2009-08-20 / Local & State

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 State Park:

August 19 - 9:00 a.m.: Green Team Series: Digital Photography. All senior citizens are invited to learn how to use a digital camera, then participate in some nature photography in the park. Digital cameras will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. Meet at the Interpretive Center; 1:00 pm: 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 20 - 9:00 a.m: Butterfly Gardening. Learn about the life cycles of butterflies, discover local species of butterflies and moths, and find out what kinds of plants may attract butterflies to your backyard. Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center; - 1:00 p.m.: Child's Play. Young children will enjoy this program that includes a story, craft, and outdoor activity! Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

August 21 - 7:30 p.m.: Migration Magic. Many animals go through the annual process of migration. Find out why species migrate, where they travel to and from, and learn about some of the challenges that face local migratory species in this slideshow presentation at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

August 22 - 7:30 a.m.: Good Morning Kayak. The morning is still and steam rises from the water as the sun begins to warm the lake. A peaceful time of day as the night creatures are just drifting off to sleep and the creatures of the day are beginning to get active. Come enjoy a relaxing paddle to prepare for the day. Kayaks are limited, so please call 717-485-9018 to reserve one, or bring your own. Meet at the boat launch parking lot; 7:00 p.m.: Wild Wonderful Wetlands. What's so great about wetlands? Find out in this gentle walk suitable for all ages.

August 23 - 2:00 p.m.: Walk with Mrs. Cowan.

August 26 - 8:30 a.m.: Letterboxing. If you like treasure hunts, you'll love letterboxing! This form of geocaching requires no electronic devices, just some good riddle-solving skills. Can you find the treasure cache? This is a great family activity! Meet at the Amphitheater.

August 27 - 9:00 a.m.: Walk the Dog. Bring your four-footed companion for a morning walk around the lake. Meet at the Amphitheater; 1:00 pm: Child's Play. Young children will enjoy this program that includes a story, craft, and outdoor activity! Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

August 28 - 7:30 p.m.: Animal Signs. Searching for animal signs can be a fun and rewarding activity you can do anytime you're outside, whether it's in a park or in your own backyard. Learn about some common animal signs you might spot on your next outing in this program. Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center.

August 29 - 7:00 p.m.: Bye- Bye, Bats. Our bats will soon be heading toward their wintering caves, so we'd like to wish them well! Come enjoy some "bat" snacks, learn about these amazing creatures, and then watch as they make their first insect-eating flight of the evening. Meet at the Amphitheater.

August 30 - 8:00 a.m.: Good Morning Kayak. The morning is still and steam rises from the water as the sun begins to warm the lake. A peaceful time of day as the night creatures are just drifting off to sleep and the creatures of the day are beginning to get active. Come enjoy a relaxing paddle to prepare for the day. Kayaks are limited, so please call 717-485-9018 to reserve one, or bring your own. Meet at the boat launch parking lot; 1:30 p.m.: Nature Photography Series: Using Nature in Photos. When out in nature, you can use natural objects to create wonderful pictures and emphasize your subject. In this program we will learn some easy common tricks to use nature to improve your pictures. We will look at framing, lines, and depth in addition to other elements. Meet at the Amphitheater; 5:30 p.m.: Green Team Series: Wildflowers Walk. All senior citizens are welcome to join in a walk around the park to check out some wildflowers. Learn the names and some folklore of the park's beautiful bloomers. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Come along on a walk with Mrs. Cowan. Today's walk is for all the artists out there. Join us as we search for natural items to make some rubbings. 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 email at NRCowansEEPrograms@ state.pa.us.

Scheduled visitor hours for the Brightbill Interpretive Center this weekend are as follows: Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. to noon; Thursday- 2:00 p.m. to 4:00p.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.

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

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