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 23
Wild Edible Plant Walk
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Take a short walk to discover the wild feast awaiting you. This program will start with a brief presentation at the amphitheatre and then be followed by a walk that identifies various plants and their edible qualities. Meet at Pavilion # 7.
Flint Knapping Basics!
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Have you ever found an arrowhead? You won't be looking for arrowheads at this presentation; instead you will be learning how to make them! This program will focus on the basic skill of making arrowheads and other stone tools. By the end of the presentation, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at this ancient craft.
Meet at Pavilion # 7.
Learn to Atlatl
11 a.m. to noon
As a weapon that is older than the bow and arrow, the atlatl was one of the most important survival tools ever to be made! You probably have never had the need to throw a spear, but why not at least try to let one fly from the atlatl you are holding! This is a unique experience that you will have during the open atlatl range. If you learn quickly enough you can compete in the World Atlatl Competition! This program will occur directly behind pavilion # 6 in the Beach Area.
Advanced Flint Knapping Techniques!
Noon to 1 p.m.
If you have dabbled with making arrowheads, but want a more in depth lesson, this is your chance. This program will focus on some of the specific procedures used in making arrowheads like pressure flaking, building platforms, and common flint knapping practices. Meet at pavilion # 6 in the Beach Area.
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Stop by the amphitheater to see if you have what it takes to survive in the wild by learning about local plant life and how to transform it into usable rope or cordage. Everyone will get a chance to attempt to make their own string from local plant materials! Meet at pavilion # 6 in the Beach Area. 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
Terry Keefer Memorial Atlatl Tournament
There may only be three people participating in this tournament, but they will be the three best atlatlists in the park this weekend. Watch them compete for the top prize in their division. If you are interested in participating in this tournament, please inquire at the registration/information table by 4:00 PM Friday. The finals will occur Saturday at 3:00 PM.
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Susquehanna Valley Flint Knappers Association will be orchestrating a good old fashion auction that will give people the chance to bid on arrowheads, bow-drill kits, atlatls and other historic replicated crafts.
Meet at pavilion # 6 in the Beach Area.
Eastern Long Hunter Program
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn the story of a frontiersmen and mountain man firsthand as you listen to a fully suited Eastern Long Hunter talk about the stories and ways of life from long ago! This presentation will touch on topics from hide tanning to fire making.
Meet at pavilion # 6 in the Beach Area.
Sunday, June 24
Sunday Morning Stroll
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.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Migrating Naturalist at the Inn
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Don't miss your park naturalist flying around the Nature Inn as he tells you about the local wildlife, plants and general natural history of Bald Eagle Valley.
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.
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, available lodging, and fees.
WATERVILLE - The following programs will be taking place at Little Pine State Park. For more information, contact John Kaercher at (570) 753-6000.
Girl Scout Day
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
We will cover some of the requirements for the Junior Girl Scout badge "Rocks Rock". In the morning we will cover "Be a Rock Hound", "Soil Sense", and "Fossil Fun". After lunch we will cover "The View from
Above" and "What Type Is It?". As part of "What Type Is It?", there will be a special segment on gemstones and jewelry making.
There is no fee for this event, but pre-registration is required. Scouts may register as an individual or as a troop. Maximum registration is 20, and if a minimum of five do not register, the event will be cancelled. Registration is now open.
MIFFLINBURG - The following activities will take place at R.B. Winter State Park. For more information, call Environmental Education Specialist MaryAnn Bierly at (570) 966-1455. Most programs are free unless an equipment rental fee is specified.
RENOVO - All programs at Kettle Creek will begin at the Nature Center in the lower campground, unless otherwise noted. All ages are welcome (except those listed as age specific). Parents, please accompany children under 10 to share the fun. On hikes, insect repellent is suggested. Contact the park naturalist, Ian Loewen, at (570) 923-6034 or by email at KettlecreekEE@state.pa.us for more information.
CROSS FORK - All programs at Ole Bull will begin at the amphitheater unless otherwise noted. All ages are welcome (except those listed as age specific). Parents, please accompany children under 10 to share the fun. On hikes, insect repellent is suggested. Contact the park naturalist, Ian Loewen, at (570) 923-6034 for more information. The Ole Bull park office phone number is (814) 435-5000.
HYNER - Come to Hyner Run State Park and enjoy the following activities. Any questions, please call the office at (570) 753-6000, or email John Kaercher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHILIPSBURG - The following activities will be taking place at Black Moshannon, located nine miles east of Philipsburg on PA Route 504 in Centre County. For information on any activities, email email@example.com or call the park office at (814) 342-5960.
BENTON - The following activities will take place at Ricketts Glen State Park, located on State Route 487 in Benton, Luzerne County. For more information, contact Judy Adamic at 477-7780.