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The Fungus Among Us

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5:00 pm on Saturday, August 15, 2020

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Join fungi enthusiasts Forest Ranger Scott Greevy and Park Ranger Hannah Wilson for a exciting guided walk to find wild mushrooms. Learn the characteristics that allow you to identify a mushroom. This is NOT an edible mushroom program, rather it is a mushroom identification program. NEVER eat a wild mushroom unless it is 100% indentified by a professional.

Program Note: Please bring a mask to park programs and be sure to maintain a social distance of 6-feet from non-family members. To assure a place in the program, you can preregister by calling (717)776-5272. There is a maximum of 25 people per program. Those who do not register it will be first-come, first-serve.

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Colonel Denning State Park
1599 Doubling Gap Road
Newville, PA 17241

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Adult Learning Series: Timid Timber Rattlesnakes

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10:00 am to 11:30 am on Sunday, August 16, 2020

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Ever wonder how the rattle of a rattlesnake works? Come learn about these shy and docile creatures!

These are in-person programs intended for Adults. You must have and wear a face mask in order to participate. In case of inclement weather, the session will be cancelled.

Registration required. Register by the Thursday before each session. To register, please contact: kingsgapsp@pa.gov or 717-486-5031.

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Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

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Bird Walk with John Dickinson

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8:30 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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Join Audubon Society member John Dickinson on a walk to look for the last songbirds of summer. Expect to walk about a mile and a half along the road and parking lot edges. Bring your own binoculars if you have them.

Registration is required. To sign up email Kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov, or call her at 570-696-9105.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks must be worn at all park programs and participants must practice safe distancing.

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Frances Slocum State Park
565 Mount Olivet Road
Wyoming, PA 18644

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iMapInvasives Introduction and Training

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1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Join the iMapInvasives Introduction and Training webinar and learn all about iMapInvasives, a special online platform and mobile app that allows natural resource professionals and citizen scientists to record presence, absence, and treatment data associated with invasive species searched areas.

Did you know that its important to document your findings of invasive species when found in natural areas such as parks, forests, lakes, rivers, and streams?

Note: In Pennsylvania, the iMapInvasives database is administered by staff from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program. At the national level, NatureServe hosts the iMapInvasives platform and implements updates to the database per guidance provided by the iMapInvasives network partners.

 

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Webinar: Food Plot Series: Natural Landscape Habitat Management

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7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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The Food Plot Series: Natural Landscape Habitat Management live webinar will contextualize the place of food plots in a whole-ecosystem approach to forest habitat management, considering how deer and other wildlife species behave on and interact with the landscape. This is the final webinar in a series of four webinars.

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Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: More Nonnative Invasive Plants

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12:00 pm to 12:15 pm on Friday, August 21, 2020

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Unfortunately, nonnative invasive plants are all around us. Join Karen Snape to learn about more of these plants in Virginia.

Contact Karen Snape, 540-231-6494, ksnape@vt.edu for more information.

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Edible Wild Plants Walk

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6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, August 21, 2020

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Join the District Naturalist on an approximately 1.5-mile walk to learn about a variety of common wild plants that you can incorporate into your everyday diet.

Meet at the Black Walnut Bottom Recreational Parking Area, south of Slate Run on Rt 414

Contact Vinny Curtis by phone at (570) 753-5409 x 132 or email at vicurtis@pa.gov for more information or with any questions.

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Tiadaghton State Forest
10 Lower Pine Bottom Rd
Waterville, PA 17776

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Fern Walk

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3:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2020

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Though often overlooked by many, ferns are an interesting ancient plant that can be found in a variety of different environments across the world. Join the District Naturalist on an easy, 2-mile hike to meet a few different fern species commonly found in Pennsylvania and learn how to identify them and how they benefit humans and the environment.

Registration Required.

Contact Vinny Curtis by phone at (570) 753-5409 x 132 or email at vicurtis@pa.gov for more information or with any questions.

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Tiadaghton State Forest
10 Lower Pine Bottom Road
Waterville, PA 17776

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Chat Live with a Forester! Find out How a Forester Can Help you Manage Your Woodlot

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6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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Join University of Maryland Cooperative Extension for an hour with Juls Wood, Private Consulting Forester, who has 35 years of experience as a licensed forester in Maryland. Find out what the role of a forester is, how they can help you manage your woodlot, and important considerations when harvesting. There will be a question and answer period.

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Ginseng Stewardship Basics

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8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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Join the Ginseng Stewardship Basics live webinar and learn about one of the most “hunted" forest plants in Pennsylvania. While hunting for American ginseng can be a fun and profitable hobby, there is also a responsibility to dig sustainably. During this webinar, we will draw upon current science to provide tips that you can use to help improve and steward your own patch or hunting grounds, including how to encourage plants to produce seed for active re-planting efforts.

Being a successful ginseng steward requires care, patience, restraint, and active management of wild ginseng populations.

Dr. Eric Burkhart is the Appalachian Botany and Ethnobotany Program Director for Shaver's Creek Environmental Center and Associate Teaching Professor within the Penn State Ecosystem Science and Management Department. His research program in Pennsylvania is focused on developing sustainable wild stewardship and agroforestry production systems for specialty forest products including American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), and ramps (Allium tricoccum).

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Tick Series: Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

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1. 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 27, 2020

2. 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 27, 2020

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The Tick Series: Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases Live webinar will provide a basic understanding of the signs and symptoms, diagnostic tools, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in Pennsylvania.

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Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: American Chestnut

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12:00 pm to 12:15 pm on Friday, August 28, 2020

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Bill Worrell will talk about the history of American chestnut. He will provide an update on the efforts to restore this iconic Appalachian species.

Contact Bill Worrell, 276-889-8056, bworrell@vt.edu for more information.

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Woods in Your Backyard: Online Course

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Monday, August 31, 2020Monday, November 9, 2020

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This self-paced, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from August 31st to November 9th, 2020. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include:

- how to map habitat areas
- understanding basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife
- choosing and implementing a few habitat management projects
how to set a timetable and record your progress

Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

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General Forestry Course: Online

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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The University of Maryland Extension will offer the General Forestry Course for the Fall 2020 semester. Both the PAPER AND ONLINE version will be offered. The course begins September 1 and runs until December 15, 2020. Registration is now open. To register, go to our website at http://extension.umd.edu/forestry-course.

This is a non-credit course. As there are no formal classes, you work from the comfort of your home using your own woodlot, a friend's or a public forest. You will learn how to protect your trees from insects, diseases and fire; step-by-step procedures will walk you through a forest inventory and stand analysis; and the details of the forestry business are presented, including tax nuances and the sale and harvest of forest products. Ultimately, the course exercises help you develop the framework for a stewardship plan for your forest.

The cost for this forestry course is $150. Included in the cost are copies of the supplemental readings (A Sand County Almanac, The Woodland Steward, American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery, a small pamphlet entitled What Tree Is That? and Common Native Trees of Virginia Tree Identification Guide). The paper version text and appendices are in binder form. Online users receive a flash drive of the paper version of the text and appendices. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

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Understanding Silviculture: The Art and Science of Tending a Forest

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6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Practicing sustainable forestry requires understanding some of the principles and practices that shape a woodland. This presentation will give you a good understanding of some do's and don'ts so you can make informed decisions and where to get help from professionals

Speaker: Jonathan Kays, Forestry Extension Specialist

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First Friday Zoom at Noon: Riparian Forest Buffers

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12:00 pm on Friday, September 4, 202012:30 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020

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This month on Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary's First Friday Zoom at Noon Webinar Series, join us to learn about Riparian Forest Buffers from guest presenter Ryan Davis of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Zoom link will be provided to registrants. Webinar is free to attend.

https://jugbay.org/inspire_events/first-friday-zoom-at-noon-webinar-series/

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Invasive Insects in Your Woodland

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1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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There are many threats to the health of your trees. Learn how to ID insect invaders and what your management options are.

Speaker: Sherry Frick, UME Natural Resources Educator

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Maryland Mushroom Species ID

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6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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Learning to hunt mushrooms is a deeply enriching life skill. In this class from Fox Haven Farms, you'll take a thorough look at some of the most common and iconic species local to Maryland. Discussion will include what environments are most conducive to finding different mushrooms, and printed and online material will be available to help in your field ID.

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Women and Their Woods: Virtual Retreat

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6:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 20208:00 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Forestry has traditionally been a male-dominated field. But today, more and more women landowners are responsible for managing their forestlands.

Women and Their Woods is a dynamic and fun program that teaches women to effectively care for their lands. It builds a sense of confidence and empowerment in their abilities to meet the challenges of forestland ownership.

Forest landowners and aspiring landowners from across the mid-Atlantic region are invited to attend a virtual educational retreat to learn more about managing their forestland and connecting with other forest landowners. As guidance continues to unfold regarding the gathering of groups in the Fall of 2020, the Conservancy and our partners are poised to offer the 2020 Women and Their Woods educational retreat online!

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West Virginia Woodland Stewards Seminar

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6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Monday, September 14, 2020

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This is part of a seminar series that provides woodland owners, foresters, and conservationists useful information to inform, motivate, and inspire woodland stewardship.

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