THINGS TO DO

DINNERS

• Friends of the Manor are serving a spaghetti dinner on April 14 and are now accepting reservations.

All meals are carryout and include spaghetti with meatballs, salad, roll and dessert. There is a fee and the group is only accepting cash or check.

Reservations are requested by April 12, and there will be curbside or indoor pickup using the back entrance at the Mark Twain Manor from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 14.

For information, call 440-813-6003, 724-932-3600 or 724-932-3428 to reserve meals.

PROGRAMS

• Jennings Environmental Education Center is offering the following programs:

» A Jennings Original Storybook Trail: “Habitat Sweet Habitat: Zapo the Jennings Jumping Mouse Looks for a House”

Attendees will discover and read the pages of this children’s story along the trail while exploring the outdoors, learning about nature and sharing in some related activities.

The event is free, no registration is required, and will be available April 2 through April 11. The route begins on Woodwhisper Trail near the front of the Center and contains some steps and uneven terrain. Parts of the route are not stroller friendly. A mask is recommended, as social distancing on the trails during this time may be difficult.

» Take Back the Woods: Battling Invasive Species

The community is invited to celebrate Earth Day by helping to “weed out” invasive plants at the Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 17 (slots open every half hour).

Individuals or groups of up to 12 volunteers can sign up for their own one hour time slot. Each volunteer/group will receive: a virtual introduction to invasive plants and the projects to watch in advance or in the park; all the tools/materials and directions needed to help the park remove these destructive plants; and an invasive species cookbook as a reward for their efforts.

Participants must be age 12 or older and be prepared to work outdoors, rain or shine. Pre-registration for the event is required no later than April 15 online at events.dcnr.pa.gov or by calling 724-794-6011.

• Moraine and McConnells Mill State Park is offering the following community programs:

» Timberdoodle Flutter – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, April 15

Pavilion #7 McDanel’s Launch Area (North Shore) – Moraine

The community is invited to join in the pursuit of one of the most unusual birds found in Pennsylvania: The American Woodcock. The event will include guest speaker Jeff Herrick, Habitat Management Biologist with the Wildlife Management Institute, who is spearheading the habitat work at Moraine to learn the importance of young forest habitats for wildlife, and tips to develop young forest habitat.

Attendees should bring binoculars, warm clothes and field footwear. This twilight woodcock flight is weather dependent, so keep your fingers crossed for mostly clear skies and very little wind.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please bring a face mask or covering.

Pre-registration required. To register, call the park office at 724-368-8811.

» Wood Duck Workshop – 10 a.m. to Noon, April 20 and 21

Pavilion #7 McDanel’s Launch Area (North Shore) – Moraine

Over the last six years, Specialty Outdoors, an outdoor education program based in Butler, has monitored and improved 100 wood duck nest boxes at Moraine State Park. Each year, the hatching rate has increased and now an average of 300 to 400 young are fledged each year. Russ Cawthorne, of Specialty Outdoors, will explain how this program insures successful nesting by selecting optimal habitat, box size, location, nesting material, and predator guards. He will also discuss other aspects of the conservation of cavity nesting birds and how you can become a volunteer to help out.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please bring a face mask or covering.

Pre-registration required. To register, call the park office at 724-368-8811.

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