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Programs & Events

Last updated: September 13, 2017

Star Party
Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Amateur astronomists Mike and Mary Sinkovich will help us interpret what we view in the night sky through a telescope. $5; members, free.


Two-Theeled Tour of Salt Springs Park
Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m.

At a Glance

STAR PARTY, Saturday, September 23, 7:30 pm


BASIC ORIENTEERING TREASURE HUNT, Saturday, September 30, 11 am


FROM APPLES TO CIDER, Sunday, October 1, 2 pm

BOTANICAL SKETCHING, Sunday, October 8, 12:30 pm

HALLOWEEN FEST, Saturday, October 28, 4 pm

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.


The race takes you through meadows, past the park's namesake, through old-growth forests, past Penny Rock and along the gorge overlooking the park's iconic waterfalls.

Registration is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. We offer a 2.5- and 5.5-mile loop. The shorter one is great for kids and beginners Full details and registration form are here.

You can also register online with RunSignUp. Just click on the link!

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Saturday, September 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. - ANNUAL SALT SPRINGS CELEBRATION

Every Saturday of Labor Day weekend we provide an afternoon of free music, activities for all ages, hikes and demonstrations, and displays and exhibits. Stop by, see what's new in the past year, and enjoy some outdoor downtime with friends and family. You can also support our work by purchasing some lunch and items in our gift shop and joining in the silent auction.

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Sunday, September 3, 7 p.m. - FULL MOON HIKE

We'll end our hike around a campfire sharing snacks and stories. Meet at the Wheaton House. Program fee: Free-will donation.

Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. - NATIVE SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY SNAKES

Former Ross Park Zookeeper John Brunner will show and tell about snakes native to Susquehanna County. He will bring a few live specimens to observe and touch. Following his presentation, we'll take a short walk to see what we can find. Take advantage of this great opportunity to have your snake questions answered. Program fee: $5; members and kids, free.

Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. - BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES

What tickles your fancy? Perhaps the whimsical, beautiful butterfly? Learn to identify some of our local species and the native plants that attract them. Then we'll try to catch some in a nearby meadow with nets we provide. All ages are welcome. Program fee: $5; members, free.

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. - STAR PARTY

At the Wheaton House, Mike and Mary Sinkovich will give us some tips about telescopes and accessing good resources on the Internet. 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. Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 24.

Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. - TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SALT SPRINGS PARK

Bike the roads and trails to the edges of the park. We'll explore a different route each month throughout the summer, with easy to moderate riding. Meet at the Wheaton House. Program fee: Free-will donation or nonperishable food item for the local food bank.

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. - BASIC ORIENTEERING TREASURE HUNT

If you wander off the trail sometimes or you would just like to know how to read a map better, then this program is for you. Learn some basic orienteering skills - map reading and compass navigation - in a fun and safe environment. Build your confidence with a knowledgeable instructor leading the way, and then apply your skills when you venture out on your own. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Wheaton House. Program fee: $5; $15 for families; members, free.


Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. - BEGINNER'S PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Capture the beauty of the season and learn how to frame a picture you would love to hang on your wall for years to come. We'll explore how to create a stunning nature photo. Bring your digital camera, a tripod if available, and hiking shoes along for a photo shoot. Pre-registration appreciated. Fee: $5/person; members, free. Rain date tbd.

Sunday, October 1, 2 p.m. - FROM APPLES TO CIDER

Once produced on nearly every farmstead, apple cider is now generally available only from the grocery store. Bring a bag of apples (1-bushel limit) and an empty jug, and help run those apples through a press. Dana Woods and Jerry Sibley are bringing their presses this year. Or, come sit a spell, watch cider being pressed, and enjoy a taste. Live music on the Wheaton House porch with Eli Gere and Friends. Fee: $5/person; kids under 12, free.

Unknown beetle. By Kelly Finan.

Saturday, October 8, 12:30 p.m. - BOTANICAL SKETCHING

Think you know your primary colors? Think again. Join scientific illustrator Kelly Finan as she shares her knowledge of paint, flower anatomy, and field sketching, and then embark on a botanical challenge of your own. Bring a pencil, paper, and/or a watercolor kit (basic is fine) if you have one. All ages welcome. Fee: $5/person; members, free.

Saturday, October 28, 4 p.m. - HALLOWEEN FEST

The fun begins with pumpkin carving at 4 p.m., continues with a pinata and ghost stories from 6 p.m. until dark, and ends with a haunted house.$5 per person; $20 for families; FSSP members, 50% discount.