In the parks
Bald Eagle State Park, Howard
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.
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.
Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport
Office: Call Lyman Run park at 814-435-5010, or 814-435-1037
Programs will be held at the Night Sky Viewing Area, opposite the gated Astronomy Field. If the sky is unfavorable for stargazing, an alternative program may be held. Programs will be cancelled in the event of rain.
NOTE: Call the office for updates regarding road construction that may affect access to the park.
April 2 — Nightscapes Photography Workshop, 8 to 11 p.m. Curt Weinhold, a PA Wilds juried artisan, will teach a maximum of 10 people how to photograph constellations and the Milky Way. A fee is charged and register is due by 3 p.m. April 20. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the park for more information.
Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette
April 2 — Go Fish. Call for time.
April 8 — Vernal Pools. Call for time.
April 9 — Predators of the Sky. Call for time.
April 15 — Spring Peeps. Call for time.
April 22 — Story Time, 10 a.m.
April 22 — Nature Crafts, 3 p.m.
April 23 — All About Elk, 1 p.m.
Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro
Though May 27 — Saturday Morning Birding Series, 8 to 10 a.m. Attendees will meet at the park office, then drive to a nearby starting location in the park. Members of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will lead these walks that will highlight the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in or migrate through area parks. Bald eagles often are seen as well as ospreys that frequent Hills Creek Lake. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear subdued clothing and sturdy shoes. Walks usually last two hours and are at a slow pace and a limited distance. If the weather is inclement, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep optics, as well as participants, dry. See the club’s website for updates on what’s been seen lately and other helpful local birding information.
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.
April 22 — Volunteers Spring Cleanup, 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed for raking leaves in the campground, litter and brush cleanups, trail maintenance, tidying the park’s butterfly and wildflower gardens and other projects. If you or your group would like a hands-on way to celebrate Earth or Arbor Day, contact the park office for details.
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.