Outdoors Calendar, Week Beginning March 15

March 15, 2014 by  
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Fire Tending and Primitive Navigation Classes, Environmental Center, Central Park. Naturalist Andy Yoder will be introducing visitors to these two important skills. From 10-11:30 a.m., the topic will be “Fire Starting and Tending.” It is often thought that getting the fire going is the important skill, but if you can’t keep it going, getting it started doesn’t matter.  The ability to start and keep a fire going can provide you with potable water, heat, cooked food and a signaling device. Participants will learn about heat sources, tinder, fuel, wind and other tips and tricks to make a successful fire. Safety issues for outdoor fires will also be addressed.  Please dress for the weather. The cost is $2 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. From 1-2:30 p.m., Yoder will address “Primitive Direction Finding.” Many people know how to use a compass or a GPS device, but there are ways of discovering direction without these tools. If someone is ever lost in the woods with no help of rescue, the ability to walk in one direction can be the difference between life and death. Participants will learn how to use shadows, watches and the stars to determine east, west, north and south. There are other natural tricks for finding your way to safety, food or water when lost that will be discussed. Please bring a functioning watch with hands if you have one and dress for the weather.  The cost is $2 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 717-295-2055 for more information and to register for these programs. 

Lititz Run cleanup and tree planting at Millport Conservancy. Organized by Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Volunteers needed. Cleanup from  8-11 a.m. For more information, contact Greg Wilson at 627-0419 or gregsfish@gmail.com. 

Junior Naturalists program for kids ages 5 and up at Gov. Dick Park. Meet in the Environmental Center at either 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.$15 a child. For more information or to register, call 964-3808 or governodick@hotmail.com. Fewer than five registrants will cancel the program. Leave a phone number in case of cancellation. 

Trapshooting practice for public, Conewago Rod Gun Club, Elizabethtown. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 426-2016 or see conewagogunclub.org.

Practice trap shoot, Manheim Sportsmen’s Association. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The club is at 552 Oak Tree Road.


Lancaster County Bird Club field trip to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area for waterfowl and woodcock (rescheduled from March 9. Meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center parking area.

Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club. At 8 a.m., hike 12 strenuous miles on the Victoria Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Carpool from the corner of Race and Buchanan avenues at Buchanan Park in Lancaster. Or, at 1:15 p.m., hike 5 strenuous miles in the Lock 12 area in York County. Carpool from the statue in Buchanan Park at Buchanan and West End avenues.

3-D shoot, Paradise Sportsmen, 40 targets, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; $10 for adults; $5 for kids. Take Route 741 east from Strasburg; right on Belmont Road.

3-D shoot, Ephrata Bowmen. 30 targets. From 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Take Route 222 north to Route 322 exit; go across Route 322 to Hahnstown Road; left on Mohler Church Road; left on Maple Street.

3-D shoot,  Hemlock Archery Club. From 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; $9. Take Route 72 north over PA Turnpike; right on Spring Hill Lane.

Indoor handgun shoot, Mill Creek Sportsmen’s Association, from noon-2:30 p.m. Nonmembers, $15. Call 393-6416. Handgun safety course available.


Lititz Sportsmen’s Association meets, 7:30 p.m. at American Legion on North Broad Street. For more information, call Dick Williams at 569-5114.

Practice trap shoot, Paradise Sportsman’s Association. From 5-7 p.m.; $4. Take Route 741 east from Strasburg; right on Belmont Road.


Aquarium Club of Lancaster County meets, 7:30 p.m. at Hempfield United Methodist Church, corner of Marietta Pike and Stony Battery Road.

Mill Creek Sportsmen’s Association  meets, 7:30 p.m. at clubhouse at 1877 Windy Hill Road. For more information, 393-6416 or www.millcreeksportsman.com.

Masonic Center of Lancaster County hosts Chris Rosenberry, chief deer and elk biologist for the PA Game Commission, who will speak at 7 p.m. at the center, 213 W. Chestnut St. Admission is free; parking available at Water Street Parking Garage.

Practice trap shoot, Southern Lancaster County Farmer-Sportsmen. From 1-8:30 p.m.; $4. Take Route 272 south to Buck; left on Route 372; left on Hollow Road.


Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets, 7-9 p.m., Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Program: John McLain and Todd Peters will talk on fishing soft hackles and wet flies. Open to public.

Southern Lancaster County Farmers-Sportsman Association indoor archery league from 6-8 p.m. Take Route 272 south to Buck; left on Route 372; left on Hollow Road.

3-D shoot, Mount Joy Sportsmen’s Club. 28 targets. From 5-8 p.m.; $8 for adults; $4 for kids 12-16. Take Route 283 west; left on Route 772; right on Old Market Street.

Trap shoot, Manheim Sportsmen,  5-7 p.m. The club is at 552 Oak Tree Road.

Sporting clays shoot, Atglen Sportsmen. Begins at 5 p.m. $5.50. The club is on Creek Road, Sadsbury Township.

Trap shoots under the lights, Adamstown Rod Gun Club. Begins at  5 p.m.; $3. The club is at 563 Willow St., Reinholds.


Keystone Trails Association’s first-ever KTA Film Festival, 6:30 p.m. at the Wesley Center of Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 South 22nd Street, Camp Hill, PA. “The KTA Film Festival is a great opportunity to learn more about hiking,” said Wanda Shirk, President of KTA.  “KTA will celebrate its work, the state’s precious trails, and the backbone of KTA – its membership. The event will feature three hiking-related films, including “Come Walk with Me,” KTA Member Lorrie Preston’s travelogue of hiking the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.  Other films include “Faces of the Appalachian Trail” and “The Green Tunnel.” Attendees will be given an opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite film, and the film with the most votes will receive the KTA Film of the Year Award. “In addition to three great films, the event will also spotlight KTA’s advocacy efforts on trails and wild spaces, feature other hiking, trails and environmental organizations, and celebrate KTA’s membership base,” she said.  Tickets for the KTA Film Festival are $15 and include a one-year individual membership to KTA for new members.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/kn3wray, or at the door. Additional information about this event is available at www.kta-hike.org.

Muhlenberg Botanical Society meets, 7 p.m. at North Museum. For more information, contact Mike Slater at 610-775-3757.

Indoor archery league at Southern Lancaster County Farmers-Sportsman Association. From 6-8 p.m. Take Route 272 south to Buck; left on Route 372; left on Hollow Road.

Southern Lancaster County Farmers-Sportsmen’s cowboy fast-draw shooting practice from 6-8 p.m. Take Route 272 south to Buck; left on Route 372; left on Hollow Road.


The Lancaster County Bird Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster. Lydia Martin, Penn State Master Gardener, will present “Backyard Habitat: Gardening with Native Plants is for the Birds.” Birds are up against unprecedented barriers in the environment. Human driven disturbance from habitat loss through development, farming practices, threats by invasive species and even glassy windows cause massive bird losses annually. Gardening with native plants that provide nutritious food and quality habitat is one easy way that each of us can be part of giving back to wildlife, especially birds. Lydia is a Land Steward for the Lancaster County Conservancy working with land owners and stewardship activities to support environmental education and awareness. In her spare time she consults with individuals and groups interested in conservation landscaping for wildlife. Living in the southern end of Lancaster County with her husband and four children, she is dedicated to restoring their seven-acre property in the river hills region. A short business meeting will precede the program. The public is invited to attend free of charge and may call 717-393-2546 with questions. The club website is www.lancasterbirdclub.org.

Nighttime star watch, conducted by Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County and hosted by Lancaster County Department of Parks Recreation, 8:30-10 p.m., at Environmental Center in Central Park. In case of bad weather or cloudy skies, the watch will be held at the same time on Saturday. Stars to be viewed are Rigel, Betelguse and Sirius; planets: Jupiter; objects: Orion Nebula and Pleiades star cluster; constellations: Gemini and Orion. These objects will be viewed through telescopes set up by club members as well as by your naked eyes. Call 295-2055 to register for the program. Donations accepted.

Lancaster Herpetological Society meets, 7 p.m. at Manheim Township Library. For information, contact Jeff Chiyka at jeff@lancasterherp.org.

Hemlock Archery Club’s indoor, 3-D shoot from 4-9 p.m.; $8. Take Route 72 north over PA Turnpike; right on Spring Hill Lane.


Pennsylvania fishing license buttons now on sale. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is re-introducing the availability of a Pennsylvania fishing license button. Brought back by popular demand, this alternate display annual license button is similar to the buttons offered by the PFBC in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and in 1974 and 1975. Anglers will be able to purchase a $5 button starting March 12 through the PFBC’s Outdoor Shop (www.GoneFishingPa.com) and at regional PFBC offices, as well as agency headquarters in Harrisburg. License buttons can also be ordered using a mail-in form posted on the PFBC’s website: http://fishandboat.com/licapp.htm. Delivery of all buttons purchased will occur within three weeks of when they are ordered. The three-week delivery time provides adequate time for the buttons to be personalized with the individual license buyer’s customer identification number. The annual buttons will be available to all current, adult and youth Pennsylvania fishing license customers who possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license that enables them to fish for the entire year. Lifetime senior license and multi-year license holders can also purchase the buttons. For all eligible customers, the buttons are not required by law and are an optional purchase. The purchase of a traditional (paper) Pennsylvania fishing license is a requirement in order to purchase the optional license button. As a result of a recent regulation change, as long as an angler is carrying their valid paper license, a valid alternate display annual license button is the only display requirement while fishing. For an information paper about the new alternate display annual license buttons, visit: http://www.fishandboat.com/faq-lic-button.pdf.

Pennsylvania Game Commission seedling sales underway for landowners to help wildlife. While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring, and beyond, by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. The 2014 seedling order form is available online. Most seedlings are sold in units of 25, but 100-seedling bundles also are available in mixes to benefit deer, game birds and songbirds, as well as to improve riparian and winter-thermal habitats. The 2014 order form contains a wide selection of evergreens, shrubs and fruit- and nut-bearing trees. Most species are native to Pennsylvania, and with the exception of black locust, all of the available hardwoods are grown from seed collected from Pennsylvania sources and processed by Game Commission personnel. Two offerings have been added to the order form this year. Black-gum/Black Tupelo is a slow-growing tree that provides food for birds and wildlife and, as it grows, often provides nesting cavities. A unit of 25 1-year-old seedlings is available for $12.50. Also available this year is a mixed-oak collection, which may contain some or all of northern red oak, white oak, chestnut oak, pin oak and black oak seedlings. A unit of 25 seedlings is available for $8.75, but – like many of the seedlings offered for sale – can be purchased at a discounted price. Although a discount is not offered for all species or habitat bundles, orders of 12 or more total units qualify for applicable discounted pricing. With the discount, prices are as low as $3.75 per bundle, or 15 cents per seedling. The mixed-oak bundle costs $6.25 with the discount. Species that qualify for the discount are marked on the order form. Annetta Ayers, superintendent at Howard Nursery, said there is a very limited supply of some of the seedlings for sale. Those who are interested might want to call Howard Nursery at 814-355-4434. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Orders can be placed by telephone, as well. The order form and information about the seedlings for sale are available at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. Place your cursor over “General Store” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then scroll down to “Howard Nursery” and select “2014 Seedling Order Form” from the drop-down menu. If you have problems downloading the order form, you likely need to install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be found by doing an Internet search and downloaded for free. The order form can be completed and submitted online, or printed out and faxed or mailed. Payments are not due until the order is confirmed by Howard Nursery. For those without Internet access, order forms can be obtained at Game Commission offices or various displays or booths at shows in which the agency participates through the spring or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Howard Nursery, 197 Nursery Road, Howard, PA 16841. While the order form provides a brief description of the tree species available and their benefits to birds and wildlife, more information is available on the website under “Tree Seedling Index.” The preferred method of delivery is by United Parcel Service (UPS). Shipping and handling charges do apply. Orders are shipped only Monday through Wednesday to assure delivery for weekend planting. However, orders also may be picked up in person at the nursery once buyers are notified the order is ready. Generally, seedlings ship in the month of April.

How to report bald eagle nests. From Pa. Game Commission: Bald eagles are now deep into their nesting season with several pairs on eggs. It is an exciting time for eagle-watchers.  I see posts about nests, new and established. It is especially exciting that eagles now are nesting in urban landscapes, providing us with opportunities to engage more people with wildlife and birding. If you find a new nest, report it to our Endangered bird biologist, Patti Barber, including details about location. Her mail is: patbarber@pa.gov. We have provided a lot of information about eagles and eagle-watching. Please take advantage of this information and provide it to others. See: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514objID=978032mode=2. We hope that our experienced birders and raptor-watchers can provide some in-the-field guidance to new eagle-watchers and instill in them a respect for the birds. Yes, eagles seem more tolerant of people than in the past, but they still are vulnerable to human intrusion. You can help by providing some leadership in the field.

Game Commission unveils state game lands app. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced an update to the “PA State Game Lands” app, which can be downloaded for most mobile devices through links on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). “Using a smartphone or tablet’s built-in navigation features, this app provides turn-by-turn directions to destinations you select and includes destination-specific details such as WMU, county, acreage, hunting zones, hunting hours, 2012-13 seasons and bag limits and more,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. The app has built-in mapping capabilities allowing you to browse State Game Land boundaries, parking areas and shooting ranges displayed over your choice of USGS 7.5 minute topographic maps, satellite imagery or road maps. No cellular service where you’re headed? Cache maps on your device for use offline. Simple menus allow users to search for State Game Lands by the State Game Land number, Wildlife Management Unit or by which SGL is the closest to your present location. All results appear in distance order, allowing the user to find the nearest State Game Lands access no matter where you are. Looking for State Game Lands beyond your current location? Just enter any Pennsylvania city into the search criteria to plan your next adventure. Then save your favorite destinations for future use. The app also allows you to find and navigate to Game Commission facilities and shooting ranges. Use the “Report Your Harvest” feature to phone in or input harvests and follow turn-by-turn directions to bear and elk check stations. “This update includes significant enhancements, including many that users have requested,” Roe said. Users can now store maps on their device for navigating with or without cellular service. Other improvements include 7.5 minute USGS topographic maps, State Game Lands boundaries, new search enhancements to find destinations using maps, fast links to report violations and access a Hunting Hours table and the Game Commission’s mobile website. The app was developed by Gogal Publishing, of Warrington, Bucks County, and sells for $9.99 (plus tax). To Connect with Wildlife, visit the Game Commission at the following: Website: www.pgc.state.pa.us; Twitter: www.twitter.com/PAGameComm; YouTube: www.youtube.com/pagamecommission; Facebook: www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaGameCommission. Also, subscribers to the agency’s monthly magazine– Pennsylvania Game News–can read their Game News issues online at www.penngamenews.com. A Game News subscription offers free access to all online issues, including the most recent before it arrives in the mailbox. Issues more than a year old are accessible without a subscription. With the digital edition you’ll enjoy links to more information, archived issues, the ability to share your favorite reads and perks like bookmarking and making notes “in the margins.” Users of iPads and iPhones will like reading via the Nxtbook Nxtstand app. Download it for free, click on “P” in the catalog, then the PA Game News cover.

As treestand use is a popular part of archery deer seasons, as well as other deer seasons, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering hunters the opportunity to take a free, voluntary online treestand safety course. To take the course, go to the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), put your cursor on “Education” in the menu bar under the banner, then put your cursor on “Hunter Education” in the drop-down menu list, and then click on “Online Treestand Safety Course” in the drop-down menu list. “Treestand safety has evolved over the years as new research and statistics become available,” said Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief.  “What were once considered to be ‘safe’ treestand safety practices 10 years ago are simply not considered ‘safe’ today. “By reviewing this 15-minute interactive, narrated treestand safety course, a hunter will learn about the latest Treestand Manufacturers Association’s safety standards and guidelines.”

Volunteer opportunities at North Museum of Natural History and Science. Community members can share their passion for natural history and science. Needed are docents and tour guides to lead activities and guide visitors throughout the museum. Docents are needed to lead group tours during the week. Tour guides are needed on weekends. Also needed are live animal room associates to introduce visitors to the residents of the museum’s live animal room by allowing  them to touch the animals and learn more about their distinct characteristics. Candidates should have a willingness to learn about the exhibits and collections at the museum and a passion for sharing that knowledge and engaging young minds. Applicants should be flexible in their availability to volunteer during the museum’s normal business hours and willing to attend volunteer training. If interested, contact Towanda Williams, volunteer coordinator, at twilliams@northmuseum.org or 291-3943.


Personal Protection Outside the Home course, Friday, April 11, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday April 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, 393-6416 or www.millcreeksportsman.com.

Donegal Trout Unlimited’s 3rd Annual Ladies in Lancaster County Cold-water Conservation Breakfast, including an introduction to fly fishing, Saturday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Millport Conservancy, 737 E. Millport Road, Lititz. Women, daughters and granddaughters welcome at breakfast seminar. Participants will learn about cold-water conservation and local stream restoration. In addition, there will be fly-casting lessons and fly-tying demos performed by our chapter members. The workshop is free but register no later than March 29 by contacting Faye Haering at 285-2573 or fayeonthefly@comcast.net. Minimum age is 12.

Applications being accepted for 36th annual Lancaster County Youth Conservation School. A rigorous summer field school filled with learning is just a few months away. Youth Conservation School be held July 20-26. The Lancaster County Conservation District along with local sportsmen’s clubs proudly offers a weeklong summer field school for teen’s ages 14-16 focusing on outdoor activities and conservation of our natural resources.  Students reside at the school where tents and cots demonstrate low impact camping at the Northern Lancaster County Fish and Game Protection Association in West Cocalico Township. Interested students should apply.  There are many study topics to empower students, ensuring a sustained conservation legacy. Topics include water quality, forestry, canoeing, wildlife management, archery, survival, and firearm safety.  Teens will have the opportunity to meet professionals in various environmental related fields and discuss career options with them. Students benefit from generous County Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs and community organizations that provide 90% of the YCS tuition. Students are responsible for a $25 registration fee.  To receive an application, contact 299-5361 x.5 or click www.lancasterconservation.org  by June 9.

Spring wildflower walks at Gifford Pinchot State Park. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Gifford Pinchot State Park, is offering spring wildflower walks in March and April. The March date and time is Saturday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. The April dates and times are: Saturday April 5, at 1 p.m.; Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. Park volunteers, and wildflower enthusiasts, will lead the easy to moderate walks, identifying the spring blossoms and sharing tidbits of interest about them. All walks meet in the Conewago Day Use area, in the parking area near pavilion #2 (Sunnyside pavilion). Please wear sturdy footwear and bring bottled water. All walks are for ages 10 years and up. No registration is necessary. Please contact the park office at 717-432-5011 if you need more information.

Lancaster-based permaculture business, The ReWilding School, announces the beginning of their Forager’s Cooperative Program starting in April 2014. The purpose of the new cooperative is to provide holistic ecosystem management for local, wild, and marginal lands in order to increase the prevalence of beneficial plant and fungal species throughout the area. As part of their management strategy, trained permaculturists will ethically harvest edible plants to include in their Forage Packages for local customers. The school’s goal is to increase the carrying capacity of the wild lands while also educating the public about locally available perennial foods and medicines. Customers have the option of buying 6 week packages or may choose to receive a Forager’s Package for the entire 18 week growing season. To support the School’s educational efforts, an apprenticeship program is being offered to local residents. Accepted apprentices will work in conjunction with ReWilding School staff on the Forager’s Cooperative project.  Please see our website,  http://rewildingschool.wordpress.com/ for full details. The ReWilding School is run by Lancaster based eco-entrepreneurs trained in the science of Permaculture Design, wild foraging, and Permaculture education. The goal is to provide the people of the Lower Susquehanna Valley with ecological education and skills to live harmoniously with the Earth.

Ironmaster’s Challenge trail races, Sunday, April 27, at Furnace Stack Pavilion in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1220  Pine Grove Road, Gardners. Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy. Website: www.ironmasterschallenge.com. Email: KMBalaban@BalabanLLC.com. The Ironmaster’s Challenge includes 50K, 25K, and 15K trail races that traverse through beautiful vistas in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest. There will be a finish line picnic from 11:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with award ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The funds raised will support the operation and programming of the Ironmaster’s Mansion, which functions as a hostel for hikers, environmental education center, and event facility for individuals and groups. Event Prices: 50K Ultra: $60 before March 15, $70 after including raceday; 25K Challenge: $45 before Mar 15, $55 after including raceday; 15K Challenge: $40 before Mar 15, $50 after including raceday. Event times: 50K Ultra: 6:30 a.m. registration, 7:30 AM start, finish by 5:30 p.m.; 25K Challenge: 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. start, finish by 3:30 p.m.; 15K Challenge: 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start, must finish by 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Anna Yelk at ayelk@centralpaconservancy.org or 717-241-4360.


The Outdoors Calendar welcomes information on hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoors events. E-mail details to acrable@lnpnews.com; or send to Ad Crable, PO Box 1328, Lancaster, Pa. 17608-1328; or call 481-6029.

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