Parker Dam Announces Programs for January

PENFIELD – The following programs have been scheduled for the month of January at Parker Dam State Park.

Saturday, Jan. 5

 Winter for Wildlife: 11 a.m. Environmental Education Classroom

They don’t have the conveniences that we do to keep us warm through the winter, but wildlife are adapted in many unique ways to survive the cold.  Learn more about these many types of animals and their survival through the hardships of winter in the wild.

Learn to Cross-country Ski:  1 p.m. Environmental Education Classroom

(Note: There is a $3 fee for all participants of this program.)  

You’ll be given the opportunity to learn how to get strapped onto the proper sized equipment, why the skis work the way that they do, and then practice.  We’ll provide you with the equipment (limited number and sizes).  We now can provide equipment for children and youth also. 

Saturday, Jan. 12

Winter Trails Day

 Snowshoe Basics:  1 p.m. Environmental Education Classroom

We’ll begin inside with a quick discussion on the history, types, parts of various snowshoes, appropriate clothing, and other preparations.  Then, we’ll head outside to try snowshoeing (if there’s snow).  You’ll learn techniques for traversing up and down hills, along with other helpful hints to get you started.  At 1:30 p.m., we’ll head out for a short hike through the park as a part of Winter Trails Day.

Snowshoe Hike:  1:30 p.m. – outside Park Office

As part of Winter Trails Day, we will head out for a short hike through the park, about 1.5-mile on the Logslide and Stumpfield Trails.  There are a limited number of park snowshoes available to borrow for the program.

Saturday, Jan. 19


Learn to Ice Skate:  11 a.m.  

Beach House

We have skates to lend and the know-how to get you started.  You just need to want to learn (or practice to get better)!  You will learn the basics for going forward, turning, stopping, and most importantly, get the practice needed to make you more comfortable on the ice. 

Ice Fishing Basics:  1 p.m.

Beach House

Learn the basics to get started fishing the “hard water”. You will also learn how to be comfortable and safe while ice fishing on a frozen lake or pond.  We have a variety of equipment examples for you to look at and some rods for you to practice your technique.  If you’re 16 or over, bring your 2013 PA fishing license.  Also, dress appropriately for the weather, including boots to keep you dry. 

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27

Clearfield YMCA Winter Festival

Skates, sleds, snowshoes, skis, snowmobiles, and salamis?  This annual event has them all, along with fun for the entire family!  Join in the fun, or just watch and enjoy winter.  More details to follow in the future.

Note– Sledding, ice skating, and other winter activities at Parker Dam State Park:

When conditions allow, a sled riding area and an ice skating rink are maintained at the park.    Also, you can cross-country ski on 3 groomed trails (two loops) that total more than 5 miles, hike or snowshoe on nearly 17 miles of wintry trails, snowmobile out into the state forest, or participate in many other great winter activities.  Check the “Parker Dam State Park” Facebook page, the “Winter Report” at, or with the Park Office (814-765-0630) to learn of snow and ice conditions and the availability of facilities.

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