Herp Hoedown at Park

 

 

Herp Hoedown at Sinnemahoning State Park features an afternoon full of fun educational programs about reptiles and amphibians. Join park staff and local herpetology enthusiasts in the Wildlife Center classroom on Saturday, April 28 from noon to 4 p.m. for a chance to learn more about these unique and often misunderstood animals.

Kicking off the event at noon is Todd Deluccia, of the Cameron County Conservation District with a program on hellbenders.  Large, rare amphibians, hellbenders live in some shallow, fast-flowing, rocky Pennsylvania streams and rivers.  Learn more about these strange but fascinating creatures and the conservation efforts that are being taken on their behalf.

Then take a hike to a wetland to explore herp habitats. Three different wetland hikes will be conducted at 1:15, 1:30, and 2 p.m., with varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate different ages and abilities.  Duane Stafford, the North-central coordinator for the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey will lead a herp search at the 40 Maples Day Use Area and park educators will lead educational walks in the wetlands near the Wildlife Center. Boots or waterproof shoes are recommended for the hikes.  All animals collected will be identified and safely released.

 

 

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