August Slate Of Activities At Nescopeck State Park

The following programs will be held during August at Nescopeck State Park. For more information or to register, please call 570-403-2006, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, August 12-Hiking Series: State Gamelands 141 -Tank Hollow Overlook; 9 a. m. Join us for a more difficult 4-mile hike on State Gamelands to the Tank Hollow Overlook. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. No registration required. Hike may be cancelled due to inclement weather. When in doubt, call the Park Office at 570-403-2006. Meet at Behrens Road off PA-903. Free.

Friday, August 14-Kayaking: Level One; 2 p. m. If you’ve never been in a kayak before, now’s your chance! This hour-long session is an introductory course aimed at folks who have NEVER kayaked before. Participants will learn kayak terminology and basic paddle skills before heading out on the lake to give it a try. You must register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Ages 9 & up. Wear shoes that can get wet and meet park staff at Lake Frances. $5 per person.

Friday, August 14-Kayaking: Level Two; 4:30 p. m. This program expands upon basic kayak skills and focuses on self-rescue and boat-over-boat rescue. You should have attended our level one course or have kayaked before to register for this course. You must register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Ages 13 & up, with experience. Be prepared to be in the water for this course and meet at Lake Frances. $5.00 per person.

Friday, August 14-Kayaking: Sunset Paddle; 7:30 p. m., Enjoy a leisurely paddle as we explore the lake as the sun goes down! Folks should have attended our level one course or have kayaked before to sign up for this program. You must register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Ages 9 & up, with experience. Wear shoes that can get wet and meet at Lake Frances. $5.00 per person.

Wednesday, August 19-Kayaking: Teen Paddle; 2 p. m. This kayak paddle is for teens! Learn how to kayak on 9-acre Lake Frances and practice basic paddle skills with kids your own age. Dress to get wet. Register in advance by calling 570-403-2006. Teens Only. Meet at Lake Frances. $5 per person.

Wednesday, August 19-Kayaking: Ladies of the Lake Paddle; 6 p. m., Ladies –come learn to kayak with other women! We’ll learn basic kayak skills and terminology before exploring 9-acre Lake Frances. You must register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Women Only. Wear shoes that can get wet and meet at Lake Frances. $5 per person.

Friday, August 21-Golden Day Out; 10 a. m.–2 p. m. Are you a retiree or senior looking to spend more time outdoors with folks your own age? We’ll go for a leisurely morning hike, have some lunch (provided), and round out the day with a learn-to-kayak experience on 9-acre Lake Frances. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and long pants for the hike, and bring shorts and shoes that can get wet to change into for the kayak session. Participants should be in good health and able to hike 2 miles over moderate terrain without difficulty. Meet at the Park Office. You must register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Cost: $10.00 per person.

Saturday, August 22-Scavenger Hunt; 9 a. m.–12 pm.-Stop by the park office anytime between 9 am and 12 noon to pick up a scavenger hunt sheet for a family friendly outdoor adventure! Several options will be available for all ages and interests. Participants who finish their hunt and return it to the park office before noon will receive a prize! Meet at the Park Office. Free.

Tuesday, August 25-Conservation Volunteer Work Day; 5:30–7:30

p. m., We’ll take a few hours and tackle a project or two to spruce up the park. Volunteers should dress in sturdy shoes or boots and wear long pants. Register by calling 570-403-2006. Meet at the park office.

Wednesday, August 26-Kayaking: Level Three –Brady’s Lake Paddle; 5:30 p. m., Join us for an adventurous paddle on Brady’s Lake! You must be an experienced paddler. Ages 16 & up, with experience. Sunscreen and water are recommended. You must register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Registered participants should meet at the Brady’s Lake Parking Area off Route 940. Cost: $5.00 per person.

Thursday, August 27-Hiking Series: Manor House, Fireline, Sand Spring Trails at Hickory Run; 9 a. m., Join us for a most difficult 5 ½ -mile hike on the Manor House, Fireline, and Sand Spring Trails at Hickory Run State Park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. No registration required. Hike may be cancelled due to inclement weather. When in doubt, please call the Nescopeck State Park Office at 570-403-2006. Meet at the Hickory Run State Park Office. Free.

Saturday, August 29-Damsels & Dragons…Flies, that is!; 10

a. m., Join us as we welcome guest presenter Tony Schoch to learn about damselflies and dragonflies. After an indoor presentation focusing on their anatomy, life cycle, place in the wetland food chain, and what they can tell us about water quality, we’ll head outside for a walk to look for some of these amazing insects. If you have a pair of binoculars, bring them along –we’ll get some tips for watching dragonflies through binoculars and photographing them as well. Wear sturdy footwear for this program. Register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Meet at the Park Office. Free.

Saturday, August 29-Star Party; 8 p. m., After an informative indoor presentation, we’ll venture outside (weather permitting) and check out the stars through telescopes provided by members of the Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society. The indoor portion of this program will take place regardless of weather. You must register in advance for this program by calling 570-403-2006. Meet at the Park Office. Free.

If you need accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the park or make inquiries through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-888-537-7294 (TTY).

Bureau of State Parks Staff will

gladly discuss how to accommodate your needs. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.