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 upcoming public programs:
May 5: – Child’s Play. Bring your preschool-age children to the park for some fun and learning! Today’s theme is trees. Activities for this program may include a story, craft, outdoor exploration, or other activity. Playtime can sometimes be messy, so be sure your children are dressed in play clothes and shoes, and have appropriate attire for the outdoors. Child’s Play will begin at the Brightbill Interpretive Center at 11:00 am.
May 8: Birdie Bonanza! Today the Americas celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, a day to consider the lives of the birds who undertake incredible journeys every year to complete their breeding and over-wintering seasons. Many of the birds who call Cowans Gap “home” in the spring and summer have just lately arrived from Central and South America. These birds are actively involved in the process of finding mates, chasing off intruders, and nesting, and so are very fun to observe at this time of year. Come along for Breakfast with the Birds to check out some of these feathered friends on a gentle stroll. A light breakfast will be provided, but please bring your own beverage. Some binoculars and field guides will also be available for use, or you may use your own. This program begins at 8:30 am at the Brightbill Interpretive Center, and is best suited for ages 10 and up.
At 2:00 pm, bring your children to the Brightbill Interpretive Center for Birds for Kids. This program, designed for children ages 4-12, features a story, craft, and activity to help kids understand the lives of migratory birds.
Fly-Fishing Fun: Also guest instructor George Hammond will present programs on fly-fishing! At 10:00 a.m. he will feature a handson “Intro to Water Bugs.” Make your own net to capture some bugs, practice identifying them, and ask Mr. Hammond what kinds of fish find them tasty! Dress for getting in the water. Meet by the stream on the south end of the lake, near the bridge.
Then at 12:00 p.m., Hammond will share some tips for kids in Fly-Fishing for Beginners. Children are welcome to borrow a rod and practice their fly-fishing technique. Anyone age 16 and over must have a valid PA fishing license to cast a line. Meet near Pavilion 4.
For more information, contact Beth Garner, Environmental Education Specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by email at NRCowansEEPrograms@ state.pa.us. Cowans Gap State Park programs are free of charge and open to the public.
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).