2013-06-06 / 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 at Cowans Gap State Park:

Monday, June 17: 10:30 a.m. – Birding By the Box. Come learn about cavitynesting 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.

Noon-2 p.m. – See the Park Series. Every Monday this summer we will set out from the nature center to explore a different trail in the park. This week we will be headed to the top of the park on the Knobsville Road to the overlook. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

Friday June 21: 7 p.m. – Who Lives in the Lake. All kinds of interesting things live in the lake: fish, frogs and even jellyfish, just to name a few. Discover some of these amazing creatures and see them live on the big screen at the nature center.

6 p.m.-9 p.m. – Weather Hunt at the Nature Center. How do you hunt for weather? With a scavenger hunt, of course! Stop by the nature center to pick up your list and see if you can figure out how to get all that weather in your bag. The center will also be open for you to enjoy our natural history displays.

8:45 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 and how they compare to you. Meet at the amphitheater

Saturday, June 22 – 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. – Compass Chaos. Starting at the amphitheater, you will learn how to use a compass then test your new skills following coordinates around the park. Will you find the finish line?

8:45 p.m. – Bat Count! Be a part of scientific research and help us monitor our bat populations. Meet at the amphitheater, no experience necessary. You may want to bring a blanket or camp chair to sit on.

Sunday, June 23: 9 a.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 is important to know. Meet at the park office.

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. Enjoy some tracking fun while you are there.

For more information, contact Renae Saum 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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