2010-07-08 / 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.

July 14 – Child’s Play. Bring your preschool-age children to the park for some fun and learning! Today’s theme is butterflies. 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.

July 16 – Invaders! There are alien invaders all around us, but most folks never know they exist. Yes, that’s right; we’re being infiltrated by enemies that we don’t even recognize! Arm yourself with the knowledge to identify these invaders, and learn how we can all do battle with these non-native plant and animal species. This program will be held at the Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m.

July 17 – Bat Day: Bat Crafts. Celebrate bat day at Cowans Gap: Come by the Brightbill Interpretive Center to make some fun bat crafts! There will be crafts appropriate for all age levels. Bat crafts will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bats! Discover the lives of these little winged creatures of the night. Find out why they prefer nighttime, what they’re doing at Cowans Gap, and why we need bats in our world. Then pick up some tips on how you can help the bats in your neighborhood! Meet at the Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m.

Bat Count. Help us count the summer resident bats of Cowans Gap! This is part of ongoing 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 8:15 p.m. Bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on.

July 18 – Skull Scatters. Stop by the display table near the beach house to check out some animal skulls! Can you identify them all? Test your skills and learn how teeth can tell you what an animal eats. This display will be available from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Mrs. Cowan Story. Come to the Amphitheater to hear the story of Mrs. Mary Mueller Cowan, one of the original settlers of the land that is now Cowans Gap State Park. “Mrs. Cowan” will share the story of her childhood growing up in Revolutionary-era Boston, her marriage to a soldier, and their lives together on the newly settled frontier. This program begins at 5:30 p.m. and is suitable for all ages.

For more information, contact Beth Garner, environmental education specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by e-mail at NRCowansEEPrograms@ state.pa.us. An online calendar of events featuring upcoming programs can also be viewed by visiting the DCNR State Parks at www.visitPAparks.com.

Cowans 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: Friday: 3:00-6:00 p.m; Saturday: 3:00-6:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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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