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New Park Programming at ASP

With help from the summer interns, we now have programs like Orienteering, Night Hikes, Alien Invaders, Head in the Clouds, a Bit of History, Learn a Fern, Learn to Fish, Kinder Camp and Jon Geochache with Cole Slaw, to name a few.

If you are more into fitness and games, check out the family obstacle course, Tuesday night bike cruise, Capture the Flag, family whiffle ball, kids soccer golf, and family kickball.

In addition, program favorites are offered regularly.

Edible Insects: Insects are full of protein, ants taste like lemon- fact or fiction? Find the answers to these questions and more. Insects are not something we as Americans usually incorporate in to our diets, but there are 10 good reasons why we should. Some samples will be provided.

Alien Invaders/ Invasive Species: What is an invasive? Learn about some of the invasive species found in Allegany State Park such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and Garlic Mustard –and what you can do to prevent their spread.

Orientering:   Have you ever asked; “Where am I? How did I get here”? Participants will learn some tips for finding your way in the woods with the basics. This orienteering course begins with a short instruction session on the use of map and compass to familiarize participants with the method of for setting up a compass and getting a bearing from a contour map. The group will also learn how to identify the topographic features represented on the maps and how to orienteer around obstacles, such as ponds, without getting off course. Then small groups will try their luck at completing a course through the woods. There is no trail so wear jeans and good hiking shoes. Not recommended for small children.

A Bit Of History: Learn about some of the interesting places in ASP, such as Little Ireland .

Kinder Camp, for 3-5 year olds, includes stories and activities about some of our local animals. Children must be accompanied  by an adult.

Head in the Clouds: Ever lay in the grass to find shapes in the clouds? If you want to learn more about weather and classification of clouds, join us Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Site 53. You’ll learn the common cloud types, why the sky is blue, and all about optic effects like rainbows! Bring a blanket for time to relax and enjoy the clouds.

Tuesday Cruise– Enjoy a leisurely ride around Red House Lake with a Park Naturalist.

Check the weekly schedule for times and locations of programs. Schedule is available at both Red House and Quaker registrations desks, as well as on the park Facebook page.

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