PENFIELD – Several upcoming programs have been slated at the Parker Dam State Park.
Thursday, July 16
What’s in Laurel Run?:
11 a.m. – near campground road bridge
It is a beautiful waterway, but many might be surprised to learn what can be found below the surface of the stream. Come find out about the creatures, cycles, and processes that occur in this stream.
Friday, July 17
iPad Nature Apps Review:
8:30 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater
Staff will be reviewing some of the apps that we use on the park’s iPad. ID apps for birds, bugs, bats, night sky, and more.
Saturday, July 18
CCC Trail Hike:
10 a.m. – parking area near Pavilion 7/Sugar Shack
Hike this fairly easy trail that traverses parts of the park that have been affected by both man and nature. Staff will discuss some of the major changes the area has witnessed, as well as any interesting items along the trail. You will hike out and back, totaling about 1.75 miles.
The Ruffed Grouse:
2 p.m. – Beach House steps
It is an important bird to Pennsylvanians, but there are problems that are dwindling its population in the Keystone State. Learn more about the Ruffed grouse, its importance, and what’s happening to it.
How to Make a Solar Power Generator, and Beyond: 8:30 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater
Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of those noisy, smelly, gas-powered generators, you could use a quiet, clean power source for electricity? Staff will teach you the basics of what you need to know in order to put together your own solar generator. Also find out how DCNR is using solar energy in many of its State Parks and Forests.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 21, 22, and 23
DiscoverE – Penn’s Adventurers:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day
For ages 9 – 12; pre-registration is required.
This year participants will be studying the natural symbols of Pennsylvania: White-tailed Deer, Ruffed Grouse, Brook Trout, Pennsylvania Firefly, Eastern Hellbender, along with the Eastern Hemlock, Mountain Laurel, and others. Contact the park at 814-765-0630 to register.
Note to visitors attending educational and interpretive programs at the park: Program attendees are advised that they must have face coverings in their possession, social distancing will be required during the program, and attendance will be limited. Your cooperation is appreciated.
You can keep up on what is happening at the park by liking “Parker Dam State Park” on Facebook; and, you can find more information about state park programs and special events by logging on to the Bureau of State Parks Web site at www.VisitPAParks.com, and clicking on “Events Calendar.”