parking lot around the top of the mountain. We will end at the mansion just in time for sunset. The trail may be rocky and has one more difficult hill. Please be prepared for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. No registration is required for this free event.

Friday

March

27

2015

Invasive Plant Management Workshop: Controlling Shrubs and Vines

Invasive Plant Management Workshop: Controlling Shrubs and Vines

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Landowners, are invasive weeds such as multiflora rose and mile-a-minute invading your property? Don’t let these invasive plants decrease the value of your land and interfere with hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to protect your property from these invaders.

SIPMA, the Sinnemahoning Invasive Plant Management Area, and Sinnemahoning State Park invite you to attend the Invasive Plant Management Workshop at Sinnemahoning State Park on Friday, March 27th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This workshop will help you to identify the ten worst invasive plants in north-central Pennsylvania and discover how these invaders are disrupting the native habitat. Learn biological, mechanical and chemical ways to control invasive vines and shrubs, with a special focus on mile-a-minute and multiflora rose.

The meeting will take place in the classroom of the Park Office & Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. Workshop will include field identification and an overview of application equipment. Participants should be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities.

Pesticide applicator recertification credits are available. Please see the PA Plants website https://www.paplants.state.pa.us/PesticideApplicator/MeetingSearch.aspx

Pre-registration is requested. Please call the Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401 for more information or to register for this free invasive plant management workshop.

Friday

March

27

2015

PJ's in the Park - storytime

PJ's in the Park - storytime

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Story time in the Mansion Living Room, followed by a take home craft. Great activity for families with children ages 3-8. Children can wear their favorite pajamas and bring a stuffed friend. Please register by calling the park 610-796-3699

Saturday

March

28

2015

BIRD WALK

BIRD WALK

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Margaret Higbee - Join the Todd Bird Club as they look for migrating waterfowl on Yellow Creek Lake. Yellow Creek State Park is one of the top five birding destinations in the state, so you can expect to see a variety of water birds. Meet at the Park Office and dress for the weather. We will drive to several locations near the lake for shore walks. The Todd Bird Club will spend 3 hours but you may spend a shorter time. (Friends of the Parks program)

Saturday

March

28

2015

Bring A Friend Bass Tournament

Bring A Friend Bass Tournament

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

Saturday

March

28

2015

Elk Biologist for a Day

Elk Biologist for a Day

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Bring the family in for an afternoon filled with elk conservation activities. We will have many activities going on, such as learning how the Pennsylvania Game Commission conducts population studies, the functions of an elk’s stomach, and many more. Each child who participates will receive a “Jr. Elk Expert” certificate. This program will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Gull Point Cleanup

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Help clean up the litter along the Gull Point shoreline before it is closed to the public from April 1-Nov. 30. Four mile walk on sandy terrain. All supplies provided. To register call 814-833-7424

Saturday

March

28

2015

Introduction to Orienteering

Introduction to Orienteering

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Orienteering 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 explore a beginners’ level orienteering course. Loaner compasses will be available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. The program will begin in the education building. Children must be aged 8 and over and accompanied by an adult. Groups of five or more please register by contacting Sarah Berg at sberg@pa.gov

Saturday

March

28

2015

Jacobsburg Speaker Series: David Cundall

Jacobsburg Speaker Series: David Cundall

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Ephemeral or vernal pools are critical elements of the habitat used by many species of amphibians. The long-term local survival of some amphibian species depends on them. Join Dr. David Cundall of Lehigh University as he talks about the basic features of vernal pools in the northeastern US, some of the plants and animals associated with them, why they are important, and their major threats.

The talk will be followed by a walk or short drive to some vernal pools in the park (weather permitting). Waterproof boots and flashlights or headlamps are recommended. Register by calling 610-746-2801 or emailing jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

Kids Crafty Corner at the Center

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Visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Saturdays starting January 10 and then every Saturday afterwards in January, February, & March from 10 AM until 6 PM. Create a FREE kids craft to take home! Crafts are subject to availability, suitable for all age groups. A different craft will be available every Saturday. Program is subject to modification or cancellation at the discretion of park staff.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Native Pollinators

Native Pollinators

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Mengel Natural History Society presents a progam with an up-close look at the interdependency of flowers, insects, and hummingbirds. This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

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Early spring is the best time to call out Screech owls, Barred owls and Great horned owls. Join us on this nocturnal adventure. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at the Auditorium on Friday, March 27 at 8pm.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Vernal Pool Hike

Vernal Pool Hike

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Take a 2 mile hike to a Vernal Pool on a moderately difficult trail and explore this unique habitat and the creatures that call it home. Maybe we'll spot some mole salamanders! Meet at the Whittaker Trail Trailhead on Saturday, March 28 at 10am. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Wildlife Detectives

Wildlife Detectives

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Find out how to read the secret signs that animals leave behind. Make an animal track with plaster and a rubber foot to take home with you, then take a short hike to work on our wildlife detective skills. Meet at Conservation Island on Saturday, March 28 at 1pm.

Saturday

March

28

2015

Woodcock Watch

Woodcock Watch

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Join us to watch the amazing courtship display of the male woodcock.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Cowans Gap 5K Run/Walk

Cowans Gap 5K Run/Walk

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Join the Friends of Cowans Gap in the first annual Cowans Gap 5K Run/Walk. The Friends of Cowans Gap is a newly formed non-profit organization made up of dedicated volunteers and community members with a goal to enhance the Park. Proceeds from this event will go directly back to the park for educational programming, facility upgrades and for the preservation of the natural resources.

For more information about the event and how you can register please check out the event website at http://tinyurl.com/focg5k

Sunday

March

29

2015

Discovering Bluebirds

Discovering Bluebirds

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Help make a difference for a beautiful bird. Learn more about bluebirds and how to maintain a nesting box and care for them. Free, all ages welcome.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Elk Antlers

Elk Antlers

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Hear everything you ever wanted to know about elk antlers! Experience a tactile adventure as you handle several different sets of antlers while learning many fascinating facts about them, such as elk antlers are one of the world’s fastest growing living tissue. The program will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

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March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part- there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling

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The Friends of Raccoon Creeks Art Club theme for March is Nature Journaling. Join Naturalist Betsy Bangley as she covers the fundamentals of recording observations, sketching in nature, and writing simple poetry in journals. An ideal class for beginners. Please dress warmly for nature walks and bring a notebook/sketch pad. Free program, pre-registration required by contacting paadams@pa.gov

Sunday

March

29

2015

Project Feeder Watch

Project Feeder Watch

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Sundays and Mondays: December 21 & 22 January 4 & 5, 18 & 19 9:00am-3:30pm The Center participates in the winter bird feeder counts sponsored through Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Volunteers observe, identify birds, and record data at the McConnell Hall feeders. You may arrive and depart at any time. For training session call the Center to make an appointment.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Rocks Rock Scout Geology Program

Rocks Rock Scout Geology Program

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Get ready to rock! Scouts can come learn more about minerals, rocks, and fossils. We will do most of the requirements for the Webelos geology badge. This program is FREE. Please pre-register.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Searching for the Green

Searching for the Green

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Nature does display some green in March! Explore the park while searching for evergreen plants during a weekend hike. The hike will cover about 2.5 miles of hilly terrain at a moderate pace, with several stops along the trail to admire the landscape. No one will be left behind but you should be able to sustain a two mph pace. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots; bring water. Meet at the education building in the Mansion area.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Skydance of the Timberdoodle

Skydance of the Timberdoodle

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Greenwood Furnace State Park will be presenting a free program on one of the most bizarre and unknown native birds in Pennsylvania, the American Woodcock, also known as the “Timberdoodle.” The program will begin at the Visitor Center, with a presentation by Doug Wentzel, from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. We will then walk a short distance to an area where the woodcocks are nesting, and hopefully observe the strange courtship flight of this elusive bird, called a “sky dance.” Please bring a flashlight to the program.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Tumblin' Timberdoodles!

Tumblin' Timberdoodles!

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The spring courtship flight of the American Woodcock (also known as the “timberdoodle”) is one of the most fascinating sights in the natural world. Unfortunately woodcocks have declined in recent years. Places like Jacobsburg provide a safe haven for these reclusive birds. Join us as we search for woodcocks displaying at dusk. To register, contact jacobsburgsp@pa.gov or 610-746-2801.

Sunday

March

29

2015

Volunteer Workday

Volunteer Workday

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

Monday

March

30

2015

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

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

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

Wednesday

April

01

2015

Watershed Education Teacher Workshop

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

· Hands-on Field Investigations

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

· Interdisciplinary lessons

· Journaling and portfolio development

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

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

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