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ANF to host interpretive programs

The Allegheny National Forest is hosting interpretive programs for the family all month.

The first program is Fact or Fiction: Amazing Animals and the Truth behind the Myths.

The free, campfire program will be led by forest staff at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kinzua Beach.

“Throughout the program we will be asking how well you really know some familiar animals,” Information Assistant Shoshanna Ochocki said.

Forest staff will present Allegheny Legends at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Willow Bay Campground.

“The program… will explore some of the larger-than-life people who once lived and worked in what is today the Allegheny National Forest,” Ochocki said.

A day-use fee of $5 applies to those who do not have annual or day-use recreation passes or who are not camping in an ANF campground.

For the campfire events, participants are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs and flashlights. “Participants are also encouraged to bring marshmallows and roasting sticks,” Ochocki said. “The fire will be available to use after the program.”

The final program will be a night hike at Hearts Content Recreation Area.

That event will start at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

“As darkness falls, staff will guide you to explore the forest using your senses during the Sense the Night program,” she said. “It is recommended that hikers wear appropriate hiking shoes and clothing. Prepare to be wet and/or dirty depending on the weather.”

A limited number of red-lens flashlights will be available. It is recommended that participants bring their own if possible.

Questions may be directed to the Bradford Ranger District at (814) 363-6000.

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