Education Tent

Live Birds of Prey Show 10:30 AM

Live Bird Presenter Patrick Miller will be showcasing five birds of prey including Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Harris’s Hawk, Eastern Screech Owl, and Great Horned Owl. This presentation allows attendees to experience these birds up-close while providing an educational component to educate about what makes these birds so incredible.

Native Americans & the Susquehanna River 11:30 AM

Sid Jamieson is Haudenosaunee, the six-nation Iroquois Confederacy, and lives on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. In this presentation he will discuss the importance of the Susquehanna River to his cultural heritage.

Under the Susquehanna Panel 12:00 PM

A diver, an underwater photographer, and an environmentalist discuss what goes on underneath the Susquehanna River.

Paddlers of the Susquehanna Panel 1:45 PM

Paddlers of the Susquehanna’s 444-mile main stem and 228-mile West Branch will share their stories and answer questions for future paddlers interested in taking on this feat.

Susquehanna River Native Plants 2:30 PM

Influenced by massive floods and ice scour events, the Susquehanna River is a dynamic ecosystem that is home to many unique plants and plant communities. Jaci Braund, Ecologist with the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, will be giving a brief overview of the rare plants, common plant communities, and ecological challenges of the Susquehanna River.

Climbing Advocacy and Conservation in PA 1:00 PM

Join a representative from South Central PA Climbers to learn about the many rock-climbing areas available in PA and how climbers are good stewards of the land. SCPC has partnered with State Forests/Parks, Counties, Townships, and Private landowners to assist in climbing management, climbing education, and climbing conservation. SCPC is a volunteer powered non-profit (501c3) group of climbers from PA.

Van Wagner 3:15 PM

Join folk singer Van Wagner for an acoustic
concert of songs celebrating the cultural
and natural heritage of our region.


Nature Photography 10:30 AM

Photographer Michael Kinney will lead a workshop teaching attendees how they can take up the hobby of nature photography with a specific focus on underwater photography and his experiences documenting hellbenders.

Enviroscape 1:30 PM

Join the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper John Zaktansky as he shares is Environscape–a fun interactive activity that demonstrates with a landscape model how our waterways are impacted (kid-friendly!).

Intro to Climbing: Rope Skills 11:30 AM

Join Levitation Climbing to meet AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) certified instructor, Ryan Shipp. With 20 years of guiding and teaching experience, Ryan will share some introductory skills, answer questions about the many types equipment that is used in climbing, and share some personal climbing stories from traveling the world as a climber. Levitation Climbing is a LLC based out of the Harrisburg area.

Intro to Kayak Fishing 3:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fish from a kayak? Now is your opportunity to learn. Join the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) staff for this kayak fishing presentation, designed to introduce you to the basics of kayak fishing! The program includes the following topics – * Safety on the water * What you need to know before you go kayak fishing *Types of kayaks, paddles * How to retrofit your kayak for fishing * Types of fishing kayaks, advance kayak gear * Fishing from a kayak* and *Where to find fish.

Boat Launch

Paddling Lessons 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Signup at Booth #33

Always wanted to explore the waterways by kayak but are nervous about your level of skill? Join Susquehanna Outfitters with one of our skilled guides/instructors on the Susquehanna River to get the ins and outs of kayaking and build the skills and confidence necessary to master the art of paddling!

Demo Areas

How to Build a Shelter 12:00 PM

Join the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s Andrew Bechdel for a workshop to instruct participants how to setup a rudimentary survival shelter using paracord. Workshop will focus primarily on tying knots and how to apply those knots to construct a shelter.

Log Raft Replica with Van Wagner 2:00 PM

Join local educator and performer Van Wagner as he dons period clothing and chisels away with authentic 19th century tools to recreate a lumber raft that would have been seen floating down the Susquehanna River during the heyday of Pennsylvania’s lumber era.

Casting Zone

Fly Fishing 101 11:00 AM

Join Dr. Brian J. Wilt for an Intro to Fly Casting. Learn about casting tools (rod, reel, line, leader, fly), parts of the casting stroke, try your hand at casting, plus time for Q&A.

Euro-Nymphing Clinic 1:00 PM

Join Jamie SanFilippo with American Fly Fishing Company to learn how to build euro-nymphing leaders. This will include proper materials, length, diameter, and taper. Participants will also participate in a euro-nymphing demo and short on-water skills session where they will learn the importance of nymphing angles, fly selection, strike detection, and casting. This clinic is for adults, 18 years and older.

Fly Fishing for Beginners 2:30 PM

Join Dr. Brian J. Wilt for an Intro to Fly Casting. Learn about casting tools (rod, reel, line, leader, fly), parts of tJoin the TCO Fly Shop team for a crash course on fly fishing basics. This class is perfect for the beginner or the curious angler wanting to learn more about fly fishing. We will discuss what equipment you will need to start out, as well as basic fly casting techniques and tactics. Also feel free to join us at our booth through out the day where we will be tying some flies and answering all of your fly fishing questions. We will have extra tools with us if you would like to learn a little about fly tying as well.

Performance Stage

Emily Berge & Family 11:30 AM


Rosi Hibbard 12:30 PM

Influenced by folk music of the 60s and 70s and inspired by local history and culture, Rosi Hibbard has been singing and writing songs most of her life. A native Pennsylvanian, Hibbard’s original works speak to the small town simplicity of life experiences and values, and often leave the listener with something more to think about. Hibbard believes the lyrics are the most important element of her music, and says the songs are taken to a new level when accompanied by harmonies and the added baritone voice of long-time friend and singing partner, Gene Hubbard (not a misprint—different last names). The Hibbard-Hubbard duo will perform some of Hibbard’s original works as well as some traditional folk and familiar folkish-country music.

Larry Lawson 1:30 PM

Larry Lawson has lived in the Susquehanna Valley almost his entire life. As a young boy, he fished for carp and catfish. Later he canoed with friends down long, lazy stretches of the river. More recently, he has kayaked with family and canoed the Susquehanna with his wife, daughter, and grandson. As a songwriter, he looks for those moments in life that inspire joy and wonder. He is very proud to have had a song included in both volumes of Songs of the Susquehanna. His performance will include a number of original tunes, all of which celebrate the delights to be found in our relationships with family and friends, as well as in the abundant life around us.

Richard Findlay 2:30 PM

From Lewisburg, PA, Richard is a lifelong keyboard artist who has traveled and performed in many different parts of the U.S.… from Boston to Hollywood, Vermont to North Carolina. As a child, he loved his basic classical piano studies, but his interests took off in the mid 1970s when he first heard synthesizer music in a movie score. He thought: “I just have to have more of that! What is that instrument?” About 6 years he could afford his first synthesizer, and there was no looking back! Richard now works with Yamaha’s flagship keyboard, the Montage 8. He aims for a full rich sound with lots of surprises. During his live performances, Richard’s music is not recorded or over-tracked, but it is all live right out of his instruments. Typically, his music is not sequenced and is true to the classical tradition in form, but the colorations are very special and unique.

At Booth

DiscGolfPark On the half hour; 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30

Join Andy Klinger to learn about the sport of disc golf, how to follow/watch professional disc golf events, basics of how to play (rules), and different throwing forms and techniques. Andy will also talk about local and national brands, local disc golf shops, how to find local courses and clubs, local leagues, charity and competitive tournaments. There will be example equipment to interact with and try your hand at putting.

Off Site

Mountain Biking departs at 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Join Riverside Adventure Company for an off-site mountain biking adventure to Natalie Mountain. Participants are limited to 10 at each time slot and must bring their own bike. A shuttle will be provided from the state park. Meeting location is on the event map. For more details and to sign up, click here.