WELLSBORO, Pa. (WETM) – Hills Creek and Cherry Springs STATE PARKS offer in-person and virtual programs.

The events are scheduled to take place throughout May, which includes the 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th.

At Hills Creek State Park

WELLSBORO – Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901 is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road.

Free two-hour beginner’s fishing program offered in person twice on May 15 and twice on May 22

Try fishing at Hills Creek Lake by joining Park Naturalist Jim Mucci for an introduction to fishing. No fishing license is required to participate. Everything needed for the program is provided free of charge, such as rods, reels and fishing line. “Fishing is a sport that you can enjoy your entire life,” said Mucci. The free two-hour beginner’s fishing program is presented in person on the beach at Hills Creek Lake. It is offered twice this Saturday May 15 and twice the following Saturday May 22. The first session will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on both Saturdays and the second from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. families and people of all ages who want to learn to fish, spinning rods with reels will be used, ”said Mucci. It is simple to use, the cheapest and easily repairable. I saw huge fish landed with this material, ”he said. “During the program, participants will fish for sunfish including perch, blue sunfish and groundhog and might even catch a bass or chain pickerel,” said Mucci. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, bottled water, sunscreen, and to wear a hat and sunglasses. Due to limited equipment for each session, pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information, call the park office at 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The last free virtual “Bird Watching at Hills Creek” program will take place on Friday May 21

The 30-minute virtual program of the free online “Birding at Hills Creek” series will take place on Friday, May 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The series explores the possibilities of birding at Hills Creek State Park and several other parks in Tioga County. This is not only for bird watchers, but also for those new to birding for the first time. “The May 21 program will provide those interested in birding with information they can use to take a self-guided tour of Hills Creek State Park or other areas to see many different species, Bald eagles and blue bird ospreys, ”said Bob Edkin, environmental education specialist at Hills Creek State Park Complex. Birds that are in the park or that will arrive soon will be highlighted with tips on where and when to see them. Among the birds of Hills Creek are migratory birds that stop at the park en route to their spring or summer locations and those that live there year-round or are seasonal residents. Register at https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ under Hills Creek State Park to receive a link to the program. For better viewing, use a larger desktop or tablet. For more information, call Edkin at 570-724-3061 or email him at [email protected]

At Cherry Springs State Park

COUDERSPORT – Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915 is 12 miles from Route 6 to Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. Anyone can observe the night sky in Cherry Springs on his or her own. All visitors must arrive before dark. Look up the Clear Sky Chart online for a 48 hour forecast of viewing conditions.

Free virtual program to know before you go to Cherry Springs is offered from May to July

The free Know Before You Go to Cherry Springs virtual program runs from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 12:30 p.m. on five different dates: Thursday, May 27, Thursday, June 3, Wednesday, June 9, Wednesday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 6. This 30-minute online program is designed to assist novice and novice astronomers planning to visit the park. Find out from the park professionals the best way to plan an evening of stargazing, including what to bring and how to observe objects in the night sky, such as stars, constellations, planets, the moon , artificial satellites such as the space station, meteors, aurora and even the Milky Way. Cherry Springs National Park will also be highlighted with information on why it’s one of the best places for stargazing and what program registrants need to know to get the most out of their visit.

Free How to Choose and Use a Virtual Telescope Program is Thursday, May 27

Offered online from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, a 30-minute virtual program on How to Choose and Use a Telescope. This program is intended for those who have a telescope but have a problem with it or need help using it as well as those who are interested in purchasing a telescope and want to know what to look for and what to avoid. During this brief program, participants will learn the basics of using telescopes and common missteps. There will be time for questions and participants can also schedule a one-to-one virtual follow-up session. The presenter has over 20 years of experience using different types of telescopes for public presentations and offers this workshop periodically to help make the night sky more accessible to individuals and families. Although more advanced, this program may be suitable for children accompanied by an adult.

Around the world in 80 minutes will take place on May 28, 29 and 30 and June 4 and 5

Around the World in 80 Minutes, a private small-group night sky telescope tour is offered by the North Star Outdoor Guides from 9:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. on five different dates, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. , May 28, 29 and 30 and Friday and Saturday June 4 and 5 at Cherry Springs State Park, a gold level dark sky park designated by the International Dark Sky Association. The maximum number of people who can participate per program is the first 16 who pre-register and pay in advance. In the event of rain, thunder or overcast skies, one or more programs may be canceled. Registrants will look at the night sky through the eyes of ancient Greeks, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans and others. Featured is a laser guided tour of various constellations, telescope viewing, and dark sky discussion. This Dark Sky Telescope tour guarantees maximum telescope time without long waits and a more individualized schedule. Objects that can be viewed include planets, nebulae, red giants, globular clusters, galaxies, and binary star systems. Registration is open but will close when a program is full or at 3 p.m. two days before each program date. To complete registration, payment must be made in full. Fee: $ 20 per person for adults and children six and over. included in the fee is a non-refundable $ 3 processing fee. Free for children 5 and under

The In-Person Night Landscape Photography Workshop will take place on Saturday June 5th

The first 10 people who pre-register and prepay will be accepted for the 2.5-hour Nightscapes Photography Workshop given by Curt Weinhold at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday June 5 at the park. Learn how to photograph the starry sky, including constellations and the Milky Way, and top gear using your own DSLR camera and lenses. Check out examples of Weinhold’s work at http://pbase.com/cwphoto. Fee: $ 60.

The free 2021 stargazing highlights are Wednesday, June 9; The partial solar eclipse takes place on June 10

During the “Stargazing Highlights of 2021” virtual program presented from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday June 9, learn about a partial solar eclipse that will occur in the early morning on June 10, meteor showers and other night sky events. with tips on how to view them. Only those visible in the northeastern United States, including this area, will be discussed. This short presentation, complete with visuals of what people of all ages might see in the night sky from their own backyards, will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.

To display virtual programs

Use a larger desktop or tablet for better viewing of virtual programs. It is recommended that registrants log into a virtual program 15 minutes before the start time listed, as this may take longer than expected depending on the type of computer or device they are using.

To register for Cherry Springs in-person and virtual programs

To sign up to receive a link to free virtual programs including Know Before You Go to Cherry Springs, How to Choose and Use a Telescope and Stargazing Highlights in 2021 and for more details or to register for both programs in person through The World in 80 Minutes and the Nightscapes Photography Workshop, visit https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. If there is a problem with online registration or for information on other programs offered at the park, call (814) 435-1037 or email Tim Morey at [email protected]

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