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State park to host two events

Chapman State Park will be hosting two events on Saturday, July 25. From 4-5 p.m. participants can attend Bat Box Building, where they will learn about the decline of Pennsylvania’s bat population. Materials will be provided for making bat boxes, which are used to improve bat habitats in the area.

From 8-10 p.m. Tom Traub, project director for the Martz Observatory, will lead the Drive-In Night Sky Watch. Participants will learn the essentials of stargazing, focusing on Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The comet Neowise may be visible through binoculars or a telescope. Participants are asked to bring binoculars, a spotting scope or telescope, a flashlight, as well as a blanket or chair.

Visitors need to register by Friday through contacting Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov.

Attendance for the events is free, and limited to 25 participants. Participants are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings when appropriate.

Creatures of the Night to be held

Chapman State Park will be hosting a Creatures of the Night event on Friday, July 24 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about owl populations inside the park, and can listen for bats as they emerge from their daytime roosts with an Echo Master. After sunset, park staff will attempt to call in owls.

Visitors should bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight, and will need to register by Friday through contacting Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov.

Attendance for the event is free, and limited to 25 participants. Participants are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings when appropriate.

Blood screening is postponed

The annual Kiwanis Blood Screening, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed due to coronavirus response guidelines.

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