State parks to hold public activities
Bald Eagle State Park, Howard
April 19 — Spring Bird Walk Series, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Meet at the main park office, then explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned. Excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to learn more about bird identification and observation but are geared toward experts too.
May 13 — Bald Eagle Bird Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free; registration required and opens May 1. Learn about bird identification, bird watch by kayak, build a bluebird house to take home, experience live mammals and raptors, dissect owl pellets and take a woodcock walk.
Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport
Office: Call Lyman Run park at 814-435-5010 or 814-435-1037
April 22 and 29– 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 registration is due by 3 p.m. April 20 for the first class and by April 27 for the second. Email email@example.com or call the park for more information.
Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette
April 22 — Story Time, 10 a.m.
April 22 — Where Did the Bees Go, 1 p.m.
April 22 — Nature Crafts, 3 p.m.
April 23 — All About Elk, 1 p.m.
April 29 — Navigation by Compass, 1 p.m.
April 30 — Time for Turkeys, 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.
Kettle Creek State Park, Renovo
May 5 — Walk Along Kettle Creek, 3 p.m.
May 12 — Cavity Nesters of Kettle Creek, 3:30 p.m.
May 12 — Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Giants, 8 p.m.
Little Pine State Park, Waterville
May 6 — Girl Scout Day: Geocaching, 10 a.m. Free; register by 4 p.m. May 1.
May 13 — Pa. Songbirds Curriculum Workshop, 8:30 a.m. Fee applies. Call to register.
Ole Bull State Park, Cross Fork
May 5 — Walk the Nature Trail, 7 p.m.
May 12 — Cavity Nesters of Ole Bull, 3:30 p.m.
May 13 — Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Giants, 8 p.m.
R.B. Winter State Park, Mifflinburg
April 19 — Homeschool Day: Streams, Rivers and Watersheds, 9:30 a.m. Register 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.
Ricketts Glen State Park, Red Rock
April 21 — Earth Day Extravaganza for Homeschool Families, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Jean beach lot No. 2. Discover how you can conserve the earth by learning from experts who make conservation their job. Learn how to use recycled materials to make a nesting material dispenser for birds. Bring your own 2-liter soda bottle. Register by calling Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28 — Ricketts Ghost Town Walk, 1 p.m., visitors center.
Sinnemahoning State Park, Austin
April 22 — Earth Day Park Cleanup and CITO event, 9 a.m. Call to register.
April 22 — Fairy Garden Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., meet at park office and wildlife center. Fee applies and registration is required. Participants will be guided with step-by-step instructions and provided with a variety of natural and recycled materials to use in creating their own unique fairy garden. Each participant will be provided a planter box, soil, three plants and accessories. Participants may bring their own handheld garden tools and gloves.
Worlds End State Park, Forksville
May 1 to June 12 — Little Sprouts Gardening Series, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. In this Monday series, children ages 4 and 5 will be introduced to the joys of planting, tending, harvesting and eating their own produce as they cultivate a plot of bright flowers, fragrant herbs and tasty vegetables.