DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 10

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,...

Souders Trail Hike

Join us for this short hike on Souders Trail, exploring the natural resources that surround us.

 Presque Isle Triathlon

The Presque Isle Partnership will host the 19th Annual Triathlon on Presque Isle State Park Saturday, August 10, 2019. All segments of the triathlon...the...

Saturday Morning Birdwatching

Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pairfrom the park, and hike around the park identifying a variety of bird species. Dress for the weather and meet at...

Kayak Glendale Lake - Slate Lick Cove

Explore Slate Lick Cove from the seat of a kayak! Basic paddling skills will be reviewed before setting out. We will then paddle the channel along Slate...

Eco Paddle: Lagoons and Marina Lake

The lagoons of Presque Isle present a wonderful opportunity to view the various flora and fauna of the park. Meet the Park Naturalist at the lagoon boat...

Native Plant Garden Volunteer Day

Join the Nolde Forest Friends Group to help beautify the gardens around the mansion. Help is needed to weed out invasives and plant native plants. Not sure...

Reptile and Amphibian Day

All programs will meet at the Environmental Learning Center. 9:00 am to 10:00 am- Amphibian Search Look for amphibians along the trail. Try to...

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

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

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,...

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...

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...

Tree Par-Tea

Trees are everywhere! Learn how to identify them & some of the different kinds of trees we have here in Bald Eagle State Park. This program features an...

Yoga Along the Loyalsock

Join yoga instructor Diane Folmar for a gentle class for people of all ages and abilities. Bring a mat or towel.

CCC and Local History Day

Discover the Civilian Conservation Corp and the role they played in making Promised Land State Park beautiful during this special one day event! The day...

Hellbenders

Learn about the largest salamander in Pennsylvania, their habitat and conservation efforts to increase populations through a presentation by conservation...

Hike with the Ranger

Emily Irvin will be leading a hike on Chappell’s Field Trail while educating us about some of the wildlife in the area. Please, wear hiking shoes and bring...

Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group Work Day

Join the Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group for a trail work day near Hidden Valley Ski Resort. Meet at the Route 31 pole building on Forbes State Forest. For...

Learn to Kayak

Basic instruction will be followed by a leisurely paddle on Laurel Hill Lake. Registration is required, to register please contact: Kimberly...

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...

We're Talkin' Trees at Boyd Big Tree

Come out and visit Boyd Big Tree in Dauphin and learn about trees! We will learn how to ID trees and talk about managing trees. We will then take a short...

Wellness Walk

Extend your wellness benefits from the morning yoga session by joining volunteer Suzann Schiemer on a nature-based health walk. We will explore personal...

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...

Fossils: Portraits of the Past

Beltzville State Park has several types of Devonian fossils that can be found throughout the park. Come explore and learn all about these amazing marine...

Home Depot

Come and join in the fun at Keystone State Park beach house. Carol from Home Depot will be here along with Keystone’s camp hosts and staff to make crafts...

Muddy Creek Oil Well Living History Tour

Come see a restored oil well in operation! The Muddy Creek Oil Well is an award-winning restoration site of an antique oil well. The Bessemer Gas Engine 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...

Spotted Lanternfly Facts

Stop by the Beach House to learn about the infamous Spotted Lanternfly and what you can do to stop it. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or...

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...

Family Fun Day

Sponsored by the Friends of Parker Dam State Park Many fun activities await families throughout the day. Starting at Noon, materials for making cardboard...

Intro to Archery

Practice your archery skills in a safe and fun environment. We will cover the necessary safety procedures of shooting a bow and the technical skills involved...

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...

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...

Fuzzy & Feathery Freehands : Animal Drawing

Join Intern Jess Barnhart to learn the basics of drawing our wildlife friends. We will be taking a close look at our taxidermy to transform them into...

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.

DiscoverE Kids Program: Butterflies and Moths

Children ages 6-12 will learn about the butterflies and moths that live in the park. Park and meet at the Visitor Center. Contact Rhiannon Summers at...

Elk Explanations

Just learning all about Elk and filled with questions? Join our Staff at the Elk Country visitor Center for this question and answer style program. Learn all...

Monarch Magic

Discover the magic of monarch butterflies during this 1.5-mile guided walk. We’ll follow the Butterfly Trail where there’s opportunities for close encounters...

Salamander Safari

Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania; where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique, and where to find them. We will head to Penny Run to...

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...

National S'more Day

S’mores are recognized each year on August 10th, during its National Day. What better way to celebrate, than to come out to the campground amphitheater to...

Nature's Folklore

Take a walk to learn about the folklore of nature. Curious explanations of plants and animals and natural events abounded before science became the norm. ...

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...

Be a Nature Detective

Through this interactive program, learn how to spot the clues left behind by the critters that call our park home! This is a family friendly program for...

Kayak Games

Learn basic water safety and paddling techniques while enjoying games and activities to improve kayak skills. All equipment provided. Ages 12 through adult....

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,...

Wonderful Wetlands Walk

Discover the wonders of these natural habitats on this short walk.

Kayaking at Laurel Lake

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...

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.

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...

Just for Kids: Bat Loves the Night

As the only mammal that can truly fly, the bat is amazingly adapted to being a creature of the night. Stop by for a story and activity to learn all about...

The Rain Stick

Rain sticks have been used by many cultures around the world. Join the park naturalist to hear a story, learn what goes into making a rain stick, and each...

Maples, Oaks, & Pines Evening Tree Hike with State Parks Tree Expert

Join us for an early evening summe hike to learn about tree ID with one of DCNR State Park's most noted botanists, Shane Miller. This hike will be...

Music in the Gap: The Flat Wheels

Come out an enjoy a FREE concert sponsored by the Friends of Cowans Gap State Park. This month it is The Flat Wheels. The Flat Wheels are a Folk Rock band...

Surviving Mother Nature

Camo, armor, and stink bombs, oh my! Come take a look at hte interesting and often unusual arsenal of adaptations that are used by wildlife to help them...

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,...

Mrs. U's Zoo Review

Come join us for a live animal presentation on August 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Locust Lake Amphitheatre. Pam Ulicny has been a Biology teacher at Tri...

Sunset Paddle

***Registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Giving Pond Recreation Area,...

Dark Sky Telescope Workshop

Get more out of your own telescope! Dust it off and bring it out for a night under the stars. OR Find out what to look for when purchasing a telescope or...

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...

Pennsylvania Amphibians and Reptiles

Join us in welcoming Kyle Fawcett of the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). Kyle will be bringing along a few live reptiles and amphibians to...

Strike K9 Search and Rescue Dog Demo

Meet some talented canines and their dedicated partners as they demonstrate their ability to find lost people.

The Secret Behind the Rattle

Both terrifying and intriguing, the timber rattlesnake is a secretive and shy creature that is unjustly feared by many people. Discover the secret life...

Campfire Stories

For hundreds of years, people have spent time sitting around the campfire telling stories. Join Jeffrey Frazier, author of the Pennsylvania Fireside Tales...

Introduction to GPS

Hand-held GPS units are very useful tools for the outdoors person, in a wide variety of ways. Geocaching has also become increasingly popular over the...

Nocturnal Nature

Join the park naturalist to learn about the night life of Raccoon Creek. Learn about nocturnal mammals, insects, and more! Finish the program with a nature...

Raptors

Come and learn about some of the different raptors that call the area home. Topics will include their diet, adaptations, and mating habits. All children...

Remarkable Raccoons

Have you ever seen this bandit out at night? Was it rummaging through a trash can? Come out and learn about this sly and sneaky critter. Afterwards, we’ll...

Who Put the "7" in the Seven Mountains

They are an area of rugged natural beauty, with many square miles of heavily forested mountains. It contains many areas of unique beauty, such as Bear...

Movie Night " Goosebumps 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...

Owl Prowl

What makes owls such good night hunters? Join us at the campground amphitheater, with our guest speaker Rose-Anna Behr, for a short introduction to the...

Snakes

Are there snakes in Ohiopyle? Of course there are! Ohiopyle State park is the perfect habitat for our slitherin’ scaly friends. We will learn all about...

Star Party

Join your neighbors at the Playground Parking Lot at French Creek State Park in Berks County for an exciting evening exploring the wonders of the heavens....

Water Races of Pine Grove Furnace

Water Races of Pine Grove Furnace Andre Weltman, local historian and chairman of the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace will speak about iron company...

Bears of PA

With the state’s bear population estimated at over 20,000 and the peak of the bear breeding season in June, July, and August, interactions between man and...

Fire in the Sky: The Perseid Meteor Shower

Bring a blanket or chair and come join park staff in viewing one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, the Perseid. We will be learning about...

Life After People

If humans suddenly went extinct, how quickly would nature erase the civilization we have built? Which species would miss us, and which would rebound?

Meteor Madness at the Beach

Join the park naturalist for a meteor watching program for the Perseids Meteor Shower. You will learn about meteor showers as well as how and when to view...

Meteor Shower Watch

Join us under the stars for natures fireworks display! Learn about meteor show-ers and then lay back and enjoy the show! Bring a chair or blanket.

PA Forest History

Come watch as a former Pennsylvania State Forester explains the changes that the Commonwealth’s forests have experienced over the past couple of centuries. ...

River of the Year!

Home to an abundance of aquatic life and many people's favorite paddling place, the Clarion River is Pennsylvania's River of the Year. AND it is on a...

Shamans & Saints

Enjoy learning about historical beliefs explaining the mystical falling stars and our current understanding of meteor showers. The program includes a...

Meteor Shower Watch: Perseids

The Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers each summer. Join us to observe and learn about this celestial event. Recommended for ages 8 and up....

Moon & Meteor Watch

Join park staff for a Moon & Meteor Watch! The Perseid Meteor Shower will be peaking this weekend, however the 1st quarter moon will negatively impact...

The Perseid Meteor Shower

This annual event is usually the most spectacular meteor shower of the year. This year, although a one-quarter moon may reuce the viewing, it will still be a...

The Perseids Meteor Shower

Join the park naturalist to watch the meteor shower that is peeking this weekend. The bright moon may make it hard to see many of the meteors and stars, but...

Saturday, August 10