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August Programs at Little Buffalo State Park

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Shoaff’s Mill will run Saturdays & Sundays from 1-3pm, staff dependent.
The Blue Ball Tavern will be open on Sundays from 1-4pm, staff dependent.

Kayaking Dates – Aug. 9th, 23rd, & 30th  - 5-6:30pm & 7-8:30pm – Join us for an evening kayak on Holman Lake. You must register as space is limited – please call the park office to register. We will meet at the small kayak shed next to the main boat launch (East Area, on Boat Launch Road). Children must be 12 years and older to borrow a kayak. You may bring your own or borrow one of ours. You may only register for 1 date unless you bring your own kayak.

Aug. 2nd (Fri) – Photography Walk -6pm – Meet us at the parking lot of Pavilion 1 & 2 for a walk along the creek trail to do some wildlife photography. All ages and experiences are welcome, but this is not a small children’s program. Even if you don’t have a camera, feel free to join us and learn about the wildlife at Little Buffalo and the art of nature photography.

Aug. 2nd (Fri) – Bats! – 8:30pm -  Join us in the East Area to look for bats! We will start with a brief presentation on bat biology and conservation, then as it gets dark we will take our bat detector out to try to identify bats. All ages are welcome. We will meet at the playground in the East area, and flashlights are recommended.

Aug. 3rd (Sat) – Meet the Salamanders – 9:30-11am – Stop by the stage in the East Area during this time to check out some of the different species of salamanders in PA. We will talk about amphibian biology and conservation and how you can help protect these unique animals.

Aug. 4th (Sun) – Meet the Butterflies – 4-5pm – Stop in at the butterfly garden in the East Area to see some of the beautiful bees and butterflies that visit the park. We have a great selection of native wildflowers for our pollinators and we will discuss the significance of choosing natives in your landscape as well as the importance of host plants to butterflies.

Aug. 10th (Sat) – We’re Talkin’ Trees @ Boyd Big Tree – 10am - Come out and visit Boyd Big Tree in Dauphin and learn about trees! We will learn how to ID trees and talk about managing trees. We will then take a short walk to practice our ID skills. We will meet at the Pavilion. Bug spray is highly recommended.

Aug. 11th (Sun) – Reptiles & Amphibians on Stage 10-11am – Join us on the stage at 10am for a program about reptiles and amphibians at Little Buffalo. All ages are welcome. The stage is in the East Area by Pavilion 3.

Aug. 16th (Fri) – Creatures of the Night – 8:00 pm – Meet us at the campground amphitheater to learn about some creatures of the night! We will discuss bats, owls, and other nocturnal creatures and then take a walk to look for some. Flashlights recommended. The amphitheater is up the hill across from the Modern Cabin – look for signs.

Aug. 17th (Sat) – Mushroom Hike – 10am – Join the park naturalist and a representative of the Eastern Penn Mushroomers for a walk along our trails looking for mushrooms. We will meet in the parking lot of Pavilion 1 & 2.

Aug. 22nd (Thurs) – Photography Walk – 6pm – Meet us at the parking lot of Pavilion 1 & 2 for a walk along the creek trail to do some wildlife photography. All ages and experiences are welcome, but this is not a small children’s program. Even if you don’t have a camera, feel free to join us and learn about the wildlife at Little Buffalo.

Aug. 24th (Sat) – Bats! – 8:30pm - Join us in the East Area to look for bats! We will start with a brief presentation on bat biology and conservation, then as it gets dark we will take our bat detector out to try to identify bats. All ages are welcome. We will meet at the playground in the East area, and flashlights are recommended.

Aug. 25th (Sun) – Stream Study – 10:30am – Come out and help us catch some macroinvertebrates in the stream and learn what they can tell us about water quality. We will identify the creatures that we catch and at the end release them back into the stream. We will meet at the Playground in the East Area. You may bring your own nets if you wish, and water shoes or high boots are recommended.

Aug. 31st (Sat) – Reptiles & Amphibians on Stage 10-11am - Join us on the stage at 10am for a program about reptiles and amphibians at Little Buffalo. All ages are welcome. The stage is in the East Area by Pavilion 3.

Aug. 31st (Sat) – Laser Shot Trailer – 10am-? - The Pennsylvania Game Commission, Division of Research and Education has implemented it’s Laser Shot trailer.  This is a mobile infra-red laser operated shooting simulator for introducing youth to safe firearm handling, familiarization,  sight alignment and other aspects of Hunter Education and Safety.  Built on a small foot print, 8’x16’, it merely needs 110v power access and aspiring young hunters can practice safe firearm handling and hone their shooting skills in practically any location.  Available to youth of all ages, there is no need to wait for formal Hunter Education to practice skills and safety. **The exact times the trailer will be here have not yet been specified. It will be located in the old office parking lot across the main road from the current office. Call the park office or check our Facebook page or the DCNR Calendar of Events for details.





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
www.dcnr.state.pa.us<http://www.iconservepa.org/> | www.iConservePA.org<http://www.iconservepa.org/>
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