May 2015 Edition
Updated May 7

Bike Russell to North Warren and Back

Thursday, May 7

Meet at the Russell Post Office on Liberty Street, Russell, PA at 5:30 p.m. Bike to North Warren and back on Big Four Road. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings after 8.


Bike at Presque Isle

Wednesday, May 13

Meet at the Presque Isle State Park, first parking lot on the right at 10:00 a.m. Ride 10 miles around the park. Bring water and snack. Lunch at area restaurant after ride (Dutch treat). Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings after 8.


Fun Day on the Clarion River

Sunday, May 17

Kayak/canoe approximately 6 miles from the PA boat launch three miles upstream from the Bridge at Cookburg to Gravel Lick Road. Meet at the boat launch at 1:30. A current registration is required to use the boat launches. Leader will cancel if temperature is below 60 degrees and raining. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772.


Bike Ride

Thursday, May 21

Meet at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center at 5:30 pm. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings after 8.


Hike at the Tionesta Dam and Campgrounds

Sunday, May 24

A 5-mile hike. Meet at the Office Building at Tionesta Lake at 2:00 p.m. From Tionesta follow Route 36 south one mile. Turn left at sign for Tionesta Lake. Cross Dam. Turn right after flag pole. Leader: Charlene James, 814-463-7394 home, 814-516-6595 cell.


Kayak/canoe from Tidioute to West Hickory Boat Launch

Monday, May 25

The trip is about 10 miles. Meet at Tidioute Boat Landing at 10:00 a.m. to shuttle cars. Bring lunch, water life jackets. A current registration is required to use the boat launches. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings after 8.


Hike Hunter Run

Sunday, May 31

Meet at the Warming Hut, Chapman Dam State Park at 2:00 p.m. Leader: Linda Ross, 814-726-3920.


AOC Group Revisits Tree Designated "Superior"

AOC charter member Don Dorn talks about the tallest black cherry tree on the Allegheny National Forest to 26 hikers Sunday, May 3 near Ludlow. Don, a founding AOC member remains passionate about the now-defunct superior tree program. He received a round of applause for his presentation. -John Young

Our hike began at the trailhead on the NCT and Route 6 near Ludlow. It was a perfect day weather wise for this 2.8 mile hike. Twenty four hikers assembled where the rebuilt bridge over two mile creek crosses the trail. Bill Massa gave a brief talk about the AOC being involved in the construction and funding of this project.

Fox Dam was our final destination and about a quarter of a mile from the end we took a side hike off trail to observe the superior tree and hear a talk by Don Dorn about this and other superior trees on the ANF. - Gene Cornelius


New Canoe/Kayak Event Sponsored by Conewango Creek Watershed Association

Saturday, June 6, 2015

It is being billed as the First Annual Conewango Creek Kayak and Canoe Poker Run but it is more than that. Stream trash pickup is included in the poker game. Then there is a trivia contest, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, an award for the highest poker hand, an award for most interesting trash collected, and to top it off a barbecue dinner. All for $20.00. Any proceeds from the event will benefit the Association. If you register before April 25 an event T-shirt is included. For further information go to the Association’s web site.

The Conewango Creek Watershed Association focuses on conserving the heritage and natural resources of the Conewango Creek Watershed Area.


Audubon Center Looking For Sponsors For the 2015 Wild 5K Race

Corinne Fredrickson, a Naturalist-in-Training with Jamestown Audubon wrote us about the Wild 5K Race (formerly the Run for Liberty) that will take place at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary on Saturday, July 25. Ms. Fredrickson is looking for sponsors for the event and noted that AOC members have done so in the past. You may read the letter here.


19th Annual Outdoor Extravaganza Announced

Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25

Not many outdoor club events are so big they have their own web site but Joyce Apple has sent us the announcement of this year's Outdoor Extravaganza and you can learn about it and register at This is big! Three days of most every non-motorized outdoor sport done in Western PA. There are workshops for learning new things, entertainment and a "pig roast." Arrangements have been made for staying at Breakneck Campground, Portersville, PA.