The following programs are planned this month at Cook Forest State Park:
"Otter Watch" at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 ... Take your binoculars and spotting scopes to the park office for a driving tour to otter hotspots along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. This is the prime time of year to witness otter activity. Chances are good to observe otter signs such as slides, tracks, and carp kills along the banks of the river. Hot chocolate will be available at the park office to warm us up.
"Winter Equestrian Father-Daughter Tour" will be held beginning at noon Saturday, Jan. 22 ... Meet at the Silver Stallion Stables for a unique equestrian interpretive father-daughter tour through the winter wonderland of Cook Forest. Participants will travel through the pine orchards of Forest Drive, then venture deep within the Forest Cathedral. This is an excellent time of year to observe a variety of animals and their tracks from the common white-tail deer to the elusive and seldom seen fisher. Cost is $100 per person which includes basic riding instruction, a wide array of discussion on environmental topics and a scenic campfire meal prepared by a local chef. (vegetarian options will be available). Participants must be at least 12 years of age and weigh no more than 250 pounds. Pre-registration is due by Jan. 17. This event is limited to eight people. For directions, information and registration, call (814) 927-6636.