Programs scheduled at Prince Gallitzin State Park|
Monday, July 02, 2012
PATTON - The following programs are being offered at Prince Gallitzin State Park:
• 9-10 a.m., Kids' Bug Hunt, amphitheater
All children are invited to join the park naturalist in this hands-on discovery program. Find out what makes insects so special and then go on the hunt for some six-legged creatures. This program is best suited for children ages 4-12, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available for non-campers.
• 1-2:30 p.m., Nature at the Beach
Stop by the nature table at the campground beach for some hands-on learning. Try identifying some furs and skulls, and chat with the park naturalist.
• 10-11 a.m., For the Birds, amphitheater
Learn about the needs of birds and what you can do to give them a helping hand. Pick up information, check out the examples on display and make a bird-friendly craft out of recycled materials. Parking is available for non-campers.
• 10-11:30 a.m., GPS Scavenger Hunt: CSI -Mammalogy Division, amphitheater
Enjoy a mystery as you learn about geocaching. You will learn the basics of using a Global Positioning System unit in the forest and then search for clues to solve the mystery by geocaching. Will you be able to solve the crime? You will also learn how to become a member of Pennsylvania's Citizen Science Investigators. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.
• 3-4:30 p.m., Father/Daughter Hike, Point Trailhead parking lot
Celebrate Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day. Enjoy a hike along the trails at the park and enjoy some bonding time with your daughter. Hike the Deer and Footprint Trails and keep your eyes peeled for wonderful wildlife along the way, and enjoy a rest stop along the lake. The 1.5-mile hike is rated as easy to moderate hiking. Bring plenty of water and wear good hiking shoes. Mothers and sons are also welcome.
• 7:45-9:15 p.m., Bat Count, old barn along Long Road
Become a scientist for the evening: help count the bats of Prince Gallitzin. Before the counting begins, find out why bats are important creatures and how our world would not be the same without them. Learn about a disease that is attacking bats, and gather information on how you can give bats a boost. Then as darkness begins to descend, help tally the bats as they leave their daytime roosting area. With bat numbers declining all over the northeast, each count is extremely important in determining the status of local bat populations. Children are welcome to participate, but adults able to stay through to the end of the count are needed. Bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.
• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Nature Story and Craft, pavilion near campground
Join the park naturalist for a nature story, and then make a craft to take home. This activity is open to anyone who would like to participate, but is designed for children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• 2-3 p.m., Discover Prince Gallitzin! - Forest Ecology, Point Trailhead parking lot
Discover Prince Gallitzin State Park through a series of weekly programs. Each week will feature a different topic. Throughout the series, participants will learn how to become citizen scientists in their own backyard. This week, discover the forest on a walk in the woods. Find out how a forest functions, from the ground up. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for this approximately one-mile walk.
For more information, contact Beth Garner, environmental education specialist, at 674-1000 extension 105 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at www.visitPAparks.com.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.