December 30, 2012 12:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
Winter at North Pier Light - -E. Ware

Winter at North Pier Light – -E. Ware



            One might think that with the coming of snow, ice and the cold of winter, things would slow down at TREC and Presque Isle.   However, that is far from true.   Things are really jumping at both.   Rather than just sitting around the house and being a couch potato, consider some of the following programs coming your way in January.

New Year’s Resolution Walk Series

      Environmental Educator Stacey Marendt is leading a five week walking series on Presque Isle.  Yes, you will be outdoors, so dressing like its winter is advised.   The walks are different each week and begin at the Ranger Station at 6:30 pm and should end by 8 pm.   On the walks,  you will discover Presque Isle history and facts about nature.      There is no registration or fee for the walks.  They are scheduled for the following Thursday evenings:      January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Kids Outside the Window Program – –  Snowflakes

            Children from 3 to 5 will discover the wonders of snowflakes indoors and out.  This is an hour of fun and education which will be held at TREC in the Discovery Room on the first floor.  Registration is required so call 814 833 7424.   Cost is $ 3.00 per child.  The program will be held at 10:30 am on January 4, 2013.

Introduction to Citizen Science

            Here’s a new program to Presque Isle, TREC and the State DCNR and a chance for you to get involved on the ground floor.  Join Environmental Educator Emily Hauser on Sunday January 6 at 1 pm at TREC  for an hour long presentation of about the DCNR’s new twist on Citizen Science Investigators (CSI).  CSI is the latest initiative of iConserve Pennsylvania in an effort to inspire each of us to take conservation personally.   There are no fees or registration for the program.   For more information visit the web and enter DCNR Resource Newsletter.  You may also learn more at the iConserve Pennsylvania website.  

Winter Hike Days

            Join our park’s naturalists and celebrate winter by involving yourself and some friends in one or more hikes on Presque Isle.    Environmental Educator Ray Bierbower has scheduled four different walks on January 12, 2013.  You may pick and choose your walk or walks as you please or feel up to. The walks are as follows:

            9 am – – Meet at Stull Center.   MULTI-PURPOSE TRAIL – -This is an easy two hour walk using the Multi-purpose Trail.

            Noon  – – Meet at East Pier parking lot . LONG POND TRAIL HIKE – – This is a two mile walk.

            3 pm – – Meet at Pine Tree Pavilion – – DEAD POND TRAIL HIKE – – This is a two mile walk.

            6 pm – – Meet at the Gull Point Trailhead in Beach 10 parking lot. – – GULL POINT NIGHT HIKE – – This is a five mile hike after dark.

There are no fees or registration for the walks, and they are open to all ages.


Evening Campfire Talk:   Fox and Coyote

            Environmental Educator John Laskos will talk about two of the park’s most popular animals on January 18, 2013 at the Rotary Pavilion at 7 pm.  At the session,  you will learn more about the myths and biology of these predator animals and the important role they play in the park’s ecosystem.  During the evening,  you will enjoy an indoor campfire and hot beverages.    Call 814 838 2454 to register.  There is a $ 2.00 per person fee.

Snowshoe Making Class

            TREC’s ever-popular Snowshoe Making Class is back for this winter.     You will make your own handcrafted Huron style snowshoes in this 2-day class to be held January 19 and 26 from 9 am to 1 pm.   The snowshoes I have seen are wonderful.   Pre-registration is required with a $ 140.00 fee.

Snowshoe at Erie Bluffs

            Join Ray Bierbower at the Erie Bluffs on January 26, 2013 from 10 am to noon for an interpretive hike on the snow-covered trails of Erie Bluffs State Park.   Bring your own snowshoes if possible, because only a limited number of loaners will be available. Meet at the Bluffs parking lot.  No fees or registration is required.


Have a happy and wonderful New Year – -See you on the park!!


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