COOKSBURG — The following programs are scheduled at Cook Forest State Park in July:
Meet at the Sensory Trailhead at 10:00 am for Sensory Trail Dedication. Cook’s Forest Friends and parks staff have been busy developing interpretive signs for the blind and physically challenged along this newly resurfaced paved trail.
Join park staff for the “Clarion River Boating Program: Arroyo Bridge-Irwin Run” at 8:00 am. A guided float on the wild and scenic Clarion River will take place. This section of the river is rich in local history and also contains the most challenging set of rapids on the river. Participants will pass the remains of the Arroyo Tannery and have lunch along the abandoned Clarion River Railway near Lilly Pond. Participants are encouraged to bring their fishing rods. Only experienced boaters are allowed.
The “Friends of Cook Forest Series: Basic of Orienteering” will take place at 10 a.m. Head to Nuthole Pavilion, located at the entrance to Ridge Camp, to learn the basics of orienteering with instructor Roger Mazzarella. Participants will be sent on a short scavenger hunt at the end of the course to test their new skills. Compasses will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.
“Family Fishing Program” will be at 5:30 p.m. with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Participants will learn basic fishing techniques and practice these skills while fishing during the program. The program is open to all ages, including children 5 years and older. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program is free and all materials are provided. No fishing license is required. Meet at the children’s fishing pond behind the park office. Families must pre-register at https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/183788.
“Facts and Fun About Bats” premieres at 8 p.m. At the Ridge Camp Amphitheater, Park Intern Laryssa Bauer will teach attendees all about bats. There will be fun and dynamic games for young people.
“Walk with Friends: Old Logging Road – Rhododendron Trail” will begin at 10 a.m. Participants will meet at the Log Cabin Environmental Classroom and carpool to the trailhead, completing a two-mile loop of the Old Logging Road and Rhododendron Trail. Attendees will see ancient trees, hopefully hear thrushes and warblers, discuss local history, and learn about invasive plants.