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Programs at Elk Knob State Park Include Seeing Saturn with Celestron Telescope and ‘The Fungus Among Us’

June 2, 2012. The “Ten Essentials” – Join a park ranger on Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. for this hour-long outdoor program and learn the “Ten Essentials” when hiking and exploring the outdoors for the day. Great tips for the entire family. Meet at the Summit Trail parking lot. (Should there be inclement weather, this program will be held inside the Park Office.)


Black Bears

Come learn about one of the most fascinating animals in our woods, the American Black Bear. Discover their habits and habitats, and learn how humans can peacefully coexist with these magnificent animals. Meet at the Park Office on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. for this one-hour program.


Studying Saturn

How much do you know about Saturn? Join us on Saturday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m. to share your knowledge and learn a few things from the Park Ranger and her expert assistant. After a brief PowerPoint presentation on Saturn, we will gaze at the beautiful planet through the 8″ Celestron telescope. If it is cloudy, we will use the Stellarium program to zoom in on the ringed planet so don’t let the weather stop you from an evening of stargazing. Bring a jacket as it can get cold at night even during the warmer months. Meet at the Park Office.


The Fungus Among Us

On Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. meet former ranger and guest speaker Julie Mullis in the Elk Knob ranger office for a 45 minute presentation that highlights the most distinctive types of mushrooms found in the High Country and the characteristics that make them interesting. Afterwards participants will go on a short foray to see what mushrooms are growing in the park. The program will be held rain or shine.



Join a park ranger on Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. and learn more about the not-so-common, Common Raven. Whether it is a two-footed hop, a vocal croak, or acrobatic flight, these birds are truly uncommon. They are said to be the most intelligent of their kind, adapting to a variety of natural challenges, and thriving among humans. This one hour program will heighten your awareness of these birds, their habits and their habitats. Meet at the Park Office.