Programs & Events
2018

Last updated: April 26, 2018



Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.

This beginner-level opportunity is based on the National Archery in Schools Program.


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Mammals of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m.

Local professional trapper Bill Kasten will show and tell about local mammals.



At a Glance

ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS, Saturday, May 19, 10 am

MAMMALS OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, Saturday, May 19, 1 pm

FULL MOON HIKE, Friday, May 25, 8:30 pm

ATTRACTING POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN, Saturday, May 26, 11 am

BIKE THE BORDER,Sunday, May 27, 1:0 pm

ACRYLIC LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP, Sunday, June 3, 1 pm

TWITTER, TWEETS, AND (BIRD) TALK, Saturday, June 9, 10 am

ACRYLIC LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP, Sunday, June 10, 1 pm

AMPHIBIAN & REPTILE WORKSHOP AND SURVEY WALK, Saturday, June 16, 10 am

STAR PARTY, Saturday, June 16, 8:30 pm

BASIC ORIENTEERING TREASURE HUNT, Saturday, June 23, 11 am

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION, Saturday, June 23, 1-4 pm; 8 pm

TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SALT SPRINGS PARK, Sunday, June 24, 1 pm

FULL MOON HIKE, Friday, June 29, 8:30 pm

ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS, Saturday, June 30, 10 am

ALL-AMERICAN MUSIC, Tuesday, July 3, 7 pm

ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS, Saturday, July 21, 10 am

TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SALT SPRINGS PARK,Sunday, July 29, 1 pm

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER, Friday and Saturday, August 10, 11, 9 pm

DRAGONFLIES, DAMSELFLIES, AND OTHER INSECTS, Saturday, August 11, 1 pm

TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SALT SPRINGS PARK, Sunday, August 26, 1 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.
May

Sunday, May 6, 10 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.Free.




Sunday, May 6, 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 12, 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 19, 10 a.m. to Noon - ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS

We offer a beginner's program based on the National Archery in Schools Program, which makes it easy for anyone to learn. We provide the equipment, and you bring your focus and maybe someone else for a little friendly competition. All ages are welcome. This is a great family activity taught by Diane Hawley-Wurth, a NASP-certified instructor. Fee: $5/person; $15/family.


Saturday, May 19, 1 to 3 p.m. - MAMMALS OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Local professional trapper Bill Kasten will talk about the mammals of NEPA and show us a variety of animal pelts and traps. Mr. Kasten has years of experience learning about these animals' behaviors and habitats to share. Held in the Carriage Barn. Fee: $5/person or $15 for families; members, free.



Friday, May 25, 8:30 to 10 p.m. - FULL MOON HIKE

Bring a snack to share around a campfire afterwards, a flashlight, and an adventurous spirit. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $5; members, free.



Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1 to 3 p.m. - ATTRACTING POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN

A presentation will focus on identifying pollinators and native plantings that attract them. Learn some basics of earth-friendly landscape design that benefit pollinators and support wildlife. After a short break for lunch, we'll plant the park's garden. Pack a lunch and bring tools if you have them. Bring a container as well; participants will receive strawberry starter plants. Kids welcome. Join us for all or part of the workshop. Fee: $5; members and kids, free.



Sunday, May 27, 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


Sundays, June 3 and 10, 1–3 p.m. - ACRYLIC LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOPS

Artist in Residence Earl W. Lehman will lead two fun and instructive workshops. Bring acrylic paints, brushes, and drawings or photos if you have them; otherwise we'll have some on hand. Composition will be emphasized, along with the elements of art and prinicples of design, with the goal of creating a good painting or two.

No special skills or knowledge needed—Earl's here to guide us through the steps.

All ages welcome, but kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $10/person per class.

We'll need the following supplies as well. We'll have some on hand, but if you can bring some as well, please do!

Acrylic paints, brushes
Colored pencils, colored pens, 6b pencils
Quart containers for water
Rags, paper towels
Styrofoam egg cartons (for paint)
1" thick roll of blue tape




Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. - TWITTER, TWEETS, AND (BIRD) TALK

Local birder Evan Mann will teach us how to effectively train our ears to listen to the wonderful whimsical sounds of our native songbirds. June is an active time for these lively little animals: mating, nesting, and raising their broods of little ones. The presentation will include time to practice hearing and sighting birds within a short stroll of the Wheaton House. All levels of birders welcome. Fee: $5/person; $15/family; members, free.




Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 2 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. We will identify, photograph, and record information about the reptiles and amphibians we find. Bring lunch, water, notebook, and camera. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $5/person; FSSP and EL Rose Conservancy members and kids, free.





Saturday, June 16, 8:30 to 10:30 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.



Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. - BASIC ORIENTEERING TREASURE HUNT

For those wanting to know how to read a map better, this program is for you. Kelly Finanwill teach us some 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.



Saturday, June 23, 1–4 p.m.; 8 p.m. - SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Enjoy the longest day of light at Salt Springs Park, with a variety of solar demos and activities in the afternoon (bring lunch) and storytelling and a campfire at dusk (bring snacks!). Fee: Free-will donation.






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

Ride the roads through Salt Springs Park and the Friends land. Easy to moderate riding, depending on participants' skill levels Fee: Free-will donation.





Friday, June 29, 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: $5; $15/family.






Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. to Noon - ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS

We offer a beginner's program based on the National Archery in Schools Program, which makes it easy for anyone to learn. We provide the equipment, and you bring your focus and maybe someone else for a little friendly competition. All ages are welcome. This is a great family activity taught by Diane Hawley-Wurth, a NASP-certified instructor. Fee: $5/person; $15/family.






July




Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. - ALL-AMERICAN PATRIOTIC MUSIC

We provide an evening of free music under the stars at the Barn Pavilion. We honor the birth of America with some patriotic tunes as well. Bring something to sit on and marshmallows to toast over an open fire afterwards. Free, but we pass the hat.








Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to Noon - ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS

We offer a beginner's program based on the National Archery in Schools Program, which makes it easy for anyone to learn. We provide the equipment, and you bring your focus and maybe someone else for a little friendly competition. All ages are welcome. This is a great family activity taught by Diane Hawley-Wurth, a NASP-certified instructor. Fee: $5/person; $15/family.




Sunday, July 29, 1 p.m. - TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SALT SPRINGS PARK

Ride the roads through Salt Springs Park and the Friends land. Easy to moderate riding, depending on participants' skill levels Fee: Free-will donation.




August

Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, 9 p.m. - PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Join us for one or both evenings. Meet at the Wheaton House and walk out to an open field to enjoy this annual celestial light show of falling stars. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, viewing cameras or telescopes, and snacks and drinks. We'll have a bonfire if the night is chilly. Program fee: Free-will donation.




Saturday, August 11, 1 p.m. - DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES

Meet at the Wheaton House for Binghamton University professor and avid odonatologist Thomas Donnelly's presentation. Then try your hand at catching some insects in Silver Creek with nets that we provide. You bring waterproof or other sturdy shoes. All ages welcome. Program fee: $5 per person; members and kids, free.


Sunday, August 26, 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 on the last Sunday of each month throughout the summer, featuring easy to moderate riding. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: Free-will donation.