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In the parks

Ole Bull State Park

∫ Sunday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m., join the park naturalist for a look into “Whitetails of Pennsylvania.” Topics will include adaptations, a brief history, and habits among other things. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center.

∫ On Thursday, July 18, at 9:30 a.m., there will be an “Astronomy Aspirations DiscoverE Program” at the park. This is a DiscoverE program intended for children ages 6 – 12 (Outdoor Explorers, Penns’ Adventurers). Join the naturalist to learn some of the different constellations in the solar system, using star charts. Also, there will be an opportunity to learn about computer software that makes stargazing a little easier. The program will consist of a look at some of the constellations, a craft, and a game. Please note that this program will happen in the morning. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Pavilion #4 (Stone Pavilion).

∫ On Sunday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Pete Petokas, Research Associate at the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College, will be doing a program on the “World of Hellbenders.” Topics will include its diet, adaptations, and ways one can help the hellbender among other topics. Meet at the amphitheater.

∫ On Sunday, July 21, at 2:30 p.m., join the park naturalist to learn more about the reintroduction of an animal that at one point were nearly wiped out of Pennsylvania, the “Pennsylvania Otters.” Topics will include their diets, their adaptations, and their habitat. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Pavilion #4 (Stone Pavilion).

Kettle Creek State Park

∫ On Sunday, July 14, at 9:30 a.m., come and learn about “Snakes of Pennsylvania” both venomous and non-venomous, and also learn to appreciate the role they have in nature at Kettle Creek State Park. Topics will include the myths that have come up, diets, habitat, and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center.

∫ On Thursday, July 18, at 1 p.m., there will be a “Astronomy Aspirations DiscoverE Program.” This is a DiscoverE program intended for children ages 6 – 12 (Outdoor Explorers, Penns’ Adventurers). Join the naturalist to learn some of the different constellations in the solar system, using star charts. Also, there will be an opportunity to learn about computer software that makes stargazing a little easier. The program will consist of a look at some of the constellations, a craft, and a game. Please note that this program will happen in the morning. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center.

∫ On Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m., there will be a program on the “Settlers of the Kettle Creek Valley,” like Simeon Pfoutz and Dorcie Calhoun. At the end, there will be an opportunity to share unique stories to the region. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center.

∫ On Friday, July 19, at 3:30 p.m., join the park naturalist to learn more about the reintroduction of an animal that at one point were nearly wiped out of Pennsylvania, the “Pennsylvania Otters.” Topics will include their diets, their adaptations, and their habitat. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center.

Little Pine State Park

∫ Saturday, July 13, programs are intended for the GSA Girls in Parks Day, but are also open to the public. Girl Scouts must pre-register, which can be done by calling John Kaercher at 570-753-6005 or by e-mail at NR-LittlePineEE@pa.gov. To register, we will need the child’s name and age, the parent/guardian’s name, the troop leader’s name, and the troop number. At 10:15, the program “Wild Thing” will be presented, followed at 11:05 by “Natural Symbols of Pennsylvania”. These programs are intended for Daisy and Brownie Scouts. At 1:15 there will be a stream survey, followed at 2:30 by a program on fossils. These programs are intended for Junior – Senior Scouts. All programs will begin at Pavilion # 3.

∫ Sunday, July 14, at 1 p.m., there will be a children’s DiscoverE program about deer. This is for children ages six and up, and will be at the upstream end of the beach.

The nature center, located in the lower floor of the office building, will be open Friday 3 – 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.

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If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a 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.

For more information on state parks and forests in Pennsylvania visit the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us eucational programs.

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