On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 through 26 of Memorial Day weekend, free programs and activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State parks.
At Hills Creek State Park
WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. Programs will be in the park’s Nature Center area located in the campground between B and C loop unless stated otherwise. They are all free. Registration is not required.
Black Bear Update is Friday, May 24
Pennsylvania has one of the largest black bear populations in the United States. At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24 in the Nature Center, find out about the new management plan and bear nature studies. Photos, skulls and video are part of this one-hour program.
It’s a Jungle Out There is Saturday, May 25
Be at the Nature Center area at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 for It’s a Jungle Out There,” a one-hour program that explores the fight for survival that nature demands of its freshwater lake and stream inhabitants that are found in this area.
Fish for Free All Day on Sunday, May 26
Sunday, May 26 is Fish-for-Free Day at Hills Creek Lake. Residents and non-residents do not need a fishing license to legally fish. All other fishing regulations still apply. Free tackle loaner equipment is available by stopping by the Campsite #6 host site between 8 a.m. and noon. Free tackle is also available on other dates. Registration is not required. For more information, contact the park office.
Learn to Fish on Sunday, May 26
At 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 in the beach area on Hills Creek Lake, learn how to start out right and be successful fishing. All equipment will be provided free. Since this is Fish for Free Day, participants can borrow equipment free and fish on their own following the program.
Whitetail Deer in Pennsylvania is Sunday, May 26
Take a closer look at the life history of whitetails, management and the challenges of chronic wasting disease, EHD and fawn predation during this free one-hour program in the Nature Center area on Sunday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m. Video clips, exhibits and preserved specimens will help tell the story.
Information about Hills Creek programs is available online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/hills_creek_state_park/calendar. Have questions? Call the park office at 570-724-4246.
At Cherry Springs
COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. All stargazing and other programs are free unless stated otherwise and 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.
Park Welcome & Walking Tour is Friday, May 24
Planning to attend the Friday, May 24 Night Sky Tour program? Arrive early and join park staff from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for a short, guided walk of park facilities to learn about their past, present and future. All ages are welcome. Meet at the information kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of Route 44. The walk is less than a mile on mostly level terrain. Registration is NOT required.
Night Sky Tour is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 24, 25 & 26
From 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 24, 25 and 26 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.
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. Registration is NOT required to picnic in the park.
Launch Into Space on Saturday, May 25
From 8 to 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, join park staff at the Night Sky Viewing Area for astronomy-themed educational games that provide an introduction to astronomy and the Night Sky Tour program that follows. Registration is NOT required for this fun, family-friendly, free event.
Around the World in 80 Minutes on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26
Pre-register for a small group experience with the North Star Outdoor Guides’ Dark Sky Telescope Tours to ensure maximum telescope time and a more individualized program at Cherry Springs State Park. The Around the World in 80 MInutes tour is being offered at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 and again on Sunday, May 26. Included will be a discussion of the importance of the dark skies, a Native American Night Sky story, a laser-guided tour of various constellations and telescope viewing. Enjoy listening to astronomical myths from around the world while viewing deep sky objects near the constellation being discussed. Objects that may be viewed include planets, nebulae, red giants, globular clusters, galaxies and binary star systems. Prepayment and pre-registration are required. Each person in a group must pre-register separately. The price is $20 per person. A maximum of 16 people can pre-register per night. For additional details, visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park.
Nature at Night is Sunday, May 26
Planning to attend the Sunday, May 26 Night Sky Tour program at the Night Sky Viewing Area? Arrive early and join park staff from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for a family-friendly program on fascinating night creatures, such as fireflies, bats, black bears, coyotes or others based on animal activity in the park. Registration is NOT required.
To Pre-register for Stargazing Programs
Online pre-registration for stargazing programs is required. Visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call (814) 435-1037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.