Free Family Fun! Activities being planned include: XC skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, kids crafts, displays, guided hike/snowshoe excursions, educational programs, demonstrations and more! More details to come. Enjoy hot chocolate and hot dogs - FREE while they last! Skis, snowshoes and skates provided in limited quantities or bring your own. Don’t forget your sled. There’s fun for the entire family. ***If by chance there is limited snow or ice, some activities may be altered ***
Update as of Jan 11, 2019:
We'll need to watch the forecast as we may not have snow or even ice thick enough for group events. As you'll note though, we have a full line-up of programs and activities for all ages as well as FREE FOOD!
All day long, with the right snow and ice conditions, will be tubing, tobogganing, sledding and snowboarding on Beach Front Hill; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on park trails and ice skating on Hills Creek Lake as well as snowshoe and cross-country ski mini-clinics for all ages
Tubes for two and some sleds, ice skates, snowshoes and cross-country skis, boots and poles will be available to sign out and use free during the day; quantities are limited. Those who have their own equipment are encouraged to bring it.
Find out about a new form of winter fun. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tom Gibson of Milton will demonstrate and talk about his Trackers Skishoes, a combination ski and snowshoe with a built-in traction device. He developed skishoes so people could explore new routes in powder and crusted snow and kick-and-glide on steeper and icier terrain. There will be several pairs of skishoes for people to look at, put on, and try out.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., representatives of Oswald Cycle Works in Mansfield and CS Sports in Wellsboro will demonstrate and talk about snow bikes with fat tires that provide better grip and traction on wet asphalt, muddy paths, snowy hills and sandy beaches.
At 10 a.m., go on a one-hour hike titled “Look-alike Tree ID” with forester Steve Hoover to see the differences between look-alikes, such as ash and hickory.
Tiadaghton Audubon Society members will have birding displays and lead impromptu birding walks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. are two 30-minute birding walks. Bring binoculars and cameras. Limited binoculars and field guides can be used for free.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet Laurel Mountain K9 Search & Rescue volunteers and their dogs that are dedicated to assisting fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies on incidents involving lost or missing individuals. At 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. will be a 30-minute program on search and rescue with a volunteer and dog.
Bill Carey, a Fish and Boat Commission volunteer will present ice fishing tips and tricks on how to get started and demonstrations on the beach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available to everyone from 11 a.m. until gone. Fire rings and burn barrels will help visitors stay warm.
Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., build a free bluebird box to take home (one per family while supplies last) and do make-and-take children's bird guides with assistance from state Game Commission educator Mandy Marconi and make pinecone bird feeders to take home along with other crafts with help from Grand Canyon FFA members.
Mel "Longknife" Stafford, a reenactor portraying an 18th century explorer and hunter, will do pioneer-style outdoor cooking demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with free samples of his freshly made donuts. He will talk about outdoor baking and stack cooking with Dutch ovens and how to cook food at the right temperature using charcoal briquettes.
Jess Deluccia of Sinnemahoning State Park will present a 30-minute program for adults and children on "The Science of Snowflakes" at 12 p.m. and again at 1 p.m. Look at a snowflake through a microscope. Learn what's behind each unique shape and why no two are the same. See photographs and other cool things and use provided materials to make paper snowflakes to take home.
At 1 p.m., go on an easy, slow paced, family friendly hike guided by volunteer hiking guru Daryl Warren.
Saturday, January 19 at 10:00am to 3:00pm
Hills Creek State Park
111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901-9676