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Explore Allegany State Park At Two Annual Events

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Allegany State Park is all about traditions and making memories with friends and family. Besides the abundance of biking, hiking and camping you can do, the park hosts several annual events throughout the spring and summer months, and two are on the docket in the very near future:

ASP Geobash May 20

The 12th annual gathering of geocachers in beautiful Allegany State Park is on Saturday, May 20. ASP Geobash XII will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The annual Meet & Greet Bonfire event hosted by the Allegheny Rangers will be held again on Friday night. The musicians, The Very Amazing Gentlemen, were a huge hit last year, and they enjoyed the event so much, that they are coming to entertain again.

On Saturday, the ASPGB XII event will take place at Camp Allegany, located on the Red House side of the park. There are plenty of activities planned. Along with lots of new geocaches, it should be a busy weekend.

Sunday will be the traditional free pancake and sausage breakfast to get everyone up and going, and clean up the event grounds.

For more info, visit www.aspgeobash.com.

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage June 2-4

Founded by Gib Burgeson of Jamestown after a trip to the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park,  the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is an annual outdoor event hosted in Allegany State Park (ASP).  The weekend, a group effort by the Jamestown Audubon Society, Buffalo Audubon Society, Presque Isle Audubon Society, Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and ASP, combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities.  This weekend of natural history welcomes both the seasoned naturalist and the inquisitive beginner.

Activities run June 2-4 and include a variety of naturalist-led nature walks, lectures and programs.  Registration covers admission to nearly 100 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. The weekend’s events are also based at Camp Allegany.

Allegany State Park is comprised of over 60,000 acres and abounds with plants and animals.  176 bird species have been recorded in the park. It also has some of the best examples of Old Growth Forest in the region.

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

For more information and to register, visit www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.

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