The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 3, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: October at R.B. Winter

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." -Emily Bronte

Next Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., homeschoolers are invited to a workshop that is being hosted by the R.B. Winter State Park staff titled: "Capturing Nature."

The principles of outdoor photography and the workings and science behind photography will be covered during the workshop. This event is for fifth through seventh grade students.

Pre-registration is required by calling the park office at (570) 966-1455. Students should bring along a shoebox for making a pinhole camera, a digital camera and a fresh memory card.

The fun and learning for homeschooled students continues the next day, October 10, with an event for third through eighth graders called "Predators and their Prey."

This is a hands-on learning session that will look into food chains and food webs. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and should wrap up by 1:30 p.m.

Please pre-register by calling the park office by October 8.

The colonial crafts of candle making and butter churning will be demonstrated at the Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center on October 18.

"Raptors in the Rafters," is the name of the workshop for homeschooled students that will be held on October 23. This will be an owl and hawk learning activity that is suitable for students who are over the age of 10.

On Halloween, "Skull Duggery" will the theme of a 10 a.m. program. Students ages 9 and up will explore real skulls, make scary jack-o-lanterns and learn about swooping bats and creepy spiders.

Please make sure to call the park office at least a week before any of the events that you may want to attend to pre-register.

n Archery opens

We're at "T minus two days" until Pennsylvania's statewide archery deer season opens.

Starting at sunrise on Saturday, archers will be hunting throughout our state for antlered or antlerless deer. This "early season" runs through November 16. The late statewide archery deer season re-opens the day after Christmas and runs through January 11, 2014.

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