Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Jacobsburg Annual Winter Bird Count
Saturday, January 12, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Join us as we spend the day counting birds at Jacobsburg and other places within a 5-mile radius of the Visitor Center. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, warm beverages and a lunch. Van transportation available for all day participants. Participants must drive their own vehicle if they have to leave early. Registration is required.
Family Night: Fish Printing
Friday, January 11 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Learn the Japanese art of Gyotaku or fish printing. We’ll use paint and model fish to make prints of various Pennsylvania species. We will also study their anatomy and habitat needs to create accurate paintings of fish in the wild. Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring a bandana or t-shirt to print on. It is recommended that you wear old clothes or a smock. Registration is required.
Annual Winter Bird Count
Saturday, January 16 at 8:00am to 4:00 pm. Join us as we spend the day counting birds at Jacobsburg and other places within a 5-mile radius of the Visitor Center. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, warm beverages, and a lunch. Van transportation available for all day participants. Participants must drive their own vehicle if they have to leave early. Registration is required.
Introduction to Snowshoeing
Saturday, January 26, at 9:30am to 11:30am
Learn how to use snowshoes and trekking poles to explore Jacobsburg’s trails in the winter. You may bring your own equipment or borrow ours. We will also learn how to prepare ourselves for outdoor excursions in the winter time. If we don’t get any snow we’ll hike in our boots with the trekking poles. The hike will be about two miles. Bring water and a snack. Wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather. Registration is required. You will be asked to specify your weight range when registering; this is to determine what size snowshoe you will need.
Snowshoeing for Scouts
Saturday, January 26, at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Scouts will learn how to prepare for being outdoors in winter as well as how to use snowshoes. We’ll go for a hike in snowshoes, stopping along the way to talk about winter outdoor scenarios and how to prepare for them. If we don’t get any snow we’ll hike in our boots. The hike will be about two miles. Bring water and a snack. Wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather. Registration is required. You will be asked to specify your weight range when registering; this is to determine what size snowshoe you will need.
Family Night: Raccoon Nation
Friday, February 1, at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Join us for a movie and craft night. We will be screening “Raccoon Nation” from the PBS Nature series. This film investigates whether the increasing complexity of our urban/suburban habitat is advancing the brain development of our raccoon neighbors. Registration is required.
Winter Plant Hike
Saturday, February 9 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join us as we take a walk through the woods and fields of Jacobsburg in search of winter plants that provide food for birds and other animals as well as a few that can be used in a survival situation. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. If we have snow we will hike in snowshoes! Registration is required.
Saturday, February 9 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Could you tell if a bobcat was in the area? An owl? Join us as we walk through Jacobsburg in search of animal tracks and signs. Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. If we have snow we will walk in snowshoes! Registration is required.
Birding at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Saturday, February 23 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is a premier birding spots in eastern PA. Join us for this birding tour of Middle Creek as we enjoy the sights and sounds of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, and other waterfowl. Cackling Geese and the rare Ross’s Goose have been located during previous trips. Bald Eagles and sometimes Golden Eagles have been seen. Dress for the weather and bring a lunch and binoculars. This is a great opportunity for photographers. Meet at the Middle Creek Visitor Center at 10:00AM. Leaders stay until dusk to look for Short-eared Owls and listen for American Woodcocks for those who are interested. Registration is required.
Snowshoes and Hiking Poles Available
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM-2:30 PM
Jacobsburg Visitor Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of State Parks, Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, 400 Belfast Road Nazareth, PA 18064 (610) 746-2801
Health Benefits of Enjoying Outdoor Winter Activities
- People who are consistently exposed to cold often have speedier metabolisms. Even spending an hour or two outside every day can help you burn more energy, as long as you are doing it consistently.
- Try taking a walk around the block every day or build a snowman with your kids. In addition to the cardio benefits you’ll get from those activities, just being outside in the cold will help you stay slim.
- It can help cure the winter blues. Getting outside and into sunlight can help drive away winter depression. When the days are shorter and many people feel trapped inside, seeing a little sunlight can work wonders.
- Sunlight causes your body to make vitamin D. Even 15 minutes of sunlight on your face and hands two or three times each week will help you get enough of the vitamin.
- Cold can cause your body to burn fat. Your body likely burns up stored fat when you get cold, according to some preliminary studies. Researchers have discovered that a certain type of fat starts to fuel itself when you get cold by using up regular fat in your body.