Kayaking

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SUMMER 2019

Lancaster County Parks: Children’s summer camps and programs are now open for registration. A variety of activities for age groups 4-5, 6-7, 9-11 and 11-13 will be available throughout the month of July. For a complete listing of programs and more information, go online at apm.activecommunities.com/lancastercountyparks/Activity_Search.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

• Golden Eagle hikers: For participants over 50, go 2 to 3 miles at 1:30 p.m. at Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna. For questions, email governordick@hotmail.com or call 717-964-3808.

• Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 1:15 p.m., hike 5 moderate/strenuous miles at Rannel’s Kettle Run Preserve on the Horse-Shoe Trail. Meet at the corner of Race and Buchanan Avenues, Lancaster, to carpool.

MONDAY, JUNE 24

• Comprehensive kayak class: This 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. event is Shank’s Mare’s most involved touring kayak class, and includes gear, technique and safety skills. Go online at shanksmare.com for more information or to register.

• Paradise Sportsman’s Association: Trap shoot from 5-8 p.m. each Monday; $4. The club is at 36 Sportsmans Drive, Paradise.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25

• Manheim Sportsmen’s Association: The indoor range at 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim, is open from 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday for handgun practice. Cost is $10 per shooter. Instructor on duty. For more information, call 717-653-9979 or go online at manheimsportsmansassoc.org.

• Mount Joy Sportsmen: Practice trap shoot begins at 6 p.m. The club is at 85 Range Road, Mount Joy.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

• Adamstown Rod and Gun Club: Trap shoot under the lights begins at 5 p.m. each Wednesday; $3. The club is at 563 Willow St., Reinholds.

• Atglen Sportsmen: Sporting clays shoot, begins at 5 p.m. each Wednesday; $5.50. Club is on Creek Road, Sadsbury Township.

• Columbia Fish and Game: Trap shoot, open to public, 6-8 p.m. each Wednesday at the club, 4339 Fairview Road, Columbia.

• Conewago Rod and Gun Club: Trap shoot, from 9-11 a.m. each Wednesday at 1483 Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown. For information, call 717-449-2452.

• Elstonville Sportsmen: Sporting clays shoot from 4-7 p.m. The club is at 3133 Pinch Road, Manheim.

• Manheim Sportsmen’s Association: Trap shooting practice will be held at 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim, from 5-7 p.m. each Wednesday. Open to the public. For more information, call 717-917-3174 or go online at manheimsportsmansassoc.org.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27

• Basic stand-up paddleboard class: This 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Shank’s Mare offers a chance to learn the basics of the sport along with a guided tour. Go online at shanksmare.com for more information or to register.

• Conewago Rod and Gun Club: Trap shoot, from 5-7 p.m. each Thursday at 1483 Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown. For information, call 717-449-2452.

• Paradise Sportsman’s Association: Trap shoot from 5-8 p.m. each Thursday; $4. The club is at 36 Sportsmans Drive, Paradise.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28

• Summer’s eve paddle and dine: This 6 p.m. Shank’s Mare event features a beautiful evening on the river with a multi-course meal served in The Rookery. Go online at shanksmare.com for more information or to reserve a table.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

• Guided paddle tour: Explore Wrightsville via the Conejohela Flats from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There’s much to see on this 10-12 mile trip. Begin at Wrightsville and paddle between the bridges in the path of the Susquehanna Canal. Skirt river islands and travel through the Conejohela Flats and the Audubon Important Bird Area. Lunch on the sand bar and head back to Shank's Mare. Moderate difficulty, but note the tour mileage. Go online at shanksmare.com for more information.

• Conewago Rod and Gun Club: Trap shoot, from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday at 1483 Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown. For information, call 717-449-2452.

• Manheim Sportsmen’s Association: Trap shooting practice will be held at 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday. Open to the public. For more information, call 717-917-3174 or go online at manheimsportsmansassoc.org.

• Marine mammal mania: For ages 8 and up, to be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at Lancaster County Central Park’s Environmental Center, 1 Nature’s Way, Lancaster. Jump into the ocean with naturalist Emily Snyder and learn about the marine mammals that inhabit our planet. Register online at lancastercountyparks.org or call 717-295-2055. Prepay by noon June 28. Cost is $3 per child, $1 per adult.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

• Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 1:15 p.m., hike 4.5 moderate/strenuous miles at Steinman Run and Trout Run preserves. Meet at the corner of Race and Buchanan Avenues, Lancaster, to carpool.

• A snake’s birthday: Snoop the snake ambassador is turning 4, and the public is invited to a 2 p.m. celebration featuring a story, games and cupcakes at Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna. For questions or to register, email governordick@hotmail.com or call 717-964-3808.

• Paddle in the park: For ages 4 and up, to be held from 11 a.m. to noon, 12:15-1:15 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Join naturalists Lisa J. Sanchez and Brandon Pentz to try your hand at paddling a canoe. Sign up for one or more of the hourly time slots to learn basic paddling strokes. Participants will be shown techniques and given safety instructions on the land. Once in the canoe you can practice your skills in the flat water of an area in the Conestoga River. Meet at 877 Rockford Road (intersection of Rockford Road and General Hand Lane). Register online at lancastercountyparks.org or call 717-295-2055. Prepay by noon June 28. Cost is $5 per person per hour.

• Beautiful butterfly: Geared toward children ages 4 to 8 but open to all ages, to be held from 12 p.m. at Lancaster County Central Park’s Environmental Center, 1 Nature’s Way, Lancaster. A program for children to learn about the beauty of butterflies and their unique features with naturalist Vanessa Stager. Register online at lancastercountyparks.org or call 717-295-2055. Prepay by noon June 28. Cost is $4 per child, $1 per adult.

TUESDAY, JULY 2

• Firefly new moon walk: Open to all ages, to be held from 9-10 p.m. at Lancaster County Central Park’s Environmental Center, 1 Nature’s Way, Lancaster. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will guide a safe walk on the night of no moon. Register online at lancastercountyparks.org or call 717-295-2055. Prepay by noon July 1. Cost is $2 per person.

SATURDAY, JULY 6

• Pond scoop: Investigate who lives in a pond at Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna. Wear boots. Will carpool short distance to pond. For questions or to register (group size is limited), email governordick@hotmail.com or call 717-964-3808.

SUNDAY, JULY 7

• Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 8 a.m., hike 10-12 strenuous miles at Valley Forge National Park. At 1:15 p.m., hike 5 easy, level miles along the Susquehanna River, Bainbridge to Falmouth. Meet for both at the corner of Race and Buchanan Avenues, Lancaster, to carpool.

• Music on the porch: Bluegrass jam at Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna. Bring a lawn chair. Pickers are welcome. For questions, email governordick@hotmail.com or call 717-964-3808.

• Native flower power: Open to ages 3 and up, to be held from 1-2 p.m. at Lancaster County Central Park’s Exhibit Farmhouse. Walk, observe, and learn about the native wildflowers at Muhlenberg Meadow with naturalist Laura Sizemore. Discover why native plants are very important for pollinators and humans alike. Register online at lancastercountyparks.org or call 717-295-2055. Prepay by noon July 5. Cost is $3 per child, $1 per adult.

JULY 8-12

• Kids Outdoor Adventure Camp: Shank’s Mare is now booking its Discovery Day Camp for children ages 10-12. There will be kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, a creek hike, disc golf lessons, tectonic cave exploration and more. For more information or to register, visit shanksmare.com/kids-camps.htm.

THURSDAY, JULY 11

• Manheim Sportsmen’s Association: Monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim. Call 717-665-7729 or 717-587-6957 for more information.

SUNDAY, JULY 14

• Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 1:15 p.m., hike 5 moderate miles at Rocky Ridge County Park in York County. Meet at the corner of Race and Buchanan Avenues, Lancaster, to carpool.

SUNDAY, JULY 21

• Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 8 a.m., hike 12 strenuous miles at a location to be determined. At 1:15 p.m., hike 5 moderate miles at Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve in Narvon. Meet for both at the corner of Race and Buchanan Avenues, Lancaster, to carpool.

JULY 22-26

• Kids Outdoor Adventure Camp: Shank’s Mare is now booking its Adventure Day Camp for children ages 13-15. There will be kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, a creek hike, disc golf lessons, tectonic cave exploration and more. For more information or to register, visit shanksmare.com/kids-camps.htm.

SUNDAY, JULY 28

• Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 1:15 p.m., hike 4-5 moderate miles with Mike Ruby at Muddy Run Park. This hike is a summer picnic activity. Meet at the corner of Race and Buchanan Avenues, Lancaster, to carpool.

• Quittapahilla Audubon Society: Field trip to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area for the observation via binoculars of butterflies and dragonflies at visitor center grounds, along groomed trails and ponds. Meet at 3 p.m. at the visitor center parking lot. Leader is Fritz Heilman (717-273-0487). All are welcome, and event is free and open to the public. For more information, go online at QASAudubon.org.

AUG. 23-25

• Second annual KAOS State Adventure Weekend: To be held in Lancaster, this unique program teaches students who are blind or vision impaired, along with their families, how to safely kayak as a family activity. This weekend adventure is available to any student ages 8-18 years living in Pennsylvania who are blind or vision impaired along with their families. Visit svtrr.org/kaos-state-adventure-weekend/ to read more about the event and register.

OCT. 4-7

• Chincoteague Island fall paddle trip: Space limited. This trip through Shank’s Mare offers excellent paddling, plenty of hiking and biking, and easy access to Assateague National Seashore. Comfortable house located on Little Oyster Bay, and all meals included. For details, go online at shanksmare.com.