The following events are planned at Chapman State Park this weekend:
A program, "Snakes of Chapman," will be held Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Take a closer look into the amazing world of snakes on a walk into areas of the park where snakes have been spotted. Meet at the park amphitheater.
"Geocaching at Night" will be held Friday from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Join the park naturalist for an introduction to geo-caching and then enjoy a high tech scavenger hunt in the dark. GPS units will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring a flashlight and meet at the park amphitheater.
Saturday will feature "Smokey Night" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join the park naturalist and the Bureau of Forestry for a night of fun! Games, firefighting equipment, birthday cake and of course, Smokey the Bear! The symbol of wild land fire prevention turns 70 this year. Smokey will help cut his birthday cake and meet and greet his friends during the celebration. Don't forget your camera to remember this special day! Meet at Pavilion #4.
Also Saturday, "Movie Night on the Beach Ice Age" will be held from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Everyone's favorite mammoth comes to the big screen in "Ice Age". Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the show. Movie will be shown at the beach, Pavilion #4 in case of rain.
A non-denominational worship service will be held at park amphitheater at 10 a.m. Sunday. Meet Pastor Dave at the park amphitheater for worship services in the outdoors.
Also Sunday, a Sand Sculpture Competition will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Are you up for the challenge? Come out to the beach to enter a sculpture into the contest. Small prizes and certificates will be awarded to winners. Please bring your own sand equipment.
Canoe and Kayak Chapman also will be held Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come join State Park staff to learn the basics of kayaking or canoeing and spend time touring the lake. The course is designed to emphasize safety and enjoyment while participants gain skill and technique. All kayak, canoe and safety equipment will be provided. People of all abilities are welcome. Accommodations can be made. Pre-registration is required as canoes, kayaks and adaptive equipment are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, but you must still register. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at 723-0250 by Saturday, Aug. 30. Meet at the beach concession stand.
Labor Day Monday will feature family fishing from 10 a.m. to noon. Join the park naturalist for a morning of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. Participants will receive a bag full of free stuff while supplies last. No fishing license required. Meet at Pavilion #1.
Also Monday, a Salamander Safari will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania, where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique and also where to find them. We'll head to Penny Run to catch and identify salamanders and newts. Wear shoes you can get wet. Meet at Parking Lot #1.
The concession stand, with boat rentals, snacks, ice, firewood and more, is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (closed Tuesdays). Use your camping receipt to receive a 10-percent discount on boat and bike rental.
Oct. 4: Fall Festival