Three nature programs will be held at Yellow Creek State Park this weekend:
• “Frogs and Toads of Pennsylvania” will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the environmental learning classroom.
Mike Shaffer, park naturalist, will discuss vocalization, distribution, and how frogs and toads serve as indicators of healthy environments.
After a short discussion, participants will take a short walk to find these amphibians in their natural settings.
This is a Friend of the Parks program.
• “Sailing 101” on Sunday will explore the art of sailing on Yellow Creek.
Participants should meet at the boat rental buildling in the main day-use area at 12:30 p.m. for a two-hour session that will include a lesson on the parts of a sailboat; an introduction to wind awareness, sail trim and points of sail; and a one-hour sail with a U.S. Sailing-certified instructor. All participants must be at least 10 years of age and be able to swim 50 yards in clothing and shoes.
The free class is limited to 12 students. To register, call the park office at (724) 357-7913.
• “Trout Count and Clean Streams” will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the environmental learning classroom. Eric Chapman, director of aquatic science for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will talk about the Unassessed Water Initiative that focuses on the distribution of native and wild trout in Pennsylvania.
By documenting populations of reproducing trout, a stream is afforded additional protection by the Department of Environmental Protection. Weather permitting, participants will conduct an electrofishing survey in the park
This is a Friends of the Parks program.
Yellow Creek State Park is located off Route 422 east of Penn Run.