DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, July 26

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,...

National Moth Week Presentation

Celebrate National Moth Week by learning about this nocturnal group of insects. Following a short presentation showcasing their beauty, diversity and...

DiscoverE Day Camp: Penn's Adventurer's Ages 8-12

DiscoverE! Penn’s Adventurer’s is a program developed for kids ages 8-12 to boost their curiosity and stewardship toward nature. Through outdoor activities...

Explore Parker Dam—Southwest

There are sections of Parker Dam State Park that no trails go. Come and explore an untrodden section to see what is there. Bring water, wear proper...

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...

Nature Activities and Crafts

Head over to the Environmental Learning Center this afternoon for some fun-filled family activities. We will have crafts and games set up for the kids, and...

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...

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...

Discover Presque Isle

Discover Presque Isle (DPI) is an annual three day celebration of Presque Isle State Park hosted by the Presque Isle Partnership (PIP). The Presque Isle...

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...

Intro to Kayaking

Here’s your chance to try kayaking! Participants will learn kayak terminology and basic paddle skills before heading out on the water. Ages 12 and up....

Learning at the Beach: Owls

Stop by the table at the beach and see what the park naturalist has today. Today's topic is owls.

Lil' Buds: Dinosaurs

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...

Mighty Macros

Bring the whole family and join the Park Naturalist to explore underwater communities and identify aquatic insects that call F.J. Sayers Lake home. We will...

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...

Salamander Safari

Join park staff to explore Kettle Creek for salamanders and other amphibians. Bring shoes that can get wet. All children must be accompanied by an adult. ...

Spillway Stomp

Join Keystone State Park staff at the spillway for an aquatic exploration. We'll dip nets and kick net to see what kind of life can be found in 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...

Sunset Rocks Hike (3.25-mile loop)

Meet at end of Old Shippensburg road in the parking lot for a guided hike to Sunset Rocks Overlook. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water for the trek. ...

Fun with Fish

Blue Knob State Park is proud of its high water quality and great trout streams. Children and adults are welcome to come learn about the fish of the area by...

The Need for Natives

Meet some plants that have lived in Pennsylvania for thousands of years. Learn how they are uniquely fitted to their environment and the animals who share...

Big Wet Rodents

Come join the park naturalist to learn about our big, wet rodents to celebrate Big Wet Rodent Day. Afterwards, stay for our Family Friendly Movie.

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...

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...

Flight of the Bats

This program will be focusing on some of the bats' adaptations, some myths about bats, a fungus that is threatening their population. There will also be a...

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...

Frog Hunt

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

National Parks: Going Home

As America embraces the automobile, visitation to remote national parks becomes more common. Join us at the amphitheater.

Pennsylvania’s Elk Story

Elk were in PA when European settlers arrived, then they were gone, and now they are here again. How does a species like elk return to its ancestral range? ...

Gods in the Sky

Join the North Star Outdoor Guides for a discussion of dark skies, a Native American Night Sky story, a laser guided tour of various constellations, and...

Moth Night

As the sunset, join us to learn about the moths that call Raccoon Creek State Park home during National Moth Week. We will also be catching, identifying,...

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: Pennsylvania Songbirds

This video by the Wild Resource Conservation Fund covers bird basics, and the problems migratory birds face.

Friday, July 26