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Saturday, July 13, 2019

HILLS CREEK AND CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARK PROGRAMS FOR JULY 19-21, 2019

Free programs and activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State parks July 19-21, 2019.

At Hills Creek State Park

WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road.

Bats on the Brink is Friday, July 19
As darkness falls on Friday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center area in the campground between B and C loop, learn about the many benefits of bats, the very real threat they face today and what people can do to help them. At the end of this free, one-hour program, watch the park bats emerge for their evening meal of mosquitos and other insects.

Elk in Pennsylvania is Saturday, July 20
Join Mandy Marconi, Game Commission Northcentral Environmental Educator, in the park’s Nature Center area on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. for a free, one-hour program titled “All About Pennsylvania Elk.” During this free, hands-on program, learn fascinating facts about elk, their history and behavior throughout the year as well as the best places to see them in Pennsylvania.

Animal Olympics is Sunday, July 21
On Sunday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m., find out what amazing, record-breaking animals of the world do to survive during this free one-hour program in the park's Nature Center area in the campground between B and C loop. Also included will be record setters from Pennsylvania. Which animal jumps the highest? Which one jumps the longest distance? Which is the strongest?

FMI:
Call the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

At Cherry Springs State Park
COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pa. 16915 is 12 miles from Route 6 in Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. All stargazing and other programs will be cancelled if it rains or thunders.

Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. All visitors should arrive before dark. Search for the Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts about viewing conditions.

Picnic in the Park
Those who get to the park early are always welcome to bring a picnic supper and make use of the park's picnic grove near the Night Sky Viewing Area. The grove has picnic tables and charcoal grills onsite. Preregistration is not required to picnic in the park.

Nature at Night is Friday and Saturday, July 19 & 20
Planning to attend a Night Sky Tour on Friday or Saturday, July 19 or 20 at the park's Night Sky Viewing Area? Arrive early on July 19 or 20 and join park staff from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. for Nature at Night, a free, family-friendly program on fascinating night creatures, such as fireflies, bats, black bears or coyotes based on animal activity in the park. Preregistration is not required.

Night Sky Tour is Friday and Saturday, July 19 & 20
From 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, experience the splendor of the night sky. Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding these mysterious patterns. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Pre-registration is required.

To Preregister for Night Sky Tour
Online preregistration for the Night Sky Tour on July 19 and 20 is required by visiting http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. If there is a problem with registering online or for information about programs offered at the park, call (814) 435-1037 or email cherryspringsee@pa.gov.

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