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Friday

May

01

2015

A Year in the Life: Bald Eagles

A Year in the Life: Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagles are nesting all over Pennsylvania. Stop by the Nature Center to discover what happens in the nests and how the eaglets celebrate our holidays.

Friday

May

01

2015

AMC Delaware Canal Spring Bike Loop Ride - 22 mi.

AMC Delaware Canal Spring Bike Loop Ride - 22 mi.

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Registration Required

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

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

Friday

May

01

2015

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

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

Friday

May

01

2015

Elk Chronicles

Elk Chronicles

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Come and learn about an animal that was once wiped out of PA, but reintroduced: the elk. Some of the topics at this program will include their diets, mating season, and history. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday

May

01

2015

Family Night - Wildflower Walkabout

Family Night - Wildflower Walkabout

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Hit the trails to find some of the first spring blooms at Jacobsburg. Learn the parts of a flower along with basic identification of Pennsylvania’s native wildflowers. It’s recommended that kids bring a camera. This program is best for families with children ages 5 and up. Register by calling 610-746-2801 or emailing jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Friday

May

01

2015

Flyfishing Oil Creek State Park

Flyfishing Oil Creek State Park

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Join Mike Laskowski from Oil Creek Outfitters as he shares his outstanding knowledge and experience in flyfishing Oil Creek. Mike will share tips, tricks and locations along this awesome trout stream. His power point presentation will last 45 minutes to one hour and there will be time for all anglers questions.

Friday

May

01

2015

Friday Night Hike - Felton Trail

Friday Night Hike - Felton Trail

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Start the weekend off right with a relaxing hike at Shawnee State Park. On the first and third Friday night of the month throughout the summer we will highlight a different trail in the park. This week we will be hiking the Felton Trail. The hike is about 2 miles long over easy to moderate terrain. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. We will meet at the parking area for Picnic Area #7. No pre-registration is required.

Friday

May

01

2015

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger Hunt

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Set out from the Nature Center on a digital scavenger hunt around the lake. Can you catch a shot of everything on the list? Cameras will be available for loan if needed.

Saturday

May

02

2015

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

*this walk is cancelled* Spring Wildflower Walk

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

Saturday

May

02

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

May

02

2015

All ABout Elk

All ABout Elk

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This interactive talk will cover such interesting topics as the evolution of the modern elk sub-species, other North American deer families, and fascinating facts about elk antlers. Also, learn about elk calves, the ruminant system of the elk, and the season of the rut.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Beach Glass Necklace and Earrings

Beach Glass Necklace and Earrings

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Discover how beach glass is formed and learn how to drill a piece to create a necklace and earrings. Bring your own glass or use ours. Ages 12 and up, $30 includes all materials, registration and payment required by April 27. Call 814-833-7424.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Beak Challenge

Beak Challenge

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Did you know birds have different shaped beaks depending on what they eat? Stop by the Nature Center to see if you can figure out which food is best eaten with which beak.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Beginner's Bird Walk

Beginner's Bird Walk

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Join park staff for an introduction to the pastime of birding. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound, and see how many you can cross of our checklist! We will begin with a short talk on birding basics, then take a walk in the woods along the lake to look for birds. The trail can be muddy so please wear appropriate shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your own binoculars if you wish, or borrow a pair of ours. Meet at the picnic area near the Hopewell Lake boat launch.

Contact Katie at FrenchCreekEnvEd@pa.gov with questions.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Birding Basics

Birding Basics

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Birding is an exciting hobby that you can enjoy from your own back porch, to state parks, to exotic locations across the globe. All it really takes is a pair of binoculars, a field guide and an interest in nature.

New to birding? No problem. Learn the basics of binoculars and how to use simple field marks to identify birds during this Birding Basics program.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Birding By Boat

Birding By Boat

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The pontoon boat is back for 2015!

Join park staff and volunteers for our inaugural trip of the year by taking a birding tour of the George. B. Stevenson reservoir. Birding enthusiast and Audubon member, Eli DePaulis, will be our guide as we search the water and shoreline for spring migrants.

Two programs will be offered. 12:00 PM-1:00 PM and 2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Pre-registration is recommended. Boat loading area is wheelchair accessible. Program is free of charge, but donations are requested.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Burley Swamp Stomp

Burley Swamp Stomp

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Celebrate National Wetlands Month by taking a one and a half mile hike on this beautiful trail and discover 5 different wetlands, then we'll capture and release aquatic creatures. Trail is moderately difficult. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring shoes that can get wet. Meet at the Burley Inlet Boat Launch (On North Shore Rd)on Saturday, May 2 at 3pm.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

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Model Yacht Club racing events - must be a member of Chester Springs Model Yacht Club to participate

Saturday

May

02

2015

Colonial History Open House

Colonial History Open House

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Join us for an afternoon of early American history!

Purchase a passport for kid’s crafts and patch.

Demonstrations and games are free.

All activities will be on the lawn at the park office.

Activities include:

Candle Dipping Demonstration and kids craft

Colonial Cooking Demonstration

Basket Weaving Demonstration and kids craft

Wool Washing, Carding and Spinning activities and kids craft

Colonial Games, Quill Pen Writing, and more kids crafts

Kid’s Passport to activities and fun patch

Cost includes all kids craft activities and patch upon completion.

Great for families and scout troops. Please be sure to have appropriate child/adult ratios.

Cost: $7 per child until April 24 ($10 after 4/24). Limited quantities will also be available to purchase for $10 at the event (cash only and exact change please)

Register and pay by credit card online at ~~http://www.thankfulsagefarmschool.com/product/history-day-open-house-passport-registration

Saturday

May

02

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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

Saturday

May

02

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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The baby eagles are getting bigger every day. View the nest action LIVE through binoculars or scope with the help of park staff and volunteers.

Fun for all ages. Eagle watch area is ADA accessible. Stop in any time between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Combine your love of eagles with your love of Sinnemahoning State Park. Become an Eagle Watch volunteer. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please call the park office or speak to any member of the park office staff.

Saturday

May

02

2015

ELC Open House

ELC Open House

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Come on into the Environmental Learning Center to experience the various mounts and educational displays! The park naturalist will be on hand to talk, share general information about Bald Eagle State Park, and answer your questions about Pennsylvania’s natural environment! Meet at the Environmental Learning Center 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Elk Chronicles

Elk Chronicles

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Come and learn about an animal that was once wiped out of PA, but reintroduced: the elk. Some of the topics at this program will include their diets, mating season, and history. Meet at the amphitheater.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Family Fishing Festival

Family Fishing Festival

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Anglers 12 and under are welcome to join us for some fishing fun. Meadow Run will be freshly stocked to hopefully add to your luck. Registration is from 9:00am-10:00am. Fishing is from 10:00am-noon. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Fly-Fishing Basics

Fly-Fishing Basics

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Perhaps you have fished using a spinning rod in the past and want to try something new? Join one of the park naturalists to be introduced to fly-fishing, discuss techniques, basic knots, and practice fly-casting.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Friends of Greenwood Furnace Volunteer Work Day

Friends of Greenwood Furnace Volunteer Work Day

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This Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation Chapter cares for THREE parks: Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam and Penn Roosevelt.

Join them for their annual clean up spruce up at Whipple Dam from 9:00 until noon. Hot dogs and refreshments to follow. There are always plenty of things to do and friends to meet.

(Spring clean up at Greenwood Furnace takes place on April 25th. Come out for either or both!)

Saturday

May

02

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

May

02

2015

Friends of Ridley Creek Monthly Trail Day

Friends of Ridley Creek Monthly Trail Day

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

Saturday

May

02

2015

Frog Lullaby

Frog Lullaby

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It’s almost bedtime, but only for some. Come on a frog search as we learn about different species that can be found at the park, along with their various characteristics; including songs, diet, and amazing adaptations. Frog stalking is fun for the whole family!

Saturday

May

02

2015

From Past to Present: Historic Walking Tour

From Past to Present: Historic Walking Tour

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Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a walk through the past to discover the history of Pine Grove Furnace. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Garlic Mustard Pull at Hell's Hollow

Garlic Mustard Pull at Hell's Hollow

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Join forces with a volunteer organization, 3MJC, to help protect the fragile beauty of this valley. Garlic mustard is an invasive weed that crowds out the wildflowers. It is easy to pull, and the volunteers will show you how! Garlic Mustard Pull at Hell's Hollow, about a fifteen minute drive from the gristmill, the route is highlighted in yellow on the park map: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003641.pdf .

Meet at the parking lot at Hell's Hollow. Dress for the outdoors and bring workgloves if desired. If you arrive late, grab a bag or two and come on back the trail. Bear right towards the falls. We will start at the falls and work our way back.
We have removed these invasive plants for several years now and have seen a difference. Come out and help us keep them at bay even if you only have a little time to help.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Hike to Hopewell Furnace Civil War Event

Hike to Hopewell Furnace Civil War Event

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Join the park naturalist for a short hike to Hopewell Furnace for their event "Life on the Homefront- Hopewell in 1865."

This event at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site celebrates the end of the Civil War, and over 60 reenactors will participate. The weekend will include Hopewell Furnace workers and their families continuing on with daily life just after the Civil War. Many in the village will be in mourning for Lincoln and trying to understand what comes next for the country. Soldiers will be newly returned home, children will be playing, business will be conducted, food will be cooked on the hearths, fire pits and bake ovens, and people will go about their daily lives interacting like they would have in 1865.

The hike from French Creek will start at the campground amphitheater and follow Collier's Trail to Hopewell, a similar path that charcoal workers would have taken from their charcoal pits to the furnace. The hike is approximately 1/2 mile and covers some steep terrain. Once we get to Hopewell, you are free to spend as much time as you like and return to French Creek on your own.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Intro to Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

Intro to Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

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Want to learn how to tye a fly and fly fish? All ages welcome to this introductory program. Free, registration required, all equipment and materials provided for fishing and fly tying. Call 814-833-7424 to register.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Quest - Hike #2

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Quest - Hike #2

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

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

This is the second leg of the Quest and will cover 11.1 miles of relatively moderate terrain. Even if you don’t do all seven hikes of this series, please come and join us for a great day of hiking one of the most beautiful places in Pennsylvania.

Dates for the remaining hikes:

Saturday, May 30

Saturday, June 13

Saturday, June 27

Saturday, July 11

Saturday, July 25

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

Saturday

May

02

2015

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

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Open Water Swim Series - skills clinic and open water training - must be preregistered with Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport for these events

Saturday

May

02

2015

Migratory Bird Walk

Migratory Bird Walk

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Join our Blue Bird Trail monitor, Ron Young, for an approximate 1 mile hike to observe a variety of migratory bird species. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your binoculars and bird guides, if you have them. There is a limited amount of space available, participants must pre-register by April 28th by calling the Park Office at 570-297-2734 or e-mail mtpisgahsp@pa.gov with your name, phone number and number of participants.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Moonstruck

Moonstruck

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Learn some interesting moon facts, then we'll observe May's "Milk Moon" with our spotting scope. Meet at the Auditorium on Friday, May 1 at 9pm.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Morning Bird Stroll

Morning Bird Stroll

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Spring is in the air! Accompany the park naturalists for a morning of birding fun at Bald Eagle State Park as we search for the returning migrants. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided as the naturalists help to educate on species identification!

Meet at the Beach Area 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Open Osprey Watch!

Open Osprey Watch!

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The "eagles of the sea" have returned to hunt the waters of Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, and it looks like they have built a nest! Come on out to the Route 150 Over-look along the banks of F.J. Sayers Lake for an enjoyable afternoon of osprey ob-servation! This casual program will allow the opportunity for participants to view Osprey through provided spotting scopes and binoculars. The park naturalists will be on hand to discuss osprey ecology, habitat, and history.

Meet at the State Route 150 Overlook (between the Howard bridge and Main Park Entrance11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Pinchot Sailing Club Sailboat Race

Pinchot Sailing Club Sailboat Race

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The Pinchot Sailing Club is holding a sailboat race on Pinchot Lake.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Pittsburgh Kids' Marathon Finish Line Festival

Pittsburgh Kids' Marathon Finish Line Festival

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Revived in 2009, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon course winds through the wonderfully unique and historic neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Community celebrations, cheering spectators and music throughout the course will welcome runners from all over the world.

Come to the park on Saturday, May 2 for the Finish Line Festival for the Pittsburgh Marathon's Kids Marathon. The park will also host the Toddler Trot (starting at 11:30am) and the Pet Walk (starting at noon).

Saturday

May

02

2015

Pond Management Workshop

Pond Management Workshop

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This program will help you prepare for the upcoming pond season. It will help you manage a pond used for recreation, irrigation or a livestock water supply. Get an overview of what happens around your pond, get resources to identify the plants, algae, and other organisms in your pond and strategies to manage them, and then look beneath the surface of the pond to gain an understanding of your pond’s life cycle. And finally, consider a few basics of the pond structure itself such as determining the size and condition of the pond.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Project Wild Educators Workshop

Project Wild Educators Workshop

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Formal and non-formal educators are invited to attend the Project Wild workshop. you will receive a Project Wild curriculm at the end of the workshop. Pre-registration is required by April 24. Register by emailing mmccloske@pa.gov or call 814-342-5960. Cost: $30. Act 48 hours available.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Saturday Morning Birding Series

Saturday Morning Birding Series

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

Saturday

May

02

2015

Spring Birdwalk

Spring Birdwalk

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Conservation volunteer, David Kruel, will lead a bird walk on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 am. The walk will begin at Tuscarora State Park visitor center. Dave will offer helpful information about how to identify the local and migratory songbirds by sight, song, habitat and behavior. The walk is sponsored by the Schuylkill Conservancy. Those attending are encouraged to bring along binoculars. This is not a pet friendly walk. Shine only.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Spring Migration Bird Walk

Spring Migration Bird Walk

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Thousands of birds pass through the park every day in early May. Join Mark Johnson, from the Allegheny Highlands Bird Club, as we search for these colorful migrants and their calls.

Participants should dress for the weather and wear long pants, sturdy shoes/boots. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours. No pre-registration is required for this free program.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

Spring Wildflower Walk

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

Saturday

May

02

2015

Spring Wildflower Walk

Spring Wildflower Walk

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Spring has finally arrived and with it the long anticipated and spectacular spring wildflowers. Join park educator for a guided tour of these short-lived beauties along this 1 mile hike. Topics such as wildflower identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various flowers will be discussed. Be prepared for wet trails and moderate hiking. This free program requires registration. Details and location within park will be emailed once registered. To register, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov

Saturday

May

02

2015

Volunteer Trail Day

Volunteer Trail Day

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Meet at 180 Main Street for a work day. Join other park volunteers to work on trails and other projects. Please wear sturdy shoes, pants and bring a lunch and water.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Walk MS: Erie 2015

Walk MS: Erie 2015

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Join us for Walk MS: Erie 2015 at the Cookhouse Pavilion on Presque Isle State Park. Registration begins at 10:00 AM and the walk begins at 11:00 AM.

Saturday

May

02

2015

Woodpecker Walk

Woodpecker Walk

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Join the park naturalist for a walk through the campground as we search for one our noisier feathered friends. Discover some of the amazing special features woodpeckers have that allow it to chisel holes and hang from tree trunks. Binoculars will be provided. Meet at the Amphitheater.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Amphibian Night Hike

Amphibian Night Hike

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The night forest is full of life. Take a short night hike on the mile-long Koppenhaver Trail to search for amphibian night life. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Annual Roadside Clean-Up

Annual Roadside Clean-Up

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Food wrappers, water bottles, tin cans . . . yuck! Help us clean the roadsides in and around Salt Springs of such garbage. We work in teams on Silver Creek, Salt Springs, and Buckley Roads. Bring a truck if you can.

Sunday

May

03

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

May

03

2015

Bird Banding

Bird Banding

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“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” This is especially true with bird research and identification. Don’t miss this opportunity to get an up-close look at the birds of Sinnemahoning with licensed bird bander, Dave Hauber.

Dave will be mist-netting and banding migratory birds near the Park Office and Wildlife Center. Join Dave to see the birds and to discover how banding plays an important role in understanding birds & their migratory routes.

Stop in anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. No pre-registration is necessary for this free program

Sunday

May

03

2015

Boulder Field Hike with NLBT

Boulder Field Hike with NLBT

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The North Branch Land Trust (NBLT) will be leading a hike on the amazing Boulder Field Trail at Hickory Run State Park with guides Brian Gettig and Paula Fall. Explore diverse habitats and forest types on the 3.5-mile hike culminating at the Boulder Field. This unique geological landscape is a National Natural Landmark. The trail runs through sections of hemlock, spruce and beech forests. Bears, owls, white-tailed deer, turkeys, snowshoe hares and ruffed grouse are sometimes encountered along the trail for those most lucky to spot them. This trail is rated "more difficult" due to a modest elevation change and its rocky nature as you approach the Boulder Field. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring your lunch, water and snacks. The hike is free to NBLT members. Registration is required. Meeting place will be given upon registration.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Cooley's Anemia Foundation Care Walk

Cooley's Anemia Foundation Care Walk

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The Cooley's Anemia Foundation (CAF) is the country's only non-profit organization dedicated solely to battling the genetic blood disorder thalassemia. A special Care Walk is being held to benefit medical research, patient service and public education programs. For more information and to pre-register, call Anthony or Jill at 570-297-4709.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Creatures of Cowans Gap

Creatures of Cowans Gap

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Who has a white tail and climbs trees? Who plants 1/3 of spring wildflowers? Join the naturalist at the nature center to learn some of the interesting, and lesser known, facts and legends about the critters you are sharing the park with.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Flying Wild Festival - Celebrate Birds

Flying Wild Festival - Celebrate Birds

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Join the Nolde Forest EE Center staff and Friend's of Nolde Forest for the Flying Wild Festival. In celebration of birds and the migration of birds back to Pennsylvania there will be games, crafts, and fun "bird" activities for all ages. Live bird presentation at 2PM

Sunday

May

03

2015

Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike

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We'll end the hike around a campfire sharing snacks and stories. Dress for the weather and bring snacks.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Full Moon Toad Watch

Full Moon Toad Watch

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Night time is the right time for amorous amphibians! Let's tour the park looking and listening for toads and frogs. Transportation required to various hunt sites in the park. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at the auditorium on Saturday, May 2 at 8pm.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Live Bird Presentation

Live Bird Presentation

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Red Creek Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center will bring some of their bird ambassadors to Nolde Forest EE Center. See these amazing birds up close and learn about their special adaptations.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Marsh Creek Sailing Club

Marsh Creek Sailing Club

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Sailing Club races - must be a member of the Marsh Creek Sailing Club to participate

Sunday

May

03

2015

Moonlight Movie and Lunar Viewing

Moonlight Movie and Lunar Viewing

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Join us for a short film and later observe the full moon known as the Flower Moon in May. View prominent craters, mountain ranges and landing areas of the Apollo missions through the park’s telescopes. Please remember, the light reflected from the full moon greatly diminishes the ability to see all but the brightest stars and constellations.

Visitors to the Night Sky programs should plan on arriving before darkness falls.

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

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

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

Visitors may want to check the Clear Sky Chart for Cherry Springs web site for current cloud cover and viewing conditions.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Nolde Mansion Open House

Nolde Mansion Open House

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See our story in video, tour the mansion, and enjoy a special event. The Nolde property was once the home of a wealthy Reading manufacturer, it now serves as the administration center for an extensive environmental education center. Hosted by the Friend's of Nolde Forest.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

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Owls are so advanced that they fly without a sound through the forest at night. We’ll talk about their amazing lifestyles as we hike along the Stone Lodge Trail and try to talk to them. The trail is a moderate hike with some steeper inclines, so wear sturdy footwear. If we’re lucky enough we’ll hear them talk back!

Sunday

May

03

2015

Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

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They are silent hunters of the night, but when they do call, can you identify the species? earn about the owls found in PA and try your hand at calling to these birds of prey to see if any of the park’s owls respond. This program will begin in the EEC and transition to Pavilion 7 located past the CCC Museum.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Pennsylvania's Beautiful Trout

Pennsylvania's Beautiful Trout

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Join us for an informative presentation on the various species of trout found in our mountain streams and lakes. Learn all about the Rainbow Trout, the Brown Trout and, of course, our State Fish, the Brook Trout.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Pittsburgh Marathon Finish Line Festival

Pittsburgh Marathon Finish Line Festival

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Revived in 2009, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon course winds through the wonderfully unique and historic neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Community celebrations, cheering spectators and music throughout the course will welcome runners from all over the world.

The Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay will be on Sunday, May 4. The Finish Line Festival will be held in Point State Park that day from 7am to noon.

Registration is required to participate in the marathons, but not to attend the Festival or to watch the marathons.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com

Sunday

May

03

2015

Presque Isle Bicycle Time Trial - Spring

Presque Isle Bicycle Time Trial - Spring

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The Presque Isle Time Trial is a 12.5 mile cycling loop around the park where cyclists race against themselves raising money for the Iroquois School District Foundation.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Stained Glass with Kelly Lock - Beginners Workshop

Stained Glass with Kelly Lock - Beginners Workshop

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Create unique stained glass works of art. A great instructor with classes for beginners and those with experience. Ages 13+

Sunday

May

03

2015

Tracks & Traces Walk

Tracks & Traces Walk

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Join the park naturalist on a stroll around the park in search of evidence of the creatures who call the park home. Learn some of the tricks to finding where they call home. Meet at the Nature Center.

Sunday

May

03

2015

Youth and Family Day

Youth and Family Day

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Many sportsmen's club, organization and exhibitors promoting the outdoors will be in attendance! Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by Keystone State Park and co-sponsored by Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League, Gander Mountain, Pa. Game Commission and Westmoreland Bassmasters. The exhibitors will be located near Pavilion # 1.

Monday

May

04

2015

Birding by the Box

Birding by the Box

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Come learn about cavity-nesting birds on this gentle walk in the park. Along the way we’ll peek inside the park’s nesting boxes to see if anyone’s using them! We are also in need of volunteers to monitor our Blue Bird Trail this season. This is a great chance to find out about this conservation opportunity. Meet at the Park Office.

Monday

May

04

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

May

04

2015

Flower Full Moon Watch

Flower Full Moon Watch

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Enjoy watching the Flower Full Moon rise over Black Moshannon Lake. View the full moon through the telescope, while enjoying food cooked over a campfire. Drinks will also be available. Meet at Boat Launch #2 on West Side Road. Cost: $3 per person.

Monday

May

04

2015

Flower Moon Paddle

Flower Moon Paddle

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There is nothing more relaxing than a moonlight paddle. Come out and join us for our May moonlight interpretive paddle on Shawnee Lake. Learn the basics of flat-water paddling and then take to the water for the guided paddle. Along the way learn how the full moons are named and why May’s is called the Flower Moon. You will also learn about some of the creatures of the night around the lake. Use one of our kayaks or bring your own. The non-refundable program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. Pre-registration is required for all participants and space is limited, so register now to reserve your kayak program slot by calling (814)733-2203 or by e-mail at Gbarner@pa.gov.. There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request.

Monday

May

04

2015

Hiking Series #3

Hiking Series #3

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Monday, May 4 at 9 a.m.TRAIL: TBDLENGTH: TBDTERRAIN: TBDMEET: TBDSave the date for upcoming Hiking Series dates.The rest of the hiking dates are set but still being planned: June 3, June 17, July 9, July 22, August 12, August 27, September 10, September 24, October 7, October 22, November 3

Details will be filled in once they are available.Free. No registration required. Pets must be friendly, well-behaved, and on a leash.

Tuesday

May

05

2015

Full Moon Paddle on Giving Pond

Full Moon Paddle on Giving Pond

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Registration Required

Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area, 1125 River Rd. (PA-32), Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

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

Come join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area at night under a full moon. We'll listen and wach for animals that become active when the light begins to fade. Beavers are busy on the pond, and this is the best time of day to see them at work.

Requested donation of $10 per paddler. Use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets provided. As this is an after dark paddle program in potentially cold weather, please inquire before signing children up for this program. Program may be cancelled or altered due to weather conditions.

Pre-registration is necessary. Call or e-mail program contact to register. Canoes, single, and tandem kayaks will be available. If you wish to specify your boat preference, please let us know when you register.

Tuesday

May

05

2015

Spring Happenings Nature Walk

Spring Happenings Nature Walk

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Join us as we explore the woodlands in spring to discover the many changes that take place as the earth warms up once again. A scavenger hunt will be included! Meet in eastern parking lot off Rt. 118.

Tuesday

May

05

2015

Student Youth Summit

Student Youth Summit

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Teachers!! You and your students are invited to attend the 2015 Earth Action Youth Summit! This event is a celebration of the Earth Action projects that are in process or have been completed during the 2014-2015 school year. Even if you are not doing a project you are still invited to come and see what others are doing. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to celebrate their successes and share personal stories with groups from other Earth Action sites.

Tuesday

May

05

2015

Tuesday Trails

Tuesday Trails

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Get moving after work with a brisk hike at Jacobsburg! These guided monthly hikes are 2 to 2.5 miles over uneven terrain. Hikers should always bring water and sturdy boots or shoes. Meet at the flag pole at the Visitor Center at 400 Belfast Rd. Registration is not required. Join the email reminder list by contacting us at 610-746-2801 or jacobsburgsp@pa.gov.

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Birding Basics

Birding Basics

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Interested in keeping track of what bird species you have seen? Come learn more about the different birds that call Kettle Creek State Park home. Afterwards, you will be shown how to make your very own bird journal. Meet at the Nature Center.

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Birding Basics

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Interested in keeping track of what bird species you have seen? Come learn more about the different birds that call Ole Bull State Park home. Afterwards, you will be shown how to make your very own bird journal. Meet at the amphitheater.

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Growing Up WILD!

Growing Up WILD!

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

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Homeschool Day

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FULL--REGISTRATION CLOSED Attention homeschoolers! Bring your children in grades K-6 to Prince Gallitzin for some fun and learning. The theme of this event is Life Cycles. Students will examine the lives of frogs, butterflies, and garbage through stories, crafts, games, and hands-on activities. This program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required by April 24. To register your child, please contact Beth Garner at 814-674-1000 x105 or princeprogramssp@pa.gov. Program size is limited so registering early is encouraged. All programs will be held outdoors. Please bring a lunch. Meet at the pavilion at Pickerel Pond.

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Morning Bird Walk

Morning Bird Walk

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

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Morning Bird Walk

Morning Bird Walk

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

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Pa's Black Bears

Pa's Black Bears

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Bears are many things to many people - a symbol of nature untamed, a worthy quarry for hunting, a pest that raids beehives, or a neighborhood pest, to name a few. Our perceptions of this shy and elusive creature are more often based on stories and folklore rather than facts. Come and join Amy Nabozny, Wildlife Conservation Officer with the PA Game Commission, for a program on black bears, and, if possible, she will have a live bear with her!

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Peddler's Grave Hike

Peddler's Grave Hike

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Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 for a hike to Peddler’s Grave in Shenandoah Heights. The grave is the site of the first recorded murder in Schuylkill County. This area is full of vernal pools. We will see what type of life we can find in them. We will meet at the Miners’ Memorial in Shenandoah at 10:30 am and carpool to the site. The hike is moderate and 5 miles in length. Bring a lunch. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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

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

Wednesday

May

06

2015

Wildflower Wednesdays

Wildflower Wednesdays

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

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

Thursday

May

07

2015

Birding for Fun

Birding for Fun

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Adults & youth - 14yrs and older, who would like to learn the enjoyable and popular hobby of birdwatching. This program will introduce an easy method in the basics of bird ID, their habits and habitats, and adaptations. We will be exploring different regions of Ricketts from waterfowl to woodpeckers. If you do not have binoculars, we have some for loan. Bring a lunch and enjoy the day!

Thursday

May

07

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

May

07

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

May

07

2015

Marsh Creek 1st Thursday's Trail Crew

Marsh Creek 1st Thursday's Trail Crew

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Join us on the 1st Thursday night of each month, May through September to keep up with trimming and basic trail maintenance.

Thursday

May

07

2015

Marsh Creek 1st Thursday's Trail Crew

Marsh Creek 1st Thursday's Trail Crew

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Join us on the 1st Thursday night of each month, May through September to keep up with trimming and basic trail maintenance.

Thursday

May

07

2015

Silver Series - Colvin Covered Bridge Hike

Silver Series - Colvin Covered Bridge Hike

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Are you looking for a guided hike at a slower pace or a leisurely paddle on the lake? Join us for the monthly outdoor recreation Silver Series. The Silver Series consists of outdoor recreation programs designed for participants that wish to enjoy the outdoors in many ways. This month’s activity is a hike along the 1 mile Colvin Trail to the Colvin Covered Bridge. This hike is rated as easy over mostly flat grassy trails. Meet at the Colvin Boat Launch. No pre-registration is required.

Friday

May

08

2015

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

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

Friday

May

08

2015

CCC Reflections

CCC Reflections

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Step back in time and see how the life of a young CCC boy was like in the 1930's. Some of the topics being discussed will be the Great Depression, the work schedule of the CCC, and some of the CCC's work at Kettle Creek State Park. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday

May

08

2015

Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle

Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle

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Discover a multitude of bird migrants along the southern shore of Lake Erie at beautiful Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, where more than 320 species of birds have been recorded, including desirable warblers and other songbirds. It is also home to many owl, woodpecker and heron species. It contains Gull Point, a sand plain sanctuary that hosts migrant shorebirds and terns.

This festival is organized by Presque Isle Audubon and co-hosted by DCNR.

Our Keynote this year is George Armistead, author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Pennsylvania). Every full-weekend registrant will receive a copy of the book. His presentation will be pOrnithology: The Birds and the Birds and the Bees (courtship rituals and reproductive strategies!)

We are a small festival, limited to 150 attendees with no crowds but desirable migrant species. We offer multiple habitats, lagoon birding, camaraderie and more. All skill levels welcome.

Friday

May

08

2015

Hound Hike

Hound Hike

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

Friday

May

08

2015

Kayak Demo Days with Tussey Mountain Outfitters

Kayak Demo Days with Tussey Mountain Outfitters

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Demo Days is an excellent FREE way to discover the sport of kayaking. TMO staff will be available to give tips on paddling and provide additional information on kayaks. Youth, ages 10-14, participating in the demo are only allowed in canoes with an adult.

Meet at the Beach Area 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Friday

May

08

2015

Tea and Talk- Local History

Tea and Talk- Local History

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Sweet fern makes an excellent hot tea. Learn how to identify it and make the tea. Then, try some sweet fern tea for yourself and while enjoying, talk about the interesting local history. Timber, coal, coke, and gas are all industries which have had an impact to this area and its natural resources.

Friday

May

08

2015

Wonderful Wildflowers

Wonderful Wildflowers

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Go for a leisurely, 1-mile walk, while learning about common spring wildflowers. Field guides will be provided. Meet at the Grove Run picnic area, in Linn Run State Park.

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

Saturday

May

09

2015

ATV Safety Classes

ATV Safety Classes

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

Saturday

May

09

2015

Bald Eagle Bird Day

Bald Eagle Bird Day

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Join Bald Eagle State Park and bird lovers of the Central PA area on this celebratory day! Pack a picnic lunch and spend Saturday, May 9 at Bald Eagle State Park for an enjoyable day packed with bird themed programs! Starting at 9:00am participants will be able to bird watch by boat, build their own bluebird house to take home, experience live mammals and live raptors, collect avian data, view osprey through a high powered scope, and take part in a woodcock trot to conclude the day! This day of programing is free for people of all ages to attend, with the exception of a boat rental fee for the Bird-ing by Boat program. Programs that are noted with an (*) require pre-registration!

8:30am - 10:00am: Birding by Kayak - Winter Launch*

9:00am - 10:00am: Big Year Hike - ELC

10:00am- 11:00am: Pocono Wildlife Education Center; Live Animal presentation - ELC

11:30am- 12:30pm: Birding for Beginners - ELC

Pontoon Boat Tour - Marina*

1:00pm- 2:00pm: Bird Bingo for Kids

Geocaching Birding Adventure

2:00pm- 3:00pm: Family Bluebird House Construction* - ELC

Pontoon Boat Tour - Marina*

3:30pm- 5:00pm: Birding by Kayak - Winter Launch*

Birding Identification and Open ELC exhibits

6:00pm- 7:00pm: Shaver’s Creek Live Birds of Prey - ELC

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Owl Pellet Dissection - ELC

8:00pm: Raffle Prize Giveaway- ELC

8:15pm- 9:00pm: Evening Woodcock Trot - ELC

1:00pm- 6:00pm Ongoing Programs: Raptor Display, Feeder Monitoring, Walking Bird Scavenger Hunt for Families, Osprey Watch (Located at the State Route 150 Overlook)

For more information or to pre-register, please call the Environmental Learning Center at 814-625-9369. We’ll see you at the park!

Saturday

May

09

2015

Birding by Ear

Birding by Ear

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Discover a new way to go birding—by using your ears! Learn how to identify some common bird songs, and then take a walk to practice your new skills. Meet at the small pavilion near the campground office building.

Saturday

May

09

2015

CCC Reflections

CCC Reflections

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Step back in time and see how the life of a young CCC boy was like in the 1930's. Some of the topics being discussed will be the Great Depression, the work schedule of the CCC, and some of the CCC's work at Ole Bull State Park. Meet at the amphitheater.

Saturday

May

09

2015

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Digital Photography Fundamentals

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Become familiar with the many functions your digital camera offers.Learn all of the settings, menu items, buttons and options on your digital camera.Students will photograph various subjects & locations in and around the park. Students should bring their own camera (DSLR preferred).

Saturday

May

09

2015

DiscoverE Day Camp Registration

DiscoverE Day Camp Registration

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DiscoverE is a series of exciting programs for young people ages 4-17 provided by the PA Bureau of State Parks. Through hands-on exploration and outdoor recreational activities, participants will get an up close look at the natural world!

REGISTRATION FOR CAMP BEGINS SATURDAY, MAY 9 AT 8:30 AM. REGISRATION GUIDELINES:
* On May 9, all registrations must be in person (no phone registrations).
* We can only accept registrations from parents/guardians for their own children. Please do not send relatives or friends to register your child for you.
* A completed and signed liability form must be submitted with your payment that day. Your child is not considered registered until we receive payment (cash, check, or credit accepted).
* There will be Nature Camp Scholarship applications available at registration made possible by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. If your child is awarded one, you will be reimbursed for your payment at a later date.
* $20/child

Hide-n’-Seekers: Ages 4-5
Wed June 24 - Fri June 26
9 AM - 11 AM

Penn’s Adventurers: Ages 9-12
Tues July 28 - Fri July 31
9 AM - 12 PM

Outdoor Explorers: Ages 6-8
Wed August 5 - Fri August 7
9 AM - 11 AM

Saturday

May

09

2015

Dollar a Day Boys

Dollar a Day Boys

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A fun, nostalgic look at the 1930’s Federal Works Program that gave employment to 3.5 million men. Hilarious stories, foot tapping songs, and a short video makes this a “must see” experience.

Saturday

May

09

2015

Eagle Watch

Eagle Watch

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

Saturday

May

09

2015

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

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

Saturday

May

09

2015

F.E. Walter Dam Water Release

F.E. Walter Dam Water Release

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The other planned release dates are: May 16, 23, 24. June 13, 14, 27 & 28. July 11, 12, 25 & 26. August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29* & 30*. September 5* & 6*. October 10-11**

*Dependent on additional water accumulation in reservoir. ** The 9-12 October release is for both fishing and whitewater and will only occur if sufficient stored water is available.

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Family Fly Fishing

Family Fly Fishing

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Fly-fishing can be a fun way to fish for the first time or it can present a new experience for seasoned anglers. This educational program is designed for anyone, ages 6 years and up, interested in learning the basics of fly fishing equipment, knot tying, casting techniques and on water skills. Registration is required at http://fishandboat.com/ It is the perfect opportunity to learn fly fishing basics and meet other beginner fly anglers! Bring your children, invite a family member or good friend and enjoy a day of fun with PA Fish and Boat Commission. There is no cost for the program and you do NOT need a fishing license to attend. PFBC provides a fly fishing goodie bag and all equipment needed for the duration of the program.

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May

09

2015

Friends of Colonel Denning Monthly Volunteer Day

Friends of Colonel Denning Monthly Volunteer Day

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

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09

2015

Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon

Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon

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Help us save the spring wildflower from the invasive Garlic Mustard. This invasive plant species from Europe has destroyed countless acres of spring wildflower habitat across the Eastern U. S. Join us as we pull up Garlic Mustard by the handful and put a stop to its destructive nature. For this volunteer program, please bring a pair of garden gloves, bug spray, and a bottle of water. Free Program.

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09

2015

Giving Pond Paddle

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Registration Required

Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area, 1125 River Rd. (PA-32), Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

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

Come join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area. We'll listen and wach for wildlife and learn about the natural history of the area.

Requested donation of $10 per paddler. Use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets provided. Program may be cancelled or altered due to weather conditions.

Pre-registration is necessary. Call or e-mail program contact to register. Canoes, single, and tandem kayaks will be available. If you wish to specify your boat preference, please let us know when you register.

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May

09

2015

Giving Pond Paddle

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Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area, 1125 River Rd. (PA-32), Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

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

Come join Delaware Canal State Park staff for a two hour paddle. Learn paddling basics and spend time touring the Giving Pond Recreation area. We'll listen and wach for wildlife and learn about the natural history of the area.

Requested donation of $10 per paddler. Use of a canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets provided. Program may be cancelled or altered due to weather conditions.

Pre-registration is necessary. Call or e-mail program contact to register. Canoes, single, and tandem kayaks will be available. If you wish to specify your boat preference, please let us know when you register.

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May

09

2015

Glacier Ridge Trail Ultramarathon

Glacier Ridge Trail Ultramarathon

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The GRT will offer four events to provide participants a choice of distances to match their experience, early-season fitness, and season-long goals - the 30K Trail Run, the 50K and 50 Mile Ultramarathons and the 50-Mile 5-person relay. The 30K is intended as an “introductory race” for those who might be interested in trying their first trail race, but may be hesitant to undertake a full “ultra”. It will also serve as a great training opportunity for folks getting ready for a later-season 50K or 50-miler. The 50K and 50 Mile should make perfect tune-ups for those with plans for a big summer race. The 50 Mile 5-person relay is the perfect chance to try the sport of trail racing with family,friends, running club buddies or as a corporate challenge.

Registration required http://www.glacierridgetrailultra.com/REGISTRATION/registration.html

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May

09

2015

Heroes for Life - Women's Care Center Annual 5K Run & Walk for Life

Heroes for Life - Women's Care Center Annual 5K Run & Walk for Life

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Heros for Life - Women's Care Center Annual 5K Run & Walk for Life. Come out and show off your inner HERO! This event benefits the Women's Care Center of Erie County. Food, music, auction, and family fun! Register at wccerie.org/events.

Saturday

May

09

2015

International Migratory Bird Day Hike

International Migratory Bird Day Hike

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We will meet at the Kentuck Campground Contact Station and head out into one of teh park's great birding trails. The hike is about two miles over rolling terrain. Bring your own binoculars and field guides if you have them.

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May

09

2015

Matchless Fire

Matchless Fire

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Strike a match and light a piece of paper. That’s how most campfires are started. But what if you had no matches, or lighters, or paper for that matter. Being able to start a fire without a match is one of the first skills you learn when mastering wilderness survival. You’ll learn several methods to light a ‘matchless’ fire.

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May

09

2015

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

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Open Water Swim Series - skills clinic and open water training - must be preregistered with Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport for these events

Saturday

May

09

2015

Migratory Bird Day Paddle

Migratory Bird Day Paddle

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Spring is a great time to observe birds migrating through the area. Shawnee Lake comes alive with many different species of water fowl and other birds. Come celebrate International Migratory Bird Day as we paddle the lake and look for migrating birds. Bring your binoculars for a close up view. Learn the basics of flat-water paddling and then take to the water for the guided paddle. Use one of our kayaks or bring your own. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. Pre-registration is required for all participants and space is limited, so register now to reserve your kayak program slot by calling (814)733-2203. . There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request.

Payment by credit card must be done at the Region 3 Headquarters either in person or by phone by calling (814)733-2203 prior to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015. Checks or exact cash will also be accepted at the program. No change will be available at the program site.

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May

09

2015

Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale

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Find delightful native additions to your landscape or that perfect Mothers’ Day gift. There’ll be lots of irresistible plant choices to tempt you from local native plant nurseries. Cumberland County Master Gardeners and Kings Gap staff will provide answers to your gardening questions. The plant sale is sponsored by the Friends of Kings Gap and proceeds benefit the Kings Gap Mansion Garden.
Note: The plant sales area will not open before 10:00 am. Payment by cash or check only-no credit cards.
A plant list will be available the week before the sale at www.friendsofkingsgap.org
Plant Sale only continues Sunday, May 10 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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May

09

2015

North American Migration Count

North American Migration Count

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Early May is the peak of bird migration. Birders are asked to submit the species they identify during a hike at this time, creating a snapshot of millions of birds across the continent. Evan Mann Will lead our hike; last year we counted 68 species! Good walking shoes and binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Wheaton House.

Saturday

May

09

2015

Over in the Forest Come Take a Peek

Over in the Forest Come Take a Peek

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Follow the tracks of ten woodland animals but... uh oh...watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of the forest animals to the rhythm of "Over in the Meadow", as they leap like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and pounce like a fox. They will also count the babies and search for ten hidden forest animals. The children will be able to feel pelts from many of the animals in the story.

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May

09

2015

Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

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Join us for a short lecture on owls, then we'll go on a short hike in search of Barred Owls, Screech Owls and Great Horned Owls! Please bring a flashlight. Transportation to hike site required.

Saturday

May

09

2015

Protecting Your Family from Lyme Disease

Protecting Your Family from Lyme Disease

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Thomas Lord - Lyme disease is becoming very prevalent in the area. This disease, transmitted via ticks, can cause life-altering health problems for people and pets if not diagnosed early. Learn how the disease is transmitted, how to recognize the symptoms and, most importantly, how to protect yourself.

(Friends of the Parks program)

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May

09

2015

Ridge Runners Volunteer Work Day

Ridge Runners Volunteer Work Day

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The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is one of "the finest natural trails in Pennsylvania" and the Ridge Runners volunteer group invite you to come out and help keep it that way! The Runners generally meet at the Laurel Ridge SP maintenance building and fan out from there but call the Laurel Hill park office for details of a specific work day. 814.352.7238.

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May

09

2015

Saturday Morning Birding Series

Saturday Morning Birding Series

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

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May

09

2015

Spring Kayak

Spring Kayak

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Join the park naturalist for the first paddle of the year at Cowans Gap as we look for signs that spring is here! A few single-person kayaks and one tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling the park office at (717)485-3948. If you are bringing your own kayak, please still sign-up in advance and let us know you are equipped. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are required for this program and will be provided.

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May

09

2015

Stream Study

Stream Study

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Prepare to get wet as we explore Big Inlet stream. We'll capture and release aquatic organisms. Please wear shoes that can get wet. Meet at the Bruce Lake Trail trailhead (#81 on PLSP's map) on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00pm.

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May

09

2015

Top of the Mountain Hike

Top of the Mountain Hike

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Meet at the Nature Center to head out on a hike to the top of Cove Mountain! View the park from above and the valleys beyond. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

Saturday

May

09

2015

Vernal Pools of Erie Bluffs State Park

Vernal Pools of Erie Bluffs State Park

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Enjoy a 3-mile hike and discover the unique habitats of vernal pools. Meet at Erie Bluffs parking lot

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May

09

2015

Veteran Ventures: Hike at Quebec Run Wild Area

Veteran Ventures: Hike at Quebec Run Wild Area

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Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests will offer a series of guided hikes throughout Western PA for service members and their families and/or friends.

This hike at Forbes, will be approximately a two and a half mile loop in the heart of the wild area. The terrain is mild to moderate and includes an uphill section. Participants should wear hiking boots and bring water and a snack.

Meet at the main parking lot off of Quebec Road.

Registration is required.

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May

09

2015

Wild Wings Paddle

Wild Wings Paddle

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Join us at Red Cross area for an early morning birding paddle to search for raptors, waterfowl and songbirds. Registration is necessary, a limited number of kayaks may be available to borrow from the park. Please call park office to register, reserve a kayak and for directions. Deadline to register is May 6. Participants must be 18 and older. Bring PFD’s, water and snacks.

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May

09

2015

Wildflower Hike

Wildflower Hike

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Come out for a hike on the Mill Creek trail to see spring wildflowers. If you've never ventured out to the far eastern section of the park you are in for a treat; this is a beautiful, rugged area where we will see a variety of wildflowers and other plants just coming out for the season.

This will be a 5-mile, moderately difficult hike with steep and rocky sections; please be prepared with sturdy footwear, plenty of water, and bug spray.

Meet at the parking lot at Shed Rd and Route 345.

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May

09

2015

Wildflower Walk

Wildflower Walk

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Wildflower Walk (ages 10 and up) - Wildflower enthusiast and park volunteer, Laura Gifford, will lead an easy woodland stroll, identifying wildflowers and sharing bits of interesting information about the plants. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water.

Please meet in the parking lot near the Sunnyside Pavilion (pavilion #2) in the Conewago Day Use area.

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May

09

2015

Women In The Wilds

Women In The Wilds

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**Signing up for this event on the calendar is not your registration. You are signing up to receive a brochure/registration form for the event. Calling women ages 14 and older! Join the Friends of Black Moshannon for a fun-filled day outdoors. Choose 4 one hour classes to attend throughout the day. Classes include canoeing, kayaking, archery, wood working, candle-dipping, bluebird habitat, and many more. Register through this calendar to receive a brochure with registration form. The brochures for this event should be ready for distribution in November. Sign up early to get the classes you want! The popular ones fill up fast. Registration forms will be due by April 17 to receive a free t-shirt. All registrations must be received by May 1. No refunds will be given. Cost: $40 per person.

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09

2015

Women's Care Center 5K run/walk for Life

Women's Care Center 5K run/walk for Life

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Heroes for Life - 2015 5K Run and Walk for Life - Dust off your capes and Celebrate Life at Presque Isle on May 9, 2015! Help us raise funds for the life-saving and life-supporting work performed everyday at the Women’s Care Center offices! We will have great prizes for our top fundraisers - an iWatch, Hotel & Spa package at Peek’n’Peak and a $200 gift card to Best Buy. Join us for a family friendly picnic with food, music, and family friendly activities (including the best costume contest) after the walk. Register at www.wccerie.org/events

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2015

Woodcock Walk

Woodcock Walk

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In springtime, the American woodcock begins a spectacular courting display. Recent counts by park staff show an increase in individual birds as well as wide use of the early succession habitat areas being maintained by the park.

If you would like to see these birds in action and learn more, you can join park staff for a presentation on these fascinating game birds and walk the areas where woodcock have been spotted at the park.

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09

2015

Woodsy Owl Weekend

Woodsy Owl Weekend

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Do you like to volunteer as much as you like to camp in PA State Parks? This 2 for 1 volunteer opportunity is perfect for you and your family: two nights of free camping in the campground for one morning of volunteering (with lunch included). Join the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace and other volunteers for a rewarding day of volunteering at Pine Grove Furnace State Park on Saturday, May 9th from 8 AM to 12 PM. All tools will be provided, and participants should dress appropriately. After a morning of volunteering, all participants will are invited to lunch, beginning at noon. The main course will be provided to all participants courtesy of the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace. Participants staying for lunch should bring a covered dish to share. You must register for the Woodsy Owl Weekend by visiting the park office or calling 717-486-7174

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2015

Woodsy Owl Workday

Woodsy Owl Workday

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Have you been looking for a way to get involved with Clear Creek State Park? Please consider joining us for the day to help maintain the park through various work projects. Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear will be here to help also. Lunch will be provided. Free camping Friday and/or Saturday nights may be available. Please contact us two weeks in advance if you are planning to join us for the day so that we can have a work project lined up for you. Event Time: 800am-130pm

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2015

Cowans Gap History

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Meet at the Nature Center to learn about the history of the park. From the French and Indian War and a secret marriage to the CCC and the many boys that helped build the structures you see around the park today.

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2015

ERC Mothers Day Race

ERC Mothers Day Race

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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

Sunday

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2015

Find Some Flowers for Mom

Find Some Flowers for Mom

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Brighten Mom's day with some wildflowers, which are abundant at Salt Springs. Let's see how many species we can find. We'll be photographing and collecting a few to press. We'll cover 1.5 miles, with easy to moderate hiking. Meet at the Wheaton House

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2015

From Past to Present: Historic Walking Tour

From Past to Present: Historic Walking Tour

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Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a walk through the past to discover the history of Pine Grove Furnace. Please wear sturdy shoes.

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Guided Bird Walk

Guided Bird Walk

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

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

Sunday

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2015

Introduction to Spring Constellations

Introduction to Spring Constellations

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It may have seemed like a long time coming but spring has arrived according to the constellations in the night sky. Observe the constellations with a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff and volunteers. Explore other deep space objects that we will view through the park’s telescopes.

Visitors to the Night Sky programs should plan on arriving before darkness falls.

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

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

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

Visitors may want to check the Clear Sky Chart for Cherry Springs web site for current cloud cover and viewing conditions.

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2015

Make Sense of the Night

Make Sense of the Night

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Many animals travel through the night without flashlights, tonight we’re going to give it a try. We will go on a one and a half mile hike through the woods on the Stone Lodge Trail and use our senses to find our way and explore the forest.

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2015

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

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Join us on Mother’s Day for a relaxing look at wildflowers along the trails of the Wildflower Reserve. The walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various plants. Total distance for walk is a little less than 1 mile. Free Program.

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2015

MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK & TEA

MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK & TEA

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Come join Cindy Rogers for a walk to identify the wildflowers growing in the area and their uses. After the walk, there will be treats and beverages using some of the plants you’ve seen. The program will take place in light rain or sunshine, but will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913.

(Friends of the Parks program)

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2015

Mother's Day Cast Iron Cooking

Mother's Day Cast Iron Cooking

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Celebrate Mom on her day with cast iron cooking. $3/person, registration required, call 814-833-7424. Register by May 8.

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2015

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk

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

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2015

Mothers-on-the-Mountain (MOMs) Hike and Brunch

Mothers-on-the-Mountain (MOMs) Hike and Brunch

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Let us give mom the royal treatment while she enjoys spending quality time with her favorite people - you! This program combines fresh air and exercise with a bountiful brunch in the lovely mansion dining room. The hike will be led by Kings Gap staff and will focus on the natural history along the route. Enjoy a moderately-paced, 2.0 mile hike in the mansion area, with a few modest ups and downs to really whet the appetite. Two hours later, tuck into the buffet, relax on the comfy chairs, and enjoy the expansive view from the mansion dining room. All ages are welcome. The price is $20 per person. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. To register, call 717-486-5031 by May 6. Meet at the education building.

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2015

Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale

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Find delightful native additions to your landscape or that perfect Mothers’ Day gift. There’ll be lots of irresistible plant choices to tempt you from local native plant nurseries. Cumberland County Master Gardeners and Kings Gap staff will provide answers to your gardening questions. The plant sale is sponsored by the Friends of Kings Gap and proceeds benefit the Kings Gap Mansion Garden.
Note: The plant sales area will not open before 12:00 pm. Payment by cash or check only-no credit cards.
A plant list will be available the week before the sale at www.friendsofkingsgap.org

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2015

Open Water Swim

Open Water Swim

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No Boundaries Fitness and American Adventure Sports will be conducting an open swim at Keystone State Park every One Sunday of every month. It will be held from May thru August. Safety boats will be in the lake while swimmers are in the water. The swim will last about 1 hour each session starting at 10:00am and at 11:00 am. The swim will start at the beach and go towards the boat rental and back for a 1 mile loop. The cost of the swim is $10 help pay for park fees and boat rentals. Please come ½ hour early before your time slot for a pre-swim meeting that last about 15 minutes. Learn more at: www.nbfit.net

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2015

Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

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Owls are so advanced that they fly without a sound through the forest at night. We’ll talk about their amazing lifestyles as we hike along the Stone Lodge Trail and try to talk to them. The trail is a moderate hike with some steeper inclines, so wear sturdy footwear. If we’re lucky enough we’ll hear them talk back!

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2015

Pennsylvania Wildcat

Pennsylvania Wildcat

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This awe inspiring animal has intrigued many local populations; from Native American’s to early settlers, and even the people of today. Learn all about the natural history of the Bobcat and Pennsylvania’s management practices.

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Photos at Sunset

Photos at Sunset

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Bring the family out for some sunset photography. Before the sun sets you will learn what makes a good sunset and we will share tips on capturing them with the camera. Then everyone will have a chance to take pictures as the sun sets over Shawnee Lake. A limited number of park cameras are available for the program or bring your own. Those who borrow a park camera will be able to take their pictures home on a disk. Cameras will be available on a first come basis. Pre-registration is not required.

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2015

Pop up Dinner and a Show!

Pop up Dinner and a Show!

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Farm to table with chef Justin McClain, live music by Wineskin featuring Grammy award drummer Jim Hines and Bucks County Impressionist show with a Silverman Gallery exhibition.

This event is not organized by Tyler State Park staff.

Please contact the event organizer or view the event website for more information.

267-218-0290

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2015

Spring in the Park Walk

Spring in the Park Walk

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Meet at the Interpretive Center where we will set out on a walk around the park grounds to see what is popping up and jumping around as the weather gets warmer.

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Spring Wildflower Walk

Spring Wildflower Walk

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Celebrate the arrival of spring with a 90 minute wildflower walk at the Jennings Environmental Education Center on Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. Jennings staff will introduce the unique history, uses and folklore of the season's first blooms. Why buy mom just a few simple roses on Mother's Day, when she can be given the opportunity to view many wild flora species and learn about their interesting traits?

More than just a pretty face, each spring wildflower has its own history and personality. For countless generations, wildflowers have been admired and revered for their beauty and usefulness as foods and medicines. Native Americans, as well as early European settlers, largely depended on the extraordinary healing powers of wildflowers for common ailments. Catch the splendor and brilliance of these spring beauties before they have come and gone.

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Stained Glass with Kelly Lock - Intermediate Workshop

Stained Glass with Kelly Lock - Intermediate Workshop

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Allows you to cut into the world of glass with holiday inspiration. Basic stained glass skills are needed for this fast pace four week class.

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2015

Star Party

Star Party

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**THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO CLOUDS AND FORECASTED FOG**

What is a star party? Members of the Chesmont Astronomical Society set up their personal telescopes and provide visitors with the opportunity to view planets, star clusters, galaxies and more.

Join your neighbors at the Playground Parking Lot at French Creek State Park for an exciting evening exploring the wonders of the heavens.

Watch a sunset become a star-laced sky, view planets, star clusters and galaxies using our members' telescopes and if you have your own telescope, why not bring it along. If your not sure how to use it, this is a great opportunity to learn.

The French Creek parties, held near lunar 3rd Quarter focus on fainter deep sky objects- those not visible when the Moon is high in the sky.

Potential targets for tonight include: the planet Jupiter; galaxies M81, M82 (Cigar Galaxy), M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy); planetary nebulae M57 (Ring Nebula), NGC 6543 (Cat's Eye Nebula); globular clusters M13 (Keystone Cluster), M3, M5, all depending on sky conditions.

For safety reasons, the loop road going into the playground parking lot will be closed to car traffic. Parking will be at the Hopewell Lake boat launch with overflow at the French Creek Ranger Station (see map). The side benefit of this is that the observing area will be kept nice and dark. Please, no white light flashlights. Cover all flashlights with red paper.

This event is free of charge provided to the community by your neighbors who are members of the Chesmont Astronomical Society.

Because these events are clear, dark sky, weather dependent be sure to check www.chesmontastro.org after 5:00 pm for last minute schedule changes.

Sunday

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10

2015

Tales from the Hive

Tales from the Hive

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Bees are amazing creatures, quite possibly working harder than most others. Watch as the secret world of a bee colony is unveiled and we see how life as a bee unfolds. Discover new-found facts about the strange and complex life of bees.

Sunday

May

10

2015

Wildflower Walk

Wildflower Walk

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Come out and see the "spring ephemerals" take the stage in the annual pageant of wildflowers. They bloom for a very short time and are easy to miss. Spring Beauties, Hepatica, Trout Lillies and Bloodroot are among the types we hope to see. If we are flowerless we'll provide a short tree walk.

Monday

May

11

2015

Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park Meeting

Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park Meeting

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

Monday

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11

2015

Homeschool Day - Precious Plants

Homeschool Day - Precious Plants

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Discover the wonders of the plant world through discussion and activites. This program is designed for homeschool children ages 7-17. Must pre-register with the park office before May 8th.

Monday

May

11

2015

Homeschool Day - Precious Plants

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Discover the wonders of the plant world through discussion and activites. This program is designed for homeschool children ages 7-17. Must pre-register with the park office before May 8th at (717)485-3948 or NRCowansEEprograms@state.pa.us

Tuesday

May

12

2015

Bartramian Audubon Meeting: Annual Awards Night

Bartramian Audubon Meeting: Annual Awards Night

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

During this evening of recognition, Bartramian Audubon will be honoring new Bird and Butterfly and Wildlife Sanctuary owners, awarding scholarships to two local college students and presenting a Hog Island Audubon Camp scholarship to a local educator.

Tuesday

May

12

2015

Breakfast with the Birds!

Breakfast with the Birds!

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Would you like to start your day off a little differently? Then bring a bagged breakfast, binoculars, and bug spray (if needed), and we will supply the coffee and fun! This series is designed for the beginner birder...anyone who wishes to learn the enjoyable hobby of birding but may be overwhelmed at the thought. This program will touch on some simple ID techniques, as well as habits and habitats of our PA birds. Our program will begin in the Visitor's Center and then move outdoors for some woodland exploration. Binoculars and field guides will be available for use.

Wednesday

May

13

2015

Growing Up WILD!

Growing Up WILD!

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

Wednesday

May

13

2015

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

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Open Water Swim Series - skills clinic and open water training - must be preregistered with Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport for these events

Wednesday

May

13

2015

Moms of Mother Nature Hike

Moms of Mother Nature Hike

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You celebrated your mom on Mother’s Day, now it’s time to celebrate Mother Nature! Join an environmental educator for a hike around the Giving Pond to discover some different critter moms that live in and around the pond. Duck moms, bluebird moms, osprey moms…who knows what we’ll see?

Binoculars & hand lenses will be available to share. All ages welcome. Please wear sturdy footwear & bring water.

Call (610) 982-0161 to register & for more information. Meet in the parking lot @ the Giving Pond Recreation Area, which is ~1 mile south of the park office on River Rd./Rt. 32.

Wednesday

May

13

2015

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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

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

Wednesday

May

13

2015

Wildflower Wednesdays

Wildflower Wednesdays

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

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

Thursday

May

14

2015

Roaring Creek Tract Hike

Roaring Creek Tract Hike

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Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Thursday, May 14, 10:30 am for a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed which is North of Mount Carmel. This hike is 8.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The loop passes by two large reservoirs. We will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot located on Route 42 below Aristes. Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 at Tuscarora State Park for further information. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Friday

May

15

2015

Beaver Fever

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Are you fascinated by beavers? Attend a short lecture and play a dress up game, then we'll go in search of a beaver dam and lodge. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Auditorium on Friday, May 15 at 6pm.

Friday

May

15

2015

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

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

Friday

May

15

2015

Critter Walk

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Meet the Park Naturalist at the Nature Center to head out into the park in search of the critters that call the park home.

Friday

May

15

2015

Friday Night Hike - Felton and Field Trail

Friday Night Hike - Felton and Field Trail

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Start the weekend off right with a relaxing hike at Shawnee State Park. On the first and third Friday night of the month throughout the summer we will highlight a different trail in the park. This week we will be hiking portions of the Felton and Field Trails. The hike is about 2 miles long over moderate terrain. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. We will meet at the parking area for Picnic Area #3. No pre-registration is required.

Friday

May

15

2015

Hound Hike

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

Friday

May

15

2015

Kid's Night Out at the Park!

Kid's Night Out at the Park!

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Drop the kids off at the park and they will be able enjoy an evening of scavenger hunts and geocaching while the adults enjoy a night out! Children 6-12 years old can participate in this program jointly presented by the park and the Friends of Nockamixon State Park. Donation of $10 per child ($18 for two children from the same family) will go the Friends of Nockamixon State Park. Children must bring their own dinner (please nothing that needs to be heated up) and the park will provide all materials for activities, snacks and crafts. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, please email the park at nockamixonsp@pa.gov

Friday

May

15

2015

See the Park Series

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This week we will be heading down the Three Mile Trail, a mountain-side walk through our state flower, the mountain laurel, which should be in bloom! Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Meet at the Park office.

Saturday

May

16

2015

13th Annual Bike Around the Bay

13th Annual Bike Around the Bay

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13th Annual Bike Around the Bay - join hundreds of tri-state bicyclists on Saturday May 16, 2015 at the Intermodal Transportation Center on the Bayfront Parkway. Bike 10 miles - Bayfront Connector tour, especially designed for families and less experienced riders; 30 miles - Bay Tour, for causual riders or 50 miles - Endurance Tour, for seasoned riders. All rider bike along Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. Cost is $25.00 for individuals and $40 for families. Group rates available for Scouts, Churches, Youth Groups, etc. Support Earth Action, the non-profit youth environmental education program of Environment Erie.

Saturday

May

16

2015

3MJC Sponsored Jennings Prairie Gateway Spring Renewal

3MJC Sponsored Jennings Prairie Gateway Spring Renewal

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Spring is here and it's time to freshen-up the Jennings Prairie Gateway Area! Join us as we pull weeds and spread mulch in our five previously planted areas. Put your "green thumb" to work. Bring your own gloves and water, and we will supply any needed tools. We will meet in the parking lot on the prairie side of the park. No pre-registration is required.

This event is sponsored by Moraine, McConnells Mill and Jennings Commission, a non-profit friends group that supports these three state parks.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Astronomy Program

Astronomy Program

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Join our two popular amateur astronomers, Cyn and Mark, at the Lakeside Pavilion area with their telescopes, weather permitting (rain date, next evening). The program will begin after dusk, when the sky is dark enough for observing, but feel free to arrive early to visit and talk astronomy. Bring your binoculars if you have them. With only a limited amount of space available, participants must pre-register by May 12th by calling the Park Office at 570-297-2734 or e-mail mtpisgahsp@pa.gov with your name, address, phone number, contact e-mail address and number of participants.

Saturday

May

16

2015

ATV Safety Classes

ATV Safety Classes

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

Saturday

May

16

2015

Backpacking Series Information Meeting

Backpacking Series Information Meeting

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Interested in learning about backpacking but don’t know where to start? Come out to an informational meeting on our Introduction to Backpacking Series. You will find out what is involved in the series and the advantages of completing the series. You will also learn a few basic backpacking skills along the way. This program is appropriate for participants 12 and older and is free. During the time, we will give you a teaser about the series. No pre-registration is required.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Birding Festival

Birding Festival

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Kettle Creek State Park will be celebrating the spring migration with a birding festival Saturday, May 16th, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in the day use area of the park. Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will be bringing live raptors representing species that may be found in this area. Programs focusing on raptor identification and adaptations will be held at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at the Pine Grove Picnic Area. There will be pontoon boat tours held at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM. The boat will load at the dock by the boat launch and space is limited and will be first come first served. These tours will focus on the habitat features in and around the lake that attract waterfowl and other species of birds to the Kettle Creek Reservoir. Participants can also create peanut butter bird feeders or build a bluebird house throughout the day at stations located adjacent to the day use parking lot. There will also be a station that will focus on teaching the proper use of binoculars and basic bird identification. Bird walks will begin at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The walks will cover several habitat types in the season for migrating songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors, as well as year round resident species. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and use one of the many picnic tables in the area. Parking will be in the day use parking lot at the boat launch and there will be an information table set up near the boat launch. Come dressed for the weather. If you have binoculars, journals, field guides, or birding related material, feel free to bring them. The festival will happen rain or shine, but may be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

Please contact the park at 570-923-6004 for more information and event status. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice), 717-558-2711 (local or international voice), or 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Children's Fishing Derby sponsored by Friends of Lyman Run

Children's Fishing Derby sponsored by Friends of Lyman Run

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Open to all children age 14 and under. Bring your fishing poles, hooks, bait and lawn chairs to sit on. Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in each age category as well as first to limit. A free lunch will be provided for all registered children and also available to others with a free will donation. This event will be held rain or shine.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Delaware Canal Towpath Ride - 16 mi.

Delaware Canal Towpath Ride - 16 mi.

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Program Location: Washington Crossing Historic Park office @ 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977. NOTE: Do not use Google for directions, as they are unreliable. Go to http://www.washingtoncrossingpark.org/visit/directions/

or use GPS coordinates 40.295181, -74.872014. Visitor center parking lot is located on PA-32 (River Rd), 0.1 mile north of PA-532 and the Washington Crossing river bridge.

A moderately-paced, approx. 16 mile down & back ride on the Delaware Canal Towpath from Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA side) to Morrisville and back. Bring your own bike or borrow a loaner from us. We'll bike south on the PA side, make a possible lunch stop in Morrisville, and then bike back to Washington Crossing.

Level towpath terrain, slight downhill to begin and slight uphill on the way back. Please bring plenty of water, a snack and lunch (possible option to buy). Helmets are required, and narrow (street) tires are strongly discouraged, due to the rough nature of riding on the towpath.

Program will be cancelled in the event of heavy downpours or thunderstorms. Please call or e-mail to request a loaner bike.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Digital Photography Fundamentals

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Become familiar with the many functions your digital camera offers.Learn all of the settings, menu items, buttons and options on your digital camera.Students will photograph various subjects & locations in and around the park. Students should bring their own camera (DSLR preferred).

Saturday

May

16

2015

Eagle Watch

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

Saturday

May

16

2015

F.E. Walter Dam Water Release Schedule

F.E. Walter Dam Water Release Schedule

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The planned whitewater release dates are: May 16, 23 & 24. June 13, 14, 27 & 28. July 11, 12, 25 & 26. August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29* & 30*. September 5* & 6*. October 10-11**

*Dependent on additional water accumulation in reservoir.

**The 9-12 October release is for both fishing and whitewater and will only occur if sufficient stored water is available.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Family Fishing

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Families are invited to learn about fishing in this fun, hands-on program. Find out how to be a SMART angler, practice casting, and then go fishing—no license required! The catch??—Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. To register, please contact Beth at 814-674-1000 x105 or princeprogramssp@pa.gov. Meet at the pavilion at Pickerel Pond.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Family Fishing Festival

Family Fishing Festival

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Looking for a great way to connect with your family?

Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at a PFBC Family Fishing Program. Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish - no fishing license required. All equipment provided.

The “catch???” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. You’ll be learning and fishing together.

This program is free! To register for the program, please go to the following Fish & Boat Commission website:

http://fbweb.pa.gov/calendar/Gridview.aspx?TN=family_fishing&DT=5/16/2015&ID=3AB70C87-3F90-465C-8A73-20B58610581D&CAT=family_fishing&DAY=NODAY

Saturday

May

16

2015

Go-Teach: GPS Educator's Workshop

Go-Teach: GPS Educator's Workshop

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Go Teach is a series of teacher workshops that focus on cross-curricular connections inked by common outdoor recreation. This workshop presents a set of standards based lessons that enable middle and high school students to learn about global positioning system (GPS) technology and how to use it for healthy lifelong recreation. As a part of the workshop, teachers will receive lesson plans, ACT 48 hours and access to loaner equipment to help facilitate the lessons on their school grounds. ***Registration is required, please contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov. Please register by May 8, 2015. Cost: $20.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Historic Gristmill Open

Historic Gristmill Open

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The historic gristmill in McConnells Mill State Park will be open Saturday, May 16 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enjoy exploring this historic treasure by joining free guided interpretive tours at 1:00 or 3:00 PM. Park in the Kildoo Picnic or Point parking areas and enjoy a short hike into the Slippery Rock Gorge to the mill. Limited parking for people with limited walking abilities beside the mill.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Hopewell Lake Wildlife Walk

Hopewell Lake Wildlife Walk

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Get out before the crowds come in and see some of the wildlife that calls Hopewell Lake home. We'll look for frogs, turtles, birds, and other critters as we take an easy hike around the lake.

The walk will be approximately 2 miles- some sections of the trail will be muddy or rocky, please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair of ours if you'd like.

Meet at the Hopewell Lake boat launch parking area.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Intro to the Portrait & Figure with Renee Egan

Intro to the Portrait & Figure with Renee Egan

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For the beginner or intermediate level student who wishes to learn the fundamentals of Drawing the figure, or who wants to brush up on necessary skills to perfect the figure. Students will develop skill and confidence by starting to learn how to draw the human skeleton and it’s muscle placement. We will end with the use of a real model that the student will start with quick 10 minute sketches to a longer extended pose.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Kick Off Spring Bicycle Tour

Kick Off Spring Bicycle Tour

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Enjoy a 45 minute demo on how to fix a flat tire and take a ride around the park with the naturalist and Bike Erie. Bring your own bike or rent one from the concession. Free. Rental fees apply. Registration required, call 814-833-7424. Kids 12 and under are required to wear a helmet.

Saturday

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16

2015

Lake Life

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All kinds of interesting things live in the lake: fish, frogs, and even jellyfish, just to name a few. Discover some of these amazing creatures and see them live on the big screen at the Nature Center.

Saturday

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16

2015

May Wildflower Stroll

May Wildflower Stroll

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

Saturday

May

16

2015

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport Open Water Swim Series

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Open Water Swim Series - skills clinic and open water training - must be preregistered with Mid-Atlantic Multi Sport for these events

Saturday

May

16

2015

Muddy Creek Oil Field

Muddy Creek Oil Field

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Bring the family to see an operating antique oil field with a 100 year old Bessemer engine and museum. Guided nature walks at 2 p.m.!

Located in Moraine State Park off the 528 exit at 300 Park Road. Follow the signs or call 724-285-5618 for directions. Call 724-285-5618 or check our website at 3mjc.org or the 3mjc Facebook page for more information.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Muddy Creek Oil Field Museum Open

Muddy Creek Oil Field Museum Open

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The Muddy Creek Oil Field living history exhibit is open tomorrow. This original oil well site has been preserved and restored within Moraine State Park by volunteers of 3MJC group. The mechanism is powered by a one cylinder Bessemer gas engine which pulls the rod lines which pump just like the old days. Guided Nature Walk at 2:00 PM.

To find it, take the Prospect exit off 422, then less than a ¼ mile north on 528. Turn left and go past the Region 2 State Park office which is 195 Park Road, Prospect, PA.

Saturday

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16

2015

Pinchot Sailing Club Sailboat Race

Pinchot Sailing Club Sailboat Race

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The Pinchot Sailing Club is holding a sailboat race on Pinchot Lake.

Saturday

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Saturday Morning Birding Series

Saturday Morning Birding Series

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

Saturday

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16

2015

Souders Trail Evening Hike

Souders Trail Evening Hike

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Join us for a peaceful evening walk along the Souders Trail. Participants will learn about the history of the park as we look for remnants of the lumber era and signs of spring life. Please wear appropriate footwear and if possible, bring a set of binoculars along.

Saturday

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2015

Starry Night

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Explore the wonders of the night sky. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor viewing of the night sky. Berks Astronomy Club will be on hand to share their equipment and knowledge. Please register by calling the park at 610-796-3699

Saturday

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2015

Step Outdoors Springfest

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Announcing the 9th Annual Step Outdoors Springfest at Hills Creek. Participate in recreation activities and demonstrations. All activities take place from 10am to 3pm. All activities are FREE and open to all ages! All activities occur around the beach area. More information is available on the stepoutdoors.org website or by calling the park at 570-724-4246.

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2015

Stream Safari

Stream Safari

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Ever wonder what's living in a stream? You'd be surprised how much life you can find by taking a close look.

Join the park naturalist as we explore Scotts Run stream- we'll get into the stream and find some critters, then learn how to identify them and what they can tell us about the water quality.

This program is best for kids ages 8 and up. Waterproof shoes or old sneakers are recommended- no sandals please.

Please register in advance for this program. Email Katie at FrenchCreekEnvEd@pa.gov or comment on this event with the number and ages of people in your group.

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2015

Stream Sojourn

Stream Sojourn

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An exciting paddle on Laurel Hill Creek. A leisurely paddle combined with class I & II rapids will take us from Laurel Hill State Park to Kings Covered Bridge. Please bring your own boat, water and a creek side snack.

**Registration is required**

**To register, please call 814-352-8649**

Saturday

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2015

The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

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Let's identify some warblers and wildflowers on a springtime hike at Varden! Meet at the Tannery Road Access area on Saturday, May 16 at 10am. Binoculars and id books provided.

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2015

Venture Outdoors Festival

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Bring your family and friends! This annual community festival returns to Point State Park on Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with activities for all ages. Try out kayaking with great views of the city. Take a bike ride or stroll around the Point. Try your hand at fishing. Relax and stretch in a free yoga class, or try to reach the top of the climbing wall. Make sure to stop by the Fort Pitt Museum to learn how to play 18th century cricket from costumed re-enactors!

DNR staff will be offering adaptive kayak demos on the Allegheny River using our adaptive kayak equipment and the park's new accessible EZ Dock.

Check out https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/festival/ for more information.

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2015

Volunteer Day

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

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2015

Volunteer Work Day

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Volunteers are needed to help with park improvement projects including landscaping and trail maintenance. Spend quality outside time in the outdoors and meet other enthusiastic volunteers. The morning will fly by! Call 717-486-3799 by Wednesday, May 13th to register. Volunteers will be notified of projects as they sign up in advance. Meet outside of the education building.

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Wetland Wonders Walk

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Set out from the Amphitheater to discover the wonderful wetland areas in the park. These unique areas are critical to our forests and are host to many special plants and animals.

Saturday

May

16

2015

What Do Elk Eat

What Do Elk Eat

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Most of you probably know that elk eat grass, but did you know that they can eat up to 22 pounds of grass in just one day! During the winter months fresh grass can be hard to find. What do the elk eat then? Join as we find out the answer to this question and discuss the really unique digestive system that elk have.

Saturday

May

16

2015

Wildflower Walk

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Discover the bounty of wildflowers that call Promised Land home. Meet at Conservation Island on Saturday, May 16 at 2pm. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Trail is an easy one mile hike. ID books will be provided.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Backpacking Series Information Meeting

Backpacking Series Information Meeting

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Interested in learning about backpacking but don’t know where to start? Come out to an informational meeting on our Introduction to Backpacking Series. You will find out what is involved in the series and the advantages of completing the series. You will also learn a few basic backpacking skills along the way. This program is appropriate for participants 12 and older and is free. During the time, we will give you a teaser about the series. No pre-registration is required.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Beginners Kayak

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Are you just learning to kayak and would like to learn some of the tricks to staying afloat? Or have you always wanted to try it, but never had the chance? This is your chance! This program is designed for the beginning kayak, but even seasoned paddlers are welcome to join us. Bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours: A few single-person kayaks and one tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling Renae Weidner at 717-485-3948. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are required for this program and will be provided. Meet at the Amphitheater.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Bird Walk with Elaine Howe

Bird Walk with Elaine Howe

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Join us for a morning of birding led by Elaine Howe. She has identified 144 species of birds at Little Buffalo State Park over the years. This excursion will take us to some of the best birding spots in the West side of the park. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from our limited supply. We will meet at the intersection of Little Buffalo Road and Swimming Pool Road. Please park along the wide shoulders of Little Buffalo Road. Call 717-567-9255 for questions.

Sunday

May

17

2015

CCC Walk

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Join the park naturalist for a stroll around the park where we will visit some of the sites from when the Civil Conservation Corp had a camp here. Meet at the park office

Sunday

May

17

2015

Chief Wetona Challenge Trail Run

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Lace up your trail shoes and join us for the 2nd Annual Chief Wetona Challenge Trail Run. This is an approx. 7 mile course through the woods and paths of Mt. Pisgah. You will be running up/over/around/through rocks, tree roots, grass, dirt, lots of great hills and a stream or two. You WILL get muddy and you WILL definately have fun! Race day registration and bib pick-up is 08:30am-10:00am with the race starting at 10:30am.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Community Day

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Experience what the Arts Center has to offer with this free public event! Instruction in a variety of mediums for all ages.

Sunday

May

17

2015

It's a snake? It's a salamander? It's a skink!

It's a snake? It's a salamander? It's a skink!

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Many amphibians and reptiles are out and about during summer. Learn about one species that you will likely wander across in the park. Come find out how skinks are different from snakes and salamanders while learning some interesting quirks about the species.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir

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Novice and experienced paddlers are welcome to participate in a relaxed 1.5 hour exploration of this quiet reservoir located in Michaux State Forest near Caledonia State Park. Participants meet Kings Gap staff at the lake. Single kayaks, paddles and life vests are provided. Basic instruction and safety procedures will be reviewed before launching. Kings Gap staff will provide a natural history program during each session. Two sessions will be held: 1:00 PM or 3:30 PM. Registration is required at $15 per person . Call 717-486-5031 for more information or to register.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Make Sense of the Night

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Many animals travel through the night without flashlights, tonight we’re going to give it a try. We will go on a one and a half mile hike through the woods on the Stone Lodge Trail and use our senses to find our way and explore the forest.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Marsh Creek Sailing Club

Marsh Creek Sailing Club

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Sailing Club races - must be a member of the Marsh Creek Sailing Club to participate

Sunday

May

17

2015

Marsh Creek Trail Days

Marsh Creek Trail Days

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This is a great opportunity to get your hands on some bigger jobs, including re-routes, trail repair/improvement, planning and building new trails.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Muskies Inc MI 50 Fishing Tournament

Muskies Inc MI 50 Fishing Tournament

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Annual MI50 Spring Fling Musky Fishing Tournament

Sunday

May

17

2015

Nature Detectives: Crayfish Capers

Nature Detectives: Crayfish Capers

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Families are invited to become “nature detectives” at Jennings Environmental Education Center. Crayfish live in a variety of freshwater habitats and emerge at night, under the safety of darkness, to hunt. Where are they hiding and what are they hunting for? After some indoor, introductory activities and hints about what to look for, detectives-in-training will move outdoors to search for answers and solve one of nature’s seasonal mysteries.

The Nature Detectives series is designed for families with children age six and older, as well as anyone who is a kid at heart. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and expect to participate in an outdoor learning adventure, rain or shine. Pre-registration is required by May 8, and space is limited. Register by calling 724-794-6011. To help with planning, please indicate the number of adults and number and ages of children being registered.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Night Sky Tour

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Man has been inspired by the night sky since the beginning. Join us as we take in the beauty and lore of early summer’s planets and constellations, during this month’s (almost) dark of the moon!

Sunday

May

17

2015

Night Sky Tour

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Experience the splendor of the night sky. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. Hear the legends and myths surrounding these patterns in the night sky. Explore planets, star clusters and other deep space objects through the park’s telescopes.

Visitors to the Night Sky programs should plan on arriving before darkness falls.

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

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

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

Visitors may want to check the Clear Sky Chart for Cherry Springs web site for current cloud cover and viewing conditions.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Stained Glass with Kelly Lock - Intermediate Workshop

Stained Glass with Kelly Lock - Intermediate Workshop

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Allows you to cut into the world of glass with holiday inspiration. Basic stained glass skills are needed for this fast pace four week class.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Star Watch

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Join the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association for a night of star gazing. They will bring their telescopes and participants will be able to see stars, planets and distant galaxies. Tonight's highlights include the moon and Jupiter. The Star Watch is held at the Tohickon Boat Launch. Rain/cloud date is May 17 at 8:00 pm.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Vernal Pools

Vernal Pools

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Learn how these temporary wetlands provide habitat for many species, such as frogs and salamanders, and how these mini-ecosystems also benefit other vertebrate and invertebrate life forms. Join us as we investigate the wonder that is the “Vernal Pool”.

Sunday

May

17

2015

Waterfalls and Wildflowers

Waterfalls and Wildflowers

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Hike 1 mile to beautiful Pioneer Falls and learn about the amazing wildflowers we will discover along the way. Bring a snack and a drink. Please have sturdy footwear and rain gear if needed. This is a neat hike that we think you will enjoy and want share with friends.Call (814) 676-1810 if you have any questions.

Monday

May

18

2015

Beginner Hatha Yoga

Beginner Hatha Yoga

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Hatha Yoga focuses on balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and breath. No experience is necessary and past experience is welcome - you can always expand your yoga knowledge. Any body type, any age, any fitness level - take some time to take care of YOU! Classes will run on Mondays, for five weeks, excluding the Memorial Day holiday. Please pre-register and pay in full by May 4th by calling Shawn Hamburger at 570-297-0471 or e-mail trinityspa@gmail.com

Monday

May

18

2015

Hooked on Hummingbirds

Hooked on Hummingbirds

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The program focuses of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird with its unique behaviors and characteristics.

Monday

May

18

2015

Walk Across Pennsylvania

Walk Across Pennsylvania

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Join Pennsylania State Parks and Penn State Extension in a FREE virtual walking program exploring Pennsylvania's beautiful State Parks. Increase your physical activity and develop healthier eating habits. This eight week program is designed to help you do just that. Gather your family, friends or co-workers and form a team. Have fun! Develop healthy habits! Get fit & feel better!

Throughout the program, teams of up to five people are encouraged to walk an average of ten miles per person/week over an eight week span that begins March 30. Each week is themed, five parks, one from each region, are recommended for exploration. The teams will receive information about each participating state park.

Cook Forest's walking dates are 5/18-24!

Tuesday

May

19

2015

KTA Film Festival & Membership Celebration

KTA Film Festival & Membership Celebration

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Keystone Trails Association’s (KTA) second annual KTA Membership Celebration & Film Festival will feature four outstanding films focusing on Pennsylvania trails. The event will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, starting at 6:30 pm at the Wesley Center of Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 South 22nd Street, Camp Hill, PA.

KTA’s Film Festival will include four hiking-related films. Best of Pennsylvania - 1000 Steps Hiking Trail is a humorous look at a great trail near Mount Union in Huntingdon County. Drew Elliot takes you on a journey up the mountain, and pokes a little fun at himself as well. Many say the Golden Eagle Trail is the best day hike in Pennsylvania. Scott Adams, a great friend of KTA, gives us an engaging look at this trail, located within the Tiadaghton State Forest in Lycoming County. North Country Trail - We Build Trails In Low Places is a tribute to the great folks who maintain this national scenic trail passing through Pennsylvania and surrounding states. It includes music inspired and authorized by country music star Garth Brooks. In the Old Loggers Path Running Adventure, four young trail runners tackle this 27 mile loop trail in Lycoming County. Jim Foster, Board Secretary of KTA and Chair of the event, said “Attendees will vote for their favorite film, which will win our unique KTA Film of the Year Award”.

KTA President Wanda Shirk said: “We will also describe KTA’s advocacy efforts on trails and wild spaces, feature other hiking, trails and environmental organizations, and celebrate KTA’s membership base. We’ll show why KTA plays a unique role as the statewide voice of hikers and trail enthusiasts.”

Tickets for the KTA Membership Celebration are just $15.00, and include a one-year individual membership to KTA for new members. Tickets can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/nk8wqm3, directly from KTA, or at the door. Additional information about this event is available at www.kta-hike.org.

Tuesday

May

19

2015

Pontoon Boat Tours (Tuesdays) FULL

Pontoon Boat Tours (Tuesdays) FULL

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The pontoon boat tours are now FULL! Our free pontoon boat tours are once again back. They will be held most Tuesday and Wednesday evenings starting May 19 and ending September 2. Tours in May, June, and July will go from 6-8 pm and tours in August and September will be from 5-7 pm. As in past years, we are setting a limit of ONE tour per person. These are very popular and we get a long waiting list. Tours may be cancelled due to low temperatures, rain, thunderstorms, or strong winds. Children under 3 years of age must provide their own PFDs (life jackets). Please arrive 15 minutes early for your tour. We will be meeting at the Marina Building.

To register, you MUST call the Park Office at 215-529-7300 and choose Option 6. Online registration is not yet available for the new calendar of events. “Following” an event on the calendar of events is not the same as registering. Email registrations will not be accepted. When you call you will be asked to provide an email address for a confirmation email. The tours are free, but donations to the Friends of Nockamixon State Park are always welcomed.

Tuesday

May

19

2015

Walk Across Pennsylvania

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Join Pennsylania State Parks and Penn State Extension in a FREE virtual walking program exploring Pennsylvania's beautiful State Parks. Increase your physical activity and develop healthier eating habits. This eight week program is designed to help you do just that. Gather your family, friends or co-workers and form a team. Have fun! Develop healthy habits! Get fit & feel better!

Throughout the program, teams of up to five people are encouraged to walk an average of ten miles per person/week over an eight week span that begins March 30. Each week is themed, five parks, one from each region, are recommended for exploration. The teams will receive information about each participating state park.

Cook Forest's walking dates are 5/18-24!

Tuesday

May

19

2015

Walk With Ease fitness program

Walk With Ease fitness program

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Free research based program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Registration is required, call 610-796-3699. A certified instructor leads each session to customize this Arthritis Foundation program for each participant. Nolde staff guides participants during walking portion of program on trails and share seasonal points of interest. Program is indoors and outdoors.

Tuesday

May

19

2015

WATERFOWL WALK

WATERFOWL WALK

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Come on out of hibernation and join us for some easy hiking as we explore a favorite spot for our newly returning waterfowl..to check out just what's doing all that quacking, and possibly, to include an eagle sighting if we are lucky! Bring good hiking shoes, binoculars, bug spray and water. Meet in the parking lot of the Visitor's Center, with your vehicle, for the drive to our location.

Wednesday

May

20

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

May

20

2015

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

Chester Springs Model Yacht Club

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Model Yacht Club racing events - must be a member of Chester Springs Model Yacht Club to participate

Wednesday

May

20

2015

Pontoon Boat Tours (Wednesdays) FULL

Pontoon Boat Tours (Wednesdays) FULL

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Our free pontoon boat tours are once again back. They will be held most Tuesday and Wednesday evenings starting May 19 and ending September 2. Tours in May, June, and July will go from 6-8 pm and tours in August and September will be from 5-7 pm. As in past years, we are setting a limit of ONE tour per person. These are very popular and we get a long waiting list. Tours may be cancelled due to low temperatures, rain, thunderstorms, or strong winds. Children under 3 years of age must provide their own PFDs (life jackets). Please arrive 15 minutes early for your tour. We will be meeting at the Marina Building.

To register, you MUST call the Park Office at 215-529-7300 and choose Option 6. Online registration is not yet available for the new calendar of events. “Following” an event on the calendar of events is not the same as registering. Email registrations will not be accepted. When you call you will be asked to provide an email address for a confirmation email. The tours are free, but donations to the Friends of Nockamixon State Park are always welcomed.

Wednesday

May

20

2015

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Guinness Book of World Records Tree Planting Event

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Guinness Book of World Records Tree Planting Event

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the DCNR will team up to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for planting the most trees in a one hour period. Gather at Fowlers Hollow State Park at 10 am (coordinates 40.2757,-77.5761) to prepare for the tree planting on the Tuscarora State Forest. Lunch and planting tools will be provided. Participants should bring gloves, sturdy boots, and a small shovel.

To participate volunteers must register by May 8, 2015.

For more infomation, please email fd03@pa.gov or call 717-536-3191

Wednesday

May

20

2015

Tree Pittsburgh Tree ID Walk

Tree Pittsburgh Tree ID Walk

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Join Tree Pittsburgh in Point State Park for a Tree Identification Walk.

Would you like to miss out on rush hour traffic while learning about the trees around you?

Learn how to identify the different leaves, buds, bark, and overall shape of some of the oldest mature trees in Pittsburgh from one of Tree Pittsburgh's ISA Certified Arborists. This 2 hour walk is geared toward adults and is not appropriate for children under the age of 16.

Cost is $10 per person and space is limited, so registration is required.

For more information and to register contact Joe Stavish at 412-781-8733 or joe@treepittsburgh.org or go to: http://treepittsburgh.org/events/tree-id-walks-2015

Wednesday

May

20

2015

Walk Across Pennsylvania

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Join Pennsylania State Parks and Penn State Extension in a FREE virtual walking program exploring Pennsylvania's beautiful State Parks. Increase your physical activity and develop healthier eating habits. This eight week program is designed to help you do just that. Gather your family, friends or co-workers and form a team. Have fun! Develop healthy habits! Get fit & feel better!

Throughout the program, teams of up to five people are encouraged to walk an average of ten miles per person/week over an eight week span that begins March 30. Each week is themed, five parks, one from each region, are recommended for exploration. The teams will receive information about each participating state park.

Cook Forest's walking dates are 5/18-24!

Wednesday

May

20

2015

Walk With Ease fitness program

Walk With Ease fitness program

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Free research based program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Registration is required, call 610-796-3699. A certified instructor leads each session to customize this Arthritis Foundation program for each participant. Nolde staff guides participants during walking portion of program on trails and share seasonal points of interest. Program is indoors and outdoors.

Wednesday

May

20

2015

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary

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

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

Wednesday

May

20

2015

Wildflower Wednesdays

Wildflower Wednesdays

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

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

Thursday

May

21

2015

3MJC Meeting: Outdoor Adventures from Jay Hewett

3MJC Meeting: Outdoor Adventures from Jay Hewett

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3MJC Meeting - May 20, 2015 "Outdoor Adventures as told by Jay Hewett"

Come hear stories about unexpected outdoor adventures from Jay Hewett, a writer for the Butler Eagle. He will share real-life adventures that people have experienced in our local state parks. These tales will be funny, surprising and interesting and will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The public is welcome to attend this meeting of Moraine, McConnells Mill and 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 EEC.

Thursday

May

21

2015

Birding Bonanza Homeschool Day

Birding Bonanza Homeschool Day

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Attention all homeschoolers!

Come on over to Kettle Creek State Park for a day of fun and learning.

The theme for this session is centers around the birds here at Kettle Creek and their adaptations.

Students will learn about adaptations in different families of birds and learn the correct use of binoculars and basic birdwatching information.

This program is free of charge; but, pre-registration is required by May 11.

To register, please call Ian Loewen at (570) 923-6004 or e-mail kettlecreeksp@pa.gov. Program size is limited so registering early is encouraged. All programs will be held outdoors. Please bring a lunch. Meet at the restrooms by the boat launch.

Thursday

May

21

2015

Trail Life Troop #1776 Meeting

Trail Life Troop #1776 Meeting

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Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program open to boys and young men aged 5-17.

In case of a storm warning from the weather bureau, any Troop meeting scheduled for Mt. Pisgah will be held at the Endless Mountains Mission Center on Rt. 6

Thursday

May

21

2015

Walk Across Pennsylvania

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Join Pennsylania State Parks and Penn State Extension in a FREE virtual walking program exploring Pennsylvania's beautiful State Parks. Increase your physical activity and develop healthier eating habits. This eight week program is designed to help you do just that. Gather your family, friends or co-workers and form a team. Have fun! Develop healthy habits! Get fit & feel better!

Throughout the program, teams of up to five people are encouraged to walk an average of ten miles per person/week over an eight week span that begins March 30. Each week is themed, five parks, one from each region, are recommended for exploration. The teams will receive information about each participating state park.

Cook Forest's walking dates are 5/18-24!

Thursday

May

21

2015

Walk With Ease fitness program

Walk With Ease fitness program

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Free research based program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Registration is required, call 610-796-3699. A certified instructor leads each session to customize this Arthritis Foundation program for each participant. Nolde staff guides participants during walking portion of program on trails and share seasonal points of interest. Program is indoors and outdoors.

Friday

May

22

2015

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

Breakfast With The Bluebirds

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

Friday

May

22

2015

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

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Please join us for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras: Midieval, French & Indian War, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Join living historian and master story-teller, Paul Stillman from Historically Speaking!, and historical interpreter, Dave Clark, as they take us through these noteworthy periods in history through first person character portrayals, and hands-on demonstrations.

Friday, May 22 from 800pm-900pm

Paul Stillman as ‘Benjamin Franklin’ One of the founding fathers of our country. Science, glass music, and philosophy are only parts of Ben’s life. Please bring your chairs & blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater.

Saturday, May 23 from 1000am-1200pm

Paul Stillman as a ‘Seneca Indian’ A Native American visits us from the past on his trip from New York as he travels south along the historic Olean Trail. Please meet at Seneca Point where he will be stopping to prepare corn for his trip.

Saturday, May 23 from 100pm-230pm

Dale Luthringer as a‘1750s French Marine’ We are looking for a few good men to learn how to march and fight for King Louis. Two opposable teeth required. Vive le Roi!!! Please meet at the River Cabin playground along River Rd. If rain, program will be held at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Saturday, May 23 from 300pm-430pm

Paul Stillman and Dave Clark as ‘The North Meets South’ Come see the Civil War through a New York regimental line soldier and a Rebel of the 7th South Carolina Army of Northern Virginia. Please meet at the River Cabin playground along River Rd. If rain, program will be held at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Saturday, May 23 from 800pm-900pm

Paul Stillman as ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ Our 26th President and former Governor of New York. Learn about his fascinating life. Please bring your chairs & blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater.

Sunday, May 24 from 100-200pm

Dave Clark as a ‘World War I Doughboy of the 27th Division’ See and hear what life was like over in the trenches. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Sunday, May 24 from 230pm-400pm

Paul Stillman as a ‘Colonial Craftsman’ Learn how things were made during the early part of the 18th century during a quill and bamboo pen fabrication workshop. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Sunday, May 24 from 430-530pm

Dave Clark as a ‘World War II Marine of the 1st Division’ Be a part of the ‘Island Hopping’ campaign in the Pacific Theater as you prepare for the rigors of Pelieu. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Sunday, May 24 from 800pm-900pm

Paul Stillman as ‘Ethyerhode of Pyggewhystle’ A medieval craftsmen from 13th century England - a free man and articifer. Please bring your chairs and blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater.

Friday

May

22

2015

Exploring An Ancient Forest

Exploring An Ancient Forest

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Bring your binoculars and join us at the Adams Falls/Evergreen Trail parking lot off Rt. 118, for a journey through an Old Growth Forest in search of pileated woodpeckers, blue-headed vireos, quill pigs and the elusive predators that hunt them, and more!

Friday

May

22

2015

Friday Night Paddle - Kegg Run

Friday Night Paddle - Kegg Run

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Start the weekend off right with a relaxing paddle on Shawnee Lake. On the second and fourth Friday night of the month throughout the summer we will paddle and explore a different section of the lake. This week we will be paddling the shoreline around the section of the lake where Kegg Run comes into the lake. All equipment is provided. Bring plenty of water and your binoculars or camera. We will meet at the Colvin Boat Launch. The non-refundable program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. There are a limited number of kayaks available on a first come basis or bring your own. Those who have no paddling experience, should arrive at least 20 minutes early for paddling instructions.

Payment should be brought to the program with you. You can pay with a check made out to: Commonwealth of PA or with exact cash (no change will be available at the launch site).

Friday

May

22

2015

Friends of Shawnee Kids Memorial Day Carp Fishing Derby

Friends of Shawnee Kids Memorial Day Carp Fishing Derby

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The Friends of Shawnee invite kids at 15 and under to get their fish on (a hook). Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to be awarded. Call 814.733.4218 for all the details or watch the Friends Facebook page!

Friday

May

22

2015

Geocache Walk

Geocache Walk

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Start your Memorial Weekend early and try something new! We'll be walking the Quarry Trail (at the end of Old Bethlehem Road) looking for four geocaches. Please reigster to borrow a park GPS unit. If you have a geocaching GPS unit or smartphone with a geocaching app, you are welcome to walk with us also! The walk may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

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22

2015

Hound Hike

Hound Hike

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

Friday

May

22

2015

Lagoons by Pontoon

Lagoons by Pontoon

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Take a one-hour interpretive pontoon boat ride and discover the beauty of the interior lagoons. Sign-up at the Pontoon Boat beginning at 10 AM, first-come, first-served. Seating limited.

Friday

May

22

2015

Lagoons by Pontoon

Lagoons by Pontoon

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Take a one-hour interpretive pontoon boat ride to discover the natural history of our interior lagoons. Sign up at 10 AM daily at the boat. Free, first-come, first-served. Seating limited.

Friday

May

22

2015

Lagoons by Pontoon

Lagoons by Pontoon

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Take a one-hour interpretive pontoon boat ride and enjoy the beauty of the inland lagoons. Sign-up begins at 10 AM at the pontoon boat and is first-come, first-served. Seating limited.

Friday

May

22

2015

Museum Docent Training

Museum Docent Training

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Are you already a museum docent, or would you like to become one? Please join us to go over duties and responsibilities, field suggestions and answer questions, and just get together to kick of a new season for our museum. Please bring a snack to share, if you wish. Call Alison Tews at 570-676-0567 for more information. Meet at the Masker Museum on Friday, May 22 at 5pm.

Friday

May

22

2015

Pennsylvania's Wild Garden

Pennsylvania's Wild Garden

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With the aid of a video, we will be learning about many of the different wildflowers one can find around the state of PA throughout different seasons and also some challenges we face to protect them. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday

May

22

2015

Red, White & Blue Theme Weekend

Red, White & Blue Theme Weekend

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Join us for a Red, White & Blue theme weekend in the campground! Memorial Service: Saturday, May 23, 10:00 am at the amphitheater Children's Bike Parade: Sunday, May 24, 11:00 am This event is sponsored by the Friends of Prince Gallitzin.

Friday

May

22

2015

Walk Across Pennsylvania

Walk Across Pennsylvania

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Join Pennsylania State Parks and Penn State Extension in a FREE virtual walking program exploring Pennsylvania's beautiful State Parks. Increase your physical activity and develop healthier eating habits. This eight week program is designed to help you do just that. Gather your family, friends or co-workers and form a team. Have fun! Develop healthy habits! Get fit & feel better!

Throughout the program, teams of up to five people are encouraged to walk an average of ten miles per person/week over an eight week span that begins March 30. Each week is themed, five parks, one from each region, are recommended for exploration. The teams will receive information about each participating state park.

Cook Forest's walking dates are 5/18-24!

Saturday

May

23

2015

"Egg"-citing Egg Activities

"Egg"-citing Egg Activities

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***ages 4-10. Young people will learn about eggs through games, hands-on activities, story and craft.

Saturday

May

23

2015

1861 - The Civil War Begins

1861 - The Civil War Begins

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The stage is set for war as the nation begins to tear apart. Opposition by the North to slavery in the South fuels a bitter debate, and the country wrestles with conflicts between the Union and states’ rights. From Harper’s Ferry to Fort Sumter, the first chapters unfold in a conflict from which there would be no turning back. Join us at the amphitheater. Bring a flashlight.*

Saturday

May

23

2015

Animal Tales & Critter Crafts

Animal Tales & Critter Crafts

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Children 3-10 yrs. Join us at the Visitor's Center for a story and craft about flying squirrels, which you may be lucky enough to see in the evening here at the park!

Saturday

May

23

2015

Beauty of Botany Hike

Beauty of Botany Hike

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Join Dr. Susan Munch for a forest walk discussing seasonal botany topics with hands-on plant identification. All levels of experience welcome!

Saturday

May

23

2015

Beaver Dam Trail

Beaver Dam Trail

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We will travel through varying habitats where we may see diverse wildlife and their sign. Part of the trail follows a historic railroad grade and you can learn about the park’s history as we go. This two-mile loop is easy terrain; please wear appropriate shoes.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Birding by Boat

Birding by Boat

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Take your kayak on the Lower Lake for a guided bird watching tour. You must have your own kayak to attend this program. Binoculars will be provided. Please meet at the Bear Wallow Boat Launch on Saturday, May 23 at 9 AM. Please wear a hat, sunblock, water sports clothing, and bring water.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Birding for Fun

Birding for Fun

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This program is designed for the beginner birder...anyone who wishes to learn the enjoyable hobby of birding but may be overwhelmed at the thought. We will introduce an easy method in the basics of bird ID, as well as recognizing the habitat areas of our PA birds, particularly here at Ricketts Glen. To begin in the Visitor's Center Activity Room and then move outdoors for some woodland exploration. In case you don't have binoculars, the Park EES/Naturalist, Ms. Judy, will have some extras available to share.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

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Have you ever seen your reflection in the eyes of a Great Horned Owl? Join Redcreek Wildlife Center’s Peggy Hentz for a program on live animals that she has rehabilitated. Meet Gabriel the owl and other birds of prey. The program will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Locust Lake Amphitheatre (program shelter if it rains). The program is free, but donations will be accepted to help the Redcreek Wildlife Center

Saturday

May

23

2015

Boulder Field Basics

Boulder Field Basics

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Meet the naturalist for a brief talk on the history and significance of this geologic wonder. Please allow 20 minutes to drive to Boulder Field from Route 534.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Busy Beavers

Busy Beavers

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Come learn more about one of the largest rodents in the United States: the beaver. Topics will include diet, anatomy, building habits, among other topics. Meet at the amphitheater.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Canoe Tour

Canoe Tour

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Take a leisurely paddle across Hills Creek Lake and explore its history, management and wildlife. Must pre-register at park office or by calling 570-724-4246

Saturday

May

23

2015

Coffee Break: What's New.

Coffee Break: What's New.

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Friday evening at 8:00 we will have our weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and iced tea will be provided, but please bring your own cup. This will be at the amphitheater.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Constance Ranson Native Plant Sale

Constance Ranson Native Plant Sale

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Go Native! Come to the new Visitor Center and meet local growers who will have native plants; trees, shrubs and flowers for sale. Even if you just want to learn more about native plants this is the place for you!! Plants will be available from noon-5:00pm.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

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Please join us for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras: Midieval, French & Indian War, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Join living historian and master story-teller, Paul Stillman from Historically Speaking!, and historical interpreter, Dave Clark, as they take us through these noteworthy periods in history through first person character portrayals, and hands-on demonstrations.

Friday, May 22 from 800pm-900pm

Paul Stillman as ‘Benjamin Franklin’ One of the founding fathers of our country. Science, glass music, and philosophy are only parts of Ben’s life. Please bring your chairs & blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater.

Saturday, May 23 from 1000am-1200pm

Paul Stillman as a ‘Seneca Indian’ A Native American visits us from the past on his trip from New York as he travels south along the historic Olean Trail. Please meet at Seneca Point where he will be stopping to prepare corn for his trip.

Saturday, May 23 from 100pm-230pm

Dale Luthringer as a‘1750s French Marine’ We are looking for a few good men to learn how to march and fight for King Louis. Two opposable teeth required. Vive le Roi!!! Please meet at the River Cabin playground along River Rd. If rain, program will be held at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Saturday, May 23 from 300pm-430pm

Paul Stillman and Dave Clark as ‘The North Meets South’ Come see the Civil War through a New York regimental line soldier and a Rebel of the 7th South Carolina Army of Northern Virginia. Please meet at the River Cabin playground along River Rd. If rain, program will be held at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Saturday, May 23 from 800pm-900pm

Paul Stillman as ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ Our 26th President and former Governor of New York. Learn about his fascinating life. Please bring your chairs & blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater.

Sunday, May 24 from 100-200pm

Dave Clark as a ‘World War I Doughboy of the 27th Division’ See and hear what life was like over in the trenches. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Sunday, May 24 from 230pm-400pm

Paul Stillman as a ‘Colonial Craftsman’ Learn how things were made during the early part of the 18th century during a quill and bamboo pen fabrication workshop. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Sunday, May 24 from 430-530pm

Dave Clark as a ‘World War II Marine of the 1st Division’ Be a part of the ‘Island Hopping’ campaign in the Pacific Theater as you prepare for the rigors of Pelieu. Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

Sunday, May 24 from 800pm-900pm

Paul Stillman as ‘Ethyerhode of Pyggewhystle’ A medieval craftsmen from 13th century England - a free man and articifer. Please bring your chairs and blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Day in the Life of a State Park

Day in the Life of a State Park

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

For a Day in the Life of a State Park all through Memorial Day weekend, visit a state park in honor of the establishment of the first Pennsylvania state park, Valley Forge, in 1893. You may have gifted the park to the nation in honor of the bicentennial but fortunately that first state park was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

While you are out, be sure to pick up any litter that you see and leave your parks a little more beautiful.

Submit your photos to intern-ppff@pa.net before May 27.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Digital Photography Fundamentals

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Become familiar with the many functions your digital camera offers.Learn all of the settings, menu items, buttons and options on your digital camera.Students will photograph various subjects & locations in and around the park. Students should bring their own camera (DSLR preferred).

Saturday

May

23

2015

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

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Meet the eagles of Promised Land State Park! After a short lecture and a dress up game to review what we've learned, we'll use our spotting scope to get a close up view of eagles. Spotting scope and binoculars provided.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Every Birdy Welcome!

Every Birdy Welcome!

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Bring along a mug or cup for a hot beverage (coffee/tea provided), and set off on an easy walk to see what wildlife might be stirring around the park. We will focus on seeing and hearing the birds that call the park home.

Saturday

May

23

2015

Expedition Elevation

Expedition Elevation

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Check out one of the most scenic views in the Laurel Highlands. We will hike along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail from Rt. 653 to the Middle Fork Overlook and back. The entire hike will be approximately 5 miles. Please bring a packed lunch.

**Rgistration is required**

**To register, please call 814-352-8649**

Saturday

May

23

2015

Eyes of the Wild Live Animal Show

Eyes of the Wild Live Animal Show

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Eyes of the Wild will be bringing live animals to the Education Center! This will be fun and informative for the whole family. This program is FREE and no pre-registration is required.

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