NATURE ACTIVITIES Pennsylvania parks

During May, several hikes, demonstrations and bird-watching programs will be featured at McConnell's Mill and Moraine state parks, both near Portersville, Pa.:
"Birds: Stop, Look and Listen." Participants can use binoculars and can listen for sounds to identify various birds. A naturalist will conduct the 11/2-hour hike, which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Breakneck/Eckert Bridge parking lot.
A wildflower hike will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Alpha Pass Overlook. People will be able to see and hear various signs of spring, and are encouraged to bring a wildflower field guide, camera and water bottle. Parking will be at the Point parking lot.
Half-hour corn-grinding demonstrations will begin at 1 and 3 p.m. May 24 and 25 at the Old Mill. The demonstrations will show how millers used power supplied by Slippery Rock Creek to grind corn into cornmeal during the mid-1800s. "Historic Grist Mill Tours" will begin at 2 and 4 p.m. those days at the Old Mill. The 45-minute tours will emphasize the history behind transforming grain into flour.
"Birding for Beginners." A naturalist will show beginning bird-watchers how to use field guides and binoculars to identify birds in the area. The program will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sunken Garden Trail head.
"Oil Well Demonstration Days" will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Muddy Creek Oil Field site. Spectators will see an antique oil well restoration project that recently won the Historic Harmony Heritage Award.
XFor information about Moraine State Park programs, call Heidi Solley at (724) 368-8811. Contact Jackie Kline at (724) 368-9320 for information about events at McConnell's Mill State Park.

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