Identify spring birds at Nixon County Park

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a Spring Birds walk from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Nixon County Park.

Parks naturalist Francis Velazquez will lead participants along trails to identify vireos, phoebes, warblers and tanagers. Bring binoculars and a field guide. A limited number of lending binoculars will be available.

The program is for children ages 10 and up. The program is free with no registration required.

For information about available programs, visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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Fun days for Cub Scouts at Nixon Park

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation will conduct Cub Scout Spring Fun Days, 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 11:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Nixon County Park.

Scouts and their siblings in Grades 1 to 3 are invited to explore Pennsylvania birds through a naturalist-led bird hike, play games, build a bluebird nest box, join a scavenger hunt and visit with live animals from Hershey’s Zoo America.

Participants must supply their own lunch. A guardian or Scout leader must accompany Scouts. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Kelsey Frey at kafrey@yorkcountypa.gov or call (717) 428-1961.

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Spring fever walk at Nixon Park

York County Parks and RecreationJoin York County Parks Naturalist Kelsey Frey for a spring fever walk, 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Richard M. Nixon County Park.

Stroll along the streams and forest looking for signs of animals and plants stirring after long winter naps. Check out the new plant growth and celebrate the melting snow, increased sunlight and warmer temperatures.

There is no fee for the program and registration is not required. For more information, call (717) 428-1961.

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Daisy and Brownie fun days at Nixon Park

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present Brownie and Daisy Spring Fun Days, 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 11:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Nixon County Park.

Scouts and siblings in kindergarten through Grade 3 are invited to explore Pennsylvania birds through a naturalist-led hike, play games, build a bluebird nest box, join a scavenger hunt and enjoy a live animal presentation by Hershey’s Zoo America.

Participants must supply their own lunch. The cost is $12 per child. A guardian or scout leader must accompany Scouts.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Kelsey Frey at kafrey@yorkcountypa.gov or call (717) 428-1961.

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Lake Williams nature hike for ages 10 to adult

York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present a Lake Williams Hike for ages 10 to adult, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in William H. Kain County Park.

Join Parks Naturalist Kelsey Frey for this five-mile hike. Enjoy the scenery along the lakeshore, observe wildlife, learn how to identify different plant species, and learn the history of the lake. The hike starts at the Nixon County Park Nature Center and has a few hills. Participants should dress for the weather; bring a snack, water and binoculars.

There is no fee, but registration is required.

To register or for more information, call the Nixon Park Nature Center at (717) 428-1961.

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Amphibian story time for kids and adults

York County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting an Amphibians Fox Story Time with volunteer naturalist Amy Slagel, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Nixon County Park.

The story time is for childres ages 4-7 and adults to spend together. Participants will enjoy a story and a stroll through the park to look for the marvels of nature.

There is a $5 fee per child. Pre-registration is requested.

To register, call the Nature Center at (717) 428-1961.

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See signs of spring at Nixon County Park

Look for signs of spring at Nixon Park
Naturalist Amber Carothers, of York County Parks and Recreation, will lead a Signs of Spring Walk, 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Richard M. Nixon County Park.

Stroll along the streams and pond looking for signs of animals stirring after long winter naps, check out the new plant growth and celebrate increased sunlight and warmer temperatures.

There is no fee for the program and registration is not required. For more information, call (717) 428-1961.

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A fun day for Cub Scouts at Nixon Park

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting a Cub Scout Spring Fun Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Nixon County Park.

Cub Scouts in grades 1 through 3 are invited to explore the outdoors through a naturalist-led spring hike, plant and animal games, a craft and scavenger hunt and a live animal presentation by Hershey’s Zoo America.

Participants must supply their own lunch. A guardian or scout leader must accompany scouts.

For more information or to register, call Kelsey Frey at kafrey@york-county.org or call (717) 428-1961. Space is limited.

Submit your own kid-friendly news and kid creations to the Junior Dispatch by e-mailing stories and photos to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Please see our Submission Information page for ideas on what you and your kids can offer to Junior Dispatch.

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Learn beekeeping at Nixon Park

York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present a Bee Keeping program from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Richard M. Nixon County Park in Springfield Township.

Beekeeper Morrell Sipe will introduce attendees to the fascinating world of honeybees. Participants will learn how to get started with a hive at home.

The program is free but registration is required. Call the Nature Center at (717) 428-1961 to register or for more information. For more information on park events, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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Cabin fever hikes in February

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering the Cabin Fever Hike series from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on scheduled Saturdays this winter. All hikes are at Rocky Ridge County Park and will start in the Hidden Laurel Picnic Area. Guides will cover different topics each week.

For Feb. 4, naturalist Amber Carothers will guide attendees along the trail while investigating what animals are doing during the winter. Afterwards, participants will enjoy a fire and hot chocolate in an enclosed pavilion. Meet at Pleasant Pavilion.

On Feb. 11, science teacher Jeff Miller will lead the Winter Scavenger Hike. Participants can find out who has been visiting the park during the winter and what is happening in the woods. Prizes will be awarded. Meet at Ruffed Grouse Pavilion.

Directions and a map of the park are available at www.yorkcountyparks.org. Rocky Ridge is split between Hellam and Springettsbury townships.

All hikes are free but registration is required. To register or for more information, call Nixon County Park at (717) 428-1961.

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