Winter Outing Series Continues
Around 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 99 Main Street in Wellsboro during this year’s Wellsboro Winter Celebration, adults, teens and children can sit on the Old Man Winter Throne made of ice as friends and relatives take their pictures.
The Winter Outing Series continues this weekend with Winter Women in the Wilds Feb. 3-5 at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center; Community Climbing Day this Saturday, Feb. 4 at Mansfield University; and Winter Adventure Snowshoe or Hike at Lyman Run State Park this Sunday, Feb. 5.
Next weekend will be the Wellsboro Winter Celebration Friday to Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 & 12 and Snowshoeing Basics on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Sinnemahoning State Park withregistration by Thursday, Feb. 9.
Registration is Closed for Winter Women in the Wilds Feb. 3-5
Registration is closed and the wait list is full for Winter Women in the Wilds, a fun opportunity to learn outdoor skills this Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive in Austin, Potter County. For information about the winter program, email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov or call the park office at (814) 647-8401.
Beginners of All Ages Can Climb the Wall Free at MU on Saturday, Feb. 4
Beginners of all ages, individuals and families with children are invited to participate in Community Climbing Day to experience the climbing wall for free on Saturday, Feb. 4 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Mansfield University’s Kelchner Fitness Center at 80 Clinton Street in Mansfield. Registration is not required. The climbing wall is 80 feet wide by 29 feet tall. Provided free will be guidance by trained staff and climbing gear to get newcomers off the ground. For more information or for answers to questions, email Director Amy DeLozier at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the center at (570) 662-4865.
Free Lyman Run Winter Snowshoe or Hike is This Sunday, Feb. 5
For the free Winter Adventure Hike or Snowshoe, meet outdoorsmen Chip Harrison and John Halter at 1 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 5 in the Day Use parking lot at Lyman Run State Park at 454 Lyman Run Road, Galeton, PA 16922. Adults and children old enough to handle wearing snowshoes are welcome to participate. Following an introduction to using snowshoes and a short snowshoe, the group will leave from the parking lot, cross the road and begin the one-mile out-and-back snowshoe that will take them to the Lyman Lake beach area and then on Fisherman’s Trail and Lyman Lake, depending on conditions. Those who own snowshoes are encouraged to bring them. Snowshoes will also be available and provided free for those who don’t have them. Wear waterproof boots, dress appropriately for the weather and bring snacks and water. This winter outing may be cancelled due to trail conditions or become a traditional hike if there isn’t enough snow. For more information, call (570) 439-1826 or (814) 435-5010.
Snowshoeing Basics on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Sinnemahoning State Park is Free but Registration is Required by Thursday, Feb. 9
Snowshoeing is a great way to explore Sinnemahoning State Park trails in winter. New to the sport? No problem. Park staff will help get people started from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive in Austin, Potter County. Snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided. This program will begin indoors with an introduction to snowshoeing equipment and styles, followed by guided practice instruction on level ground and then a short excursion on the trail. If snow depth is insufficient for snowshoeing, the indoor portion of the program will still be held, followed by a 2- to 3-mile nature hike. Registration for this free program is required by Thursday, Feb. 9. Register online through the DCNR Calendar of Events. Questions? Call the park office at (814) 647-8401 or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.
Wellsboro Winter Celebration is Friday to Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 & 12
On Saturday, Feb. 11 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. will be a free Introduction to Cross-County Skiing on The Green, a park in the heart of downtown Wellsboro. Kids can try out cross-country skis with basic instruction. Tubing races will also be held at 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at this popular in-town event as part of the Wellsboro Winter Celebration. Also on Feb. 11ice carvers will create a throne for children and adults to sit on and have their pictures taken by friends and relatives at 99 Main Street around 9 a.m. The carvers will then demonstrate their skills by creating four other ice masterpieces on the sidewalks in front of downtown Main Street businesses beginning at 11 a.m. The last sculpture will be finished by 3 p.m. The public is invited to watch the carvers work and ask them questions. It’s free. Find more information on the entire weekend at wellsboropa.com or call the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at (570) 724-1926.
FMI: To learn more about Winter Outing events or for updates on snow and ice, trail conditions, directions and more, search for Step Outdoors Tioga County on Facebook or visit www.stepoutdoors.org.
Writing: Diane Eaton