Get back to nature!

By on April 6, 2016

Check out these offerings from some of our local nature areas and clubs.



Bird Club plans field trips

The Lancaster County Bird Club is offering two free field trips in April. Preregistration no later than the day before the trip is required.

On Saturday, April 9, a Birding for Beginners walk begins at 9 a.m. at Breezy View Overlook off Route 441 in Columbia. Loaner binoculars will be available. Target species are spring migrants. Register with Roger Stoner at 393-9030.

On Monday, April 11, at 8 a.m., the destination is Safe Harbor Park and Shenk’s Ferry Preserve. Target species are spring warblers including the Yellow-throated Warbler. The Shenk’s Ferry visit will include spring flowers such as Trillium, Virginia Bluebells and Dutchman’s Britches. Contact Jim Smith at 284-4458 or

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GPS Bingo at Speedwell Forge

Use a handheld GPS unit to follow coordinates and clues to geocaches on Saturday, April 9, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Speedwell Forge Park, 480 Speedwell Forge Road.

Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will provide instruction before participants begin. Participants will receive a bingo template and a list stamps to arrange on the cards before searching for geocaches. The first party back with bingo stamped on their card wins.

Dress for outdoor activity and wear shoes appropriate for covering one to three miles on varied terrain. When registering, indicate number of GPS units required; plan to leave keys or driver’s license if borrowing a unit.

This event is appropriate for all ages; adults must accompany children. The cost is $2.50 per person. Call 295-2055 to register by noon on April 8.


Sign up for twilight hike

A spring twilight hike will be held April 17 at 7 p.m. at Speedwell Forge County Park, 480 Speedwell Forge Road.

As part of Lancaster County Parks Department’s “GO Days” initiative, Naturalist Francine Praught will lead a hike through the wetland meadow, field edge, and forest of this beautiful park, educating attendees about the history and wildlife of the area. There is a great chance that frogs, toads and owls may be calling.

The hike is appropriate for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather and trail conditions; bring water and a snack. There are no bathroom facilities at the park.

The cost is $2 per person. Call 295-2055 to register by noon on April 15.

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