DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

June 12 - July 11, 2021

Saturday, June 12

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Warbler Walk

The early bird gets the worm! Join the park naturalist bright and early on a short walk to try to find some of our most elusive birds—warblers. Please bring...

BYOKayak Wyerough Boat Launch

Join a naturalist for a guided paddle onto the lake. A variety of areas and topics will be explored. All participants need to supply their own equipment and...

Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me

Self-Guided Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me, Yo se que el rio me ama, by Maya Christina Gonzalez Come read a story while enjoying a walk outdoors....

Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Bring your own binoculars to look for birds and plan on hiking around the park and out on the bridge! It’s healthy too! Meet in front of the visitor center.

Beech Trail Hike

Join us for this difficult 3+ mile hike. We will pass through a forest of ancient Beech trees. Along the way we will discover their uses and folklore....

Birding by Boat

Enjoy a morning paddle surrounded by birdsongs. Learn to identify birds by sight, flight, and sound. Please provide your own boat, paddle, and life jacket....

Explore Clarion River Lands: Maxwell Run & Boiler Trail Ramble

Are you curious as to what scenic surprises, wildlife, and local history lie within the newly acquired Clarion River Lands? If so, you’ll need a guide to...

Knotweed SmackDown

We will be challenging the ever-bothersome plant invader, Japanese Knotweed to a duel! Using machetes as our defense with feet firmly planted in the stream,...

National Get Outdoors Day

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a 5 mile nature hike through Ridley Creek State Park to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. We will explore birds, trees,...

Yoga on the Beach

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

Jewelry Design with Monique Perry

Designing and Creating Jewelry with Precious Metal Clay June 12, 2021 (9:30am – 4:30pm) Accents and embellishments are small metal clay components such as...

Mountain Laurel Hike - Broken Tip

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Come see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history as we take a 2.5-mile...

Ackerman Area Hike

Join a Park Naturalist to explore the Ackerman Island Area. This is a moderate hike that will be approximately two miles in length. Dress for the weather....

Ackerman Area Hike

Join a Park Naturalist to explore the Ackerman Island Area. This is a moderate hike that will be approximately two miles in length. Dress for the weather....

Become a Junior Ranger!

Become a Junior Ranger meet outside the Environmental Education Center in Nockamixon State Park! This 1 hour long program is most appropriate for ages 14 and...

Beginner Archery

This program requires pre-registration to attend. Register online by clicking here. Join park staff to learn the basics of archery, including safety,...

Discovery Hike Series

Join the park naturalist for a series of hikes to learn about the great outdoors! As we put a mile or two under our boots, we will discuss all we discover to...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Hike with L.L.Bean.

Join the experts from L.L. Bean for a 4-5-mile hike. The hike will be decided day of by one of the L.L. bean staff depending on weather and partcipants. Make...

Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a 1-mile walk through the past to discover the history of Pine Grove...

Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group Work Day

Join the Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group for a trail work day on Laurel Mountain. For more information about becoming a conservation volunteer please contact...

Pennsylvania’s Natural Symbols

Pennsylvania has a tremendous amount of biodiversity and the natural symbols that represent the state are just as diverse. Learn more about the official...

Purple Martins

Purple Martins – Saturday, June 12, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Pavilion #7 McDanel’s Launch Area (North Shore) - Moraine A Purple Martin Seminar will be...

Something's Fishy

Young people will learn about fish through hands on activities, story and craft. Masks and social distancing are required.

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

American Black Bears

Whether they’re at your birdfeeder or in a state park, everyone marvels at the American black bear! Join the park naturalist at the amphitheater to learn all...

BUGS!

Bring the kids down to the amphitheater to have some fun with BUGS! We’ll see who’s hanging put around the campground and make our very own personal bug.

Muddy Creek Oil Field Living History Exhibit

Muddy Creek Oil Field Living History Exhibit - Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Park Road - Moraine State Park Come see a restored oil...

concrete supports for old toboggan run

Join us for a short walk to the site of the old toboggan run that was at Pinchot Park in the 1960’s. On our way, we will stop and talk about the diabase...

Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Three Rivers Arts Festival will be back in Point State Park and downtown Pittsburgh for 2021. There will be bands playing in the evening on June 4, 5,...

Amphibian Life Cycle

Check out the nature table at Fuller Lake to learn about the life of an amphibian. See where amphibians are found in Pennsylvania and which ones have been...

Campground Walk Around

So, you're in the campground, but do you know the names of the plants and trees atround the campsites? Come along as we wander the campground and do some...

Mountain Laurel Hike

It's National Get Outdoors Day so why not get out and join the park naturalist on a short 1-mile hike as we take in the beauty of our state flower: the...

Mountain Laurel Hike - Bear Paw

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Come see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history as we take a 2.5-mile...

Nature Discovery Area Clean-Up

Join us in the Nature Discovery Area as we get it cleaned up for the season. There’s weeding, raking, mulching, and lots of general tidying to do. This work...

Pedal the Park

Learn to connect bike friendly trails and scenic locations on this bike ride! The ride will be nearly 5 miles in length on moderate terrain. Please provide...

SUP 101

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by learning to stand up paddleboard. Board, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Ages 15+. Face masks required on...

Shoaff's Mill Tours

Shoaff's Mill is an 1840's era Grist Mill that operates from May to October on weekends from 1-3pm. See a 32 ft steel waterwheel turn just as it has for over...

Short Talks on Greenwood Furnace

Here’s your chance to ask that burning question on Greenwood Furnace. Stop by anytime during open hours. The topic is up to you. It can range from Greenwood...

Trail Trivia

Come out for a family-fun adventure! Take a self-guided stroll along Deer Trail where we posted questions to test your knowledge of our wildlife – see how...

A Deer's Year

As white-tailed deer fawning season wraps up, we will discuss the changes that our newly born state mammal will experience for years to come followed by a...

Cicadas

This year we get to witness something in nature that only happens once every 17 years! Join the KECA staff as we discuss Cicadas and their life cycle and why...

Forest Habitat Hunt

Join us for a family-friendly scavenger hunt, exploring the forest for signs of the critters that call our park home. **COVID-19 Stipulations** To...

Get Outdoors Day

Join us for a fun day of outdoor programs! 8:00 am to 9:00 am- Morning Bird Count Beginning and novice birders are welcome to join us at Boat Launch #3 on...

Park Scavenger Hunt

Meet up with our park naturalist to get your list then explore the park looking for all sorts of items! Once your list is complete or you've run out of time,...

Reptiles at the Park

Checkout our reptile display and learn about the reptiles one might see at our park. We will also be searching for the northern water snakes! Note: Masks...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

Thaddeus Stevens was NOT a blacksmith. He owned the 10,000 acres that comprised Caledonia Ironworks. As a leading abolitionist, he advocated for the end of...

Throwback: Web of Life Hike

[Note: This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] All wild and natural things are interconnected – learn some of the ways on...

Habitats of PA - Nature Walk

Marsh vs. pond? Forest vs. woodlot? Learn to identify the different habitats in PA and the reptiles and amphibians that live in each. Program begins...

Creek Critters

Join park staff on a stream study as we investigate what lives in the waters of Sizerville State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Water shoes...

National Get Outdoors Day Hike

Hiking the Highland Trail and Bear Walk Trail to see F.L. Ricketts Falls. This is a 3.5-mile moderate hike. Park and meet at Beach Lot #2 by the bulletin...

Fish of Little Pine and Hyner Run (Virtual Program)

Be advised that this program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and will not take place face to face at Little Pine State Park. Join the park...

Raccoon Run Trail

During the roaring 1920s Caledonia was an enclave community of urban people wanting to immerse themselves in nature. Mountain cabins were built, and they...

The Stone Age in the Poconos

Join Russ Cramer as he discusses 12,000 years in the evolution of stone tools used by American Indians in the Poconos. This program is brought to us...

Who's Been Here?

Learn wildlife tracks and signs as we investigate several miniscule crime scenes. All ages are welcome, but the crime scenes will be geared more towards...

Snakes "Stayin' Alive" Habitat Game

Get your groove on while learning about the habitat needs of two of PA’s snake species. Fun for kids of all ages. Campground playground.

Wonderful Wetlands Walk

What is a swampy, muddy, bug filled area good for? Join a park educator to find out as we walk to one of the many wetlands here at Codorus

Frog Call Bingo

Did you know we have 14 frog & 3 toad species in the state? Do you know what they all sound like? Come on out to the upper campground to discover unique ways...

Make-A-Bug (Kids craft)

Stop by the Blacksmith Shop before the evening program for this activity where kids can make a dragonfly.

BYOKayak Ecopaddle around Poe Lake

Bring your own kayak out to the lake for a guided paddle. Paddle along as we talk history of the lake, as well as what plants and animals call this lake...

Bones in the Stones

What interesting fossils do we find in the rocks of Pennsylvania?

Mammals

Join Jessie Kohan to learn about some of the common and uncommon mammals that share the forest, fields, and streams of Blue Knob with us. You will have the...

Sunset Paddle for National Get Outdoors Day

Bring your paddle boat for a guided tour of Lake Jean while watching the sunset. You will need to bring your own boat, US Coast Guard Life Jacket, & have a...

Wildlife and Cicadas Walk

Take an evening walk in the forest and listen to the symphony of cicadas. Find out why this year's cicadas are important for wildlife. Note: Masks and...

Wildlife Olympics

Let’s prep up for the 2021 summer Olympics! Did you know Olympians can be found right here at Hickory Run! The park’s wildlife are capable of some amazing...

Cicada, Cicada

Creatures are emerging from the underground and creating quite a racket! Join us to learn about our longest-lived insect.

DiscoverE: Lightning Bug Crafts for kids Preregistration required

Do you enjoy looking for lightning bugs? Do you and the kids enjoy catching ligntning bugs? Learn all about the fascinating life cycle of lightning bugs...

Frog Call Bingo

Did you know we have 14 frog & 3 toad species in the state? Do you know what they all sound like? Come on out to the nature center to discover unique ways to...

Lumbering of Little Pine

Step back into time and experience the culture of the lumbermen in the late 1800’s. Topics will include the local history and prehistory of the area, the...

Movie at the Amphitheater

Join the park naturalist at Sizerville's Amphitheater as we watch a short film on Pennsylvania's Forgotten Trees. Please bring a face mask for Covid safety.

Snakes: Myths and Facts

Set aside your fears and learn the truth about timber rattlers and other snakes of PA. Interactive campground talk followed by 30-minute video, “Shadow of...

The Haunting Call of the Whip-poor-will

You’re in the forest on a warm June night, and it is almost dark. All is silent, save for some spring peepers and their rhythmic call. Then suddenly, a cold...

Bears of Pennsylvania

Find out how well bears are doing in Pennsylvania. From the largest average weights, earlier breeding age to larger average litter sizes our bears exceed...

Michaux through Time

The Caledonia naturalist will give a live presentation on the history of Michaux State Forest and Caledonia State Park.

Nightscape Photo Workshop

Photograph the starry night sky with your DSLR camera & lenses you currently own. Curt Weinhold, a PA Wilds Juried Artisan, teaches you to photograph...

Webs of Intrigue

Learn about the interesting variety of spiders, and how they capture their prey. What would the world be like without spiders? (Seriously, what would it be...

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...

Light Up the Night Lightning Bug Program: Talk & Walk Preregistration required.

Come out and join us and our bioluminescent friends as we learn about the vast world of lightning bugs with Jessica Barnhart. This evening will shine a...

Movie in the Park: Rattlesnakes

Since colonial days, Pennsylvania’s timber rattlesnake has been relentlessly trailed by an angry SHADOW OF MISUNDERSTANDING. Branded as evil and aggressive,...

Nocturnal Insects - the Saturnids

Saturnids are large, beautiful moths like the Luna Moth. June is the best time of year to find them. Join our naturalist as she sets various light traps to...

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...

Sunday, June 13

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Early Morning Wildlife Float

Bring your own boat to participate in this float trip on the Middle Youghiogheny. We will meet early to have the best chance of spotting wildlife. The trip...

Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me

Self-Guided Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me, Yo se que el rio me ama, by Maya Christina Gonzalez Come read a story while enjoying a walk outdoors....

Butterfly Hike

This hike is aimed at ages 8 & up. Let’s celebrate pollinator month with a hike looking for butterflies! Take a leisurely 2-mile (round trip) walk with the...

Fern Walk

This program is for adult learners aged 16 & up. Registration is required due to limited space. Join park staff for an easy walk on Wood Frog Loop trail as...

Painted Trillium at RB Winter State Park

Join our park educator for a morning hike around our park. We will explore one of the park's easier trails, chatting about local wetlands and the wildflowers...

Pontoon Boat Tours on Glendale Lake (Registration required by calling the office)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. Children...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Dam

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...

Sunday Morning Strolls

Join us as we hike the trails of Bald Eagle State Park! Please pre-register by 8:00 AM on the morning of the hike by calling 814-625-0145 or emailing...

Pileated Woodpecker Nest at WCCP (photo: gms)

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a 5 mile nature hike through White Clay Creek Preserve. We will explore for birds and other wildlife, trees, wildflowers,...

Art in the Park: Frog Edition

Frogs are such fascinating critters! The wood frog for example, Freezes in the winter & thaws out & hops away in the spring. Come on out to the nature center...

Wildlife Paddle

Wildlife Paddle – Sunday, June 13, 2021 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Meet at Upper 528 Boat Launch - Moraine Cool, quiet summer mornings are a great time to...

Backyard Birding

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we discover what bird species call this park home. We'll walk roughly a 2 mile loop so bring a pair of hiking boots....

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Friends of Kings Gap - Yoga on the Terrace

Sundays June 13 – Oct 24, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Meet at Mansion Terrace Maggie...

Salamander Safari

Join us as we hunt for the elusive salamander and discover the diversity of organisms on the forest floor along the way. All ages are welcome! This will be a...

Trail Treks with a Park Ranger: Bike and Hike

Enjoy a leisurely ride on the level Biker-Hiker Trail through the park and an energetic hike to Pole Steeple. Hike up 500 feet and ¾ miles to the overlook of...

Tree ID

Identify some of the trees found at Black Moshannon State Park, and get a tree id guide to take home. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. We will...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Dam

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...

Roaring Creek Hike

Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 10:30 am for a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed which is North of Mount Carmel. ...

Tree ID and Craft

Take a walk on the nature trail and learn the characteristics of tress that allow us to identify them. There will be leaf rub art after the walk. Note:...

Trivia Hike: River Trail

Join our park naturalist for a walk on the River trail. Enjoy the scenery as we walk by the Rasystown branch of the Juniata River. While you walk put your...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

In the Nineteenth Century, wooden pegs were used for construction because metal products were so expensive. Come see an actual blacksmith in action with this...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Dam

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...

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...

Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Three Rivers Arts Festival will be back in Point State Park and downtown Pittsburgh for 2021. There will be bands playing in the evening on June 4, 5,...

A Walk Through Time - Geology Hike

The rocks around us can tell so many stories about the land that is now Raccoon Creek State Park. If we use the right tools and tactics, we can read these...

Art in the Park: Frog Edition

Frogs are such fascinating critters! The wood frog for example, Freezes in the winter & thaws out & hops away in the spring. Come on out to the beach area to...

Beaver Sign

Hey kids - learn how to be a sleuth when exploring the woods around you! We will discuss the clues the usual suspects leave behind, then go out seeking the...

Blue Ball Tavern Tours

Step back in time into an 1800s tavern in the basement of the Blue Ball Museum. Run by the Historical Society, this collection of artifacts is cared for by...

Mansion Docent Orientation

Sunday, June 13, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Would you like to spend a Sunday afternoon helping visitors learn about the...

Mansion Outdoor Tour

Join local historian, Andre Weltman, for an exterior-only presentation on the Ironmaster’s Mansion built in 1829. Topics will include the building’s...

Science in the Park: Pollinators

They flutter and buzz about, but what else do they do? Join our park naturalist as we discuss pollinators and how they are an important part of our...

Shoaff's Mill Tours

Shoaff's Mill is an 1840's era Grist Mill that operates from May to October on weekends from 1-3pm. See a 32 ft steel waterwheel turn just as it has for over...

Pennsylvania’s Pyramids

Scattered throughout Pennsylvania and other states are strange looking stone pyramids. They weren’t the burial monuments of long lost pharaohs, but were once...

Elk Explanations

Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often...

Of Brass Bands and Base Ball!

Many think life in an industrial village was all work and no play. Far from it! The workers and their families enjoyed a variety of social activities. Come...

Spiders Of PA

Explore the world of spiders while discovering how to identify some of the common species found in Pennsylvania. Make a spider to take home. Meet at the...

Attracting Pollinators

Have you ever wondered how you can create a pollinator paradise in your own backyard? Even if you have only a balcony, come to the Butterfly Garden to learn...

World of the Beaver

Learn the history, biology, and management of this unique mammal through photos, skulls, hides, and demos. All current COVID-19 guidelines will be...

Monday, June 14

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me

Self-Guided Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me, Yo se que el rio me ama, by Maya Christina Gonzalez Come read a story while enjoying a walk outdoors....

Brickyard Bookworms

Meet for this Half Pints program on trees. Listen to the Park Educator read “Tell Me, Tree” by Gail Gibbons. Walk a ¼ mile distance looking at the tree...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Tuesday, June 15

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Appalachian Trail from Big Flat

After meeting at the Park Office, we will car pool to Big Flat and hike eleven miles south - back to Caledonia on the Appalachian Trail. It will be...

Future Master Watershed Steward Day Camp - Morning Session

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join DCNR at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Volunteers for the...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Little Learners

Alternating Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Families with children ages 3-5 can explore nature through stories, outdoor activities, and crafts. June 1:...

Virtual Professional Development

Presque Isle State Park is offering a free virtual professional development opportunity for formal and non-formal educators of students in preschool to 3rd...

Virtual Professional Development for Educators

Presque Isle State Park is offering a free virtual professional development opportunity for formal and non-formal educators of students in preschool to 3rd...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

In the Nineteenth Century, wooden pegs were used for construction because metal products were so expensive. Come see an actual blacksmith in action with this...

June Fly Fishing Meet-Ups

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by clicking on the links below. Limited Spots. NO fishing license needed for duration of program. The PA Fish and Boat Commission...

Future Master Watershed Steward Day Camp - Afternoon Session

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join DCNR at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Volunteers for the...

Hide N Seekers: Bluebird Nest Check!

Are you interested in setting up a family bluebird box? Join us for some discovery based programs for ages 4 – 5. The program will include a story, hands on...

Wednesday, June 16

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Wildlife Watchers on Water Kayak Program

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...

Warbler Walk with Mike Leahy

Make plans to get your spring “warbler fix” on Wednesday, June 16th with an outing to one the best migrating warbler traps in Western Pennsylvania, Cook...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Story Walks - Miniature Horse

A self guided story walk on the Whispering Pines Trail for families with children and animal lovers. Today will be a live miniature horse to meet and greet....

Trails for Tots

Come explore the park on our bike trails. This program is for children ages 6 and less but all ages are welcome. We will meet at the Boat Rental (Parking Lot...

Wild Wednesday for the "over 60 crowd"

Registration required.Email Kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov to sign up. Calling all adventurous adults! Why should the teenagers have all the fun? Come out and...

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

Throwback: Nature Walk—Awareness

[Note: This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] Learn to slow down and take it all in – awareness of your surroundings. This...

VIRTUAL Invasive Insects

This program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams; it will NOT take place face-to-face in the park. Learn about the invasive invaders that inhabit PA...

Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: Attracting Pollinators

Join us via Microsoft Teams to learn how you can create a pollinator paradise in your own backyard. It's not just about having lots of flowers - many insects...

Discover Ricketts Hike

Hiking part of the Falls Trail to see our biggest waterfall, Ganoga Falls. This is a 1-mile difficult hike. Good boots are recommended for walking. Park...

Lil' Sprouts Garden Club

Lil' Sprouts is a series of children's garden programs where children ages 4 - 7 are introduced to the joys of planting, tending, harvesting, and eating...

Wednesday Walk - Ibberson Hike

Join us for a hike at Ibberson Conservation Area, located on Back Road in Halifax. We will be hiking part of the Victoria Trail, the Rock Trail, and back the...

Wednesday Evening  Hikers Club!

Experience a springtime evening along the trails of Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Delaware Canal Towpath! Accompany the Park Naturalist and...

Thursday, June 17

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Weekly Weeders

Interested in learning more about gardening with native plants? Volunteer to work alongside our education staff as they mulch, pull weeds, divide plants, and...

Birding on the Dam

Join park staff for a morning birding walk to the dam. We will start at Dorlan mill parking lot and walk towards the dam looking for birds, flowers, and...

Outdoor Adventure Day Mini Camp-THIS CAMP IS FUL:L

**ages 12-15. Young people will get to try various outdoor rec activities such as archery, tomahawk throwing, atlatyls or flint & steel firestarting.Youth...

"Worlds End Walkabouts"

This six-week series of walkabouts will explore a different combination of trails, approximately 2-3 miles, on each occasion. Trails will all be have rugged...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Map and Compass for kids

Orienteering is the skill of finding your way on a course using a map and compass. Come and learn the basics of how to use a compass and how to read a...

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

Photo Credit: PA Fish and Boat Commission

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting Fly Fishing Meet-Ups at Lackawanna State Park this summer! Participants will be taught the basics of...

Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee is a 20-member, DCNR-appointed committee that represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises...

1:30pm
Virtual Event
Cicada Walk

Come up for a once-in-17-years experience! Listen to the LOUD call of the periodical cicadas. During this guided walk, we will search for and observe males,...

Thursday Trek

Just an easy walk to see an interesting park of the park, answer your questions and check out some nature

Thursday Trek

Just an easy walk to see an interesting part of the park, answer your questions and check out some nature.

Kings Gap Trail Challenge!

Can you hike every trail at Kings Gap? With 25+ miles of trails throughout the property, Kings Gap has an extensive hiking system. This challenging monthly...

Penn's Adventurers: Fishing

Join the park naturalist for this summer series of outdoor programs geared toward youth 9-12 years old. In this session, participants will learn basic...

Fireflies and Lightning Bugs

Fireflies and lightning bugs have fascinated us for generations. Join us to learn about how and why these beetles glow during this 2-mile night hike as the...

Friday, June 18

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

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...

Family Fishing at Rotary Pavilion

Join Park Natrurlists for a family fun morning of fishing. Participants will be introduced to the SMART angler program.  All equipment and instruction will...

Introduction to Kayaking

Registration is required and limited to 8 participants. Kayaks, lifejackets, and paddles provided. No fee. Contact Jen Moore by email at jennmoore@pa.gov to...

Outdoor Adventure Day Mini camp-THIS CAMP IS FULL

**ages 12-15. Young people will get to try various outdoor rec activities such as archery, tomahawk throwing, atlatyls or flint & steel firestarting.Youth...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Mountain Laurel Hike - Pump Station

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Come see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history as we take a 2.5-mile...

Penn’s Adventurers (ages 9-12) - Bird Brains (DiscoverE)

Did you know we have seen over 275 species of birds in Bald Eagle State Park?! Join us to learn more about birds and see how many we can find. Please...

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

Sun Print - NY Times, Christy Harmon

Capture the sun with this simple craft! Using special paper and found objects, create your very own sun print to take home. Bring some bits and bobs from...

Virtual Life of a Honey Bee

Have you ever wondered what a honeybee’s life is like? Do you enjoy eating honey? This amazing insect is one that humans really benefit from and it is very...

Park Scavenger Hunt

Meet up with our park naturalist to get your list then explore the park looking for all sorts of items! Once your list is complete or you've run out of time,...

Growing Greener

Join park staff at Sizerville State Park as we liven up our flower garden by planting native flower species. Introdcing new plant life can ensure more...

Butterflies of Little Pine

Join the naturalist for a look into the life cycle of a butterfly. There will also be a craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to...

Discovery Hike Series

Join the park naturalist for a series of hikes to learn about the great outdoors! As we put a mile or two under our boots, we will discuss all we discover to...

Fossil Hunt

Come to the campground and we will dig back 400 million years to discover who lived at Little Buffalo in the Devonian Era, when Pennsylvania was covered by...

Butterflies of Little Pine

Join the naturalist for a look into the life cycle of a butterfly. There will also be a craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to...

Hide N Seekers: Bluebird Nest Check!

Are you interested in setting up a family bluebird box? Join us for some discovery based programs for ages 4 – 5. The program will include a story, hands on...

Mindful Moments in Nature: Bird Inspirations

Shake off the stress of the work week with some therapeutic time in nature. Mindful Moments in Nature is a programming series each week at Keystone State...

Mountain Laurel Hike - Pitch Pine

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Come see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history as we take a 2.5-mile...

Bats

Bats are very beneficial to humans, but sometimes they still get a bad reputation. Do not miss the chance to learn more about their habits, and how to...

Fireside Chat-A Trip Down Memory Lane

Enjoy a story or two from the building of the park or share your own tale of the area.

Meet our Mammals!

Curious about bobcats in our area? Want to know more about that raccoon that walks by your tent at night? Come find out about these critters and...

Old Time, Homemade and Fun Thingumajigs

Have some nostalgic fun with things made from wood, paper and sting, like whimmydiddles and whirligigs.

Turkey Vulture Trivia

These birds are often viewed as disguising, dirty, and ugly critters of the natural world. They are important members of nature’s clean up crew though. Come...

Big Bad Bears

Join us at the Sizerville Amphitheater as we watch a short film on the importance of Black Bears in our Pennsylvania forests. Please bring a face mask for...

GLOW Hike

As humans we can only see a small part of the wavelengths of light. But there is a whole hidden world of colors and shapes that can be seen after dark with...

Public Sky Watch

Get a glimpse of the night sky with your own telescope or use the telescopes of the Starlight Astronomy Club as they scan the heavens. For more information,...

Squirrel Secrets to Success

This family of rodents has adapted to living across the globe. Watch and learn about the ways some squirrel species survive in various habitats. Whether it...

Wilderness Survival in the Appalachians

The Caledonia naturalist will give a live presentation on survival skills in the Appalachian Mountains. This advice may not be applicable in other places...

Fireflies and Lightning Bugs

Fireflies and lightning bugs have fascinated us for generations. Join us to learn about how and why these beetles glow during this 2-mile night hike as the...

Saturday, June 19

Music on the Beach Summer Concert Series  at Whipple Dam State Park with Pure Cane Sugar

Come out and enjoy some great live, local music from your kayak, the swimming area, a beach towel, or the comfort of your favorite camping chair. When it...

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Family Fishing Tournament

A family tradition. This event has limited availability, so registration is required. Medallions awarded in the following categories: largest perch,...

Spring Paddle Fest

Join Shenango River Watchers to celebrate Pennsylvania’s 2021 River of the Year with this paddle on a nine-mile section of the Upper Shenango River Water...

Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Bring your own binoculars to look for birds and plan on hiking around the park and out on the bridge! It’s healthy too! Meet in front of the visitor center.

Morning Eco-Paddle Through the Lagoons

The lagoons of Presque Isle present a wonderful opportunity to view the various flora and fauna of the park. Join the Park Naturalists for a paddle through...

Tree Identification Hike

Join us for this easy 1.5mile hike on the Ferncliff Peninsula. Along the way we will talk about what makes Ohiopyle so special when it comes to trees. We...

Trekking Beltzville Series: The History Surrounding Sawmill Trail

Join park naturalist, Rob Bergstresser, for a 2.0-mile guided nature hike along the beautiful Sawmill Trail, formerly a stagecoach road, leading past the...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Kayak Basics (BYOKayak)

Let’s explore kayaking on F.J. Sayers Lake! This program is intended for those who lack extensive kayaking experience & want to learn more. The park will NOT...

Kings Gap Trail Challenge!

Can you hike every trail at Kings Gap? With 25+ miles of trails throughout the property, Kings Gap has an extensive hiking system. This challenging monthly...

Mobsters, Murderers, and Millionaires: The hidden history of Milford Mills

Marsh Creek History: Mobsters, Murderers, and Millionaires. Learn about the hidden history of Milford Mills. We will take a look some of the old ruins and...

Mountain Laurel Driving Tour

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Follow along in your car as we traverse a mix of blacktop roads and gravel forestry roads to view Pennsylvania’s beautiful...

Soil Test Program

Join DCNR and the Penn State Master Gardeners of Tioga, Bradford, and Sullivan Counties as we discuss the importance of testing your soil before you plant....

Stream Study

Get your feet wet and help us discover the diversity of wildlife living in our stream! We will capture, identify, and learn how the creatures of the stream...

Summer Solstice Stroll

Celebrate the longest day of the year (and the extra daylight) by hitting the trails for a moderate, 2.5 mile hike just outside of the Roaring Run Natural...

Throwback: Beaver Life Cycles

[Note: This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] We will hike out to the beaver ponds on the Beaver Dam Trail and explore the...

Wild Edible Plants

Join us on a woodland walk to find nature’s edibles. We’ll talk about the hobby of collecting plants for use at your table. We’ll cover the do’s and...

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

Bee on Buttonbush at RB Winter

Flowers are blooming and pollinators are all around! Join park staff to explore the variety of animals that spread pollen from plant to plant and see what's...

Hawaiian Day at the Beach

This event is tentatively planned for 2021. This event may be modified or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting safety guidelines as...