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Environmental programs scheduled at Prince Gallitzin

Located approximately 20 miles from Tyrone, Prince Gallitzin State Park offers people who love the outdoors camping, boating, fishing, and swimming all in a fun and safe family atmosphere.
According to Environmental Education Specialist Michelle Shetler, the campground at Prince Gallitzin is titled Crooked Run Campground and has 437 camping sites, some with electricity. The park also offers ten modern cabins for rent.
The lake at the park was opened to boating in 1961. The Prince Gallitzin Marina offers a full line of boat rentals, including pontoons, motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats.
Several environmental programs are scheduled to start the early summer camping and recreation season. Most of the programs are held in the campground area, and the public is welcome to attend any of the programs. Programs are free.
Tomorrow, Isn’t That Special is a one-hour program scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and will focus on reptiles and amphibians, including their food and habitat needs for survival. Then at 7 p.m. a Pontoon Tour at Glendale Lake is scheduled to depart from the campground boat launch. There is a charge of $5 per person for the tour, and participants will learn facts about wildlife, park history and natural features of the park.
Monday at 10 a.m. a Bicycle Rodeo for kids is scheduled to meet at the flagpole near the entrance of the campground. PennDOT Highway Safety Specialist Don Drass will be the special guest to lead the bicycle rodeo and teach children about bicycle safety.
Thursday at 8:30 p.m. is a scheduled Creatures of the Night to begin near Cabin Eight. Participants of this activity should bring a flashlight, and the purpose of the one-hour program is to try to find animals that walk, crawl, fly and slither during the night along the Lakeshore Trail.
Friday at 3:30 p.m. is scheduled Bye Bye Birdie at the campground beach. Children can learn about birds and bird migration through activities and games. At 8:30 p.m. Eddie Eagle Firearm Safety is scheduled at the campground amphitheater. Firearms and PA Hunters Education Instructor George Detwiler will be the guest speaker to teach children gun safety.
Saturday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. Snakes – Myth and Fact is scheduled at the campground beach. Children can learn the truth about snakes through activities and games. At 8:30 p.m. Full Moon Fever is a one-hour program scheduled at main beach two. Stories and folklore about the moon will be told. Also, participants can learn why there are different phases of the moon and see the moon through binoculars.
Sunday, June 15 The Unhuggables is scheduled for 11 a.m. and is part of the Youth Environmental Learning Series. The topic is bugs. This program is for kids ages four and five, and a parent is required to accompany their child to this program.
For more information about Prince Gallitzin and the camping and environmental programs, contact the main office at 674-1000; campground office at 674-1007, and environmental education at 674-1005.