Great Backyard Bird Count 2024

16-02-24 - 19-02-24 All day

If you are visiting Cook Forest between February 16-19, 2024, please consider participating in the Global Bird Count. If you decide to use eBird or Merlin, it is best to download the app before you reach Cook Forest since Internet and cell service is very limited. – Spend time in your favorite places watching birds–then tell us about them! In as little as 15 minutes notice the birds around you. Identify them, count them, and submit them to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world. If you already use eBird or Merlin, your submissions over the 4-days count towards GBBC.

How to Participate

Step 1: Decide where you will watch birds.

Step 2: Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 16–19, 2024.

Step 3: Identify all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings:

If you are a beginning bird admirer and new to bird identification, try using the Merlin Bird ID app to tell us what birds you are seeing or hearing.
If you have participated in the count before and want to record numbers of birds, try the eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop).

Related upcoming events

  • 19-06-24 18:00 - 19-06-24 19:00

    Kids of all ages, come join the park naturalist as we become forensic detectives in the mysterious case of the owl pellet! Learn how and what owls eat and get hands on experience with their interesting "leftovers." Please meet at the Nature Center.

    Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

  • 21-06-24 13:00 - 21-06-24 15:00

    Fire Tower/Seneca Point Historical Tour
    Please bring your binoculars and meet at the Fire Tower Parking Lot for an historical interpretive tour of the Fire Tower and Seneca Point by DCNR Conservation Volunteer, Greg Burns. Learn about local logging history, observe Indian sign, and take a breathtaking view from the top of the Fire Tower.

    Friday, June 21 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Confirm CFSP events at 814-744-8407

  • 21-06-24 15:00 - 21-06-24 18:30

    Beartown Rocks Hike
    Join the park naturalist at shelter 5 to begin the hike up to Beartown Rocks in Clear Creek State Forest. Beartown rocks hiking trail is about 2-miles of more difficult hiking and gains 540 feet in elevation as it winds its way up Clear Creek Valley. Meet the Naturalist at Shelter 5 at Clear Creek State Park.

    Please bring your hiking gear, wear hiking shoes, pack water, snacks if needed, and bug spray.

    **This program is free but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register please contact [email protected] or (814) 752-2369.

    Friday, June 21 at 3:00pm to 6:30pm

  • 22-06-24 09:00 - 22-06-24 16:00

    Join our archaeologists Brian and Amanda for a fun day of digging! This is their 20th year here at the park! The hearth stones and base are now visible at the Frazier Sawmill blacksmith shop dig site. Come for an hour or for the day to dig, map, or just learn about archaeology and the history of why they are here! Great for all ages!

    Located: Access Road before maintenance buildings.

    Saturday, June 22 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

  • 27-06-24 09:00 - 27-06-24 17:00

    Cook Forest State Park will be conducting an entry level American Canoe Association (ACA) kayaking course for kayak enthusiasts. The following subjects will be covered: equipment, loading & unloading, rescues, and strokes. In order to participate, each participant must satisfy essential eligibility criteria. All participants will be required to complete a wet exit.

    Day 1 will consist of instruction within the river at the River Pavilion. On Day 2 we’ll apply these skills along a stretch of the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River.

    Remember to bring sturdy river sneakers (flip-flops are NOT permitted), and change of clothes. Participants should have a drybag that is large enough to house all their necessities while on the river. Refreshments provided both days. Lunch provided the second day. Those with specific dietary requirements will have to provide their own meals. Kayaks, appropriate gear, snacks & water provided. Everyone WILL GET COMPLETELY WET, so please dress appropriately.

    Participants must pre-register by contacting Dale Luthringer, environmental education specialist, at (814)744-8475 or [email protected] with check received by 6/19. Cost is $75/participant payable by check or money order to the ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’. We’re accepting only 12 participants for this course. Children 14 years and up permitted with participating adult. Those who successfully complete this course will receive an ACA Skills Course Completion Card, and 50% discount on future canoe & kayaking programs sponsored by Cook Forest State Park.

    Thursday, June 27 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

    More dates through June 28, 2024

  • 28-06-24 14:00 - 28-06-24 14:30

    Furbearers of PA

    Join the park naturalist at the amphitheater to look at different furs from animals that we have in Pennsylvania. While we look at the different furs, we will discover our furbearing species that we have in Pennsylvania.

     Friday, June 28 at 2:00pm to 2:30pm

  • 28-06-24 19:00 - 28-06-24 20:00

    Raging Reptiles!

    Join the park naturalist at the amphitheater to talk about the characteristic of reptiles and what different reptiles we have within the park.

     Friday, June 28 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

  • 29-06-24 19:00 - 29-06-24 20:00

    Owl Power Movie Night
    Bring the family to join the park naturalist at the amphitheater for a brief talk about the owls we have within the park. Then we will watch a 60-minute movie describing the different features of owls from PBS. Will be rescheduled if bad weather is in the forecast.

    Saturday, June 29 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

  • 06-07-24 14:30 - 06-07-24 16:30

    A Walk Through the Forest Cathedral
    Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for an interpretive hike into the Forest Cathedral, a registered National Natural Landmark. Learn how to identify old growth forest characteristics, and observe different types of environmental disturbance that are an integral part of old growth forest ecosystems.

    Saturday, July 6 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm

    Confirm CFSP events at 814-744-8407

  • 06-07-24 20:00 - 06-07-24 21:00

    Fur Show
    Bring your families to the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater to have your kids help us model some of the most luxuriest furs found in Penns Woods

    Saturday, July 6 at 8:00pm to 9:00pm

    Confirm CFSP events at 814-744-8407

  • 07-07-24 11:30 - 07-07-24 14:30

    Fire Tower/Seneca Point Historical Tour
    Please bring your binoculars and meet at the Fire Tower Parking Lot for an historical interpretive tour of the Fire Tower and Seneca Point. Learn about local logging history, observe Indian sign, and take a breathtaking view from the top of the Fire Tower

    Sunday, July 7 at 11:30am to 2:30pm

    Confirm CFSP events at 814-744-8407

  • 12-07-24 08:00 - 12-07-24 16:00

    Clarion River Boating Program: Heath Pump - Clear Creek
    Please meet at the Clear Creek Park Office for a guided 6 mile interpretive float down the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. This is an excellent float to experience buried history and river life along the Clarion. Ever hear the stories of ‘shooting an anvil’ or running a log raft out of Millstone? Will we see any bald eagles or river otter sign? Come along and find out!

    We will meet promptly at the Clear Creek Park Office and car-pool to the starting point up-river. Remember to pack water, protective footwear, raingear, and change of clothes. Don’t forget your fishing poles! Cost is $50/boat with check or money order made out to ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’. Lunch and boats provided to those who register by 7/9. Pre-registration required by contacting the Cook Forest Park Office at (814)744-8407, 10 boat limit. Prior Cook Forest kayak training participants receive a 50% discount. Available spots go fast, so please reserve early. See you on the river!

    Friday, July 12 at 8:00am to 4:00pm

  • 13-07-24 All day
    No additional details for this event.
  • 14-07-24 All day
    No additional details for this event.
  • 26-07-24 - 27-07-24 All day

    Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The Wildflower Garden Club will be holding a Federated Horticulture Specialty Flower Show at The Sawmill Center for the Arts.

    This Flower Show will showcase locally grown specimens from individual gardeners.

    There will be divisions for annuals, biennials, perennials, container grown plants, and a special division for photography.

    You do not have to be a member of the garden club to enter the Flower Show.

    If you are interested in entering, you may call Carol Hall at 814-744-9695 or any member of the Wildflower Garden Club.

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