2018 Nature Discovery Series

Nature Discovery Series 2018

At the Ned Smith Center, we believe education is for everyone.

We have developed a series of programs that connect people of all ages with the natural world.  Whether it’s watching waterfowl on the Susquehanna River, taking a spring bird walk with expert guides, or enjoying an informative and entertaining lecture, we have an affordable way for you to enjoy nature with your family.
We can’t wait to discover nature with you!


 

March 2 – 4, Loon Carving Workshop.1323
In this three-day workshop, Jack Miller will teach you to carve a blank piece of wood into a “smoothie” bird carving, then paint details of a loon. Both carving and painting techniques will be taught. One wood blank will be provided, participants may bring their own carving tools and painting supplies, or they may be purchased for an additional fee. Limited workshop space available.
Registration fee $135 for all three days.
Workshop times: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday,
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Participants must attend all three days.

March 11, Ducks and Geese of the Susquehanna River.Waterfowl
Join Scott Bills, Retired Land Management Group Supervisor, PA Game Commission, along the banks of the Susquehanna River at the old Millersburg Gun Club Headquarters (2 miles west of the Ned Smith Center) to learn about waterfowl and their seasonal migration patterns. Plan to stay a few minutes or hang out all day for the 22nd Annual Waterfowl Watch. In past years, we have been fortunate enough to spot majestic bald eagles fishing the chilly waters of the River. Please dress warmly. Binoculars, field guides, spotting scopes, a warm fire and hearty refreshments will be provided. Free admission, donations accepted.
Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

March 24, Cruisin’ the Cosmos: Spring Star Party.milky-way-916523_1920
“The Birth, Life and Death of the Sun” will be the subject of a presentation by local amateur astronomer, Charles Oldland. Following 7:00 P.M. presentation we will bundle up for some early spring star-gazing with telescopes set up by members of the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg (ASH). If skies are cloudy, we will have some telescopes set up indoors for a “Telescope Lab” with ASH members. Also, if you need help in setting up or using your own telescope, bring it along. .Presented in cooperation with Astronomical Society of Harrisburg and Millersburg Borough. Free admission, but pre-registration strongly suggested.
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

April 14, Basic Compass Skills
Join NSCNA Educaton Coordinmator, Santino Lauricella, for an introductory course in compass usage. Compasses and maps have been used for centuries to help people move from place to place. Learn how compasses and maps work together to help you navigate our surroundings.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This program is brought to you in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and a grant from the Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

April 14, Beginning to Geocache
Have you ever wanted to go on a treasure hunt? Join NSCNA Educaton Coordinmator, Santino Lauricella, and learn about Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and how you can you don’t have to have a boat or the high seas to go on your own treasure hunt.
Time: 1:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This program is brought to you in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and a grant from the Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

April 28 and May 5, Spring Bird Walks
Spring is an exceptional season for viewing migrating birds. Join our experienced leaders for one or both mornings to learn about identifying birds in the field. Not an early bird? Don’t worry. You will find us in the parking lot for the first 30 minutes observing birds and getting accustomed to using our optics. Novice birders and families are welcome! Binoculars provided. Pre-registration suggested, but not required. Free admission, donations accepted.
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.