DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 22

BYOKayak Glendale Lake

Join a naturalist for a guided paddle onto the lake. A variety of areas and topics will be explored throughout the summer. All participants need to supply...

Saturday Morning Bird Walk

BYOB - Bring your own binoculars as we hike around the park looking for different birds that call Kinzua Bridge State Park home! Meet in front of the visitor...

Nature Trail Guided Hike

This 1/2-mile hike is geared for young kids and their families; it will be slow and leisurely paced. During our walk we’ll look at some interesting things...

Trail Work Saturday

Laurel Mountain Volunteers can preregister to do brush work along several different trails in the Laurel Mountain Division of Forbes. How does this work?...

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...

Avian Adventures for Scouts

Have you ever wanted to learn more about birds? There's no time like the present! Join us to learn about what equipment you'll need, get tips on identifying...

Birds & Backwaters

Join the Park Educator for a morning float! We will explore the backwaters of F.J. Sayers Lake in search of birds & other wildlife. The park will NOT be...

PA State Symbols Hike Preregistration required

Do you enjoy history and learning about our state? Check out this new program at Yellow Creek to learn all about our state's natural symbols. We will hike...

Beginner Archery

This program requires pre-registration to attend. Register online by clicking here. Join park staff to learn the basics of archery, including safety,...

Dragon and Damsel Photo Tour

Take a tour of the bog in Black Moshannon State Park to photograph dragonflies and damselflies. Find out some tips and tricks to photographing these quick...

Fishy Art & Science

Investigate the science of fish adaptations as we learn about these underwater residents of the park. We’ll then make fish prints that you can take home...

Hound Hiking Series: Mountain Creek Trail

Meet at Pole Steeple parking lot across from Laurel Lake for a 3 mile hike along Mountain Creek and returning on Old Railroad Bed road. Registration required...

Invasive Species Hike

Join our environmental educator on a hike to learn all about invasive species found at Nockamixon State park! This hike will point out non-native species of...

Mammals of PA Exhibit

Stop by to view the taxidermy mounts of some of our local wildlife. The park naturalist will be on hand to share some natural history and answer questions. ...

Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera, phone, or tablet to the beautiful Sawmill Trail section of Beltzville State Park, and take part in a family-fun nature photo scavenger hunt!...

Saturday Science: Pollination Investigation

Children entering K-3rd grade (and their adults!) are invited to join park staff on this outdoor investigation of pollination in the park. How do plants make...

Turtle Talk

Stop by the stage in the East Area of the park to learn about Pennsylvania's turtles, including common turtles at the park and how to safely move large...

McConnells Mill Summer Hours

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

Hemlock Hike

Discover the old growth trees of the Hemlock Natural Area. Investigate the unique landscape of this ancient forest. Learn about conservation efforts to...

Natural Tie-dye!

There are plants in your back yard that can tie-dye clothing! Join up with the Park Naturalist and learn about natural dyes! Impress all your friends! Bring...

Self Guided Hike: Keystone Tree Trek

Take a self guided Tree Trek along the 2.2 mile Lakeside Trail at Keystone State Park. Along the way, signs will be in place to help with tree identification...

Bring your own Kayak lake Tour - WAITLIST

Join our environmental educator on a kayak tour of the wildlife, plant life, and history of Lake Nockamixon. This tour requires registration in order to...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a buttefly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! We are holding group surveys to document what...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a butterfly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! Join us on group surveys to document what kinds...

Dragon and Damsel Photo Tour

Take a tour of the bog in Black Moshannon State Park to photograph dragonflies and damselflies. Find out some tips and tricks to photographing these quick...

Family Summer Series

Every other Saturday, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Join us as a family for this free program series. There will be two topics for each session with a short break in...

Hike: Raven Rock

Take a scenic walk past Rainbow Falls to Balanced Rock and then on to Raven Rocks and find out a little of the history of the park along the way. (Meet at...

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....

Wilderness Survival: Emergency Shelters

Come out and discuss the importance of planning and preparing before heading out into woods. We will talk about different ways to build shelters with limited...

Botanical Treasures of Jacobsburg

Join us as we explore the park and search for both common and unusual late summer flowers. We'll discuss the ecology of various flowers as well as any...

Scavenger Hunt

Join the fun as you're sent off to search for natural items around the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited...

Antler Shed Hunting

Are you curious about how to find shed whitetail and elk antlers? Everyone has their own method when scouting the woods for sheds; join us here at the Elk...

Caledonia & The Civil War

Caledonia Ironworks was burned by the Army of Northern Virginia as it marched eastward to a small unknown village called Gettysburg. Owned by Congressman...

DiscoverE Kids Program: Amphibians vs Reptiles

This program is for children ages 6-9 and parents must remain with their children. DiscoverE Outdoor Explorers will learn how to distinguish amphibians from...

Ironmaster’s Mansion Outside Tour, 2 PM Saturday August 22

Ironmaster’s Mansion Outside Tour, 2 PM Saturday August 22 Join Andre from the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace for an exterior-only presentation on the...

Kayak Games

Learn basic water safety and paddling techniques while enjoying games and activities to improve kayak skills. Bring your own kayak and gear or borrow ours. ...

Meet the Mammals

Join the Naturalist to learn about some of the mammals that make their home at Hickory Run! With 16,000 acres, there is sufficient habitat to meet the...

Monarchs and Milkweed

Join the park naturalist as we explore the relationship between milkweed and the monarch butterfly. This program is limited to 24 participants. ...

Nature Craft: Beavers

Did you know that beavers can hold there breath for up to 15 minutes? Or that a beavers home is called a lodge? Join us at the beach area to learn about...

Smartphone Naturalist: Birding with Merlin

We live in the future! We may not have flying cars but we do have a world of information at our fingertips... if only we know how to use those resources and...

Venomous v. Nonvenomous Snakes

Think you know your PA snakes? Come talk about snakes we may find in Reeds Gap, and how to tell the difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes. ...

History Hike

Take a short walk back into history to learn the connection between geology, industry, railroad and daily life. We’ll start at the education center to get a...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera or cell phone for this high tech scavenger hunt. Find the items on the list, take a photo, and get a prize. All children must be accompanied...

Beginner Tree ID

Beginner Tree ID 3:00 PM Join the park naturalist for an interactive program discover the basics of tree ID. We will take a short walk and ID some of...

Fern Walk

Though often overlooked by many, ferns are an interesting ancient plant that can be found in a variety of different environments across the world. Join the...

Art in the Park: Blue Jay Edition

Are blue jays actually blue? What do they sound like? What do they eat? Join the park educator at the nature center, as we learn about and draw this...

Tree ID Walk at Reeds Gap

Curious what that tree at your campsite is? Join the park naturalist on a 1 mile walk around Honey Creek, identifying common trees you can find around the...

Discover Ricketts Hike

Hiking the Evergreen Trail to see Adams Falls. This is a 1-mile easy hike. Park and meet at the Evergreen Parking Lot along Route 118 at the bottom of the...

Pennsylvania Wildlife

Come on down to the Amphitheater and learn about the wildlife around the Tuscarora State Forest. See real mammal pelts, skulls and teeth. Also sees shedded...

Science in the Park: Bears

Hide your picnic basket. Join our park naturalist and learn some interesting information about the often misunderstood bear. (Meet at Campground...

Tree Identification

Frank Snyder, retired Forester from DCNR, Bureau of Forestry will be on hand for a presentation about trees on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 5 pm in the...

The Reservoir, The Dam, and Little Pine

Join the naturalist to take a stroll on the dam and learn the significance of it to the Little Pine Creek Valley, and also to the Susquehanna River. All...

Birdsong Bingo

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

Reeling in the Weekend

Spend an evening at George B. Stevenson Reservoir by learning about the species of fish that call the reservoir home and how to fish for them. We will have...

American Chestnut Walk

The American Chestnut Tree, once the most dominant tree in Pennsylvania forests, has been in a fight for survival for the past 100 years! We will go on a...

Butterflies

Dr. Merilee Anderson will be introducing us to some of the butterflies in our area. We will also be taking a very short hike to investigate a butterfly...

Spotted Lanternfly: Coming to Reeds Gap??

Learn more about this invasive pest slowly taking over Pennsylvania, and what you can do to help stop the spread! Registration is required for this...

Sunset Paddle

Bring your paddle boat for a guided tour of Lake Jean while watching the sunset. You will need to bring your own boat, US Coast Guard Life Jacket, & have a...

A Visit with Samuel

Come enjoy the story of Samuel Cowan and how he and his wife Mary came to Cowans Gap. This program is limited to 24 participants. Participants must...

Birdsong Bingo

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

Nocturnal Animals Hike

Take a walk along the park's back roads right after sunset to see what animals are just beginning to be active. You will never know what you might...

Rachel Carson

This native of Pittsburgh created the modern environmental movement, and her influnce is with us in many ways. Please maintain a six foot social distance...

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...

Beavers: The Biggest Dam Movie

Come by the park ampitheater to learn about the beavers you may see at French Creek as well as a movie featuring the lifestyle of this mysterious rodent!...

Nightscape Photo 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...

Saturday, August 22