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Homeschool Day October 15, 2010, at Moraine State Park -- for ages 10-17... Western PA
Natalie Smith, 9/30/2010

Editor's Note from Susan Richman: It's always great to see more and more public locations in Pennsylvania offering special homeschool classes on a wide range of topics-- the arts, nature studies, history, fitness, health & safety, science, and much more. Here's an option for those of you in Western PA, at Moraine State Park just west of Butler PA (near to I-79). Even if you don't attend this wonderful day of outdoor activities, you might want to check out this page about the history of the park area http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/moraine/moraine_history.aspx -- quite fascinating material on the geology of the area (you'll learn what a glacial 'moraine' is!), the mining that took place there, and how the land was finally reclaimed in the mid-20th century to become the lovely 16725 acre park area it is today. Consider learning about the history and geography of the region as part of your yearly 'PA History' studies! Moraine State Park has so many outdoor activities possible-- there is boating, hiking, bike trails, swimming, an environmental education center, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, picnicking at shelters, cabin and camping areas, hunting (in certain areas only!), ice-fishing, and more.  AND there are special homeschooling classes, too! The more homeschoolers support places that offer homeschool (and cyber-school) special classes, the more offerings will become available-- hope you enjoy this one!

Outdoor Skills Day for Home- & Cyber- School Students!

Students ages 10 - 17 are invited to spend the day, 10/15/10, at Moraine State Park learning survival skills, woodcraft, even nature exploration by kayak (weather permitting).  Meet at 10:00 am at Pavilion 7 in the McDanel's Area, North Shore, Moraine State Park. Programs run until 2:00 pm. Reservations are required and space is limited to the first 25 participants. Cost is $5 / participant, up to $20 per family. Families with younger children may use the picnic shelter and supervise their own crafts & walks. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather! To reserve a space, email moraineenvedsp@state.pa.us or call 724 368-3612.

Activities:

To Build a Fire - flint & steel contest

Gimme Shelter - ways to stay warm in the wild

Drops to Drink - How to find & purify water

Lake Arthur by Boat - kayak skills

Natalie Simon

Environmental Education Specialist

Moraine & McConnells Mill State Parks

225 Pleasant Valley Road

Portersville, PA 16051

724 368-3612


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