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Chicks in the Sticks -- 2016 class descriptions and Instructor info

Class Name Description Instructor Information
Introduction to Archery 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. Linda Armstrong is the Environmental Education Specialist at Pymatuning State Park and has been with Pennsylvania State Parks for over 20 years. Hobbies include kayaking, nature photography and gardening. She invites everyone to visit Pymatuning and great fishing and boating on our 17,000 acre reservoir.
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 Holmer 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.
(4 sessions)
Workshop will provide an introduction to bee keeping and information about honey bees. Things presented will be tools of the trade such as a bee box, protective suits and vales, hive maintanance, queens, honey production, splits and mites. Presenter is Bryan Cairns he has three bee yards with a total of 25 hives.
Bicycle Maintenance and Riding Skills
(4 sessions)
Participants will deal with basic bike maintenance like changing a tire, adjusting cables, and bike fit. You will learn and practice basic riding skills which are League of American Bicyclist drills. This will improve and enhance basic riding skills. Feel free to bring your own bicycle. Instructors are Kevin Culbertson and Brian Hoffman. Kevin is an League of American Bicyclist instructors. They have mountain biked and raced most of the woods in our area and road biked many famous climbs in France. They have built, ridden, and repaired most of what they ride.
Bird Identification Techniques
(2 sessions - morning)
If you are new to watching birds or are just thinking about getting started, then we can help. We will give pointers on how to ID birds and where to look for them. Other topics will include everything from where do I go, to how do I dress, to how should I behave. Kathie Goodblood has been watching birds as a hobby for 30 years. She not only watches birds here in Venango County but has traveled to more than a dozen countries to view their birds. She serves on the board of director of the Bartramian Audubon Society.
Build your own Alcohol Micro Stove
(4 sessions)
In this fun workshop, Mike will teach participants how to take a single aluminum beverage can, and with just a couple simple tools convert it into an efficient alcohol-burning micro stove perfectly suited for ultra light backpacking and for survival kits. This stove, while weighing just a couple ounces, is capable of cooking an entire meal. All materials and tools will be provided for each student to handcraft their own stove Mike has been an avid outdoorsman all his life and has enjoyed some great adventures that include backpacking into the Grand Canyon and into the glacial ridges of Mount Rainier. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. exploring many of our National Parks and wilderness areas. Mike currently resides in the beautiful countryside just a mile away from Oil Creek State Park.
Dutch Oven Cooking
(4 sessions)
The workshop will demonstrate Dutch Oven cooking on an open fire. Participant will make a complete meal and discuss cleaning ovens. J. Lee Baker is a retired Pastor, teacher, and former camp ranger for North East Ohio Boy Scout Camp. He also is a member of the Over the Hill Gang trail maintenance group.
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 casting instructor and fly tying demonstrator. He is active with the Gem City Outdoorsmen Fly Tiers, a board member of the PA Steelhead Association, and is a PA Certified Fishing Instructor.
Fly Tying
(2 sessions)
The Fly Tying class will cover the basic tools used in fly tying and will cover various flies used in fishing. All participants will learn to tie flies used in fishing around the Oil Creek valley. John Baker, Mike Felege, and other members of the Gem City Outdoorsmen Fly Tiers will be teaching the class; they do many tying demonstrations and clinics throughout the year.
(4 sessions)
A treasure hunt with a twist! In this class you will learn what geocaching is and how to use a GPS (provided for use in class, but bring your own if you have one). You will enter coordinates into a GPS and search for hidden treasure. Christina Lynn Moss is graduate of Clarion University and has worked in many areas of media and marketing. She is an avid photographer and loves the outdoors. Geocaching has been a hobby of hers since 2005. She is a member of Tri-Go, Oil Region Cachers, PAGA, and BACON geocaching groups. Christina has a published article on geocaching in the Franklin Spirit and has radio interviews that aired on WOYL/WFRA Franklin. She participated in the bid for the Geocoin Festival held in Pittsburgh, PA, and she assisted with the Allegheny Geotrail Project for the Venango County area.
Herb Walk
(2 sessions)
Spend time with medical herbalist Leslie Alexander and explore plants that are found growing in the park. Over the course of about a 1/4 mile amble, the workshop will focus on correct plant identification and medicinal uses of these local flora. This workshop is for anyone interested in becoming familiar with the many weeds that can be used to promote health: medical herbs that can form that foundation for any herbal medicine chest. All ages welcome. You should be able to navigate grassy turf. Bring your sketchbook and camera. 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.
Medicinal Uses of Herbs
(2 sessions)
Herbal medicinal plants are easily available in spring, summer, and fall -  but what about the colder months when we can't find the plants? One reason to rely on tinctures is that they ensure that medicinals will be available for use out of season. Join the workshop. We will talk generalities then learn about tincture making. Participants will collect herbs and make tinctures that they can 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.
Nature Linoleum Prints
(4 sessions)
Participants will learn linoleum carving techniques. They will draw and/or trace nature items and create multiple prints. Maria Krautz has taught art for 9 years at Oil City Middle School. She has an undergraduate degree from Edinboro University and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Ohio State.
Outdoor Photography
(2 sessions)
This will be a very basic course to introduce you to the world of photographing nature. To help keep it easy to understand, technical language and instruction will be kept to a minimum. We will talk about cameras and lenses in general, as well as other gear and equipment. We'll talk about composition, lighting, and subject matter. And we will touch briefly on using a computer and photo processing software for storing and editing your photos. Kirby began outdoor photography in the late 1980s using a 35mm film camera. He got his first digital camera in 2006. It wasn't until about 2012 that he started to get more serious about it. He photographs wildflowers, landscapes and wildlife as the opportunities arise. Many of his photographs can be seen on his Facebook page.
”Pack It!” Intro to Backpacking
(4 sessions)
Learn the basics for beginner backpackers: How to pack (lightly and efficiently), what to carry (and what NOT to carry), water and cooking/food options and how to use a filter, setting up a campsite, along with how to obtain lightweight gear options without spending a fortune! Quick tips on dealing with the elements and outdoor issues so that your overnight hike/campout is a total success. Tambra Sabatini is a local “Author-Artist-Athlete-Adventurer” who enjoys sharing her love for the outdoors with anyone and everyone! As an avid trail runner, backpacker/endurance hiker, kayaker, and all-around outdoor chick, Tambra likes to demonstrate that women of all ages and backgrounds can become comfortable and confident outdoors. She is a motivational speaker and author of several books including; Live NOW: Touch Today, Warriors & Wildcatters: Running the Trails in the Valley That Changed the World (history and stories from the Oil Creek Valley geared toward Trail Runners), and Average Jane’s Guide to Choosing and Enjoying Your First Kayak.
Primitive Fire Building
(2 Sessions)
Learn the basics of making a primative fire. Learn what is needed to make a successful fire and some tips and tricks for getting a fire started and keeping it going. Participants will build their own fire using the skills learned. Chris Mossbach has a degrees from Penn State in Forestry and Environmental Education. He has worked and studied natural history all over the United States. Chris lived for 3 years on the Cochiti Indian Pueblo in New Mexico. He was the US Army Corps of Engineers government representative to the Seneca Nation of Indians for 16 years. He has presented hundreds of walks and talks dealing with the natural history.
Secrets of the Indian Medicine Man
(2 sessions)
Learn how American Indians used native plants and animals to survive in what we now call Pennsylvania and the Oil Creek Valley. Chris Mossbach has a degrees from Penn State in Forestry and Environmental Education. He has worked and studied natural history all over the United States. Chris lived for 3 years on the Cochiti Indian Pueblo in New Mexico. He was the US Army Corps of Engineers government representative to the Seneca Nation of Indians for 16 years. He has presented hundreds of walks and talks dealing with the natural history of Pennsylvania and Native American uses of plants and animals for food, medicine, and survival.
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.
Terrarium Building
(2 sessions)
Come build your own terrarium. You will learn about the soil, plants that thrive in the terrarium habitat, and their maintenance requirements. You will also have time to look for that special accent item to make the terrarium your own. You can also bring a special small item with you. Sherry Cook has been a Master Gardener since 2008 through the Penn State Agricultural Extension Service. She has a BS. Ed. degree from Clarion University in the sciences and teaches at Venango Catholic High School.
Trail Running
(4 sessions)
Learn a few of the basics about trail running - gear suggestions, how to fuel your body when running longer distances, where to find local trails of varying difficulties in the Western PA areas, and how to be safe out there. Then take a short run on part of the Gerard Hiking Trail. Bring your running shoes, water bottle, and snack for after. Tiffany Hrach has been trail running since 2010 but has been hiking and exploring trails long before that. She runs Oil Creek's 50K, 50 mile, and 100 mile races, and she has run trail race distances from 5K to 100 miles. By no means a speedy runner, she enjoys time on the trail at any speed!
Tree ID
(4 sessions)
Learn how to identify trees by learning their leaves and characteristics.  Learn what to look for when trying to identify a tree and how to use a field guide. Take a short walk to use your skills on some trees in the park. Ty Ryen is a Bureau of Forestry Service Forester for Venango and Forest counties. His office is located at Oil Creek State Park.
Water "Bugs" - Macro-invertebrates
(2 sessions)
Collection dependent on creek depth.
Participants will collect aquatic-macro invertebrates from Oil Creek and use a simple key to identify them. They will also learn about the special adaptations each has in the aquatic environment. A skill useful to fishermen, fly tiers, and those interested in healthy clean water. Bring wading shoes or boots if you can. Evelyn K is a retired high school Biology teacher. She has taught Aquatic Biology for many years. She is a member of the PA Senior Environmental Corps stream water monitoring program.
Wisdom in the Wild
(2 Sessions)
Come and explore the wisdom that the wild shares when we walk in nature. Nature provides numerous signs (mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, plants, etc.) that can be used for personal reflection. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate facts and lore behind some familiar nature observations found throughout Pennsylvania. Tools and strategies to enhance nature observations will be offered as will resources for illuminating the messages presented in observations. Suggestions for creative ways to build memories from your observations will be presented. Suzann Schiemer is a recently retired educator with 36 years experience in public education. She worked with the PA Department of Education on numerous educational initiatives. She completed several courses dealing with outdoor/environmental education curriculums. She has a history of presenting at state and national conferences and conventions. She has presented at other Women in the Wild programs.
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 woodburning 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 woodburning 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.
Yoga for the Outdoors
(2 sessions)
This workshop features postures to stretch all major muscle groups to improve coordination and balance.This workshop will also help to increase the range of motion in shoulders and hips. The class offers benefits to trail runners, hikers, walkers, and kayakers. Libby Jenkins is a retired school counselor and secondary English teacher. She brings 18 years of teaching yoga to our workshop. She currently instructs large classes in Emlenton, Oil City, and Knox. She is an Experienced/Registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. She recognizes that yoga is an art and science unto itself; it lends itself to cross-training for athletes of all stripes, shapes, and speeds.
Yoga in the Park
(2 sessions)
Practice postures to enhance your mind and body in beautiful Oil Creek State Park. Peg Teeter is a graduate of Embodi Yoga Teacher Training in Pittsburgh, PA. She has taught yoga classes at Oil Creek State Park, Venango College, and Belles Letters Club of Oil City. She worked as an elementary teacher for 11 years before becoming a full time mom.