PPL Montour Preserve

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PPL Montour Preserve
700 Preserve Road, Danville, PA, 17821, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

June 30, 2012

This year is the 40th anniversary of the opening of Montour Preserve. To mark this milestone we invite you to join us for a very special program about the history of the land before and since Montour Preserve opened. We will explore the land’s previous inhabitants over the past several hundred years and look at the past four decades of environmental stewardship and education displayed at Montour Preserve. Following this 45 minute talk we will hit the trail for a 45 minute walk showcasing some of the preserve’s heritage.  Meet in Environmental Education Center.  Presented by Matt Schenck, College Intern.

Start: June 30, 2012 1:30 pm
End: June 30, 2012 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE

July 8, 2012

It’s time to chase butterflies. All across the nation volunteers are joining to count numbers and species of butterflies in designated locations. Why not volunteer to join members of the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association and help survey butterflies on and around Montour Preserve? The annual July Butterfly Count gathers information on the range and population numbers of butterfly species. This is a great opportunity to get involved and learn about these beautiful creatures. If you would like to help with this year’s count, plan to spend part of or all day outdoors with us. Bring binoculars and a field guide as well as water and a lunch. The butterfly chapter will meet at 2 p.m. to share results if you would like to stay for its meeting.

Meet at the Environmental Education Center.  Hosted by:  Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the North American Butterfly Assn.

Start: July 8, 2012 8:30 am
End: July 8, 2012 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE

July 14, 2012

2012 Master Gardeners

Classes on herbs & cooking with herbs, perennials, Chestnut trees.

Tickets are required and may be purchased at the IHF Company Store, 316 Mill Street, Danville.

For more information, visit www.ironheritagefestival.net or call 275-6700

Start: July 14, 2012 10:00 am
End: July 14, 2012 4:00 pm
Cost: $12 before event; $15 day of event, under 18 Free

July 21, 2012

Trees provide a refreshing shade during the summer months. Pennsylvania is graced with over a hundred native tree species. This wide diversity of trees cools us in the summer, provides shelter and food for animals wood for lumber and so much more. Sometimes we just don’t see the trees for the forest. Join us for an opportunity to explore Pennsylvania’s trees. We’ll walk at a leisurely pace to look at and identify trees and discuss their natural history.

Directions: From Montour Preserve Visitors Center turn left onto Preserve Road. Travel ½ mile and turn left on Sportsmans Road. Drive to the end of Sportsmans Road (about 1 mile). Turn right onto Route 44 and drive 1.7 miles. The East Branch Recreation Area will be on the right. Look for the sign. Park in the gravel lot at the top of the hill.

East Branch Recreation Area.  Presented by:  Matthew Schenck, College Intern.


Start: July 21, 2012 9:30 am
End: July 21, 2012 11:30 am
Cost: FREE

July 29, 2012

Join us for an afternoon of acoustic music, folk ballads, humorous songs, and good old time music. Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Jerry Haines will provide a delightful musical program for all ages. This versatile performer returns to the preserve to mix vocals with guitar, harmonica, and autoharp. If you enjoy good old down-home music, bring the family and join us for an afternoon of toe-tappin’ pleasure.

Start: July 29, 2012 2:00 pm
End: July 29, 2012 3:30 pm
Cost: FREE

July 31, 2012

(Three-part course) Tuesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

@ Environmental Education Center; Advance Registration Required; Course Instructors:  Pennsylvania Game Commission Officer, Montour Preserve Staff and Volunteer Instructors.

This three-session course is designed to produce safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and trappers. It includes instruction in basic techniques plus a host of hunting, trapping and outdoor skills designed to enhance a new participant’s knowledge and enjoyment of wildlife and our hunting and trapping heritage.

Beginning and experienced hunters and trappers are welcome. Participants must be at least 11 years of age to enroll in a course and must attend all three sessions to qualify for certification. Adults are encouraged to attend with their children.

Please register early because space in this course is limited. To register go to http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/ and find the hunter education calendar. If you don’t have Internet access, call 570-437-3131 with the name, address, birth date of participant(s) and a contact phone number.

Note: Pennsylvania’s Game and Wildlife Code requires all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, to attend and successfully complete this course.


Start: July 31, 2012
End: August 4, 2012
Cost: FREE

August 11, 2012

There are tales of old of dragons carrying off young damsels. Those are just stories, but dragons do exist along with damsels but in the form of some very unique insects: damselflies and dragonflies. We’ll begin indoors with a look at some natural history of these insects and their life cycles. Then we’ll venture outdoors to take a look at dragonflies and damselflies in their native habitat. Binoculars might be helpful for damsel and dragon watching.

Meet in Environmental Education Center.  Presented by:  Jon D. Beam, Senior Naturalist.

Start: August 11, 2012 10:00 am
End: August 11, 2012 11:30 am
Cost: FREE

April 10, 2013

Several years ago the Pennsylvania Game Commission introduced wild pheasant from the Dakotas into suitable habitat in north central Pennsylvania in an effort to establish a reproducing wild population. Join us to learn the latest news about how these efforts are going and what is happening with these wild birds.

Start: April 10, 2013 6:00 pm
End: April 10, 2013 7:00 pm
Cost: FREE

April 27, 2013

Spring is unfolding in our woodlands as of spring woodland wildflowers bring a touch of beauty to the forest floor and migrating birds return to add their songs. We’ll spend time looking down at early bloomers and looking up at recent returnees. These wildflowers and birds are among the first signs that spring is truly here. Join our naturalist on an exploratory walk through the preserve’s woodlands. Binoculars and a field guide will be helpful if you have them.

Start: April 27, 2013 10:00 am
End: April 27, 2013 11:30 am
Cost: FREE

Highly prized by cooks and mushroom collectors, morels are hunted by thousands of people every year for their taste and the challenge of the hunt. Morels are only one species of spring mushrooms. Join us for an illustrated talk about spring mushrooms followed by a walk outdoors to search for some examples. Bill Russell is author of the Field Guide to PA Mushrooms.

Start: April 27, 2013 1:30 pm
End: April 27, 2013 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE

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