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Beltzville State Park activities

Published May 25. 2019 06:20AM

Beltzville State Park announces the following activities:

• Fish for free day information and activity table, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Registration is not necessary for this one-day event.

Fish for free days allow anyone, resident or nonresident, to legally fish with no fishing license required on all Pennsylvania’s waterways on the designated days. Brush up on your fishing and fish identification skills at the informational table and learn what it means to be a S.M.A.R.T. angler, before trying this fun activity on your own. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Join the park naturalist during this event to learn about the art of fish printing and make your very own fish print to take home with you during this free event.

Loaner rods, tackle and bait will be available free of charge during this event. This is a first-come, first-serve event, so arrive early to secure the use of equipment.

The park naturalist will be located beachside to answer any questions in regards to this program.

• Night sky tour: Astronomy night, 8-10 p.m. Tuesday.

Take a journey to the moon as we explore some of its fascinating features. From highlands to volcanic plains, the moon has a diverse landscape. Join park staff in viewing these natural features and discovering where lunar landings took place among them. We start our journey to the moon by discussing these diverse landscape features of the moon, followed by an interactive craft activity to go over the different moon phases.

This program is family friendly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Environmental Interpretive Center for the indoor portion discussion and craft activity. Following the indoor portion of the program, the park will have a telescope available outdoors for an up-close look at the moon. Telescope availability is subject to time and crowd-size limitations.

Preregistration is required and spaces are limited. There will be an alternative indoor program in case of rain.

• Water Wonders Homeschool Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Meet at Beltzville State Park, Environmental Interpretive Center. Homeschool and cyber school students grades kindergarten to eighth grade are invited to attend a free educational day learning all about the wonders of water.

Activities will be geared toward children in levels kindergarten through eighth grade. We will explore the world of water through hands-on activities, discussion and games.

This program is free for home-school and cyber school students, but preregistration is required due to limited space. Please do not include parents in the registration.

The program will be held outdoors, so please plan accordingly and plan to wear layers, rain gear as needed, and hiking/close toed walking shoes. Bring water/refillable water bottle, snacks as needed and a packed lunch.

• National Trails Day Hike: Wildcreek Trail, 9 a.m. to noon June 1.

Kick off National Trails Day by joining the park naturalist for this 3.5-mile guided hike. The Wildcreek trail will take hikers past scenic waterfalls and into shady, cool forests. The park naturalist will share information about the park and its natural history. Please bring water, and wear comfortable hiking shoes. This event is free. Registration is requested.

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