2012-05-31 / Entertainment

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:

Friday, June 8: 3 p.m. – Kayak Photo Hunt. Come enjoy a scavenger hunt on the water. Paddle around the lake to find all the items, take a photo and return to the nature center for a prize. Bring your own kayak and camera 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.

6 p. m. – Tracks and Traces Walk. Join the park naturalist for a walk while we search for evidence of animal life. Discover some of the signs that they have been there and why it’s important to know. Meet at the beach house.

7:45 p.m. – Bat Talk & Bat Count: A short program about bats will be held at the amphitheater then stay to 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.

Saturday June 9: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Recycled Feeders. Come to the nature center to create a bird feeder out of recycled materials. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please register online or by calling Renae Saum at 485-9018.

6 p.m. – Binoculars, Birds & Books: Have you gone birding and not had any luck? Have you watched the birds from your window and wondered what kind they were? Meet at the amphitheater to learn the proper way to focus binoculars, use field guides and the best ways to see birds; 8:15 p.m. – Night Hike: Join the park naturalist for a stroll as the sun disappears and night sets in. Learn about the special adaptations of creatures of the night. Meet at the amphitheater.

Sunday June 10: 9:30 a.m. - 5 – Senses Walk. Join the park naturalist for a stroll around the lake while discovering about our five senses and how the animals at Cow- ans Gap use these senses as well. Designed for younger children, but fun for all ages! Meet at the beach house.

3 p.m.: Hopping Happening. Meet at the amphitheater for a talk about our lakeside friends ... frogs!

Monday June 11, 10 a.m., Birding by the Box. Come learn about cavity-nesting 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 park office.

1 p. m., Child’s Play – Frogs. Bring your preschool age children to the park for some fun and learning. Today’s theme is frogs. 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 1:00 pm.

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