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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Activities at At Cherry Springs State Park

COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via 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 http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/ChrSprPkPAkey.html for 48-hour cloud cover forecasts and viewing conditions or call (814) 435-1037.

Full Moon Hike
On Friday or Saturday, June 9 or 10, meet at the kiosk near visitor parking on the east side of Route 44 to go on a short interpretive hike from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the Working Forest Trail. Discover the history of the forest surrounding Cherry Springs State Park and why dark skies are so important to local wildlife. This hike will begin before dusk while the moon is rising and end near dark. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and bring a small flashlight, water and a camera and binoculars. Pre-registration is required.

Nightscapes Photography Workshop
Photograph the starry 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 on Saturday, June 17 at 8:45 p.m. This three-hour workshop is given by professional photographer Curt Weinhold. Learn how to photograph the constellations and the Milky Way, including foreground material to add to the composition. View samples of Weinhold's work at http://pbase.com/cwphoto. Bring a digital camera that allows for interchangeable lenses, a tripod, a memory card and a fully charged camera battery and spare. Those who wish can also bring a laptop with image editing software. The workshop will include a short review of images. Registration is required. It is limited to the first 10 people who register before 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. The $55 per person fee (check or cash only) is due upon arrival at the program. Those with questions, can email Weinhold at cwphoto@zitomedia.net.

Night Sky Tour: Jupiter & Maiden
Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System, and the 12 constellations, including Virgo, from 9:30 to 10:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17 in the Night Sky Viewing Area. Saturday night only, join guest speaker Sara Stanchfield for a special presentation on our solar system and place in space. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania studying astrophysics. Her research focuses on the study of galaxy clusters and the cosmic microwave background. Afterward, telescopes will be available for a closer look. Pre-registration is required to attend this program.

Firefly Frenzy
Saturday, June 17 from 8:30-9:15 p.m. at the Night Sky Viewing Area, join park staff for a close-up look at fireflies, amazing insects that have fascinated people for ages. Discover how and why these beetles light up. This 45-minute program is free. No registration is required.

To Register
Online registration for stargazing programs is required. Visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. 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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