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!

September 22, Hunter Trapper Safety

This training course is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before buying a license and is open to anyone age 11 and older. There will be a certification exam at the end of the course. Course manuals are available at the Ned Smith Center gift shop during regular hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Lunch will be provided. To register, please visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website (pgc.pa.gov), click on “Education,” and search for this class by name and location. There is no charge for the course, the manuals or lunch.
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

October 9, Ned Smith: A Celebration
Join NSCNA on what would be Ned’s 99th birthday and celebrate the late artist and the legacy he has left behind. We will hear stories from several people who knew this Pennsylvanian environmental champion and also watch the recent documentary produced by WITF. Pre-registration suggested, but not required. Free admission, donations accepted.
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

November 2, An Evening with Owls
Experts on night-time raptors will explore the facts and shatter the myths about these beautiful creatures. This program features live owls from Penn State University’s Shaver’s Creek
Environmental Center. Certified bird banders from the Center’s Northern Saw-Whet Owl Banding Project will provide owl banding demonstrations and discuss efforts to gather more information on the tiny birds that migrate through Penn’s Woods on cold fall nights.
Admission $5 per person ages 6 and up.
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

November 10, Cruisin’ the Cosmos: Postcards from the Universe
Following a 7 P.M. presentation by NASA’s Jerry Bonnell, we will bundle up for some fall 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, Millersburg Rotary Club, and Millersburg Borough. Pre-registration suggested, but not required. Free admission, donations accepted.
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

November 15, Winter Bird Feeding
Scott Bills is back to teach us more about some of our favorite backyard birds. Some birds don’t fly south for the winter, learn how to help care for our feathered friends during the coldest part of the year.
Admission $5 per person ages 6 and up.
Time: 7 p.m.


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