DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 6

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,...

Saturday Morning Birdwatching

Enjoy your Saturday mornings with a beautiful stroll in the woods looking and listening for a diverse variety of birds. Join us for this educational and fun...

Woods Walk: Stone Lodge Trail

Meet the park naturalist at the Stone Lodge Trail Head and we'll spend the morning on the trail identifying trees, listening for bird calls, identifying...

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...

Erie Bluffs Creek Stomp

Join the Park Naturalist at Erie Bluffs State Park as we explore Duck Run. We will be meeting at the main parking lot. Please dress appropriately for the...

Friends Trail Day

Join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park trail crew on their monthly trail maintenance excursions where they care for park trails, remove invasive plants...

Yoga on the Beach

Join Mellisa Flynn, a Yogafit trained teacher, for up to an hour of free beginner's yoga classes on the swimming beach at Shawnee State Park. If you...

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?...

Boston Tea Party Hike

For centuries tea has caused civil unrest, drug addiction and even wars. While all the while it has remained a refreshing drink. During this hike we will...

Butterflies of Jacobsburg

Join local butterfly enthusiast Bill Grant for this walk through the fields of Jacobsburg in search of these beautiful insects. He’ll show you how to...

Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Saturday, July 6 at 10 AM: Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today....

Independence Day Celebration: Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show

As part of its annual Independence Day celebration, Washington Crossing Historic Park invites classic car owners to compete in the second annual Rebels and...

North Woods Walk

Explore the North Woods of Forbes State Forest on a moderate, 5.5 mile hike. Learn about the natural history of the area, while stretching your legs and...

Paddling the Lakes: Intro to Kayaking

Join Lisa Meadows & Emily Borcz for kayak instruction and 1.5 hour on Yellow Creek Lake. For ages 12 & up; those 17 & under must be accopanied by an adult...

Pennsylvania Black Bears

Game wardens from the PAGC will be on hand for a presentations about black bears, with (hopefully) a live bear. The program will be held whether a bear is...

Sojourn the Solar System

Come take a journey through the vast expanse of space—scaled down of course. Along the way, we’ll discuss the sun and all the planets of our solar system,...

Stream Study

Bring the family and help us do a stream study! We will be catching macroinvertebrates and learning what they can tell us about a stream. Nets are supplied...

Tails on the Trails

Are you up for a trail adventure with your dog? Come and join the Park Naturalist for a 2-mile hike along the lake shoreline where you can see waterfowl,...

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...

Teddy Bear Picnic!

***Registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button. When registering please specify how many children will be...

Bug Hunt

Bug Hunt (ages 3 and up) – The park naturalist will lead a discussion about what insects are and how they differ from us. Then, participants will go out and...

Children's Decorated Bicycle Parade

Join us as we celebrate Independence Day in the campground. Children are invited to decorate their bicycles and go on a bike parade through the campground...

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...

History & Trains Saturdays: History Day

Join our local Historical Societies who will provide displays for visitors to discover our county's history!

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

Have fun with family and friends while playing old-fashioned games and competing in traditional contests. Three legged races, peanut hunts, balloon...

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...

Backyard Bass Fishing

Bring the kids to the amphitheater to learn the basics of fishing! Fun for the whole family!

Butterflies

The flower gardens in the park are all a flutter with butterflies and hummingbirds. Join the naturalist as she explains the life of butterflies and how to...

Colonial Kids

ages 6-12 Young people can learn about life long ago and make butter, shell an ear of corn and make their own feather dart.

Fire Tower Tour

A short hike leads the the Kooser Mountain Fire Tower. Climb the tower for an exclusive view of the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Discover the story of this...

Kids crafts for Kill the grill competition!

Join KECA staff for our Kill the Grill Competition from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM on July 6th. KECA staff will be hosting kids crafts in the afternoon. Bring your...

Misunderstood Mammals

Do porcupines throw their quills? Do Fishers eat fish? Are opossums rats? Join our naturalist and find out the answers to these questions!

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...

Pennsylvania Forest History

Come cool off in the classroom to watch and learn how PA’s forests have changed. The forest you see is not the forest the first Europeans saw, and it’s also...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera, phone, or tablet to the Environmental Learning Center. Take pictures of the items on the list and win a prize if you find at least 12 of them.

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...

Volunteer Afternoons in July

Join us from 1:00-3:00 PM as we work in our native plant gardens. Dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and your favorite work gloves. Your help will...

Flags of the United States

Join us in the celebration of the Flag of the United States on the 4th of July. We will be offering 2 different times for this thirty minute program, where...

Rubber Duck Race

Come join us for a rubber duck race along Aughwick Creek. Decorating takes place at the Brightbill Interpretive Center at 10:00 am and the race starts at...

Flags of the United States

Join us in the celebration of the Flag of the United States on the 4th of July. We will be offering 2 different times for this thirty minute program, where...

Introduction to Geocaching

There are all kinds of treasures hidden in PA State Parks and this program will help you find them! Join the park naturalist in learning how to use a GPS...

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,...

Tracks Table

Stop by the Beach House and see if you can correctly identify the different animal tracks. Fun for all ages! Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or...

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...

Art in the Park- Raven Edition

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word raven? Is it Spooky or Noisy? Dry off from the pool and learn some fun facts and try your hand at...

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.

Learning at the Beach: Skulls

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

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...

Bear at the Beach!

There is no need to fear this bear. But you may just learn a few things about Pennsylvania’s black bears that you didn’t know. Black bears are well-adapted...

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,...

Pinecone Bird Feeders

Make your own bird feeder out of a pinecone and explore the Red Spruce Trail to find it first! This family fun program is open for all ages.

Poolside Nature Table

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

LIL' Buds: Eagles

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.

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...

Butterflies and Binoculars

Binoculars aren't just for the birds! Join the park naturalist on a hike to the Meadow trail to learn about different butterfly species that can be seen at...

DiscoverE Kids Program: Aquatic Insects

Children ages 6-12 will learn how to identify aquatic insects and what they tell us about the health of a lake. Park and meet at the Visitor Center in...

Edible Plant Walk

Mother Natures pantry lies right along the trails in the park. Join the park educator for some tasty discoveries

For Kids: Going Batty

Furry, small, helpful… yes, these words describe bats! Stop by the temporary amphitheater for a story, game and craft to learn all about Pennsylvania’s only...

Log Cabins of Chestnut

In the 1920s these cabins were built to escape the urban problems of filth and noise. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Blacksmith Shop for this three mile...

Salamander Safari

Saturday, July 6, 2019 – Salamander Safari 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Meet at the Hells Hollow Trail Parking Lot – McConnells Mill Join us for an afternoon of...

Science in the Park:  Stream Critters

Get your feet wet as we search for and learn about what lives in the creek and why. Find out about the jobs different critters have and what impact they...

Uprising in the Alleghenies

Come hear the story of Captain James Smith and the rebellion he led in the years before the Revolutionary War.

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...

Rhodie Paddle

You'll need your own kayak for this adventure! We'll paddle past Blossoming Rhododendrons, search for wildlife like Bald Eagles, carnivorous plants like...

Stream Stomp

Join the park naturalist to discover the hidden life of Hyner Run. Come prepared to wade in the creek!

Wild Medicinal Plants

Conservation volunteer, Dave McSurdy, will present a program on Saturday, July 6, 2019 in the Locust Lake program shelter (located near the campstore) at...

The Importance of Bats & Citizen Science Ideas

Join the staff of Bat Conservation & Management as they talk about the diverse and ecologically important roles bats play around the world. This “free”...

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,...

Are You Bear Aware

Meet at the Amphitheater. Come out and learn what you can do to reduce human bear conflict while staying at the park. Day use visitors can park at the second...

Cooperative Trout Nursery

Everyone is welcome to meet the bus at Chappells Field. The cooperative nursery is made possible by Pavia Sportsmen’s Club, Blue Knob State Park, and the PA...

Life of a Union Soldier

See history come alive as John Moran shares what camp life was like for a 1st Sgt. of the 56th PA Infantry and his troops. A great way to commemorate our...

Matt Miskie LIVE

Join Matt Miskie, live in concert... Matt's repertoire is family friendly, instantly recognizable and enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Familiar folk...

Reptile Revue

Bring the whole family out to see the live creatures from CDE Exotics. Cameron will share their life histories and talk of the conservation work he is doing....

Amphibian Encounters

Join the park naturalist and learn about Pennsylvania amphibians. Discover the double lives, distinct calls, and different species of amphibians that can be...

Launch Into Space

Launch into space by joining us for astronomy themed educational games. These games will provide an introduction into astronomy and the Night Sky Tour...

Medicine Pouches

Medicine pouches were used by many Native American peoples. They were used to carry items of religious or personal signifigance. This program includes a...

Stream stomp

Join the park naturalist to look for bugs and crayfish in the stream. Nets will be available. Be prepared to get your feet wet!

Unknown America

The history you were taught was wrong, or at least had better press agents. Here’s a fun little program bringing you some of those unknown bits of American...

How to use a Compass

Come on out to the campground playground as we learn the basics of using a compass. Put your compass skills to the test by playing & navigating through a few...

 Ron Beach - The Wild Lives of Pennsylvania Mammals

Curious about the habits of black bears, coyotes, bobcats and other wild animals you may encounter in the woods or even in your neighborhood? Then join join...

Bats of Cowans Gap

Come join the park naturalist as we look at the bats found here at Cowans Gap. Stay afterwards to help with our bat count.

Kettle Creek's Jed Clampett

Join guest speaker Lou Bernard, who oversees Ross Library’s Adult Services in Lock Haven, to learn about the local who discovered natural gas in the Kettle...

Movie Night "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

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...

PA Black Bear

Join us for one of our most popular programs. We’ll discuss these amazing mammals, where they are found in Ohiopyle State Park, and then we’ll view a...

Seeking Saturn

*CANCELED DUE TO STORMY WEATHER* Learn about our planets and see Saturn in a completely new way with our telescope. Park and meet at the Visitor...

1865 - The End of the Civil War

As Lee surrenders at Appomattox, Northern joy turns to sorrow and rage with news of Lincoln’s assassination. How is the Civil War still with us today? Join...

American Eagle

Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable predator. Photographed by three-time Emmy-winning Neil Rettig, this video is an...

Illuminated Night Hike: Old Growth Forests of Ridge Camp

Please bring your flashlights & headlamps and meet at the Nuthole Cabin, located at the entrance of Ridge Camp, for an evening candlelit 2-mile interpretive...

Mountain Lions: Fact or Fiction?

Kerry Gyekis, former Tioga County planner, will present a program on his investigation into mt. lions in the eastern U. S. He will discuss recent sightings,...

Night Hike

Join the park naturalist for an easy hike into the dark! As we make our way around Headache Hill and through an old orchard nearby, we’ll discuss the...

PA Whitetails

Come watch a 30-minute movie on Pennsylvania's state animal! Short campground talk before movie; all are welcome!

Star Party

Join your neighbors at the Boat Launch Parking Lot at Marsh Creek for an exciting evening exploring the wonders of the heavens. Watch a sunset become a...

Mid-summer Bat Count

Come join us to help us conduct our mid-summer bat count.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

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

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark expedition (May 1804 - September 1806) was the first to cross what would later become part of the United States. In addition to mapping,...

*CANCELLED* Around the World in 80 minutes

This program has been cancelled! If you would like to attend another North Star Outdoor Guides program please use the calendar of events to find another...

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...

Blue Knob Fireworks

Games, vendor booths, and food trucks will be available before the fireworks

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...

Saturday, July 6