York County Parks Recognizes 2016 National Earth Science Week

York County Parks

Announcement from York County Parks  --  The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a variety of programs in recognition of National Earth Science Week in October. Below are the program details:

Saturday, October 8: Fossil Collecting Trip to New Ringgold, Schuylkill County, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. With your own transportation to the site, arrive at this shale pit and York County Parks staff and volunteers will assist you in collecting and identifying fossils. The trip is about 1:45 one way. Fossils found here represent ancient sea life. Cost is $5/person or a maximum of $15 for families. Register by calling Nixon Park at 428-1961 and receive directions to the site. You may also email Jeri Jones at JeriJones@yorkc ountypa.gov for registration and directions.

Sunday, October 9: Nixon Park Geology, 2:30 – 4 p.m. Take a hike with geologist Jeri Jones through the southern portion of Nixon County Park to explore what rocks and minerals are present and some information concerning the regional geology. Free, no registration required.

Monday, October 10: Kid’s Geology Hike at Rocky ridge County Park, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Parks Program Coordinator Jeri Jones will lead a hike that will involve minerals, rocks and fossils. For ages 8 and up. The program is free with no registration required.

Tuesday, October 11: Dusk to Dark Geology Hike, Rail Trail County Park, Brillhart Station Parking Area, 6 – 8 p.m. Take a stroll on the Rail Trail with geologist Jeri Jones to study the geology of the area and discuss how the geology affected the local Civil War events. The program is free with no registration required.

Wednesday, October 12: Geology of Glen Rock, Heritage Rail Trail County Park, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Take a short stroll through Glen Rock with geologist Jeri Jones to examine the rocks exposed along the Northern Central Railroad. Hear the story that the rocks have to tell about their origin and how they played a role in the construction of the railroad. The program is free with no registration required. The walk will begin at the Glen Rock Rail Trail Parking Area.

Thursday, October 13: Park Excursion Rides, Rail Trail County Park, Brillhart Station Parking Area, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Take a 65 minute ride on the People Mover to explore the local and Civil War history, geology and folk lore one of the most secluded sections of the recreation corridor. Pass through Howard Tunnel, one of the oldest train tunnels in the country. Cost is $10/person, call York County Parks at 840-7440 to register.

Friday , October 14: Geology along the Northern Extension Bike Ride, Heritage Rail Trail County Park, John Rudy County Park, 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Take an 8.2-mile bike ride and listen as geologists Jeri Jones of the York County Parks and Rose-Ann Behr of the Pennsylvania Geologic and Topographic Survey examine the rocks found along the trail and describes the landscapes and the drainage. The program is free with no registration required.

Saturday, October 15: Chickies rock Geology Hike, Breezy View Parking Area, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Join York County Parks geologist Jeri Jones and Lancaster County Parks Mary Ann Schlegel and discover the remarkable geology and industrial history at Chickies Rock. Wear shoes appropriate for hiking as there will be a steep hill to go down. Participants will be shuttled back to the starting point. Please register by Noon on Friday, October 14 at (717) 295-2055. Cost is $3 per person. For more information on these programs, call Jeri Jones at 840-7226 or email at JeriJones@yorkcountypa.gov

For information on this and other programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org