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Raccoon Creek State Park lists programs for August

August 4, 2011
The Herald-Star

HOOKSTOWN - Upcoming activities at Raccoon Creek State Park in August include:

Sunday - Butterflies of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Pennsylvania is home to many species of butterflies. Visitors can join Jeff Zablow, naturalist and wildlife photographer, as he highlights his photography of the butterflies of the park and gives a guided butterfly hike around the Wildflower Reserve. Those attending should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30. The program is free.

Monday - Meadow Wildflower Walk, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors can take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve and discover spectacular summer wildflowers. The walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various flowers. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30. The program is free.

Aug. 13 -Poisonous Plants to Dogs, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at parking lot adjacent to F-loop restroom in campground.

For those who have dogs it's known that chocolate, raisins and onions can be dangerous to dogs. However, there are some plants, inside and outside, that are just as dangerous. During this program visitors can learn about some of the plants best avoided to keep dogs safe and healthy. Each dog attending the free program will get a dog biscuit.

Aug. 14 - Wildflower Walk, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visitors can take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve and discover spectacular summer wildflowers. The walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various flowers. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30. The program is free.

Aug. 13-14 - Edible Wild Plants Workshop

Visitors can learn to properly identify summer edible plants, trees and poisonous plants. Participants will forage and prepare meals, discuss nutritional values of wild plants, plant history and past usages as edibles. Registration is required by Friday at www.friendsofraccoon.org (under park events); visiting www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar and selecting Raccoon Creek State Park; or calling (724) 899-3611. Details will be e-mailed prior to workshop. The cost is $45.

Aug. 20 - Beginning Archery for Youth, 10 a.m. to noon

Children ages 9-15 can learn how to correctly and safely shoot bows and arrows. A certified instructor will teach the basic skills and proper shooting techniques needed to safely enjoy the sport of archery. Registration is required by Aug. 17. To register, visit www.friendsofraccoon.org under park events; visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar and select Raccoon Creek State Park; or call (724) 899-3611. The cost is $5.

Aug. 21 - Conservation Day at Wildflower Reserve sponsored by AmeriCorps, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers can help restore native wildflowers at the Wildflower Reserve of Raccoon Creek State Park by battling invasive plants. Those attending should bring gloves and sunscreen. Tools such as loppers, hand saws and pruners are welcome but not required. Cold drinks will be available to participants.

Aug. 27 - Native Pollinator Workshop, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 400 species of bees call Pennsylvania home. Visitors can learn how help the native pollinators at this workshop. Attendees will learn about the importance of pollinators, different kinds of pollinating bees and build a bee condo. Registration is required by Aug. 25. To register, visit www.friendsofraccoon.org under park events; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar and select Raccoon Creek State Park; or call (724) 899-3611. The cost is $5.

Aug. 28 - Native Plant Gardening, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visitors can discover the possibilities of using native plants in landscaping. This program will discuss how to grow native plants, proper site selection and the benefits of using native plants.

Following the program at 3:30 p.m. those attending have the option of staying to help park staff and volunteers clean up native plant gardens. As a thank-you to those who help, extra native plants will given out from the garden. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30. The program is free

Aug. 28 - Weeding Party Volunteer Event, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Those interested in flowers, gardening, native plants or just wanting to meet some people in the area are invited to keep native plant gardens looking good for visitors, butterflies and hummingbirds. Those attending should bring gloves and appropriate dress. Weeding parties will not be held in the rain. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30.

Aug. 29 - Raccoon Lake Evening Nature Paddle, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors can join park naturalists for a guided evening nature paddle exploring the shoreline and wetlands area of Raccoon Lake. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the Raccoon Creek boat concession at (724) 513-6740. Those attending should meet at the boat launch by the concession at 6:15 p.m. For information, call (724) 899-3611.

 
 

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