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Class Descriptions and Instructor info

Class Name Description Instructor Information
Archery (4 Sessions) This class is an overview of equipment, basic shooting: stance, posture, draw, aiming, release, and follow through. We will pull all this info together and practice what we have learned. DCNR personell will be presenting this program.
Art of Wood Burning
(2 Sessions)
This class will teach the fundamentals of pyrography (wood burning). Each student will get to choose a pattern to burn into a piece of wood which they will get to keep. Kirby started woodcarving professionally in 1992. he began dabbling in wood burning in 2006. Since then he has added this to his business and has won several awards for his work at shows and competitions. He has done straight wood burning in the past, and has painted some of his pieces. Recently he has added using colored pencils to his creations. Many of his products can be seen at his business Facebook page at North Country Creations.
Basic Kayaking
(4 sessions)
Paddling practice dependent on creek depth and speed.
Participants will learn about different kayaks and paddling gear. Class will cover paddling techniques, reading water, and water safety. You will also have time to do some paddling on Oil Creek. Barb Lake retired after 35 years of teaching Adventure Education, Health & P.E., and Early Childhood Education. Barb has done extensive paddling for the past 30 years. Barb will be assisted by Bruce Getsinger of the Friend of Oil Creek State Park.
(4 sessions)
Buzz will present and discuss equipment and supplies needed for keeping bees. He will bring an observation hive with live bees. He will discuss and demonstrate bee suits, and hive parts. He will also have posters and pictures of many hive types. Buzz Swank has spent 20 yrs. as a hobbyist bee keeper. He has done many demonstrations and can answer many questions You are sure to have a good time.
Come Forest Bathing
(2 sessions)
What’s it mean? And how might we experience it? We will focus on seeing, tasting, sensing with our eyes and our ears and smelling the individual aromas around us. Covering a very short distance, likely no more than ½ mile, while leaving pen and paper behind and our cell phones/cameras turned off, we will stop to discuss our experience as we invoke sense after sense. Each experience will be a personal one, and throughout we will come together to share aspects of our journey in a group, passing a talking stick from person to person. The end of our journey will include a taste treat and an opportunity to discuss our experience. Leslie Alexander is a professional herbalist and works locally with plants and people. She's co-owner of Restoration Herbs, where she has a clinical practice and works as a community herbalist. Leslie takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, and promotes the use of medicinal herbs in every day life.
Fly Casting/
Fly Fishing
(4 sessions)
The Fly Casting class will give explanations of the fly rod, reel line, and accessories needed to fly cast and fly fish. A hands-on class of fly-casting will follow, and students will learn several different types of fly fishing casts. Mark Signorino is a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor, a PA Fishing Skills Instructor, a member of the Pittsburgh Casting Club and a member of the Gem City Outdoorsmen Fly Tiers.
Its Always a Good Day for a Hike! (4 sessions) Hiking is an activity that Is accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities. We will learn about equipment, safety and how-to have a successful hike. In addition we will take a trek through a portion of beautiful Oil Creek State Park. Jan Nordstrom says walking and hiking are my passion. Born and raised in Oil City, I have spent the past 40+ years living in the Midwest, returning a few years ago to start walking and exploring the amazing trails in NW Pennsylvania.
Making Herbal Tinctures
(2 sessions)
Medicinal Herbs are often available seasonally, but what about out of season? Tinctures are alcohol extracts that enable us to preserve herbs for extended periods - decades even. Join the workshop and we’ll talk about tinctures, taste a few and learn how to make them. Participants will collect herbs and make tinctures to take home. Leslie Alexander is a professional herbalist and works locally with plants and people. She's co-owner of Restoration Herbs, where she has a clinical practice and works as a community herbalist. Leslie takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, and promotes the use of medicinal herbs in every day life.
Modern Fur Taking (p.m. only ) Modern techniques for taking PA fur bearers. Kevin Moon has over 40 years of experience in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapping. He has 25 years of teaching hunting and trapping education.
Nature ID and Walk This workshop will focus on the identification of wild plants, butterflies and birds in the woods and fields of Oil Creek State Park. Bing binoculars and field guides if you have them. Be prepared for a short walk. Kathie Goodblood has been watching birds as a hobby for 30 years. She not only watches birds but also abserves nature in a broader sence. She serves on the board of director of the Bartramian Audubon Society.
Nature Sculptures nature sculptures
Have you ever experienced the meditative process of stacking stones? Let's create a land art instillation for Oil Creek nature lovers to enjoy. We will use all natural materials from the Earth. Watch this production grow each session. Remember to bring your cameras! Let's see what we can create together!
Stacey has been a teacher for many years. She minored in art and holds an art teacher certification. She enjoys painting, drawing and nature. She hopes to inspire people to see the beauty in nature.
Needle Felted Hacky Sack
(4 sessions)
hacky sack
Learn the basics of needle felting while exploring your creative side to make your own unique hacky sack using wool fibers and fibers from the alpacas on our farm.
April Cox started Tupelo Alpaca Farm with husband Tom in 2012. Since then she has learned about the wonderful world of fiber art. Her alpaca fibers are used to spin, crochet, wet felt, and needle felt. The alpaca is skirted, prepared, and dyed at the farm. 99% of her products are handmade using an assortment of fibers including, alpaca, wool , and silk. April teaches many fiber art classes and demonstrates spinning at various events. She sell her products at local shops, craft fairs, festivals, and online. Of all the fiber arts, felting is her favorite.
Outdoor Photography
(2 sessions)
This workshop will cover the essentials in nature photography. Topics such as: composition, perspective, lighting, depth of field and, shutter speed will be discussed. This workshop will include some hands on time, so bring your camera along. Kirby Neubert has taught digital photography for many years.
Pottery -
Imprints of Nature
Self Defense
(4 sessions)
You will learn techniques that will keep you safe on and off the trail. Venango County Sheriff Department presenters are highly skilled in self defense techniques where safety is priority one.
Woodland Meditation / Yoga
(4 sessions)
Connect with nature through walking & seated meditation and yoga poses on a 1-mile trail in beautiful Oil Creek State Park. Peg Teeter is a graduate of EmbodiYoga Teacher Training in Pittsburgh, PA. She has taught yoga classes at Oil Creek State Park, Venango College, the Belles Lettres Club, and currently at the YWCA in Oil City. She worked as an elementary teacher for 11 years before becoming a full time mom, yoga instructor and volunteer.

alcohol micro stove class
Building an Alcohol Micro-stove (flier)

Aquatic bugs
Collecting "Water Bugs" (Aquatic Macro-invertebrates)



Basic Kayaking

Wood burning
Art of Wood Burning