Park programs

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin, 886-6150

Heritage Hike: Staple Bend Tunnel, 2 p.m. Sunday, meet at Staple Bend Trailhead at Mineral Point. Dress appropriately, wear sturdy shoes and take water and a snack for this nearly 5-mile round-trip hike. The hike is free, but reservations are required.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial,

St. Michael, 495-4643

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” Van Tour, daily through Sept. 30, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. There is no fee for the van tours.

Path of the Flood Van Tour, 1 p.m. Saturday, meet at the visitor center. The tour is free, but space is limited and reservations are required.

Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton, 674-1005

Family DiscoverE: Nature Backpacks, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, amphitheater. Backpacks will be loaned out on a first come, first serve basis, one backpack per family. Backpack themes include trees, birds, pre-K play, animal clues and more. Valid ID required to borrow a backpack.

Family DiscoverE: Wonders of Water, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, pavilion at Pickerel Pond. Learn about some of the unique properties of water and discover how water moves around our planet. This activity is for families with children ages 4-12.

Weather Lore, 7:30 p.m. Friday, amphitheater. Learn about interesting weather forecasting methods and how accurately they can predict the weather.

Survival Series: Packing Your Bags, 3 p.m. Saturday, small pavilion between the campground office and the amphitheater. Learn what to pack for a day trip and ways of starting an emergency fire.

Fireflies for Kids, 7 p.m. Saturday, amphitheater. Children ages 4-12 with their families will enjoy a story, play a game and make a craft to take home.

Firefly Watch, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, amphitheater. Enjoy the light show and learn about these interesting little insects.

Family Geocaching, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, amphitheater. GPS units will be available to borrow, and instructors will be on hand.

Picnic Walk, 11 a.m. Wednesday, meet near the boat launch at the marina area. Wear sturdy shoes and take a picnic lunch for the walk along Lakeshore Trail.

Shawnee State Park,

132 State Park Road, Schellsburg, 733-4218

“Biomimicry, Innovations Inspired by Nature,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Historic & Interpretive Center.

State parks and recreation areas that wish to be included should fax their programs to 946-7540 by noon the preceding Friday.

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