DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, July 5

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,...

Damsite Trail Hike

Come join us for an early fall hike on the Damsite Trail! This is a moderately challenging hike with hills that is 2-3 miles. Please wear hiking boots & long...

Outdoor Adventure Day-THIS CAMP IS FULL!

**ages 12-15. Registration Required. Young people will participate in activities such as kayaking, archery, tomahawk throwing, flint and steel fire starting,...

Yoga on the Beach

Join yoga instructor, Tawnia Converse, for a morning yoga session on Lake Jean Beach. No experince required and bring your own mat or towel. If raining,...

Bald Eagle Blitz

Join the park naturalist and learn about our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle. Test your eagle ability and build an eagles nest, and play an eagle...

Colonial Field Day

Round up your family or friends for a morning of spirited colonial competition! At Colonial Field Day on July 5 at 10 AM, you’ll be pitted against other...

First Friday Walks

Join us for First Friday Walks at Pinchot. Led by park volunteer Glen Dunbar, explore the trails in the Conewago Day Use area on an approximately 1.5-hour...

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...

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...

Riverlands Wildflower Walk

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park for a hike at the Riverlands in Berwick on Friday, July 5, 2019. The trail is 5 miles in length and...

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...

Veterans' Tribute

Join us for a brief talk about the Fourth of July to honor our Country's birthday and the veterans that made the sacrifices for her. Meet near the flag in...

1700s Pioneer Camp

Step back in time by visiting the 1700s historical frontier camp open daily from 1-5 pm Monday July 1st through Saturday, July 6th, at Hills Creek State...

History of the Bridge

Walk with us onto the Skywalk for a brief history talk about the Kinzua Bridge. Watch the birds soar above and feel the strength of the wind that blows...

Lake Appreciation Paddle

Join us for a paddle on Lake Jean to celebrate Lake Appreciation Month. We will be collecting trash from the lakes by kayak. Park and meet at the Western...

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...

Boulder Field Basics

Meet the Naturalist for a brief talk on the history and significance of this geolgic wonder. Please allow 20 minutes to drive to Boulder Field from Route 534.

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. ...

Discovery Hike

Enjoy a relaxing walk along the Campground Loop Trail with us. We will discuss the wildlife and plants that we find along the way. Trail length is...

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...

Blacksmith Shop

This building has witnessed the ravages of time and the Army of Northern Virginia marching to Gettysburg. Come learn about iron ore, charcoal, slag and...

Learning at the Beach: Eagles

Stop by the table at the beach to learn about our national symbol and the battle it has faced.

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...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera or cell phone for this high tech scavenger hunt. Find the items on the list, take a photo, and get a prize. Children will need the help of an...

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 on the Raccoon Run Trail.

Orienteering

Learn how to use a compass on our Boy Scout created compass run! Compasses provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and light slacks.

Summer Blooms Walk

Join our park naturalist for a leisurely 1 mile walk around the park. Our naturalist will identify some of the native plants in the park, as well as their...

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...

Attracting Pollinators

Come and learn about the importance of pollinators and how you can help attract them to your backyard. We will discuss the importance of native plants, what...

Geologic History Stroll

Meet the park naturalist at the Kell Visitor Center to learn about Pennsylvania's geologic history and have the opportunity to view the passage of time...

Kayak Tour and Dessert

A perfect summer evening? Take a little paddle on Lyman Lake and then enjoy a little dessert. $10/person, pre-pay, preregistration required at...

Warden vs. Wild

Come and join us for a special program with our State Game Warden! The Game Warden will be discussing bears in PA and will be bringing a bear trap along....

Bog Walk

This Spruce Flats Bog tour is for those that want a little extra mileage on their hiking boots. The first leg of the hike will explore the forest surrounding...

Flint and Steel Fire Building

Before the invention of matches, flint and steel was the preferred method of starting fires. Come learn the basic elements of what is needed to build a flint...

Hug-A-Tree

Would your child know what to do if he/she ever got lost in the woods? This valuable program is great for anyone who has small children and goes camping or...

Mammal Mix-up

Join us at the temporary amphitheater to learn about some of the common mammals found throughout the Poconos. Bring a sense of adventure to this interactive...

Natural Symbols

Join Park Naturalist, Jessie Kohan, to learn about our natural symbols of PA. Come see whitetail deer, brook trout, ruffed grouse, and lots more interesting...

Soda Bottle Fireflies

Upcycle plastic soda bottles to create fun and festive fireflies to use as flashlights or display them. All materials provided.

Fireflies! Nature's Fireworks

Come out to find out more about the firefly, our state insect. Then stay and watch the Friday Family Friendly Movie.

PA Snakes

Discover interesting facts about snakes that live in PA. Find out how to identify some of the species and what types of habitat they like. Meet at the...

Film in the Forest- A Murder of Crows

Join the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater for a short discussion about one of the smartest birds, the crow! Afterwards, enjoy a showing of "A...

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...

Firefly Family Program

Come to McConnell Hall for a fun family program! Learn about the fireflies who live in the Nolde Forest and go outside after sunset to participate in a catch...

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...

Ole Bull's Colony

Come and learn about an attempt made by Ole Bull to establish a colony in the area. His personal background and hardships will be discussed among other...

1864 - Most Hallowed Ground

Sherman captures Atlanta and Lee’s Virginia planation is turned into Arlington Cemetery. Join us at the amphitheater.

Animal Calls

Please bring your chairs, blankets, and your best animal call imitation to the Ridge Camp park Amphitheater for an evening of animal calls. Join the park...

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...

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...

Firefly Viewing

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s fireflies as we safely catch and release these beetles.

Nature Nut—Salamanders

Learn about salamanders with John Acorn, Nature Nut (video). What kinds of salamanders live in Pennsylvania? Where can you find them? Come and find out.

Nature's "Fireworks"

Join us for a close up look at nature's "fireworks": Fireflies! We will learn about these bright little insects andthen venture out to catch our own....

Bats!

Bring the family for a program on bats! We will have a brief presentation followed by a walk around the East Area (after dark of course!) to look for bats...

Theater in the Pines: Lewis and Clark

The Lewis and Clark expedition (May 1804 to September 1806) was the first crossing of what would become the United States. In addition to finding a route to...

Around the World in 80 minutes

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

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...

Friday, July 5