DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Sunday, September 6

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...

Early Morning Star Gazing

Join us Sunday morning to watch as the stars shine over the Kinzua Bridge! Please bring a flashlight with a red lens and a folding chair or blanket to take...

Sunrise Hike @ High Rocks

***Meeting location: High Rocks Overlook Parking Area, 150 Tory Rd, Pipersville, PA 18947*** Join state park naturalist to watch the sun rise over the...

Sunrise Hike at High Rocks

***Pre-registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: High Rocks Overlook Parking...

Buffalo Ridge Hike

Join the park naturalist for a morning hike along the Buffalo Ridge Trail. This is a moderate hike that is not a loop, running about a mile and a half from...

American Hornbeam

Join us on a leisurely hike around Deer Trail to explore all the woods have to show us. This trail is a one-mile long loop. Drinking water and proper...

Family Nature Trail Guided Hike

This 1/2-mile hike is aimed at young kids and their families; it will be slow and leisurely paced. Join a naturalist for a short walk in the woods as we...

Morning Bird Walk

Experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching & become acquainted with birds that migrate through or inhabit central Pennsylvania. This program will...

Reading A Topo Map

Topographic maps provide useful information to hikers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Learn how to read land features, determine distance, and...

Yoga on the Beach

Join yoga instructor, Tawnia Converse, for a morning yoga session on Lake Jean Beach. No experience required and bring your own mat or towel. Space is...

Show Yellow Creek Some Love! BYOK Kayak Shoreline Clean Up

Our shoreline needs your help! We need you to help us clean our shoreline of litter. Could you spare a few hours on Sunday morning to help us this Labor...

A Turtle Pond Pause

Stop and take a minute to observe all the activity at the turtle pond. As the summer season comes to a close, refresh your spirit as we scan the pond area...

Art in the Park:Snake Edition

What’s the difference between venomous & poisonous? Did you know that in PA, we have 3 venomous snakes? Join the park educator at the campground...

Beginner Bird Walk

***Pre-registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Giving Pond Recreation Area,...

Easy Sunday Morning Riders

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm Date: September 6 Do you own a mountain bike or a hybrid bike? Here’s your ticket for a ride on the Canal! Team up with the Park...

Mammal Teeth

Smile! We’ll check out our teeth and why they are so important. We’ll compare our teeth to other mammals and learn the function of the types of teeth we...

Morning Walk in Poe Valley

Looking to get moving this morning? Join the park naturalist as we walk the nature trail (about 1 mile), and talk about whatever we can find! *Please wear...

Non-Denominational Church Service

Non-Denominational Church service will be held every Sunday in the campground amphitheater (between areas E and F) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The...

Tree Scavenger Hunt

Join us to learn the local trees through a fun and knowledgeable scavenger hunt. We will also be making a tree leaf booklet containing some of the common...

Wait List Only: Plein Air Family Workshop with Barrio Alegria

En Plein Air is the act of painting outdoors. What better way to get in touch with nature? Join instructors from Reading's Barrio Alegria in the Nolde...

Photo by Maggie Stonecash

Join Maggie Stonecash for Yoga on the Mountain. Class is appropriate for all levels. Modifications are offered for poses based on ability. Bring your yoga...

Six Penny Hike

Join the park Naturalist on a 3-mile hike on the Six Penny trail. On the hike we will see the old day use area created by the CCC. We will also be looking...

Veteran's Appreciation Day -THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Visit for 15 minutes or an hour to share some time with fellow veterans during this special event. Hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be...

View from the Bridge: Landforms

Discover what “Mother Nature” has formed! Meet out on the “Bridge”! Limit 25 participants. We are practicing social distancing for all programs, so...

concrete supports for old toboggan run

Join us for a short walk to the site of the old toboggan run that was at Pinchot Park in the 1960’s. On our way, we will stop and talk about the diabase...

Hike Cook Forest: Troutman Run Old Growth Area

Help us document ancient trees near this often overlooked section of the park. We’ll take various measurements of trees, core samples, and list physical...

Annual Woodhick Games

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19. Register for free at the table in the grove above the Cabin Road (look for the banner) so that you can participate in the Woodhick...

History Mystery

Can you figure out the mystery items the park educator has assembled? Were they used in an old time kitchen? Maybe on a farm? Take a guess and then learn a...

Kayak Lake Jean

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

Nolde Mansion Open House

Now serving as the first Environmental Education Center in the state, the Nolde property was once the home of a wealthy Reading manufacturer. The mansion now...

Origami Frog Edition

What is a reptile? What is an amphibian? Do you know the difference between the two? Hop on over to the beach area to learn about frogs & make a fun jumping...

Sauntering Skyline

Let’s take a 2-mile leisurely walk on the Skyline Trail! Come with the park naturalist on a fun explorative hike. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy...

Self-Guided Tours: Mansion Open

Join us on the top of the mountain to visit the Cameron-Masland Mansion, an historic stone villa built in 1908 as a summer home. Be sure to check out the...

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....

Survival Skills

With a strong surge of self-sustainment skills in today's society, we have decided to offer a program on this subject. The program will include fire...

Sunset Rocks Vista Hike

Sunset Rocks Vista 2.5 mile diffificult loop hike. Meet at Furnace Stack Pavilion Parking lot. We will then drive up to Camp Michaux is 0.7 miles back...

Bog Treasures

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. ***COVID-19 Stipulations*** Pre-registration is required and...

Skull-lock Holmes

Here at the center we commonly get questions about animal bones and how to identify what animal they came from. In this program, you will be able to learn...

Tales of an Indian Trader

The Tale of an Indian Trader Tinkling bells, woolen blankets, and copper pots were the stock in trade on the Pennsylvania frontier when daring men...

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....

Birding at Lake Shore Trail

Join the staff for some birding on the Lake Shore Trail. Topics will include the different birds that live at Little Pine and also how to identify them. ...

Science in the Park:  Goldenrod Safari

We’ll be venturing into the goldenrod to learn about goldenrod as a mini-ecosystem. Find out what uses the plant and search for all the hidden bugs that call...

Origami Frog Edition

What is a reptile? What is an amphibian? Do you know the difference between the two? Hop on over to the beach area to learn about frogs & make a fun jumping...

Using A Compass

When exploring the woods in the PA Wilds, you can’t always rely on your GPS to work. Stay safe in the outdoors by learning how to use a compass to orient a...

FULL: Where In The Park Is Bigfoot

Registration is required by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Attendance is limited to 25....

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Try to find the items on the list, then receive a prize! Bring a camera, phone, tablet, or whatever you like to take pictures with to the Environmental...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Folks of all ages will enjoy this family-friendly photo scavenger hunt! Plan on doing some walking during this program. Kids should be accompanied by an...

Pond Life

Even though a pond may look stagnant and lifeless, beneath the water it is teaming with life. Bring out the kids as we grab some nets and explore the many...

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...

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...

Fireline Vista Hike

Take a leisurely guided 1.5 mile walk with the park naturalist to the scenic overlook of the Lehigh River. We will start from the Fireline Trailhead Parking...

Historical Handiwork:  Gatehouse & Dam

Join the current and retired park naturalists to celebrate the labor of love that went into the building of the Pymatuning dam and gatehouse. The program...

Evening Birdwatching

Unwind from the hectic holiday weekend and take a nice relaxing evening walk on the park trails to identify birds by sight and sound. Don't have binoculars?...

Nature Charades

Try your hand in a nature themed game of charades! Animal noises will be allowed, and the forest will provide your props. Prepare yourself for moments of...

Campfire Tales: Samuel's Favorites

Come hear some of Samuel Cowan’s favorite ghostly tales. Nothing too scary, but be careful, you may just learn something new. Can you tell which ones are...

FULL: Eye Shine Explorers

Registration is required by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Attendance is limited to 25....

PA Snakes

Explore the world of these misunderstood reptiles! Find out how to id some of the snakes in PA, what they like to eat, and what habitats they need to...

Shallow Seas

Follow a humpback whale and calf on an epic journey through our oceans. Please maintain a six foot social distance from people who are not your family, and...

Weather: Fair, Foul, and Formidable

What is most deadly, lightning, wind, or hail? If you were exploring the outdoors and a storm popped up, would you know what to do? Learn about Earth's...

Sunday, September 6