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Little Buffalo State Park - Programs for August 2020

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PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT:   MINDY MARKER
                                    ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SPECIALIST


IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Programs for August, 2020

Shoaff's Mill is open for tours! - Saturdays & Sundays - 1-3pm
Shoaff's Mill is a 19th century operational grist mill that is open for tours every Saturday & Sunday from May through the Apple Festival in October. Originally built around 1840 to serve the Juniata iron furnace community, this mill provided the surrounding region with cornmeal, flour, and various animal feeds. Come and see the 32 foot Fitz waterwheel turn as it has for over 100 years and check out a variety of milling tools and machinery.
The mill will be open Saturdays & Sundays from 1-3pm from now through mid October and is available to groups for private tours, staff permitting. For closures, changes in Mill operating times, or special events like corn grinding demonstrations, check our Facebook page or contact the park office.
Social distancing will be practiced for all programs, including Mill Tours. This means we will be limiting the amount of people inside the Mill at once. We also ask that patrons bring masks, as they must be worn if entering the Mill or when in close proximity to other park patrons.


Bats! - Friday, Aug. 7th  - 8:30pm
Join us near the stage for a short discussion on bats followed by a walk through our East Area to look for this unique flying mammal. We will learn about the types of bats in PA, common misconceptions about bats, and how we can help protect them.
Please have masks for all programs, including those outdoors. Social distancing protocols will remain in place. This will be a limited attendance, first come first serve program.


Attracting Pollinators - Saturday, Aug. 8th  - 11am-12pm
Come out to the butterfly garden to learn the basics of creating a butterfly garden as well as the benefits of choosing native plants. We will be discussing the common butterflies of Little Buffalo and how to improve your garden for pollinators.
Please have masks with you for all programs and practice social distancing. This is a "come anytime during this hour" program, but it will be first come, first serve.


We're Talkin' Trees - Saturday, Aug. 8th - 7pm
We will be talking trees and learning the basics of tree identification at the campground. We will learn how to use a tree guide and what to look for when trying to determine what type of tree you are looking at. We will then walk around the campground to practice our new ID skills. We will meet at the Bath House at the campground. This is a first come, first serve, limited space program and social distancing will be practiced. Please wear a facial covering to attend.

Reptiles on Stage - Sunday, Aug, 9th - 11am-12pm
Come to the stage in the east area and learn about PA's native cold-blooded creatures. This is a program for all ages to come and learn about the differences between reptiles and amphibians and meet a few species that are found here in the park. You can also learn how you can help become a citizen scientist and help us monitor wildlife anywhere you go! Please have masks with you and practice social distancing.

Nocturnal Animals - Friday, Aug. 14th -  8:30 pm
Crawl into the night with us at the campground (follow signs) as we discuss the awesome adaptations that different animals have! We will discuss some nocturnal adaptations and then go for a short hike to look and listen for nocturnal creatures. Flashlights are recommended for the night hike portion. You must register for this program - space is limited. To register, or contact littlebuffsp@pa.gov with questions.

Pennsylvania Black Bears - Saturday, Aug. 15th -  6-7pm
Stop by our table at the campground to learn about Pennsylvania's Black Bears, including their life history and how we manage them in the state. We will discuss what to do when hiking in bear country, as well as how to protect your campsite or home from nuisance bears.
Please have masks with you for all programs - even though they are outdoors, you may be in close proximity to other park visitors or park staff. We will practice social distancing when possible. We will be located near the bath house.

Stream Study - Sunday, Aug. 16th - 11am-12pm
Get your feet wet and help us do a stream study! We will be in the creek looking for macroinvertebrates and learning what they can tell us about our water quality. This is a free event, but registration is recommended and space is limited! To register, contact littlebuffsp@pa.gov.
Meet at the playground near the stage and pavilion 3. We will be in the small stream behind it.
Please know that for all programs we will be following social distancing guidelines, so program attendance will be limited to first come, first serve unless otherwise stated. Participants will also be asked to have masks on hand and wear them when in close proximity to other park patrons.

Owl Outlaws - Friday, Aug. 21st - 7pm
Learn about the owls of Pennsylvania and solve a mystery in a classic case of HOO done it! We will be holding this program in the campground on Black Hill Road at the pavilion across from the modern cabin. Please look for signs! Please have masks with you for all educational programs and we will be practicing social distancing. Adverse weather will cancel some programs - check the Facebook page or call 717-567-9255 for updates if the weather looks bad.

Turtle Talk - Saturday, Aug. 22 - 10-11am
Stop by the stage in the East Area of the park to learn about Pennsylvania's turtles, including common turtles at the park and how to safely move large turtles from the roadway. This is a come anytime during this hour type of program. Masks must be worn when close to other visitors or park staff. Please try to maintain social distancing and keep in mind that this will be a first come, first serve program. We will stay longer if needed to ensure everyone gets a chance to learn!

Bats! - Saturday, Aug. 22 - 8:30pm
Join us near the stage for a short discussion on bats followed by a walk through our East Area to look for this unique flying mammal. We will learn about the types of bats in PA, common misconceptions about bats, and how we can help protect them.
Please have masks for all programs, including those outdoors. Social distancing protocols will remain in place. This will be a limited attendance, first come first serve program.

Fossil Hunt - Sunday, Aug. 23 - 10am
Join us for a fossil hunt at the campground. We will be learning what types of fossils you can find in PA and how old they can be. We will meet at the campground wood shed on Black Hill Road at 5pm. Please park in the parking lots either behind the wood shed (extra car lot) or across from the wood shed (below the rec hall). We will walk to the site together!


Attracting Pollinators - Saturday, Aug. 23rd- 5-6pm
Come out to the butterfly garden to learn the basics of creating a butterfly garden as well as the benefits of choosing native plants. We will be discussing the common butterflies of Little Buffalo and how to improve your garden for pollinators.
Please have masks with you for all programs and practice social distancing. This is a "come anytime during this hour" program, but it will be first come, first serve.

Homeschool Day - Beautiful Birds - Wednesday, Aug. 26th - 10am & 2pm
Geared towards ages 5-8, we will be learning about the birds of PA. We'll learn the unique characteristics of birds, talk about migration, and how we can help protect birds. If the weather cooperates, we will go on a short walk to look for birds around the East Area. We will meet at Pavilion 3. All children participating must be registered. All ages are welcome.
To register, contact littlebuffsp@pa.gov. This is a free event. Please register each child as well as parents individually as we must keep groups under 25 people. Masks are required.

Pennsylvania Furbearers - Friday, Aug. 28th - 6pm
Come on out and learn about Pennsylvania's many furbearing species, from foxes to fishers to bears! We will have a table set up at the campground near the bath house where you can check out (but not touch) some of the furs of native PA mammals and learn about the history of trapping and the importance of conservation of these species.

Deer & Elk of Pennsylvania - Saturday, Aug. 29th - 7pm
Come to the campground and learn about white-tailed deer and elk in Pennsylvania. We will be discussing deer biology, aging, scoring antlers, and past and present conservation in the state. This will be a first come, first serve limited space program and social distancing will be practiced. Please have masks with you if you are attending. We will be located near the bath house.


Salamander Search - Sunday, Aug. 30th - 10am
Join us for a salamander search as we search for and discover some of the cold blooded creatures of Little Buffalo. We will be going into the forest to try to find a variety of reptiles, amphibians, or other unique creatures. We will be meeting at the playground in the east area. This is for all ages, but parents MUST be able to help guide children to keep them safe. Masks are required when in close contact with other patrons.

Raptors of Pennsylvania - Sunday, Aug. 30th - 4pm
Stop by Shoaff's Mill after tours for a discussion of raptors in Pennsylvania. We will talk about some unique adaptations of our birds of prey, why they are important in our ecosystem, and how we have affected their populations over the past few decades. Come and learn what you can do to help our raptors!



For information, questions about programs, registration, or directions to Little Buffalo State Park please contact the Park office at (717) 567-9255 or email littlebuffsp@pa.gov.

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 www.dcnr.state.pa.us or visit DCNR through the Pennsylvania home page at www.state.pa.us.
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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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