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Chicks in the Sticks

Tentative 2017 Class Descriptions and Instructor info

Class Name Description Instructor Information
Introduction to Archery (2 sessions AM) 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. Presque Isle Stae Park will be providing the instruction
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.
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 AM)
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.
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.
Pottery Angela Bowersox
Nature Inspired Jewelry Making In this class, you'll get to make your own piece of jewelry to take home based on nature's beauty. All supplies and tools needed for the class will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you may want to incorporate in your own personal creation. Rebecca Beach has been creating her own jewelry for over 15 years. She is currently serving on the Friends of Oil Creek State Park board of directors.
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.
Outdoor Survival Hacks
(2 Sessions)
Learn how to use common items in new ways as survuval aids in the wood. Think of it as McGyver in the woods. 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.
Trail Trecking
(4 sessions)
Learn a few of the basics about trail treking - gear suggestions, how to fuel your body, where to find local trails of varying difficulties in the Western PA areas, and how to be safe out there. Then take a short walk/run on part of the Gerard Hiking Trail. Bring your running shoes, water bottle, and snack for after. Adam Peterson is an experienced trail runner. He is a two time 100 mile finisher of the Oil Creek 100 race. He has four years experience with trekking poles, and is Committee member/volunteer for Oil Creek 100 trail runs.
Walking Stick Making
(4 sessions)
Learn how to identify the best tree species for making a walking stick. The class will also deal with stick selection, preparation and ornamentation. 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) AM
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 taught Aquatic Biology for many years. She is a member of the PA Senior Environmental Corps stream water monitoring program.
Outdoor Weaving
(2 sessions) AM
Weaving natural designs using sticks as your loom. Maria Krautz has taught art for 10 years at Oil City Middle School. She has an undergraduate degree from Edinboro University and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Ohio State.
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 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.