Area youngsters are getting to have two days of fun, but with an educational twist.
The Cambria County Conservation District is hosting its 14th annual Family Days at Duman Lake Park near Nicktown and Disaster’s Edge in the 1889 Park in St. Michael.
The event began Wednesday at Duman Lake Park and will resume Friday at Disaster’s Edge with the purpose of educating children and their families about environmental issues and wildlife through various activities.
The program is geared toward 8- to 12-year-olds.
“It’s something different to do in the summer for families and it’s a day full of activities,” said Mary Ellen Bard, administrative assistant with the conservation district.
On Wednesday, stations were set up around the park where 140 children had the opportunity to go canoeing, learn about bluebirds and make a bird box, and participate in a treasure hunt using maps and compasses.
The highlight was a presensation from Kulani, a local West African dance group.
Friday’s offerings will include a CSI investigation, where participants will look for clues in a poaching crime, and a geology session, where children will make fossils, and a water conservation scavenger hunt.
The event wraps up with a program on insects.
“Every year we try to do something different and change up the topics because we have a lot of returning families,” Bard said.
Greta Thomas of Portage brought her granddaughter, Chloe Sandoval, 3, for the first time.
“I did this with my kids and we had so much fun,” she said Wednesday. “They all have an appreciation of the outdoors because of coming to this, and I hope that’s something Chloe will have, too.”
Thomas said they also plan to attend the Friday event.
“You get to learn in a fun way and meet new people,” she said.
Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.