The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 28, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Scholastic archery on tap

Daily Item

---- — "Nature always tends to act in the simplest way."

Nearly 900 students representing 30 schools from throughout our state will compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program's 2013 State Tournament on Friday, March 8th, at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility in State College.

Pennsylvania's NASP helps school districts meet the state physical education curriculum requirements while introducing students, who may never have shot an arrow, to the world of competitive archery. "At least 125 schools are involved in the Pennsylvania NASP," according to Samantha Pedder, who is the Game Commission's outreach coordinator.

Independent studies have demonstrated that this program is a great introduction to the sport of archery and that many students choose to pursue the sport outside of school. The student participants will have opportunities to talk with representatives from USA Archery's Junior Olympic Archery Development Program, United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania and Penn State's Archery Team. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. and the high schools participating from our area include Halifax and Millersburg. To learn how to get NASP started in your school please contact Pedder at 717-787-4250 or visit the Facebook page by searching for "Penn NASP."

State park happenings

There will be an evergreen hike this Friday at R.B. Winter State Park from 1 to 3 p.m. This naturalist-led late-winter 2-mile, moderate hike will be a search for all types of "evergreens" throughout the park. Please pre-register by calling 966-1455.

On Saturday, there will be a winter tree identification walk at the Little Buffalo State Park near Newport. Identifying trees without their foliage is a valuable skill. Participants should meet at the park's entertainment pavilion before 3 p.m. to go along on this easy walk. Saturday evening at 7 there will be a movie at the Little Buffalo Park about bats, followed by a discussion about bat conservation and the ways we can keep these beneficial creatures healthy.

Next Wednesday, there will be a webinar for local conservation leaders to learn more about all of the funding opportunities that exist for worthwhile projects. This event runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and you can get more information by contacting Linda Manning at or by calling 717-783-4736.

Art show wrapping up

You only have a few more days to head to the Ned Smith Center in Millersburg to see the "Wild Places, Wild Life, Wild Art: Conserving America One Poster at a Time" art show. This show wraps up next weekend, March 9. The show assembles, for the first time, some of the most dramatic and beautiful examples of conservation posters from across the United States and Canada. The show is truly a breathtaking array of subjects ranging from crayfish and butterflies to birds and wildflowers to fungi and minerals to mammals, snakes and entire ecosystems. For more details, visit

The choices we make

The land choices that we make matter. High school teachers and home school educators are invited to learn more about "P.L.A.C.E." and to potentially work this course into their daily teaching. This course was developed for teachers in grades 6-12 to connect place-based learning consistent with state academic standards by exploring landscapes and communities in Pennsylvania. The course is an opportunity for students to define projects that develop citizenship through accessing community resources and conducting investigations. A four-hour workshop on this course will be held at R.B. Winter State Park on March 9. Pre-registration is required by calling the park office at 966-1455.

Maple syrup time

You and your family can learn about boiling-off syrup at programs that begin on the hour (noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.) in PPL's Montour Preserve Environmental Education Center starting this weekend. The program starts with a short film and then you'll take a short walk through Goose Woods to the Sugar Shack to experience the sights, sounds and scents of maple sugaring. Please check out the preserve's website for more details at Maple sugaring programs are being offered for school groups now through March 8. Schools and home school groups may contact the Montour Preserve staff at 437-3131 to schedule a visit.