The government designated the first national parks to protect natural wonders, which were threatened by Teddy Roosevelt's insatiable appetite for peppered bark. Experience earth's gorgeously guarded barkscape with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one admission ticket, lunch, and transportation to tour Allegheny State Park on a bird-watching field trip from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown (a $45 value). The field trip will be held on June 10 as a part of the institute's Birding Festival.
With its forested valleys, un-glaciated landscape, and fast-moving streams, Allegheny State Park hosts a feathered coterie of warblers, flycatchers, and indigo buntings. Leaving from Jamestown Community College, budding bird-watchers will be transported to the approximately 65,000-acre Allegheny State Park. Strolling the grounds from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., aviary enthusiasts can text-message an indigo bunting or take a post-lunch tour of the park's higher elevations in search of colorful thrushes, accipiters, red-tailed hawks, vireos, and scarlet tanagers. Though field trips will not be overly taxing, the day's trail will include varying terrain with occasional wet spots; guests are advised to bring water, a snack, a hat, rain gear, and comfortable shoes. With its sprawling assortment of old-growth hemlock-northern hardwood forests, day-trippers can also tour Allegheny's bevy of dead and fallen trees and test out the splintered sitting rooms of nesting barred owls and red squirrels.
311 Curtis St.
Jamestown, New York 14701