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Full day of activities planned for Hatch Run Fall Festival

September 22, 2010
By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com
From Kickin’ Up Bugs, to fishing, to learning about and preventing nonpoint source pollution, the inaugural Hatch Run Fall Festival includes a wide variety of events. The festival, hosted by the Warren County Conservation District, will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the 347-acre Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area and the Environmental Education Center at the intersection of Hatch Run Road and Conewango Avenue in Glade Township. “It is an effort to expand the district’s reach to educate the public on nonpoint source pollution,” Office Manager Judy Froman said. “Nonpoint source pollution (NPS) occurs when rain water washes various pollutants from undeterminable sources: lawns, agricultural fields, driveways, etc., into nearby lakes and streams.” Pesticides and fertilizer are the two main sources of NPS pollution, according to Froman, but oil, antifreeze, paint, and private septic systems also contribute. The events at the festival include the presentation of information on the best management practices concerning NPS and what people can do at home to minimize their contribution to NPS. Some of the agencies that are joining the Conservation District in the event include the Penn State Master Gardeners, Penn State Warren County Cooperative Extension, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Warren County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Warren County Historical Society, and the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). The master gardeners will talk about how to prevent NPS pollution from lawns and gardens. The group will also present Putting Your Garden to Bed and Composting in the Gardens. The Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs will host clay shooting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other events include nature walks, visiting with barnyard animals, and fly fishing demonstrations. “Children, and, of course, adults too, love to play in a stream and are excited about the many little creatures (macro-invertebrates) they find,” Froman said. Watershed Specialist Jean Gomory will be in charge of the bug kicking in Hatch Run. Knowing what kinds of creatures live in a stream can give a good indication of the water quality. “For example, midge larvae can live almost anywhere,” Froman said. “However, mayflies and stoneflies are known as indicator species, which means their presence indicates a healthy ecosystem.” In addition to talking about the county’s Dirt and Gravel Road Program and how it reduces sediment levels in area streams, District Technician Josh Dean will be at the demonstration area pond with a variety of fishing gear and bait. Those who show up to fish between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. don’t even need to have their own equipment. “Whether you come to the Hatch Run Fall Festival to fish, hike, or meet your friends, every activity has one thing in common— the beautiful nature Warren County has to offer,” Froman said. “If we all work together to prevent and reduce pollution, we can all enjoy the beauty of nature and conserve it for our children.” The schedule for the day may be found at www.wcconservation.net, and more information is available by calling 726-1441. The schedule as provided by the conservation district is: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Catch and Release Fishing at the Pond (Equipment, Bait, and Instructor Provided, Over age 16 needs fishing license.) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Trap Shooting near Intensive Grazing Area 10 a.m.: Nature Walk with Tree Identification on the Nature Trail (1 hour) 10:30 a.m.: Leaf Print Crafts at the Pavilion 11 a.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstration at the Pond 11 a.m.: Pasture Walk at Intensive Grazing Area 11:30 a.m.: “Kickin’ Up Bugs” in the Creek Behind the Pavilion Noon: Story Time at the Pavilion 1 p.m.: “Plants People Use” Nature Walk on the Nature Trail (1 hour; limited to 25 participants) 1 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstration at the Pond 1 p.m.: Pasture Walk at Intensive Grazing Area 1:30 p.m.: Leaf Print Crafts at the Pavilion 2-6:00 p.m.: “Ask the Master Gardeners” at the Community Gardens Area 2:30 p.m.: “Kickin’ Up Bugs” in the Creek Behind the Pavilion 3 p.m.: “Putting Your Garden to Bed” and “Composting in the Gardens” presented at the Community Gardens Area (1 hour) 3 p.m.: Pasture Walk at Intensive Grazing Area 3:30 p.m.: Enviroscape Demonstration behind the Pavilion 4 p.m.: Electro-Shocking Demonstration in the Creek Behind the Pavilion 4:30 p.m.: Leaf Print Crafts at the Pavilion 5 p.m.: Pasture Walk at Intensive Grazing Area 5:30 p.m.: Bird Babble and Art Project at the Pavilion All day events: ¯ Catch & Release Fishing at the Pond (Over age 16 needs a fishing license. Bring your own equipment after 2 p.m..) ¯ Live Farm Animals at the Environmental Education Center until 5 p.m. ¯ Displays inside the Environmental Education Center ¯ Tours of the Environmental Education Center ¯ Food for sale at the Environmental Education Center ¯ Lemonade and cookies sold at the Pavilion Area

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Lots to do
The inaugural Hatch Run Fall Festival will be held Saturday at the 347-acre Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area and the Environmental Education Center on Hatch Run Road.

 
 

 

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