Free programs and activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State parks June 21, 22 and 23.

At Hills Creek State Park

WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. They are all free. Registration is not required.

Caddisflies, Stoneflies and Mayflies…Oh My!

Friday, June 21 at Campsite #1 at 6 p.m. for a discussion on what caddisflies, stoneflies and mayflies can tell people about the quality of Pennsylvania creeks, streams and rivers and then those attending will do some investigating to see what they can find.

Family Fishing Tournament

Saturday, June 22, between noon and 8 p.m., a Family Fishing Tournament will be held at Hills Creek Lake. One-hour weigh-ins will be at the beach area near the shore of Hills Creek Lake from noon to 1 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. No registration is required prior to the weigh-ins. Medallions will be presented after the 7-8 p.m. weigh-in to the winners in five categories. All fish must be caught by legal means. This is a no cull contest (no replacing a smaller fish with a heavier fish on the stringer).

Pennsylvania Turtles

At 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center area, learn about the anatomy, life cycle and other unique adaptations of Pennsylvania’s oldest living reptile during this free, one-hour program. The Nature Center area is located in the campground between B and C loop.

FMI:

Call the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

At Cherry Springs State Park

COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. All stargazing and other programs will be cancelled if it rains or thunders.

Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. All visitors should arrive before dark. Search for the Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts about viewing conditions.

Picnic in the Park

People are welcome to bring a picnic supper and make use of the park’s picnic tables and charcoal grills near the Night Sky Viewing Area. Pre-registration is not required.

Nature at Night

From 8 to 8:45 p.m., people who arrive early for the Night Sky Tour Friday, June 21 are invited to join park staff at the Night Sky Viewing Area for a program on night critters, such as fireflies, bats, black bears or coyotes. For more information, email Cherryspringsee@pa.gov. Preregistration is not required.

Night Sky Tour

From 9:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding them. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Pre-registration is required.

Park Welcome & Walking Tour

Those planning to attend the Saturday, June 22 Night Sky Tour program should arrive early and join park staff from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for a short, guided walk of park facilities to learn about their past, present and future. All ages welcome. Meet at the information kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of Route 44. Preregistration is not required.

To Pre-register

To pre-register for the Night Sky Tour or learn more about other free programs, visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. If there is a problem with registering online, call (814) 435-1037 or email cherryspringsee@pa.gov.