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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 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, Millersburg Rotary Club 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 Education Coordinator, 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 Education Coordinator, 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.

August 9, Pennsylvania Elk
In the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds is the largest elk herd in the Northeast. Learn about these majestic animals; where and when to see them and what is being done to ensure Pennsylvania’s elk are here for future generations to enjoy.
Admission $5 per person ages 6 and up.
Time: 7 p.m.

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 Scott Weidensaul and 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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