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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Events At The State Parks

Cherry Springs State Park, Galeton

July 26 - Stars-N-Parks, 10-11:30 p.m. Guests may view stars, star clusters, planets, galaxies and more through several telescopes operated by volunteers and park staff. Offered in partnership with the National Public Observatory. Cherry Springs became the flagship park for the program in 2000. Visitors should arrive about a half hour early to park their cars and allow their eyes to become dark-adapted. For information, call Liz Helms at 814-435-5010; e-mail lymanrunsp@state.pa.us; or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/cherrysprings.aspx.

July 28 - Solar Viewing, 8 to 8:45 p.m. park in the public parking lot. Begin stargazing before it gets dark. Discover how the sun's energy supports life on earth, and then take a closer look at our star through the park's specially designed solar telescope to see if you can find sunspots or prominences. Afterward, help the park naturalist create a scale model of the solar system.

Aug. 1-3 - 57th annual Woodsmen's Show, 9 a.m. Top lumberjacks in the country compete in events such as crosscut saw, springboard, axe throwing and tree felling. Other arena events include an amateur competition and horse pulls. Exhibits, vendors and historical re-enactments all commemorate our great forest and the life of the woodhick. Food and music also offered. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. For more information, log on to www.woodsmenshow.com or call 814-435-6855


Bikes n' Birds
July 26, 2008

Times: 9 am
Location: Sinnehamoning State Park-meet @ Forty Maples Day Use Area
Phone: 814-647-8401
Come for a special morning interpretive bird tour on bicycles! Peddle along the Lowlands Trail through unique habitats and stop to listen to the songs of indigo buntings, common yellowthroats, assorted warblers and many others. The park has a limited number of bikes and helmets available for use or you may bring your own.
Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Meet at the Forty Maples Day Use Area. The bike tour is approximately 1/2 mile and mostly level. Water, insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended.
Pre-registration is required.
Outdoor Club: Family Fishing
July 26, 2008

Times: 2 pm - 5 pm
Location: Sinnemahoning State Park-Boat Launch Area
Phone: 814-647-8401
Looking for a great way to connect with the family? Celebrate with us and discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together. Come and join us at the Boat Launch Area.
For more information, please call the park office.
Sportsman's Special-Primitive Fire Starting: Cordage Making
July 26, 2008

Times: 7 pm
Location: Sinnemahoning State Park-Campground Amphitheater
Phone: 814-647-8401
Ever wonder how to get string, cord or rope in the woods? Tyings things together to make tools, shelter, snares, fishing nets, fishing line or fire, makes having string a necessity. Please come and join our guest speaker, Adam Nestor, at the campground amphitheater. He will demonstrate various techniques for making string/cordage out of natural materials and you will have a chance to make your own cordage too.

Pontoon Boat Excursion
July 27, 2008

Times: noon, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Location: Sinnemahoning State Park
Phone: 814-647-8401
Enjoy a relaxing and scenic 45 minute tour of the dam as we explore wetlands and the Bald Eagles.

Our pontoon boat has 18 available seats. Reservations will be taken by calling the park office. You may also sign up in person at the park office until noon. Afterwards, reservations will be taken at the Eagle Watchers Tent at the boat launching area.

Please be at the boat launching area 5 minutes prior to departure or forfeit your space. For more information on tour dates and prices, please call the park office.

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