DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, July 12

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,...

Waking Up to Wild Creek Paddle

Meeting at Preachers Camp Boat Launch. Explore Beltzville's Wild Creek Cove by kayak. Come for a leisurely paddle, explore the lake, and simply enjoy being...

DiscoverE: Land, Stream, and Sky

Children 4-6 and their accompanying adult are invited to Nolde Forest EEC for three consecutive Fridays. Each day we will read a story, make a craft, and...

Summer Camp at Tyler Park Center for the Arts

Individual art intensive weeks for aspiring young artists! 10% off with family membership to TPCA Creative days Monday – Friday 9:30 – 3:00 (ages 8 –...

DiscoverE: Penn's Adventurers Camping 101

***CANCELLED*** Calling all kids between the ages of 9 to 12 with an interest in camping and spending time in the outdoors! Join us at Raccoon Creek State...

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...

DiscoverE: Hide and Seekers (ages 4 to 5)

In 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...

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...

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...

Learning at the Beach: Animal Tracks

Stop by the display at the beach to learn about animal tracks and see if you can identify them.

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...

DiscoverE: Outdoor Explorers

Age Requirement: 6-8 years-old Join us as we learn about some of the incredibly interesting animals that inhabit our Earth, and especially Pennsylvania. ...

Don't Can it Recycling Game

Before a soda can gets to the store, before it has soda in it, it’s parts of nature. Dry off from the pool and head over to the pool deck to learn in this...

Snakes of Pennsylvania

Join the park naturalist to learn about some Pennsylvania snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, and also learn to appreciate the role they have in nature. ...

Butterflies and Blooms

Join our park naturalist for a slow paced 1 mile walk around the park. While we walk, we will look for butterflies while we learn about the native plants in...

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...

State Parks & Prescribed Burns

Join the park naturalist at the Kell Visitor Center to learn how state parks have been utilizing fire as a management tool. This management technique is not...

Family Night: Crayfish

Join us to learn about the fascinating lives of crayfish as we explore the creek for these unusual creatures. This program is best for families with children...

Tree ID + Tea

Join forest naturalist for a beginner-friendly tree identification hike. Learn how to use a field guide and dichotomous key as well as how to properly...

24 Hour Bike Ride

This bike ride event will begin at Beach 1 and ride Peninsula Drive around the park starting at 7:00 PM July 12 until 7:00 PM July 13.

Backpacking Basics

Backpacking can be a fun, challenging, and rewarding way to explore the outdoors and visit places that may only be accessible on foot. Join us to learn the...

Light up the Night -- Firefly Fun

Whether you call them fireflies, lightning bugs or glow bugs, these unique insects are a sign of summer in PA! Join the Park Naturalist to learn the basics...

Old Time Thingumajigs

Have fun the old fashion way. Return to days of yesteryear with whimmydidles, whirligigs, thamatropes, and more.

Solar System Sensory Bottle

Upcycle plastic soda bottles to create a fun way to learn about planets. All materials provided.

A Visit With Samuel

Come hear the story of how the Cowan family came to Cowan’s Gap as told by Samuel Cowan. Then stay and watch the Friday Family Friendly Movie.

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. Coffee, tea, and iced...

Film in the Forest- The Civilian Conservation Corps

Come out to the Campground Amphitheater to learn the rich and exciting history about the CCC! We will discover and discuss Camp S-85, which was the company...

Nature at Night

Coming to a Night Sky Program, but arriving early? Join park staff for a family friendly Nature at Night Program! These programs will feature fascinating...

Owl Prowl

What makes owls such good night hunters? Join us at the campground amphitheater, with our guest speaker Rose-Anna Behr, for a short introduction to the...

Whitetails of Pennsylvania

Come and learn more about this popular animal and state animal of Pennsylvania. Topics will include adaptations, a brief history, and habits among other...

Is That Skunk?

It’s one smell that we probably all can identify. But, what else do we know about skunks and how they are adapted to survive? Come learn more about 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

Night Sky Viewing

Join Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory, and learn the essentials of stargazing. The planets Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible....

Shallow Seas

The edges of continents are a constantly evolving set of relationships between eclectic species. Coral reefs have fantasy-like creatures, and the coastlines...

Theater in the Pines: Spirit of the Eagle

This video follows a group of young people as they explore an Bald eagle preserve, and learn about the importance of the eagle to the Native Americans.

Full Moon Watch

Take a journey to the moon as we explore some of its fascinating features. From highlands to volcanic plains, the moon has a diverse landscape. Join park...

Friday, July 12