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Butterfly Weeked At Nixon Park

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present a Butterfly Weekend at Nixon County Park on July 27 and July 28. Hours will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Celebrate some of our favorite summer critters, butterflies and moths through interactive exhibits and activities. Special events will be held throughout the weekend as listed below:

Butterfly Story Walk: Walk at your pace through the woods, past the stream to the meadow in search of insects. Follow the posts and pages of a storybook as you walk the 0.5-mile trail. Held all weekend.

Butterfly Survey: Saturday, July 27th from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Join a knowledgeable butterfly guide for a hike to count and identify butterfly species. Carpool to various locations to see butterflies. All data will be submitted to the North American Butterfly Association. An ice cream social will be held at 1:30 pm at the nature center. Registration required.

Caterpillars Everywhere!: Saturday, July 27th from 10 a.m. until 11:30 am, and again from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Read a story, make a craft to take home, explore the garden for insects and meet some live caterpillars. Recommended for children ages 5 and older. The cost is $5 for non-park member and $2 for park members. Registration required.

Lunch with a Caterpillar Expert: Saturday, July 27th from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Have lunch with Penn State Master Gardener Deb Carman, who will have answers to all of your caterpillar and butterfly questions. Bring a photograph along of a butterfly or caterpillar for identification. Bring your lunch for a picnic on the front lawn. The program is free, with no registration.

Butterfly Gardening and Conservation: Saturday, July 27th from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Join Penn State Master Gardener Deb Carman to learn how your garden can provide habitat and food for butterflies and caterpillars all year. The program is free, but registration is required.

Insect Walk: Sunday, July 28th from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 pm. Learn what an insect is and some of the important roles insects play in our lives. Take a short walk outside to find and observe insects. Recommended for children ages 5 and older. The program is free, but registration is required.

Monarchs: Sunday, July 28th from 2:30 p.m. until 4 pm. Citizen scientist and photographer Kim Frey will offer a PowerPoint presentation on the amazing life of Monarch butterflies. Also learn how to become involved with citizen science. Recommended for children ages 10 and older. The program is free, but registration is required.

To register, or for more information, call the Nixon County Park Nature Center at (717) 428-1961.

For more information on park programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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