2012-07-12 / Sports

Cowans Gap Actvities

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:

Friday, July 20: 4:30 p.m., Natures Trivia Gam. Think you know a lot about nature? Come to the Nature Center to find out just how much you know by playing natures trivia game. Bring a team or play on your own.

6:30 p.m., Tree ID. Meet at the nature center to learn how to identify some of our native trees using diconomous keys. We will look at the leaves, bark and twigs of the trees while taking a short walk.

8 p.m., Tree Medicines. For centuries the native trees and plants of the area have been used to heal the sick. Meet at the amphitheater to learn some of the remedies and lore of the trees surrounding the park.

Saturday July 21, 3 p.m., Wildflower Walk. Join the park naturalist for a stroll around the park as we look for some of the seasonal beauties that are in bloom. Meet at the beach house.

7:30 p.m., Tree ID from the Water. Join the park naturalist as we paddle around the lake and identify the local trees growing on the shore. Bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours: A few singleperson kayaks and one 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 and will be provided. Meet at the amphitheater.

9 p.m., Night Hike. Meet at the amphitheater for a stroll through the park to investigate some of the creatures of the night at Cowans Gap. We will learn some of the amazing adaptations these critters have acquired in order to survive in their dark world.

Sunday, July 22, 9 a.m., Walk with Mrs. Cowan. Enjoy a Sunday morning stroll around the lake as Mrs. Cowan tells her tale. A secret wedding, an Indian chief and a log cabin all contribute to the story of how Cowans Gap came to be named. Meet at the beach house.

11:30 a.m., Natures cleanup Crew. Without the cleanup crew, our world would be a very disgusting place! Turkey vultures, opossums and scavenging beetles all help rid our world of dead things. Come learn about these and other members of the cleanup crew in this slideshow presentation at the Brightbill Interpretive Center at 11:30 a.m.

1 p.m., Skull Scatter at the Beach. Come to the table by the beach house to find out how many of our local creatures you can identify by just their skulls!

Monday, July 23, National Mosquito Day, 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, Bugs! Bring your preschool-age children to the park for some fun and learning! Learn about some of the bugs you will find at Cowans Gap. 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.

For more information, contact Renae Saum, environmental education specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by email at NRCowansEEPro grams@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.

Anyone needing special accommodations to attend a program, 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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