Outdoors

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, ...

Dogwood Circle Garden Club accepting nominations for June garden

LOCK HAVEN — Dogwood Circle Garden Club is soliciting nominations for the June Garden of the Month award, now in its 25th year. The theme is “Iris,” the flower that represents 25th anniversaries. An abundance of showy tall stately irises would be worthy of this month’s ...

The native sycamore tree

By TOM BUTZLER One of the songs that seems to age gracefully is “The Trees” by the Canadian rock band Rush, from their 1978 album Hemispheres. The song goes on to describe a conflict between the mighty oaks and the upstart maples. Some interpret the lyrics as a statement on social ...

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans’ burning than climate change

UNIVERSITY PARK— Native Americans’ use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate ...

At the parks

Kettle Creek State Park - On Friday, May 31, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a program on “CCC Camp S-122 (Two Mile Run)” at Kettle Creek State Park. Some of the topics will include life during the Great Depression, the life of a CCC boy, and some of the other camps of the area. Meet at the ...

Managing small woodlots

By DAVID JACKSON For The Express BELLEFONTE — Most Pennsylvania woodland owners use their property for recreation, a place to hunt and view wildlife, or as a family legacy to pass on to the next generation. Sometimes, though, woodland owners want or need to harvest trees from their ...

White Monarch butterflies being raised in Spring Mills

By ROSE FRANKLIN For The Express SPRING MILLS — When 15 white Monarchs appeared among the butterflies being raised at our butterfly farm last September, and then some of our customers reported finding white Monarchs among the butterflies they had reared from caterpillars obtained from ...

The arboretums of today

There are plenty of books and articles written about the changing nature of children and outdoor play. Today’s youth don’t interact as much with their outdoor environment compared to other generations and some have hypothesized that it may be linked to a rise in various health issues such ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Year-end statistics Team Standings Markovich Const. Inc. 20-0 782.900 Liberty 14-6 770.250 Strouse Electric 12-8 767.270 Mill Hall 8-12 749.900 Avis 6-14 ...

IN THE PARKS

OLE BULL STATE PARK - SMART Fishing Program— Sunday, May 26, 3:30 p.m. This program is geared toward teaching others to be responsible anglers. Bring a fishing pole. Extra fishing poles and bait will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the ...

What is forest bathing?

METRO — The mood-boosting feeling of rejuvenation many people experience while spending time in nature is not in their heads. In fact, researchers in parts of Asia have long since studied and documented the benefits of spending time in nature. Developed in Japan in the 1980s, the practice ...

How to bring beneficial bees back

METRO — Bees, birds and butterflies play integral roles in pollinating many of the crops humans rely on for sustenance. The National Pollinator Garden Network, through the National Wildlife Federation, recently launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an effort to increase the amount ...

PA has highest number of Lyme disease cases in US

UNIVERSITY PARK— Pennsylvania has had the highest number of total Lyme disease cases in the United States since 2000. That’s according to a study by Penn State scientists who analyzed 117 years’ worth of specimens and data submitted primarily by residents from around the state. The ...

The humble iris; The poor man’s orchid

By KATHRYN DORMAN Hello, Clinton County! I am writing for the Express for the very first time. I have been a Master Gardener for two years. I retired in 2016 from teaching science and math in Keystone Central School District. I am now free to play in the dirt – all the time, if I ...

MAKING LIFE BETTER: Spotted lanternfly quarantine and business permits

In 2014, the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect native to parts of Asia, was discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania. This planthopper feeds on the sap of a variety of plants and has the potential to cause significant damage to many valuable commodities in Pennsylvania including forest ...

Penn State Master Gardeners to hold 2019 plant sale

STATE COLLEGE — Expert advice and a variety of unique plants will be two of the features at the Saturday, May 18, plant sale put on by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County. The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn State Ag Progress Days venue on ...

Easy to be green: Mushrooms and science

All you gardeners, there is a very important date that you must add to your calendar, so you won’t forget. May the 4, which is a Saturday, is World Naked Gardening Day. All you dedicated gardeners, now is your chance to enjoy Mother Nature at her finest, hot sun on pale skin, cool breezes ...