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Thursday, August 13, 2009

At The State Parks This Weekend

Cherry Springs State Park
Perseids Meteor Shower Watch
August 14, 16, and 17, 2009
9:30 pm each night

Named for the Christian Martyr, St. Lawrence, the Perseids is considered one of the most spectacular annual meteor showers. Participants are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or sleeping bags, and learn the origins of meteor showers while they sit back and watch “St. Lawrence’s Tears” fall from the sky. There will be other activities for participants to enjoy as well, including sky tours and telescopic viewing of night sky objects.

Visitors are asked to park their vehicles in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow the lighted walkway to the Night Skies viewing area.

In addition to the Perseids programs, Cherry Springs will also host the following activities.

August 14, 2009
Evening Walk
8:00 pm

Discover your senses and learn how animals use their own to survive in the natural world at night. Meet the naturalist at the pavilion.

August 15, 2009
Solar Viewing
7:00 pm

Discover the nearest star to the planet. Learn how it supports life on earth, and take a look at it through the park’s specially designed telescope. Try to find features such as sunspots and prominences. Meet the naturalist at the Night Skies iewing area.

9:00 pm

Bring the entire family to Cherry Springs, and observe the universe. Offered in partnership with the National Public Observatory (NPO), Stars-N-Parks is Cherry Springs’ longest running program. Join park and NPO staff and volunteers to view objects near Sagittarius the Archer. It is recommended that visitors arrive about half an hour to an hour early to park their cars and allow their eyes to become adapted to the dark.
Visitors are asked to park their vehicles in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow the lighted walkway to the night skies viewing area.
• For other programs see our calendar of events online at If you have a question about Cherry Springs or its programs, please call 814-435-5010.
• In the event of rain or more than 75% cloudy skies, observing programs may be modified and will occur in the park pavilion near the Astronomy Field.
• For safety, programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.
• Dress warmly, Cherry Springs can bee cool and breezy, even in summertime.

Lyman Run State Park
Afternoon Hike
3:00 pm

Join the park naturalist for a moderate hike along the Spur Line and Rock Run Trails. Participants should bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Spur Line Trail head.

• For other programs, see our calendar of events online at If you have a question about or programs, please call 814-435-5010.
• If you need accommodation to participate in park activities, due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 888-PA-PARKS (voice), 888-537-7294 (TTY), 717-558-2711 (local or international TTY), 800-654-5984 (PA AT&T relay service).

The following programs will be offered this week

Friday, August 14th, 2009

7:00 pm –“Friday Night at 40 Maples” – Sinnemahoning State Park offers the visitor a variety of wildlife experiences. Join the park naturalist at the 40 Maples Day Use Area for a short evening wildlife walk. We will go over some wildlife watching tips and walk a short distance to our newly constructed viewing blind. Binoculars will be provided. Water and insect repellent are recommended.

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

9:00 – 10:30 am –“Biking the Lowlands Trail” - Join one of the Sinnemahoning State Park naturalists for a morning interpretive bike tour of the Lowlands Trail. Take a leisurely ride through rich wildlife habitats and areas where people once lived and worked. Learn how the 40 Maples Day-Use Area earned its name! The Lowlands Trail, which has a Rails-To-Trails surface, is a fairly level, easy ride. Bring your own bike, or borrow one of ours. Call the park at 814-647-8401 to register and/or reserve a bicycle for this program. Water, sunscreen, and insect repellant are recommended.

4:00 pm –“Afternoon Adventures” – Connect to the outdoors and nature on our afternoon adventure. Meet the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater and join us for a short wildlife hike on the campground road. It’s an easy hike. Hiking shoes, water and insect repellent are recommended

8:30 pm – “River Otter and Fisher Reintroduction in PA”
– Please come and join us at the campground amphitheater and watch the return of the River Otter and Fisher to their former haunts in the commonwealth. These two members of the weasel family were once widely distributed through out the state. But habitat destruction and unregulated trapping in the 1800’s eliminated the Fisher and almost eliminated the River Otter.

Sunday August 16th, 2009

at Sinnemahoning State Park. Enjoy a relaxing and scenic 45 minute tour of the dam as we explore wetlands and the Bald Eagles. Rides begin at noon, 1:30p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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, call the park office at (814) 647-8401.

For more information, contact Sinnemahoning State Park office at 814/647-8401.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: (888) PA-PARKS (voice), (888) 537-7294 (TTY), (717) 558-2711 (local or international TTY), (800) 654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information visit our web site at

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