DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, August 16

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,...

Watershed Educators Institute (WEI)

This is a week-long course is for teachers who teach grades 6-12. Enrich your curriculum and become a MWEE Ambassador (Meaningful Watershed Educational...

Hiking Series #5 RESCHEDULED

This hike is RESCHEDULED to Friday, August 16th. Join us for these free guided hikes to get you out and moving on your public lands! Hikes begin at 9 AM and...

DiscoverE: Fishing Fun

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at fishing? Kids ages 6-9 are invited to join us at North Pond for a fun nature program. This week is all about...

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...

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...

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...

The Tionesta Valley Railroad

Join us for a trip back in time with a visit to the last remaining structure of the Tionesta Valley Railroad. This program will feature an introduction to...

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. ...

Learning at the Beach: Bears

Stop by the table at the beach and see what the park naturalist has today. Today’s topic will be bears.

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...

Green Earth Game

Dry off from the pool to play a fun and energetic game that involves learning about our environment and how we can help the planet by recycling. See you there!

Kayak Adventure Nature Inn Weekend Package

One of the best ways to truly experience the Pennsylvania Wilds is by paddling our local waterways while staying within the unique comforts of the Nature Inn...

Pennsylvania Elk

Come and learn about an animal that was once wiped out of PA, but reintroduced: the elk. Some of the topics at this program will include their diets, mating...

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...

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....

Learn to SUP

Learn to SUP – Friday, August 16, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – McDanel’s Launch (North Shore) Join PA State Parks Staff to learn the basics of stand-up...

Family Night - Bats

Learn about the challenges that our local bat populations are facing and how you can help them. We will demonstrate what a bat box looks like and provide...

Flint and Steel Fire Making

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...

Sunset Paddle

Join us for a leisurely paddle on Lake Jean to observe the sunset. Park and meet at the Western Boat Launch. If you are bringing your own boat, no need...

Hoot for Owls

Join us to learn about the amazing owls of our area. From hooting sounds to heads that spin, come learn why owls are such fascinating birds. In addition,...

Pennsylvania Weather Disasters

Come join us as we take a look at some notable weather disasters in Pennsylvania. See if you can figure out how it ties in with tonight’s movie. ...

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...

The Eastern Hellbender Salamander- Sentinel of Clean Streams!

Meet our new state amphibian, the Eastern Hellbender! Dr. Peter Petokas of Lycoming College will be bringing some live Hellbenders to help us learn about...

What's in my Belly?  Ask an Owl Preregistration required

Join us for a fun family program about owls and what they eat. Participants will learn about about PA's Owls and then dissect an owl pellet to see what's for...

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, held every Friday...

Creatures of the Night

Meet us at the campground amphitheatre to learn about some creatures of the night! We will discuss bats, owls, and other nocturnal creatures and then take a...

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...

Lewis & Clark Goes West

In 1804 Thomas Jefferson sends an expedition to find out what America gained under the Louisiana Purchase.

Little Creatures Who Run the World—Ants

From vast underground caverns, working class armies pour forth to defend their highly structured communal way of life. Feudal societies in the Middle Ages? ...

Nocturnal Insects

Discover what's making all that racket out there! We'll set up some light traps and see what interesting night active insects we can find. Nets, jars and...

Spider Hunt

Let’s discover what lurks in the bushes as we hunt for arachnids

Full Moon Hike

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

Public Sky Watch

Get a glimpse of the night sky with your own telescope or use the telescopes of the Starlight Astronomy Club as they scan the heavens. For more information,...

Who goes hoot in the Night? Owl Prowl Preregistration required

Learn about the wonderful owls that prowl the night woods in Pennsylvania. We meet at the Environmental Learning Center to check out out our local...

Awesome Astronomy

Stay up late with us as the park welcomes the Lackawanna Astronomical Society. A power point presentation will give us an idea of what we might see in the...

Full Moon & Planet Watch

Take a journey to the moon as we explore some of its fascinating features. From highlands to volcanic plains, the moon has a diverse landscape. Join park...

Theater in the Pines: Tall Tales

Tall tales can be very entertaining. This animated video shows some examples from east of the Mississippi River.

Friday, August 16