April Programs Announced at Parker Dam

PENFIELD – Staff members at the Parker Dam State Park have announced the programs to be held in April.

Saturday, April 2 

Morning Ride Along

10:30 a.m. – outside Park Office

Bring your bicycle for a ride down the CCC Trail as we discuss the events that led to the park’s current state.  On the way back, we’ll ride up Mud Run Road and discuss major events and activities that occur at the park each year.  The CCC Trail is over easy terrain that is best suited for mountain bikes.  Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and clothing and to bring along water.  Children under 12 must wear a helmet.

Woodcock Watch

7:45 p.m. – Tyler Cabin Area

Join your woodcock watch guide at the tornado display in front of the Tyler Cabin (Cabin Classroom) to witness the annual spring mating display flights of the Timber-doodle.  Learn how you can get close and observe the turkey-like strut of the male woodcock.  Dress for the weather.

Friday, April 8 

Welcome Fire and S’mores: 

7 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

Come one, come all!  Join us in starting off the 2016 camping season with the opening campfire program.  Leave your matches at home as we learn how to start a fire without them, followed by a brief history of our favorite campfire treat and s’mores making.  Comradery, warmth, and treats will be there to greet you.

Saturday, April 9

Woodcock Watch

7:45 p.m. – Tyler Cabin Area

Join your woodcock watch guide at the tornado display in front of the Tyler Cabin (Cabin Classroom) to witness the annual spring mating display flights of the Timber-doodle.  Learn how you can get close and observe the turkey-like strut of the male woodcock.  Dress for the weather.

Sunday, April 10 

Every Birdy Welcome!

10 a.m. – Beach House

Bring along a mug or cup for a hot beverage (coffee and tea provided), and we’ll set off on an easy walk to see what wildlife might be stirring around the park.  We’ll focus on seeing and hearing the many birds that call Parker Dam State Park home.

Friday, April 15 

Traveling Minstrels

7:30 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

Every year, during spring arrivals, we are presented with nature’s music as our feathered friends make their journey back north.  Take a moment this evening to enjoy this film as we learn all about these splendid migratory species.

Saturday, April 16

Fly-fishing Basics

6 p.m. – flagpole, near Cabin Road

Perhaps you have fished using a spinning rod in the past and want to try something new?  Join one of the park naturalists to be introduced to fly-fishing, discuss techniques, basic knots, and practice fly-casting.

You can keep up on what’s happening at the park by liking “Parker Dam State Park” on Facebook; and, you can find more information about state park programs and special events by logging on to the Bureau of State Parks Web site at www.VisitPAParks.com, and clicking on “Calendar of Events.”

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