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 29: 3 p.m. to 6 pm – Nature Center: The park interpretive center will be open for you to explore or bring your questions to the naturalist.
6:30 p.m.: Tree ID Kayak. Join the park naturalist as we paddle around the lake and try to identify the trees surrounding it. Bring own kayak or borrow one of ours. A few single-person kayaks andone tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling Renae Saum at 717-485- 9018 or by registering online. 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 amphitheater.
8:30 p.m. – PA Symbols: Come to the nature center to learn about the Pennsylvania natives that symbolize our state and find out where at Cowans Gap you may find some of them.
Saturday, June 30: National Meteor Day. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Nature Center. Stop by the interpretive center to explore our local wildlife and history. While there, make your own star chart for our evening meteor watch!
8:30 p.m. – Meteor Watch: Bring your blanket or chair and come to the beach area to enjoy the view of this month’s meteor shower and hear some of the lore and legends of the stars.
Sunday July 1, 8:30 a.m. – Litter Walk: Join the park naturalist for a walk along some of the trails in the park to clean up some of the trash our visitors leave behind. Bring gloves if you like. Meet at the bridge by the Plessinger Trailhead.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – BackyardBassFishing: Come out to the beach area for some fishing practice in the backyard. Learn how to cast a fishing pole and then practice as you cast at targets and try to catch backyard bass. Great activity for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday July 2 – 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– Childs Play: Star! Bring your preschool-age children to the park for some fun and learning. This week our theme is stars. 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 p.m.
Wednesday July 4, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Backyard Bass Fishing: Come out to the beach area for some fishing practice in the backyard. Learn how to cast a fishing pole and then practice as you cast at targets and try to catch backyard bass. Great activity for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Snowshoeing at the Beach. You can snowshoe in the summer! Come to the beach area to learn the basics of snowshoeing using the sand as our snow.
8 p.m. – Cowans Gap History: Join the park naturalist at the amphitheater to learn about the history of the park – from the French and Indian War and a secret marriage to the CCC and the many boys that helped build the structures you see around the park today.