DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 17

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,...

Step Up Erie

This is a walk/run event that will be held at Beach 1 and along the Old Lake Road 5K course.

Elk Expo 2019

It’s here, the event of the year, the 2019 Elk Expo! Join in the fun by visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center August 17th and 18th. With lots of food,...

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...

Davis Run Trail Maintenance

The Friends of Keystone State Park along with the Keystone Trails Association will be working to improve Davis Run Trail on Saturday August 17th. Work to be...

Adopt A Beach Program at Presque Isle

Are you a local resident who enjoys visiting Presque Isle State Park? Please join our Adopt A Beach team. We are accepting volunteers to help keep our...

Ashes and Iron Blacksmith Shop Archaeological Digs

Clear Creek State Park's lumbering history is being uncovered inch by inch by our volunteer archaeologists, Brian and Amanda Valko-Fritz. Meet at the...

Kayaking Basics

Learn how to paddle a kayak, and try out several different types. PFD’s must be worn and will be provided. Meet at Boat Launch #1.

Laurel Lake 9 am – 12 pm and Fuller Lake 1 pm – 3 pm

Laurel Lake 9 am – 12 pm and Fuller Lake 1 pm – 3 pm Meet the Environmental Educator as he walks around the beach area showing you displays of wildlife...

Volleyball Tournament

There will be a volleyball tournament at the Beach 6 courts from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

Volunteer Work Day

Let’s Clean it Up! Give one of Pennsylvania’s favorite parks a helping hand by meeting other volunteers to clean up trails, picnic & parking areas, and the...

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?...

Duncannon Outdoor Club Hike

On Sat., Aug. 17th bring the family to a kid friendly, child paced 1 mile hike on easy terrain at Little Buffalo State Park. We will use the Little Buffalo...

Tree ID Paddle

***Pre-registration is necessary: Please use the green "register" button to sign up.*** ***Program Location: Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area, PA-611 and...

Bark in the Park

Dog lovers unite! On August 17 at 10 AM, throw a leash on your four-legged friend and join the Friends of Washington Crossing Park for a mile-long group walk...

Beech Loop / Frog Pond Hike

Join us for this short easy hike through a variety of habitats. We’ll end the hike at an old homestead that provides a home for amphibians and possibly a...

Fly-Fishing 101

Join Gary Kell, the fly-fishing coach, for an introductory course into fly-fishing. Topics include fish species, aquatic insects and their lifecycles...

High Point Hike

Take a step back in time and learn about the fascinating history that surrounds the Mt. Davis Natural Area on this easy but rocky, 2 mile trek. Registration...

Joe Root

Join the Park Naturalist at the AAUW Pavilion at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to experience the life of Joe Root through first person interpretation....

Mushroom Hike *Edited no mushroom specialist availlable!*

* We regret to inform that our mushroom specialist will not be available for this particular walk. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will still be...

Nature Walk- Flowers and Fruits

Sponsored by Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and The Greenhouse Project. Walk the Woodland Ponds Trail seeing wetland and upland “Flowers and Fruits.”...

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...

Watershed Investigation for Scouts - Morning Session

Join other scouts for an investigation into the health of the Bushkill Creek Watershed. We will learn about the primary pollutants, the types of land use...

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...

Climate change Escape Room

Join us solving puzzels and riddles, and try to escape the classrroom! Learn the impacts of climate change while you try to escape. Walk-ins accepted. To...

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...

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...

Beaver Paddle

Paddle to an active beaver lodge to see it up close. Hear interesting facts about beavers and how they build their lodges. Pre-registration is required...

Campfire Potholders

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

Compass Chaos

Can you find your way to the end of the course? Learn the basics of using a compass then set out on a short walk to find out.

Laurel Lake 9 am – 12 pm and Fuller Lake 1 pm – 3 pm

Laurel Lake 9 am – 12 pm and Fuller Lake 1 pm – 3 pm Meet the Environmental Educator as he walks around the beach area showing you displays of wildlife...

Ledges Trail Hike

Join the park naturalist to hike the beautiful Ledges Trail. Some steep climbs but beautiful vistas. Wear trail shoes and bring water. Balanced Rock Trail...

Living History at Fort Pitt: Fort Pitt Garrison Drill

The Fort Pitt Garrison will be on hand demonstrating 18th century military drill and firing the museum’s reproduction cannon, weather permitting. Cannon...

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...

Nature Walk to the Swamp

Join the park naturalist on a walk to the swamp, identifying plants, bugs, and creatures as we go. *This walk is along a paved path.

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...

The Buzz on Bees

Come celebrate National Honeybee Day by catching the buzz on one of our favorite pollinators. Get the news on our local bee populations, and learn what you...

Watershed Investigation for Scouts - Afternoon Session

Join other scouts for an investigation into the health of the Bushkill Creek Watershed. We will learn about the primary pollutants, the types of land use...

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.

Fish Prints

Learn about the ancient Chinese art of fish printing and then make your own using life-size rubber fish. Bring a clean t-shirt to decorate if you wish. All...

Hike through History (3.75-mile Moderate loop hike)

Hike through History (3.75-mile Moderate loop hike) Along a strenuous 3.75-mile hike, see some of the hidden history of our area. Find several quarries, an...

Leaf ID Table

Stop by the Beach House and test your identification skills on leaves. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more information.

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...

Wildflowers and Butterflies Walk

Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers and the butterflies that pollinate them in our two large meadows. This...

Mystery Skulls

Hop, trot or fly your way over to the pool deck to help identify some mystery skulls! Learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and the difference...

Archery 101

Come learn the basics of archery! How-to and safety will be discussed, followed by an opportunity for participants to try it for themselves. This activity is...

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...

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...

Constellations Rock!

Kids ages 7 and up will learn about the legends of constellations in the night sky, then turn some creek stones into glow-in-the-dark 'stars'.

Geocaching 101

Join the park educator on a high tech scavenger hunt to search for hidden treas-ure!

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...

Life In The Lake

Identify some of the fish that live in Black Moshannon Lake. Find out some interesting facts about the species. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. No...

Monarch Search

We will go looking for all life stages of Monarch Butterflies. Involves a short walk to search them out.

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,...

Penn-Roosevelt Heritage Day

Come and join us at the picnic area by the Fireplace at Penn-Roosevelt State Park on Saturday, August 17, at 3 pm, for a pictorial look at the history of...

Recreational Foraging

Edible wild plants can provide new tastes and textures for your dining table. During this guided walk, you can learn a new use for what you may have...

Science in the Park:  Ticks

Ticks are a huge concern when it comes to being outdoors. Come learn facts and fiction about these tiny critters we love to hate. Campground Amphitheater

Tree Identification

Learn to identify twenty common trees of PA, using leaf placement, shape, and a dichotomous key; then take a short walk to practice your skills. Rain or...

Who Goes There?

Become a wildlife detective on this moderately difficult 2 mile hike. We'll search for tracks and signs of our animal friends. Please wear sturdy shoes and...

Artificial Bat Roosts for Conservation

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Building Bat Houses 6:00 – 10:00 pm Artificial Roost Viewing Join the staff of Bat Conservation & Management to learn about artificial...

Artificial Bat Roosts for Conservation

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Building Bat Houses 6:00 – 10:00 pm Artificial Roost Viewing Join the staff of Bat Conservation & Management to learn about artificial...

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...

Scavenger Hunt

Folks of all ages will enjoy this family-friendly activity! Several lists will be available to choose from, including a photo scavenget hunt (bring your own...

DiscoverE Kids Program: Insects

Children ages 6-12 will learn about insects and which ones benefit us. Park and meet at the Visitor Center in Ricketts Glen State Park. Contact Rhiannon...

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...

Animal Signs

How do you know an animal has been through the area? Come take a walk with the naturalist to look for the signs and traces that animals leave. Picnic area...

Tree Identification

Tree Identification Frank Snyder, retired Forester from DCNR, Bureau of Forestry will be on hand for a presentation about trees on Saturday, August 17,...

Tree ID Hike

Come hike the Deer Trail and learn how to identify local native trees by their leaves and bark. This is great for anyone who wants to start learning how to...

CDE Exotics-Live Reptiles

Don't miss this great live animal show with Cameron English and his crew of reptilian critters. He'll explain the importance of these creatures and his...

Composting Campers

"Composting Campers" is fun with a purpose! Bring your compostable items to be used in a demonstration at the big field above the beach in Sand Spring Day...

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,...

Owl Outlaws

The story of owls in Pennsylvania reads like a crime novel. Join us to find out what the owls were accused of and how they were acquitted of all charges.

Bats About Bats

Discover why bats are benign and beneficial mammals to have around your house! After a lecture we will count bats as part of the PA Game Commission's...

Campfire Tales: Through the Years

Come by the educational campfire ring in campground A and hear some tales told by Samuel Cowan as he leads you through the years in the area of the park. ...

Life In The Moshannon Valley In The 1700's

Join guest speaker, Joe Harding, to hear about the interesting history of the 1700’s. Find out how people were able to survive here, what they did to...

Melt and Pour Soap Making with Nature Inspired Materials

Join Dr. Merilee Anderson to learn how easy it is to make melt and pour soap. Attendees will practice a variety of soap making techniques. Everyone will...

Music on the Beach at Whipple Dam State Park: The Crooked Line

WHIPPLE DAM - Join us for the first appearance of The Crooked Line, a three-piece band that pushes the boundaries of American roots music. Armed with...

Stream Survey

Many things besides fish live in a healthy stream, but most of them spend their lives hiding under rocks or other sunken debris. Join the park naturalist to...

Whipple Dam Music on the Beach 2019 Summer Concert Series

Whipple Dam Music on the Beach – 2019 Summer Concert Series – Come out to Whipple Dam and enjoy the music of local artists on the beach or lake. The concerts...

Let's Get Camping!

Pitch a tent, start a campfire, and try new equipment while picking up tips and tricks on green camping. Bring your favorite campfire story and s’more...

Metamorph Monarchs

Explore the world of Monarchs by learning about their life cycle, host plant, and migration! Discover ways to help Monarchs in your own back yard, and how to...

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...

Seasonal Edible Plants

Come on out to the campground amphitheater to learn about some plants THAT YOU CAN EAT. Some plants are native and others were introduced to Pennsylvania,...

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 Returns East

The knowledge and experiences of Lewis & Clark are valuable to a new nation that is expanding westward.

Moths and Nocturnal Insects

Join us as we set up some light traps and see what kind of moths and other nocturnal insects we can attract for identification and release. Identification...

Movie Night " Show Dogs"

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...

New Moon Astronomy: Peeking at Planets

Join us to observe and learn about our night sky as we take a closer look at the stars and planets with a telescope. DCNR educator Rhiannon Summers will be...

On the Wings of the Monarch

This in-depth look at the monarch butterfly’s fascinating life cycle, its habitats, and its North American migration will amaze you. Take a journey with us...

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: Bugs of the Underworld

This video uses underwater videography to educate about aquatic insects and their life cycles. This is done from a fisherman's point of view.

Saturday, August 17