Programs Scheduled at Parker Dam

PENFIELD – The following programs have been scheduled for the weekend of May 2-4 at the Parker Dam State Park.

Friday, May 2

A Murder of Crows 

8 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater

They don’t always have the best of reputations, but crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world.  They’ve shown ability to use tools and recognize faces.  Crow scientists sing their praises and you will see captivating footage of their lifestyle.

Saturday, May 3

Intro to Backpacking 

2 p.m. – Beach House

It can be a daunting thought. Hiking with everything you will need to spend days, weeks, or even longer out on the trail.  But backpacking, especially with today’s equipment, can be a much more comfortable, and very rewarding experience.  You can get a hands-on look at some of the modern backpacking equipment that is available, and learn more about planning an outing, as well as available opportunities to give backpacking a try with minimal investment.

Woodcock Walk Along 

7 p.m. – Tornado Display- outside Cabin Classroom

Often mistaken for a Grouse when spooked, the Woodcock is characteristically different in many ways.  Join us at the northern end of the park as we discuss just how unique this species is.  Our discussion will be followed by a short walk in search of this amazing bird.

Sunday, May 4

Beaver Dam Trail 

2 p.m. – Beach House

We will travel through varying habitats where we may see diverse wildlife and their sign.  Part of the trail follows a historic railroad grade and you can learn about the park’s history along the way.  This two-mile loop is has easy terrain; please wear appropriate shoes.

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