2009-07-16 / Entertainment

Actvities At Cowans Gap

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, and Cowans Gap State Park would like to announce the following weekend activities at Cowans Gap:

July 22 - 1:00 p.m.: Family Backpack Adventure

Families with children are invited to go on an outdoor adventure! Adventures begin at the Brightbill Interpretive Center with a brief introduction by the park naturalist. After that, families will select a themed backpack, which includes materials for parents to guide their children in fun, outdoor activities. Backpack themes may include birds, butterflies, insects, preschool activities, or others. These adventures are designed for families to spend some quality time together in the outdoors.

Backpack numbers are limited, are loaned out on a firstcome, first-served basis, and must be returned by 3:00 p.m. that day.

July 23 - 1:00 p.m.: Child's Play

Very young children will enjoy this program that includes a story, craft, and outdoor activity! Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

July 24 - 9:00 a.m.: Child's Play

Very young children will enjoy this program that includes a story, craft and outdoor activity! (This will be a different program from that on July 23.) Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

July 25 - 7:00 p.m.: Bat & Moth

All ages are invited to come learn about bats! We'll explore some of the myths surrounding these mysterious creatures, and find out why bats are such an important part of our world. Meet at the amphitheater; 8:30 p.m.: Bats Eat Bugs! Come participate in a bat count! Annual bat counts help determine the health of our local bat population. Bat counting instruction will be provided. If you'd rather not count, come out anyway and just enjoy watching the bats in flight as they snap up thousands of bugs! Bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on.

July 26 - 2:00 p.m.: Walk with Mrs. Cowan

Come along on a walk with "Mrs. Cowan". Visitors will be treated to some folktales about mammals along this gentle walk suitable for all ages. Meet at the beach area; 5:30 p.m.: Green Team Series: Lakeside Trail Walk

All senior citizens are invited to come along on an evening stroll around the lake. Learn about the history of the park, and examine some of the unique plants and animals of Cowans Gap. Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

These programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth Garner, environmental education specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by e-mail at NRCowansEEPrograms@ state.pa.us.

Scheduled visitor hours for the Brightbill Interpretive Center this weekend are as follows: Thursday: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information, visit us through the DCNR State Parks at www.visitPAparks.com or visit the Pennsylvania Tourism homepage at www.visitPA.com.

Access for People with Disabilities

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 888-PA-PARKS (voice) 888-537-7294 (TTY) 711 (AT&T Relay Service)

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