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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State Parks.

At Hills Creek

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 in the park's Nature Center area located in the campground between B and C loop.

Black Bears in Pennsylvania
Find out why black bears are doing better in Pennsylvania than in any other state from having the largest average weights to earlier breeding ages to larger average litter sizes. This free, one-hour program will be at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the park's Nature Center Pavilion. No registration is required.

Fish-for-Free Day is May 28
Sunday, May 28, is Fish-for-Free Day at Hills Creek Lake. No one needs a fishing license. All other fishing regulations still apply. Tackle will be available by request throughout the day. No registration is required.

Fishing, Filleting Demo
On Sunday, May 28, a special presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in the beach area about how to get more out of fishing by learning about habitats, bait, tackle, fishing knots and different equipment to add to anglers' enjoyment and success. That will be followed near the park concession stand around 6:30 p.m. by a 30-minute filleting demonstration, including a sampling of cooked, freshly caught fish. Registration is required. Tackle is limited so register now by stopping at the park office or calling 570-724-4246.

Bald Eagles in Tioga County
On Sunday, May 28, at 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center area, join special guest and eagle guru Matt West to learn more about the bald eagle and its return to this area. This program is free. No registration is required.

To Register
Information about Hills Creek programs is available online at For information about the free program about black bears or to register for the Family Fishing & Fillet program, stop at the park office or call 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

At Cherry Springs

Cherry Springs State Park is at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, 12 miles or about 20 minutes from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles or about 21 minutes from Coudersport using Route 44.

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, thunders or is cloudy, all programs will be cancelled.

Check for 48-hour cloud cover forecasts and viewing conditions or call (814) 435-1037.

Night Sky Tour: A Lion, A Planet, A Bear, Oh My!
This free program will be given on Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27 from 9:30 to 10:15 p.m. in the Night Sky Viewing Area. . Observe the spring constellations and Jupiter during a laser-guided tour by park staff who will recount the legends and myths surrounding these mysterious patterns in the night sky. Telescopes may be available for a closer look. Pre-registration is required.

Park Welcome & Walking Tour
Join park staff on Saturday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. to go on a short, guided walk of park facilities to learn about their past, present and future. All ages are welcome. The walk is less than a mile, mostly on level terrain. Meet at the kiosk near the visitor parking area on the east side of Route 44. No registration is required.

Nightscapes Photography Workshop
On Saturday, May 27, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. during this workshop, photograph the night sky with the DSLR camera and lenses you currently own. Meet at the visitor parking lot by the kiosk on the east side of Route 44. Professional photographer Curt Weinhold will teach participants how to photograph the constellations and the Milky Way, including foreground material such as trees or buildings to add to the composition. View samples of Weinhold's work at Bring a digital camera with a removable lense feature and a tripod, a fully charged camera battery and a spare if available and a memory card. Those who wish can also bring a laptop with image editing software. The workshop will conclude with a short review of images. Registration is required. It is limited to the first 10 people who register before 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. The $55 per person fee (check or cash only) is due upon arrival at the program. Those with questions, can email Weinhold at

Twin Sisters Trail Hike
On Sunday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be a seven-mile trail hike on the Twin Sisters Trail in the Hammersley Wild Area in the Susquehannock State Forest. Meet at Cherry Springs State Park in the program parking lot on the east side of Route 44. Participants will follow the guide by car to the trailhead of the Twin Sisters Trail along Red Ridge Road. When the hike is over, the guide will arrange for transportation back to participants' vehicles. For more information about this hike, email Nate Confer at or call him at 814-274-3600.

To 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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