2012-05-24 / 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 upcoming programs:

May 28: Fish for Free Day! 11 a.m.: Childs Play – Bats! Bring preschool-age children to the park for some fun and learning! Today’s theme is bats! Activities for this program may include a story, craft, outdoor exploration or other activity. Playtime can sometimes be messy, so be sure 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.

12: 30 p. m: Lake Side Greenery Walk. Join the park naturalist for a stroll along the lake to observe some of our native plants as their leaves finally unfurl for the summer. Be sure to bring water and wear comfortable shoes! Meet at the amphitheater

3 p.m.: Who Lives in the Lake? All kinds of interesting things live in lakes. Discover some of these amazing creatures in this presentation at the nature center.

May 31, 11 a.m.: Scavenger Hunt Kayak – Come enjoy a scavenger hunt on the water! Paddle around the lake to find all the items, and return them to the nature center for a prize! Bring own kayak or borrow one of ours. A few single-person kayaks and one tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling Renae Saum at 717-485-9018 or registering on line. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are required for this program. Meet at the amphitheater.

1 p.m.: One Mile Trail Hike. It may only be a mile but there are many interesting things to be found along this trail! Join the park naturalist at the trailhead, near parking lot #3, for a walk through this wooded area of the park. Be sure to bring water and sturdy shoes!

June 1, 4 p.m.: Evening on the Lake. Join the park naturalist as the day winds down for a paddle around the lake. See how evening looks from the water and who is coming in for an evening snack! Bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours: A few single-person kayaks and one tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling Renae Saum at 717-485-9018 or registering on line. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are required for this program. Meet at the amphitheater.

8 p.m.: Night Creatures. Meet at the amphitheater for a program about who wonders around the park while we are all sleeping. Find out about their special adaptations for life in the dark.

June 2, 2:30 p.m.: Owl Pellets. Come to the table by the beach house to examine what is left after an owl has his dinner! Can you identify what’s inside an owl pellet?

4 p.m.: Overlook Hike. Bring water bottle and wear sturdy shoes as we hike up Cove Mountain to the overlook, where you can view the lake and park from above! This is a moderate hike. Meet at the bridge by the Plessinger Trail head.

8 p.m.: Owl Prow. Meet the park naturalist at the nature center and together we will go in search of these night time hunters. Wear sturdy shoes for this moderate hike along the One Mile Trail.

June 3, 12:30 p.m.: Woodland Critter Walk. Join the park naturalist as we stroll around the lake in search of evidence of what creatures live here at Cowans Gap. If we are lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of some of these elusive critters. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

2 p.m.: Afternoon Kayak. Come out and enjoy and afternoon on the lake. Bring own kayak or borrow one of ours: A few single-person kayaks and one tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling Renae Saum at 717-485-9018 or registering on line. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are required for this program. Meet at the amphitheater.

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

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