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In the parks

Ole Bull State Park

∫ On Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m., there will be some “Friday Night Star Hopping.” This program will focus on learning how to use a star map, finding visible constellations and sharing some folklore and mythology about them, and also learning about a free program that you can download on the computer dealing with the night sky. Bring binoculars to enhance the view of some of the different constellations and stars. Should the weather be cloudy, an alternative program relating to the dark skies will be offered at Pavilion #4 (Stone Pavilion). In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the playground at Campground Area #2.

∫ On Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m., there will be “Saturday Night Star Hopping.” This program will focus on learning how to use a star map, finding visible constellations and sharing some folklore and mythology about them, and also learning about a free program that you can download on the computer dealing with the night sky. Bring binoculars to enhance the view of some of the different constellations and stars. Should the weather be cloudy, an alternative program relating to the dark skies will be offered at the Nature Center in the Lower Campground. In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the bulletin boards at the Upper Campground.

∫ On Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3:30 p.m., join the park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trail to see “Wildflowers of Ole Bull.” In the event of severe weather, there will be an alternative program. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Pavilion #4 (Stone Pavilion).

∫ On Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m., guest speakers Jan and John Halter from Lyman Run State Park’s Friends Group will give an introduction into “Dutch Oven Cooking.” The topics will include essential equipment, its history, correct care of cast iron, and cooking techniques. There will be samples at the end. Meet at Pavilion #4 (Stone Pavilion).

∫ On Monday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m., join park staff for a fun time of “Geocaching Games.” There will be learning opportunities on marking and finding waypoints, on operating a handheld GPS, and more. GPS units will be provided by the park. This program is for people of all ages; however, children will need the help of an adult in order to participate. In the event of inclement weather, there will be an alternative program. Meet at the amphitheater.

Kettle Creek State Park

∫ On Saturday, Aug. 31, at 3:30 p.m., join the park naturalist for a walk in the Lower Campground to see “Wildflowers of Kettle Creek.” In the event of severe weather, there will be an alternative program. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center in the Lower Campground.

∫ On Monday, Sept. 2, at 9:30 a.m., join park staff for a fun time of “Geocaching Games.” There will be learning opportunities on marking and finding waypoints, on operating a handheld GPS, and more. GPS units will be provided by the park. This program is for people of all ages; however, children will need the help of an adult in order to participate. In the event of inclement weather, there will be an alternative program. Meet at the Nature Center in the Lower Campground.

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