2013-05-23 / 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 public programs:

Thursday, June 6: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Lakeside Tales. Preschool-aged children are invited to join the naturalist at the amphitheater for a story or two overlooking the lake. Also make a craft and perhaps play a game.

Noon-2 p.m. – Nature Center Open. Stop by the Brightbill Interpretive Center to view or history and wildlife displays.

Friday June 7: 7 p.m. – Cowans Gap History. Join the park naturalist at the nature center 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 who helped build the structures you see around the park today.

8: 30 p. m.: Owl Prowl. Meet at the nature center for a night hike in search of these nocturnal predators. Learn some of their unique features that make them such versatile hunters in the forests after dark.

Saturday, June 8: 4:30 p.m., Cowans Kids. Children ages 5-12 are invited to the front of the nature center for some fun and games and a little scientific exploration.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Wing Gap Kayak. What is a wing gap and how is it formed? Join in for a paddle around the lake where we will look at some of the unique features that helped form Cowans Gap. Bring 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 by 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 and will be provided. Meet at the amphitheater.

8:30 p.m.: Campfire Tales. Look for the campfire by the amphitheater and join us for some local folklore. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

Sunday, June 9: 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 a.m.-2 p.m. – Nature Center open. Stop by the Brightbill Interpretive Center to explore some of the local history and discover some of the wildlife.

For more information, contact Renae Saum, environmental education specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by e-mail 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.

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