2009-07-30 / Church News

Cowans Gap Activities

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Activities at Cowans Gap for the week are as follows:

August 4 - 10:00 a.m.: Nature Photography Series - For The Birds. Photographing birds can be tricky. In this lesson in the series, we will look at tips to help you get closer and capture the birds on camera. We will look at strategies for taking pictures of small birds, large birds, and even flying birds. Get there early to catch the early bird catching the worm. Meet at the amphitheater; 1:30 p.m.: Kayak Geocache - Learn how to use a GPS unit to find your way. Find out what a Geocache is and how to find them. Then hop aboard a kayak to learn more about the park and its natural resources as you use your new GPS skills for geocaching sites around the lake. Meet at the boat launch parking lot.

August 5: 8:30 a.m. - Wildflowers of Cowans Gap. Discover the flowering beauties of Cowans Gap on this unique scavenger hunt walk. Learn some history and folklore of each plant featured along the way. Meet at the amphitheater; 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.

August 7: 7:30 p.m. - Flower Dancers. If it were not for the flower dancers (bees, hummingbirds, bats and others), there would be no fruits and no seeds on earth. These tiny creatures do a tremendously important service for humans and all other creatures on the planet, which often goes overlooked. Discover the hidden lives of pollinators in this slideshow presentation suitable for all ages. Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

August 8: 7:00 p.m. - Insect Crafts. All children are invited to the Brightbill Interpretive Center for some neat insect crafts; 8:30 p.m. - Insects After Dark. Most people are familiar with butterflies, ladybugs and even stinkbugs! But what about insects of the night? Discover a whole new world of six-legged creatures on this walk in the dark. Meet at the amphitheater.

August 9: 2:00 p.m. - Walk with Mrs. Cowan. Come along on a walk with "Mrs. Cowan." On this gentle walk, visitors will discover the history of garbage, how trash is used to tell the stories of the past, and how today's litter is different from garbage of the past. Along the way, there will be opportunities for participants to help pick up some litter in the park. Meet at the beach area.

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 Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. to noon; 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.

For more information, visit 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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