DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 20

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,...

Grady's Decision 5K Run/Walk

This race will begin at 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM. It will start at Beach 1 and run along Old Lake Road to the Stull Interpretive Center.

Hike Cook Forest Series: Record Height Black Cherries of Ridge Trail

Please meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater for a vigorous off-trail hike into the Seneca Forest Special Management old growth forest area in the...

Adopt A Beach Program at Presque Isle

Are you a local resident who enjoys visiting Presque Isle State Park? Please join our Adopt A Beach team. We are accepting volunteers to help keep our...

Charcoal Burn

Due to the expected high heat and humidity this weekend, the charcoal burn has been cancelled. Stay Cool! Blacksmith Shop Open - Saturday and Sunday - 1 and...

Charcoal Burn Teacher Workshop

Due to the expected high heat and humidity this weekend, the charcoal burn has been cancelled. Stay Cool! This Teacher Workshop is administered and approved...

Kayaking at Laurel Lake

Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 12 or older and be able to swim to register. Register...

Morning Hike

Join our park educator for a morning hike around our park. We will explore one of the park's easier trails, chatting about whatever we find on the hike!...

Volleyball Tournament

There will be a volleyball tournament at the Beach 6 courts from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

Volunteer Work Day

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE FORECAST EXCESSIVE HEAT ON SATURDAY. Come out to help us with various work projects around the park. Projects may...

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?...

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?...

Flint Knapping Demonstration

Come to Pavilion #2 to see a demonstration – on the art of making arrowheads - by local flint knapper Ryan Rickerson. Learn how Native Americans relied on...

Intermediate Borosilicate Glass Jewelry Design at TPCA

Learn the art of flameworking in a variety of workshops with Jessica Keemer. From the time you learn to light the torch and melt the glass, you will be...

Pollinators and Native Wildflowers

Join the park naturalist at the Kell Visitor Center to learn the ins and outs of pollination, why we rely on it, and the role that pollinator organisms play....

Quebec Run Ramble

Unique flora, fauna, and history surround the Quebec Run Wild Area. Join forest staff for a moderate to challenging 3.5 mile hike along scenic streams and...

The Great Railway Escape

The Western Maryland Railway along with the B & O were the “Life blood” of Ohiopyle in the early 1900’s. The Western Maryland line was located in what we now...

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...

What Was Dinner?

Some species can leave behind clues to their survival in nature. Owls do so be leaving pellets. Learn about owls and their pellets as we dissect one.

Zombugs: How to make insect preservations Preregistration required.

Have you ever wondered how people make a dead butterfly into a piece of art or how one can transform a group of dragonflies into an amazing display? Join us...

“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...

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...

Friends Of Black Moshannon Summer Festival

Have fun trying out skills from the Lumber Era. Participate in log cross cut, log rolling, and ax throwing. Then dance the night away during the beach party.

Skulls and Furs

Show us your skills by trying to match the animal fur to the corresponding skull.

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...

Escape Room

Join us by trying to escape our classroom by solving puzzles, riddles, and locks in about 20 minutes. The theme for our escape room is climate change, so you...

Archaeology Adventure

Discover the rich cultural history of Native Americans at a simulated dig site by piecing together items from the past. Each participant will have the...

Hike to Balanced Rock and Raven Rocks

Take a scenic rock past Rainbow Falls to Balanced Rock and then on to Raven Rocks and find out a little of the history of the park along the way. Balanced...

Kayaking at Laurel Lake

Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 12 or older and be able to swim to register. Register...

Man and the Moon

So 50 years ago today, man landed on the moon. If you are fascinated by the moon, come learn some interesting facts about the Earth’s natural satellite.

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...

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,...

Animal Signs Hike

Come join the park naturalist on a hike along One Mile Trail. Learn about some of the signs that animals leave.

Salamander Safari Program Preregistration

Join Park Educator, Lisa Meadow, to explore Laurel Run for salamanders and other critters! Wear shoes that can get wet. Great fun for the whole family....

Basics of Map and Compass

Learn the basics of reading topographical maps, orienting a compass, taking and following a bearing, and successfully completing an orienteering course. Good...

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...

Elk Country Escape Room

Escape rooms are all the rage these days and our staff has designed their own! Think you have what it takes to escape. In this free escape room our elk...

Metal Detecting

The thrill of holding something in your hand that hasn't seen daylight in a hundred years, the love of coin collecting, the intrigue of searching for buried...

Saturday Afternoon Paddle

Learn about the park and the wildlife we see while learning to kayak. All equipment is provided. Please, wear clothing and shoes appropriate for kayaking....

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...

Intermediate Borosilicate Glass Jewelry Design at TPCA

Learn the art of flameworking in a variety of workshops with Jessica Keemer. From the time you learn to light the torch and melt the glass, you will be...

Archery 101

Come learn the basics of archery! How-to and safety will be discussed, followed by an opportunity for participants to try it for themselves. This activity 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...

Faeries of the Forest

Let's build some shelters for the secretive wee folk of the forest - the faeries, elves, and pixies of Worlds End! We use found natural materials and our...

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,...

Owls at the Beach

Learn what makes owl special, and what kinds we have living in the park. Taxidermy mounts of many different species on hand.

The Noble Rattler

Find out that Timber Rattlesnakes have a lot more to worry about us then the other way around! After a short lecture, we'll take a hike to a hibernaculum.

The Ugliest Critter in the Creek

This critter is seldom seen except by people who actively go looking for it. It spends its entire life in the water. It can get over two feet long. It was...

Weird Animals

We have some strange animals in Pennsylvania. Find out what strange (and sometimes disgusting) habits are used by some of our backyard critters. Ice Mine

Critter Quest: DiscoverE Program

Slimy salamanders, chirping crickets, and wriggling worms are just a few of the things we might find on this creepy crawler adventure. Program intended for...

Log Cabins of Chestnut

In the 1920s a blight killed the Chestnuts. The logs were turned into cabins. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop for this three mile hike on the Raccoon Run Trail.

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...

Family Nature Games

Explore the wide world of wildlife through activities and games that are fun for the whole family! Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event...

Honeybees

Local naturalist, Bobby Reed, will present a honeybee program at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 5 pm. Bobby uses a...

Kayak Glendale Lake

Explore Slate Lick Cove in the seat of a kayak! Basic paddling skills will be reviewed before setting out. We will discuss the park and the wildlife we may...

Science in the Park:  Ticks

Ticks are a huge concern when it comes to being outdoors. Come learn facts and fiction about these tiny critters we love to hate. Campground Amphitheater

Lost in the Woods- How to Respond When You're a Kid

Families and child care professionals are encouraged to join us as we discuss this very important safety topic. Unfortunately, when camping in any forest,...

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,...

Mammal Mix-Up

Come and learn about some of the more common mammals of the Poconos in this informal and interactive program where the audience gets involved. While there...

Fungus Among Us

Ohiopyle has very good habitat for mushrooms to grow. Are you curious what these fungi are? Is it a plant, an animal, or something else entirely? We will...

Gators and Lizards and Snakes, Oh My!

Join PT Reptiles for a LIVE reptile show! Pete will bring a wide assortment of reptiles, and some arachnids, too!

Lost Children's Monument

Everyone is welcome to meet at Chappell’s Field to board the bus. We will be taking a bus tour to the Lost Children’s Monument and listening to their story.

Music on the Beach at Whipple Dam State Park: Eric Ian Farmer

– Join Eric Ian Farmer on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Whipple Dam State Park Beach. Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina - but born in...

Whipple Dam Music on the Beach 2019 Summer Concert Series

Whipple Dam Music on the Beach – 2019 Summer Concert Series – Come out to Whipple Dam and enjoy the music of local artists on the beach or lake. The concerts...

Bats - Hunters of the Night Sky

We will cover identification, biology, and their role in nature. Observe a maternity colony, and watch the bats emerge.

Fascinating Fireflies

Did you know that the firefly is the state insect of Pennsylvania? Learn more about these amazing insects and why they are good indicators of a healthy...

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...

The Fisher - Mustelid of Mystery

Commonly called ' fisher cat', 'fisher weasel', or 'tree otter', the fisher is a secretive noctunal predator found in mature forests of PA. It doesn't eat...

Bats in Action

Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Bats in Action 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Mt. Zion Baptist Church - Moraine Mysterious and often misunderstood, bats are one of our...

Campground Movie: Hummingbirds

The spectacular PBS Nature video "Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air" presents stunningly beautiful footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech...

Elk in PA

Please join the PA Game Commission Northcentral Environmental Educator, Mandy Marconi, for an All about Pennsylvania Elk Program. During this hands-on...

Film in the Forest: The Man Who Planted Trees

This short documentary tells the story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees, single handedly transforming...

Movie Night : "The Grinch"

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...

Batty for Bats

Dr. Gary Kwiecinski, professor at the University of Scranton, will share his extensive knowledge about the much-maligned mammal, the bat. As darkness ensues,...

National Parks: Grandeur

During WWI a new federal agency is created to protect the parks. In Arizona a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth. Join us at the...

Owl Power

Using the latest in camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays, and supersensitive microphones, we can take a brand-new look at owls in more detail than...

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...

Theater in the Pines: Season of the Bat

This video by the Wild Resource Conservation Fund covers identification, biology, and the problems bats are facing today.

Saturday, July 20