2010-06-17 / Family

Cowans Gap Lists Upcoming Activities

June 23 – Birding by the box

Come learn about cavitynesting birds on this gentle walk in the park. Along the way we’ll peek inside the park’s nesting boxes to see if anyone’s using them! Meet at the Amphitheater at 9:00 a.m. to participate in this walk.

Child’s play

Bring your preschool-age children to the park for some fun and learning! Today’s theme is what lives in water. 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 a.m.

June 25 – What scat is that?

The signs animals leave behind can give us valuable clues: who’s been here, what they were doing, even what was for lunch! Come discover some of the many signs you may encounter at Cowans Gap or your own backyard. This program will be held at the Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m.

June 26 – Bat party

Come celebrate bats! Learn what makes these nighttime fliers so special and why they are so important to our planet. (Here’s a hint: If you don’t like mosquitoes, then bats are your friends!) There will be snacks for everyone and prizes for the kids! Be sure to stick around for our bat count right after the party. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Amphitheater.

Bat count

Help us count the summer resident bats of Cowans Gap! This is part of on-going research at this site and across the state to gauge the overall health of our region’s bat populations. Kids are welcome to count, but we need reliable adults to count for our official tally. Instruction will be provided on the best way to count the bats, and no experience is necessary. The bat count will begin at the bat boxes near the Amphitheater at 8:00 p.m. Bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on.

June 27 – For the birds

Stop by the display table near the beach house to learn what you can do to give birds a helping hand! This activity will be available from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Flower dancers

If it weren’t for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other flower dancers, we’d have no seeds and no fruits. Explore the magic of flower pollination and the tiny creatures that make it possible. After becoming acquainted with some of these creatures, we’ll travel to the park’s wildlife garden to try and spot some of them in action! Meet at the Brightbill Interpretive Center at 5:30 p.m. to participate.

For more information, contact Beth Garner, environmental education specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by email at NRCowansEEPrograms@ state.pa.us. An online calendar of events featuring upcoming programs can also be viewed by visiting the DCNR state parks homepage at www.visitPAparks.com. Cow ans Gap State Park programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Scheduled visitor hours for the Brightbill Interpretive Center this weekend are as follows: Fri: 3:00-6:00 p.m.; Sat: 3:00-6:00 p.m.; Sun: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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-PAPARKS (voice); 888-537- 7294 (TTY); 711 (AT&T Relay Service).

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