DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 19

Music on the Beach Summer Concert Series  at Whipple Dam State Park with Pure Cane Sugar

Come out and enjoy some great live, local music from your kayak, the swimming area, a beach towel, or the comfort of your favorite camping chair. When it...

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...

Family Fishing Tournament

A family tradition. This event has limited availability, so registration is required. Medallions awarded in the following categories: largest perch,...

Spring Paddle Fest

Join Shenango River Watchers to celebrate Pennsylvania’s 2021 River of the Year with this paddle on a nine-mile section of the Upper Shenango River Water...

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.

Morning Eco-Paddle Through the Lagoons

The lagoons of Presque Isle present a wonderful opportunity to view the various flora and fauna of the park. Join the Park Naturalists for a paddle through...

Tree Identification Hike

Join us for this easy 1.5mile hike on the Ferncliff Peninsula. Along the way we will talk about what makes Ohiopyle so special when it comes to trees. We...

Trekking Beltzville Series: The History Surrounding Sawmill Trail

Join park naturalist, Rob Bergstresser, for a 2.0-mile guided nature hike along the beautiful Sawmill Trail, formerly a stagecoach road, leading past the...

Tuscarora State Forest Hike

Take a guided hike in the Tuscarora State Forest and learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Know what essential items to bring for a day long...

Volunteer Garden Crew

Volunteer to work alongside our education staff as they mulch, pull weeds, divide plants, and generally work to maintain the native plant landscaping at the...

*Full* Mobsters, Murderers, and Millionaires: The hidden history of Milford Mills

Marsh Creek History: Mobsters, Murderers, and Millionaires. Learn about the hidden history of Milford Mills. We will take a look some of the old ruins and...

CANCELLED Summer Solstice Stroll

EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Celebrate the longest day of the year (and the extra daylight) by hitting the trails for a moderate, 2.5 mile hike just...

Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, June 19, 1865 marks the day that word had finally traveled to all announcing the end of the Civil War. Join us for a work day at Brown Cemetery...

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...

Kayak Basics (BYOKayak)

Let’s explore kayaking on F.J. Sayers Lake! This program is intended for those who lack extensive kayaking experience & want to learn more. The park will NOT...

Kings Gap Trail Challenge!

Can you hike every trail at Kings Gap? With 25+ miles of trails throughout the property, Kings Gap has an extensive hiking system. This challenging monthly...

Mountain Laurel Driving Tour

The mountain laurel is in bloom! Follow along in your car as we traverse a mix of blacktop roads and gravel forestry roads to view Pennsylvania’s beautiful...

Skulls: It's Inside That Counts

Learn how to identify animal skulls by looking at the teeth, eyes, and other features. Interactive indoor presentation with lots of hands-on practice with...

Soil Test Program

Join DCNR and the Penn State Master Gardeners of Tioga, Bradford, and Sullivan Counties as we discuss the importance of testing your soil before you plant....

Stream Study

Get your feet wet and help us discover the diversity of wildlife living in our stream! We will capture, identify, and learn how the creatures of the stream...

Throwback: Beaver Life Cycles

[Note: This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] We will hike out to the beaver ponds on the Beaver Dam Trail and explore the...

Wild Edible Plants

Join us on a woodland walk to find nature’s edibles. We’ll talk about the hobby of collecting plants for use at your table. We’ll cover the do’s and...

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...

Bee on Buttonbush at RB Winter

Flowers are blooming and pollinators are all around! Join park staff to explore the variety of animals that spread pollen from plant to plant and see what's...

Hawaiian Day at the Beach

This event is tentatively planned for 2021. This event may be modified or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting safety guidelines as...

Skull Activity and Craft

Get more hands-on practice with skull ID while creating movable skull models and works of art from skull stencils. Art materials provided. Good for all...

Turtles for Kids

Bring the kids down to the amphitheater for some fun learning about TURTLES! Make your own turtle to take home.

Find Your Pace

Add a new talent to your hiking skillset during this hands-on program. We'll make pace/ranger beads and learn how to use them as a manual counting tool for...

Friends of Cook Forest Series: Ancient Oaks & Peculiar Trees of the Deer Meadow Old Growth Area

Join the Friends of Cook Forest at the Deer Meadow Campground Pavilion for their annual fund raising event and guided interpretive hike to ancient oaks and...

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...

Kayak Basics (BYOKayak)

Let’s explore kayaking on F.J. Sayers Lake! This program is intended for those who lack extensive kayaking experience & want to learn more. The park will NOT...

Nature in the Cove walk

Discover the beauty of what lives in the coves of the park! Take an easy 1.7 mile walk around one of the lovely coves of Lake Marburg.

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...

Virtual - Terrapin Talk: An introduction to turtles at Mt. Pisgah State Park

Want to learn more about turtles at Mt. Pisgah State Park's Stephen Foster Lake? Join us for a presentation on turtles hosted by Amanda Cooley, a local...

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Lakeshore Trail Walk

Registration Required. To sign up email Kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov Let's walk the trail from the Pavilion #3 side to the Turtle Pond and back. What plants...

All About Whipple Dam

Who was Whipple Dam named after? What took place here in the past. His program brings to light the fascinating history of this popular park, from the early...

Cancelled: Edible Plants Hike

Cancelled: Take a hike on the Lake Loop Trail to discover some of the common edible plants found in this area. The trail is mostly flat with rocks and...

Creative Clouds

Do you know the difference between the different clouds in the sky? When was the last time you saw a nifty shape in the clouds? Come on out to the...

Fern Walk

Come and discover the fascinating ferns and other flowerless plants within the park. During the hike, you will learn about the folklore, uses, and how to...

Hiking Through Habitats

Join the park naturalist for a hike through different habitats in the park. Learn why they are important and how they could be effected by climate change. ...

Mountain Laurel Hike - Pump Station

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...

Mountain Laurel Painting Class

Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Price: $29 Learn to...

Pa Snakes

Summer is here and that means snakes are out and about. Join our KECA staff as we discuss snake identification and what to do if you have a snake bite. We...

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...

Boulder Field Basics

Meet park staff for a brief talk on the history and significance of this geologic wonder. Please allow 20 minutes to drive to Boulder Field from Route 534.

Homemade Nature Bugs

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we transform everyday items from nature into bug like creations; with glue and an imagination the possibilities are...

Laurel Lake Kayak Tour

Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 12 or older and be able to swim to register....

Pollinator Partners

Join the park naturalist to learn about the birds and the bees... ...and the butterflies and the moths and the ants and the flies and the beetles and even...

The Dirt on Detritivores

What exactly is a detritivore and why are they important? Join us as we investigate these fascinating and often overlooked animals. Be prepared to get your...

Tick Talk

Tiny ticks are an unwanted part of time outside. How do we enjoy nature but avoid getting ticks? Come to the education center to learn the science of ticks...

Butterflies of Hyner Run

Join the naturalist for a look into the life cycle of a butterfly. There will also be a craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to...

Creative Clouds

Do you know the difference between the different clouds in the sky? When was the last time you saw a nifty shape in the clouds? Come on out to the nature...

Orienteering Basics

Know anyone who would be completely lost without their GPS. Well before electronics, navigation was a skill to be learned with tools such as a map and a...

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...

Tremendous Trees

Learn how to identify the trees that grow in the park. Meet at the Amphitheater. **Please register by clicking on the green register button.** To...

Monarch on Thistle at RB Winter State Park

Looking to invite pollinators into your space but not quite sure how to go about it? Maybe you're curious about designing a garden for wildlife? Join park...

Can You Guess?

We will be set up with a display of various historical items, from early kitchen utensils to tools. Stop and see if you can guess what they were used for....

Goin' Batty at Poe Paddy!

Next week starts pollinator week so come out and learn about one of our favorite nocturnal pollinators. We'll be talking about how beneficial bats are for...

History Reenactor: French and Indian War Local History

Join reenactor Rob Schmelzlen as he shows you a glimpse of the past. Come and see how things were in the area during the French and Indian war. Meeting...

Letterboxing

An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Adventure!! Learn about this acient hobby and see if you can find all the hidden stashes.

Butterflies of Hyner Run

Join the naturalist for a look into the life cycle of a butterfly. There will also be a craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to...

For Kids: I See Animals Hiding

Animals all over the world have adapted to survive through the use of camouflage and certain behaviors. Stop by the amphitheater for a story and activity to...

Art in the Park: Hummingbird Edition

Flutter on out to the upper campground to learn about these beloved birds. They are the tiniest birds in the world, yet they qualify as some of the toughest...

Kayaking for Families on 6/30

This is an easy kayaking program for families. Kayaks, paddles, and vests will be provided, but your participation must be registered ahead of time. For...

Animal Adaptations

Camo, armor, and stink bombs, oh boy! Come take a look at the interesting and often unusual aresenal of adaptations that are used by wildlife to help them...

Beneficial Bats for Campers

Discover the truth and benefits about PA bats. Then watch Race to Save PA Bats and learn how white-nose syndrome affects them. Meet at the...

Insectigators

Become an investigator on this trip into the insect world! Join the park naturalist for a walk along the nature trail as we look for bugs and fireflies. Bug...

PA Pollinators

Join Dr. Merilee Anderson from Mount Aloysius College for a look at PA pollinators. We will discuss types of pollinators, plant features preferred by...

The Heavens of the Summer Solstice

Make your own star chart, hear some neat mythology and prepare to enjoy the summer skies.

Campfire Tales: Tales From the Camp

Join us for some mildly haunting tales from the camp. Nothing too scary, but be careful, you may just learn something. Can you tell which stories are true?...

Owls of Pennsylvania: Campground Amphitheater

Listen to the park educator read “Good-night Owl!” by Pat Hutchins, and complete a birds of prey word search. Learn about the different species of owls in...

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...

Bats!!!

Discover the wonders of the only flying mammal in Pennsylvania during this interactive program.

Movie at the Amphitheater

Visit Sizerville State Park for a short film at the Amphitheater on the reintroduction of Fishers and Otters. Please bring a face mask for Covid safety.

2021 Bat Count

Learn about natures bug zappers in this program suitable for all ages. Then join the park naturalist to get a count of some resident park bats! Meet at the...

A Big Dam Movie

They are perhaps nature’s best engineers, building large dams to hold back water all over North America. Learn more about this interesting rodent as we watch...

Campground Movie: Season of the Bear

This well-written video follows bears throughout the year, as they eat, sleep, play, and interact with their environment. Includes segment on understanding...

Family Night - Blinking Lights on Summer Nights

Are you mesmerized by the flashes of fireflies during warm summer evenings? Would you like to know what the flashes mean or what you can do to improve...

Firefly Walk

"You would not believe your eyes, if 10 million fireflies lit up the world as I fell asleep..." Alright, so we might not have as many fireflies as that one...

Moth Night

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We will reschedule for another night in the near future! One of our most anticipated summer events is back! Join our...

Thru-Hiking from Georgia to Maine

People from all over the world come to hike this global treasure. Most do a few or many miles in section hikes. Like climbing Mt. Everest, only a few manage...

Firefly at night

Come celebrate Father's Day with a night hike at Oil Creek State Park. We'll take a short stroll along the Blood Farm Interpretive Trail at the Blood Farm...

Firefly Watch

Registration is required as attendance is limited. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register by Friday, June 18, 2021. Join the park...

Summer Solstice Night Hike

Many animals travel through the night without flashlights. Tonight we’re going to give it a try. We will go on a one-mile hike through the woods and use our...

Lightning Bugs!

Families are invited to the Campground Amphitheater to learn about lightning bugs (aka fireflies). The program will include a short walk in search of...

Saturday, June 19