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Nature Discovery Series 2017

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!


April 29 and May 6: Spring Bird Walks

SPring Bird WalksSpring 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.

TIME: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ADMISSION:FREE, but pre-registration strongly suggested. Call 717-692-3699 or reserve online!


Thursday, May 11: Fungal Fortunes

fungal fortunesThe field of mycology has never been more accessible to the public, with online forums, books from experts, and workshops in almost all major cities in the U.S. we are seeing more, and more, ‘amateur mycologist’ contributing to our understanding of Fungi! Join William Brown and the Ned Smith staff to learn how fungi, and mushrooms can be incorporated into whole system designs for the home/farm, and community for food, medicine, and remediation.

TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ADMISSION: $5 per person ages 10 and older, Ned Smith Center members get $1 off admission.

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Thursday, August 10: Monarch Butterflies

MonarchsJoin Alan Corson and learn more about the fascinating life of the monarch butterfly. This educational and fun-filled program will include live specimens in a variety of life cycles and will be of interest to those wanting to attract the monarch to your own yard.  Tips on how you can be a citizen scientist with the Ned Smith Center’s proposed Adopt-a-Monarch Program will also be shared.

TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ADMISSION: Free to members and children, donations accepted. Non-member adults $5.

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Saturday, September 23: Hunting and Trapping Training 

Hunter TrapperThis 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.

TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ADMISSIONTo 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.


Saturday, October 14: Fall Family Fun Day

FFFDJoin the Ned Smith Center and its partners for an awesome autumn afternoon. This annual event increases awareness of the natural world with many activities for children and families, including a live animal presentation. Fall frolickers can also visit the pumpkin patch, create fall decorations at the “Art Creation Stations,” and try their skills at a round of Pumpkin Bowling.

TIME:12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ADMISSION: $5 per person ages 5 and up, Family Four-Pack $15. Member coupons may not be used for this event.

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Saturday, October 28: Halloween Owls

OwlsWhoooo’s coming to this annual tradition? Celebrate Halloween with the Ned Smith Center at its annual Halloween Owls program. This program features live owls from Penn State University’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. Experts on night-time raptors will explore the facts and shatter the myths about these beautiful creatures. 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.

TIME: Kids’ program 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., regular program 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ADMISSION: $5 per person ages 6 and up, NSCNA members may use coupons for $1 off admission

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