PA State Park summer programs begin next weekend


Free programs and activities are being offered at Hills Creek, Cherry Springs and Lyman Run State parks from June 14-16.

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. One-hour programs will be in the park’s Nature Center located in the campground between B and C loop. Registration is not required for any of these free programs. 

Raptor Restoration is Friday, June 14
At 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center area, learn about the status of the eagle, peregrine falcon and kestrel in Pennsylvania, the reasons for their decline and the efforts to restore these birds of prey. Video and mounts will be shown during the presentation.

Go on a Beaver Hike on Saturday, June 15
On Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. go on a short (.75-mile), guided hike along the Mid-State Trail in C Loop in the campground to see an active beaver lodge and a chance to see the lake’s beavers. Learn about this unique animal, its history, management and role in the park. Artifacts will be used to illustrate their story. It’s a great hike for the whole family. To park near the area where the hike will start, drive into the campground and go to C Loop to the Mid-State Trail sign and park along Campsite Road. 

World of the Beaver on Saturday, June 15
The classic video “World of the Beaver” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the Nature Center area. It provides an amazing inside look at this nocturnal, semiaquatic, broad-tailed rodent”s world. 

Return of the Fisher and Otter is Sunday, June 16 
At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16 in the Nature Center area will be a free, one-hour presentation about how the fun-loving fisher and otter were wiped out in Pennsylvania by logging and unregulated harvests and the successful efforts to return these two members of the weasel family to Pennsylvania. Hides, skulls, mounts and video will be used to help tell their story. 

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 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. Arrive early for a program, bring a picnic supper and use nearby picnic tables and charcoal grills.

Nature at Night is Friday and Saturday, June 14 & 15
Planning to attend the Friday or Saturday Full Moon Watch program? Arrive early at the Night Sky Viewing Area and join park staff from 8 to 8:45 p.m. on June 14 or 15 for Nature at Night, a free program on fascinating night critters, such as fireflies, bats, black bears, coyotes or others based on animal activity in the park. Registration is not required for Nature or Night programs or to picnic in the park. 

Full Moon Watch is Friday and Saturday, June 14 & 15
From 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, the Full Moon Watch program is being offered free in the Night Sky Viewing Area. Join park staff to take a journey to the moon to explore some of its fascinating natural features from highlands to volcanic plains and to see where lunar landings took place. Afterwards, take an up close look at the moon using park telescopes. Preregistration is required.

To Preregister for Stargazing Program
Online preregistration for the Full Moon Watch stargazing program is required. Visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call (814) 435-1037 or email

At Lyman Run State Park
GALETON—Lyman Run State Park (GPS address: 454 Lyman Run Road, Galeton, PA 16922) is 8.7 miles from Route 6 in Galeton via West Branch Road and Lyman Run Road. 

Father’s Day Breakfast and Kayak Tour
At 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 16 – Father’s Day – bring dad for a breakfast at Lyman Run State Park and then enjoy a kayak tour of Lyman Lake. Preregistration closes three days before this event. To preregister visit


If there is a problem with preregistering online or for information about this program, call (814) 435-1037 or email

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