LOCUST LAKE — Several educational events at Locust Lake State Park in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, are scheduled for this weekend.

A self-guided scavenger hunt will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants should meet with a park naturalist at the program shelter near the campground store for information.

Later in the day, at 4 p.m., a naturalist will present a program at the shelter about bears of the world. The presentation will include bear habitat, feeding and sleeping habits. As more people move into rural areas, bear encounters increase, so there will be a discussion on what to do if people encounter a bear in the wild.

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist with the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, will present a program about bats at 6 p.m. at the Locust Lake amphitheater. Gallagher will have a live bat to share facts and dispel myths surrounding our only flying mammal. She will talk about their unique anatomy and the habits and diet of local bats.

Also on Saturday, the state’s Fish for Free program will be held. No fishing license is required on this day; however, all other Fish and Boat Commission regulations apply. Some fishing poles and tackle will be available. A park naturalist, campground host and a commission officer will be on hand at the program shelter to provide instruction. Bring your own bait.

Join a park naturalist as she explores the woods around Locust Creek in search of salamanders at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Locust Lake amphitheater. The naturalist will discuss salamander identification, habitat and their role in the ecosystem. A field identification capture and release walk will follow. Bring along a container to collect the animals and meet at the amphitheater.

Many children love ladybugs and delight in finding them on leaves and flowers during the spring and summer months. They love their small size, round spots and bright colors. A program describing the tiny bugs’ body structure, life cycle, defensive behavior, favorite foods and their role in nature will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday at the program shelter.

Join Robin Tracey at 10:30 a.m. Monday as she explores the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visits the Silver Creek Fire Tower and Reservoir. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. This hike is 8.5-miles in length and difficult. Meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park at 10:15 a.m. to carpool. Bring a lunch and your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets. Shine only.

For more information about any of these programs, call Robin at 570-467-2506.

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