DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Sunday, May 30

Self Guided - StoryWalk®: The Listening Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk along a trail. You can find spring's StoryWalk® at the White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area. This season's story...

Self Guided - Storybook Trail at Painted Turtle Pond

Explore the habitat of Painted Turtle Pond as you read Over and Under The Pond by Kate Messner on our current storybook trail. On this self guided...

Self Guided: State Parks Bioblitz Competition

Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of our participating parks from May 1 - May 31 and...

Self Guided: State Parks Bioblitz Competition

Self Guided: State Parks Bioblitz Competition Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of our...

State Parks Bio Blitz

Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of participating parks from May 1st- May 31st and...

State Parks Bio Blitz

Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of participating parks from May 1st- May 31st and...

State Parks: Self-Guided BioBlitz

Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of participating parks from May 1st- May 31st and...

Self-Guided: State Park Bio Blitz

Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of participating parks from May 1st- May 31st and...

Self-Guided: State Park Bio Blitz

Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of participating parks from May 1st- May 31st and...

Self-Guided: State Park Bio Blitz

Join us for the month of May as we discover the diversity of wildlife in our State Parks! Visit any one of participating parks from May 1st- May 31st and...

SELF-GUIDED NATURE WALK - Discover Double Run Nature Trail.

Follow a woodland trail and discover the rich biodiversity found in a northern hardwoods forest. An interpretive brochure will guide you along the trail to...

Self Guided Trail Walk-The Frances Slocum Story

Read parts of the Frances Slocum story as you walk along the trail that bears her name. Stand under the rock shelter where she supposedly stayed. Imagine...

A common yellow throat is a likely spot on our hike.

Join a park naturalist on a one mile stroll through rolling terrain. Along the way we will look and listen for our feathered friends. Masks and social...

*CANCELED* Yoga on the Beach

*CANCELED due to cold, rainy weather.* Join yoga instructor, Tawnia Converse, for a morning yoga session on Lake Jean Beach. No experience required and...

Birdwatching Basics

Enjoy a morning stroll and learn to identify birds by sight, flight, and sound. Pick up tips and tricks for birdwatching this season. Be sure to bring your...

Family Fishing

Join park naturalist for a fun day of fishing at Goddard State Park. Equipment will be provided. Registration is limited to 20 participants. To register...

Guided Nature Hike: Lake Trail

Join us for an easy 1/2-mile family friendly hike as we meander on the Lake Trail and talk about what we find. Could be flowers, birds, or even animal...

Kayak 101

Join the park naturalist for this entry-level kayaking course covering safety, equipment, strokes, wet exits and assisted rescue techniques. Participants can...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Dam

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Art in the Park: Peregrine Falcon Edition

Come on out to the nature center to learn & draw step by step one of the fastest birds in the world. It can reach diving speeds around 200 MPH! By the end of...

Pole Steeple 5-mile Loop Hike

Join the Park Educator on a 5-mile loop hike using Pole Steeple Trail, Mountain Creek Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. This hike will be steep, rocky in...

BYOK Morning Wildlife Kayak/Canoe Paddle Program is cancelled.

Join us a morning wildlife paddle on the lake to explore the inlets and around the dam to look for wildlife. You will need to bring your own kayak or...

BYOKayak Slatelick Boat Launch

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

Cancelled: Hammond's Rocks Hike

This program has been cancelled due to weather. Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Enjoy Memorial Day weekend by hiking...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Family Fishing

Registration is required by Friday, May 28, 2021. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Join the Park Naturalist for a morning...

Fish for FREE Day

***Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area - 1125 River Rd. (PA-32), Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972*** Registration is not necessary but appreciated! To...

Frances Slocum Trail Walk

We'll walk the Frances Slocum Trail looking for interesting bits of nature along the way. Registration is required. To sign up, email kkelchner @pa.gov or...

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...

Memorial Weekend Paddle

Explore the lake with us by boat! Bring your own kayak, canoe, SUP, etc. for a guided tour. We will discuss plant and animal life while paddling. Exact...

Nature Walk

Join us for a walk on the General Kane Trail a 1.6 mile trail that’s rated easiest hiking. Participants must wear a mask and practice social distancing....

Pennsylvania Fish For Free Day

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with an ongoing hands on exhibit of fishing equipment, local fish identification, knot tying and casting geared towards...

Stream Study

Get your feet wet and help us discover the incredible diversity of wildlife that inhabits our creek! We will be catching macroinvertebrates (and maybe a...

Underdog Hike

We will be hiking the look out loop trail to the beautiful Pavia Outlook. Please, wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. This is an easy to moderate...

Fish for Free Day

It is Fish for Free Day, and everyone can go fishing - no matter if you have a license or not! Inexperienced and first-time anglers can borrow a rod with...

Fishing Skills

Join us to celebrate Fish for Free Day! Take time to learn the basics to make fishing a new hobby. This program is designed for children between the ages of...

PA Fish for Free Day

No license, no problem! Sunday, May 30, marks one of two days in Pennsylvania where everyone is legally allowed to fish without a license. Partner up with...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Dam

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Viaduct Ventures

Enjoy the park and hear stories about many adventures at Kinzua Bridge! Meet out on the skywalk.

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...

Fish for Free Day

No license needed for these special days! Stop by to borrow fishing rods & reels. Participants must obey all PA Fish & Boat Commission Rules! Meet near the...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

In the Nineteenth Century, wooden pegs were used for construction because metal products were so expensive. Come see an actual blacksmith in action with this...

Hike to Hopewell Furnace

Do you know how to get to Hopewell Furnace? If not, join the park Naturalist for a stroll to Hopewell Furnace from the French Creek campground. We will...

VIRTUAL Bygone Town of Ricketts Tour

This program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams; it will NOT take place face-to-face in the park. Take a virtual photo tour of the bygone lumber...

A Walk Through the Forest Cathedral

Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for an interpretive hike into the Forest Cathedral, a registered National Natural...

Pennsylvania Mammals - DiscoverE program

In this hour-long program for younger children and their parents/guardians/caregivers, we will have some fun exploring the outdoors and nature. During this...

All About Owls

Bring the family out to learn about the owls that live in our area. ** no live birds Face coverings are required at all park programs and social distance...

Eagle & Osprey Watch with Wildlife Photographer Preregistration required

Anthony Fraiser is a well known local wildlife photographer of ospreys and eagles in Westmoreland and Indiana County. Join us for an afternoon of learning...

Edible Plants

Garlic mustard, Japanese knotweed & stinging nettle are sprouting all around us. Join the park educator at the campground amphitheater to discover & discuss...

Frog Pond Fun

Spend the afternoon exploring the Frog Pond! You’ll have the chance to discover the diverse species found at our pond such as frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, &...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Dam

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Shoaff's Mill Tours

Shoaff's Mill is an 1840's era Grist Mill that operates from May to October on weekends from 1-3pm. See a 32 ft steel waterwheel turn just as it has for over...

The Greenwood Furnace Charcoal Wagon

Stop by for some short talks and learn about this important piece of Greenwood Furnace history – an original charcoal wagon. After nearly 3-1/2 years of...

Family Fishing

Registration is required by Friday, May 28, 2021. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Join the Park Naturalist for a morning...

Don't Pass on Passerines: Guided Walk

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we discover what bird species call this park home. This walk is a 2 mile loop on flat terrain throughout the park....

Forest Habitat Hunt

Join us for a family-friendly scavenger hunt, exploring the forest for signs of the critters that call our park home.

Hike Through History

Join local historian, Andre Weltman, for a strenuous 4-mile hike to see some of the hidden history of the park and surrounding Michaux State Forest. This...

Where in the Park?

Use the clue in the following rhyme to find the park naturalist and learn about something special here at Cowans Gap. When you arrive, please keep social...

Cicadas

What are cicadas? We’ll separate fact from fiction as we check in with the Brood X cicadas that are emerging. Are they harmful? Are they dangerous? What...

Crazy Crawdads: DiscoverE Program

Take an up-close look at crayfish and the habitat they lve in. For families with children ages 4-12. Nets and containers provided. Wear water shoes and be...

Guided Hike: Lock 28

Join park staff at the White Haven Access of Lehigh Gorge State Park. We'll head south on the trail to the platform overlooking Lock 28. Learn about the...

Long-tailed Salamander

Proram is cancelled due to weather. Registration is now closed for this program. Come along to learn about a fascinating group of amphibians: salamanders!...

Gone Fishing

Sunday, May 30, 2021 is Fish for Free Day! A Fish for Free Day, means that anyone (resident or non-resident) is allowed to legally fish the waters of the...

Pennsylvania Mammals - DiscoverE program

In this hour-long program for younger children and their parents/guardians/caregivers, we will have some fun exploring the outdoors and nature. During this...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera and search for all the items on the scavenger hunt list! Get your list at the picnic table in front of the Environmental Learning Center. ...

Turkey Tidbits

It’s turkey season! Did you know that Ben Franklin wanted our nation symbol to be a wild turkey? Join us at the nature center to learn a little about this...

Stream Study

Join the park naturalist and dive into an underwater community to find some different aquatic insects that call this creek home. All children must be...

Fish For Free Day

Join Park Naturalist Jim Mucci on Fish For Free Day. Loaner equipment will be availible at the beach and campground host site #6. Rods and tackle combined...

Ramble, Three Valley, and Appalachian Trails

We will hike the Ramble, Three Valley, and Appalachian Trails in a three mile loop. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Dogs are welcome, but must stay on a...

Starting a Rock and Mineral Collection

Kid's With Their Family Program! The basics of rocks and minerals. Collection starter packs provided to families.

History Hike at Poe Paddy!

Get ready for a nice walk on the John Snyder Trail, and through the Poe Paddy Tunnel to discuss how this beloved park came to be! Be prepared for a fairly...

Stream Study

Join the park naturalist and dive into an underwater community to find some different aquatic insects that call this creek home. All children must be...

Great Blue Heron Hike

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to look for Great Blue Herons. Find out what they like to eat, where they go during the winter months, and how much they...

Tree ID Walk

Join us on a short hike (0.5 miles) to learn about some of different trees at Raccoon Creek State Park. Participants will learn how to identify trees and the...

Family Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a Family Scavenger Hunt in the Visitor's Center anytime from Friday (May 28th) at 3:00 PM to Sunday (May 30th) at 5:00 PM and complete for a prize....

What Lurks in the Lake?

Have you ever looked down into Lake Marburg and wondered what’s down there? We can tell you! Learn about all the critters that make the lake home. ...

Big Bad Bears

Join us at the Sizerville Amphitheater as we discuss the American Black Bear and the role they play in our ecosystem. In case of inclement weather the...

Pennsylvania Spiders; Facts, Fears and Fantasy

Except for their webs, they usually go unnoticed. What do they do with their spare time?

Sunset Paddle

Take part in our first paddle of the season. Registration is required for this program, please call 570-676-0567 to register. Please wear waterproof...

Tea and Talk

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk varies from year to year – what do you want to talk about?

The Outdoor Grocery Store

Learn some of the basics to foraging wild edibles. Identify the three W’s of what, when and where to look for them. We will take a short hike to look for...

Campfire Tales: War Stories

Join the park naturalist for some campfire stories to honor and remember those who paid the ultimate price. Help us honor all veterans that gave their lives...

Wildlife Olympics

Did you know Olympians can be found right here at Hickory Run State Park? The park's wildlife are capable of some amazing feats, and so are you! Kids will...

Civilian Conservation Corps of Little Pine

This program will focus on the history of the Great Depression, life during the Civilian Conservation Corps times, and some of the work that happened in the...

Spiny Oak-slug Moth

Hike scheduled for Friday, May 28 is cancelled due to weather. Grab your flashlight and hit the trail on a night hike! Tag along with the park naturalist as...

1865 The Better Angels of our Nature

On this Memorial Day Weekend, let us remember the 700,000 American casulties who gave their lives to form a more perfect Union. As the American Civil War...

Ultraviolet Night Hike

Ever wonder what the bog looks like when we can see ultraviolet light? Take a hike with blacklights to find out! Learn about night florescence during...

World of the Beaver

Learn the history, biology, and management of this unique mammal through photos, skulls, hides, and demos.

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Around the World in 80 Minutes

In the United States the Greek Constellations and their associated mythological stories are the most well-known. However, for thousands of years humans of...

Sunday, May 30