The Memorial Lake State Park Complex has announced its August schedule of outdoor events at the complex, comprising Memorial Lake State Park, Swatara State Park, Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area, and Joseph Ibberson Conservation Area.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, an “Intro to Orienteering” program will be held at Memorial Lake State Park, teaching participants to navigate using a compass and map. On Aug. 4, the same park offers a “Birding Walk,” where enthusiasts can explore the park’s bird species.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, a “Damsels and Dragons” program at Swatara State Park allows participants to explore and identify dragonflies and damselflies.

On Thursday, Aug. 10, Memorial Lake State Park will host a “Stream Study” to delve into the quality of the stream by studying its inhabitants. Swatara State Park offers a self-guided “Bear-Hole Trail Drive-Thru” on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12, allowing visitors to explore the park at their own pace.

Also, on Friday, Aug. 11, Memorial Lake State Park is organizing a nocturnal “Going Batty: PA Bats” walk. On Saturday, Aug. 12, the park is inviting beginners to a “Hook, Line, And Simple: Fishing” program at Memorial Lake State Park. While over at Swatara State Park, you can learn about “Birds and their Eggs.”

Sunday, Aug. 13, and Thursday, Aug. 31, feature “Intro to Kayaking” at Memorial Lake State Park for individuals keen to learn the basics of kayaking.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, a repeat of the popular “Fossil Frenzy: Dig into PA’s Past” program at Swatara State Park is scheduled, along with a “Bordner Cabin Hike” through the heart of the park.

“Homeschool Day: Tracks and Traces” at Memorial Lake State Park on Thursday, Aug. 24, offers a unique opportunity to learn about wildlife tracking. Following the educational theme, a “Salamander Safari” at Swatara State Park is slated for Friday, Aug. 25.

“Intro to Archery” at Memorial Lake State Park on Saturday, Aug. 26, allows beginners to learn basic archery skills, including safety, technique, and equipment use.

On Sunday, Aug. 27, Boyd Big Tree Preserve will be buzzing with activity, offering “Insect Exploration” and a “PA Mammals Table,” where visitors can identify common mammals’ skulls and furs.

All programs may change due to weather or staffing shortages. Visitors are advised to check the DCNR calendar of events or Facebook page for cancellations or changes to programs. Special accommodations will be made for those who require them if contacted 72 hours prior to the event.

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