Middle Creek Programs & Activities

Beginning in the month of April, Middle Creek will continue the highly regarded lecture series and other events and programs including the Wildlife Art Show, Wildfowl Show, Ned Smith Art Auction and a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Featured speakers cover a myriad of fascinating topics. There is no admission charge for any program. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Visitor's Center unless otherwise noted on the schedule.

Middle Creek is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and paid for primarily with hunting license dollars.

2014 Programs & Activities

All programs begin at 7:30 PM at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. For further information or directions, please call the Middle Creek Visitor Center at: 717-733-1512 There is no admission charge for any program.

May 8
Human Development Effects on our Watersheds and Ways to "Fix a Broken Stream after Development Impact"
The role of a county conservation district's Watershed Coordinator is as varied as the problems of impaired or polluted aquatic ecosystems. In this presentation the implications of human development on a watershed ecosystem will be discussed and ways to reduce those effects short and long term to improve not only water quality but lessen future impacts. The presentation will explain how one "fixes a broken" stream to show measurable results as soon as possible. A case study of the restoration of an impaired local stream, Swarr Run, will be reviewed to see how restoration efforts not only improved the stream but also its watershed. Matt Kofroth
Watershed Coordinator
Lancaster County
Conservation District
June 12
"The Search for Meteorites in Antarctica"
During the 2010-2011 field season Dr. Lane was a member of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites team collects rocks originating from space for scientific research. During her 8-week trip, she spent 6 weeks living in a tent on the ice with only 3 other people, hundreds of miles from the South Pole station. Her team covered many miles per day on snowmobiles searching for meteorites and collecting them to send back to the NASA Johnson Space Center. She will share many stories detailing daily life on the ice and her experience with the United States Antarctic Program. This program is for all ages and kids are encouraged to attend and be inspired!   Dr. Melissa Lane
Planetary Science Institute
July 10
"National Parks of the American West"
Join the Lebo's on their trip to the west visiting five National Parks in the United States and Canada. This includes the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Glacier, Banff, and the Coastal Redwoods. Come and enjoy a trip through these Canadian and American national treasures without leaving Pennsylvania!   Ken Lebo
1, 2 & 3


The 29th Annual Wildlife Art Show will showcase the works of 30 of Pennsylvania's finest wildlife artists. Enjoy some beautiful wildlife art and meet the artists who create it.   Fri. Aug. 2 1PM-6PM

Sat. Aug. 3 9AM-6PM

Sun. Aug. 4 10AM-5PM
August 14
"Birding the British Isles"
The United Kingdom boasts a long established birding community. Here is an opportunity to explore the birding hot spots of the region. Join Ken Haas for a photo tour of the British Isles. He will provide tips on good birding locations and the species encountered. For those planning a trip, this program could provide benefit when selecting locations to visit. If a trip to the British Isles isn't in your near future, join us anyway to get a glimpse of the bird life observed during Ken's last visit.   Ken Haas
September 4

The Peregrine Falcon: A Saga of Recovery

This program will detail the recovery of the peregrine falcon in Pennsylvania. The peregrine was near extinction and was on the Federal Endangered Species List. Persistent, highly toxic pesticides, which affected peregrine reproduction, nearly eliminated this bird in the eastern United States. Attend this program to learn more about this falcon's recovery with emphasis on the peregrine falcons that nest in downtown Reading.   Art McMorris
Pennsylvania Game
20 & 21


The 28th Annual Middle Creek Wildfowl Show will feature hand-carved waterfowl decoys, other wildfowl art and much more. Decoy carvers will enter their creations into gunning decoy, decorative decoy and shorebird decoy competitions. Also featured will be retriever demonstrations. General proceeds from the show will benefit the Wildlands Preservation Fund for the preservation of open space.   9AM - 5PM Both Days

Retriever Demonstrations:
Sat. 10 AM & noon
Sun. 11 AM & 1 PM

Duck and Goose Calling
Contests: Sun. 1 PM
September 28


Hunters and anglers have always been at the forefront of the conservation movement. National Hunting and Fishing Day is designed to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of sportsmen towards conservation. It also is designed to introduce others to the joys of outdoor pursuits. Many sportsmen's organizations will be represented along with other conservation groups. There will be ongoing exhibits, programs and activities throughout the day. If you appreciate and enjoy the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, come out and thank the sportsmen; for without them, places like Middle Creek would not exist. 11 AM - 5 PM

SPECIAL NOTE: The Ned Smith Art Auction (previously held at Middle Creek) will be held at the Ned Smith Center in Millersburg on October 4 at 9:30AM. Visit the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art's website at www.nedsmithcenter.org

Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797