DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, July 19

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,...

*FULL* Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning national curriculum developed to help educators teach the importance of forests. This workshop is open to...

3-Day Digital Photography Workshop with Kelly Abdoney at TPCA

Are you new to Digital photography? Own a Digital Camera but are unsure how to get the results you desire? Kelly Abdoney can enlighten you on how to achieve...

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...

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...

Intro to Paddle Boarding

One of the more relaxing ways to explore on flat water is “paddle boarding.” Come and learn the best techniques for paddling your board through the water....

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...

Archery 101

Friday, July 19, 2019 - Archery 101 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Pavilion #5 (North Shore) – Moraine Archery is a fun activity in which people from all walks of...

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...

DiscoverE - Hide-'n-Seekers

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

Lil' Buds: Eggs

Get the kids outdoors with this program featuring a nature story, hands-on exploration, and a craft. Designed for children ages 2 to 6 but all are welcome. ...

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...

Poolside Nature Table

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

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...

Nature Craft- Red Fox

Take a break from the pool to learn about these sly and clever creatures. Afterwards, you’ll make a fox for you to take home.

Roar on the Shore, The Mayor's Ride

"Thunder on the Isle" the Roar on the Shore Mayor's Ride will begin at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at 3:00 PM with a self-tour of the Center. Then at...

Pennsylvania Otters

Join the park naturalist to learn more about the reintroduction of an animal that at one point were nearly wiped out of Pennsylvania. Topics will include...

Rush Hour Hike

Join park staff for a brisk walk/hike along the riverfront trails of Pittsburgh and avoid sitting in rush hour traffic. How many miles we cover will depend...

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...

Kayak DiscoverE: Tween & Teen preregistration required

Hey Tweens & teens, ages 10-17, come join us to learn how kayak with Emily Borcz & Lisa Meadows on Yellow Creek Lake for a one hour program. Tweens & Teens...

Case of the Phantom Feathers

Become a detective for the evening by solving the Case of the Phantom Feathers! Wildlife cannot speak for itself so you will become their voice. Clues and...

Make a Batty Bat!

In preparation for the Bat Count later this evening, make your own bat to show off to your family and friends.

NEW!  Pop-Up Trail Work Party

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

Wildlife Kayak Tour: Preregistration required

Join for a kayak paddle to check out the wildlife on Yellow Creek Lake with park educators, Lisa Meadows & Emily Borcz. We will provide all needed equipment...

Upstart Arts presents “A Midsummmer Night’s Dream”

Capture the magic of live outdoor theater as Upstart Arts brings William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" to Pinchot Park. Join us for this...

Scavenger Hunt

Children and adults are both invited to come and hunt for unique and common objects around the park. We will be having fun and learning about the objects...

“Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians of PA”

Join local naturalist April Claus as she introduces you to things that creep and slither. This hands-on interactive program introduces you to the reptiles...

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...

2019 Bat Count

Learn about natures bug zappers in this program suitable for all ages. Then join the park naturalist to get a count of some resident park bats! Meet at the...

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- Fox Tales

Come on out to the campground amphitheater to play a fun filled game to learn about opportunistic omnivore Afterwards, we’ll watch Fox Tales, which follows a...

Settlers of the Kettle Creek Valley

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

Bats on the Brink

As darkness falls, learn about the main benefits of bats, the very real threat they face today, and what you can do to help. Conclude the program by watching...

National Parks: The Last Refuge

A young president, Theodore Roosevelt, becomes the national parks’ greatest champion. In Yellowstone a magnificent species is rescued from extinction. Join...

Nature Nut—Frogs

Who doesn’t love seeing a frog in a pond, lake, or swamp? Learn more about them in this quirky video by Nature Nut, John Acorn.

Owl Prowl

Join the park educator on a walk through the dark woods in search of WHOO might be in the trees

Public Sky Watch

Public Sky Watch 8:30 – 11:00 pm Get a glimpse of the night sky with your own telescope or use the telescopes of the Starlight Astronomy Club as they scan...

NIGHT SKY TOUR: Summer Constellations

Join park staff, for an exciting evening exploring the wonders of the heavens. View a star-laced sky, planets, star clusters and galaxies using optics. This...

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...

Nocturnal Insects

Let's set up some light traps and see what kinds of moths and other delightful nighttime insects we can attract for identification and release. ID books,...

Theater in the Pines: Eyewitness Amphibians

This video covers the different types of amphibians, their adaptations, and their life cycles.

Friday, July 19