DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 27

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,...

WORLDS END DAY 2019

Join the park staff and the "Friends of Worlds End" volunteers, along with other agencies, organizations, and local businesses for a day of fun, music,...

Bald Eagle Creek Kayak Day Trip

Team up with the park naturalists for a day of aquatic recreation & education! Grab your gear for this 8-mile excursion that will take you from Milesburg to...

Celebrate the Bloom!

Celebrate the Bloom! is a free annual event held at Jennings Environmental Education Center on the last Saturday in July. Celebrating the state’s only...

Landowner Workshop

Do you have hemlock trees on your property or invasive plants that you want rid of but don’t know how to handle them? This workshop is for you! We will...

Volleyball Tournament

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

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?...

Paddling Skills - Learn how to Kayak!

Come to this user-friendly class for ages 12+ that will teach basic paddling skills. For first timers only please! Call the park at 814-695-6807 to register...

Beginner Felting: Cob Web & Nuno w/ Nelly Kouzmina

Explore the possibilities of felt-making and learn various techniques to create one of the oldest forms of textile using natural fibers – wool. Morning: Cob...

Bulding Bird Houses

We all love looking at birds and watching baby birds leave the nest! More than 80 species of North American birds depend on cavities for nesting including...

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...

Family Geocaching

Come discover a new favorite family activity—geocaching! Join guest instructors Lynn & Rosemary Haselhoff as they show you how to use a handheld GPS unit to...

Get Your Tail on the Trail- Creek Critters

Here’s another chance to get some Get Your Tail on the Trail miles. This month we will be hiking along the Ranger Trail and will stop for some creek...

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...

PA Reptiles & Amphibians

Stop by the stage anytime between 10am and 11am to meet some of the cold-blooded creatures that call Little Buffalo home. The stage is located in the East...

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...

Wild Edibles

Come out to the campground amphitheater to learn about some plants THAT YOU CAN EAT. We will learn how to identify some and nibble on a few of these plants....

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...

Art in the Park

Join artist & former DCNR designer Nancy Mendes to create a landscape of the park. She will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful...

Survival Series: Matchless Fires

Whether you'd like to learn for emergency situations or for a backyard campfire, join park staff for matchless fire starting! We'll cover the basics of fire...

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...

Snorkeling the Clarion

Please bring your masks & snorkels to the old Park Office to search the river for aquatic insects and fish. This is a great opportunity to see fish and...

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...

Wine on the Waterfront

Wine on the Waterfront returns to the banks of the Delaware River at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Saturday, July 27, from noon to 4 PM. The...

Campfire Potholders

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

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...

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...

Trains and History Saturdays: Trains Across the Kinzua Bridge

Join special guest presenter, Mike Adams, for a history lesson on the trains that crossed the Kinzua Bridge since it was built in 1882.

Bat Box Building

Learn about the decline of Pennsylvania’s bats and how you can help by putting up bat boxes. All materials provided to make and take a bat box.

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 534.

Compass Chaos

Learn how a compass works then set out on an adventure to find all the spots! Compasses will be provided for use

PA's Black Bears

Join Amy Nabozny, local Game Warden with the PA Game Commission, for a program on black bears. Bears are many things to many people – a symbol of nature...

Paracord Survival

Paracord has many, many uses and is popular these days! Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center to make your own stylish and useful paracord keychain!

Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow

Follow the movement of stormwater on Earth in this hands-on activity at the beach house. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for...

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,...

Treerific Trees

Meet the park naturalist at the Kell Visitor Center for a walk on several park trails. We'll talk about tree characteristics and how to use the...

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: Insects

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

Poolside Nature Table

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

Aerial Attack Predators: Dragonflies & Damselflies

Join us for a fun program to learn about all about some of our smallest most aggressive predators on the planet! Learn to tell the difference between...

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...

Bog Treasures

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. The trail is stroller friendly and ADA accessible. Meet at Boat...

Mushroom Hike

Join John Plischke III from the Western Mushroom Club to take a hike on Chappells Field Trail while learning about all the mushrooms in the area. If you...

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,...

Underwater Wonders: DiscoverE Program

Dive deeper into the life of the creek to explore freshwater habitats and the animal that live there. Snorkels and life vests provided. Ages 8-18.

Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour

Take a tour of the lovely wildlife habitat garden at the Wentz education center. Learn about native plants and their connection to a healthy environment. ...

Salamander Safari

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

Backpacking Basics

If you have ever thought about camping in the backcountry, there is a lot of great equipment and resources that makes it a much more comfortable endeavor...

Bluebird Walk

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

Bog Slog

Did you know that Promised Land Lake was once a bog? Take an easy half mile hike back to Snow Shanty Run, a classic Northeastern PA bog, and look for signs...

Citizen Science: Monarch Watch

Stop by the Brightbill Interpretive Center to learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Then join us as we search through the milkweed plants to...

DiscoverE Kids Program: Invasive Insects

Children ages 6-12 will learn how to identify and report invasive insects. Park and meet at the Visitor Center in Ricketts Glen State Park. Contact...

Free Yoga Series

Join certified yoga instructor Michele Miklos and park staff for this year’s free yoga series at Moraine State Park. Learn the basics of yoga, soak in some...

Log Cabins of Chestnut

In the 1920s cabins were built to escape urban ills. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Blacksmith Shop for this three mile hike.

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...

Make Your Own Mushroom Log

You will have the opportunity to drill, plant spores, and seal a log to grow shitake mushrooms. Logs and tools will be supplied for your use. Supplies are...

Bird Walk

Join the park naturalist for a bird-watching hike. We will also talk about equipment, habitats, and techniques.

Dutch Oven Instructional Dinner

Go Dutch with your oven! Come and learn the skills needed to prepare and entire dinner in your Dutch oven over a campfire from fire master John Halter. The...

Smokey Bear's Birthday Celebration

Smokey Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The program starts at 5:00 pm. Dave Duffy will give a fire...

Just for Kids: Froggy Fun

Come and learn about the different kinds of frogs that live in the park! We'll hear a story and make a "frogtastic" craft! In the event of rain or a...

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,...

75th Anniversary Program: Bonfire on the Beach

Smokey the Bear will teach us about campfire safety. Afterwards, you can get your picture with Smokey and make s’mores. Park at Beach Lot #1 or #2 and meet...

Magically Electric Show

Producing electricity is so easy, it's just like magic!

Otters and Beavers

Through a fun and interactive family game, discover how the playful river otter is perfectly adapted to life in and out of the water. Campground talk...

Owl Outlaws

Join the park educator for a "Whooo Done it Walk" and discover the criminal past of these night time predators. AVAILABLE SEATING IS LIMITED, PLEASE BRING A...

PA Game Commission presents "Wildlife C.S.I."

Join PA Game Commission wardens as they demonstrate the tools of the trade. Help them navigate a game and wildlife violation in progress and participate in...

Saturday Night at the Movies!  Sony's Peter Rabbit

Join the Friends of Canoe Creek for a free movie night at the park. Families can also participate in crafts before the movie, which begins at 8:45pm. Doug’s...

Snakes of Pennsylvania

Every snake is a good snake! Spend the evening with our guest speaker, Michelle McCloskey from Black Moshannon State Park, discovering how important snakes...

CCC Camp S-75

We will discuss the Civilian Conservation Corps in general and Camp S-75 in particular. This program includes a short guided walk.

Junior Rock Hounds (ages 6-16)

Are you interested in seeing some of the interesting rocks and minerals of Pennsylvania? If so, join the park educator to learn about the rocks and minerals...

Minerals Rock!

Our world is literally built with rocks and minerals. They are a part of not only the natural world, but our civilization depends on rocks and minerals. Join...

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...

Bats

Join us for one of our most popular programs. Learn about these misunderstood creatures of the night. Enjoy a “batlike” activity and then watch a video on...

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...

Movie Night : "Incredibles 2 "

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...

Pennsylvania Bats

Learn about our only flying mammal and see if we can find any evidence of them in our park at night! Recommended for ages 8 and up. Bring a flashlight and...

Sparks of Curiosity: Lightning bugs craft activity Preregistration is required

Come out and join us and our bioluminescent friends as we learn about the vast world of lightning bugs. This evening will shine a little bug light on the...

Bears of PA

With the state’s bear population estimated at over 15,000 and the peak of the bear breeding season in June, July, and August, interactions between man and...

Mushroom Identification and Slide Show

The Plischkes will be identifying any mushroom species that you bring with you, answering questions, and educating us through award winning slides about...

National Parks: Great Nature

Amidst the Great Depression and the a world war, national parks provide jobs, solace, and psychological therapy. Join us at the amphitheater.

Timber Rattlesnakes

Snakes often have a bad reputation with folks, Timber rattlesnakes especially. But is that reputation deserved? Come learn the truth about these often...

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...

Light Up the Night Lightning Bug Program: Talk & Walk

Come out and join us and our bioluminescent friends as we learn about the vast world of lightning bugs. This evening will shine a little bug light on the...

Beavers - Master Engineers

This movie talks about the beaver and its habit of altering its environment to suit its needs. It also discusses the benefits of this altered environment to...

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...

Nightscapes Photography Workshop

Photograph the starry night sky with your DSLR camera & lenses you currently own. Curt Weinhold, a PA Wilds Juried Artisan, teaches you to photograph...

Star Party

Join the Lackawanna Astronomy Society as they take you on a tour of the Milky Way galaxy. After a short lecture, telescopes will be accessible to view the...

Saturday, July 27