Programs Announced at Parker Dam

PENFIELD – Staff members at Parker Dam State Park have announced the program schedule for July 29-31.

Friday, July 29

Castor Canadensis – The Beaver

3 p.m. – Environmental Education Classroom 

We just celebrated Big Wet Rodent Day (July 26th; did you?).  Come learn about the many adaptations that help beavers survive in their environment.  We may even provide some tips of where to see them.

Welcome Fire and S’mores: 

7:30 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

Creating fire without a match or lighter may seem difficult, but with a little insight into the materials and methods required, you can become a pro, or at least save your life if need be.  Once we get a good fire going; sit back, relax, and make a s’more to kick off your visit to the park.

Saturday, July 30

Civilian Conservation Corps Trail

10 a.m. – CCC Museum 

Hike this easy terrain and learn about the local CCC history and the beginnings of the park.  It’s nearly two miles out and back.  Please wear appropriate footwear.

Finding Water

3 p.m. – Environmental Education Classroom 

Water is a precious resource many of us take for granted.  Ever wonder how one could gather clean drinking water if stranded in the wilderness?  Find out several ways in which, if needed, you could find and collect water for survival.

Wild Edibles Walk and Talk

6 p.m. – Environmental Education Classroom 

How much do you know about the wild buffet that surrounds you when you stroll outside?  Many of our plants can be used for sustenance. Learn about several of them, as well as how to identify and use them.

…In the Long Run: 

8:30 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

As America’s first professionally trained forester, Gifford Pinchot worked to protect natural resources for “the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run.”  Come enjoy this insightful look at an important Pennsylvanian.

Sunday, July 31

Meeting Trees

3 p.m. – Beach House 

Meet for story time as we head to the picnic area near the Beach House.  This week’s story takes a look into the world of trees and what makes each tree unique from the other.  This story is best suited for children between the ages of 4 and 10 years.

Tea and Talk

7 p.m. – Beach House steps 

Bring your own cup or mug (for hot beverages) and try some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park.  Talk subjects are always open for discussion…come with some idea of what you’d like to know more about, learn, or share.  Sunday evening Tea and Talk has been going on for many years; come be a part of the tradition.

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