DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 12

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...

Warbler Walk

The early bird gets the worm! Join the park naturalist bright and early on a short walk to try to find some of our most elusive birds—warblers. Please bring...

BYOKayak Wyerough 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...

Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me

Self-Guided Story Stroll: I Know the River Loves Me, Yo se que el rio me ama, by Maya Christina Gonzalez Come read a story while enjoying a walk outdoors....

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.

Beech Trail Hike

Join us for this difficult 3+ mile hike. We will pass through a forest of ancient Beech trees. Along the way we will discover their uses and folklore....

Birding by Boat

Enjoy a morning paddle surrounded by birdsongs. Learn to identify birds by sight, flight, and sound. Please provide your own boat, paddle, and life jacket....

Explore Clarion River Lands: Maxwell Run & Boiler Trail Ramble

Are you curious as to what scenic surprises, wildlife, and local history lie within the newly acquired Clarion River Lands? If so, you’ll need a guide to...

Knotweed SmackDown

We will be challenging the ever-bothersome plant invader, Japanese Knotweed to a duel! Using machetes as our defense with feet firmly planted in the stream,...

National Get Outdoors Day

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a 5 mile nature hike through Ridley Creek State Park to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. We will explore birds, trees,...

Yoga on the Beach

Come join Bloom Yoga & Wellness for a free, gentle all-abilities class at the swimming area. New to yoga? Great! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. A...

Jewelry Design with Monique Perry

Designing and Creating Jewelry with Precious Metal Clay June 12, 2021 (9:30am – 4:30pm) Accents and embellishments are small metal clay components such as...

Mountain Laurel Hike - Broken Tip

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Come see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history as we take a 2.5-mile...

Ackerman Area Hike

Join a Park Naturalist to explore the Ackerman Island Area. This is a moderate hike that will be approximately two miles in length. Dress for the weather....

Ackerman Area Hike

Join a Park Naturalist to explore the Ackerman Island Area. This is a moderate hike that will be approximately two miles in length. Dress for the weather....

Become a Junior Ranger!

Become a Junior Ranger meet outside the Environmental Education Center in Nockamixon State Park! This 1 hour long program is most appropriate for ages 14 and...

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,...

Discovery Hike Series

Join the park naturalist for a series of hikes to learn about the great outdoors! As we put a mile or two under our boots, we will discuss all we discover to...

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...

Hike with L.L.Bean.

Join the experts from L.L. Bean for a 4-5-mile hike. The hike will be decided day of by one of the L.L. bean staff depending on weather and partcipants. Make...

Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a 1-mile walk through the past to discover the history of Pine Grove...

Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group Work Day

Join the Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group for a trail work day on Laurel Mountain. For more information about becoming a conservation volunteer please contact...

Pennsylvania’s Natural Symbols

Pennsylvania has a tremendous amount of biodiversity and the natural symbols that represent the state are just as diverse. Learn more about the official...

Purple Martins

Purple Martins – Saturday, June 12, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Pavilion #7 McDanel’s Launch Area (North Shore) - Moraine A Purple Martin Seminar will be...

Something's Fishy

Young people will learn about fish through hands on activities, story and craft. Masks and social distancing are required.

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

American Black Bears

Whether they’re at your birdfeeder or in a state park, everyone marvels at the American black bear! Join the park naturalist at the amphitheater to learn all...

BUGS!

Bring the kids down to the amphitheater to have some fun with BUGS! We’ll see who’s hanging put around the campground and make our very own personal bug.

Muddy Creek Oil Field Living History Exhibit

Muddy Creek Oil Field Living History Exhibit - Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Park Road - Moraine State Park Come see a restored oil...

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...

Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Three Rivers Arts Festival will be back in Point State Park and downtown Pittsburgh for 2021. There will be bands playing in the evening on June 4, 5,...

Amphibian Life Cycle

Check out the nature table at Fuller Lake to learn about the life of an amphibian. See where amphibians are found in Pennsylvania and which ones have been...

Campground Walk Around

So, you're in the campground, but do you know the names of the plants and trees atround the campsites? Come along as we wander the campground and do some...

Mountain Laurel Hike

It's National Get Outdoors Day so why not get out and join the park naturalist on a short 1-mile hike as we take in the beauty of our state flower: the...

Mountain Laurel Hike - Bear Paw

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Come see the beauty of Pennsylvania’s state flower in bloom and learn about its natural history as we take a 2.5-mile...

Nature Discovery Area Clean-Up

Join us in the Nature Discovery Area as we get it cleaned up for the season. There’s weeding, raking, mulching, and lots of general tidying to do. This work...

Pedal the Park

Learn to connect bike friendly trails and scenic locations on this bike ride! The ride will be nearly 5 miles in length on moderate terrain. Please provide...

SUP 101

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by learning to stand up paddleboard. Board, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Ages 15+. Face masks required on...

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...

Short Talks on Greenwood Furnace

Here’s your chance to ask that burning question on Greenwood Furnace. Stop by anytime during open hours. The topic is up to you. It can range from Greenwood...

Trail Trivia

Come out for a family-fun adventure! Take a self-guided stroll along Deer Trail where we posted questions to test your knowledge of our wildlife – see how...

A Deer's Year

As white-tailed deer fawning season wraps up, we will discuss the changes that our newly born state mammal will experience for years to come followed by a...

Cicadas

This year we get to witness something in nature that only happens once every 17 years! Join the KECA staff as we discuss Cicadas and their life cycle and why...

Forest Habitat Hunt

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

Get Outdoors Day

Join us for a fun day of outdoor programs! 8:00 am to 9:00 am- Morning Bird Count Beginning and novice birders are welcome to join us at Boat Launch #3 on...

Park Scavenger Hunt

Meet up with our park naturalist to get your list then explore the park looking for all sorts of items! Once your list is complete or you've run out of time,...

Reptiles at the Park

Checkout our reptile display and learn about the reptiles one might see at our park. We will also be searching for the northern water snakes! Note: Masks...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

Thaddeus Stevens was NOT a blacksmith. He owned the 10,000 acres that comprised Caledonia Ironworks. As a leading abolitionist, he advocated for the end of...

Throwback: Web of Life Hike

[Note: This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] All wild and natural things are interconnected – learn some of the ways on...

Habitats of PA - Nature Walk

Marsh vs. pond? Forest vs. woodlot? Learn to identify the different habitats in PA and the reptiles and amphibians that live in each. Program begins...

Creek Critters

Join park staff on a stream study as we investigate what lives in the waters of Sizerville State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Water shoes...

National Get Outdoors Day Hike

Hiking the Highland Trail and Bear Walk Trail to see F.L. Ricketts Falls. This is a 3.5-mile moderate hike. Park and meet at Beach Lot #2 by the bulletin...

Fish of Little Pine and Hyner Run (Virtual Program)

Be advised that this program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and will not take place face to face at Little Pine State Park. Join the park...

Raccoon Run Trail

During the roaring 1920s Caledonia was an enclave community of urban people wanting to immerse themselves in nature. Mountain cabins were built, and they...

The Stone Age in the Poconos

Join Russ Cramer as he discusses 12,000 years in the evolution of stone tools used by American Indians in the Poconos. This program is brought to us...

Who's Been Here?

Learn wildlife tracks and signs as we investigate several miniscule crime scenes. All ages are welcome, but the crime scenes will be geared more towards...

Snakes "Stayin' Alive" Habitat Game

Get your groove on while learning about the habitat needs of two of PA’s snake species. Fun for kids of all ages. Campground playground.

Wonderful Wetlands Walk

What is a swampy, muddy, bug filled area good for? Join a park educator to find out as we walk to one of the many wetlands here at Codorus

Frog Call Bingo

Did you know we have 14 frog & 3 toad species in the state? Do you know what they all sound like? Come on out to the upper campground to discover unique ways...

Make-A-Bug (Kids craft)

Stop by the Blacksmith Shop before the evening program for this activity where kids can make a dragonfly.

BYOKayak Ecopaddle around Poe Lake

Bring your own kayak out to the lake for a guided paddle. Paddle along as we talk history of the lake, as well as what plants and animals call this lake...

Bones in the Stones

What interesting fossils do we find in the rocks of Pennsylvania?

Mammals

Join Jessie Kohan to learn about some of the common and uncommon mammals that share the forest, fields, and streams of Blue Knob with us. You will have the...

Sunset Paddle for National Get Outdoors Day

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...

Wildlife and Cicadas Walk

Take an evening walk in the forest and listen to the symphony of cicadas. Find out why this year's cicadas are important for wildlife. Note: Masks and...

Wildlife Olympics

Let’s prep up for the 2021 summer Olympics! Did you know Olympians can be found right here at Hickory Run! The park’s wildlife are capable of some amazing...

Cicada, Cicada

Creatures are emerging from the underground and creating quite a racket! Join us to learn about our longest-lived insect.

DiscoverE: Lightning Bug Crafts for kids Preregistration required

Do you enjoy looking for lightning bugs? Do you and the kids enjoy catching ligntning bugs? Learn all about the fascinating life cycle of lightning bugs...

Frog Call Bingo

Did you know we have 14 frog & 3 toad species in the state? Do you know what they all sound like? Come on out to the nature center to discover unique ways to...

Lumbering of Little Pine

Step back into time and experience the culture of the lumbermen in the late 1800’s. Topics will include the local history and prehistory of the area, the...

Movie at the Amphitheater

Join the park naturalist at Sizerville's Amphitheater as we watch a short film on Pennsylvania's Forgotten Trees. Please bring a face mask for Covid safety.

Snakes: Myths and Facts

Set aside your fears and learn the truth about timber rattlers and other snakes of PA. Interactive campground talk followed by 30-minute video, “Shadow of...

The Haunting Call of the Whip-poor-will

You’re in the forest on a warm June night, and it is almost dark. All is silent, save for some spring peepers and their rhythmic call. Then suddenly, a cold...

Bears of Pennsylvania

Find out how well bears are doing in Pennsylvania. From the largest average weights, earlier breeding age to larger average litter sizes our bears exceed...

Michaux through Time

The Caledonia naturalist will give a live presentation on the history of Michaux State Forest and Caledonia State Park.

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...

Webs of Intrigue

Learn about the interesting variety of spiders, and how they capture their prey. What would the world be like without spiders? (Seriously, what would it be...

Frog Hunt

Join us for one of our most fun and popular programs. We’ll meet at the amphitheater to discuss our plan of attack. Then we’ll head to the infamous frog...

Light Up the Night Lightning Bug Program: Talk & Walk Preregistration required.

Come out and join us and our bioluminescent friends as we learn about the vast world of lightning bugs with Jessica Barnhart. This evening will shine a...

Movie in the Park: Rattlesnakes

Since colonial days, Pennsylvania’s timber rattlesnake has been relentlessly trailed by an angry SHADOW OF MISUNDERSTANDING. Branded as evil and aggressive,...

Nocturnal Insects - the Saturnids

Saturnids are large, beautiful moths like the Luna Moth. June is the best time of year to find them. Join our naturalist as she sets various light traps to...

Night Sky Tour

Experience the splendor of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. Listen...

Saturday, June 12