This week at Chapman SP

The following programs are planned at Chapman State Park this week.

On Thursday, Aug. 22, “Go Nocturnal” will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Join the park naturalist at the amphitheater to discover the secret world of owls. Participants will go on a short hike to see if they can call in some owls. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp.

On Friday, Aug. 23, “CCC-Caching” will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about the CCC and what it stands for while searching for geocaches. A brief introduction on how to use GPS units will take place at the start of the program. GPS units will be available on a first come first served basis. Meet at the park amphitheater.

Also Friday, the 80th Anniversary of the CCC will be observed from 7 to 9 p.m. Join Mike Schultz, PhD, for a presentation on all things CCC: buildings, stone work, early camps, and the guys who built it all. “Camp Forgotten” will be shown following the presentation. Help Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the CCC. Meet at Pavilion #2.

“Exploring the Night Sky” with Tom Traub will be held Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. Join Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory and learn the essentials of stargazing. We’ll be trying out the park’s telescope to discover where and when to look for planets and deep sky objects. If you have a telescope gathering dust, bring it out and get some tips on using it from an expert. Remember to bring a jacket, blanket/chair and flashlight. Meet at the beach.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, “Tiny Telescope” will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Reach for the stars! Create a terrific tiny telescope for your next outer space adventure. Meet at the Beach Concession Stand. The movie “Starry Nigh Sky Theater” will be shown from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The amphitheater becomes a spaceship on a voyage through the solar system. Take off on an awe-inspiring tour of its mysteries in this feature length DVD. (Pavilion #4 in case of rain).

A non-denominational worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.

Upcoming Events:

Family Fishing Aug. 30

Goyataku Fish Printing Aug. 30

Bird House Building Aug. 31

Movie on the Beach Aug. 31

Bird Banding Sept. 7

Canoe Chapman Sept. 1

Tree Caching Sept. 2

Tree Art Sept. 2

Third Annual Fall Festival Oct. 4-5

The concession stand – with boat rentals/snacks/ice/firewood, etc. – is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (closed Tuesdays). Use your camping receipt to receive a 10-percent discount on boat and bike rental.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice), 717-558-2710 (local or international voice), or 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

For more information on Chapman State Park or any of Pennsylvania’s other state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR’s website: (Select Parks).