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Programs & Events
2017

Last updated: February 8, 2017



We're kicking off the year with a special treat. Our good Friend Sandy Babuka spent five months last year as a tour bus driver and guide in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. For her job, and because she is inquisitive and enthusiastic by nature, Sandy learned alot about the geography, wildlife, and cultures of that region. And she took hundreds of photographs. Join us for her two-part presentation. Details below.

We're busy finalizing the details of many more spring programs, and of course there are a number of annual activities and events we're looking forward to. This is just the beginning of a new and exciting year!





Part I: Alaska, the Lure of
the Land
Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m.

and
Part II: Environmental Impacts of Climate Changes at Denali
Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.

In 2016 Sandy Babuka spent five months in Denali National Forest and Preserve. Days after arriving she saw this magnificent bear. She will tell us about it and much more in two presentations featuring her photographs and stories.


AND

Oh!The Many Feet We Meet!
Saturday, March 4, 1 p.m.

Learn about the natural history of mammals common to the park as we follow their tracks and look for other signs of their activity as well.



At a Glance

PART I: ALASKA, THE LURE OF THE LAND: DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Sunday, February 26, 2 pm

OH! THE MANY FEET WE MEET! Saturday, March 4, 1 pm

PART II: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AT DENALI, March 5, 2 pm

WHOOO GIVES A HOOT? FULL MOON HIKE, Saturday, March 11, 7 pm

AN eBIRD PRIMER, Saturday, March 18, 10 am

TREE PRUNING CLASS, Saturday, March 25, 10 am

BUILD YOUR OWN BIRD BOX, Saturday, April 1, 1 pm

"TAKE A BREAK" HIKE, date tbd, 1 pm

CHAINSAW DAY, Saturday, April 15, 9 am

TRAIL DAY, Saturday, April 22, 9 am

EGG HUNT, Sunday, April 23, 1 pm

GO WILD FOR WILDFLOWERS, Sunday, May 7, 1 pm

NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION COUNT, Saturday, May 13, 7 am

PLAN AND PLANT YOUR GARDEN, PART I: NATIVE AND POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY PLANTS, Saturday, May 27, 11 am

STAR PARTY, Saturday, May 27, 8:30 pm

BIKE THE BORDER, Sunday, May 28, 1:30 pm

PLAN AND PLANT YOUR GARDEN, PART II: ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING, Sunday, June 4, 1 pm

FULL MOON HIKE, Friday, June 9, 8:30 pm

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION, Saturday, June 17, 1 pm

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION, Saturday, June 17, 8 pm

AMPHIBIAN & REPTILE WORKSHOP AND SURVEY WALK, Saturday, June 24, 10 am



Program Information

 √ For all programs, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  Meet at the Wheaton House, unless otherwise indicated.

  Friends of Salt Springs Park members will receive a discount on some program fees.

 Programs may be cancelled because of bad weather, low registration, or other unforeseen circumstance.

 For last minute updates, call the park at 570-967-7275.
February

Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m. - PART I: ALASKA, THE LURE OF THE LAND: DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE


In 2016 Sandy Babuka spent five months in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve as a tour bus driver and guide. Before she returns later this year she will spend a couple hours over two afternoons at Salt Springs sharing her adventures, stories, and memories with us and encouraging anyone thinking of going to go, now.

In Part I, Sandy will describe and illustrate with jaw-dropping visuals the mountains and camps, her moose and bear encounters, the Native American Athabaskans and their culture, and the Teklanika and Toklat rivers. She will tell stories about Adolf Murie and the wolves, and she'll talk about the importance of the Alaskan Railroad and the Savage River, where the real wilderness begins.

Program fee: Free-will donation.



March


Saturday, March 4, 1 p.m. - OH! THE MANY FEET WE MEET!

Most mammals that live in the woods lead largely secret lives. Learn about those common in the park. We'll follow their tracks and look for other signs of activity. Dress for the weather, and meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: Free-will donation.




Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m. - PART II: THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY AT DENALI NATIONAL PARK


In Part II of her presentation, Sandy Babuka shifts focus a bit. She will cover some of the environmental changes the Alaskan wilderness has undergone in recent decades, including the melting permafrost, rock and mudslides, and other geological disturbances.

Pictured is a rock slide in July 2016 that closed the road and stranded a wedding group at Wonder Lake for a couple of days.

Sandy will also delve further into the Athabaskans and their culture. As she presents a visual tour of the road, we will see where they presently speak to visitors, hunt on the land around them, and use the mountain for their compass. She will also get more into their lifestyles of today and yesterday.

Program fee: Free-will donation.




Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m. - WHOOO GIVES A HOOT? FULL MOON HIKE

Nancy Wottrich will give a short presentation on our native owls as we wait for the full moon to rise. Then we'll wander the woods "calling in" some owls. Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $5/person; members, free.




Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. - AN eBIRD PRIMER

Bird watchers love to keep records of what they see. eBird is a free, online database birders can use to track their sightings. It is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, and scientists also access the data during research that advances our understanding of bird distribution. Evan Mann, the eBird Reviewer and Filter Editor for Susquehanna County, will teach us how to use the database. Questions he will address include How do I enter data? Look up my data? Sort and view my data? Attach photos and sound recordings? See what other birders are finding? Use eBird to find birds on trips to unfamiliar areas? Evan will demonstrate the answers to these questions live, online. Fee: Free-will donation.



Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. - TREE PRUNING CLASS

Yearning for spring and summer bounty? Pruning your landscape and fruit trees properly is imperative. Jim Kessler will discuss and demonstrate on several different tree species the why, where, how, what, and when to cut. Bring your questions; the discussion is interactive. Fee: $10/person; members, $5.



April


Saturday, April 1, 1 to 3 p.m. - BUILD YOUR OWN BIRD BOX

As the spring season approaches, your backyard birds are thinking about building a home and raising a family. Evan Mann, local birder and Friends' member, will teach us how to attract birds to our properties by offering them nest box homes. Learn which species will use these boxes, where best to place them in your landscape, and how to be a "good landlord" so their young successfully fledge. After a 45-minute A / V presentation (with lots of beautiful pictures), we will move to the Carriage Barn where you will assemble the nest box that you have pre-ordered with your class registration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please pre-register by March 17 (570-967-7275 or friends@epix.net). Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $15 per nest box plus $5/person; members, free.



Date to be determined, 1 to 3 p.m. - "TAKE A BREAK" HIKE

Take a break from your taxes and head for the hills of Salt Springs Park. We'll tackle one of the lesser traveled trails, with a 3-mile easy to moderate loop. Along the way we'll talk about the benefits of exercise and look for hidden gems. Wear appropriate layers and sturdy shoes, and bring snacks, drinks, and a camera or notepad. Meet at the Wheaton House. Program fee: Free-will donation or nonperishable item(s) for the local food bank.


Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. - CHAINSAW DAY

Come tackle the trees with us on this first day of park cleaning in April. We take down dead and/or dangerous trees and cut them into firewood to sell. Bring chainsaws and trucks if you can.

Dress for the weather and bring gloves. Free food, drinks, and T-shirts provided to all volunteers. Please pre-register by e-mail or phone (570-967-7275) so we have sufficient supplies on hand.



Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. - TRAIL DAY

On this second day of park cleaning in April, we tackle everything else! We'll finish up with the firewood; clear trails, lawns, and flowerbeds; clean the buildings; attack invasive species; and more. We need volunteers like you to help.

Dress for the weather and bring gloves. Free food, drinks, and T-shirts provided to all volunteers. Please pre-register by e-mail or phone (570-967-7275) so we have sufficient supplies on hand.



Sunday, April 23, 1 to 4 p.m. - EGG HUNT

Celebrate spring's new life with a hike to collect amphibian eggs. Learn about amazing PA amphibians and setting up a system for egg hatching. Last year we hatched two native PA frogs. We'll cover 2.5 miles with moderate hiking. Bring drinks, snacks, and an empty container. Meet at the Wheaton House. Program fee: $5; members, free.



May


Sunday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m. - WILD FOR WILDFLOWERS!

Flowers can brighten anyone's day. Let's see how many we can find along our hike. We will be photographing and collecting a few species to press. A wildflower guide, camera, and noebook are handy but not necessary. Bring snacks and drinks, sturdy shoes, and appropriate layers for a 1.5-mile easy to moderate hike. Meet at the Wheaton House. Program fee: $5/person; members, free.




Saturday, May 13, 7 a.m. - NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION COUNT

The first half of May is the peak of bird migration. As each day passes new arrivals can be observed in their bright breeding plumage. The North American Migration Count is an annual event that asks birders to submit species identified by sight or song, creating a snapshot of this movement of millions of birds across the continent. It is held on the second Saturday in May.

With its variety of natural habitats, Salt Springs is an ideal place for bird watching. Evan Mann, a local resident and avid birder who has spent countless hours in the park, will lead the walk. Good walking shoes and binoculars are recommended. We'll begin in the main parking lot and stop late morning. Program fee: Free.



Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - PLAN AND PLANT YOUR GARDEN, PART I: NATIVE AND POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY PLANTS

Learn some basics of earth-friendly landscaping in a presentation about native plants that benefit pollinators and support wildlife. Bring a picture or sketch of your home area, and we will go through the steps from dreaming to paper to reality. After lunch, get your hands dirty planting the park garden. Participants will receive a starter strawberry plant. Children are welcome. Join us for all or part of the activities. Bring a lunch and tools if you have them. Fee: $5/person; members and kids, free.


Saturday, May 27, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. - STAR PARTY - Rain date: Sunday, May 28, 8:30 p.m.

Meet at the Wheaton House, where Mike and Mary Sinkovich will give us some tips about telescopes. At dusk, we'll move to a field where viewing is ideal. Bring a cheap flashlight to transform into a red light with nail polish. Dress for the weather. All levels of stargazers welcome. Total cloud-out and rain are unpredictable; call the park if the weather looks iffy. Fee: $5/person or $15 for families; members, free.


Sunday, May 28, 1:30 p.m. - BIKE THE BORDER

Work off those holiday chips 'n dip and get ready for the next BBQ. Ride the roads through Salt Springs Park and the Friends land and get a feel for how big the park is. Four-, 8-, and 12-mile loops will be considered based on riding levels of participants. Some simple bike maintenance and safety tips will be covered first. Program fee: Free-will donation or nonperishable item(s) for the local food bank.




June

Sunday, June 4, 1 to 4 p.m. - PLAN AND PLANT YOUR GARDEN, PART II: ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING.

Learn how easy it is to garden. Our presentation will include such topics as raised beds, soil testing, and composting. Bring a picture or sketch of your garden, and we'll go through the steps to plan and pick plants for your garden. After lunch, get your hands dirty helping us plant the park garden. Participants will receive a starter strawberry plant. Children are welcome. Join us for all or part of the activities. Bring a lunch and tools if you have them. Fee: $5/person; members and kids, free.


Friday, June 9, 8:30 p.m. - FULL MOON HIKE

Join us for a hike. We'll end the evening around a campfire sharing snacks and stories. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: Free-will donation or nonperishable item(s) for the local food bank.



Saturday, June 17, 1–4 p.m. - SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

We'll have on-going demos and activities, including solar viewing and solar lessons. Bring a picnic and blanket to sit on. Fee: Free-will donation.



Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m. - SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Join us for story-telling around a campfire. Bring snacks to share. Fee: Free-will donation.


Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - AMPHIBIAN & REPTILE WORKSHOP AND SURVEY WALK

Tim Matthews, a representative of the Pennsylvania Amphibian Reptile Survey and in partnership with the E.L. Rose Conservancy, will provide general information about PA amphibians and reptiles. This will be followed by a detailed "how to" on field surveying. After lunch we'll hit the trails to conduct a field survey. Bring lunch, water, notebook, and camera. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $5/person; members and kids, free.