Outdoors

The mountains of Acadia National Park

(Editors Note: This article is the second of a series exploring plants and horticulture on Maine’s Mt Desert Island and Acadia National Park.) Acadia National Park, on Mt. Desert Island, was created in 1916 (under a different name then) and covers 38,000 acres with another 12,500 in ...

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE — For the weekend of July 19 - 21, the programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on the wide variety of animal life in the park. Friday at 8 p.m. will be the weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and ...

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. ∫ ...

It’s kind of a big ‘dill’

By Quentin Stocum There is a saying, you reap what you sow, and in some cases what you plant this year will appear next year in another entirely different location. This may be good or bad, depending on how fussy a gardener you happen to be. This can happen with many of the herbs of which ...

In the Parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ Sunday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m., “Geocaching Games” will be taking place. 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; ...

Conifer conundrum

By Tom Butzler Numerous calls have come into Penn State Extension Offices the past several months concerning conifer death and damage. Plant examples in this grouping are firs, spruces, pines, arborvitae, and yews. There are several possibilities on why so much damage is emerging this ...

Penn College’s ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation renewed

WILLIAMSPORT — For the fourth year in a row, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for establishing and sustaining healthy community forests. The national program was created a dozen years ago by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor educational ...

PA Wilds launches new website, expands membership and is now free to join

This month, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) announced three updates to its flagship program, the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO) — a new website was launched, the membership program was expanded to include new organization types, and the program no ...

In the parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m., come and learn more about “Pennsylvania Coyotes.” Some topics discussed will include adaptations, diet, and their natural history. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center. ∫ Sunday, June 23, at ...

Northeastern deer more susceptible to CWD infection than those to the west

By JEFF MULHOLLEM UNIVERSITY PARK - Some deer are more susceptible to chronic wasting disease that is spreading through herds of white-tailed deer across much of the country, according to Penn State researchers, who have identified a panel of genetic markers that reliably predict which ...

In the Parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ On Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m., come and learn more about “Pennsylvania Coyotes.” Some topics discussed will include adaptations, diet, and their natural history. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center. ∫ On Sunday, June ...

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE - For the weekend of June 28 - 30, the environmental programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on a variety of topics. ∫ Friday evening at 8, they will have their weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and ...

Taylors are Garden of the Month winners for June

LOCK HAVEN — The winners of the June Garden of the Month award are Michael and Kathy Taylor, 4024 Coudersport Pike. June’s theme was “Iris,” the flower that represents 25th anniversaries. The Taylors have a variety of colorful iris: antique yellow, purple Japanese iris in a massive ...

The humble iris — the poor man’s orchid: Part II

By KATHRYN DORMAN Hello again, Clinton County! Are you ready to learn more about irises? I hope you enjoyed seeing irises blooming somewhere in May. This year, I was delighted to see at least seven different purple irises in my gardens - including four different bicolors. These were ...

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE — For the weekend of June 14 - 16, the environmental programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on a variety of topics. Friday evening at 8 they will have their weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and iced ...

Landscaping for a carpet of snow

By TOM BUTZLER Plants are chosen for a landscape design based on a variety of factors. If fall leaf color is desired, then some trees to consider might be sourwood, sassafras, or red maple. Or maybe it’s the desire to have a background plant that stays the same, all year round, upon ...

In the parks

Kettle Creek State Park - On Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m., a presentation of “Settlers of the Kettle Creek Valley,” like Simeon Pfoutz and Dorcie Calhoun, will be shown. At the end, there will be an opportunity to share unique stories to the region. All children must be accompanied by ...

Make campfires safe and enjoyable

METRO — Who doesn't look forward to sitting around a crackling campfire in the evening with family or friends? Such an experience attracts people to try camping, ultimately converting many of them into lifelong camping enthusiasts. Campfires serve various purposes, from heating up simple ...

LHU students help beautify city gardens

PHOTO PROVIDED Lock Haven University students recently planted spring and summer annuals in the Lock Haven city flower gardens with the help of Rizzo’s Greenhouse. The gardens were adopted by LHU President Dr. Robert Pignatello last fall. Students involved with the planting were Braden ...

A repeat of 2018?

By QUENTIN STOCUM I don’t know about you, but it feels like the spring of 2018. Wet, cool, miserable weather seems to be the norm. There were several nice days that we were able to leave the back porch door open to the screened in porch and actually were able to have lunch and dinner, ...