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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


 Free activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs state parks.

At Hills Creek
WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park is at 111 Spillway Road, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road.

Most free programs will be at the park's Nature Center, which is located in the campground between B and C loop.

Otter and Fisher
On Friday, Aug. 19, from 8:30-9:30 p.m., find out about the Otter and Fisher, fun-loving members of the weasel family, reintroduction efforts made in the 1980s and today's rebounding populations during a free one-hour program at the Hills Creek State Park Nature Center Pavilion, 111 Spillway Road, near Wellsboro.

Canoe Tour
Register now for a free, 1½-hour Sunday canoe tour of Hills Creek Lake at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 or Sunday, Sept. 4. Hear about the lake’s history and management and discover wildlife along the way. Boats, paddles, and personal flotation devices will be provided. All participants, even those who bring their own equipment, are required to register by calling the park office at 570-724-4246.

Black Bears
Find out why black bears are doing better in Pennsylvania than any other state during a free program Sunday, Aug. 21 from 9-10 p.m. at the park's Nature Center.

Introduction to Archery
A free one-hour Introduction to Archery program for all ages is being given from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the park’s Nature Center. Instruction on proper shooting technique, safety and equipment selection will be presented. Equipment will be provided free to use at the program. An adult must accompany youth under 18. Pre-registration is required. Pre-register at the park office or by calling 570-724-4246.

Wildlife Management Tools
Friday, Aug. 26, at 8:30 p.m., join the park naturalist at the Nature Center for a free, one-hour program to learn about the wildlife management tools he uses.

Management of Black Bear
Tioga County Wildlife Conservation Officer Steven Brussese of the Pennsylvania Game Commission will present a free, one-hour program on Management of Black Bear at the Nature Center Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 p.m.

To Register
For information about these free programs or to register for a canoe tour or the Introduction to Archery program, call the park office at 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

At Cherry Springs

COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park is at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, 11.8 miles or about 20 minutes from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15.1 miles or about 21 minutes from Coudersport using Route 44.

Route 44 between the village of Oleona and the Lycoming County line is closed as work continues to rehabilitate more than 50 miles of weight-restricted roadway on Routes 44 and 144 in Potter County. A detour using Routes 220, 120 and 144 is in place. Work is expected to continue into September. Those traveling from Jersey Shore and points south should take Route 287 to Wellsboro or Route 15 to Mansfield. Then take Route 6 west to Galeton and follow signs to the park.

All visitors who plan to view the night skies are asked to arrive at the park before dark. People may observe on their own and do not have to attend a stargazing program. If it rains, all programs will be cancelled.

Check for 48-hour cloud cover forecasts and viewing conditions.

Summer Stars
The Summer Stars Night Sky Tour is being offered from 9:15-10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20 at the Cherry Springs State Park Night Sky Viewing Area. Learn about the summer constellations during a laser-guided tour by park staff and then use the park's telescopes to explore the planets, star clusters and other deep space objects. This program is free. Pre-registration is required.

Planet Parade
Kick off the one-hour Planet Parade Night Sky Tour at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 by seeing Venus and Jupiter come together for their tightest conjunction until the year 2065 at the park's Night Sky Viewing Area, Through telescopes view Saturn and its rings and during a laser-guided sky tour discover new constellations. This program is free. Pre-registration is required.

To Pre-register
Online registration for stargazing programs is required. Visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call (814) 435-1037 or (814) 435-5010.

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