DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, October 10

Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn Wonders Walkabout

Experience the extraordinary transformations occurring in the fall forest community on this special, limited-time only Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn...

Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Bring your own binoculars to look for birds and plan on hiking around the park and out on the bridge! It’s healthy too! Meet in front of the visitor center....

“Virtual” First Fork Festival Arts and Crafts Show

The First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park will look a little different this year: we are going virtual! The 8th annual First Fork Festival will be...

Fall Bird Walk

Join local birding enthusiast, Mark Johnson, as he searches for the birds of autumn in the forest and fields of Sinnemahoning State Park. Beginner birders,...

Fall Cleanup Day

Dust off your work gloves & team up with other volunteers for a day of park beautification! Projects will include litter pickup & light trail maintenance....

Guided Nature Hike

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a 5 mile nature hike through Ridley Creek State Park. We will explore birds, trees, wildflowers and park history along the...

Morning Bird Walk

We've reached the tail end of peak fall migration for the neo-tropical birds, but a lot of species are still migrating through the park, or just starting to...

Virtual: Watershed Education Institute

**This workshop has been cancelled** *This is a blended Virtual and In-person Institute.* Do you want to learn more about incorporating inquiry into...

Autumn Leaf Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike approximately 2 miles in length to explore the forest in spectacular fall color. The terrain is relatively flat and the...

Autumn Leaf Morning Walk

Come and enjoy a morning walk with the naturalist to get to see some of the yellows, reds, and oranges of the autumn leaves in the Little Pine Valley. All...

Blacksmithing Demonstration

These days we take for granted how difficult it once was to make metal products. Robbie Ickes will demonstrate iron forging techniques that blacksmiths used...

Corn Shelling Shenanigans

Kids of all ages are invited to come to either session to try some old fashioned fun! Shell an ear of corn by hand and turn it into a feather dart. Then use...

Cranberry Walk

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that live in the bog. Then, go off trail to pick some cranberries! Wear waterproof...

Fall trees walk and talk

Join the park naturalist on a hike through the woods to learn some of the different trees of Pennsylvania and learn how they change colors during the fall...

Life Under the Leaves

Have you ever wondered what lies below the leaf layer in the forest? We will take a walk and seek out the different types of life under the leaves of Nolde...

photo by Tom Johnson

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from...

The Pennsylvania Bucktails

Learn the fascinating history of the Pennsylvania Bucktails, the unit that was formed from the woodsmen, loggers, and rafters of Northern PA and became the...

Canceled - First Fork Festival

CANCELED - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, this live event is canceled. Sinnemahoning State Park staff invite you to support the...

Tomahawk Toss at Fort Pitt

Join Fort Pitt Museum staff members for a crash course in tomahawk-throwing history, followed by important safety procedures and throwing techniques. Stop...

Fall Leaves Hike

Explore the park while enjoying and learning about some of our trees! Meet in front of the visitor center. Please call (814) 778-5467 to sign up. Limit 6...

Corn Shelling Shenanigans

Kids of all ages are invited to come to either session to try some old fashioned fun! Shell an ear of corn by hand and turn it into a feather dart. Then use...

Fall Foliage Hikes

Join the naturalist on one of several fall foliage hikes. See the vistas and other great locations to view the changing leaves. Mask are required to attend...

Leaf Prints

Make a leaf print to take home, while finding out how leaves change color during autumn. Pre-registration is required and is limited. Click on the green...

Shoaff's Mill Tours

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....

Superhero Hike

Explore the world of animal super powers on a hike at Oil Creek State Park! Wear your favorite superhero costume or Tshirt. We’ll take a ¾ mile walk...

The Beauty of Botany

Dr. Susan Munch will present seasonal botany topics for this monthly series. This is a hands-on plant identification walk through the woods. All experience...

The Pennsylvania Bucktails

Learn the fascinating history of the Pennsylvania Bucktails, the unit that was formed from the woodsmen, loggers, and rafters of Northern PA and became the...

Winter Birds

What birds are staying here over the winter months? And what can you do to help them out during the cold, winter months? Come find out about the birds that...

Autumn Leaf Prints

Come and make a leaf print and learn about why autumn leaves change color. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. Also, all...

Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Make a pine cone bird feeder to take home. Registration is required. Click on the green registration button to sign up. If signing up multiple people...

Who's Eating Whom

Come hear about the Native American tribes that called the area around Cowans Gap home at one point. Learn a little about their histories and their fates....

Elk Rut

The rut is in full swing. Join us as we discuss the behavior of the elk during their breeding season, appropriate and safe elk- watching etiquette, as well...

Fall Foliage Kayak Float

Fall Foliage Kayak Float – Saturday, October 10, 2020 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM – McDanel’s Launch (North Shore) - Moraine As daylight shortens and temperatures...

Fall Paddle

Bring your paddle boat for a guided tour of Lake Jean to observe changes of fall. This is the last paddle of the season. You will need to bring your own...

Fall Wildflower Walk

Enjoy a leisurely walk in the cool fall air as we take a closer look at the wildflowers that add color to the landscape with DCNR Bureau of Forestry...

Autumn Leaf Prints

Come and make a leaf print and learn about why autumn leaves change color. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. Also, all...

Otter Madness

Otters are awesome! After a short lecture we'll go to a promising spot to look for these semi-aquatic mustelids. Transport to viewing site required....

Simple Gifts Concert

Registration is not required for the concert. This event is free and open to everyone. Meet at the Amphitheater. In case of rain, the concert will be held...

Second Saturday Trail Crew

Second Saturday Trail Crew Ready to give back to the park? Join us for Second Saturday Trail Crew where you will join park staff to help remove invasive...

Simple Gifts Spoons Workshop

Registration is required for the Spoons Workshop. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Attendance is limited to 25....

Trunk or Treat Halloween Weekend

*CANCELED - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, the activities for this event are cancelled. Campers are still encouraged to decorate their...

Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl – Saturday, October 10, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Kildoo Pavilion – McConnells Mill Join the park naturalist to learn about the wonderful owls...

*Cancelled* Bats!

Join us near the stage for a short discussion on bats followed by a walk through our East Area to look for this unique flying mammal. We will learn about the...

*FULL* Peeking at Planets

*THIS PROGRAM IS FULL* Discover space as we observe our stars and planets on a night sky tour. Bring a flashlight, bug spray, and face coverings! This is...

Campfire Tales: Ghosts in the Park

Come hear some ghostly tales from the park. Nothing too scary, but be careful, you may just learn something new. Can you tell which ones are true and which...

Movie in the Park: Season of the Bat

Join us at the amphitheater for a 30-minute video on these misunderstood mammals. Explore the unseen world of Pennsylvania's bats and get a new perspective...

Halloween Night Hike

Join us as we venture along the dark and spooky trails as we listen and strain to see the creatures of the night. We'll also learn about the nightlife in the...

Star-lit Skywatch

As the day turns into night and the stars begin to shine, join the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO) to see and learn about the many incredible sights of...

Night Hike

Join us on an easy one mile hike searching for nocturnal wildlife and playing some night games, like solo walk and glow rocks. Please wear sturdy shoes and...

Halloween Night Hike

Join us as we venture along the dark and spooky trails as we listen and strain to see the creatures of the night. We'll also learn about the nightlife in the...

Saturday, October 10