Encourages Pennsylvanians to Enjoy State Parks and Forests on Veterans Day
Harrisburg – Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti today invited Pennsylvanians to
enjoy the 2.5 million acres of state park and forest lands available for
outdoor enjoyment on the upcoming extended Veterans Day holiday weekend.
noted there are more than 20 recreational and educational programs being held
in state parks over the weekend, some of them especially for veterans and their
works every day to encourage our citizens to take time to explore and be active
outdoors,” Ferretti said. “Many people enjoy our parks and forests during
the summer months, but nothing beats a walk on a trail on a crisp autumn day.
to remind visitors, and especially veterans, that our parks and forests have no
entrance fees and are open year-round, providing an opportunity to enjoy their
beauty, get some exercise or learn something at a program,” Ferretti said.
for the Veterans Day weekend include:
the Night,” French Creek State Park, Berks County Nov. 8, 7 p.m.;A
leisurely 1.5-mile walk near the Hopewell Lake to enjoy the sights, sounds and
smells of an autumn evening and learn about nocturnal wildlife through fun
- "Peregrine Falcons: The Saga of
Recovery," Nolde Environmental Education Center, Berks County, Nov. 8,
7:30 p.m.; Baird Ornithological Club presents speaker Art McMorris who
will talk about the natural history of peregrines throughout the
commonwealth with a spotlight on the Reading falcons.
- “Geocaching Family Event,” Sinnemahoning
State Park, Cameron County, Nov. 9, noon; Cameron County claims it is the
geocaching capital of the world with more caches per square mile than
people. Individuals and families new to the sport can get help with using
a GPS, setting up a Geocaching.com account, marking waypoints and finding
geocaches, including the eight easy-to-find and easy-to-get-to Ranger
Ricks Jr. caches already in the park. Experienced geocachers can challenge
themselves with the new Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Legacy of
- “Golden Eagle Migration at the Allegheny
Front,” Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, Nov. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Head
to the Allegheny Front to watch golden eagles migrating. Registration is
required, and there is a charge for this program.
- “Beginning Binoculars,” Tiadaghton
Resource Management Center, Lycoming County, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.; This state
forest program is an introduction to binoculars and bird watching. Ten
sets of binoculars and bird books will be available, and the public is
encouraged to bring their own as well.
- “Birdwatching for Veterans and their
Families,” Frances Slocum State Park, Luzerne County, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.; Veterans
and their families are invited to join the park naturalist for a look at
the birds using the park's bird feeding area.
- “The Henry Longrifle,” Jacobsburg
Environmental Education Center, Northampton County, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.; The
Henry Longrifle was used in all of our nation’s conflicts from the
Revolutionary War through the Civil War. In recognition of Veterans Day,
Tim Lubenesky of the Jacobsburg Historical Society will share his insights
on how the Henry Longrifle played a role in our nation’s military history.
information about programs is available on the DCNR Calendar of Events on the
website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us;
choose “Events.” Programs for veterans
are sorted under “Select an Activity” on the calendar page.