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Saturday, August 27, 2016

HILLS CREEK AND CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARKS SEPT. 2-4, 2016 ACTIVITIES

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

Tour of the Canyon
Friday, Sept. 2, at 8:30 p.m., Shea Maier will present Tour of the Canyon, a free, one-hour program about her days of leading horse-drawn covered wagon tours in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. She will discuss flora, fauna and geology and share canyon tales. The program will be at the park’s amphitheater. No registration is required.

Black Bears in Pennsylvania
Find out why black bears are doing better in Pennsylvania than any other state during this free, one-hour program at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at the park's Nature Center Pavilion. No registration is required.

Canoe Tour
At 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, join the park naturalist at the beach area for a free, 1½-hour tour of Hills Creek Lake. Hear about the lake’s history, 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.

Pennsylvania’s Coyotes
Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m., learn where coyotes come from and how to identify them during this free one-hour program. Mounts, hides, skulls and demonstrations will help tell the story of Pennsylvania's largest wild canines at the park's Nature Center. Free. No registration is required.

To Register
For information about these free programs or to register for the canoe tour, 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.

THIS PARAGRAPH IS NOW CHANGED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:
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.
As of Aug. 22 until further notice, visitors to Cherry Springs traveling Route 6 West from Wellsboro and Mansfield need to use Route 6 West to Sweden Valley and then Route 44 South to Cherry Springs because West Branch Road is now closed for bridge repairs past the turn for Lyman Run State Park.

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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 or thunders, all programs will be cancelled.

Check http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/ChrSprPkPAkey.html for 48-hour cloud cover forecasts and viewing conditions.

Public Invited to Attend Star Party
Saturday, Sept. 3 from 8-11 p.m., the general public is invited to attend the Black Forest Star Party hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers at Cherry Springs State Park. Hundreds of telescopes will be set up on Astronomy Observation Field by the 475 visiting astronomers. Many of them are volunteering their scopes for the public to use to view the night sky. Take this opportunity to look through different types of telescopes and speak with the astronomers about them. Visitors are asked to park at the Night Sky Viewing Area and walk across Route 44 to Observation Field. Visitors must leave by 11 p.m. so the astronomers can get back to observing. Bring a small flashlight; red filters will be provided. No registration is required. Viewing for the public will be cancelled in the event of bad weather or sky conditions. To check to see if the public viewing will be held, call (814) 435-1037 or (814) 435-5010.

Solar Viewing
Look through the park’s specially filtered telescopes to take a closer look at the sun, view its features and learn how they impact planet earth during this free program on Sunday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Night Sky Viewing Area. No registration is required.

Magnificent Milky Way
The Magnificent Milky Way Night Sky Tour is being offered from 9-10:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 at the park’s Night Sky Viewing Area. Experience the splendor of the night sky and Milky Way during this new moon weekend. Learn about the constellations and the myths and legends about them during a laser-guided tour by park staff. Use the park's telescopes to explore the planets, star clusters and other deep space objects. This program is free. Pre-registration is required.

To Pre-register
Online registration for the Magnificent Milky Way Night Sky Tour is required. Visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/. 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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