HOWARD - Bald Eagle State Park would like to announce the following park programs open to the public. All programs are free unless otherwise noted. For more information on park programs, contact the Environmental Education Specialist, Nick Thomas, at (814) 625-2775.
Saturday, June 9
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Discover the inhabitants of the local pond by getting into it and catching the critters that are hiding within the watery world. The program will focus on the pond community, food chain, identification, adaptations, and water quality. You will explore life found in water by looking, feeling and experiencing everything from dragonflies to aquatic plants. Meet at the Frog Pond.
High Tech Treasure
Hunting for Kids
There are all kinds of treasures hidden in your parks and this program will help you find them! Join the park naturalist in learning how to use a compass, GPS unit, or even the sun to discover the intriguing hidden prizes. GPS units and compasses will be provided by the park. Young children may need the assistance of an adult.
Meet at the picnic tables in front of the Snack Bar at the Beach House.
Family Paddling Program
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Paddling on Pennsylvania waterways requires an understanding of the responsibilities of boating and paddling, knowledge of equipment, techniques and safety issues. Join the Fish and Boat Commission for a great outing on the water, where you can learn the basics about kayaks and canoes in a safe and fun environment. This program is designed for beginners ages 12 and older. Pre-registration is required by calling the park office by Friday June 1, 2012. Meet at the Park Office. 3:00 PM 6:00 PM.
The Nature Puppet Show
Adam Swartz Puppets presents "My Unbelievable Aquatic Adventure"
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join puppets of all kinds for an adventure on (and under) the high seas! Johnny the Ex-Pirate makes his directorial debut with his original story, starring Skip, Sally, Billy, and some new friends. Johnny's inspiration for this interactive show comes from his own exciting travels, and many of the books he has read. "Sea" you there! Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
Too scared to explore after dark? Join the park naturalist for a 1 mile hike through the darkness and learn about all the things you may have feared. (Note: Participants need to have sturdy footwear and a flashlight to participate.)
Meet at the Russell P. Letterman Campground Amphitheatre.
Sunday, June 10
Sunday Morning Family Stroll
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Don't miss out on one of the most exhilarating times of the day in nature-the morning! Join the park naturalist in meandering around the local trails to explore what the morning brings. Natural history topics from insects to plants may be discussed.
(Participants will be walking at least a mile on uneven surfaces).
Meet at the Nature Inn. 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Three Days on the
River in a Red Canoe!
There is nothing more exciting than an extended camping trip on a canoe! Stop in to hear a short story about an adventure and then participate in a simulated trip to experience just what it is like to go on a multiday adventure! Meet at the Beach Area.
Ask a Naturalist @ the Beach!
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Do you have any questions about the plants or animals at Bald Eagle State Park? If so, stop by the Beach area and ask your park naturalist. Location: Beach Area near playground.
Wednesday, June 13
Kayak/Canoe Eagle Watch
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join Tussey Mountain Outfitters and the Bald Eagle State Park staff for this paddle on F.J. Sayers Lake to observe the resident eagles and maybe their young! Cost - $15/person for canoe or kayak. Children ages 10-16 need to be accompanied by an adult in a canoe. Pre-registration is required by Friday, June 10th. Call the Park Office to reserve your spot and to get more details.
Meet at the parking lot at the end of F.J. Sayers Road.
Friday, June 15th
Boating Bald Eagle
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Connect with other boaters, novices and experts alike, while paddling on a guided float with the park naturalist. You can learn the basics of maneuvering a kayak, share your skills with others, or just join us for a paddle. This program will occur throughout the summer and explore various locations on the lake! Pre-registration is required by calling the Park Office. You can bring your own boat, or reserve one when you register. Participants must be over the age of 16. There is a $5.00 fee if you will be using a park kayak. Meet at the Park Office. 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, June 16
The Great Bird Trek for Kids!
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching with your whole family! Learn the basics of bird watching and then go on a walk to test your skills. Participants will be walking approximately one mile. Meet at the Russell P. Letterman Campground Amphitheatre.
The History of the
Pennsylvania Mountain Lion
Shrouded in folk lore and mystique, the Mountain Lion was once the king of Pennsylvanian forests. Join the Park Naturalist for an evening of investigation as we discuss this extraordinary mammal's history and cultural significance. Participants will explore the unique characteristics, adaptations, and lessons learned from mountain lions that once lived in this region! Meet at the Nature Inn lobby.
AUSTIN - Come to Sinnemahoning State Park and enjoy the following activities. The park is surrounded by Elk State Forest and is located in Austin, Cameron County. For more information on the following events, contact park naturalist Jackie Flynn or Janet Colwell at (814) 647-8401.
Saturday, June 9
Biking the Lowlands Trail
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by joining the Sinnemahoning State Park naturalist for an afternoon interpretive bike tour of the Lowlands Trail. Take a leisurely ride through rich wildlife habitats and areas where people once lived and worked. Learn how the 40 Maples Day-Use Area earned its name! The Lowlands Trail, which has a Rails-To-Trails surface, is a fairly level, easy ride. Bring your own bike, or borrow one of ours. Meet at the Wildlife Center along Park Road near the Cameron / Potter county line. Water, sunscreen, and insect repellant are recommended.
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania is home to an amazing variety of fungi some are edible, some are toxic, and some are strikingly beautiful. Join the park naturalist at the Campground Amphitheater for an informative program and video presentation on the types of fungi that share our forests and backyards.
For more information on this or other park programs, contact the Sinnemahoning State Park office.
Sunday, June 17
Interpretive Pontoon Boat Tours
Join the park naturalist for a relaxing and informative 45 minute tour of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir. This program focuses on the birds, plants and wildlife of lake and wetland habitats. The pontoon boat has 18 available seats. Tours are offered free of charge, but donations are appreciated and gratefully accepted. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the park office at 814-647-8401. You may also sign up until noon at the park office or at the Eagle Watch Station near boat launch area up until the time of departure. Rides begin at 12:00 noon, 1:30 and 3:00 PM. Meet at the Boat Launch Area.
June 22 through June 24
Women in the Wilds
Ladies! Are you tired of your typical weekend? Do you find yourself sitting in front of the television watching other people have fun? Well, here's the perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new! Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a weekend filled with opportunities to learn new outdoor skills! Programs will include biking, archery, kayaking, bird-banding, GPS/geo-caching, fly-fishing, camp cooking, outdoor survival, and many others. Participants may choose up to eight different sessions over the three days of the event, and all meals are included. Grab your mom, sister, best friend or co-worker and join other aspiring woods-women for a new adventure in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds.Contact the park office at (814) 647-8401 for information on registration.