Parker Dam Program Slated for July 13 – 22

PENFIELD- Staff members have announced the program schedule for July 13- 22 at the Parker Dam State Park.

Friday, July 13

Night Sky:  9:00 PM – bench near CCC Museum

If you are interested in learning more about the night sky and observing through some of the park’s optics, come to this program near the breast of the dam.  If you have binoculars, bring them along.

Saturday, July 14

Backpacking Basics:  10:00 AM – Environmental Education Classroom

Learn how this intimidating pursuit can be made less daunting with a little planning and the use of some key equipment.  It’s actually quite a rewarding activity.

Local Mushrooms, Guest Speaker: Karen Croyle:  3:00 PM – Environmental Education Classroom

A large diversity of fungi can be seen in our yards and forests.  Fungi play a huge role in most ecosystems.  Come for the discussion about mushrooms and the methods you can use to identify them.  Then take a walk to discover many types of fungi.

Matchless Fire:  8:00 PM – Campground Amphitheater

Learn how folks started fires before matches or lighters.  Fire by friction, flint and steel, and fire by compression will all be explored.

Fungi: PA’s Hidden Treasures:  8:30 PM – Campground Amphitheater

Learn more about mushrooms through this Wild Resource Conservation Fund DVD.  Fungi are much more than toadstools and such—we would not have a forest without them.

Sunday, July 15

Tea and Talk:  7:00 PM – Beach House steps

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park.  Talk is whatever interests you about the environment.  We will discuss solar energy a bit as well.  The Sunday evening Tea and Talk has been going on for many years—come and be a part of the tradition.

Friday, July 20

…In the Long Run:  8:30 PM – Campground Amphitheater

Celebrate PA’s conservation heritage by learning more about one of the fathers of the state’s conservation movement—Gifford Pinchot.  As a forester and governor, he helped pave the way for the natural bounty we enjoy in the Commonwealth today.

Saturday, July 21

Trail of New Giants and Vista:  9:00 AM – bench near CCC Museum

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle—you will need it.  This hike has some elevation change to it, especially getting to the vista which overlooks the park.

Solar:  1:00 PM – Beach House

How can we use the sun’s energy?  Learn some of the ways that the sun can be helpful to us.  Passive solar, photo-voltaic, solar thermal, concentrating solar, and more.

Black Bears:  6:00 PM – Beach House steps

Learn more about these amazingly adapted animals that roam the forests of PA.  Find out why they are so good at what they do and how so many of them survive in our forest.

A Beautiful Crusade:  8:30 PM – Campground Amphitheater

The first woman to hold a job in PA government, Mira Lloyd Dock served on the Forest Commission and led many to the idea of conserving resources.  Learn more about our conservation heritage and this little known, yet very important part of it.

Sunday, July 22

Tea and Talk:  7:00 PM – Beach House steps

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park.  Talk is whatever interests you about the environment.  We will discuss solar energy a bit as well.  The Sunday evening Tea and Talk has been going on for many years—come and be a part of the tradition.

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