Drew, 32, succeeds Daniel Bickel, who was named manager at Pymatuning State Park in Crawford County. Borcz, 32, succeeds Marsha Gordon, who retired.
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Archive for the ‘Cook Forest State Park’ category
Posted: August 8th, 2013
Posted: July 30th, 2013
Cook Forest State Park, a favorite summer getaway for folks from the Erie region, has a number of events on its August calendar that are worth looking into, whether as part of a day trip or a week of end-of-summer camping. Call (814) 744-8407 for information about any event, or to reserve a spot.
Fire Tower historical tour: Take in the view from the top of Fire Tower No. 9 and learn about its history during a free tour with park volunteers Kelley and Al Bilotto Aug. 4 or Aug. 18 from 1-3 p.m.
Hellbender hunt: Join park staff Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m. for a free 3-hour search of the Clarion River for mudpuppies and seldom-seen hellbenders. You will get soaked, so wear appropriate clothing and shoes suitable for wading the river, and pack along a sturdy wading staff. Participants will carpool to search sites from the park office.
Canoe the Allegheny River, from Buckaloons to Thompson Island: Meet at the park office before 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23 to carpool to the put-in for the daylong, 4-mile interpretive paddle put on by the park and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. Learn about the bottomland and forests of the area and stop at Crulls Island and Anders Run Natural Area. Pack your fishing gear, along with drinking water, rain gear, protective footwear and a change of clothing . Cost is $50 per boat, payable at the starting point (exact amount only; no credit cards). Lunch will be provided for those who register by Aug. 20. Space is limited; reserve early. If the river is too high, participants will instead carpool to Anders Run Natural Area and Hearts Content Natural Area instead.
Canoe the Clarion River, from Troutman Run to Gravel Lick: Meet at the park office before 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29 to carpool to the put-in for the 6-mile interpretive paddle put on by the park. Basic canoe safety and handling will be handled, along with wildlife on the Clarion River. Take sturdy river sneakers, a change of clothing and drinking water, as well as fishing gear. Lunch will be provided for those who register by Aug. 27. Cost is $30 per boat, payable at the starting point in the exact amount by cash, check or money order (no credit cards). Only eight canoes are available; reserve early.
Visit the Cook Forest State Park website and click on events in the navigational menu to find other activities.
Posted: June 26th, 2013
Cook Forest State Park is one of Pennsylvania’s favorite summertime retreats. The park’s events schedule for July is filled with opportunities, whether you’re camping or just need a day-trip destination.
July 6: Save Our hemlocks. Meet at the park office at 10 a.m. for the free 2-hour presentation. Plan for a challenging interpretive walk along the Seneca Trail to learn how the park is trying to combat the invasive and destructive hemlock woolly adelgid in the finest and mot significant hemlock stand in the eastern United States.
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Posted: February 25th, 2013
Set aside three hours March 23 to join a group search for bald eagles along the Clarion River.
Pack along your binoculars and spotting scopes to the Cook Forest State Park office from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for a driving tour to eagle hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. The park staff says this is the prime time of the year to view bald eagles on their nests and find new nesting sites.
The carpool is likely to be long, and the hiking “aggressive” to get to better viewing areas. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available at the office.
For information, call (814) 744-8407.
Posted: February 12th, 2013
Is there any creature cuter than a river otter?
Pack your binoculars and spotting scopes and get to the park office for the start of a driving tour to otter hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. Cook Forest staff says this is the best time of the year to witness otter activity. Chances are good to observe otter sign such as slides, tracks, and carp kills along the banks of the river.
Hot chocolate will be available at the park office.
For information, call (814) 744-8407.
Posted: February 8th, 2013
Feb. 9 is Snowman in the Forest Day at Cook Forest State Park.
Join in the snowman-building contest if you like, but plan for a day of other winter activities at the Sawmill Center for the Arts complex on Forest Road:
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Horse-drawn carriage rides, sledding, snowman-building contest, K-9 rescue demos, face painting, box hockey.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Snowshoe interpretive hike in the old-growth forest along Black Bear Trail; meet at the firepit.
1 p.m.: Happy dog contest.
1-2 p.m.: Wildlife presentation by park ranger Steve Mazik in Sawmill Classroom.
1-2 p.m.: Snowshoe interpretive hike within the old-growth forest along Black Bear Trail; meet at the firepit.
2 p.m.: Door prize awards.
Try samples during the Free Chili Cook-Off. Hot chocolate, coffee, fire, and heated Sawmill Classroom will help take the chill off. The event is sponsored by Cook Forest Vacation Bureau.
Posted: December 29th, 2012
Explore Cook Forest State Park Jan. 12 with two programs that will get you out into the winter weather.
Pack your cross country skis and meet at 9 a.m. at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Center for a two-hour interpretive cross country ski trip through Toms Run Valley. You’ll learn how to identify animal tracks in the snow as you ski through an old-growth forest at the base of the Forest Cathedral. If the snow conditions don’t cooperate, a hike or snowshoe will take place instead.
At noon, meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for a two-hour interpretive snowshoe program into the old-growth Seneca Forest, in the vicinity of Ridge Trail. Eastern hemlocks some 300 years old and tall black cherry dot the trail, including the tallest known black cherry north of the Smoky Mountains. If the snow conditions aren’t good, this will be a hike instead.
For information, call (814) 744-8407.
Posted: October 1st, 2012
The Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will have its monthly hike and a picnic Oct. 13.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Uni-Mart at the intersection of routes 66 and 36 in Leeper. The hike will go from the trailhead on Route 66 to the north end of Forest Drive in Cook Forest State Park, approximately 4.5 miles. Halfway through the hike will stop at the North Country Trail’s newest overnight hiking shelter in the Maple Creek area for a picnic. Clarion Chapter will supply hot dogs, beverages and other light picnic food.
If you plan to attend, contact Devin Callihan at (814) 319-5058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: September 4th, 2012
Volunteers will paint traffic control symbols and lines on boat launches; install new grills at pavilions; clear vegetation from facility fencing; weed and mulch flower planters; and pick up litter. Lunch will be provided, and there will be free camping for workers over the weekend.
The work day will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information, contact Rich Egger at email@example.com or (724) 646-1124.
That’s not the only opportunity to volunteer in northwestern Pennsylvania:
Help clean up the Allegheny River in and around Warren Sept. 29 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Posted: May 17th, 2012
Get in on National Trails Day June 2 with the help of the Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association and the Clarion County Trails Association.
The organizations will host a hike from the Cook Forest Fire Tower in Cook Forest State Park to the trail head on Highland Drive. Meet at the Cook Forest Fire Tower/Seneca Point parking lot in Cook Forest State Park at 9 a.m.for the 6 1/2-mile hike over varied terrain.
Want to attend? Call Devin Callihan at (814) 319-5058 or call him at firstname.lastname@example.org.