DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 26

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...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

Warrior 5K

Presque Isle will be hosting a 5K at the ERC pavillion at Beach 1 180 person total

Women in the Wilds: Cast Iron Cooking

Ladies, learn to create tasty dishes with cast iron Dutch ovens. State park volunteers, John and Jan Halter will introduce Dutch oven cooking, covering...

Women in the Wilds: Morning Bird Walk

Ladies, enjoy the sights and sounds of a summer morning with local birding enthusiast, Barb Gee. Learn to identify songbirds by field marks and...

Women in the Wilds: Outdoor Yoga

Ladies, get out of the studio and into nature to experience yoga as it was originally intended. Certified yoga instructor, Adrian White, will guide you...

Mountain Laurel Hike

Hiking the Grandview Trail to see our state flower in bloom. This is a 2-mile moderate hike. Park and meet at the Shale Pit parking lot along Rt....

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.

Birding by Ear for Beginners

Join park naturalist, Rob Bergstresser, as we learn to identify and locate the common breeding birds of Beltzville State Park, by their songs and calls....

Lake Watch

A pair of binoculars, camera and patience is all you need to get started on one of the outdoors fastest growing past times-bird watching. Meet at the fishing...

Rhododendron Hike

One of the most splendid times of year to hike is Pennsylvania is when the rhododendrons are in bloom. We are hoping to catch the bloom just right this...

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...

Volunteer Work Day

Volunteer Work Day – Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Meet at 528 Bridge Come join us to make Moraine State Park look its best. Bring sturdy...

Walk with Friends:  To the Hogback & Back!

Join the Friends of Cook Forest as we take a 6.5 mile strenuous interpretive hike ((sometimes off-trail) to the Hogback, a peculiar horseshoe curve and steep...

Waterfall Hiking Series: Kildoo Falls

Want to get moving and enjoy the beauty at nature at the same time? Join the Park Naturalist for a morning hike to Kildoo Falls. This one-mile hike will help...

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...

AM Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover State Park

**Pre-registration REQUIRED: Please click the green registration button to sign up for this program. **Program Location: High Rocks Overlook Parking Area,...

Ashes and Iron

Do you enjoy history? If you do, join archaeologists Brian and Amanda Valko Fritz for an hour or the whole day to learn about the lumbering history at Clear...

Biking Bald Eagle

Join the park naturalist for a morning bike ride! This ride will be about 3 miles in length. Participants must bring their own bike & helmets are...

Intro. to Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover State Park

**Pre-registration REQUIRED: Please click the green registration button to sign up for this program. **Program Location: High Rocks Overlook Parking Area,...

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,...

CCC Trail Hike

Hike this fairly easy trail that traverses parts of the park that have been effected by both man and nature. We will discuss some of the major changes the...

Camping & Backpacking in PA State Parks

This weekend is the Great American Campout. Come learn the basics and some insider tips on camping and backpacking in PA State Parks. We will cover gear and...

Eagles - Masters of the Sky

The eaglets are getting ready to fledge! But, do you know what biomagnification is? It's something that affects eagles, you and every other living thing on...

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...

Guided Sunset Rocks 6-mile loop hike

Have you ever wondered where the original half way point is on the Appalachian Trail? Register and join in for this Guided Hike where we will see Camp...

Insect Display on the Back Deck

Stop by to see the collections of local insects and a few exotics.

Into the Algerine Swamp

Hidden Gems of the Tiadaghton series: With nearly 150,000 acres of land in the Tiadaghton State Forest, there is bound to be some incredible, interesting,...

Intro to Paddleboard BYOP or Rent one Preregistration required

Ever wanted to try paddleboarding? Have you been paddleboarding before but would like to gain more skills? Join the park educator for an Intro to...

North Woods Walk

Explore the North Woods of Forbes State Forest on a moderate, 2 mile hike filled with information about the natural and cultural history of the area....

Primitive Skills Workshop

This two-day workshop (June 26,10:00am to June 27,1:00pm) focuses on primitive living and how our ancestors once survived by perfecting the skills needed to...

Tree Identification Walk

Join the park naturalist for a short, half mile walk around Leonard Harrison State Park, where we will learn to identify common trees by leaves and by bark....

Women in the Wilds: Cast Iron Cooking

Ladies, learn to create tasty dishes with cast iron Dutch ovens. State park volunteers, John and Jan Halter will introduce Dutch oven cooking, covering...

Women in the Wilds: Explore Archery

Ladies, discover the exciting sport of archery. Local bowhunters Steve Bajor, Vince Hornung and Randy Overly will cover the basics of archery, including...

Women in the Wilds: Kayaking Tour of the Lake

Ladies, explore the reservoir with Alyson Rotello to observe the plants and animals that call this aquatic habitat home. This session is offered as a longer...

Women in the Wilds: Leather Craft

Ladies, learn the techniques used to make simple but beautiful leather craft items guided by home crafter, Cyndi Colson. Each participant will make and take...

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...

Colonial Cooking Day

Learn what foods the Colonists ate and how they prepared it using cast iron cookware, like a Dutch oven. Note: Masks and social distancing are optional for...

Fire Flies for Kids

Bring the kids down to the Ampitheater for some fun learning about FIREFLIES! Make your own night light to take home.

From Grain to Bread

Explore delicious breads that are tied to local history! Look for the Gristmill Baker, Stan Malecki, and his crew, and join them for recipes and fun...

Stream Discovery Day

Back by popular demand, let's see what we can catch in the creek! Historic Pidcock Creek was and is still the main source of power for the Thompson-Neely...

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. All...

Fishing Tackle Loaner Sites

Are you interested in going fishing in our campgrounds? What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be...

Make-Your-Own Seed Bombs

Use recycled paper to create wildflower seed bombs that you can plant in your garden or toss in a meadow to add color and habitat for pollinators. Another...

Women in the Wilds: Survival Skills

Ladies, what would you do if you were lost on a hike? Learn from experienced Mountaineer Search and Rescue team members, Steve Bajor, Vince Hornung and...

Basic Botany Walk

Take a short walk with park staff in search of interesting plants. At each stop along the 1/4 mile route, learn identification tips, folklore and each...

Compass Chaos

We will teach you how to use a compass to navigate the course we created-Can you make it to the finish?

Long-tailed Salamander

Registration is now closed for this event. Come along to learn about a fascinating group of amphibians: salamanders! After a short walk, we will comb over a...

Hike: Rhododendron Trail

Take a walk on the beautiful Rodododendron trail along the river. Make sure to bring water and wear trail shoes. Trough Creek State Park) Approx. 1hr 30...

Hiking Hicks Hollow Trail

Hicks Hollow Trail is one of Mount Pisgah State Park's 11 miles of trails. This trail travels primarily through wooded areas but also crosses a section of...

Nature Discovery Hike

Learn about the wonders of the woods as you hike along the Mary Ann Furnace Trail.

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...

Women in the Wilds: Bluebirds and Nest Boxes

Ladies, discover the natural history of the beautiful Eastern Bluebird and find out how conservation efforts over the last 30 years have helped their...

Women in the Wilds: Kayaking Basics

Ladies, learn the basics of kayaking and how to choose the right kayaks for you and your family. Alyson Rotello will provide safety instruction and guide...

Bird Basics for Kids

Ages 6-12. Young people can learn some bird natural history, take a short walk to look for birds, and make a bird call to take home.

GUIDED HIKE: LOYALSOCK TRAIL'S SPLIT ROCK

Explore a fascinating rock formation with a hidden passageway found on the Loyalsock Trail. Easy hike, 2 miles. Please meet at the Visitors Center with your...

Vegetable Gardening with the Park Manager

Come to Yellow Creek State Park to learn about growing your own vegetable garden. Jim Tweardy, the park manager, is well known for his extensive vegetable ...

Camping Hacks 101

Join the park naturalist for a program on some useful hacks to help make your next camping trip a success. Masks are required for unvaccinated visitors....

Elk Talk

Join us in learning about the variety of ways elk communicate. You will learn how to accurately distinguish vocal calls of elk and recognize non-vocal...

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,...

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...

The Dirtiest Job at the Furnace

Of all the jobs at the furnace, none were dirtier than that of charcoal making. What was life like for a charcoal maker? How was charcoal made? Come and...

The Ruffed Grouse

It is a bird that should be important to Pennsylvanians, but recent problems have dwindled its population in the Keystone State. Learn more about the Ruffed...

Woodpeckers of Pennsylvania

Ever wondered about woodpeckers? Learn more about the adaptations of these unique birds & which species can be found in our state. Program will be held at...

Beautiful Bluebirds

What are those beautiful blue birds? Come learn about the amazing Eastern Bluebirds that live here. Find out why we have a cavity nest box trail and what...

Bog Treasures

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road for this 1/2 mile...

Hike to Grid-tied Array

Learn just how easy a grid-tied solar array is to design and install. We will hike to the park’s 1.2KW solar array and learn how our grid-tied system works...

Meet the Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are charismatic insects with several behavioral characteristics that are unique among insects, even other butterflies. Join the park...

Mushroom Hike

Join John Plischke III from the Western Mushroom Club to take a hike on Chappells Field Trail while learning about all the mushrooms in the area. If you...

Owl Pellet Dissection

Ever wonder what owls truly eat throughout the night? Now's your chance! Join us at Sizerville State Park as we dissect Barn Owl pellets to better understand...

Plants and Wildflowers Walk

Get to know the plants and wildflowers of the PA Wilds with DCNR Bureau of Forestry botanist, Chris Firestone. Enjoy a slow-paced 1-2 mile walk while...

Women in the Wilds: Back Country First Aid

Ladies, join Renovo Fire Chief, Jim Risley, to learn first aid techniques for the most common injuries that occur while hiking, biking, boating and...

Women in the Wilds: Bluebirds and Nest Boxes

Ladies, discover the natural history of the beautiful Eastern Bluebird and find out how conservation efforts over the last 30 years have helped their...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera or cell phone for this high tech scavenger hunt. Find the items on the list, take a photo, and get a prize. All children must be accompanied...

Women in the Wilds: Freshwater Snorkeling

Ladies, discover the wonders of the underwater world as you explore the First Fork Sinnemahoning creek using masks and snorkels. Led by environmental...

Make your Own Mushroom Kit

You will have the opportunity to make your own oyster mushroom bag kit. All needed items will be supplied for you. Supplies are limited. If you would like...

Mountain Laurel Hike

It's pollinator week 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...

Owl Outlaws

Learn HOO done it as we solve a crime and try to clear the names of some of our local Owl Outlaws! We will also learn what makes owls such adaptable hunters....

Science in the Park: Snakes

We share the park with a variety of snakes. Come separate fact from fiction about or parks most misunderstood residents. Meeting Location: Campground...

Cicada Walk

Come up for a once-in-17-years experience! Listen to the LOUD call of the periodical cicadas. During this guided walk, we will search for and observe males,...

Family Scavenger Hunt

Meet the naturalist at the Ampitheater at 6:00 PM and pick up a Family Scavenger Hunt. Complete within the hour to claim your prize. To participate in...

American Beaver

Join us for a late afternoon guided paddle into the southern portion of Lackawanna Lake where the Tunkhannock Creek leaves the park. As we paddle along the...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera, phone, or anything that will take photos to the Environmental Learning Center to pick up the scavenger hunt list. Find a certain amount of...

Colors of Nature (Kids program)

The natural world is full of color. Come and enjoy this scavenger hunt-like program looking for the different colors of nature.

The Many and Amazing Ways of Navigating and Finding Directions

Using the skies and technology, a history from ancient astrolabes to the modern GPS.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera or cell phone for this high tech scavenger hunt. Find the items on the list, take a photo, and get a prize. All children must be accompanied...

Owl Outlaws

The story of owls in Pennsylvania reads like a crime novel. Join us to find out what the owls were accused of and how they were acquitted of all charges.

Colorful Characters in the Juniata Valley

Who was Captain Jack? Chief Logan? Kishacoquillas? or Simon Girty? Come and hear local tales of some of our colorful characters of our area. A combination of...

Family Camping Tips

Join the park naturalist to learn some tips to introduce your family to camping and make your next trip a trip to remember. Masks are required for...

Library Owl Prowl

Whoooooo might we find in Nolde Forest after hours? Join Ms. Sarah and your friends from the Mifflin Community Library as we learn about the adaptations that...

Movie at the Amphitheater

Visit Sizerville State Park as we see a short film on Raptor Restoration and how they've bounced back since. Please bring a face mask for Covid Safety.

Night Lights

Lightening Bugs are Lighting up the feilds and trees! Learn about these delightful insects and play an interactive game!

Batty About Bats

Bring a blanket to sit on for an evening bat watch. Come learn about those fascinating night creatures as we watch them emerge from the old ‘bat church’....

Mushroom Identification and Cooking slide show

John and Kim Plischke will be identifying any mushroom species that you bring with you, answering questions, and educating us about preserving and cooking...

Pollinators of the Night

Pollinators of the Night June 26, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM Meet at Education Building Moths outnumber butterflies...

Renewable Energy

This documentary examines how advanced technologies are working to harness sun, air, water, earth, and fire to produce clean and reliable sources of energy....

Mystery Movie Night at the Amphitheater

Bring a comfy chair, warm clothes, and blankets to the amphitheater for a fun, educational, video on a mystery nature topic. Bring a flashlight for the walk...

Night Hike

Enjoy a short hike to discover the sights and sounds of the night on this lakeside summer hike! Please be sure to bring a flashlight. Registration is...

Ultraviolet Night Hike

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

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...

Saturday, June 26