Great Lakes Shipwreck Exhibition

Feb 15 - Apr 13 10am - 6pm

2nd floor, Tom Ridge Environmental Center
301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

Free/No Registration Required

Pennsylvania Sea Grant and partners proudly unveil The Great Lakes Shipwreck Exhibition, a public exhibit opening November 18 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC). Hosted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), this exhibit is free and open to the public from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, through April 13, 2018.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck exhibition features stories from throughout the Great Lakes, with a focus on Lake Erie’s treacherous and unpredictable waters. Marine archaeologists and historical researchers have identified as many as 132 sunken ships off the shores of Pennsylvania’s 76-mile Lake Erie coastline, with estimates suggesting the number could equal that of a naval fleet. All told, as many as 25,000 sunken ships may lie at the bottom of the five Great Lakes – each with a story to tell.

The initial shipwreck exhibit was first unveiled at TREC in January 2017. This year, the exhibit will be open for six months and feature new displays including artifacts from the US Brig Lawerance, the Wolverene, Graveyard pond, and a simulated debris field of the 1840 ship, the St Louis. Specialized diving equipment, survey tools, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), ship models, and a gallery of underwater videography by the survey team’s underwater videographer, drawings by a gifted technical artist, and a diorama of Fort Presque Isle will all be on display.

Visitors can learn about the underwater process of researching, conserving and surveying these submerged cultural resources, by the volunteers of the Pennsylvania Archaeological and Shipwreck Survey Team (PASST), and see the underwater realm via underwater videos of dive operations and living history interviews. Visitors can also get a first-hand look at the “Cutter” and a nine-pound carronade from the US Brig Niagara, on-loan from the Erie Maritime Museum.

In addition to the self-guided tours, the public is invited to sign-up for guided small-group tours, interactive sessions, a lecture series, living history interviews, and an “artifact show & tell” session, which are all being scheduled through April 2018. Marine archeology classes for students and teachers will also be offered.

For more information, or to schedule a living history interview, contact David Boughton at dbb11@psu.edu or (814) 720-0746. For class trips and other educational opportunities, contact Beth McLaughlin at beth@regsciconsort.com or (814) 833-6050.

A special thanks goes out to the following for this collaborative effort: PA DEP’s Coastal Resources Management Program, Penn State University, the volunteer maritime divers and researchers of the PASST team, PA Sea Grant, the Regional Science Consortium, The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Erie Maritime Museum, the Erie County Historical Society, Divers World, S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie, the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, Dr. Ben Ford of IUP, Erie Community Foundation, Erie Yacht Club, Erie Insurance and Mercyhurst University.

Programming is subject to modification or cancellation at the discretion of park staff. If you need an accommodation to participate in Park activities due to a disability, please contact Presque Isle State Park at 814-833-7424 to make arrangements for your visit. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. Please call the Erie ASL Interpreters’ Office at (814) 806-2511 for more information about this service.


Natural Impressions 7th Annual Mixed Media Student Art Competition - Plastics Lost and Found

Feb 15 - Mar 29

Tom Ridge Environmental Center
301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

Open to all students currently enrolled in a public, private, or home school, in 1st grade through college. Categories include 8 x 10 photography, mixed media, oil/acrylic/pastel, pencil/pen, watercolor, and sculpture. Register online by March 18, 2018.

Awards include a first, second, and third place winner in each category, a Judge's Pick, and Chairman's Award.

Drop off artwork from April 7, 2018 to April 15, 2018 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Framed, matted, and wall mounted artwork must be ready to hang with appropriate hangers.

On the day of the judging, the award recipients will be notified to attend an award presentation on April, 27, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

Artwork will be displayed from April 28 to May 28 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Artwork that best represents the theme may also be included in a plastics exhibit following the art gallery.

To sign up, click the green "Register" button. After signing up online, an entry form will be emailed to the email address provided.

Call Brian Gula at 814-833-7424 with any questions.


Cabin Fever

Feb 17 10am - 2pm

Rotary Pavillion

Free/No Registration Required

Get out of the house and join us for some fun and educational happenings. Cure your cabin fever with ice fishing, snow activities, Dutch oven hot cocoa and crafts at the Rotary Pavilion.

No fee and no registration required.

Programming is subject to modification or cancellation at the discretion of park staff. If you need an accommodation to participate in Park activities due to a disability, please contact Presque Isle State Park at 814-833-7424 to make arrangements for your visit. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. Please call the Erie ASL Interpreters’ Office at (814) 806-2511 for more information about this service.


Film and Fun - The Gruffalo's Child

Feb 17 - Feb 25 11am and 2pm

Big Green Screen

$3 per person/No Registration Required

The Gruffalo's Child tells the tale of a Gruffalo child, who takes a walk throught the woods, in search of the big, bad mouse, encountering many animals along the way.

All ages are invited to the Tom Ridge Enviromental Center on Saturdays and Sundays, in February, to watch this 30-minute animated film on the Big Green Screen.

Movie times are 11am and 2pm.

Afterwards, enjoy a Gruffalo's Child related activity, led by DCNR Environmental Educators.

Movie tickets are $3 per person, payable at the door. No registration required.

For more information, go to biggreenscreen.com

Programs are subject to modification or cancellation, at the discretion of park staff. If you need an accommodation, to participate in Park activities, due to a disability, please contact Presque Isle State Park at (814) 833-7424 to make arrangements for your visit. With at least three days' notice, interpreters, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, are available for educational programs. Please call the Erie ASL Interpreters' Office at (814) 806-2511, for more information, about this service.


Presque Isle State Park After Dark

Feb 21 6 - 8 pm

Lighthouse Parking Lot

Free/No Registration Required

Join DCNR educators, at Presque Isle State Park, for an evening hike exploring the park in the dark. We will look and listen for wildlife, as we walk. We will hike the Sidewalk Trail.

Meet at the Lighthouse parking lot. Please dress aprropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

No fee and registration is not required.

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