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Programs & Events
2019

Last updated: April 16, 2019



At a Glance

TRAIL DAY - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Saturday, April 27, 9 am

RECYCLE MANIA, Sunday, April 28, 1 pm

TREE PLANTING, Sunday, April 28, 2:30 pm

ANNUAL ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP, Sunday, May 5, 10 am

WILD FOR WILDFLOWERS! Sunday, May 5, 1 pm

NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION COUNT, Saturday, May 11, 7:30 am

FULL MOON HIKE, Saturday, May 18, 8:30 pm

KIDS' CLUB INITIAL GATHERING, Sunday, May 19, 1 pm

ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS, Sunday, May 19, 2 pm

STAR PARTY, Saturday, June 1, 8:30 pm

CONFETTI QUILT, Sunday, June 2, 1 pm

ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS, Saturday, June 8, 10 am

FULL MOON HIKE, Saturday, June 15, 8:30 pm

CELEBRATE THE SUMMER SOLSTICE, Saturday, June 22, Noon



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.
April

Sunday, April 6, 1 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: $5; members, free.



Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. - CHAINSAW DAY - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.







Sunday, April 14, 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@saltspringspark.org). Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $20 per nest box plus $5/person; members, free.



Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - TRAIL DAY - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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 28 - CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

We offer two afternoon activities. Come for one or both. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $5; members and kids free.

1 p.m. Recycle Mania. Test your sleuthing skills on a scavenger hunt for recyclable items. Race against time (and your opponents) to collect all the items and put them in their proper recycle bin. Prizes for all.

2:30 p.m. Tree Planting. Trees produce nearly 30% of the earth's oxygen. Learn more about them and help us plant a few near our native garden. Bring gloves - this will be a hands-on learning experience.. The first 20 participants will receive a bare-root sapling for their own yards.



May

Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. - ANNUAL ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP

Join Sandy Babuka and others for our annual park roadside clean up. We split into groups and cover each side of Silver Creek road at the park entrance, as well as Salt Springs and Buckley Roads in the park. Bring a truck if you can. We provide garbage bags and gloves. Free. And . . . bring lunch and then join us for an afternoon hike.




Sunday, May 5, 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. 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 11, 7:30 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 conclude late morning. Program fee: Free-will donation.



Saturday, May 18, 8:30 to 10 p.m. - FULL MOON HIKE

Bring a snack to share around a campfire afterwards, a flashlight, and an adventurous spirit. Fee: Free-will donation or nonperishable items for the food bank.



Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m. - KIDS' CLUB INITIAL GATHERING

Do your children enjoy learning by discovery? Do they enjoy being outside, or would you like to introduce them to nature in a fun and safe environment? Join us for more information about making this group work for your family. The meeting will be about an hour and is followed by an archery activity. No fee.




Sunday, May 19, 2 to 4 p.m. - ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS

We offer a beginner's program based on the National Archery in Schools Program, which makes it easy for anyone to learn. We provide the equipment, and you bring your focus and maybe someone else for a little friendly competition. All ages are welcome. This is a great family activity taught by Diane Hawley-Wurth, a NASP-certified instructor. Fee: $5/person; $15/family. In case of rain, we'll shoot in the upper level of the Dairy Barn.











June


Saturday, June 1, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, June 2, 8:30 p.m.) - STAR PARTY

Mike and Mary Sinkovich will host this spring party, and this time we hope to see Mars, Jupiter, and maybe Saturn. We begin the evening with a presentation at the Wheaton House. At dusk, we'll move to a field on Salt Springs Road, where viewing is ideal. Bring a cheap flashlight and we'll transform it into a red light with nail polish, and dress for the weather. All levels of stargazers are welcome. Total cloud-out and rain are unpredictable; call the park if the weather looks iffy. Fee: $5; $15 for families; members, free.






Sunday, June 2, 1 to 3 p.m. - CONFETTI QUILT MAKING

Celebrate spring with fabric confetti! Artists in Residence Barbara Merritt and Jayne Stoll will show us how to make a small quilt using fabric scraps. All materials are supplied, and no sewing is required. This is appropriate for adults and kids; children must be accompanied by an adult. Held in the Carriage Barn. No fee.






Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to Noon - ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS

We offer a beginner's program based on the National Archery in Schools Program, which makes it easy for anyone to learn. We provide the equipment, and you bring your focus and maybe someone else for a little friendly competition. All ages are welcome. This is a great family activity taught by Diane Hawley-Wurth, a NASP-certified instructor. Fee: $5/person; $15/family. In case of rain, we'll shoot in the upper level of the Dairy Barn.


Saturday, June 15, 8:30 to 10 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 items for the local food bank.



Saturday, June 22, 12 to 4 p.m., with an evening campfire (Rain date: Sunday, June 23, same times) - CELEBRATE THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

Come for one or all of the workshops offered. Bring your picnic to the park - blankets or lawn chairs, snacks, food, and drink. Fee: $5; members and kids, free.

Noon Summer Sun. Learn about the layers of the sun and safe ways to view the center of our solar system - and make a food model.

1 p.m. Bees and Honey with Jim Perkins. Bees pollinate 33% of our food as well as make honey. The presentation will include discussions, demonstrations, honey samples, and Q&A.

3 p.m. Stream Stomp. Cool off in the creek and find some critters. Learn about macroinvertebrates, aquatic insects, and the ecosystem they support.

Evening campfire Join us for story-telling and a campfire at dusk. Bring snacks to share and revel in the long daylight until the stars come out to shine.