Upcoming programs slated at Parker Dam State Park|
Saturday, December 28, 2013
The following programs are scheduled at Parker Dam State Park:
2 p.m., First Day Hike, outside park office.
This is the first hike of the new year and participants will traverse the Beaver Dam Trail, approximately 2-mile trek over easy to moderate terrain. If there is significant snow, this will be a snowshoe hike; equipment will be supplied.
It is a part of a national campaign of First Day Hikes across the country to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round use of America's state parks.
10 a.m., Showshoe Basics, Environmental Education Classroom
Learn the basics of snowshoes - why people use them, how they are made and how to get the proper fit. Historically, they were the way to get around in winter; now they are for enjoying all that winter in the outdoors has to offer.
10:30 a.m., Snowshoe Trek, outside park office
If there is good snow on the ground, participants will venture to the campground area and hike the Stumpfield and Logslide trails. The park has a fair number of snowshoes to borrow if you don't have your own. If conditions are poor, participants will stick to the day-use area and work on getting comfortable while on the snowshoes.
Dress appropriately for a winter hike in the outdoors, including comfortable boots.
2 p.m., Warm Wildlife in Winter, Environmental Education Classroom
They don't have the kind of shelters that people do to keep warm through the winter, but wildlife is adapted in many ways to survive the cold. Learn more about these animals and the many types of survival tricks that get them through the hardships of winter in the wild.
Winter Trails Day
Get out and enjoy one of the many trails in and around the park. Be sure to be prepared with layered clothing, water, proper footwear and a map. Remember too - the Leave No Trace ethics of the outdoors. Winter is a wonderful time to hike the trails.
Winter Family Festival
Sponsored by Clearfield YMCA
The two-day festival will start Jan. 25 with a Snowmobile Fun Run, and the opening of Clearfield YMCA's concession stand at the beach house. Past activities have also included a Blizzard Volleyball Tournament, ice-fishing basics, learn to ice skate and snowshoeing. Many activities will be dependent on snow and ice conditions.
Then, on Jan. 26, the festival will gear up again with an ice harvesting demonstration, snow box derby, snowshoe treks, frozen salami sling, backyard birding, cross-country ski basics, a snowman contest and other activities. Popular events include the Almost Naked Mile Run at 3 p.m. and the Polar Bear Swim at 4 p.m., which concludes the event.
Sledding and ice skating at Parker Dam are offered, when conditions allow, and a sled riding area and an ice skating rink are maintained at the park.
Check the Parker Dam State Park Facebook page or the "Winter Report" at www.visitPAparks.com to learn of snow and ice conditions and the availability of facilities.
Keep up on what's happening at the park by liking Parker Dam State Park on Facebook, and find more information about state park programs and special events by logging on to the state Bureau of State Parks website and clicking on "Events Calendar."