Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage at Camp Allegany

Date(s) - Friday, Jun 03, 2016 - Sunday, Jun 05, 2016
12:00 am

Allegany State Park


Allegany State Park will hold its annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage from Friday, June 3 until Sunday, June 5 at Allegany State Park, Route 1, Salamanca.

This annual outdoor weekend combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities, welcoming both the seasoned naturalist and the inquisitive beginner.

Allegany State Park is comprised of over 60,000 acres and abounds with plants and animals. With some of the best examples of old growth forest in the region, 176 bird species have been recorded there.

A variety of naturalist-led nature walks, lectures and programs will be held.

Registration for this event is $40 per adult, $20 per full-time student, $5 per child ages 5-18 and free for children under 5.

Registration covers admission to dozens of different activities including Fairy Houses and Toad Abodes, geocaching, bird banding, owl prowls, beginning and advanced birding, beaver walks, insects, trees, wildflowers, star watching, Underwater Monsters and a Splash Hike, where adventurous participants wade up a stream in search of natural curiosities.

In addition to the lectures, walks and other activities, a tent program is held each evening.

Friday night’s tent program features award-winning author and environmental educator Ken Keffer, who will give a lighthearted presentation on his naturalist work from around the globe. Highlights will include coyote scats in the Tetons, flying squirrels in Alaska, monitoring black-footed ferrets for Ted Turner and chasing camels around the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Lowlights include getting shot at by prairie dog shooters and a brief stint with reality television. Keffer will discuss conservation lessons gleaned from his experiences.

Saturday night Robin Foster will speak on the Eastern Hellbender, a unique aquatic salamander found only in the eastern United States. Hellbenders are “living fossils” that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years, giving us a glimpse into our ecological past. Foster will discuss the natural history and conservation of this fascinating species and describe how we can aid in its conservation in the Allegheny region.

For directions and to register, visit the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage website.