DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

May 24 - June 22, 2022

Tuesday, May 24

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

Tuesday Morning Birds & Coffee

Join park naturalist and expert birder Rob Bergstresser for some morning coffee and birding! We'll enjoy some bird-friendly, certified organic, shade-grown...

Forest Batheing

Come and learn a new light meditative technique that induces a deeper feeling of relaxation and connection to the surrounding forest. When you arrive we will...

Wednesday, May 25

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

Morning Pontoon Ride 

Join the Park Naturlaists for an early morning tour of the lagoons of Presque Isle State Park for the very first pontoon boat ride of the season. The...

Long Loop Wildflower Hike

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit Trails on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:00 am. The hike is 7 miles in length and moderate in...

Little Naturalist Story Time - Registration Full

Come out to the park to get a head-start knowing all about nature! Designed for children ages 3-6, we will read nature-inspired children's literature and tie...

Wildflower Walk

Join the park naturalist for a walk on the paved bike trail as we learn to identify spring wildflowers. Register by calling 814.676.1810 or emailing...

Sunset Walk

Join us for a short hike that finishes up relaxing and experiencing a sunset in the park. Registration is required. Details and directions will be sent out...

Thursday, May 26

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

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,...

Homeschool Day Spring 2022- Wonderful Water

**This event has been cancelled** Join us for a free morning of learning and fun! Students will learn all about water through self-guided and staff-led...

Homeschool Day: The Power of the Sun

The sun is the primary source of energy for the Earth. Through engaging, hands-on activities, homeschool students will discover how solar energy can be used...

Early Laetiporous cincinnatus (Chicken of the woods)

Join our Park Educator for a trail walk to peruse and identify some mushrooms. We have about 11,000 named species of mushrooms in N. America and accurate,...

Canceled - Homeschool Days - Mammals

Come learn about the furry creatures around the park through hands-on activites and games. This program is design for home school children ages 5-12,...

Laetiporus cincinnatus

Join our park educator to peruse an look for mushrooms in different places throughout the park each week. Lee is a state licensed wild mushroom identifier...

VIRTUAL: Know Before You Go - Stargazing

Find out what you need to know before you visit Cherry Springs, such as what to bring, how to best plan an evening stargazing, and how to observe several...

Canceled - Homeschool Days - Mammals

Come learn about the furry creatures around the park through hands-on activites and games. This program is design for home school children ages 5-12,...

Wildflower Walk

Join us for a walk to explore the wildflowers and flowering shrubs that are popping up all over Little Buffalo! Walk will begin in the Pavilion 1 & 2 Parking...

Trail Challenge Hikers

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...

Friday, May 27

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

Please join us for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras of the United States: French & Indian War, Colonial...

Guided Bird Walks

May 5, 13, 21, 27 10:00am - 11:30am Mornings are your best opportunity to experience the thrilling world of birdwatching and listening. Join the park...

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...

Koppenhaver Trail Bridge Volunteer Day

Koppenhaver Trail Bridge Volunteer Day Volunteers are needed to assist with installing a new replacement bridge on Koppenhaver Trail. Projects consist of...

101 years of Presque Isle

Presque Isle turns 101 years as a Pennsylvania State Park on May 27, 2022. Join Park Naturalist Brian Gula to discover the history from the act that made...

Virtual: Snakes are Slimy?

Mark your calendars for for a fun yet informative virtual program about snakes. The focus is on snakes that live in Pennsylvania. Registration is required....

Birding Walk

Join the park naturalist for an afternoon bird walk along the Creek Trail to see what feather friends live and are passing through our park. Please bring...

Wild Flower Walk

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we explore the park for native wild flowers. The hike will start at Sizerville's Amphitheater, comfortable footwear is...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera or cell phone for this high tech scavenger hunt. Find the items on the list, take a photo, and get a prize. All children must be accompanied...

Kayaking 101 - Registration Full

Registation is full for this event. Kayaking is a great way to explore your state parks, but there are a few things to learn before your first trip on the...

Outdoor Nature Painting

Join the Park Naturalists at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center for a night of acrylic painting and some hands-on learning about what makes a bird a bird....

Family Fun Night: The incredible, Centuries long Story of Shad on the Susquehanna River

Shad have long played a role in life along the Susquehanna from Native peoples to early America, and even now they are a part of reseach, conservation and...

PA Amphibians and Reptiles

Join Mark Lethaby from Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to learn about PARS—Pennsylvania Amphibian...

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...

Black Bears

Join the park naturalist as we learn about the American black bear that is found throughout Pennsylvania. You will also learn what you can do to avoid black...

Campfire and Smores

Start off the weekend right by stopping by the campground Amphitheater anytime during the time slot to make some s’mores (while supplies last) and learn...

Nature Hike

Learn about the wonders of the woods as you hike along the Horse trails.

Rachel Carson Walk

Celebrate the birthday of one of America's great conservationists and author of Silent Spring with a nature walk and talk about the life and times of Rachel...

Treasure Hunt with Map and Compass

The basics of using a compass for orienteering, then seeking the "lost treasure." This is a family activity.

Matchless Fire Starting

Fire has always captivated humans. Whether it be for cooking or for warmth, people have relied on this heat source for millennia. Come out to the...

Poe Valley Trivia Night!

Think you know your favorite state park? Test your knowledge of Poe Valley history, flora, and fauna to see how well you really know it! Get your winning...

Spooky Spiders

There are over 30,000 different spiders in the world. What do some of these spiders eat? Where do some of these spiders live? Come and learn some of the...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville State Park for an educational short film on the reintroduction of fishers and otter back to PA.

UV Night Hike

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that live in the bog. Then, use the UV lights to see the bog in a different light. ...

Bald Eagle – America’s Bird

Learn about our majestic national symbol. Its size, power, and grace will be featured along with its biology and recovery in PA.

Bats!

Join us for an evening walk through the East Day Use Area to look for and learn about the bats of PA, why you don’t need to worry that they’ll suck your...

Campfire Night

Start the summer off right - join the park naturalist for an evening of s’mores around the campfire with friends and family. Find us at the fire rings below...

Frog Hunt

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

The Geography of Gettysburg

The Pennsylvania topography, combined with the military objectives of commanding officers, led to a tiny village becoming burned into psyche of America. Hear...

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Around the World in 80 Minutes

In the United States the Greek Constellations and their associated mythological stories are the most well-known. However, for thousands of years humans of...

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. Hear...

Saturday, May 28

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

Rhododendron Flower

State-Wide June Bio Blitz! Calling all self-proclaimed naturalists! If you are a mushroom hunter, fisherman, birder, or just like walking the trails and...

Annual Spring Bird Walk

Local resident and past president of the PA Society for Ornithology Evan Mann will lead a walk to identify as many bird species as we can by sight and sound....

Morning Paddle (Bring Your Own Boat)

Join us for a morning of exploration and observation! Discussions on the wildlife found at Black Moshannon State Park, and why we differ from other parks in...

Saturday Morning Birding Series

Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek Saturdays in April and May All 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park Office prior to 8am...

Red-eyed Vireo

Take a short, easy walk around the campground in search of songbirds. We’ll look and listen for birds, learning helpful identification and bird-finding tips....

Movie Despicable Me

THEY ARE BACK MOVIES NIGHT DURING THE SUMMER AT KEYSTONE STATE PARK SATURDAYS MOVIE NIGHT: Grab the blankets, snacks and especially the...

Giving Pond Loop Hike

***Registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Giving Pond Recreation Area,...

Hike Around the Highpoint

Learn about the natural and cultural history that surrounds the Mt. Davis area of Forbes State Forest during this moderate, 5-6 mile hike. Location...

The Joy of Birdwatchibg

A guided bird identification walk will be offered every Saturday morning until the end of May. Due to the park's location within the Tuscarora State Forest,...

  Lagoon by Pontoon

Presque Isle State Park has miles of beautiful wetlands, ponds, and a lagoon home to many unique plants and animals. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the lagoon...

Show Yellow Creek some love! Kayak/Canoe BYOK/Shoreline Clean up Preregistration required

We need your help to clean up our shoreline! Bring your kayak or canoe to join us for an early morning paddle at Yellow Creek to keep the park beautiful. ...

Tom Faucett Hike

Tom who? Join us as we delve into the life and times of the man who supposedly shot General Braddock during the French and Indian War. He is a local legend...

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

Please join us for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras of the United States: French & Indian War, Colonial...

DARCee's Friends of Keystone Under the Bridge Clean Up Event

Dust off that Red Hot Chili Peppers CD, load it up, and come on out and meet the members of DARCee and the Friends of Keystone State Park under the bridge in...

Family Fishing

Join the Park Naturalist for a morning of fishing on a newly stocked lake. Poles and bait provided. Youth fishing poles will be available for use as well. No...

History Walk Around the Lake

Do you realize that it has been 150 years since William Parker’s splash dam was built here? Learn about the history of the park on this hike around the lake.

Koppenhaver Trail Bridge Volunteer Day

Koppenhaver Trail Bridge Volunteer Day Volunteers are needed to assist with installing a new replacement bridge on Koppenhaver Trail. Projects consist of...

Memorial Day Service

Join us at the campground amphitheater for a Memorial Day Service to honor our veterans. We will have a speaker followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing...

Native Plant Garden Clean Up

We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has two native plant gardens that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we pull weeds, and make...

PA Mammals

While we don’t have any buffalo (despite our name!) there sure are a lot of other furry creatures to be found here. Come test your skills of identifying furs...

World Turtle Day

Turtles have roamed our planet since before dinosaurs, yet many of these beloved creatures are now in serious trouble due to habitat loss, exploitation as...

The Pennsylvania Longrifle... and You!

In this seminar, guest speaker Dave Ehrig will explore the roots of our state’s iconic new symbol. From humble frontier roots, an evolution of gunmaking...

  Lagoon by Pontoon

Presque Isle State Park has miles of beautiful wetlands, ponds, and a lagoon home to many unique plants and animals. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the lagoon...

Creatures of The Creek

Invertebrates are an important part of the food chain in the East Branch of the Clarion River & Bendigo Run. Join a park educator in an investigation of the...

Memori-OWL Weekend!

Our park educator will lead a video presentation introducing you to 3 native owl species. Attendees will be offered owl pellets to dissect so we can discern...

Snake Walk

Take a walk with the park educator to search for, learn about, and appreciate PA’s amazing snakes. Please be sure to bring a water bottle and sturdy shoes....

Wildlife Watchers Kayak Program

Take a relaxing paddle on Doubling Gap Lake and enjoy the sights and sounds of Mother Nature. Kayaks are limited so it is recommended to reserve a time for...

Delaware River Kayaking *FULL* Accepting Waiting List Only

Team up with the Park Naturalist for a fun float in a kayak down the Delaware River! After an on-land strategy and safety session, participants will launch...

Children's Red, White, & Blue Bike Parade

Decorate your bicycles, wagons, or anything that rolls in red, white, and blue and join us for a patriotic parade through the campground. Assemble at the...

Frog Fun

Ages 3-5, Little ones and their grownups will learn about frogs and toads through hands on activities, story, craft, and song.

Banded Net-winged Beetle

Tag along with the Park Naturalist to learn about life in our woods. We’ll walk the Frost Hollow and Snowflake Trails, a 1.5 mile loop on moderate terrain....

Hike: Balanced Rock Trail

Take a walk to the beautiful Balanced Rock and learn how the geology of the area put it there. On the way we’ll learn a little about the history of the park...

Hopewell Lake Family Hike

Join park staff for a 2-mile hike around Hopewell lake. During the hike participants will learn about beaver habitat and behaviors, tree ID, and park...

Knotweed Knockdown

We will be walking in the stream to cut down Japanese Knotweed (an invasive plant) on streambanks. Please wear shoes you are comfortable with getting wet....

Log Drive!

Bring your sand buckets to haul water for our scale-model log drive down the beach. We will demonstrate how logs were moved to the sawmills back before log...

Mammals of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to many spectacular mammals. Come on down to the campground amphitheater where we'll learn about some of these fuzzy creatures. We'll...

Salamander Safari

Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania; where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique, and where to find them. We will head to Penny Run to...

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...

Birding 101

Join the park naturalist to learn all about the wonderful world of birding! We will be discussing some good tips for beginner birders & test out our...

Oak/Hemlock Loop

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak/Hemlock Trail at Locust Lake SP on Saturday, May 28, 2022. The trail is 3 miles in length and moderate in...

Ribbit, Hop, Croak: Frogs of Yellow Creek

Are you curious about the frogs and toads that live at Yellow Creek? Join us on this program to learn all about these fun amphibians and their loud croaks...

Early Laetiporous cincinnatus (Chicken of the woods)

Join our Park Educator for a trail walk to peruse and identify some mushrooms. We have about 11,000 named species of mushrooms in N. America and accurate,...

Busy Beavers

Learn more about the beavers that live in Lake Jean at the beach! No live animals will be present. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or...

Creative Constellations

Join the park educator at the amphitheater to learn about the night sky, different phases of the moon, the constellations, & the stars associated with them....

Elk Calves

Calving season is here! Most elk give birth to their calves between the last week of May and the first week of June. Join us at the Elk Country Visitor...

Forest Habitat Hunt

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

Pontoon Boat Rides

Pontoon Boat Rides Take a ride on the pontoon boat to see beautiful views of the lake. Each ride will have a specific topic, which are listed below. ...

A hand holds a crayfish by the back, crayfish's antenae and legs face the camera.

Discover how crayfish move on land and water by splashing into the wild world of crayfish to explore their habitats! Nets and containers provided. All ages...

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...

Edible Plant Excursion

Ever wondered what plants are safe to eat and which are not? Join the park educators to see which plants are safe to snack on.

View from Cowans Gap overlook

Come join the park naturalist for a hike to the park overlooks. The hike is about 2 ½ miles round trip over moderate to difficult terrain. The first...

Mammals of PA Display

Stop by to see some of the park's taxidermy collection. Do you recognize all the animals? How many have you seen in the wild?

Mushroom Madness

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we search for wild mushroom species and learn about their role in the environment. The hike is on the Campground Trail...

Trek with your Pet Hike

Bring your furry friend along on an easy-moderate hike through the park. Pets must be friendly with other people and pets, and must remain on a leash at all...

CCC Trail Hike

Walk a trail that was once used by the boys of the Civilian Conservation Corps and learn about what they did and where they lived. We go out and back for...

Creative Constellations

Join the park educator at the nature center to learn about the night sky, different phases of the moon, the constellations, & the stars associated with them....

Fossil Discovery

Kids with their Family Activity! Fossil info, identification and kids will then extract 2 replica fossils, which they keep.

Spooky Spiders

There are over 30,000 different spiders in the world. What do some of these spiders eat? Where do some of these spiders live? Come and learn some of the...

Bygone Town of Ricketts Tour

Discover where the lumber town of Ricketts used to stand and learn some history along the way! Good boots are recommended for walking. Please bring your...

Nature Walk

Take an easy walk on the trails of Susquehannock State Park and learn about the history of the area and enjoy any wildlife that crosses our path. We will...

Frog/Toad Call Bingo

Wanna know who that is croaking next to your site at night? Come out and learn some frogs and toads you may have heard around Poe Lake or even at home. Maybe...

Timber Rattlesnake

We share the park with a variety of snakes. Come separate fact from fiction about or parks most misunderstood residents. Meeting Location: Campground...

Water Walk

Walk along the waters edge as we discuss the living and non-living components that make the cove a thriving place for critters.

Marsh Trail Stroll

Take an early evening stroll along the Marsh trail to enjoy the scenery and the wildlife. We’ll keep an eye out for turtles, frogs, birds and more.

Who were the Susquehannocks?

The Susquehannocks arrived in the Lower Susquehanna not long before Captain John Smilth. Who were they and what impact did they have on the area? This...

Matchless Fire Starting

Fire has always captivated humans. Whether it be for cooking or for warmth, people have relied on this heat source for millennia. Come out to the upper...

Beaver Hike

Take a .75 mile hike along the Mid-State Trail to see an active beaver lodge! Learn about their history, management, and role in our park. Great hike for...

Life of a Union Soldier

As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend and think of all those who've served in our armed forces, local historian John Moran will describe what it was like to...

PA Black Bear

Join us for one of our most popular programs. We’ll introduce you to these amazing animals and discuss how they fit into our park ecosystem. We will also...

Pennsylvania Black Bears

The life and times of black bears in Pennsylvania. Why are black bears doing so good in our state?

Ray Owen Good Time Music and Classic Comedy Show

Ray Owen will be performing songs that lift the spirit up and comedy that brings the house down. These days, when it seems that our problems are caused by...

Shell-rific Turtles

What species of turtles live in PA? How big can a snapping turtle get? Find out the answers and much more at this family friendly presentation.

Snakes Alive!

Join us at the Laurel Hill Campground Amphitheater for a chance to get up close and personal with snakes! Learn the facts about snakes and their unique...

What Lurks in the Lake

Join us for this family friendly program where we will learn all about the creatures that call Pinchot Lake home!

Bat Release!

Join park staff to learn more about bats, their habits, and how they are important to our everyday life. After a short presentation we will meet in the field...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera or cell phone for this high tech scavenger hunt. Find the items on the list, take a photo, and get a prize. All children must be accompanied...

Poe Valley Campfire Stories!

Gather around the campfire and listen to some fun campfire stories and local folklore! We will be reading stories from distant places, as well as dive into...

Stargazing Event

Enjoy an evening of stargazing and learn how to find your way around the night sky by "starhopping" from easily recognized constellations and stars to...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville State Park for an educational short film on raptor restoration. Learn what techniques they used and where the population is at today.

Bats:  Myths vs. Facts

Join the park naturalist as we look at the bat and separate fact from myth. Learn why bats are important here at Cowans Gap. Join us afterwards for our...

Matchless Fire Starting

Fire has always captivated humans. Whether it be for cooking or for warmth, people have relied on this heat source for millennia. Come out to the nature...

Night Sky Tour

Take a tour of the night sky to view the spring constellations. Bring a flashlight and bug spray Park and meet at the Visitor Center. This program will be...

Nighttime Trek

Explore the park after dark and find out how the creatures of the night navigate the woods.

A striped gray owl with a round head against a cloudy gray sky

Whoooo’s there? Learn about Pennsylvania’s owls in an engaging slide presentation with taxidermied owl mounts. Learn about the wonderful owls that live in...

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...

Batty About Bats

Come to the old ‘bat church’ to sit in the lawn and watch the evening emergence of the bats. We’ll learn why the bats chose this old building for a roost and...

Command Decisions of the Civil War

During this live presentation, you will be given the task of making command decisions about events from Civil War battles. Will you do better or worse than...

Race Against Time

As spring has sprung, learn about a vital spring wetland habitat type that is disappearing from many places. Some interesting species of wildlife depend...

World of the Beaver

Learn the history, biology, and management of this unique mammal through photos, skulls, hides, and demos.

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Around the World in 80 Minutes

In the United States the Greek Constellations and their associated mythological stories are the most well-known. However, for thousands of years humans of...

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. Hear...

Sunday, May 29

 Fish for Free Day

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED....

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...

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

Eagle Watch

Come to Mt.Pisgah State Park to see Stephen Foster Lakes resident eagle population. Learn about this magnificant birds history, biology, behavior and...

Marsh Creek Morning Hike

Join Park staff for a hike to the Marsh Creek Dam. This 2-mile out and back hike will involve views of the lake, wildlife watching, and history of the dam...

Morning Nature Hike

Come along and start your day with a refreshing morning hike on Pont Trail to discover what flora and fauna we can find. Be prepared for a moderate ~2-mile...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring any type of camera to the Environmental Learning Center to get the scavenger hunt list. Take pictures throughout the park of the items on the list. ...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

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. Pontoon boat...

Yoga on the Beach

Join yoga instructor, Tawnia Converse, for a morning yoga session on Lake Jean Beach. No experience required and bring your own mat or towel. **Please...

  Lagoon by Pontoon

Presque Isle State Park has miles of beautiful wetlands, ponds, and a lagoon home to many unique plants and animals. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the lagoon...

Old Growth Tree Walk

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we take a stroll through Sizerville's old growth forest. The walk begins at Pavilion 2 and spans for a mile. Comfortable...

Paddling Skills

Come to this user-friendly class for ages 12+ that will teach basic paddling skills. For first timers only please! Call the park at 814-695-6807 to register...

Sunday Stroll

Join the park educator, for an easy and flat 1 mile hike along the Beaver Haven Nature Trail. Wear footwear and clothing suitable for hiking. Please bring...

Early Laetiporous cincinnatus (Chicken of the woods)

Join our Park Educator for a trail walk to peruse and identify some mushrooms. We have about 11,000 named species of mushrooms in N. America and accurate,...

Bluebirds and Cavity Nesters

Join the park naturalist to learn all about bluebirds and other cavity nesting species in Bald Eagle State Park! We will be taking a 1.5 mile walk to see our...

CCC Tour

Join us on this walking tour to explore an original Civilian Conservation Corps camp and barracks. Catch a glimpse into the lives of the CCC boys that built...

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

Please join us for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras of the United States: French & Indian War, Colonial...

Fish For Free at Keystone State Park

Sunday May 29th is the PA. Fish and Boat Commission's first of the Fish For Free days of 2022. Join the folks of the Saint Vincent College Anglers club who...

Samson takes a Hike.

Join us for a relaxing hike with you & your dog around Dragonfly Pond and out the Paul Trail! This hike is about 2 - 3 miles with some small rolling hills. ...

Samson takes a Hike

Join us for a relaxing hike with you & your dog around Dragonfly Pond and out the Paul Trail! This hike is about 2 - 3 miles with some small rolling hills....

Healthy Hike

May 20, 29 10:00am - 11:30am Hiking is a great way to improve your physical and mental health! Join the park naturalist for a quickly paced 2 mile hike...

History of Blue Knob Hike

We will be hiking the Chappells Field trail. Please, wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. This is an easy to moderate hike. We will be learning...

Magic Trail

See if you can find the “prey” that is camouflaged along the trail! This program is geared towards younger children. Meet at the Environmental Learning...

Pennsylvania Fish For Free Day

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with an ongoing hands on exhibit of fishing equipment, local fish identification, knot tying and casting geared towards...

Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Try stand up paddle boarding. Practice your balance on the water. Space is limited to 4 participants. Participants must be 12 or older and be able to swim to...

Wildflower Walk

Join us for a walk to explore the wildflowers and flowering shrubs that are popping up all over Little Buffalo! We will begin in the Pavilion 1 & 2 Parking...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

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. Pontoon boat...

  Lagoon by Pontoon

Presque Isle State Park has miles of beautiful wetlands, ponds, and a lagoon home to many unique plants and animals. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the lagoon...

Fish for Free Day

No license needed for these special days! Stop by to borrow fishing rods & reels and even practice your casting. Participants must obey all PA Fish & Boat...

Fish for Free Day

On this day everyone is allowed to go fishing in Pennsylvania regardless if they have a fishing license or not. So come on up to Doubling Gap Lake and try...

Gardening for the Birds

Bring your favorite gardener or birder out to see how we can use our home landscape to attract and support our feathered friends. We will meet at the Nature...

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 Reservoir

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. Pontoon boat...

Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Try stand up paddle boarding. Practice your balance on the water. Space is limited to 4 participants. Participants must be 12 or older and be able to swim to...

Art in the Park- Bluebird Edition

These bright birds are one of the most recognizable flyers around. Did you know that they also lay blue eggs as well! Join the park educator in the nature...

Art in the Park: Rattlesnake Edition!

Feeling artsy? Or maybe you just want to know a little more about rattlesnakes? Join in as we learn how to draw a rattlesnake and talk some common...

Fire by Friction

Come along as we discover a variety of primitive devices used to create fire before the time of matches and lighters! Try your hand at flint-and-steel or bow...

Lakeshore Trail Walk

Walk with us as we follow the trail along the edge of the lake around the Frances Slocum hill. We'll come back on the paved road and parking lot edges.

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...

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...

Solar Viewing

Stop by the beach area anytime between 1 pm and 3 pm to view the sun through the solar telescope. Look for sunspots and solar flares! Find out how far...

Tree ID Walk

Join us on a short hike (0.5 miles) to learn about some of different trees at Raccoon Creek State Park. Participants will learn how to identify trees and the...

Walker Run Hike

Join park staff for a moderate hike on the back side of the Goddard McKeever Trail. We will learn about the plants, animals, and wildflowers of M.K. Goddard...

Yough River Sojourn

This is the first section of our first ever Yough River Sojourn! Throughout the summer we will be paddling 6 different segments from Yough lake to Dawson....

Amazing Animals: Hawks Storytime & Talk

Join us for family time to learn all about PA Hawks! We will read Amazing Animals: Hawks by Kate Riggs and then spend some time learning about PA Hawks and...

Geocaching 101

Catch the geobug and learn about geocaching! This is an introductory course to geocaching. You will learn the basics of using a GPS unit to mark a waypoint...

Track Identification

We may not always see wildlife roaming around, but there are many ways to tell that an animal has been in the area. One of those ways is by looking at the...

Wild Edible Plants

Take a walk in the shady woods to learn about wild edible plants. We’ll talk about the “do’s and don’t’s” of wild edibles. Learn what resources are...

Story Time: 'Draw and Tell' Stories

Listen to a story and watch it take shape right before your eyes! The park naturalist will tell several stories through drawing pictures, children love...

History Hike

Discover the history of the area and the park as we hike a section of the Mountain Bike Trails.

Orienteering and Map Reading: Basics

Interested in improving, or developing, your land navigation skills? Join us! Maps and compasses will be provided. Meet at the Environmental Learning...

Animal Adaptations

Come and learn about the adaptations that animals use to survive and thrive in their environments.

Civilian Conservation Corps of Little Pine

Join the park naturalist and celebrate Memorial Day by learning about the work the Civilian Conservation Corps did in the 1930's and 1940's in the area, the...

Fish For Free Day

Join Park Naturalist Jim Mucci on Fish For Free Day. Loaner equipment will be availible at the beach and campground host site #6. Rods and tackle combined...

I Dig Archaeology

Kids with Their Family Program! Families will try to ID artifacts or parts of artifacts. kids will do a simulated dig, keeping their finds.

Creek Critters

Lets get our feet wet and see what critters we can find living in the creek! Be sure to wear something you can get wet.

History Hike at Poe Paddy!

Get ready for a walk on the John Snyder Trail and through the Poe Paddy tunnel as we discuss how this beloved state park came to be. We’ll talk what was here...

Principles of Foraging

Joint the naturalist for a discussion about foraging wild plants. we will cover the principles of responsible and safe foraging, then take a short walk to...

Kayaking into Dusk

The world keeps spinning, and why not enjoy the setting sun from the vantage point of a kayak. All equipment (kayaks, paddles, vests) will be provided, but...

Campfire Tales: Tales of War

Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some tales of true war heroes in honor of Memorial Day. You may just learn something new. Bring a chair...

Creature Feature

Meet us at the Laurel Hill Campground Amphitheater to check out one of the many fascinating creatures that call Pennsylvania home!

Stone Age Tools and Weapons of the Shawnee Valley

A look at the making and use, of stone implements made by early civilizations of the area.

Stone Age Tools and Weapons of the Shawnee Valley

It's easy to identify points, but many artifacts go unnoticed. These items were mostly collected right here at the park.

The River Otter and Fisher

For many years these playful mammals were absent from Ohiopyle. Join us and lean about their miraculous return to the Youghiogheny watershed. We’ll also talk...

Civilian Conservation Corps of Hyner Run

Join the park naturalist and celebrate Memorial Day by learning about the work the Civilian Conservation Corps did in the 1930's and 1940's in the area, the...

Critter Scene Investigation

Do you have what it takes to be on a team of nature detectives, solving Chapman crimes, by examining evidence? Join us on a trek to look for clues and...

Raccoon Craft

Have fun making raccoon mask to take back to your campsite while learning about the lives of these curious animals. Best for kids ages 4 to 10, though all...

Elk in Pennsylvania

AS we watch this video we'll learn about our elk herd, where these animals are located, and how they were re-introduced to the state. Check out the...

Astronomy by Kayak

Take a moment to look at the stars - while sitting in a kayak. All equipment (kayaks, paddles, vests) will be provided, but please dress appropriately for...

Campground Movie: Raccoon Nation

Brief campground talk followed by a 40 minute movie. In the PBS Nature program Raccoon Nation, learn about how raccoons might be growing smarter and...

It's A Jungle Out There

Explore the fight for survival that nature demands of its freshwater inhabitants. All inhabitants can be found in our area.

Spring Peeper

Grab your flashlight and hit the trail on a night hike! Join us on an easy walk through the woods to check out a small pond and discuss the animals that are...

Movie Night: Season of the Bear

Learn about American Black Bears and their habitat. Bring a flashlight.

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Around the World in 80 Minutes

In the United States the Greek Constellations and their associated mythological stories are the most well-known. However, for thousands of years humans of...

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. Hear...

Monday, May 30

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

Disc Golf

Want to learn to play disc golf? We can help you learn the basics! All you need to bring is your readiness to learn.

Mammals of PA

While we don’t have any buffalo (despite our name!) there sure are a lot of other furry creatures to be found here. Come test your skills of identifying furs...

Memorial Day Paddle

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

Paddle Lackawanna Lake

Grab a paddle and enjoy a guided trip around the southern portion of Lackawanna Lake! As we paddle along, we'll relax and discuss the park and its wild...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

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. Pontoon boat...

War Stories from the Cemetery

Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life may have been like for soldiers in the 1800's? Join us this Memorial Day as we discuss who we honor during this...

Art in the Park- Bluebird Edition

These bright birds are one of the most recognizable flyers around. Did you know that they also lay blue eggs as well! Join the park educator in the...

Bygone Town of Ricketts Tour

Discover where the lumber town of Ricketts used to stand and learn some history along the way! Good boots are recommended for walking. Please bring your...

A Look Inside the Hive!

Stop by the park office to take a look inside our new observation hive. Our hive has all the essential roles and materials to work as a fully functioning...

Birding for Beginners

Join a park naturalist as we take a walk and explore the world of birding. We will discuss the basics needed to get into this ever-popular activity: the...

CCC Camp Tour

The Civilian Conservation Corps created Raccoon Creek State Park from 1935-42. Join us for a indoor presentation and short walking tour as we discuss the...

Eco-Tour of Keystone Lake

Join the park naturalist for a tour of Keystone Lake. Spend your Memorial Day on your paddleboard, canoe, or kayak and view some wildlife. Learn the lake's...

Frogs and Polliwogs

Join the search for frogs and polliwogs! Along this walk, learn to identify frogs by sight and sound and explore their unique habitat. Please meet at the...

Geology Hike

Take a stroll and learn how geology played an important role in developing beautiful, cool, and legendary features within the park. Hike will be 2 miles...

Tree ID Hike

Did you ever wonder as you were walking through Ohiopyle’s fabulous forest which trees were which? Join us to hike along and learn how to identify many of...

Veteran Venture Paddle

Service members and their families and/or friends are invited to join us for a paddle along the lakeshore. Bring your own kayak or canoe and gear or borrow...

Wetland Wander

Come learn about the fasinating world of the wetlands at Mt. Pisgah State Park. Participants will have a chance to view both natural and man-made wetlands....

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

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. Pontoon boat...