Yellow Creek State Park will present the following nature and recreation programs later this month.
• 4 to 6 p.m., camping and backpacking basics, environmental learning classroom
Join the park naturalist to learn the basics of camping and backpacking. Preparation is the key to any successful backpacking trip. Learn how to properly trip plan by taking into account the 4W concept: Weather, Water, Wildlife and Widowmakers. Learn about logistical aspects of trip planning from the equipment needed to food and transportation. Learn the importance of having a backpacking checklist and how to properly pack a pack. Lastly, learn the principles of “Leave No Trace,” which will be your guide to the great outdoors. This program will go over a real camping and backpacking trip at Yellow Creek State Park from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8. Perhaps you’ll be interested in joining us after sitting in on this program.
• 8 to 9:30 p.m., scary sounds of the night, environmental learning classroom
The sun has just set … light is fading quickly. You feel the darkness start to wrap around your body like a blanket. You hear screams and howls off in the distance. What is that awful sound? Your heart starts to pound faster, your breathing picks up. You are scared out of your wits. Darkness has a way of taking over your senses. Don’t let these scary sounds of the night keep you down and out. There’s an explanation for everything in life. Join the park naturalist as he unravels these mysterious nighttime sounds, followed by a hike around Dragonfly Pond. Bring a flashlight if you have one.
1 to 4 p.m., tree identification contest, environmental learning classroom
Need some added beauty to your yard? If so, you’re in luck. Thanks to the generosity of Pike’s Peak Nursery, two $40 gift certificates will be awarded to the winners of the ninth annual tree identification contest. It will be held somewhere within the confines of Yellow Creek State Park. Mike Shaffer, the environmental education specialist, will mark approximately 50 trees and shrubs in a pre-designated area of the park. You will be guided through this area on a leisurely pace, stopping approximately two minutes for each tree or shrub. This is a family competition. Each family will compete for the prize, and the two families with the best scores will receive a $40 gift certificate from Pike’s Peak Nursery.
• 4 to 5 p.m., solar car races, environmental learning classroom
Students will learn the importance of the sun in creating solar energy and how photovoltaic cells can convert solar energy into electricity. Then afterward, we will build solar cars and race them to see who built the fastest car.
• 7 to 9 p.m., sunset tea cruise, boat rental (main day-use area)
Come enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Creek Lake. Take in all the sights and sounds that Yellow Creek has to offer. This cruise will take us down to the breast of the dam and back, just in time to watch the sun set behind Chestnut Ridge. If the gentle breezes from the lake don’t cool you off, don’t worry because ice-cold wild teas will be served for your pleasure. The cost is $10 per person. Seating is limited to the first 10 participants. Registration is required. To register, call the park office at (724) 357-7913.