DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, September 5

Archery 101

FULL - Registration is now closed for the September 26 program. Come learn the basics of archery! How-to and safety will be discussed, followed by an...

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....

Bird Walk

Avid birder and wildlife photographer, Thomas Buehl Jr., will lead a bird walk on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 8:00 am. The walk will begin at Locust Lake...

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...

Friends Trail Day

Join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park trail crew on their monthly trail maintenance excursions where they care for park trails, remove invasive plants...

Geology Talk and Walk

Simeon Suter, Geologist for the Pennsylvania Geological Survey will give a presentation on the "Geology of Waterfalls" at the Visitor Center. Then we will go...

Lakeside Trail Hike

Set out for a long hike along the base of Bald Eagle mountain & the shores of F.J. Sayers Lake! With the lake below & mature hardwoods towering above we’ll...

Let's Talk Butterflies Hike!

Take a leisurely guided 2 mile walk with the park naturalist to explore one of our best trails to view butterflies. We will start from the 534 Parking Lot...

BYOK: Good Morning Hopewell Lake

Mornings are the best time for looking for critters on the lake. Join the park naturalist as we have a leisurely Saturday morning paddle on Hopewell lake. We...

Attracting Pollinators

Come out to the butterfly garden to learn the basics of creating a butterfly garden as well as the benefits of choosing native plants. We will be discussing...

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,...

Chappell's Field Hike

We will be hiking Chappell’s Field trail to a beautiful outlook vista. Please, wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. This is an easy to moderate...

Edible Wild Plant Walk

Come and stretch your legs and learn about 12 different plants used historically for their edible qualities. This 1-mile hike will include one hill. ...

Family Forest Scavenger Hunt

Looking for something for your family to do on Labor Day weekend? Bring your family for a fun, social-distancing opportunity in the forest. Stop by the...

Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present: Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a walk through the past to...

International Day of Charity

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon Date: September 5 The International Day of Charity is an international day observed annually on September 5th. It was declared by...

Nature Hike

Join the park naturalist, for an easy and flat 1 mile hike along the Beaver Haven Nature Trail. Wear footwear and clothing suitable for hiking. Please bring...

Spillway Trail Hike

Join the park naturalist for this moderately-paced hike on flat terrain. We will explore this old railroad grade and learn about its past, present and...

The Pennsylvania Bucktails

Learn the fascinating history of the Pennsylvania Bucktails, the unit that was formed from the woodsmen, loggers, and rafters of the mountains and valleys of...

CCC Camp Tour

Catch a glimpse into the lives of the CCC boys who built our park on this CCC Camp Tour! Join us to explore an original Civilian Conservation Corps camp and...

Mother Monarch

Ages 3-5. Little ones will learn about the life of a monarch butterfly as we read a story and make a simple craft.Registration is required. To sign up, email...

Salt Springs Celebration

Every Saturday of Labor Day weekend we provide an afternoon of outdoor fun -- music, exotic birds and mammals, food tent, vendors, hikes and demonstrations...

Native Plant Walk

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

River Critters

Please bring your river sneakers, swimsuits, and snorkels as we drive to various sections of the Clarion River to search for and identify hard to find...

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...

Camper Appreciation Day

CANCELED - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, this event is canceled. We want to thank the support we recieve from our campers. Stop by...

Hike: Balanced Rock

Take a walk to the beautiful Balanced Rock and learn how the geology of the area put it there. On the way we’ll learn a little about the history of the park...

Life in a Log

ages 6-12. Young people can explore the life found on, in, under and near a rotting log. All equipment provided.Registration is required. To sign up, email...

Meet The Mammals Hike

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 needs...

Monarch Madness

Monarchs are making a comeback, thanks to concerned citizens! Find out why these butterflies are in trouble and what we can do to help them. Everyone who...

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....

Turning Timbers by Upcycling Old Trees Preregistration is required

Join Artist and Woodworker, Chris Weiland, for a demonstration of turning old trees into beautiful wood pieces used in landscaping around the park. Chris...

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 outside the nature center to learn...

Beaver Walk

Take a short stroll to see a beaver lodge up close. Find out interesting facts about beavers. The trail is mostly flat with some rocks and roots across...

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...

Elk Explanations

Have burning questions about elk? Wondering how elk are managed? Perhaps you have a question on their favorite foods or habit? Maybe you’d like to know how...

International Vulture Awareness Day

Vultures get a bad rap for being ‘ugly’ or ‘dirty,’ but we’ll learn why these birds are vitally important. After a few fun activities, we’ll grab binoculars...

Where In the Park?

Using the poetic clue on the back page, see if you can find the park naturalist to learn about a special location in the park. When you find the spot please...

Birding at Hyner Run

Join the staff for some birding at Hyner Run State Park. Topics will include the different birds that live at Hyner Run and also how to identify them. ...

Whooooo's Around?

Join us to learn about the species of owls that live in Pennsylvania. We’ll investigate the science of owl adaptations and even dig into some owl pellets to...

Monarch Watch Butterfly Tagging

Monarch butterfly migration presentation followed by a short walk to catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies. Arial nets provided. Be prepared to walk...

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...

Tree Scavenger Hunt

Kids! Join us for a family-friendly scavenger hunt! Try to find some items related to TREES found here in the park and get a “tree-ific” prize!

Great Blue Heron Hike

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to look for great blue heron. Discover interesting facts about this migratory bird, such as how much they weigh, how long...

Land Trapping Seminar

Join Park Naturalists Jim Mucci and Bob Edkin as they demonstrate tools, techniques, and locations to trap fox, bobcat, and coyote. This seminar is not a...

Pennsylvania Wildlife Displays

See displays related to the wildlife of Pennsylvania: Skulls, turtle shells, claws, talons, skulls, pelts, snake skins, and more. The park's educator will...

Animal Adaptations.

Animals are very good at their jobs. Join our park naturalist as we take a look at what adaptations help these critters survive. (Meet at Campground...

Hidden Gems of the Tiadaghton: Bark Cabin Natural Area

Come along on an approximately 1-mile out-and-back hike on the Mid-State Trail as we venture into the 7-acre Bark Cabin Natural Area to view some old growth...

History Hike at Poe Paddy

Get ready for a walk on the John Snyder trail, and through the Poe Paddy tunnel to discuss how this beloved state park came to be, and what was here before....

Honeybees

Local naturalist, Bobby Reed, will present a honeybee program at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 5 pm. Bobby...

Pennsylvania Furbearers

Come to Boyd Big Tree Preserve in Dauphin to learn about Pennsylvania’s many furbearing species, from foxes to fishers to bears! We will have a table set up...

Traipse Along the Lakeshore Trail

End your park afternoon with a guided walk along the Lakeshore Trail. The park naturalist will be pointing out interesting items of nature as you...

Hyner Historical Happenings

Join the naturalist to learn some of the happenings that went on here at Hyner Run State Park, from logging, to CCC, and other local history. All children...

Are you fur real?

Come and learn about some of the interesting and beautiful furbearers that call Pennsylvania home. Not sure what a furbearer is? Come on down and find...

Deer & Elk in Pennsylvania

Come to the campground and learn about white-tailed deer and elk in Pennsylvania. We will be discussing deer biology, aging, scoring antlers, and past and...

Turkey Vulture Trivia

These birds are often viewed as disguising, dirty, and ugly critters of the natural world. They are important members of nature’s clean up crew though. Come...

Beginners Kayak

**This is a bring your own boat program ** Have you recently purchased a Kayak or Canoe? Come out for some fun on the lake and learn all the tricks to a...

Austin Dam Disaster

Discover the story behind the 1911 collapse of the Austin Dam. Brief campground talk followed by 90-minute movie, “The Austin Disaster, 1911”, narrated by...

Bird Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a scavenger hunt looking for evidence of our feathered friends living at the park. If attending the program and not camping with us, please park...

Black Mo Jeopardy!

Are you and your friends/family up for a challenge?! Join us for a few rounds of Jeopardy after brushing up on your Black Moshannon State Park and nature...

Smokey Parade

Smokey Bear will lead a parade through the campground. All area children and campers are invited to view the parade from their campsites or along the...

Night Sounds of the Gap

Join the park naturalist as he looks at the sounds you may hear in the night here at Cowans Gap. Take the mystery out of the night. This program is limited...

Turkey Vulture Trivia

These birds are often viewed as disguising, dirty, and ugly critters of the natural world. They are important members of nature’s clean up crew though. Come...

Jungles

With little seasonal change, these ecosystems are highly productive places which layers of life from ground to canopy. Please maintain a six foot social...

Rattlesnake Presentation

Join a very special guest, Forest Ranger Steven Shaffer, for an educational presentation on rattlesnakes. These creatures have been misunderstood and...

CANCELED - Night Sky Tour

CANCELED - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, this event is canceled. Experience the splendor of the night sky at Cherry Springs State...

Moonlight Hike

Enjoy a leisurely two mile hike to discover the sights and sounds of a moonlit night at the park. Please be sure to bring a flashlight. Registration is...

Saturday, September 5