This Summer at the Park Posted June 22, 2014

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Below you will find a copy of the park-sponsored programs provided for your convenience. This calendar was updated 14 June 2010. Visit the DCNR site for additional or updated information. Other events happening at the park, including FOYC programs are listed on the FOYC Calendar. (Eventually we’ll get these two calendars merged!)

DCNR Calendar of Events
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6/17/2010
A Tadpole’s Tale & Box Turtle at Long Pond

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

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Description: It’s story-time! Children will learn about reptiles and amphibians through the stories of A Tadpole’s Tale and Box Turtle At Long Pond. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/17/2010
Slimy-Smelly Sensory Hike

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Students will use their five senses to learn about wetlands and wetland wildlife. This hike we’ll be sniffing around acting like private eyes in search of creepy-crawly creatures, and anything that’s jumping or a…hopping. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/19/2010
Orienteering

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Orienteering is a sport that exercises the body and the mind; it is like a treasure hunt in the forest. Join Jim Wolfe, President of the Western PA Orienteering Club, and learn how to use a detailed topographic map and a compass to navigate through the forest, on and off trails, to find marked locations in the woods. The program will start at the Amphitheatre located on the North Shore between the camping cottages and yurts. We will start with an introduction to map and compass and followed by an orienteering exercise in which participants can apply their new skills to an actual orienteering course set in the park. -Meet at the Amphitheater on North Shore

6/24/2010
Frog in my Throat

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

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Description: Come join me in a sing-a long as we learn about frogs, frog calls and other interesting wildlife that makes wetlands their home. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/24/2010
Salamander Safari

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Come and explore Laurel Run Creek for salamanders, frogs, and other “critters” that live there. Remember to wear your old shoes that can get wet. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/26/2010
Thyme to Start Cooking with Herbs

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Chef Ron Berkhart – Herbs can make your foods tastier and healthier. Samples will be provided. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/26/2010
Fun Around the Campfire

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

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Description: Ed Mulligan, Rick Fye, and Kate Geiger – Have fun sitting around a campfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows while you sing along with these guitarists. Pre-registration is required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Beach (Main Day – Use Area)

6/27/2010
Smart Anglers

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: The SMART Angler Program is designed to provide instruction to youth between the ages of 8 and 12 on the types of fish found in Pennsylvania, fish habitats, safety, equipment, outdoor manners and protecting our water resources. Parents, guardians, mentors and other family members are encouraged to participate in SMART fishing clinics. Each participant learns basic fishing skills and gets to put those skills to use! All the participants in the fishing program focus on being “SMART” anglers. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/01/2010
Towering Trees

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Description: Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth. The worlds oldest are 4,600 year-old Bristlecone Pine trees here in the United States. They tower among us, with the tallest tree measuring more than 360 feet tall. Join the park naturalist to learn all the fun facts about trees, how to measure, and how to age a tree.

7/01/2010
Trees are Terrific

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Students will increase their awareness of trees and discover how trees help other members of the forest community. Students will be led on a guided-hike around Dragonfly Pond looking at the life cycle, age, forest structure, and the importance of trees to wildlife and people.

7/03/2010
Crayfishing

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Come on down and do some crayfishing like you’ve never done before. You will be amazed at how easy it is to catch crayfish without lifting a single rock. We’ll be in “Craw-Dad” heaven. Great fun for the whole family! Wear shoes that you can get wet. -Meet at the Park Office

7/03/2010
Owl and Mouse

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the fascinating owls that reside in Pennsylvania. Topics will include owl vocalization, their diet and how they can fly silently in the night. Afterward we will play a game called “Owl and Mouse”. -Meet at the Beach (Main Day – Use Area)

7/04/2010
Paddling Western PA Lakes

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail melharding@state.pa.us

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Contact: Melissa Harding

Description: Join Melissa Harding, Outdoor Recreation Specialist and Mike Shaffer, Park Naturalist for some fun paddling out on the lake followed by a delicious catered dinner. We will provide a short kayak instruction and then take two hours to explore nature’s sights and sounds as we paddle along the lake. Come look for painted turtles and blue herons or try a piece of cattail to see if it really tastes like cucumber! Our paddle will be followed by a catered dinner along the lake. $12.00/person. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. This program is limited to the first 20 people so that we can provide you with a safe experience. If you would like to bring your own boat or need a larger boat, please let us know upon registration.

7/10/2010
Mountain Biking in the Park

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Aaron Kovah – Learn about the trails around the lake, choosing the right bike for your needs, essential safety equipment and basic bicycle maintenance. Bring your bike, helmet (mandatory) and water for the ride. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/11/2010
Lunch on the Lake

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

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Description: Come enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Creek Lake. We will take in all the sights and sounds that nature has to offer as we enjoy a scrumptious catered luncheon. $18.00/ person. Seating is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

7/15/2010
Under Cover

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Description: Students will discover the importance of trees to animals, as well as some of the many ways ainmals use trees by making their very own “Peek-A-Tree.” -meet at the Environmental Learning Center

7/16/2010
Night Hike

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm

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Description: Join the park naturalist to discover some of the amazing creatures of the nighttime world. Topics will include owls, night-vision, and much, much, more. At the end of this program you will have sparks flying out of your mouths! Space is limited to 35 people. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/17/2010
Big Bad Bears

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

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Description: From the giant polar bear to the mighty grizzly, bears are seen as symbols of strength and power around the world – yet still used as a model for the most beloved children’s toy. Join the park naturalist for a look into bears throughout the world and especially the ones in our own back yard. -Meet at the Beach (Main Day-Use Area)

7/17/2010
Sunset Tea Cruise

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

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Description: Come enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Creek Lake. Take in all the sights and sounds that Yellow Creek has to offer. This cruise will take us down to the breast of the dam and back, just in time to watch the sun set behind Chestnut Ridge. If the gentle breezes from the lake don’t cool you off, don’t worry because ice-cold Wild Teas will be served for your pleasure. $10.00/ person. Seating is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

7/18/2010
Stake Church/Herb Garden Tour

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

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Description: Stake Church was built in the fall of 1883, making it over 120 years old. It is the oldest operating church on State Park land. Come join the park naturalist to learn about the fascinating history of this church and the Yellow Creek area. Then we will venture across the road to the beautiful Herb Garden to learn how important herbs were to the very survival of early settlers entering the New World for culinary, medicinal, and cleansing purposes. This is a great time to meet people who grew up in the area and reminisce about the past. -Meet at the Stake Church (North Shore)

7/22/2010
Leaf Scavenger Hunt

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

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Description: Students will learn more about trees as they collect leaves on a leaf scavenger hunt. The leaves collected will be used for the Leaf Nature Printing program, where students will transform an ordinary T-shirt into something wild.

7/22/2010
Leaf Nature Printing

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:45pm-3:00pm

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Description: Transform an ordinary T-shirt into something wild. You will make up your own designs from the leaves we collected from the Leaf Scavenger Hunt, along with other materials from nature. Just bring in a light colored T-shirt (100% cotton fabric works best) or any other item that you want to decorate with nature’s beauty, and learn the art of nature printing. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/24/2010
Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

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Description: Have you ever wondered if there is a difference? Can turtles really crawl out of their shells? Join the park naturalist for an up close and personal look at these wonderful creatures. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/24/2010
Bats: Up Close and Personal

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm

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Description: What do you know about bats? Do you see them as important to the environment? If not, come and learn about these misunderstood creatures, visit the park’s bat boxes, and conduct a bat count. Last year we counted close to 200 bats coming out of just one bat house. Bring a blanket to sit on. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the North Shore Pavilion

7/25/2010
Go Green and Save Money

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Yellow Creek State Park is the first state park in the nation to conduct a Climate Leadership In Parks survey, also known as CLIP. Join Park Manager, Ken Bisbee to find out what Yellow Creek is doing to reduce carbon emissions and overall reduce our ecological foot print. These same energy conservation practices that we are using can easily be applied by you. Not only can you save money, but the true satisfaction comes by protecting the natural resources we both dearly love. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/01/2010
Venemous Snakes of PA

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Don’t let their scales and appearance fool you…snakes play an important role in the environment. Find out what’s real and what’s not, from the poisonous to the perfectly harmless and much, much, more. Live snakes will be on hand, so don’t miss out on this grand opportunity. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/05/2010
Energy Basics

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Description: Students will learn the basics of energy, where it comes from and how it is produced. We will learn that not all energy is created equal and that certain types of energy are non-renewable and some are in a limited supply.

8/05/2010
East Street

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

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Description: People often use water without thinking about the implication. Students will compare their water usage of today to that of an 1890s family. -meet at the Environmental Learning Center

8/07/2010
Butterflies

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

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Description: They are masters of display and deception. These winged jewels have fascinated man since early times. Join the park naturalist to learn about these amazing butterflies, and then afterward we’ll go in search of these colorful masterpieces with net in hand. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/08/2010
Leave Only Ripples

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

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Description: Whether you use a canoe, sailboat, or high-powered motorboat, there’s no denying that boating is one of our favorite recreational activities. Thousands of crafts use Pennsylvania’s waterways each year. Learn how to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment during this fun-packed pontoon ride. Space is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

8/12/2010
Wind Energy for Students

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Description: Students will be introduced to the importance of Wind Energy in making electricity, different types of generating windmills, parts of a wind turbine and how it works. -meet at the Environmental Learning Center

8/12/2010
Solar Car Races

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

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Description: Join us for some fun in the sun as we explore renewable energy sources. Then afterward, we will build solar cars and race them to see who built the fastest car.

8/14/2010
Salamander Safari

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Join Mike Shaffer, the Park Naturalist at Yellow Creek State Park, to explore Laurel Run for salamanders and other critters. Remember to wear shoes that can get wet. Great fun for the whole family! Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Pre-registration is required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Park Office

8/14/2010
Sunset Tea Cruise

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Contact:

Description: Come enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Creek Lake. Take in all the sights and sounds that Yellow Creek has to offer. This cruise will take us down to the breast of the dam and back, just in time to watch the sun set behind Chestnut Ridge. If the gentle breezes from the lake don’t cool you off, don’t worry because ice-cold Wild Teas will be served for your pleasure. $10.00/ person. Seating is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

8/15/2010
Photographing Dragonflies

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Jim Reber – The program will begin with a short talk about dragonflies and photos of dragonflies. After some advice on photographing dragonflies, we will all spend time at Dragonfly Pond photographing dragonflies. Bring your camera. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/19/2010
Drop in the Bucket

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Students will take a pontoon cruise of Yellow Creek Lake learning the importance of water as a resource and will learn how to minimize their impact on the environment through the activities “Drop in the Bucket” and “Closing the Recycling Loop.”

8/21/2010
Night Hike

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm

Contact:

Description: Join the park naturalist to discover some of the amazing creatures of the nighttime world. Topics will include owls, night-vision, and much, much more. At the end of this program you will have sparks flying out of your mouths! -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/22/2010
Mountain Biking

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Join the Laurel Highlands On & Off Road Biking Association for a 4 mile ride from the McFeater’s Cove (North Shore Mooring Area) to the I.U.P. Sailing Base and back. Bikers will be broken into two groups, the beginner and the intermediate. There is one hill that will challenge us at the beginning but after that it’s smooth sailing. -Meet at the Mooring Area on the North Shore

8/29/2010
Technology Treasure Hunters

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Interested in finding hidden treasure in your local State Park? If so, join park staff for a fun geo-caching experience. Participants will learn how to use a GPS unit while exploring some of the hidden treasures of Yellow Creek State Park. This program will explain how a GPS unit works and provide you with a self-guided treasure hunt to explore the park. We will provide GPS units for participant use during the program. Feel free to bring a snack to eat on the trail and wear appropriate shoes for off-trail hiking. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/29/2010
Incredible Insects

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

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Description: Join us for some fun and discovery as we take a closer look into the world of insects. Activities will include drawing, active listening, putting together insect puzzles, and will be followed by an insect hunt. -Met at the Beach (Main Day-Use Area)

9/04/2010
Tree Identification Contest

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Need some added beauty to your front or back yard? If so, you’re in luck! Thanks to the generosity of Pike’s Peak Nursery, two (2) $40.00 gift certificates will be awarded to the winners of this year’s 6th Annual Tree Identification Contest. It will be held somewhere within the confines of Yellow Creek State Park. Mike Shaffer, the Environmental Education Specialist, will mark approximately 50 trees and shrubs along a pre-designated area of the park. You will be guided through this area on a leisurely pace, stopping approximately 2 minutes for each tree or shrub. This is a family competition. Each family will compete for the prize, and the two families with the best scores will receive a $40 gift certificate from Pike’s Peak Nursery. -Meet at the Envrionmental Learning Classroom

9/04/2010
Campfire Cooking

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Description: No matter how spectacular the scenery, meals around the campfire are always the highlight of the camper’s day. Learn how to cook over the campfire, just like they did way back when things just seemed a whole lot simpler. Bring in your favorite recipe to share. Everybody is welcome to help out with the cooking. -Meet at the Amphitheatre on North Shore

9/05/2010
Bat Box Workshop

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Can’t sit out on your porch without getting pestered by mosquitoes? Well, if you can’t, this program is one you do not want to miss. This is your chance to learn all about bats of Pennsylvania and build a bat box of your choice. If you build it they will come!!! Your mosquito problems will be solved because bats can consume tremendous amounts of insects. As a matter of fact, the little brown bat, a very common bat here in Pennsylvania, can eat 600 insects an hour. Pre-registration required. Due to limited supplies and space this program will be limited to the first (10) families and/or participants. Construction costs are $40.00 for the large bat box (250 bat capacity) or $20.00 for the small bat box (80 bat capacity). Bring a battery-powered screwdriver if you have one. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/06/2010
Woodpeckers of PA

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the seven species of woodpeckers that are found in Pennsylvania. Topics will include calls, distribution, habitat, and identification. Afterward, we will go in search of these amazing creatures. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

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9/12/2010

Yellow Creek Camp Out

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-11:00am

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Description: If you love to camp, backpack, kayak and bike this trip for you. This is truly a camper’s dream vacation packed with all these fun-filled activities. This camp out is designed for the beginner and intermediate level. Let the staff of trained outdoor professionals from Yellow Creek, Moraine and Keystone State Park be your guide on a journey of a lifetime. This camping trip is limited to the first 15 participants. Total coat is $60.00/person, which includes all food, kayak and bike rentals. You must supply your own gear. For ages 16 & up only. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. In order to go on this trip you must attend the following orientation class. Camping and Backpacking Basics on August 16th, 2010 from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm at the Environmental Learning Classroom. This course will go over camping agenda, equipment needed, principles of “Leave No Trace” and answer any questions or concerns you might have. There is a $20.00 deposit due at this time. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/12/2010
Ferns & Friends

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Dr. Thomas Lord – This presentation by Dr. Lord, author of The Fern and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania, will feature local ferns and their allied friends, and will go over the unique aspects that each species different. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/16/2010
Owl Prowl

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

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Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the wonderful owls that prowl the night woods in Pennsylvania. After a short discussion, we will then go in search of these night flying creatures to do a little prowling of our own. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Dress for the weather. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/18/2010
Bobcats

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Patrick Snickles – Learn about the biology and habits of Pennsylvania’s on wild feline. The natural distribution of bobcats and their preferred habitats will be discussed, as well as the current bobcat management plant. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/23/2010
Scary Sounds of the Night

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

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Description: The Sun has just set…light is fading quickly. You feel the darkness start to wrap around your body like a blanket. You hear screams and howls off in the distance. What is that awful sound?? Your heart starts to pound faster, your breathing picks up. You are scared out of your wits. Darkness has a way of taking over your senses. Don’t let these “scary sounds of the night” keep you down and out. There’s an explanation for everything in life. Join the park naturalist as he unravels these mysterious nighttime sounds, followed by a hike around Dragonfly Pond. Bring a flashlight if you have one. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/25/2010
Birds of Prey

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Earl Shriver – See live birds of prey displayed by registered bird handler Earl Schriver. Find out the real truth about the myths and realities of these fascinating predators. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/26/2010
Why Yes, It Does Seem to be a Little Warmer

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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Description: Paul La Violette – Learn how the characteristics of the Arctic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea have changed over the last fifty years due to global warming, and how these changes will ultimately affect our lives in western PA. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/30/2010
Wood Duck

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Description: The wood duck is our most brilliantly colored duck. In the early 1900’s, the wood duck was nearing extinction due to draining of woodland ponds, over logging of mature trees used for nesting and over hunting. Join the park naturalist to learn about these amazing birds then afterward we will head to the wood shop to build nest boxes for them that will be placed on Yellow Creek Lake. Those interested in having their own wood duck box can purchase one for $15.00. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/07/2010
Owl Prowl

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

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Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the wonderful owls that prowl the night woods in Pennsylvania. After a short discussion, we will then go in search of these night flying creatures to do a little prowling of our own. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Dress for the weather. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/10/2010
Fall Foliage by Boat

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Spend the afternoon on a leisurely tour to see the spectacular fall scenery around Yellow Creek Lake. Seating is limited to 30 people. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

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10/14/2010

Fall Foliage by Boat

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

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Description: Spend the afternoon on a leisurely tour to see the spectacular fall scenery around Yellow Creek Lake. $3.00/person. Seating is limited to 10 people. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

10/17/2010
It’s for the Birds

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Mike Shaffer & Margaret Higbee – Feeding birds can be a wonderful hobby and winter time activity. Today you will learn all there is about feeding wild birds. After the program, those interested can build their own feeders. If you would like to build a bird feeder, pre-registration is required, call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. $20.00 for each Bird Feeder. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/21/2010
Wily Whitetails

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

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Description: Take a closer look into the most hunted big game species in North America. Topics will include antler growth and development, Pennsylvania’s present deer herd, calling and rattling, and the best places in the country to see and hunt trophy white-tailed deer. Get ready, for the rut is right around the corner! -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/23/2010
Halloween Stories Around the Campfire

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

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Description: Kate Geiger & Tom Harris – Have fun listening to Halloween Stories around the campfire. Following the stories, we will toast marshmallows and make smores. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Beach (Main Day-Use Area)

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6/17/2010
A Tadpole’s Tale & Box Turtle at Long Pond

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

Contact:

Description: It’s story-time! Children will learn about reptiles and amphibians through the stories of A Tadpole’s Tale and Box Turtle At Long Pond. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/17/2010
Slimy-Smelly Sensory Hike

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Students will use their five senses to learn about wetlands and wetland wildlife. This hike we’ll be sniffing around acting like private eyes in search of creepy-crawly creatures, and anything that’s jumping or a…hopping. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/19/2010
Orienteering

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Orienteering is a sport that exercises the body and the mind; it is like a treasure hunt in the forest. Join Jim Wolfe, President of the Western PA Orienteering Club, and learn how to use a detailed topographic map and a compass to navigate through the forest, on and off trails, to find marked locations in the woods. The program will start at the Amphitheatre located on the North Shore between the camping cottages and yurts. We will start with an introduction to map and compass and followed by an orienteering exercise in which participants can apply their new skills to an actual orienteering course set in the park. -Meet at the Amphitheater on North Shore

6/24/2010
Frog in my Throat

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

Contact:

Description: Come join me in a sing-a long as we learn about frogs, frog calls and other interesting wildlife that makes wetlands their home. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/24/2010
Salamander Safari

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Come and explore Laurel Run Creek for salamanders, frogs, and other “critters” that live there. Remember to wear your old shoes that can get wet. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/26/2010
Thyme to Start Cooking with Herbs

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Chef Ron Berkhart – Herbs can make your foods tastier and healthier. Samples will be provided. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

6/26/2010
Fun Around the Campfire

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Contact:

Description: Ed Mulligan, Rick Fye, and Kate Geiger – Have fun sitting around a campfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows while you sing along with these guitarists. Pre-registration is required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Beach (Main Day – Use Area)

6/27/2010
Smart Anglers

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: The SMART Angler Program is designed to provide instruction to youth between the ages of 8 and 12 on the types of fish found in Pennsylvania, fish habitats, safety, equipment, outdoor manners and protecting our water resources. Parents, guardians, mentors and other family members are encouraged to participate in SMART fishing clinics. Each participant learns basic fishing skills and gets to put those skills to use! All the participants in the fishing program focus on being “SMART” anglers. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/01/2010
Towering Trees

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Contact:

Description: Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth. The worlds oldest are 4,600 year-old Bristlecone Pine trees here in the United States. They tower among us, with the tallest tree measuring more than 360 feet tall. Join the park naturalist to learn all the fun facts about trees, how to measure, and how to age a tree.

7/01/2010
Trees are Terrific

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Students will increase their awareness of trees and discover how trees help other members of the forest community. Students will be led on a guided-hike around Dragonfly Pond looking at the life cycle, age, forest structure, and the importance of trees to wildlife and people.

7/03/2010
Crayfishing

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Come on down and do some crayfishing like you’ve never done before. You will be amazed at how easy it is to catch crayfish without lifting a single rock. We’ll be in “Craw-Dad” heaven. Great fun for the whole family! Wear shoes that you can get wet. -Meet at the Park Office

7/03/2010
Owl and Mouse

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Contact:

Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the fascinating owls that reside in Pennsylvania. Topics will include owl vocalization, their diet and how they can fly silently in the night. Afterward we will play a game called “Owl and Mouse”. -Meet at the Beach (Main Day – Use Area)

7/04/2010
Paddling Western PA Lakes

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail melharding@state.pa.us

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Contact: Melissa Harding

Description: Join Melissa Harding, Outdoor Recreation Specialist and Mike Shaffer, Park Naturalist for some fun paddling out on the lake followed by a delicious catered dinner. We will provide a short kayak instruction and then take two hours to explore nature’s sights and sounds as we paddle along the lake. Come look for painted turtles and blue herons or try a piece of cattail to see if it really tastes like cucumber! Our paddle will be followed by a catered dinner along the lake. $12.00/person. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. This program is limited to the first 20 people so that we can provide you with a safe experience. If you would like to bring your own boat or need a larger boat, please let us know upon registration.

7/10/2010
Mountain Biking in the Park

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Aaron Kovah – Learn about the trails around the lake, choosing the right bike for your needs, essential safety equipment and basic bicycle maintenance. Bring your bike, helmet (mandatory) and water for the ride. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/11/2010
Lunch on the Lake

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Contact:

Description: Come enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Creek Lake. We will take in all the sights and sounds that nature has to offer as we enjoy a scrumptious catered luncheon. $18.00/ person. Seating is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

7/15/2010
Under Cover

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Contact:

Description: Students will discover the importance of trees to animals, as well as some of the many ways ainmals use trees by making their very own “Peek-A-Tree.” -meet at the Environmental Learning Center

7/16/2010
Night Hike

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm

Contact:

Description: Join the park naturalist to discover some of the amazing creatures of the nighttime world. Topics will include owls, night-vision, and much, much, more. At the end of this program you will have sparks flying out of your mouths! Space is limited to 35 people. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/17/2010
Big Bad Bears

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Contact:

Description: From the giant polar bear to the mighty grizzly, bears are seen as symbols of strength and power around the world – yet still used as a model for the most beloved children’s toy. Join the park naturalist for a look into bears throughout the world and especially the ones in our own back yard. -Meet at the Beach (Main Day-Use Area)

7/17/2010
Sunset Tea Cruise

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Contact:

Description: Come enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Creek Lake. Take in all the sights and sounds that Yellow Creek has to offer. This cruise will take us down to the breast of the dam and back, just in time to watch the sun set behind Chestnut Ridge. If the gentle breezes from the lake don’t cool you off, don’t worry because ice-cold Wild Teas will be served for your pleasure. $10.00/ person. Seating is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

7/18/2010
Stake Church/Herb Garden Tour

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Contact:

Description: Stake Church was built in the fall of 1883, making it over 120 years old. It is the oldest operating church on State Park land. Come join the park naturalist to learn about the fascinating history of this church and the Yellow Creek area. Then we will venture across the road to the beautiful Herb Garden to learn how important herbs were to the very survival of early settlers entering the New World for culinary, medicinal, and cleansing purposes. This is a great time to meet people who grew up in the area and reminisce about the past. -Meet at the Stake Church (North Shore)

7/22/2010
Leaf Scavenger Hunt

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

Contact:

Description: Students will learn more about trees as they collect leaves on a leaf scavenger hunt. The leaves collected will be used for the Leaf Nature Printing program, where students will transform an ordinary T-shirt into something wild.

7/22/2010
Leaf Nature Printing

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:45pm-3:00pm

Contact:

Description: Transform an ordinary T-shirt into something wild. You will make up your own designs from the leaves we collected from the Leaf Scavenger Hunt, along with other materials from nature. Just bring in a light colored T-shirt (100% cotton fabric works best) or any other item that you want to decorate with nature’s beauty, and learn the art of nature printing. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/24/2010
Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Contact:

Description: Have you ever wondered if there is a difference? Can turtles really crawl out of their shells? Join the park naturalist for an up close and personal look at these wonderful creatures. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

7/24/2010
Bats: Up Close and Personal

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm

Contact:

Description: What do you know about bats? Do you see them as important to the environment? If not, come and learn about these misunderstood creatures, visit the park’s bat boxes, and conduct a bat count. Last year we counted close to 200 bats coming out of just one bat house. Bring a blanket to sit on. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the North Shore Pavilion

7/25/2010
Go Green and Save Money

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Yellow Creek State Park is the first state park in the nation to conduct a Climate Leadership In Parks survey, also known as CLIP. Join Park Manager, Ken Bisbee to find out what Yellow Creek is doing to reduce carbon emissions and overall reduce our ecological foot print. These same energy conservation practices that we are using can easily be applied by you. Not only can you save money, but the true satisfaction comes by protecting the natural resources we both dearly love. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/01/2010
Venemous Snakes of PA

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Don’t let their scales and appearance fool you…snakes play an important role in the environment. Find out what’s real and what’s not, from the poisonous to the perfectly harmless and much, much, more. Live snakes will be on hand, so don’t miss out on this grand opportunity. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/05/2010
Energy Basics

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Contact:

Description: Students will learn the basics of energy, where it comes from and how it is produced. We will learn that not all energy is created equal and that certain types of energy are non-renewable and some are in a limited supply.

8/05/2010
East Street

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Contact:

Description: People often use water without thinking about the implication. Students will compare their water usage of today to that of an 1890s family. -meet at the Environmental Learning Center

8/07/2010
Butterflies

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Contact:

Description: They are masters of display and deception. These winged jewels have fascinated man since early times. Join the park naturalist to learn about these amazing butterflies, and then afterward we’ll go in search of these colorful masterpieces with net in hand. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/08/2010
Leave Only Ripples

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Contact:

Description: Whether you use a canoe, sailboat, or high-powered motorboat, there’s no denying that boating is one of our favorite recreational activities. Thousands of crafts use Pennsylvania’s waterways each year. Learn how to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment during this fun-packed pontoon ride. Space is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

8/12/2010
Wind Energy for Students

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Contact:

Description: Students will be introduced to the importance of Wind Energy in making electricity, different types of generating windmills, parts of a wind turbine and how it works. -meet at the Environmental Learning Center

8/12/2010
Solar Car Races

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Contact:

Description: Join us for some fun in the sun as we explore renewable energy sources. Then afterward, we will build solar cars and race them to see who built the fastest car.

8/14/2010
Salamander Safari

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Join Mike Shaffer, the Park Naturalist at Yellow Creek State Park, to explore Laurel Run for salamanders and other critters. Remember to wear shoes that can get wet. Great fun for the whole family! Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Pre-registration is required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Park Office

8/14/2010
Sunset Tea Cruise

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Contact:

Description: Come enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Creek Lake. Take in all the sights and sounds that Yellow Creek has to offer. This cruise will take us down to the breast of the dam and back, just in time to watch the sun set behind Chestnut Ridge. If the gentle breezes from the lake don’t cool you off, don’t worry because ice-cold Wild Teas will be served for your pleasure. $10.00/ person. Seating is limited to the first 10 participants. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

8/15/2010
Photographing Dragonflies

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Jim Reber – The program will begin with a short talk about dragonflies and photos of dragonflies. After some advice on photographing dragonflies, we will all spend time at Dragonfly Pond photographing dragonflies. Bring your camera. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/19/2010
Drop in the Bucket

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Students will take a pontoon cruise of Yellow Creek Lake learning the importance of water as a resource and will learn how to minimize their impact on the environment through the activities “Drop in the Bucket” and “Closing the Recycling Loop.”

8/21/2010
Night Hike

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm

Contact:

Description: Join the park naturalist to discover some of the amazing creatures of the nighttime world. Topics will include owls, night-vision, and much, much more. At the end of this program you will have sparks flying out of your mouths! -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/22/2010
Mountain Biking

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Join the Laurel Highlands On & Off Road Biking Association for a 4 mile ride from the McFeater’s Cove (North Shore Mooring Area) to the I.U.P. Sailing Base and back. Bikers will be broken into two groups, the beginner and the intermediate. There is one hill that will challenge us at the beginning but after that it’s smooth sailing. -Meet at the Mooring Area on the North Shore

8/29/2010
Technology Treasure Hunters

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Interested in finding hidden treasure in your local State Park? If so, join park staff for a fun geo-caching experience. Participants will learn how to use a GPS unit while exploring some of the hidden treasures of Yellow Creek State Park. This program will explain how a GPS unit works and provide you with a self-guided treasure hunt to explore the park. We will provide GPS units for participant use during the program. Feel free to bring a snack to eat on the trail and wear appropriate shoes for off-trail hiking. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

8/29/2010
Incredible Insects

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Contact:

Description: Join us for some fun and discovery as we take a closer look into the world of insects. Activities will include drawing, active listening, putting together insect puzzles, and will be followed by an insect hunt. -Met at the Beach (Main Day-Use Area)

9/04/2010
Tree Identification Contest

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Need some added beauty to your front or back yard? If so, you’re in luck! Thanks to the generosity of Pike’s Peak Nursery, two (2) $40.00 gift certificates will be awarded to the winners of this year’s 6th Annual Tree Identification Contest. It will be held somewhere within the confines of Yellow Creek State Park. Mike Shaffer, the Environmental Education Specialist, will mark approximately 50 trees and shrubs along a pre-designated area of the park. You will be guided through this area on a leisurely pace, stopping approximately 2 minutes for each tree or shrub. This is a family competition. Each family will compete for the prize, and the two families with the best scores will receive a $40 gift certificate from Pike’s Peak Nursery. -Meet at the Envrionmental Learning Classroom

9/04/2010
Campfire Cooking

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Contact:

Description: No matter how spectacular the scenery, meals around the campfire are always the highlight of the camper’s day. Learn how to cook over the campfire, just like they did way back when things just seemed a whole lot simpler. Bring in your favorite recipe to share. Everybody is welcome to help out with the cooking. -Meet at the Amphitheatre on North Shore

9/05/2010
Bat Box Workshop

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Can’t sit out on your porch without getting pestered by mosquitoes? Well, if you can’t, this program is one you do not want to miss. This is your chance to learn all about bats of Pennsylvania and build a bat box of your choice. If you build it they will come!!! Your mosquito problems will be solved because bats can consume tremendous amounts of insects. As a matter of fact, the little brown bat, a very common bat here in Pennsylvania, can eat 600 insects an hour. Pre-registration required. Due to limited supplies and space this program will be limited to the first (10) families and/or participants. Construction costs are $40.00 for the large bat box (250 bat capacity) or $20.00 for the small bat box (80 bat capacity). Bring a battery-powered screwdriver if you have one. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/06/2010
Woodpeckers of PA

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the seven species of woodpeckers that are found in Pennsylvania. Topics will include calls, distribution, habitat, and identification. Afterward, we will go in search of these amazing creatures. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

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9/12/2010

Yellow Creek Camp Out

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-11:00am

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Description: If you love to camp, backpack, kayak and bike this trip for you. This is truly a camper’s dream vacation packed with all these fun-filled activities. This camp out is designed for the beginner and intermediate level. Let the staff of trained outdoor professionals from Yellow Creek, Moraine and Keystone State Park be your guide on a journey of a lifetime. This camping trip is limited to the first 15 participants. Total coat is $60.00/person, which includes all food, kayak and bike rentals. You must supply your own gear. For ages 16 & up only. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. In order to go on this trip you must attend the following orientation class. Camping and Backpacking Basics on August 16th, 2010 from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm at the Environmental Learning Classroom. This course will go over camping agenda, equipment needed, principles of “Leave No Trace” and answer any questions or concerns you might have. There is a $20.00 deposit due at this time. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/12/2010
Ferns & Friends

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Dr. Thomas Lord – This presentation by Dr. Lord, author of The Fern and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania, will feature local ferns and their allied friends, and will go over the unique aspects that each species different. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/16/2010
Owl Prowl

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Contact:

Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the wonderful owls that prowl the night woods in Pennsylvania. After a short discussion, we will then go in search of these night flying creatures to do a little prowling of our own. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Dress for the weather. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/18/2010
Bobcats

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Patrick Snickles – Learn about the biology and habits of Pennsylvania’s on wild feline. The natural distribution of bobcats and their preferred habitats will be discussed, as well as the current bobcat management plant. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/23/2010
Scary Sounds of the Night

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

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Description: The Sun has just set…light is fading quickly. You feel the darkness start to wrap around your body like a blanket. You hear screams and howls off in the distance. What is that awful sound?? Your heart starts to pound faster, your breathing picks up. You are scared out of your wits. Darkness has a way of taking over your senses. Don’t let these “scary sounds of the night” keep you down and out. There’s an explanation for everything in life. Join the park naturalist as he unravels these mysterious nighttime sounds, followed by a hike around Dragonfly Pond. Bring a flashlight if you have one. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/25/2010
Birds of Prey

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Earl Shriver – See live birds of prey displayed by registered bird handler Earl Schriver. Find out the real truth about the myths and realities of these fascinating predators. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/26/2010
Why Yes, It Does Seem to be a Little Warmer

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Contact:

Description: Paul La Violette – Learn how the characteristics of the Arctic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea have changed over the last fifty years due to global warming, and how these changes will ultimately affect our lives in western PA. (Friends of the Parks program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

9/30/2010
Wood Duck

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Description: The wood duck is our most brilliantly colored duck. In the early 1900’s, the wood duck was nearing extinction due to draining of woodland ponds, over logging of mature trees used for nesting and over hunting. Join the park naturalist to learn about these amazing birds then afterward we will head to the wood shop to build nest boxes for them that will be placed on Yellow Creek Lake. Those interested in having their own wood duck box can purchase one for $15.00. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/07/2010
Owl Prowl

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Contact:

Description: Join the park naturalist to learn about the wonderful owls that prowl the night woods in Pennsylvania. After a short discussion, we will then go in search of these night flying creatures to do a little prowling of our own. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Dress for the weather. -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/10/2010
Fall Foliage by Boat

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Contact:

Description: Spend the afternoon on a leisurely tour to see the spectacular fall scenery around Yellow Creek Lake. Seating is limited to 30 people. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

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10/14/2010

Fall Foliage by Boat

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

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Description: Spend the afternoon on a leisurely tour to see the spectacular fall scenery around Yellow Creek Lake. $3.00/person. Seating is limited to 10 people. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. -Meet at the Boat Rental (Main Day-Use Area)

10/17/2010
It’s for the Birds

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Description: Mike Shaffer & Margaret Higbee – Feeding birds can be a wonderful hobby and winter time activity. Today you will learn all there is about feeding wild birds. After the program, those interested can build their own feeders. If you would like to build a bird feeder, pre-registration is required, call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913. $20.00 for each Bird Feeder. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/21/2010
Wily Whitetails

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

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Description: Take a closer look into the most hunted big game species in North America. Topics will include antler growth and development, Pennsylvania’s present deer herd, calling and rattling, and the best places in the country to see and hunt trophy white-tailed deer. Get ready, for the rut is right around the corner! -Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom

10/23/2010
Halloween Stories Around the Campfire

Yellow Creek State Park

Phone 724-357-7913 | E-mail

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

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Description: Kate Geiger & Tom Harris – Have fun listening to Halloween Stories around the campfire. Following the stories, we will toast marshmallows and make smores. (Friends of the Parks Program) -Meet at the Beach (Main Day-Use Area)