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LIttle Buffalo State Park - May Programs





April 15, 2019             


Shoaff’s Mill will open Saturday, May 4th and will continue to be open Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm & on Memorial Day from 10am-noon.

Take a guided tour of Shoaff’s Mill. Open from May through October, this nineteenth century operational gristmill is still powered by the 32 ft. Fitz waterwheel.


Wed. May 1st - Morning Kayaking – Join us for our first kayak of the season. Space is limited and you must be 12 yrs or older to kayak with us. You may bring your own kayak or borrow one of the ours! This is a great opportunity for beginners! You will learn the basics of paddling in a safe and calm environment. To register, contact the park office at 717-567-9255 or email Time slots will be 9am-10:30am & 10:45-12:30. We meet at the East Boat launch near the ramp.


Sat. May 4th - Stream Study – 10:30am– Bring the kids out to learn about the creatures that call Little Buffalo Creek home. We will be using small nets to capture a variety of invertebrates in the stream in order to identify them and learn about what they can tell us about the health of our stream. Afterwards we release them. All ages are encouraged! No registration required. Meet at the creek behind the playground in the East (Mill) area of the park.


Sun. May 5th - Wildflower Walk – 10:00-11:00am - We will be taking a walk along the Mill Race trail and part of Buffalo Ridge in search of spring wildflowers. Cameras and binoculars are encouraged as we often see a variety of birds along the trails as well. Meet at the stage beside Pavilion 3.


Tue. May 7th - Evening Kayaking – We will have two sessions available – 5:30-7pm and 7-8:30pm. You must be 12 yrs or older to kayak, and you must contact the park office to register. We meet at the East Boat Launch near the ramp.


Sat. May 11th – Migratory Bird Hike - 9:00-10:00am– We will be hiking the Mill Race trail in search of warblers and other late spring migrants. This is an easy hike but sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. We will meet at the Stage in the Mill area of the park.


Sat. May 11th - Wild Edibles! - 11:00am - Expert forager Debbie Naha is back to help us discover the edible plants hiding in plain sight all around us! We will meet at the park office for a brief presentation and then go on a short foraging walk. Registration is required and there is a small fee of $5 per person. Call 717-567-9255 to register and for details.


Sat. May 18th - Bats! - 8:00pm – Join us for a campground program about bats! Weather dependent, we will have a brief presentation on bats followed by a search for some bats around the campground. We will meet at the entrance to the campground next to the wood shed and lodge. For those not camping, please park in the extra car lot for the campground – look for signs.


Sun. May 19th & Fri. May 24th – Attracting Pollinators – 5:00pm – Come and learn about the importance of pollinators and how you can help attract them to your backyard. We will discuss the importance of native plants, what types of flowers are preferred, and what other plants these animals need in order to survive. Meet at the park office.


Wed. May 22nd - Boating Safety Course - 8:00 am-2:00pm – This course is brought to us by the Fish & Boat Commission and the certificate received by this training is required for anyone in PA to operate a personal watercraft (jet-ski) or any motorized boat over 25hp. The training is free but the cost of the certificate is $10. Registration is required – call the park office at 717-567-9255 or email for more details.


Thurs. May 23rd –Nature Photography for Beginners – 5pm – Come out and try your camera skills as we learn some tips from some local photographers. We will learn the basics of photography and practice along the Mill Race Trail. Meet in the East Area by the stage.


Sun. May 26th - Meet the Salamanders – 10:00-11:30am - Stop by the stage in the East area to learn about some of the amazing creatures that live here in our park. Did you know that Pennsylvania has 22 species of salamanders? We have several beautiful species here in the park, stop by and see some of them!


Sun. May 26th - Blue Ball Tavern Tours– 1-4pm - Stop by and visit the Blue Ball Tavern Museum to see many local historic artifacts. The oldest building in the park was once an important stop for dispatch riders during the War of 1812 and is said to be the site where Perry County was officially created.


Sun. May 26th & Mon. May 27th – 9:00am - War Stories from the Cemetery – Meet us at the park office for a brief discussion about the history of Memorial Day followed by a walk to the Sulfur Springs Cemetery to learn the surprising stories of some of the soldiers that are buried there.


Mon. May 27th - Shoaff’s Mill Tour – 10:30am-noon - Come and visit the mill during our special hours of operation.

For information or directions to Little Buffalo State Park please contact the Park office at (717) 567-9255.

 If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice), 1-888-537-7294 (TTY), 717-558-2711 (local or international TTY), or 1-800-654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service).

            With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

            From more information on DCNR, visit or visit DCNR through the Pennsylvania home page at

Mindy Marker | Environmental Education Specialist
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Little Buffalo State Park
Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Areas
Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area
1579 State Park Road | Newport PA  17074
Phone: 717.567.9255 | Fax: 717.567.7420<> |<>