"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."
Everything winter. This would be a good explanation of what Snow Fest 2013 at the R.B. Winter State Park is all about.
From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, you, your family and friends can experience a hike on snowshoes, go cross country skiing or try out ice skating. You might want to learn how to ice fish or have your kids hear about snowmobiling safety and then head out for a snowmobile ride. Hot soup and hot chocolate will be on hand at the concession stand and a silent auction will be ongoing to benefit future Snow Fests and park events.
Some of the other activities that you can try out include broom ball, winter search and rescue using dogs, interpretive programs about birds and bears and special activities for children, including winter story time, nature activities and crafts.
This really will be a great event for families as well as scout and youth organizations. If running through the woods sounds like a good time to you, there will be a competitive wintery race. To participate in the 5K Snowfest Run, contact the Mid-Penn Trailblazers at 765-0267 to preregister.
Nature book sale
Wildwood Park Lake is located just north of Harrisburg along Route 322 and Interstate 81 and it is the home of the rare American Lotus plant. It's also a welcome stop-over for many birds that migrate up and down the Susquehanna River. Today through Feb. 12, the Friends of Wildwood Park will host a nature book sale at the park's Olewine Nature Center.
The public sale starts today, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. You can pick up hard-to-find field guides and other nature books that are appropriate for all ages for prices ranging from 50 cents to $5.