State Parks Offer In-Person Virtual Programs | Community
In-person and virtual programs are offered by Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State Parks.
Hills Creek State Park, located at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, is 7 miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township.
Beginner Fishing Program – Try fishing in Hills Creek Lake by joining Park Naturalist Jim Mucci for an introduction to fishing. No fishing license is required. The free two-hour program is presented in person in the beach area twice this Saturday, May 15 and twice the following Saturday, May 22. The first session will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and the second from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, bottled water, sunscreen and to wear a hat and sunglasses . Due to limited equipment for each session, pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information, call 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Birding at Hills Creek – The final 30 minute virtual program in the free online “Birding at Hills Creek” series will take place on Friday, May 21 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. first time. Register on https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ under Hills Creek State Park to receive a link to the program. For better viewing, use a larger desktop or tablet. For more information, call 570-724-3061 or email [email protected]
Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, is between Galeton and Coudersport. Anyone can view the Cherry Springs night sky on their own. All visitors must arrive before dark. Search the Clear Sky Chart online for a 48 hour forecast of viewing conditions.
Know Before You Go – The free virtual program runs from noon to 12:30 p.m. on five different dates: May 27, June 3, June 9, June 30 and July 6. This program is designed to help novice and novice astronomers who are planning to visit the park. Cherry Springs National Park will also be highlighted with information on why it is one of the best places for stargazing and what program registrants need to know to get the most out of their visit.
How to Choose and Use a Telescope – Offered online from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 27, a 30-minute virtual program on How to Choose and Use a Telescope. During this brief program, participants will learn the basics of using telescopes and common missteps. There will be time for questions.
Around the World in 80 Minutes – This private small-group night sky telescope tour is offered by the North Star Outdoor Guides from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. on five dates: May 28, 29, 30 and Les June 4 and 5. The maximum number of people that can participate per program is 16. In the event of rain, thunder or overcast skies, the programs may be canceled. Fee: $ 20 per person for adults and children six and over. Free for children 5 and under
Nightscapes Photography Workshop – The first 10 people to register and prepay will be accepted for Curt Weinhold’s 2.5 hour workshop at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday June 5 at the park. Bring your own DSLR camera and lenses. See examples of Weinhold’s work on http://pbase.com/cwphoto. Fee: $ 60.
Free 2021 Stargazing Highlights – During the virtual program “12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, experience a partial solar eclipse that will occur on June 10, meteor showers and other events of the night sky with tips on how to see them. A question and answer session will follow.
To register and receive a link to free virtual programs, visit https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. If you have any issues registering online or for more information, call 814-435-1037 or email [email protected]