DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 13

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.

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,...

Volleyball Tournament

There will be a volleyball tournament at the Beach 6 courts from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Ashes and Iron Blacksmith Shop Archaeological Digs

Clear Creek State Park's lumbering history is being uncovered inch by inch by our volunteer archaeologists, Brian and Amanda Valko-Fritz. Meet at the...

Blacksmith Demonstration

Come and see an actual blacksmith use his artisan skills to create items from iron, using fire and and hammer. Listen to the sizzle of the water bucket.

Grassland Bird and Butterfly Walk

Join us for this walk at the Grand Central Landfill grasslands in search of birds and butterflies that live there. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable...

Inaugural Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend:  Fossil Dig Program

MEETING AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER THIS EVENT IS FREE. This weekend is designed to help thousands of girls across the United States...

The Nose Knows & What Bear Goes Where Games

Let's see how much your nose knows for this fun matching activity on how bears locate their cubs! We will be using perfumes for this activity in scent...

Volunteer Trail Clean-up Day

If you enjoy the beauty and wilderness of Ohiopyle State Park, we ask you to consider spending a little time chipping in. Clean ups are sponsored by the...

Wildflower Identification Workshop

Wildflowers are nature's fireworks! The variety of colors, shapes and sizes abound. Join Jennings' staff to deepen your identification skills and gain more...

Yoga on the Beach

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

Yoga on the Beach

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

Introduction to Archery

***Registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button. When registering please specify how many children will be...

Biking Bald Eagle

Join the park naturalist for a morning bike ride! This 5-mile round-trip ride will take you from Lower Greens Run to Bullit Run and back. Please be advised...

Girls in Parks Day

Registration extended through Friday 7/12. Girl scouts! Earn badges while having fun in the outdoors at Sinnemahoning State Park! Activities include...

Girls in Parks: Wild Thing

Many people enjoy watching wildlife, but you must always remember that you cannot treat wild animals the same way you treat your pets. This program is...

Kayak through History

Learn the history of Laurel Lake and Pine Grove Furnace while kayaking. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be able to swim, 12 or older,...

Learn to Kayak

Basic instruction will be followed by a leisurely paddle on Laurel Hill Lake. Registration is required, to register please contact: Kimberly...

Salamander Search

Join us in the East Area of the park for a salamander search! We will be searching along the stream and banks on the Mill Race Trail for all kinds of...

The Bear Out There

Join us to learn about one of Pennsylvania's most sought after mammals: The Black Bear. Chris Reidmiller from the PA Game Commission will present a hands-on...

Trail Care at Raccoon Creek State Park

We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trails that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we help in the upkeep of this...

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...

Girls in Parks: Where's Our Water?

The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania have teamed up with state parks to offer scouts all over the state opportunities to get out into nature! Join...

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...

Home Depot

Come and join in the fun at Keystone State Park beach house. Carol from Home Depot will be here along with Keystone’s camp hosts and staff to make crafts...

Live! Turtles

Come to Pavilion #2 to see a presentation - all about turtles - by local turtle enthusiast John Bowler. He will be bringing along his live turtles to help...

Muddy Creek Oil Well Living History Tour

Come see a restored oil well in operation! The Muddy Creek Oil Well is an award-winning restoration site of an antique oil well. The Bessemer Gas Engine and...

Programs & Kids Crafts

Bats 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Discover which species of bats live in Pennsylvania and what they like to eat, how many babies they have, and what habitats they...

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...

Girls in Parks: Natural Symbols of Pennsylvania.

Join the park naturalist to discover what our natural symbols are and why they were chosen. This program is intended for Daisy and Brownie Scouts, but is...

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...

History & Trains Saturdays: Model Trains Demonstration

Visit the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center Classroom as the Kane Model Train Club sets up their trains and tallks about our local history! Kids will...

Invasive Species Walk

Our forests are being over-run by things that shouldn’t be there. Join the park educator on this short walk where we will discover some of the causes and...

Birds of Prey ID & Watch

Learn how to identify hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey in flight. We will discuss the key characteristics of raptor silhouettes which help with...

Boulder Field Basics

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

Campfire Potholders

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

Fibonacci Nature Numbers

We find patterns in many aspects of nature: the number of petals on a flower, the configuration of seeds in a pod, the ancestry of honey bees, and many more....

Girls in Parks: Stream Survey

Join the park naturalist to discover the hidden life of a stream. We will collect and identify specimens, and learn about the roles they play in freshwater...

Greenwooid Furnace Heritage Day

Greenwood Furnace Heritage Day recognizes the history of the furnace and of the park. The Blacksmith Shop will be open from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Guided Walk of...

Living History at Fort Pitt: Fort Pitt Garrison Drill

The Fort Pitt Garrison will be on hand demonstrating 18th century military drill and firing the museum’s reproduction cannon, weather permitting. Cannon...

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...

Paddle Smart Class

Join members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary to learn basic paddling skills and techniques to keep yourself and others safe. Skills/Techniques to be...

Programs & Kids Crafts

Bats 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Discover which species of bats live in Pennsylvania and what they like to eat, how many babies they have, and what habitats they...

Shoaff's Mill Tour

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

Volunteer Afternoons in July

Join us from 1:00-3:00 PM as we work in our native plant gardens. Dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and your favorite work gloves. Your help will...

Wild, Wild Western Pennsylvania:Pioneer Life in Indiana County

Join Joe Hildebrand as we take a look inside the pioneer life of Indiana County. Life was never easy for the first settlers of Western PA. Volunteers from...

Elk Walk and Talk

Join our staff as we walk our trails here at the Elk Country Visitor Center and discuss various elk behaviors and elk history. While walking keep your eyes...

Incredible Insects Table

Stop by the Beach House to learn about how insects can benefit you. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more information.

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

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

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...

Decorate Your Own Reusable Bag

Did you know one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Let’s try to break the cycle! Come on over to the pool deck to create some cool designs...

Girls in Parks: Fossils.

We will discuss the importance of fossils,the different kinds of fossils, and how fossils are formed. Participants will have the opportunity to make a faux...

Learning at the Beach: Owls

Come by the table at the beach to see what the park naturalist brought to show today.

Programs & Kids Crafts

Bats 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Discover which species of bats live in Pennsylvania and what they like to eat, how many babies they have, and what habitats they...

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...

Forest Habitat Hunt

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

Learn to Paddleboard

Basic instruction will be followed by on water paddle practice. Registration is required, to register please contact: Kimberly...

Mushroom Talk and Walk

Join the Central PA Mushroom Club to learn about non-edible and edible mushrooms. Search for and identify fungus with members of the club.

Nature Table at the Pool

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

Science in the Park:  PA Black Bears with PGC

Join the PA Game Commission as they talk about our largest mammal, the Black bear. Learn about the ecology and behavior of these denizens of Pennsylvania and...

Timber Rattlesnake

Some folks never want to see them. Others see them as symbols of wilderness. Come see versions of Timber rattlesnakes that can’t hurt us and learn why some...

Up-Close and Personal with Dragons

Please join entomologist Lane Loya of St. Francis University on a wetlands hike to observe and capture some of the fiercest insect predators found in the...

Afternoon Paddle

Set out on a kayak adventure! Registration is required for this program, please call Alison at 570-676-0567 or email her at atews@pa.gov to register. Cost...

Bluebird Walk

Come join a naturalist as we peek inside the nests to take field data from our bluebird boxes.

Girls in Parks: Tremendous Trees

This program is for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Come and learn how to identify the trees that grow in our park. Then we will hike the...

Hike Around the Lake

Come join the park naturalist on a hike around the lake. Along the way you will learn about the natural history of the park as well as the human history.

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...

Orienteering Basics

Know anyone who would be completely lost without their GPS. Well before electronics, navigation was a skill to be learned with tools such as a map and a...

Just for Kids: Firefly Fun

Fireflies are the stars of one of nature's most unique summertime light shows. Come and learn the basics about the bright little insects and make a craft to...

Learn to Paddleboard

Basic instruction will be followed by on water paddleboard practice. Registration is required, to register please contact: Kimberly...

Music in the Gap: Chris Woodward and Shindiggin'

Come out an enjoy a FREE concert sponsored by the Friends of Cowans Gap State Park. This month it is Chris Woodward and Shindiggin. Chris Woodward &...

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Pontoon

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

Canoe Tour

Explore the history and management of our lake- all by canoe and in a relaxed family setting. Boats, paddles, and PFD’s provided. PFD’s must be worn at all...

All About Honey Bees

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a live honeybee colony? Join Randy Barnes to discuss the roles of the bees inside the hive and the environmental...

Campfire Sing Along

She's back! Kim Allen is bringing her guitar and a whole lot of old-timey songs to share with us. Don't worry if you don't know the words, we have song...

Coal Mining Stories and Songs of the Northeast

Join us as the park welcomes Jay Smar, area musician and folksinger, as he shares coal mining history through story and song.

Life In The Moshannon Valley In The 1700's

Join guest speaker, Joe Harding, to hear about the interesting history of the 1700’s. Find out how people were able to survive here, what they did preserve...

Owl Outlaws

The story of owls in Pennsylvania reads like a crime novel. Join us to find out what the owls were accused of and how they were acquitted of all charges.

Sunset Paddle

Join us for a leisurely paddle on Lake Jean to observe the sunset. Park and meet at the Western Boat Launch. If you are bringing your own boat, no need...

95 Years of Fun: A Pictorial History of Greenwood Furnace

Join us for a look back at how Greenwood Furnace State Park came to be. We’ve dug deep in our archives to bring you rarely seen images of the park in its...

Christmas in July- Making Natural Ornaments

Come on out to the campground amphitheater to learn how to create beautiful homemade ornaments using local natural materials. Materials and expert assistance...

Lyme Disease Presentation

Department of Health's Ali Wood, R.N. will teach campers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts about tickborne illnesses and ways to protect themselves from...

Campground Movie: Raccoon Nation

Explore deep inside the hidden world of raccoons to reveal secrets of a species that is far more elusive and wily than most people ever imagined. 1-hour PBS...

Constellation Craft for Kids

Is it too late for you to stay up to see the stars? No worries! Come to the Amphitheater to make your own glow in the dark constellation craft before the...

Movie Night " The Lego Movie: The Second Part"

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

Park Welcome & Walking Tour

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

Bat Count

Join park staff as we count bats for citizen science! We monitor several sites to keep track of the summer bat population. If you’d like to help, please call...

Beaver Tale

Only humans manipulate the world around them more than the beaver. Learn more about the ways that they live and survive, as well as get to see the world...

Bobcat in PA

The history, biology, and management of the bobcat in Pennsylvania will be explored. The presentation will include mounts, artifacts, and video clips of...

Dragons & Damsels of the Alleghenies

Please join entomologist Lane Loya of St. Francis University for a slideshow presentation about the dragonflies and damselflies native to the Allegheny...

GHAAS Star Party

Join members of the Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society to learn about the stars through a brief presentation, followed by night sky viewing through...

Star Party

The Lackawanna Astronomical Society will be here to share their knowledge of the night sky. Following a slideshow presentation, they will bring out the...

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...

Saturday, July 13