DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

August 20 - September 18, 2019

Tuesday, August 20

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

GUIDED HIKE: HIDDEN WATERFALLS OF KETCHUM RUN

Hike along a native trout stream to discover two picturesque, unnamed waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest. The 2+ mile trail is mostly flat and includes...

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Archery for Beginners

Learn how to use a recurve bow, a long bow and a compound bow in this beginner's class. Program is for ages 8 and up. Registration is required for this...

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

Mysteries of the Great Lakes

Travel to the 'inland seas' where some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth is also the world's largest concentration of freshwater. The Great Lakes are...

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Pontoon Boat Eco-Tours

Registration officially opens Monday, April 1 at 8:30am Our free pontoon boat tours are back for another season! They will be held most Monday and...

York County Bass Anglers

Tuesday Evening Bass Tournament - for additional information, please contact Jeff Flickinger at jeff@flickinger-cpa.com

Something's Fishy at White Clay Creek

Find that new "angle" of life with the White Clay Fly Fishers at their Monthly Meetings held on the third Tuesday evening of each month at the White Clay...

Wednesday, August 21

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Volunteer Work Day

Join us for some gardening in an effort to get the butterfly gardens and landscaping under control. We'll work as long as needed, but not more than 3 hours....

Weekly Weeders!

We are looking for volunteers to pull weeds in our native plant garden on Wednesday mornings while learning about native plants from one of our educators. We...

Homeschool Day - Ages 5-12 - Song Birds

Learn about our feathered friends through hands-on activities and discussion. This program is designed for homeschool children ages 5-12. Pre-registration...

Construction of Perry's Fleet and Life of a Sailor

Join the Park Naturalist at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Room 112 to learn how vital Presque Isle was to the War of 1812 and how the fleet was...

Home School Day:  Hardworking Pollinators

Come join us for our August Home School Day. We wil be learning about different pollinators and their importance. This program is designed for homeschool...

Invasive Insects

Learn how to identify invasive insects and how you can stop them from taking over! Park and meet at the Amphitheater. Contact Rhiannon Summers at...

Nature Arts and Crafts

Join our talented volunteers as they help you to create functional works of art from recycled products. Donations appreciated.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

KIDS’ DISCOVER-E PROGRAM: “Fossils”

Children ages 8 – 12 will learn about fossils through hands-on activities. Each participant will take home a real fossil!

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

Homeschool Day - Ages 13-17 - Songs Birds

Through inquiry based activities and experiments, participants will get a hands-on look at the forest around them. This program is designed for homeschool...

Explore Archery

If you’ve ever thought about shooting a bow and never had the chance, then this program is for you. Stop by, get some basic instruction, and then actually...

Home School Day:  Hardworking Pollinators

Come join us for our August Home School Day. We wil be learning about different pollinators and their importance. This program is designed for homeschool...

Mysteries of the Great Lakes

Travel to the 'inland seas' where some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth is also the world's largest concentration of freshwater. The Great Lakes are...

Who Lives There?

We are surrounded by animal homes! Take an easy one mile hike in search animal homes. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Kayaking

Enjoy a 1 ½ hour guided kayak program. The trip is a leisurely paddle through the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife on the water’s edges....

The Secret Life of the Veery

Registration required. In this informal talk, Dr. Chris Goguen of Penn State Hazleton will discuss his research on the veery, a migratory songbird, that he...

3MJC Meeting: Backyard Birding

What was that bird in my backyard? A chickadee, a bluejay, a wren? Join Dave Kwasnick, the new owner of the Birdwatcher's Store in Slippery Rock, as he...

Thursday, August 22

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Photography Walk

Meet us at the parking lot of Pavilion 1 & 2 for a walk along the creek trail to do some wildlife photography. All ages and experiences are welcome, but this...

Bird Walk with Doug Gross

Doug Gross, retired PA Game Commission biologist and eBird coordinator, will guide us on a bird walk in the woods and shrub lands of Ricketts Glen State...

Ole Bull's Colony

Come and learn about an attempt made by Ole Bull to establish a colony in the area. His personal background and hardships will be discussed among other...

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Hide-n-Seekers DiscoverE Program - "Rainbows of Color"

Young children ages 4 - 7 will explore the natural world through stories, games, and hands-on activities.

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Wolf Creek Falls hike

Wolf Creek Falls Hike Join the park naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Thursday, August 22, at 10:30 amfor a spectacular hike to Wolf Creek Falls in...

Friends of Beltzville - Walking Group

These free weekly walks will be 1 hour. Please wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes and bring water. An opportunity to enjoy nature in the company of...

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

Mysteries of the Great Lakes

Travel to the 'inland seas' where some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth is also the world's largest concentration of freshwater. The Great Lakes are...

Settlers of the Kettle Creek Valley

Come and learn about some of the local people and legends of the Kettle Creek Valley, like Simeon Pfoutz and Dorcie Calhoun. At the end, there will be an...

Guided Hike: Alpine View

Enjoy a short hike to a beautiful vista on the Loyalsock Trail. The trail is mostly flat, but has some rocky spots. 1 mle.

Camping Greener

Learn camping skills that reduce impacts on the environment. Park and meet at the Amphitheater. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or...

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

Thrush Thursday Wildlife Walk

Come on out on a nature walk in the park and discover what flora and fauna are in the area while getting some good exercise and fresh air!

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Volunteer Open House

Are you interested in volunteering at Keystone State Park? Are you currently signed up to volunteer but want to meet staff and other volunteers? Stop by the...

Venomous Snakes of PA

Thursday, August 22, 2019 – Venomous Snakes of PA 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Pavilion #7 McDanel’s Launch Area (North Shore) - Moraine Join the park naturalist...

Volleyball Tournament

There will be a volleyball tournamenet at the Beach 6 courts from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

Friday, August 23

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

DiscoverE: Birding 101

Have you ever wondered what birds live in your backyard? In this hands on class children 8 to 12 and their acompanying adult will learn all about birds and...

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

Compasses, Maps, and You!

Learn how to use compasses and maps. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more...

Mysteries of the Great Lakes

Travel to the 'inland seas' where some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth is also the world's largest concentration of freshwater. The Great Lakes are...

Compass Course

Put your compass skills to the test by navigating our compass course. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. Contact Rhiannon Summers at...

Learning at the Beach: Skulls

Stop by the table at the beach and see what the park naturalist has today. Today’s topic will be animal skulls.

Turtle Odyssey

Sea Turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 millions years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass...

Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses- in our own backyards. Spanning...

DiscoverE - Outdoor Explorers

The Outdoor Explorers and Hide-N-Seekers programs at the park will follow a different format this year. Each of the two programs will have a number of...

Frogs of Pennsylvania

Come out and learn more about some of the frogs that call Ole Bull State Park home. Topics will also include their diet, adaptations, and life cycles. All...

Salamander Safari

FRIDAY, August 23, 2019 – Salamander Safari 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM – Meet outside the Davis Hollow Marina Office (North Shore) - Moraine Join the Park...

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes...

Kayaking Holman Lake

Join us for an evening kayak on Holman Lake. You must register as space is limited. Call the park office to register. Meet at the small kayak shed next to...

Crikey! What a Cutie: Native Snakes of Pennsylvania and Human Stressors

Learn about our native snakes here in PA: including different species, life history, and how they contribute to our ecosystems and even our own personal...

Elusive Gliders

Elusive Gliders Make an origami Flying Squirrel as you learn more about this Elusive species. Search for words that teach you more about the species and...

NEW!  Pop-Up Trail Work Party

Have you wanted to volunteer at Forbes State Forest but you aren’t available on our typical trail work days? We’ve got you covered with our new volunteer...

Dino Egg Hunt

Learn about dinosaur eggs and then go on a quest to find colorful eggs!

Sunset Float

Bring your canoe, kayak, or paddle board to enjoy a leisurely float on Keystone Lake. We'll make our way to the bridge to enjoy the sunset and then float to...

Tree Scavenger Hunt

Join us to learn our local trees through a fun and knowledgeable scavenger hunt. We will also be making a tree leaf booklet containing some of the common...

Wildlife Diseases

Come join us as we take a look at some current wildlife diseases of concern in Pennsylvania. See if you can figure out how it ties in with tonight’s movie. ...

Beaver Bingo

Come on out to the campground amphitheater to learn about the role Sizerville played in the conservation of beavers in Pennsylvania. Afterwards, we’ll have a...

2019 Bat Count

Take part in the third portion of our annual bat count. After a short talk, we will get a count of our resident bats as they emerge from their maternal...

Frog Hunt

Join us for one of our most fun and popular programs. We’ll meet at the amphitheater to discuss our plan of attack. Then we’ll head to the infamous frog...

Frontier House: Promised Land

Three modern families are sent to Montana with the tools of 1883. Can they grow enough food to survive? Is going back in time a paradise or torture?

Interesting Insects

Did you know all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs? Come find out why during this illustrated talk about the most prolific animal on earth.

Movie Night: Dinosaur

Experience the process of discovery – the excitement of digging, reconstruction, and the realization of how dinosaurs lived and died through this...

NIght Hike

What happens in the woods at night? Let’s find out on this interactive hike where we will learn how our critters survive in the dark

Ole Bull's Secret Railroad

Guest speaker Dave Castano, Potter County Historical Society President and Potter County Historian, will be going back in time and talking about the history...

Super Hummingbirds

Speed is their middle name. They possess super powers allowing them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. They are the smallest, most...

Boots & Hoots

Get your boots on & come listen for the hoots of the night. You will learn “whoo” the owls of PA are, some special adaptations of owls, & the ecological...

Meet the Weasel Family

Not all members of the weasel family are called weasels. Find out about the other family members, how to identify them, and their aggressive nature. Many...

Star Party

Bike Rental Parking Lot, North Shore, Moraine State Park The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will once again bring this popular family program...

Night Sky Tour

Experience the splendor of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. Listen...

Saturday, August 24

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Saturday Morning Birdwatching

Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pairfrom the park, and hike around the park identifying a variety of bird species. Dress for the weather and meet at...

Birding Excursion with Mark Johnson

Join local birding expert Mark Johnson as he takes our group on another birding adventure. Meet at the Elk Country Visitor Center at 8:30am, from there...

75th Anniversary Program: Geology of the Falls

Simeon Suter, Geologist for the Pennsylvania Geological Survey will give a presentation on the “Geology of Waterfalls” at the Visitor Center. Then we will go...

Archery 101

FILLED. Wait List Only. Are you interested in learning a new skill? Now is your chance! All necessary equipment will be provided. Join Nolde staff and...

Hike for Health

Set out for a morning hike to stay healthy. We’ll search for signs of local wildlife as we weave & wind around the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau during...

Rulers of the Sky: Eagles  & Ospreys

It's not unusual to find a bald eagle or osprey flying over Yellow Creek Lake looking for fish. It wasn't very long ago that we almost lost these amazing...

Wilderness Survival: Primitive Fire Building & Meal Preparation

Dust off your ferrule rods and meet us at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom to learn various fire starting techniques. We will then prepare...

Yoga on the Beach

Come join Bloom Yoga & Wellness for a gentle all abilities class at the swimming area. New to yoga? Great! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Got kids?...

Family Geocaching

Come discover a new favorite family activity—geocaching! Join guest instructors Lynn & Rosemary Haselhoff as they show you how to use a handheld GPS unit to...

Insect Safari

Insects are among the most numerous and widespread life on earth. See how many you can find on our insect safari. Bug viewers and catchers will be supplied.

Monarchs

During this program we will explore our most well-known butterfly. We will learn about it’s amazing migratory lifestyle and all of the hardships it endures...

Paddling the Canal (AM/PM Sessions)

***Registration for this event is required through the FODC website or phone. Space is limited. *** 215-862-2021 or www.fodc.org A $10 donation is...

Sugarloaf Stroll

Take a walk along the beautiful Sugarloaf Trail. This hour long walk climbs to a view over Turkey Valley then drops above the dam and winds along the lake. ...

Archery 101

FILLED. Wait List Only. Are you interested in learning a new skill? Now is your chance! All necessary equipment will be provided. Join Nolde staff and...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Archery 101

Learn the basics of archery during this beginner-friendly program. Participants must be 8+ years of age or older. Equipment is available to borrow....

Survival Series: Beginner Backpacking

Proper preparation before heading into the woods can make a huge difference in how enjoyable your trip is! Whether you've never gone backpacking before or...

Bike Trails of Pine Grove

Bike Trails of Pine Grove Take a 3-mile round trip ride with the park naturalist through the park on Old Railroad bed road. Trail is flat with a slight...

Hike Rhododendron Trail

Take a walk on the beautiful Rhododendron trail along the river. Make sure to bring water and wear trail shoes. Balanced Rock trail head

Insect Safari

Discover the tiny critters that live all around us! We’ll explore the fields and look for examples of the huge diversity of insects that call this park home....

Paddling the Canal (AM/PM Sessions)

***Registration for this event is required through the FODC website or phone. Space is limited. *** 215-862-2021 or www.fodc.org A $10 donation is...

Women Only Archery for Beginners and Novices

***no experienced archers Ladies age 12 and up are invited to learn some archery basics, and then try shooting at a target. If you've attended a beginners...

Hawks, Eagles, Owls, Oh my!

Do you love birds of prey? Check out this great talk on PA's fascinating raptors. We will check out our native hawks, falcons, ospreys, and eagles. You will...

Boulder Field Basics

Meet the Naturalist for a brief talk on the history and significance of this geologic wonder. Please allow 20 minutes to drive to Boulder Field from Route...

Skull Stand

Stop by the Beach House and see if you can correctly identify the different animal skulls. Fun for all ages! Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or...

Summer Blooms Walk

Join our park naturalist for a leisurely 1 mile walk around the park. Our naturalist will identify some of the native plants in the park, as well as their...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

This building witnessed the Underground Railroad, the Army of Northern Virginia marching to Gettysburg, and the roaring 1920s. Come learn about charcoal,...

History Hike

Take a short walk back into history to learn the connection between geology, industry, railroad and daily life. We’ll start at the education center to get a...

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Taught by volunteers from God's Country Trout Unlimited. Tackle provided. No licenses necessary. Pre-registration required by Thursday, Aug. 22. Group size...

Nature Craft- Bird Feeders

Join us at the Environmental Education Building as we learn more about the high flying critters in our area. We’ll learn bird songs and play an interactive...

Nature Table at the Pool

.The park naturalist will have a table set up outside the pool area with interesting natural items on display. Stop in to see skulls, plants, birds, mammals,...

Science in the Park:  Snakes

We share the park with a variety of snakes. Come separate fact from fiction about our park's slithery residents! Picnic area by pavilion #5

Wild Tea and Thee

Teatime at Worlds End means iced teas made from wild plants and trees. Join the naturalist in the garden for a sip!

CCC Camp S-122 (Two Mile Run)

This program will involve examining structures at Kettle Creek State Park that the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed. Some of the topics will include...

Free Yoga Series

Join certified yoga instructor Michele Miklos and park staff for this year’s free yoga series at Moraine State Park. Learn the basics of yoga, soak in some...

Log Cabins of Chestnut

In the 1920s cabins were built to escape urban ills. Wear sturdy shoes for this three mile hike.

Honeybees

Local naturalist, Bobby Reed, will present a honeybee program at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 5 pm. Bobby uses a...

Honeybees

Local naturalist, Bobby Reed, will present a honeybee program at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 5 pm. Bobby uses a...

Nocturnal Animals

You hear them out and about as you sit around the campfire. Join our park naturalist as we discuss the critters that go bump in the night! Campground...

International Bat Night

Join the Friends of Nockamixon State Park to learn about bats and their habitat and appreciate this delicate species. The evening will include children's...

Just for Kids: Forest Animals

Come and learn about some of the animals that live in the forests at Hickory Run! A short story and craft will feature a variety of woodland creatures.

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Pontoon

Enjoy a 1 ½ hour guided pontoon boat cruise. Leisurely explore the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife along the water’s edges. Turtles,...

Backyard Birds

We will be looking at some of the interesting birds that visit our backyards and forests. Learn some of the ways that you can help the birds that you love...

Bats

Join us for one of our most popular programs. Learn about these misunderstood creatures of the night. Enjoy a “batlike” activity and then watch a video on...

Campfire Sing Along

Kim Allen is back with her guitar and a lot of old-timey songs! Don't worry if you don't know the words, we have song sheets. Add some s'mores and you have...

Music in the Woods

Local songwriter/musician Don Shappelle will entertain us with songs of the sea, the Earth, the railroad and more! Plan to tap your toes and sing along.

Pennsylvania Black Bears

At this time of year, black bears are actively feeding, ingesting up to 20,000 calories a day to fatten up for the coming winter. Join our local State Game...

Austin Dam Disaster

Brief campground talk followed by 1-hour movie, "The Austin Disaster, 1911" narrated by Willie Nelson.

Carrie Furnaces: The Next Generation

Greenwood Furnace represents the iron furnace technology of the mid to late-19th century. By the 1870s, newer design furnaces that were much larger soon...

FULL Star Party

This program is FULL with a significant wait list. Please click the "star gazing" filter under Outdoor Activities below to discover what other parks in the...

Film in the Forest: Beavers

Beavers have literally changed the landscape of Earth as we know it! Join us at the campground amphitheater to explore the world of busy beavers and learn...

Mammals of Raccoon Creek State Park

Come and discover the interesting mammals that live in Raccoon Creek State Park. During this interactive educational program, you learning about these...

Owl Prowl

Saturday, August 24, 2019 – OWL PROWL 7:30PM – 9:30PM – Meet beside Bear Run Launch (South Shore) - Moraine Join the park naturalist to learn about the...

Park Welcome & Walking Tour

Coming to a Night Sky Program, but arriving early? Join park staff on a short, guided walk of park facilities, learning about their past, present and...

An Original DUCKumentary

Ducks are true originals. They waddle, glide, dive, and dabble. Their feathers shimmer with dazzling hues, brilliant iridescence, and come in every color...

Astronomy for Beginners

Join us to observe and learn about our night sky! Discover constellations, planets, stars and perhaps a few man-made structures in our study of the skies. A...

Frogs of Pennsylvania

Come out and learn more about some of the frogs that call Kettle Creek State Park home. Topics will also include their diet, adaptations, and life cycles. ...

Frontier House: Wedding

Three modern families are sent to Montana with the tools of 1883. While they adapt to their life, one of the couples gets married, and builds a log cabin...

Movie Night " Missing Link"

NEW MOVIE NIGHT: Grab the blankets, snacks and especially the family; come to Keystone State Park for the Saturday night walk in movie. The park will be...

Bats!

Join us in the East Area to look for bats! We will start with a brief presentation on bat biology and conservation, then as it gets dark we will take our bat...

Bats!

Join us in the East Area to look for bats! We will start with a brief presentation on bat biology and conservation, then as it gets dark we will take our bat...

Eastern Elk

Learn about the recovery of the most Eastern Elk herd in the United States. We will examine the life history and challenges of managing our largest...

Night Sky Tour

Experience the splendor of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. Listen...

Star Party

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for a spectacular view of the night sky! Please Meet at the Scenic View Overlook.

Star Party

Join the Lackawanna Astonomy Society for a fun evening of star gazing!

Sunday, August 25

Farmer's Market

Come join us at Keystone State Park Farmer’s Market. Every Sunday, weather permitting from May 19, 2019 until September 29, 2019in the Beach parking lot. ...

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Non-Denominational Church Service

Non-Denominational Church Service start 8:00 am at the Keystone State Park Amphitheatre. In case of rain service are held at the James Kell visitor Center.

Kayak Glendale Lake - Killbuck Cove

Explore Killbuck Cove from the seat of a kayak! Basic paddling skills will be reviewed before setting out. We will go around the cove, discussing the park...

Native Plant Garden Volunteer Day

Join the Nolde Forest Friends Group to help beautify the gardens around the mansion. Help is needed to weed out invasives and plant native plants. Not sure...

Shannon Run Paddle

Sunday, August 25, 2019 – Shannon Run Paddle 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Meet at Mount Zion Church – Moraine Join Moraine Park staff and explore the Shannon...

Animal Charades

Come on over to the campground playground for a playful game of charades, animal edition. Bring lots of energy, creativity, & a positive attitude for a fun...

Lake Clean Up by Kayak

Join us as we kayak the lake edges and remove any debris and litter we find. You’ll get wet and dirty and feel great doing a service for the environment!...

Animal Traces

Come be a detective and discover all the amazing traces that our Pennsylvania animals leave behind. You will be surprised how many clues that you never knew...

Chapel Service Non-Denominational

Join Pastor Dave, every Sunday, for a morning of fellowship surrounded by nature. In case of rain, the service will be held at Pavilion #4.

Children's Story, Hike, & Craft

Get the kids outdoors for a morning of fun! This program features a wildlife story, a short nature walk, & related craft to follow. Please note there are two...

Delaware River Paddle: Riegelsville, NJ to Giving Pond

***Pre-registration required: Please click the green registration button to sign up for this program.*** ***Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area,...

Dog Days of Summer

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a special hands on National Dog Day exhibit along the Multi-Use Trail to learn about the wild cousins of our best friends....

Friends of Kings Gap Yoga on the Terrace

Join Maggie Stonecash of Simply Well for Yoga on the Mansion Terrace. Class is appropriate for all levels, beginner to experienced. Modifications are offered...

Meadow Run Hike

The Meadow Run Trail has many geological features that create the back drop for its beauty. From large rock formations to water falls to majestic hemlocks,...

Non-Denominational Church Service

Non-Denominational Church service will be held every Sunday in the campground amphitheater (between areas E and F) from Memorial day to Labor Day. The...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Pontoon Boat Tour

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Stream Study

Come out and help us catch some macroinvertebrates in the stream and learn what they can tell us about water quality. We will identify the creatures that we...

Swatara Wildflower Walk

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park for a wildflower walk at Swatara State Park on Sunday, August 25, 2019. The trail is 8 miles in...

Boulder Field Basics

Meet the Naturalist for a brief talk on the history and significance of this geologic wonder. Please allow 20 minutes to drive to Boulder Field from Route 534.

Children's Story, Hike, & Craft

Get the kids outdoors for a morning of fun! This program features a wildlife story, a short nature walk, & related craft to follow. Please note there are two...

Pontoon Boat Rides

Enjoy a ride on the pontoon boat. PFD’s will be provided. This is a first come, first serve program due to limited seats. Age limit-- 4 years and older. Meet...

Archery

Curious about archery, join KECA staff as we utilize National Archery in the Schools Program(NASP) Equipment, donated to us by the Pennsylvania Game...

Blacksmith Demonstration

Come see an actual blacksmith exhibiting a skill in which there is no app. The metal will get red-hot, and then sizzle when it touches the water bucket....

Pontoon Boat Tour

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Blue Ball Tavern Tours

Come and visit the Historic Blue Ball Tavern. Originally built in the late 1700's, the Blue Ball served as an important stopping post for soldiers during the...

Hellbenders

Recently, the Hellbender has been named the “State Amphibian.” A few have been spotted in the Yough River so we have partnered with the PA Conservancy to do...

Lakeside Nature Table

Take a break from swimming and picnicking to see what exciting nature topic the naturalist has to share.

London Tract Meeting House Visitor Hours

The London Tract Meeting House will be open to the public and staffed by Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve. Come enjoy this historic structure while...

Pennsylvania folk musician Van Wagner

Join Pennsylvania storyteller and singer, Van Wagner, for a performance at the Furnace Stack Pavilion on Sunday, August 25, at 1:00pm. Van Wagoner’s music...

Sandcastle Contest

Impress our volunteers with your sand sculptures while learning about where sand comes from. Win a lolly!

Self Guided Tours: Mansion Open

Join us on the top of the mountain to visit the Cameron-Masland Mansion, an historic stone villa built in 1908 as a summer home. The first floor will be...

Shoaff's Mill Tour

Shoaff's Mill is a 19th century operational grist mill that is open for tours every Saturday & Sunday from May through the Apple Festival in October, *staff...

Backyard Conservation

Would you like to help make a difference for wildlife in your backyard or just simply live a greener lifestyle? This program will highlight ideas to improve...

Nature Table

Take a short break from swimming and catch up with the park naturalist. Each week will feature different topics to help you learn more and more about the...

Nature’s Wetland Engineers: Beavers!

A cousin of mice, rats and squirrels, the beaver is amazingly well-adapted to life in the water, and remarkably capable of modifying its environment to...

Sunday Afternoon Paddle

Finish the weekend with a relaxing paddle on Shawnee Lake! Learn about the park and the wildlife we see while learning to kayak. All equipment is provided....

Science in the Park:  Animal Homes

Take a walk to find a variety of animal homes. Whether it’s a burrow, a nest or a pile of rocks, animals use shelter to survive. We’ll identify multiple...

Ironmasters Mansion Tour MOST SUNDAYS CALL TO CONFIRM

Ironmaster’s Mansion interior tours are conducted most Sundays at 3 PM. Tours last approximately one hour. Topics include the brick building’s history,...

Pontoon Tour of Glendale Lake

Discover the park aboard the Lady Glendale! Enjoy a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will...

Tea and Talk

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk is whatever interests you about the environment. The Sunday...

Conservation Video: Mira Lloyd Dock

Mira Lloyd Dock was the first woman appointed to a Pennsylvania state government position. She spent 13 years traveling around the state inspecting lands and...

Monday, August 26

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Get Moving Monday

Hike the trails with a Nolde educator! Each hike will explore different trails and focus on a different topic or theme. Medium difficulty – approx. 2 miles....

Pontoon Boat Eco-Tours

Registration officially opens Monday, April 1 at 8:30am Our free pontoon boat tours are back for another season! They will be held most Monday and...

Tuesday, August 27

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Advanced Watershed Educator Workshop: Become a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Ambassador

Dauphin County Agricultural & Natural Resources Center This workshop is for non-formal educators to become Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience...

Silver Sciences: Mining Legacy and Passive Treatment

Take a walk back in history with the third installment in this new series. Answer the question "How was coal formed?" Learn about the history of the...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Mammals of PA

We have a lot of charismatic fauna here at Promised Land State Park! Join us for a lecture on our furry friends.

Pontoon Boat Eco-Tours

Registration officially opens Monday, April 1 at 8:30am Our free pontoon boat tours are back for another season! They will be held most Monday and...

York County Bass Anglers

Tuesday Evening Bass Tournament - for additional information, please contact Jeff Flickinger at jeff@flickinger-cpa.com

Wednesday, August 28

Hike for Hounds

You may bring your own dog or choose to walk with a dog residing at the Humane Society of Somerset County. Please meet at the Kooser Park Office

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Advanced Watershed Educator Workshop: Become a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Ambassador

Dauphin County Agricultural & Natural Resources Center This workshop is for non-formal educators to become Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience...

Weekly Weeders!

We are looking for volunteers to pull weeds in our native plant garden on Wednesday mornings while learning about native plants from one of our educators. We...

Little Raccoons: Children's Walk

Come along and let the little ones explore the world around them. Join the park naturalist on a walk and discover some of the creatures that live at Raccoon...

Nature Arts and Crafts

Join our talented volunteers as they help you to create functional works of art from recycled products. Donations appreciated.

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Nature Story Time

Join us for a nature story and stay for a nature activity based on the theme of the book we just read! Program will last approximately 1 hour. This program...

DiscoverE: Hide and Seekers (ages 4 to 5)

n this 2 hour long program for children ages 4 and 5 and their parents/guardians, we will have some fun exploring the outdoors and nature. The program will...

Friends of Beltzville State Park Shore line/Kayak Clean Up

Friends of Beltzville State Park invite you to grab your kayak to join us on the water and Paddle with a Purpose and help keep Beltzville Lake Clean. What...

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Kayaking

Enjoy a 1 ½ hour guided kayak program. The trip is a leisurely paddle through the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife on the water’s edges....

Beaver Fever

Are you fascinated by these furry engineers? After a short lecture, we;ll head out to an active beaver lodge and search for activity. Binoculars and...

Dog Friendly Evening Hike

Grab your leash and your well behaved four legged friend and join park staff on an after work hiking session at Nolde Forest. We will meet outside of...

Friends of Prince Gallitzin Monthly meeting

Monthly business meeting of the Friends of Prince Gallitzin. All are welcome! Meet in the park office conference room, which can be accessed at the rear of...

Thursday, August 29

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 12 or older and be able to swim to...

Take a Hike Thursday for Seniors

Hiking the Beach Trail to view the lake. This is a 1.5-mile easy walk for mature adults age 55 and up. Park at Beach Lot #2 and meet by the steps of the...

Habitat Spy Story Time and Hike: Preregistration required

So come join us for story time with Habitat Spy by Cynthia Kieber-King & Christina Wald and go for a hike afterwards around Dragonfly Pond exploring local...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

Friends of Beltzville - Walking Group

These free weekly walks will be 1 hour. Please wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes and bring water. An opportunity to enjoy nature in the company of...

Friends of Beltzville - Garden Work Days - Connect with Nature

The Friends group have created a pollinator garden. We are looking for folks who like to be outdoors and garden. We need your help to maintain our...

Family Fishing

Go on, take the bait! We'll loan you a rod, tackle and bait to fish the S.M.A.R.T. way. You don't even need a license for this one day catch and release...

More Tremendous Trees

Try your tree identification skills with the trees at the bottom of the park. Park and meet at the Evergreen Parking Lot off of Rt. 118. Contact Rhiannon...

Thrush Thursday Wildlife Walk

Come on out on a nature walk in the park and discover what flora and fauna are in the area while getting some good exercise and fresh air!

Volleyball Tournament

There will be a volleyball tournament at the Beach 6 courts from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

Friday, August 30

Kid's Catfish Fishing Derby

Kids 15 years old and under can enter any catfish they catch in Shawnee Lake from noon on Friday, Aug 30, 2019 thru 11 am on Monday, Sept 2, 2019 for a...

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Home School Nature Adventures

Discover nature with other elementary age homeschoolers (K-5) who meet up every other Friday with DCNR park naturalist to explore the outdoors through a wide...

Silver Creek Reservoir Hike

Join us on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:30 am as we explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visit Silver Creek Fire Tower and Reservoir. ...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

DiscoverE - Hide-'n-Seekers

The Hide-N-Seekers programs at the park will follow a different format this year. They will be a number of Friday afternoon sessions throughout the summer. ...

Delzell Trail Hike

Hike the 0.7 mile Delzell trail at the Egbert Farm Day Use Area with the park naturalist and learn about how the oil boom drastically changed this region. ...

Kayaking Holman Lake

Join us for an evening kayak on Holman Lake. You must register as space is limited. Call the park office to register. Meet at the small kayak shed next to...

REGISTRATION FULL - Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS FULL. A wait list has been started. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Jean at 724-668-2939 or...

Beaver Walk

Take a short hike to see a beaver lodge up close. Find out what they like to eat, how long it takes them to build a lodge, and how much they weigh. Make a...

Get Your Tail on the Trail- Beaver Hike

Learn about one of Lackawanna Lake’s most interesting architects while logging some Get Your Tail on the Trail miles. We will hike along the Frost Hollow and...

Making Apple Cider Pavia Style

Come experience the apple cider making process through a demonstration on an apple cider press that has been donated to the park by the Elmer and Mary Dibert...

Park Welcome & Walking Tour

Coming to a Night Sky Program, but arriving early? Join park staff on a short, guided walk of park facilities, learning about their past, present and...

The Kinzua Skywalk and the Milky Way

Join the Twin Tiers Camera Club for an amazing photo opportunity! The club will meet in the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center Classroom for...

Film in the Forest: Private Life of a Deer

Mosey on down to the campground amphitheater to learn about deer! We will discover and discuss the unique creature that calls Pennsylvania home and then...

PA Turtles

Discover interesting facts about the turtles that live in Pennsylvania. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center

Coffee Break

Friday evening at 8:00 we will have our weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session, held every Friday...

Friday Night Star Hopping

Join the park naturalist on a trip through the night sky. This program will focus on learning how to use a star map, finding visible constellations and...

Frontier House: Survival

Three modern families are sent to Montana with the tools of 1883. Raising animals seems easy, until it becomes really difficult.

Night Hike

Let's get comfortable hiking at night! We'll play some night games and try to call out some owls. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.

Stars & S'mores

End your summer with stars & s’mores at Bald Eagle State Park! Join us for s’mores around the campfire as you learn about the night sky & summer...

Toasted Marshmallow Day and Night Sky

Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day! Sticks, marshmallows, and fire will be provided – all you need to bring is your toasting techniques! We will...

Night Sky Tour

Experience the splendor of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. Listen...

Talk to the Animals

Discover how animals “talk” by sight, scent, and sound. Many examples demonstrated for species found in our area.

Bug Life After Dark

Join the park naturalist to discover what insects are active after dark. Using a UV Light set-up to attract them in, we can study and discuss the various...

Theater in the Pines: Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot was the first head of the US Forest Service and a former governor of Pennsylvania. This video tells his story and the lasting impact he made...

Saturday, August 31

Kid's Catfish Fishing Derby

Kids 15 years old and under can enter any catfish they catch in Shawnee Lake from noon on Friday, Aug 30, 2019 thru 11 am on Monday, Sept 2, 2019 for a...

Lagoon by Pontoon

The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural surprises such as sun basking turtles, wading great blue herons, beavers slapping their tail on the water,...

Redcreek Wildlife Center

Have you ever seen your reflection in the eyes of a Great Horned Owl? Join Redcreek Wildlife Center’s Peggy Hentz for a program on live animals that she...

Saturday Morning Birdwatching

Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pairfrom the park, and hike around the park identifying a variety of bird species. Dress for the weather and meet at...

Yoga on the Beach

Join Mellisa Flynn, a Yogafit trained teacher, for up to an hour of free beginner's yoga classes on the swimming beach at Shawnee State Park. If you...

Yoga on the Beach

Come join Bloom Yoga & Wellness for a gentle all abilities class at the swimming area. New to yoga? Great! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Got kids?...

A Game Warden's Tool Box

Meet local Game Wardens and learn how Bear, Beaver, and small animal traps work. You will find out when and why they are deployed.

Helping Honeybees

Honeybees need your help! Discover some interesting facts about them and learn what you can do to become a backyard Honeybee and pollinator helper! Weather...

Late Summer Wildflower Walk

Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers in our two large meadows. The 1.5 mile walk will cover identification,...

Old Stone Furnace Stack. Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Old Stone Furnace Stack. Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a...

Pinchot Sailing Club

Sailboat Race - boat mooring area #2. For additional information, please visit the group's website at www.pinchotsailing.com.

Reptiles & Amphibians on Stage

Stop by the stage anytime between 10am and 11am to learn about some of the cold-blooded creatures that call Little Buffalo home. The stage is located in the...

Reptiles & Amphibians on Stage

Stop by the stage to learn about some of the cold-blooded creatures that call Little Buffalo home. We will talk about the differences between reptiles and...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open Memorial Day...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Fort Pitt Speaker Series - The New Map of Empire

Join the Fort Pitt Museum in welcoming S. Max Edelson, professor of History at the University of Virginia, for a discussion on the British efforts to map...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Intro to Archery

Practice your archery skills in a safe and fun environment. We will cover the necessary safety procedures of shooting a bow and the technical skills involved...

Music In the Mountains Festival

Our annual Music In the Mountains festival featuring music, crafts, food and interpretative programming is a fun time for all. So bring the whole family and...

Wild Mushrooms of PA Walk and Talk

Join wild mushroom expert Bill Russell for an in-depth discussion of the wild mushrooms of Pennsylvania. We will begin with a slideshow talk at the Halfway...

Balanced Rock Hike

Take a walk to the beautiful Balanced Rock and learn how the geology of the area put it there. Balanced Rock trail head

Camper Appreciation Weekend

Camper Appreciation Weekend is sponsored by the Friends of Prince Gallitzin. Door prizes will be given away at the amphitheater on Saturday, September 1 at...

Campfire Potholders

Make your own potholder to use at your campsite, and learn some fire safety while you're at it.

Raccoons for Kids

**ages 3-5 Little ones and their grownups will learn aboout raccoons through hands on activities, story, and simple craft.

Shoaff's Mill Tour

Shoaff's Mill is a 19th century operational grist mill that is open for tours every Saturday & Sunday from May through the Apple Festival in October, *staff...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Late Summer Wildflower Walk

Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers in our two large meadows. The 1.5 mile walk will cover identification,...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

This building witnessed the Underground Railroad, the Army of Northern Virginia marching to Gettysburg, and the roaring 1920s. Come learn about charcoal,...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Tracks Table

Stop by the Beach House and see if you can correctly identify the different animal tracks. Fun for all ages! Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or...