Cowans Gap Lists 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:
Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25 – 9 a.m. to noon: DiscoverE Camp. Summer is a perfect time to get your children active in the great outdoors. Enroll your child in one of the exciting summer nature minicamps to get them outside to experience, explore and enjoy. Please see calendar of events for available dates and times at www.dcnr.state.pa.us
Friday, June 28 – 7 p.m. Tree ID. Join us at the nature center to discover how to identify our native trees using dichotomous keys. We will learn how to use the bark, twigs and leaves to determine what the tree is, and then put out knowledge to the test on a short walk.
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Yakin’ with the Bats. Enjoy an evening on the lake while we watch the bats come out for the night and swoop in for a drink. Bring your own 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 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.
Saturday, June 29 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wild Side of Weather Hike. Join George Barner, from Get Outdoors Pa., and enjoy a leisurely hike along the lakeside trail as you learn about the weather during several rest periods along the way. Learn how to read the clouds and learn about weather lore. Find out what weather sayings can help you out and which ones just leave you feeling wet. Learn how to look for changes in the weather to keep you and your family safe. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the park amphitheater.
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Photos at Sunset Hike. Bring the family out for some sunset photography. Before the sun sets you will learn what makes a good sunset, and we will share tips on capturing them with the camera. Then we will take a short hike for a great spot to watch the sunset. Everyone will have a chance to take pictures of the sun setting over Cowans Gap Lake. A limited number of park cameras are available for the program, or bring your own. Meet at the park amphitheater.
Sunday, June 30: 11 a.m. to 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.
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Pa Natural Symbols Walk: Join the naturalist for a walk through the park where we will discover the Pennsylvania natives that symbolize our state. Meet at the nature center.
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Park History. Stop by the park 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 .
Wednesday, July 3 – 4:30 p.m., Scat Chat: There are many things we can learn about the forest around us just from one pile left. Stop by the park amphitheater to find out how to tell what is going on in the woods.
8:30 p.m., Sundown Stroll – Join the park naturalist for a stroll around the lake as the sun sets over the mountain. Find out how the critters are preparing for the night and who is just waking up.
Thursday, July 4: 6:30 p.m., Beginners Kayak – Are you just learning to kayak and would like to learn some of the tricks to staying afloat? Or have you always wanted to try it, but never had the chance? This is your chance! This program is designed for the beginning kayak, but even seasoned paddlers are welcome to join us. Bring your own 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 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. to 10 p.m.: Star Gazing – Stop by the beach to discover the wonders of the night sky. Watch the twinkling stars, hear the lore and maybe see a meteor! A few telescopes will be available for use.
Friday, July 5: 4:30 p.m., Hike to the Overlook – Join the naturalist for a hike to the overlook that looks down on the park from above. Meet at the park office. Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.
8 p.m.: All About Herps – Stop by the nature center to discover who is slimy and who is scaly around the park. Take part in this interactive program to learn about the adaptations of these special creatures.
8:30 p.m.: Campfire Tales – Stop by the fire near the amphitheater to enjoy some local lore and history. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Saturday July 6: 4:30 p.m., Cowans Kids – Children ages 4-12 are invited to meet in front of the nature center for some games and fun in the sun!
7 p.m.: CSI: Mammology Division – Become a citizen science investigator as we use GPS on a scavenger hunt to search for clues to solve the mystery of who killed Little Brown Bat! GPS units will be available for use, or bring your own. Meet at the amphitheater
8:30 p.m.: Campfire with Mrs. Cowan – Join Mrs. Cowan by the fire near the amphitheater to hear her tale of coming to the Gap. She will discuss three wars, Indian routes and life in the wilderness.
Sunday, July 7: 3 p.m. to 5 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.
6 p.m. – Dads and Daughters Walk. It’s national “Fathers Take Your Daughters For a Walk Day,” so dads bring your girls on out for a walk in the park! Meet at the nature center.
For more information, contact Renae Saum, Environmental education specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by email at NRCowansEEPrograms@ state.pa.us. Cowans Gap State Park programs are free of charge and open to the public.