Activities planned at Greenwood Furnace State Park

JACKSON TWP. — Join Amy Nabozny, local wildlife conservation officer with the state Game Commission, for a program on black bears at the Blacksmith shop at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

Bears are many things to many people – a symbol of nature untamed, a worthy quarry for hunting, a pest that raids beehives and birdfeeders, to name a few. Our perceptions of this shy and elusive creature are more often based on stories and folklore rather than facts. Amy will present this program on black bears in the state, and if possible, she will have a live bear with her.

Then, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, meet at the campground for a Minerals Rock! program

The world is literally built with rocks and minerals. They are a part of not only the natural world, but our civilization depends on rocks and minerals. Join geologist Dr. Andrew Sicree for a fascinating program exploring various rocks and minerals. During the program, kids get to help with experiments demonstrating interesting properties of our world.

The program, Mad About Mushrooms, will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Blacksmith shop. Is there some fungus among us? You Bet! Join local mushroom expert Bill Russell as he takes us on a hike to look for mushrooms. Following the hike, he will show some slides on varieties of mushrooms. Bill Russell has been giving mushroom programs, workshops, and hikes for over 35 years. Bill has published a book called “Field Guide to the Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic,” which is useful to the novices and experienced wild mushroom hunter. He is a longtime resident of State College.

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