As technology continues to improve and we become more dependent on it for daily living, the skills that our ancestors used everyday begin to disappear. During this program series, we will take a look at some of the skills that people used for daily living and survival. They will include crafts, food, skills, and everyday chores.
Some programs will have a limit on them and will require pre-registration. To register for the ones that are marked pre-registration, please contact the Black Moshannon State Park office at 814-342-5960 or email email@example.com. All but one of the programs will be held on Friday evenings at the Environmental Learning Center.
In the event of bad roads due to weather, the program for that evening may be cancelled. Check the Black Moshannon State Park Facebook page for cancellations.
February 28 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Crochet
Sometimes people weren't able to afford the fancy lace that was being sold, so they would crochet instead. It also provided a way to get clothing and afghans. During this program, learn a basic crochet stitch to make a cotton dish cloth. Cotton yarn will be provided. Some crochet hooks will be available to borrow or you could bring your own hook. Limit to 10 people. Please pre-register.
March 6 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Cheese and Butter
Try to make your own butter and farmer's cheese at this fun program. Directions will be available to take home.
March 13 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Primitive Fire Building
Discover ways of starting a fire without using matches or a lighter. Try flint and steel, and bow and drill. We will then try more modern methods with magnesium sticks and ferro rods. Decide which one you would like best for your emergency/survival kit. We will then make a fire starter to take home.
March 20 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Bacon and Syrup
Find out how to preserve/smoke your own bacon, then make shagbark hickory syrup. (We will be taste testing!!) Limit to 10 people. Please pre-register. *****Do NOT attend this program if you are allergic to tree nuts.
March 27 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Cleaners
Many times today, we just run to the store to buy cleaners because it is easy and convenient. When there were no stores nearby or it was difficult to travel there constantly, people made cleaners for their homes. Find out some of the recipes for making homemade cleaners with simple ingredients. Limit of 15 people. Please pre-register.
April 3 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Candles and Cordage
When electricity wasn't available, people relied on candles and oil lamps for light. Make a candle the old-fashioned way (no molds or jars), then find out what natural materials can be used to make rope. We will be using plastic bags to practice rope making so we are not using up the natural resources in the park.
April 10 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Map and Compass
Learn the basics of using a compass, so if technology fails, you have a backup plan. We will also learn how to orient a map. Limit of 15 people. Please pre-register.
April 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Paper and Toys
Paper wasn't always as accessible as it is today, so people made their own paper. Find out how to make your own paper and take a sheet home with you. Play some of the games from the late 1800's and make a toy to take home. Limited to 12 people. Please pre-register.
May 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm- Edibles and Medicinals
Take a short hike in the park to identify some of the edible plants found here and how they can be used as food. Afterwards, we will make plantain salve (for scrapes) and cayenne pepper salve (for aches). Limit of 15 people. Please pre-register. This program may run longer than anticipated.
May 2 from 1 pm to 3 pm- Archery, Atlatl, Ax Throw
Some of the tools used for hunting were the bow and arrow, atlatls, and at times, axes or tomahawks. Learn some of the history behind these skills, then try them out. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. Age limit- 9 years old and up. We will break everyone into 3 groups and take you to the areas for the events.
Friday, February 28 to 8:00pm
Friday, March 6 to 8:00pm
Friday, March 13 to 8:00pm
Friday, March 20 to 8:00pm
Friday, March 27 to 8:00pm
Friday, April 3 to 8:00pm
Friday, April 10 to 8:00pm
Friday, April 17 to 8:00pm
Friday, May 1 to 8:00pm
Black Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver Road, Philipsburg, PA 16866-9519