2009-07-23 / Sports

Cowans Gap Activities

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

July 29 - 8:30 a.m.: Damsels & Dragons. Explore the lives of dragonflies and damselflies through binoculars! Try your hand at some identification, and enjoy the beauty of these bejeweled insects. Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center; 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 30 - 9:00 a.m.: Letterboxing. This form of geocaching requires no electronic devices, just some good problem-solving skills. Can you find the treasure cache? Meet at the amphitheater; 1:00 pm: 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 31 - 7:30 p.m.: Backyard Wildlife. Find out how you can know you've had animal visitors, and who some of those visitors may have been. Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

August 1 - 7:00 p.m.: Life Without Legs. Come learn about snakes! Explore some of the myths surrounding these quiet creatures, and find out what species you may encounter at Cowans Gap. Meet at the amphitheater; 8:30 p.m.: Timber Rattlesnakes.

August 2 - 2:00 p.m.: Come along on a walk with "Mrs. Cowan!" Learn how to encourage butterflies to visit your yard, and find out what plant species are hosts for the caterpillars of some common butterflies. Meet at the beach area.

These programs are free of charge and open to the public. 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 Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to noon; Thursday: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m.- to 1:00 p.m.

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