2013-07-18 / 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, August 1: 10 a.m. Edible Plant Walk – Meet the naturalist at the office where we will set out on a stroll around the lake to learn some of the tasty plants in the area. Find out what to avoid and what to make a meal of!

Friday, August 2: 8:30 p.m. – campfire tales. Join at the amphitheater fire ring for some local folklore and stories. Bring a blanket or camp chair to sit on.

Saturday, August 3: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Capture The Butterfly. Regional environmental education specialist George Barner will be here for a butterfly photography session at the nature center garden. Get some tips on photographing butterflies, and then try your hand at it. Exchange tips with other butterfly photographers. Use your own camera or borrow one of the park’s cameras. Bring water and a little patience and you might just capture the butterfly. Meet at the Amphitheater.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Backyard Bass Fishing – Who needs water to fish? Bring the entire family out to try some fishing for backyard bass. Learn the art of casting the rod and reel and then practice by casting at targets and catching backyard bass. Great fun for the kids! Come anytime between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to join the fun. Meet at the beachhouse field.

Sunday, August 4: 2:30 p.m. – Five Senses Walk. Meet at the interpretive center to head out for a walk around the park where we will play some interactive games along the way to discover how the animals use their senses to survive. Fun for all ages to find out how well you use your own senses!

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Kayak Scavenger Hunt. Meet at the amphitheater to set out on a scavenger hunt by boat! See if you can find everything on the list and be the first one to win a prize! Bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours, we even have a tandem kayak you can use. Kayak reservations must be made in advance by calling Renae Saum at 717-485-3948 or registering at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Participants must be at least 12 years of age, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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