PENFIELD – Several programs have been planned for Aug. 10-14 at Parker Dam State Park.
Thursday, Aug. 10
10 a.m.—Behind Beach House
Learn the basics of kayaking through this guided recreational program. Learn how to get in and out of one safely, how to make them move effectively, then play some kayak games to practice your skills. $3 fee. Register at the park office 814-765-0630.
Friday, Aug. 11
9 p.m.—West Bench Above Spillway
Learn some night sky constellations and wandering stars during this night-time program near the CCC Center. Learn our place in the solar system and how that affects what we see. There may even be a few “shooting stars” as the Perseid meteor shower will be starting up.
Saturday, Aug. 12
Scale Model Solar System
4 p.m.—Beach Area Sidewalk
Throw away the Styrofoam ball and dowel rod models and learn how to create a scale-model of our solar system that actually makes sense.
Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.—Beach Area
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for an evening of watching the night sky for the Perseid Meteor Shower. How big are these meteors? How fast are they moving? Where did they come from? Answers to these and other questions will be shared.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Tea & Talk
7 p.m.—Beach House Steps
Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk is, as always, whatever you want to talk about concerning the park. Come prepared with a topic or three.
Tea host: Jeremiah Irvin
Monday, Aug. 14
Coffee & Birds
9:30 a.m.—Beach House
Bring your own cup to enjoy some bird-friendly coffee (Chesapeake Coffee Roasters Bird Friendly Hellbender Blend), and then take a guided walk looking for our local birds.
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”.
Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. (Parker Dam State Park Complex: 814-765-0630; email@example.com)
With a minimum of one-week notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing may be available for educational programs.