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LIttle Buffalo State Park - June Programs


Sun June 2nd - 10am - Invasive Species

Meet us at the park office classroom for an introduction to invasive species. We will be joined by Dr. Liz Bosak from Penn State for a presentation on the Spotted Lanternfly followed by a discussion of other invasives in our parks. Afterwards, weather permitting, we will go on a short walk outside of the park office to show you some invasive plants to watch out for. If you can't make this event, we will be having another invasives program at Boyd Big Tree on June 13th at 5:00pm.

Thurs. June 6th & Sat. June 22nd - 5-6:30pm & 7-8:30pm - Kayaking Holman Lake

Come out and learn the basics of kayaking! You must register by calling the park office at 717-567-9255 or sending us a message via FB or email Please give your name and contact phone number to register in case of cancellations. As for most outdoor programs, kayaking will be cancelled in the event of storms. Choose one of two time slots: 5-6:30pm or 7-8:30pm.

June 7th - 4:30 - PA Reptiles & Amphibians

Come and learn about PA’s native reptiles & amphibians. All ages are welcome, but this program is tailored for middle to secondary aged children. We will learn a little about the basic biology and differences between the two groups and meet a few of the species that live here at Little Buffalo. This event will be held at Pavilion 3.

June 7th - 8:30pm - Bats

Bring the family for a program on bats! We will have a brief presentation followed by a walk around the East Area (after dark of course!) to look for bats with our bat detector. If you want to join us on our walk, flashlights may be helpful! Bug spray is also recommended. Meet at the stage/pavilion 3 area.

June 8th - 9am - Get Outdoors Day Hike

Meet us near the stage/pavilion 3 area for a hike along the Mill Race Trail to look for wildlife. Bring the cameras or binoculars! This is an easy and shorter length hike (1/4 mile), ideal for avid birders, nature photographers, and young kids. Pets are welcome as long as they as well behaved around others.

June 9th - 9am - Hike at Boyd Big Tree Preserve

Join us at the pavilion at Boyd Big Tree Preserve, located in Dauphin, for an easier hike along the Lower Spring Trail, which is about a mile in total length. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are recommended as is bug spray. Bring the cameras or binoculars! Meet at the pavilion.

June 13th (Thur) - 5pm-6pm - Invasive Species at Boyd Big Tree

Join us at Boyd Big Tree for a program on invasive species with a special presentation from Dr. Liz Bosak of Penn State. We will be talking about the newest information regarding the lanterfly and its threat to Pennsylvania's agriculture as well as how you can help prevent its spread. We will also discuss some other common invasives in our parks and how to manage them. We will meet at the pavilion.

June 16th - 9am-11am - Father's Day Hike

Meet us at the stage/pavilion 3 area for a hike on Buffalo Ridge Trail. This is a 1.5 mile slightly difficult trail & sturdy walking or hiking shoes are a must. We will look for wildlife as well as talk about the history of the area.

June 28th (Fri) - 6-7pm - Who's Been Here?

Come to the park office classroom to learn about animal tracks and signs! A brief presentation for older children and adults on learning animal tracks will be followed by a tracking activity for all ages.

June 29th - 5-6pm - We're Talking Trees

This program is designed for older children and adults interested in learning tree ID, management, and importance to wildlife. This program is held at the Mill, and afterwards we will take a walk along the mill race trail to practice identifying trees and shrubs.

June 30th - 10-11:30am - Stream Study

Bring the family and help us do a stream study! We will be catching macroinvertebrates and learning what they can tell us about a stream. Nets are supplied but boots are recommended as the water is cold! Afterwards we will let all of our creatures go free.

July 5th (Fri) - 5-6pm - Attracting Pollinators

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.

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 |