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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HILLS CREEK & CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARK FREE PROGRAMS ON JULY 7, 8 & 9 AND JULY 14, 15 & 16

At Hills Creek

WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road is 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.

Timber Rattlesnakes (EMAILED THIS TO YOU LAST WEEK)
This Friday, July 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the park's Nature Center area, retired biology teacher Allan Puskar will give a one-hour program about Pennsylvania's largest venomous reptile. Using live rattlesnakes and other artifacts, he will provide factual information about this often, misunderstood reptile.

Bats on the Brink is July 8 & 15 (CHANGED TO INCLUDE BOTH THE JULY 8 AND JULY 15 PROGRAMS)
As darkness falls at 9 p.m. at the Nature Center this Saturday, July 8 or next Saturday, July 15, learn about the many benefits of bats, the very real threat they face today, and what you can do to help. As the conclusion of this one-hour free program, watch the park bats emerge for their evening meal of mosquitoes and other insects.

Canoe Tour is July 8 and 16 (CHANGED TO INCLUDE BOTH THE JULY 8 AND JULY 16 PROGRAMS )
Explore the wildlife of Hills Creek Lake via canoe while learning about their history and management during a free two-hour canoe tour from 6-8 p.m. this Saturday, July 8 and next Sunday, July 16. Be at the Hills Creek Lake beach area at 5:30 p.m. All equipment will be provided but canoes will be first come, first served. Participants should be physically able to paddle a canoe over flat water for short distances. Those who wish can use their own canoes. Pre-registration is required. To participate, pre-register at the park office in person or call 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Bears of Pennsylvania (EMAILED THIS TO YOU LAST WEEK)
Learn how to peacefully coexist with black bears in the event of an encounter as this is the height of the breeding season and there is a large bear population in this area. This free one-hour program will be on Sunday, July 9 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the park's Nature Center.

Bald Eagle – America’s Bird (THIS IS NEW)
On Friday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. in the park’s Nature Center, find out about the size, power and grace of America’s national emblem as well as its biology and recovery efforts in Pennsylvania during this free one-hour program.

Talk to the Animals (THIS IS NEW)
Discover how animals “talk” by using sight, scent and sound. Many examples will be demonstrated for species found in this area during the Sunday, July 16 free one-hour program at 9 p.m. in the park’s Nature Center area.

To Register
Information about Hills Creek programs is available online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/hills_creek_state_park/calendar. Have questions? Call the park office at 570-724-4246.

At Cherry Springs

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 and select Option #5.

Lunar Viewing is July 8 (THIS IS NEW)
From 9 to 10:30 p.m. this Saturday, July 8, in the Night Sky Viewing Area, join park staff for a one and a half hour journey to the moon to explore its diverse landscape from highlands to volcanic plains and discover where lunar landings took place. Pre-registration is required.

Night Sky Tour: The Heart of the Scorpion (THIS IS NEW)
From 9:30 to 10:15 p.m. on Friday, July 14 or Saturday, July 15 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, observe the summer constellations, including Scorpius and its bright heart Antares and see where the planets Jupiter and Saturn lie amidst a sea of stars during a laser-guided tour during which park staff will recount the legends and myths about them. This 45-minute program is free. Telescopes will be available for a closer look at these celestial objects. Pre-registration is required.

Solar Viewing (THIS IS NEW)
Saturday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m., take a peek through the park’s specially filtered telescopes to view the features of our nearest star, the Sun and find out how they impact planet Earth during this free one-hour program. Registration is not 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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