IN THE PARKS
Bald Eagle State Park, Howard
Through April 19 — Spring Bird Walk Series, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays (except for April 12). Meet at the main park office, then explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned. These bird walks are an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to learn more about bird identification and observation but are geared toward experts too.
March 31 — Spring Homeschool Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet at Pavilion 6 near the beach area. The park and Penn State’s Recreation, Park and Tourism Management class have teamed together to provide a day of fun and learning. Participants will learn about native mammals, view live birds of prey close up, learn how to use a compass, construct a rustic shelter, discover leave no trace in the wild, and make a natural photo frame to take home. Registration is requested and may done online at the website wondersofthewild.weebly.com, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 814-625-9369. In the case of extremely bad weather, the event will be postponed to April 6.
April 1 — Bluebird Bonanza, 1:30 p.m. Those who want to build a bird box in addition to attending this event should call to register. There is no fee and tools and equipment are provided. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.
April 8 — Spring Cleanup Day, 9 a.m., meet at the Environmental Learning Center. Registration encouraged by April 6 by calling 814-625-9369. Gloves and gear provided. Coffee provided at 8:30 a.m.
April 15 — Saturday Morning Stroll, 10 a.m. Explore the trails with the park naturalist. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Participants will walk about 2 miles; bring water. Registration encouraged by calling 814-625-9369.
April 15 — Educational Eagle Film and open house at the learning center, 1 p.m. Film is 30 minutes long.
Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette
March 26 — Fantastic Fungi, 1 p.m.
State Park, Waterville
April 15 — Fish Identification, 10 a.m.
April 15 — Eagle Watch, 12:30 and 2 p.m. Use provided binoculars and spotting scopes to view the eagles in and around their nest, which is about 800 feet from the viewing area upstream from the boat launch area.
R.B. Winter State Park, Mifflinburg
April 13 — Homeschool Field Day: Vernal Views, 10 a.m. to noon. Register by calling the office. Ages 7 to 13 will learn about vernal pools and the creatures that live in them.
April 19 — Homeschool Day: Streams, Rivers and Watersheds, 9:30 a.m. Register by April 12 by calling the office. Middle and high school-age students will discover life in waterways and build a watershed model. Guest speaker Carol Parenzan will explain her duties as a Susquehanna Riverkeeper. Wear clothing and shoes that can get wet.
Sinnemahoning State Park, Austin, Cameron County
April 8 — Photography Workshop: Capturing Wildlife Images, 8 a.m. The last of a three-day workshop concludes with a sesson taught by Bill Potter. Tickets may be purchased by calling the park office.