Outdoor

Warren Bocce Group rolls into Betts Park Sunday – Thursday

A sport that may have originated in ancient times with rocks is still around and just about any evening you can find a group of people taking part in it at Betts Park. Better yet, anyone is welcome to join in. The Warren Bocce Group typically meets at about 6:30 on evenings when the ...

WCCD receives education grant

A grant is going to help landowners who need some help with erosion control and pollution prevention. The Warren County Conservation District received a $2,000 grant for an education project. “Conservation district staff will use this grant funding for an adult education program,” ...

Doesn’t get much better than this

Have you been walleye fishing at Lake Erie yet this spring? Boats have commonly been limiting out in a couple of hours, sometimes even less. It is an extension of the past two years except for one thing. Those small walleye in the local population are about 20 inches long. What is it going ...

Game commissioners to meet Monday; livestreamed on YouTube channel

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has scheduled a public, working group meeting for Monday, June 24, at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg. The meeting is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game ...

Take another crack at crappie

If I wanted to take another crack at crappie fishing this spring, and I do, it would be at one of two waterways, Pymatuning Reservoir or Eaton Reservoir. Both currently have good crappie populations. Both currently are giving up slabs. And the best of spring crappie fishing is nearing the end ...

Chapman work affects reservations

Culvert replacement and road paving – some of the final steps in the renovation project of the dam – will snarl reservations at Chapman State Park. A post on the Park’s Facebook page said that the work has “begun and will cause road closures, travel delays and detours throughout ...

10th annual A-100 Challenge draws hikers to ANF

The Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge is an endurance challenge met through unsupported hiking. It is not a race, but an individual challenge of stamina, determination and resilience. The adventure covers a 100-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail in the Allegheny National ...

Officials announce non-native invasive plant treatments on ANF

Federal officials have announced a series of non-native invasive plant treatments for the summer. According to the Forest Service, a total of 24 sites throughout the forest will be treated this year as part of a five-year non-native invasive plants treatment contract. “Non-native ...

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) mapped out

The Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is intended to help landowners manage deer populations. For hunters, it means a chance to take more deer. A DMAP harvest permit allows a hunter to take one antlerless deer on the designated property. The permit may be used in any season, but ...

Youngsville students go to school to catch a fish

Outdoor Adventures may just be a .5-credit elective course at Youngsville High School. But, this semester, it has included the finest fly fishing instruction around. And the instruction moved to the Brokenstraw Creek on Thursday morning. The creek was fairly high and pretty muddy so the ...

Vandalism rekindles public facilities debate

File this under the definition of “why we can’t have nice things.” Several parks restrooms in the City of Warren have been recently vandalized which is prompting city officials to consider close the restrooms to the general public. Facilities that have been damaged include those at ...

Parks and Rec talks summer plans Tuesday

The City of Warren Parks & Recreation Commission heard about trees, playgrounds and a comprehensive plan during Tuesday’s meeting. On trees, City Planner David Hildebrand updated the commission on spring tree planting, which included the removal of many ash trees - and the planting ...

Theme vacationing: Ancient American culture

When I was very young, it was instilled in me to see the country. Ray Bimber, the man who more than anyone else was my mentor, crossed the United States a few times before the only roads for long stretches were ruts from the old wagon trains. There were no motels or convenience stores, so they ...

Theme vacationing: Ancient American culture

When I was very young, it was instilled in me to see the country. Ray Bimber, the man who more than anyone else was my mentor, crossed the United States a few times before the only roads for long stretches were ruts from the old wagon trains. There were no motels or convenience stores, so they ...

Decline in hunting forces PGC to beef up oversight

Hunting is a major economic driver in Pennsylvania and the state’s auditor general has some suggestions for the Game Commission with regard to finances. In a Thursday release about the audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the agency should ...

Don’t feed the animals

Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year. While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby. So ...

A child’s perspective

One of my favorite parts of being a naturalist is watching kids discover things they have never seen before. So many children simply don’t get the opportunity to explore outdoors or don’t even know that exploring outside is an option. Audubon does a lot of programs for schools in ...

Music in The Park

Summer may be a few weeks away on the calendar, but for music-lovers it boogied into town on Friday. Take Five took to the stage for this season’s first evening of outdoor entertainment. A crowd of all ages gathered in the cool spring air as the band belted out classic and contemporary ...