2012-05-10 / Family

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 at Cowans Gap State Park:

May 19 –National Kids in Parks Day! 2 p.m. - Adaptations. Meet at the beach house to play a fun game while we learn about the amazing adaptations plants and animals use to survive in their environments.

4 p.m.: 5 Sense Walk- Join the park naturalist for a stroll around the lake while discovering about our 5 senses and how the animals at Cowans Gap use these senses as well. Designed for younger children, but fun for all ages! Meet at the beach house.

7p.m.: You can go “fishing” in the nature center to learn a little about these creatures. Then we will make one for you to take home. Preschool children and up. Meet at the nature center.

May 20: 11 a. m. - Plessinger Trail Hike. Meet the park naturalist at the trailhead by the bridge to enjoy a nature walk along Little Aughwick Creek. Search for members of the stream-side community such as wildflowers, butterflies, turtles, and frogs. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle!

3 p.m.: Turtles of Pa. – Come to the amphitheater to be introduced to the various species of turtles found in Pennsylvania. Also learn some of the reasons turtle populations are on the decline and what you can do to lend a helping hand.

May 21: 11 a.m. - Child’s Play, turtles. Bring your preschool age children to the park for some fun and learning! Today’s theme is turtles. 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 a.m.

Noon to 3 p.m.: Family Backpack Adventure- Is your family looking for something to do this afternoon? Why not go on an adventure! Stop by the nature center to pick up a themed, loaner backpack with activities and materials to spend a couple fun hours together in the outdoors. Themes may include butterflies, insects, birds, preschool activities, or others.

4 p.m.: Photo Scavenger Hunt. Have some fun with this environmentally-friendly scavenger hunt! First, pick up a page of clues at the Brightbill Interpretive Center. Then use these clues to find the objects, but rather than gather the objects, simply snap a digital photo of each thing on the list. Once you’ve found them all, return to the Center and receive a prize! Some cameras may be available to borrow, or bring your own. The hunt begins at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Renae Saum, 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.

For more information, visit www.visitPAparks.com or visit the Pennsylvania Tourism homepage at www.visitPA.com.

Anyone needing special accommodations to attend a program should contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 888- PA- PARKS (voice); 888-537-7294 (TTY); 711 (AT&T Relay Service)

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