Friends of Yellow Creek aims to include visitors in conserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural, educational, and recreational resources of the park.

Sailing Counselor / Safety and Rescue Course to be Offered


FOYC is sponsoring two certified,  US Sailing courses  at Yellow Creek State Park, May 2-4, 2014. 

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Like sailing? Want to work or volunteer on a waterfront? This course is designed to prepare camp counselors and staff from community sailing, boat rental, and scouting programs to supervise small boat recreational sailing activities. The emphasis is on safety and hands-on practice to familiarize candidates with proper terminology and boating techniques. Participants should have some prior exposure to sailing but need not be experts. 

Over the course of three days, participants can complete Sailing Counselor, and achieve certification in US Sailing Safety and Rescue.

The minimum age for attending this course is 14 years old.This course will be taught by a certified US Sailing instructor trainer from Pittsburgh. It is co-sponsored by Friends of Yellow Creek and the IUP Sailing Club. There is a US Sailing fee associated with this course.

Contact friendsofyellowcreek@gmail.com for more information.

FOYC and IUP Sailing offer Get Outdoors Sailing 101


SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014 – SAILING 101

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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Join us to explore the sport and art of sailing on Yellow Creek Lake. This two-hour session begins with a lesson on the parts of the sailboat and introduces future sailors to the basics of wind awareness, sail trim, and points of sail. Three US Sailing Certified instructors will be on hand. After this orientation, in the second hour each student will have the chance to enjoy a short sail accompanied by a experienced sailor (weather permitting).

We will wear PFDs, but to participate, sailors must be capable of swimming 50 yards in clothing and shoes.  Your instructors will conduct the class with yoru safety in mind; like all outdoor activities, sailing entails certain risks.  We'll try to stay dry and capsizes are rare, but waterproof shoes and a change of clothes are recommended.  

Pre-registration required. Participation is free but is limited to 12 students over the age of 10 years. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913.

FOYC and the IUP Sailing Club are collaborating to offer this program.

Septemberfest 2014 - Save the Date!


Septemberfest 2014 will be held on Saturday, 9/27.This will be the fifth annual festival.  Expect the usual mix of food, great music, games, mountain bike race, boating activities and more.This year we have a new partner, American Adventure Sports, who will be hosting an Adventure race in conjunction with this event.  For more information, email: FriendsofYellowcreek AT gmail DOT com 

Adventure Films Screened to Benefit Yellow Creek State Park

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For Immediate Release Date:December 1, 2013Adventure Films Screened to Benefit Yellow Creek State ParkIndiana, Pa. -- Adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts find extreme challenges in the fields, hills, forests, and waterways of Pennsylvania. Residents are invited to enjoy the sights and challenges of the outdoors through the lenses of independent film makers at the first Appalachian Film Festival. The festival will be held at the Indiana Theater at 7PM on December 5th and 6th. Admission is $6 at the door ($5 in advance through the theater or Indiana bike shops). All proceeds benefit the non-profit Friends of Yellow Creek State Park.The festival presents the work of independent film makers from across the country through short films and excerpts. Viewers will experience the drama of adventure racing, free BASE jumping, ice climbing, rock climbing, white water rafting. As a special treat, viewers will get a preview of a film featuring local racers Julia Pollock and Toby Angrove. Both athletes will be present to talk about the films and answer questions. The full-length "Expedition Adventure" will premiere on NBC Universal Sports in December. This film was produced by Indiana-resident Douglas Crytzer.In addition to co-sponsoring the Appalachian Film Festival, Mr. Crytzer is Founder and President of Gnarly Crew Media; his company, American Adventure Sports produces the North American Adventure Racing Series. Friends of Yellow Creek State Park, and the IUP Sailing Club are the presenting sponsorsYellow Creek State Park is regularly the site of Xterra off-road triathalons. Thanks to Friends of Yellow Creek, residents also enjoy some of the best single-track mountain biking in the region; FOYC volunteers have helped construct and maintain over 12 miles of intermediate and advanced biking/hiking trails with a few rock gardens, boulders, log piles. Moderate climbing on sectons of certain trails. The Friends have also stepped up opportunities for residents to Get Outdoors and learn to sail in cooperation with the IUP Sailing Club.

Septemberfest - Biking Too!

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We are happy to announce that FOYC has been able to borrow mountain bikes for Septemberfest.  Bring your own or borrow one of ours and explore some of the best single-track biking trails in the region! 

Septemberfest 2013

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Attention Camp Counselors, Young Adult Leaders


 US Sailing Course Offered at Yellow Creek State ParkJune 8-9, 2013 Like sailing? Want to work or volunteer on a waterfront? This course is designed to prepare camp counselors and staff from community sailing and scouting programs to supervise small boat recreational sailing activities. The emphasis is on safety and hands-on practice to familiarize candidates with proper terminology and boating techniques. Participants should have some prior exposure to sailing but need not be experts. The minimum age for attending this course is 14 years old.This course will be taught by a certified US Sailing instructor trainer from Pittsburgh. It is co-sponsored by Friends of Yellow Creek and the IUP Sailing Club. There is a US Sailing fee associated with this course.Contact friendsofyellowcreek@gmail.com for more information.

Earth Day Spring Cleanup

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 Sunday, April 21, 2013 – EARTH DAY SPRING CLEAN-UP1:00pm – 4:00pm – Meet at the North Shore PavilionCome join us to celebrate Earth Day this year at Yellow Creek State Park.  We need your help to upgrade the trails, construct a playground, plant trees, upkeep of Native Species and Herb Gardens and help stone the walkways in our Camping Cottage & Yurt area.  Bring sturdy shoes, work clothes, work gloves and bring a friend. We have projects for all ability levels and the work party will be on, rain or shine.  If you have a large group of volunteers (Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts etc.), please contact Mike Shaffer at (724) 357-7913 to discuss appropriate projects for your group's numbers and abilities that day.  This event is sponsored by Friends of Yellow Creek and Yellow Creek State Park.  Food and refreshments will be on hand thanks to the generosity of Friends of Yellow Creek.  Pre-registration is required, so we know how much food to get and provide enough work projects for everyone.  To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913

Yellow Creek Monthly - Begins This Month!


Yellow Creek Monthly, sponsored by Ride YC, begins this Saturday, March 30, 2013.  

Septemberfest 2013 - Date Set

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Mark you calendars -- the fourth annual Septemberfest will take place on Saturday, September 28th.  

Check back for information on news about our plans. Contact us at friendsofyellowcreek@gmail.com if you'd like to help. 

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