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Programs & Events
2017

Last updated: February 8, 2017



Memorial Weekend

On Saturday, May 27 (11 am to 3 pm) , we'll help you plan your garden and then do some planting in ours. In the evening (starting at 8:30 pm), we'll star-gaze from a field close to the Wheaton House. On Sunday, May 28, at 1:30 pm, let's pick up the pace a little with a bike ride through the park.


At a Glance

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.
May

Saturday, May 6, 9 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. We provide one truck and garbage bags and gloves. We could use another truck as well. Please RSVP with Sandy at 607-759-6139. Free.



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.