DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 31

Kid's Catfish Fishing Derby

Kids 15 years old and under can enter any catfish they catch in Shawnee Lake from noon on Friday, Aug 30, 2019 thru 11 am on Monday, Sept 2, 2019 for a...

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,...

Redcreek Wildlife Center

Have you ever seen your reflection in the eyes of a Great Horned Owl? Join Redcreek Wildlife Center’s Peggy Hentz for a program on live animals that she...

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...

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...

A Game Warden's Tool Box

Meet local Game Wardens and learn how Bear, Beaver, and small animal traps work. You will find out when and why they are deployed.

Dog Waggin Good Time Hike

You and the Pup want to stretch your legs one last time before fall sets in? Join us for a relaxing hike from the Yellow Creek State Park Day Use with the...

Helping Honeybees

Honeybees need your help! Discover some interesting facts about them and learn what you can do to become a backyard Honeybee and pollinator helper! Weather...

Late Summer Wildflower Walk

Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers in our two large meadows. The 1.5 mile walk will cover identification,...

Old Growth Forest Series: Tom's Run Old Growth Area

Did you know that there are 125 acres of old growth forest along Tom’s Run outside of the Forest Cathedral Natural Area? Many of us are familiar with Tom’s...

Old Stone Furnace Stack. Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Old Stone Furnace Stack. Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a...

Pinchot Sailing Club

Sailboat Race - boat mooring area #2. For additional information, please visit the group's website at www.pinchotsailing.com.

Reptiles & Amphibians on Stage

Stop by the stage to learn about some of the cold-blooded creatures that call Little Buffalo home. We will talk about the differences between reptiles and...

Reptiles & Amphibians on Stage

Stop by the stage anytime between 10am and 11am to learn about some of the cold-blooded creatures that call Little Buffalo home. The stage is located in the...

Skins and Skulls

This is a drop in program that will explore the wildlife at Nockamixon with diffrent skulls and furs from the animals. Can you guess the animal based on its...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

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...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Fort Pitt Speaker Series - The New Map of Empire

Join the Fort Pitt Museum in welcoming S. Max Edelson, professor of History at the University of Virginia, for a discussion on the British efforts to map...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

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...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

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...

Music In the Mountains Festival

Our annual Music In the Mountains festival featuring music, crafts, food and interpretative programming is a fun time for all. So bring the whole family and...

Wild Mushrooms of PA Walk and Talk

Join wild mushroom expert Bill Russell for an in-depth discussion of the wild mushrooms of Pennsylvania. We will begin with a slideshow talk at the Halfway...

Balanced Rock Hike

Take a walk to the beautiful Balanced Rock and learn how the geology of the area put it there. Balanced Rock trail head

Camper Appreciation Weekend

Camper Appreciation Weekend is sponsored by the Friends of Prince Gallitzin. Door prizes will be given away at the amphitheater on Saturday, September 1 at...

Campfire Potholders

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

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...

Raccoons for Kids

**ages 3-5 Little ones and their grownups will learn aboout raccoons through hands on activities, story, and simple craft.

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 Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Tree Identification

Do you know how to identify some of the more common trees of Pennsylvania? Do you know how to tell what species a tree is by its bark, shape, leaf type,...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

Late Summer Wildflower Walk

Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers in our two large meadows. The 1.5 mile walk will cover identification,...

Save the planet...save the pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, & Insects

Did you know that one in three bites of food you may eat is created as the result of pollination from our friendly neighborhood bees, butterflies, and other...

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,...

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

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...

Welcome to the Rut

The Mating season for the elk is upon us, join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we learn all about the unique behaviors that elk display during this...

Monarch Butterfly Craft

Did you know that Monarchs can migrate up to 3,000 miles! Join us, on the pool deck as we chat about the most iconic butterfly in North America, the Monarch....

The Great Bald Eagle Escape Room

The Park Naturalists need your help! Can you take on the task of finding the stolen eagle egg before time runs out? Our escape room is designed to be a fun...

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...

Kayak Keystone

Bring your canoe, paddle board, or kayak to float Keystone Lake and learn how the lake has shaped the community, culture, and heritage that has led to...

Log Drive

In the days before log trucks and skidders, how did folks move timber to the sawmills? Water. Come to the beach and bring along your beach buckets to help...

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,...

Science in the Park:  Teeth as Tools

Why do we have different types of teeth? We’ll bite into this investigation to find out how we and other mammals use their teeth! Campground amphitheater

Seahawk Survival

Come along and discover the survival skills of a Seahawk, also commonly knowns as an Osprey. Learn about the reintroduction of Osprey into Pennsylvania and...

Skulls and Furs

Show us your skills by trying to match the animal fur to the corresponding skull.

Underwater Wonders

Dive deeper to explore freshwater habitats and the animals that live there. Snorkels and life vests provided. Ages 8-15.

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.

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...

Wildflowers of Kettle Creek

Join the park naturalist for a walk in the Lower Campground to see what wildflowers are coming up. In the event of severe weather, there will be an...

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....

Log Cabins of Chestnut

In the 1920s cabins were built to escape urban ills. Wear sturdy shoes for this three mile hike.

Trail Trivia

Search for questions along the trail. Try to answer the questions about animals found in PA. See how many you can get correct. Meet at the Environmental...

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...

For Kids: Bats

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...

Kayak Lake Jean

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

Natural Dyes

Natural dyes can be obtained from many sources, but the most common is from plants. We will cover equipment, fabrics, and techniques. There will be a guided...

Wild Survival

Come learn about the animals of Pennsylvania and what they have to do to survive. From hibernating to getting warm to how they get food, we’ll cover some...

Beaver Paddle

Let's go on a kayak adventure to search for beavers. Registration is required for this program, please call Alison at 570-676-0567 or email her at...

Bog Treasures

Take a stroll on the elevated bog walk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road.

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...

Pontoon Tour of Glendale Lake

Discover the park aboard the Lady Glendale! Enjoy a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will...

Jay Smar “Northeast Pa Coal 'n Folk Music” program

Coal and Folk at the Park! Meet: Amphitheater by Flat Rock Trailhead at Colonel Denning State Park Overflow Parking: Pavilion 1 Day use lot, Equestrian...

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Come learn about the dragonflies and damselflies native to the Allegheny Mountains of PA. Dr. Lane Loya, professor at St. Francis University, will 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...

Moths and Butterflies

What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Is there a way to tell males from females? Using mounted examples and a few live specimens, the park...

Of Hawks and Owls

Adaptations and life styles of the hawks and owls of Pennsylvania.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird presented by Sandy Lockerman

Sandy retired with 20 years of service as an Environmental Educator with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg. She is a trained...

Big Bad Bears

Learn more about bear safety with an interactive campground talk followed by a 30-minute Eyewitness Video on bears.

Bird Song Bingo

Do you know the difference between a bird song vs a bird call? Come on out to the Campground Amphitheater to learn about these differences. Along the way,...

Gateway to the West

The West Branch of the Susquehanna River played an important role in colonial expansion into large areas of the state. Over the years, the means of...

Pennsylvania Elk

Join Dave Donachy, WCO Pennsylvania Game Commission, for a presentation on the Elk herd in PA. Learn about the history, biology, and infamous fall rut of...

Shell Out and Talk About Turtles

Join the park naturalist to learn about turtles in Pennsylvania. Discover what turtles eat, where turtles live, and where turtles go in the winter time. Meet...

Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday Party

“With a ranger’s hat and shovel, and a pair of dungarees…” Can you believe it? Smokey has been telling us about preventing wildfires for 75 years. Come and...

Echoes Through Penn’s Woods—Timber and Coal

What was Pennsylvania like 100 years ago? This area specifically. Take a journey back in time to discover what influences have shaped our local area today....

Frontier House: Family Affair

Three modern families are sent to Montana with the tools of 1883, and the physical stresses cause social conflict.

Movie Night  "Wonder Park"

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

Discover the night sky with our telescope as we observe the stars and planets. Park and meet at the Visitor Center. Then we will walk out to the Western...

Saturday Night Star Hopping

Join the park naturalist on a trip through the night sky. This program will focus on learning how to use a star map, finding visible constellations and...

Wild Pennsylvania

Mike Gadomski’s stunning photographs of Pennsylvania’s natural beauty have graced numerous magazine covers, and been the focus of calendars and numerous...

Gods in the Sky

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

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...

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...

Critter Call

This night time program offers a chance to see nocturnal wildlife in a unique way. After a brief orientation, we will travel to spots in and around the park...

Movie: Tall Tales

Tall tales can be informative as well as entertaining. This animated video tells several stories that you may not have heard before. Please bring some type...

Saturday, August 31