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Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring has sprung: time to play in the park!

Spring has sprung: time to play in the park! Come out Saturday, May 18 and use equipment for FREE: kayaking, canoeing, kids’ fishing and fly tying & casting. It’s STEP OUTDOORS SPRINGFEST at Hills Creek State Park from 10-3. Licensed cycling experts will be on-hand, so bring your kids’ bikes and helmets for free evaluation and safe riding. Enjoy the concession stand for lunch, and there’s always kids’ crafts, hiking and bird watching. Visit stepoutdoors.org for more information or call Hills Creek State Park at 570-724-4246.

Plans for the 7th annual Springfest at Hills Creek State Park, Saturday May 18, 2013:

Paddle the lake by kayak or canoe with instruction by the Mansfield University Kayak Club and other volunteers. All equipment provided.

Kids can catch a fish with ample poles, tackle and bait supplied by the park and led by park staff and volunteers from the local Trout Unlimited chapter. Licenses are required for anyone 16 or over and all regulations must be followed. Fishing has been great so far this year, so plan for success!

Plant and seed and get a little crafty at the kids craft station. Just bring your hands willing to get a little dirty.

Tie a fly and learn how to cast a fly rod with a little help of the Tiadaghton Trout Unlimited chapter. All equipment provided.

Are your kids safe on their bikes? Have you inspected their helmet for proper fit or possible damage? Bring the bikes and helmets out for the day as well! Experts will be on-hand to complete a brief inspection of bikes and helmets. Oswald Cycle Works has agreed to staff a basic tune-up station to help with minor repairs. This is work that will take only minutes instead of parents fighting with the bike for hours to do the same job. Afterwards kids can complete a fun obstacle course nearby and learn riding skills from a certified cycling instructor.

Get your picture with Smokey Bear, who is slated to make a guest appearance (unless he’s fighting a forest fire that day). He always brings along great give-away items for all the kids too!

Top it off with some ice cream – the park concession stand will be open! (They offer lunch too.).

Not sure about the variety of activities? Make your own adventure and enjoy the park. Trails are open to dogs (on a leash) and park maps are available at the event and throughout the park.

Most events will occur between 10am and 3pm but some have specific start times this year.

8am – Saturday morning birding series continues. Meet at the park office for a couple hours of birding throughout the park led by Tiadaghton Audubon volunteers. Bring your binoculars if you have them.

10am – Lace up your boots or trail shoes and decide between a guided hike or a guided trail run, both about 3 miles in length that will highlight the lakeside trail. Guided hike option is being provided by Wild Asaph Outfitters and the Bureau of Forestry. Topics will include basic tree identification and natural history as you literally can stop and smell the spring wildflowers along the trail. The trail run is being led by the Tioga Running Club volunteer and will include a brief introduction for those “just interested” in the increasingly-popular recreation and then a slow -paced run along the park trails. Participants need not consider themselves “runners” to come out and give it a try. Water and proper footwear are highly recommended for either option.

11am or 12:30pm or 2pm – Get introduced to birding by park staff, borrowing binoculars and bird guides, learning how to use them, and other considerations to get started. Children are encouraged to attend with their parents.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

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