Salt Springs Park offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages to learn about our regional natural heritage. The diversity of habitats within the park provide a wealth of settings for experiential education programs. Whether in the heart of the gorge surrounded by 300-year-old hemlocks or in wildflower-speckled meadows boasting uninterrupted vistas, studies in geology, biology and ecology can be taken to a new and exciting level.
Interpretive programs for children and adults, as well as customized lessons for teachers, students, scouts and other groups, are available through the Friends of Salt Springs Park. Wayside exhibits at various points of interest in the park enhance the visitor’s experience and help provide a better understanding of the park’s hallmark features. Interpretive and interactive displays that give visitors more insight into the natural and human history of the park are staged in the Wheaton House. Currently available from the Salt Springs office are a park brochure, public program guide, bird checklist, and other natural history information pamphlets.
Birdwatchers, check out Bird Watching in Susquehanna County. This is a four-page, full-color quide to the best places to see birds and other wildlife. Sponsored by numerous county agencies, Project Director Nancy Wottrich coordinated the funding and the creation of the brochure. Gerard Dewaghe provided the photographs.
Here's a printable checklist of birds spotted in the park.
For a more personal view of nature at Salt Springs, read some of Nancy Wottrich's essays.
A wide selection of programs open to the public are offered throughout the year, including guided hikes, slide shows and talks, star-gazing, insect studies, and workshops. For a complete schedule, see Programs & Events. Scheduled tours through the old-growth forest and gorge can also be arranged for larger and special interest groups.
Customized outdoor education programs are available by special arrangement. Program topics include sensory explorations of nature, stream adaptations, forest communities, wetlands and watersheds, and meadow biodiversity. Programs can be adjusted to meet the abilities of specific age groups. There is a fee for these programs. For an additional fee, we can design a program on a topic of your choice.
For more information on environmental education programs, contact the Environmental Education Coordinator at EEC@saltspringspark.org.