Friends of OCSP is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF). PPFF is a private, non-profit organization that works to develop resources which compliment the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in the areas of State Parks and Forests through the actions of people and assets.
WOW! Winterfest was a huge success! Parking lot was full! Total of 114 skiers which is a record for any ski day ever! We received 1 family and 1 individual membership and took in about $101 in donations!!!! Kudos to Chili man Bruce and his wife and to all our great volunteers. Titusville Leisure Services did a fantastic job and they were well pleased. Tambra and her assistants were great instructors. We had tons of cookies and put them out again tomorrow and Monday. Ice Cream was hit! Thanks and many thanks to Friends for sponsoring!!Friends of Oil Creek State Park and Titusville Leisure Services join hands in WINTERFEST at Oil Creek State Park. This is a great opportunity to rent XC Ski Equipment, get lessons, and enjoy the trails. Winterfest will be held on Saturday, January 17th with January 24 as a snow date. There will be three sessions of rentals and ski lessons. 10;30-11;30, 12;30-1:30, and 2:30-3:30 Longer rental times will depend on availability of equipment. To register send in the WINTERFEST registration form or call Titusville Leisure Services at 814-827-3741. Deadline for registration is January 13, 2015. The cost for Winterfest is $20 for Adults, $15 for 18 and under or $10 if you have your own equipment. The fee covers, rentals, lesson, and trail pass. The Friends of Oil Creek will provide food and drink and SusieQs home made ice cream will be available.
Peg Sims - President
Adam Peterson - Vice-president
Joe Smith - Treasurer
Libby Culbertson - Secretary
New board members are: Rebecca Beach and Dan Weaver
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Chick-in-the-Sticks Slideshow - Part 1 ( 51 slides )
Chick-in-the-Sticks Slideshow - Part 2 ( 51 slides )
Photos by Judy and Charlie Stevenson
Ed's Smokin BBQ for lunch
Tambera Sabatini for bringing her SusieQs home made ice cream
The event was a great success. Our next event is tentatively set for June 13, 2015.
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The primary purpose of Oil Creek State Park is to tell the story of the changing landscape. Just south of Titusville, along Oil Creek, Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil at a depth of 69.5 feet in August 1859. Drake's Well marks the birth of the world's commercial oil industry. The early petroleum industry's oil boom towns and important oil well sites are long gone. They have been replaced by clean trout streams and forested hillsides seen today throughout the park. Few oil wells are still active in the park, but newer gas wells are common. The events of the exciting 1860's, the time of the original oil boom, receive special emphasis in park's trails and by park personnel. The early history of the oil region is presented well by Drake Well Museum just north of the park.
Today, Oil Creek State Park features the 36 mile volunteer maintained Gerard Hiking Trail along with 4 other interpretive hiking trails, a 9.7 mile paved biking trails along Oil Creek and other day use activities. The park also offers picnic areas at Blood Farm and Egbert Farm (Petroleum Centre), with fresh drinking water, restrooms and playfields. Fishing is enjoyed in Oil Creek, Boughton Run, Toy Run and Jones Run. Hunting is permitted on approximately 6,250 acres of land. Canoeing and kayaking along Oil Creek, which is classed as beginner's waters, is best from March to June.
Several shelters may be reserved for a fee. Call Oil Creek State Park at 814-676-5915 or DCNR reservations at 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757)Two Organized Group Tenting area are available:
Try Cross-country skiing during the winter months.
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