Meadville Tribune

August 8, 2013

Here is your guide to upcoming outdoors events across the area

Meadville Tribune

SANDY LAKE, Mercer County — SANDY LAKE — A free, open-to-the-public Family Paddling Program skill-building event presented by the state Fish & Boat Commission is set for M.K. Goddard State Park on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

This program is designed for families with children age 8 and older who are new to paddling. Participants will learn about regulations, equipment, and paddling safety skills during a brief on-shore lesson. The remainder of this four-hour program will take place on the water in canoes and kayaks practicing paddling strokes, self rescue and other safety skills.

All canoes, kayaks, paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided. Participants must come prepared to get wet and bring water, snacks, sun block, sunglasses and snug-fitting foot protection (no flip-flops permitted). Foot protection and life jackets must be worn at all times

Pre-registration is required and will be accepted until Friday. Space is limited.

n More information or to pre-register, go to and select “Calendar of Events.”

ERIE — A shorebird workshop at Presque Isle State Park is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting in Room 108 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

The free workshop consists of presentations titled Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Shorebirds, Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery, and Piping Plover Habitat Enhancement.

There will be a break for lunch followed by an afternoon session consisting of a field trip of the participant’s choice. Field trip one is a 4-mile round-trip hike out to Gull Point, which is the site of Piping Plover habitat work. Field trip two is a shorter hike to potential shorebird habitat. For the field trip portion of this workshop please consider bringing binoculars, a light snack, water/drink, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

Participation is limited to 25 people who register on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event was organized by the state Game Commission in conjunction with Audubon Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Presque Isle Audubon, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

n To register: Contact Stacy Wolbert at or (814) 226-4348.

JAMESTOWN — Pymatuning State Park, 2660 Williamsfield Road, Jamestown, holds two events in mid-August — meteor watching and a Go Girls hiking and astronomy program.

The meteor watching is Tuesday at 10 p.m. at Shelter 4 near Beach 2. The event is an evening of star gazing and possible Perseid meteor shower viewing. Bring a blanket to sit upon and binoculars.

The Go Girls event is Aug. 15 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the environmental classroom. Girls 10 to 15 years old can join in for fun, recreation and friendship. After starting at the classroom, participants will head over to the trailhead. Organizers request that participants bring backpack, drinking water, flashlight or headlamp and dress for the weather.

The night includes a short hike and looking for signs of wildlife then finishing the evening star gazing. Registration is required by contacting the Park Office at (724) 932-3142 before Monday.

n More information: Visit

NEW CASTLE — The Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society hosts a fun shoot and pig roast barbecue on Aug. 17 at the Castlewood Rod and Gun Club, 2964 Shaffer Road, New Castle. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and the shoot starts at 9.

Registration for the 100 target clay shoot is $65 in advance or $75 the day of the event. Either fee includes the barbecue and an opportunity to win a firearm, as each shooter will receive one free ticket for every 10 clay birds he or she breaks.

n More information or for registration: Call Rossi at (724) 693-9032 or by email at; or visit

SANDY LAKE — “A Close Look at Lake Wilhelm and the Future Fishery” is Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Maurice K. Goddard State Park’s McKeever Learning Center auditorium, 684 Lake Wilhelm Road, Sandy Lake. The program is free and open to the public.

Lake Wilhelm is a man-made reservoir, the result of a dam being built on Sandy Creek. The lake first reached normal pool on June 14, 1971. A year later, the official ceremony for opening Maurice K. Goddard State Park took place and since then people have enjoyed fishing and boating on this waterway for more than 40 years.

In recent years, some anglers have begun to express concerns about the status of the fishery and overall health of the lake. In this program, Park Manager Bill Wasser will provide an overview of those issues as well as how people can be involved in ensuring that Lake Wilhelm remains a good fishery for generations to come.

n More information: Call Wasser at (724) 253-4833.

A Wood 101 workshop, which hopes to increase participants’ knowledge about working with wood, is Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office, 13400 Dunham Road, Meadville.

Participants of this workshop will learn about wood anatomy, wood and moisture relationships, shrinking and swelling, factors affecting warp and drying, storage of lumber and much more. With the knowledge that is gained from this workshop, participants will be able to understand and avoid many of the problems that they may be facing with their projects.

This session will include a light lunch. Cost of the workshop is $30. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 6. To register, visit

n More information: Call (814) 755-3544 or email

Norrisville Sportsman’s Club, 13775 Gaut Road, Meadville, holds its fall pig roast and gun raffle Sept. 8 starting at noon. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 13 to 17 and $4 for ages 12 and under. Food and beverages are provided.

Fall turkey shoots are Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3. Food and beverages are available.

n More information: Call 382-4841.

Skeet, trap fields

open Tuesdays

BLACK ASH — The skeet and trap shooting fields at Black Ash Sportsman Club are open each Tuesday evening until Aug. 27 for skeet and trap practice. Shooting hours are from 6 p.m. to sunset.

This is not a league program and nonmembers of Black Ash Sportsman are invited to participate. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for new participants to learn about shooting skeet and trap. Free instruction is available for new shooters. The cost is $3.50 for a round of 25 targets. Shooters must provide their own firearms and ammunition.

No advance registration is required. Black Ash Sportsman Club is located at 8410 Clark Road, Guys Mills.

Public trap practice

held on Sundays

SAEGERTOWN — The Saegertown Sportsmen’s Club is holding open-to-the-public trap practice on Sundays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

There will be no shoots on the third Sundays of the month.

n More information: Call 763-3773.

Weekly sporting clays

shoots are Tuesdays

CONNEAUT LAKE — The Conneaut Lake Sportmens Association continues its weekly sporting clays shoots on Tuesday.

All shoots start at 6 p.m. and end at sunset, weather permitting. The club shoots every Tuesday through September. Members and non-members are welcome to participate.

n More information: Call 382-2522.

Lake Association

hosts member drive

WESTFORD — The Pymatuning Lake Association is conducting a membership drive. Dues are based on a calendar year — January through December.

A business membership is $25 and an individual membership is $10 annually. Membership forms are available at A portion of the dues goes directly into the Habitat Fund for the preservation of Pymatuning Lake.

Mail a completed form along with a check payable to Pymatuning Lake Association, P.O. Box 78, Westford, Pa. 16134-5078. The 2013 membership card will be mailed the month of July acknowledging payment of 2013 dues along with the association’s fall newsletter.