2013-10-03 / 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:.

Saturday, October 12: 11 a.m.– Geocaching 101. Join the naturalist at the amphitheater to discover the high tech fun of geocaching! We will learn to use GPS units to find hidden treasure in the park. You may borrow one of our units or bring your own.

1 p.m. – Cowans Gap 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.

3 p.m. – Fall Foliage Walk. The trees should be in almost peak color. Join the naturalist for a stroll around the lake and learn what makes the trees give us such a spectacular show. Meet at the interpretive center.

Sunday, October 13: 2:30 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?

4:30 p.m. – PA Natural Symbols Walk. Meet at the interpretive center to set out on a hike up the One Mile Trail where we will discover some of the natives that symbolize our state. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes.

1 p.m. – Plessinger Trail Hike. Meet at the park office to head out for a walk along the Aughwick Creek on the Plessinger Trail. This trail tends to have a few muddy spots, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes!

Thursday, October 17: 11 a.m. – See the Park Series. Overlook Hike – Leave from the park office with the naturalist for a walk up the Knobsville Road to the overlook. See the park from above. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

Friday, October 18: 11 a. m. – Lakeside Tales. Bring your preschoolers to the amphitheater (interpretive center if it is raining) for a story or two, a craft and an activity.

1 p.m. – Tracking! Join the park naturalist at the interpretive center to learn some of the tricks to finding our furry and feathered residents at the park. We will go on a short hike in search of evidence of who has been around.

Saturday, October 19: Harvest Day Celebration – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Harvest Day Celebration.We will be celebrating the fall harvest with activities at Pavilion #2. Pumpkin carving, seed roasting, hot apple cider, foliage walks, fall games and crafts, and a Tricky Trail are just a few of the activities.

Monday, October 21: 1 p.m. – Plessinger Trail Hike. Meet at the park office to head out for a walk along the Aughwick Creek on the Plessinger Trail. This trail tends to have a few muddy spots, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Friday, October 25: 11 a.m. – Lakeside Tales. Bring your preschoolers to the amphitheater (interpretive center if it is raining) for a story or two, a craft and an activity.

3 p.m. – Fall Foliage Walk. The trees should be in almost peak color. Join the naturalist for a stroll around the lake and learn what makes the trees give us such a spectacular show. Meet at the interpretive center.

Saturday, October 26: 1 p.m. – Whoodunnit Mystery. Something is amiss in Little Critterville. Become a detective and help us analyze the evidence, question the suspects and hear from the witnesses as we try to determine who is guilty. Meet at the interpretive center to be part of this interactive murder mystery!

3 p.m. – Edible Plants Walk. Join the park naturalist for a stroll around the park where we will discover what plants are healthy to eat and which ones are not. Meet at the interpretive center.

Sunday, October 27: 2:30 p.m. – Nature Magnified. See nature up close on the big screen at the interpretive center. Stop by to discover some of the hidden beauty found in the smaller things that live at the park.

4:30 p.m. – Cowans Gap 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. Also, the CCC flag has returned to the park. Be sure to stop by to see it!

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 us through the DCNR State Parks homepage at www.visitPAparks.com or visit the Pennsylvania Tourism homepage at www.visitPA.com.

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