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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Programs This Weekend At Cherry Springs State Park

Public Programs at Cherry Springs State Park

May 14, 2010
7:00 pm Incredible Insects
Children will have the opportunity explore the exciting world of insects and their unique features, and participate in some hands-on activities. This program includes a brief walk around the pavilion to search for insects and making a model insect to take home. Meet the naturalist at the pavilion.

9:30 pm Night Skies Program-No-Optics Stargazing
Discover the night sky of Cherry Springs without the use of any optical equipment. Learn how a star chart works and use the Big Dipper as a reference point to find your way around the sky. The park’s naturalist will share ancient stories about some of the constellations during a laser guided sky tour. See if you can identify some of the visible planets. After the program, pick up some astronomy information that you may find helpful in getting to know the night skies at Cherry Springs.

May 15, 2020
7:00 pm Cherry Springs History Walk
Take a walk back in time through the history of Cherry Springs State Park and discover the park’s past. Hear stories about the first settlers in the area and what made Cherry Springs a great weekend getaway in the late 1800’s. This walk begins at the replica of the first Cherry Springs Tavern and concludes near the pavilion. This is an easy walk over even terrain but please wear sturdy shoes. Meet the naturalist at the tavern.

9:30 pm Night Skies Program-Big Finds in the Big Dipper
Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper and the Big Bear, is the third largest constellation in the night sky, and we will use the park’s telescopes to view a few galaxies and a nebula in and around it. After the program, pick up some astronomy information that you may find helpful in getting to know the night skies at Cherry Springs.

Visitors should park their cars in the public parking lot and follow the lighted walkway to the Night Skies Viewing area for the astronomy programs.

►If you have a question about Cherry Springs, the dark sky experience or our public programs, please call 814-435-5010 or visit our website at www.visitpaparks.com and click the “Dark Skies” link.
► For Cherry Springs’ weather and clear sky predictions please visit the park’s website and click the “Weather” link.
►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 your safety, programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.
► Dress warmly, Cherry Springs can be cool and breezy, even in summertime.
► Please cover flashlights with a red filter or brown paper bag.
►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).

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