August 22, 2014
The night sky holds many mysterious and magical sights. Join the park naturalist and members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) for a hands-on star gazing party at the bike rental station on the North Shore of Moraine State Park. AAAP will have several telescopes to try out and will provide its expert guidance to locate many interesting sights in the night sky. We will also view a presentation of pictures from the cosmos. Come out and join in with this informative and fun program. Bring a blanket, chairs, bug protection and snacks and plan for a great night at Moraine.
Tag a Monarch Butterfly
Become a citizen scientist! Monarch butterflies make an amazing migration each year that allows the species to continue its survival. Meet park staff at Pavilion 7 at McDanel's Launch on the North Shore to learn about this wonder of nature and to try to tag some Monarchs. We will provide tags and tagging datasheets. Please bring binoculars, a peanut butter jar and a butterfly net if possible.
MPF operates the Owlet Gift Shop and Nature Center located at McDanel''s Boat Launch, located just off the North Shore park exit on Rt. 422 in Portersville. Nautical Nature, a 37 passenger enclosed pontoon boat offers interpretive boat tours on Lake Arthur. Programs on the boat teach about the wildlife of Moraine State Park and the development of Lake Arthur. Nautical Nature operates on a regular schedule throughout the summer, providing public tours and chartered cruises guided by one of the MPF boat captains. Boater safety classes are offered to all volunteers. MPF sponsors the yearly Regatta on Lake Arthur.
Our mission is to promote community stewardship of natural resources within Moraine State Park, McConnells Mill State Park and Jennings Environmental Education Center.