Archaeology camps for ages 10 to 13

jd-summercampsThe York County Heritage Trust is again partnering with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation to offer two archaeology camps at Penn Park, July 15-19 and July 22-26.

The camp is for students ages 10 to 13 interested in science and history. They will learn archaeological techniques and will actually dig in hopes of unearthing history. Penn Park was set aside in 1741 for communal use. Not only did it serve as a popular gathering site, but it was home to various structures such as American Revolution era barracks, a Civil War army hospital, a baseball diamond, and to the monuments that are there today.

There will also be education programs; the exploration of York County Heritage Trust museums; and educational activities, such as campfire cooking and making homemade soda.

Registration is $150 for non-members and $130 for members. To register, visit www.yorkheritage.org or www.yorkcountyparks.org.

For more information, call Jeri Jones at (717) 428-1961 or email jljones@york-county.org or Patrick Bochy, museum educator, at (717) 848-1587, ext. 304, or pbochy@yorkheritage.org.

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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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Register for popular salamander stroll at Nixon Park

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present a Salamander Stroll, 1-2 and 2-3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Richard M. Nixon County Park. This very popular one-hour program will be held twice to allow participants to get an up-close look at these four-legged amphibians.

Naturalist and amphibian expert Gretchen Young will lead the indoor-and-outdoor experience and share her knowledge about the interesting lives of local amphibians. Participants will look for frog and toad eggs, adult frogs and toads, and native salamanders, and listen for mating calls.

Participants should dress for the weather. There is a $3 fee per person, although the program is free for park members. Registration is required.

To register or for more information, call (717) 428-1961.

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Sunset bike rides along the Rail Trail

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Sunset Scramblers will present the popular Sunset Scramble Bike Rides along the Heritage Rail Trail County Park this year. Each ride begins at 6:30 p.m. and is a 13- to 15-mile roundtrip journey.

Participants must bring a bike, helmet, light, water, and snack money. Riders depart from the selected parking area and travel south on the trail. The rides are free with no pre-registration required.

Rides are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

– Rudy Park, northern extension, May 28 (3 to 5 miles only)
– Brillhart Station, April 9, June 4 and July 23
– Glatfelter Station, April 16, June 11 and July 30
– Seven Valleys, April 23, June 18 and Aug. 6
– Hanover Junction, April 30, June 25 and Aug. 13
– Glen Rock, May 7, July 2 and Aug. 20
– Railroad, May 14, July 9 and Aug. 27
– New Freedom, May 21, July 16 and Sept. 3

For more information, call (717) 840-7440 or email parks@yorkcountypa.gov.

For information on this and other programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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Small Wonders series begins in April

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present a Small Wonders series, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays in April and the first Wednesday in May at Nixon Park.

The series is open to children ages 3-4 with a parent or guardian. Participants will role play, imitate, imagine, question and experiment. The series features weekly topics, crafts, snacks and outdoor time.

The cost is $35 for the entire series. Registration is required.

To register or for more information, call (717) 840-7440.

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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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Growing Up Wild workshop for educators

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be sponsoring a Growing Up Wild educator workshop from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Richard M. Nixon County Park.

This new Project Wild Program is geared for educators of children ages 3 through 7. Through this indoor/outdoor, hands-on workshop participants will learn about Pennsylvania wildlife while exploring materials and methods to engage children in learning about the environment.

Participants will receive a Growing Up Wild teacher’s manual; Act 48 and PQAS/DPW credits are available. Participants must supply their own lunch and beverage. The cost of the workshop is $10.

For more information or to register, contact Amber Carothers at ALCarothers@yorkcountypa.gov or call (717) 428-1961.

For more information on our programs, go to our website at www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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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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Register now for popular summer nature programs

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced the schedule for its popular summer Nature Discovery Programs. The specialty weeks combine recreation and education into an exciting week for youth. Classes are available for children ages 3 through 15.

The following classes are scheduled:

– Small Wonders for ages 3-4
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. June 10-14 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
This series is a great way for young learners and their parents to spend time together learning about nature. The class will include crafts, snacks, and spending time together. Cost: $35 (nonmembers)-$25 (members).

– Nature Discovery Program 1 for ages 5-6
9-11:30 a.m. June 17-21 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
Students will be introduced to a variety of topics through discovery, crafts, hikes, and more. Cost: $65-$55.

– Nature Discovery Program 1 for ages 5-6
9-11:30 a.m. July 1-3 and 5 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
This week’s program will include a special Reptile Week theme. Children will get hands-on experience as they learn about reptiles. A Critter Caravan show will be included. Cost: $65-$55.

– Nature Discovery Program 2 for ages 7-8
9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-2 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
Students will learn about the world around them through experiments, games, crafts, stories and activities. Cost: $85-$75.

– Nature Discovery Program 3 for ages 9-10
9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2
Students will study animals in their habitat while hiking the trails of Nixon Park and exploring Lake Redman by canoe, among other activities. This class will include crafts and adventures along the way. Cost: $110-$100.

– Nature Discovery Program 4 for ages 11-13
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5-9
This high-energy adventure week features hiking, nature study and a trip to Roundtop Adventure Games near Dillsburg. Students will explore ecosystems found in different county parks while honing their observation, tracking, and navigation skills. Cost: $150-$130.

– Archaeology Weeks I and II for ages 10-13
9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15-19 (I) and July 22-26 (II)
Weeks I and II will take place at the Agricultural Industrial Museum with excavations at Penn Common (Penn Park) in York in search of one of the largest Civil War hospitals on the East Coast.
Co-sponsored with the York County Heritage Trust, these weeks of hard work, fun and education will get “right down to earth.” Both weeks will include several special programs and tours. Conducting a real archaeological dig will be the theme. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. Students can watch for an application online. Cost: $150-$130.

To register for any of these programs, select the Education tab at www.yorkcountyparks.org and then select Summer Day Camp and print the registration packet. Mail the completed registration and health forms along with full payment to the address on the form.

For more information, call York County Parks at 840-7440 or email parks@yorkcountypa.gov.

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Celebrate autumn at parks and rec. event

Celebrate the change of seasons with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation on Oct. 27 and 28.

The festival will include free crafts, interactive exhibits, a scavenger hunt, book sales and educational speakers.

The site is Richard M. Nixon County Park, 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

For more information, please visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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