DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 5

Introduction to Archery

Come learn the basics of archery! How-to and safety will be discussed, followed by an opportunity for participants to try it for themselves. This activity is...

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...

Grasshopper Sparrow

The diverse habitat around Archbald Pothole State Park means a diverse population of birds. Join the park naturalist for a long morning of birding to...

National Trail's Day Trail Clean up

Join us to celebrate National Trail's Day by working to clear trails and roadways. Registration is required to participate in this program. Participants...

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.

CANCELED!!! Birding by Ear for Beginners

***This program has been CANCELED and RESCHEDULED for Saturday, June 26th. If you were already registered, please re-register for the new date. Join park...

Family Storybook Hike

Canceled. Will be rescheduled for later in the month. Join Ms. Sarah on this literary adventure at the Turtle pond. Participants will meet at the...

Friends Trail Day

Join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park trail crew on their monthly trail maintenance excursions where they care for park trails, remove invasive plants...

Guided Hike: Trail Sampler

Celebrate National Trails Day with a loop hike that will take us on parts of Nescopeck and Woodland Way Trails. This hike has a rocky stretch, so good...

National Trails Day Bike Ride

Join park staff to celebrate National Trails Day as we bike the twelve-mile paved trail along the shoreline of Lake Wilhelm. The John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose...

Photo by David Woten

Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike in the Slippery Rock Gorge! Slippery Rock Gorge is a National Natural Landmark of exceptional beauty and rugged...

Archery for Women-beginners and novices only

Registration required. Email Kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov to sign up. Ladies age 18 and over are invited to try the sport of archery. Learn the basics and then...

BYOK Morning Wildlife Kayak/Canoe Paddle Preregistration is required

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...

Beavers of French Creek!

Join the Park Naturalist to learn a bit about the beavers that live here at French Creek! This includes a short hike to our beaver lodge and dam.

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...

Intro to Mountain Biking:  Bring Your Own Bike

This two-hour program is designed to make a first-time mountain biker feel comfortable exploring Jacobsburg’s multi-use trails. During the first portion of...

Polymer clay with Eileen Cressman-Reeder

Polymer clay is a new medium in the art world. Its possibilities are only limited by your imagination! June 5, 2021 – Fruit tiles and June 26, 2021 –...

Take Out the Trash

There are so many beautiful sights along the trails here at Raccoon Creek State Park. Flowers, streams, trees... trash? If you'd like to help us keep our...

Turtles-Heroes on the Half Shell

The turtles are laying their eggs! We'll discuss the turtles of PA and then search for nests and basking turtles. Spotting scope and binoculars provided.

Volunteer Trail Clean-up Day

Help us celebrate National Trails Day. Come pick a trail to hike and pick up trash along the way. You can start any time between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. ...

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 Lake Marburg home.

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...

Stonefly larva - Little Pine State Park

Peek beneath the waters and discover some of the lesser known aquatic critters that live in our park and inspire designs for fishing flies! Park staff will...

A look inside the hive!

Stop by the park office to take a look inside our new observation hive. Our hive has all the essential roles and materials to work as a fully functioning...

Lunchtime along Pitch Pine

Pack a lunch and a blanket or chair and come along on an easy 2.5-mile loop hike along the Pitch Pine Trail. We will stop at the vista along the trail to...

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,...

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...

Hike: Brumbaugh Trail

Join the park naturalist for as we take on the Brumbaugh trail. The climb is worth it for the wonderful view of Lake Raystown at the top. The climb can be...

Hilltop Trail Walk

Registration required. Email Kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov to sign up. Have you ever walked any of the trails on the western side of the park? Join the...

Nature Walk on LaHo Trail

Join us on the 1.9 mile easy walk around the Wildasin flats area of the lake. Along the way we’ll talk about the history of the lake and see what is...

Not So Scary Cicadas

After 17 years, the Brood X cicadas have finally arrived! They may look like something out of a horror sci-fi movie, but there is nothing to fear. These...

Penns Creek Macroinvertebrates

*Special Guest Presenters- Karl Sheaffer and Lynn Langer, Aquatic Entomologists Fishing in Penns Creek this weekend? Come see and learn about insects and...

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...

Guided Hike: Loyalsock Trail's Upper Alpine View

Join the naturalist for an easy hike to a scenic vista located along a wilderness trail in the Loyalsock State Forest. Binoculars recommended! The trail is...

Salamander Safari Preregistration is required

Join Park Educator, Lisa Meadow, to explore Laurel Run for salamanders and other critters! Please bring shoes that can get wet and a plastic bowl. Great fun...

Boats & Backwaters (BYOKayak)

Let’s explore the backwaters of F.J. Sayers Lake in search of birds & other wildlife. The park will NOT be loaning equipment for this program so please bring...

Elk Calves

Calving season is here! Most elk give birth to their calves the first week of June. Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center to learn more about Elk Calves,...

Find Your Pace

Add a new talent to your hiking skillset for National Trails Day! We'll make pace/ranger beads and learn how to use them as a manual counting tool for...

Ranger John's Hike

Come and get outdoors on a trail to celebrate National Trails Day and join Ranger John for an hour or so casual hike around Greenwood Furnace on one of the...

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...

Wildlife Walkways

To celebrate National Trails Day, we will take a short hike while discussing the wildlife at Jacobsburg and the ways they use the trails. We will also look...

Backyard Birding ID

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we discover what bird species call this park home. We'll walk roughly a 2 mile loop so bring a pair of hiking boots. ...

GPS Tips

Come discover ways to dust off that recreational GPS unit and get a little practice with it so that you feel more comfortable to use it more often. Bring...

Tigers in the Valley: DiscoverE Program

A large yellow and black butterfly, the tiger swallowtail is a sign that summer is almost here! Take a butterfly walk to search for tigers and other...

(Virtual) Photo Tour of Hyner Run State Park

Be advised that this program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and will not take place face to face at Hyner Run State Park. Are you planning a day...

National Trails Day Hike

Join the naturalist on this three in one trails hike for National Trails Day. We will do sections of Beach, Blue, and Sand Spring trails for a total of 4...

Nature Walk

Join the park naturalist on a walk along the Nature Trail to celebrate National Trails Day! We'll explore the different ecosystems we find behind the office...

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...

Bald Eagle at RB Winter - Courtesy of Rick Price

Discover the birds that demand respect! Join park staff for a discussion of some of Pennsylvania's birds of prey and examine various mounted specimens up...

Eagle Watch

Watch the eagles soar over the lake in search of fish or view the young eagles in the nest through binoculars or high-powered scope with the help of park...

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...

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....

Stream Stomp

Though you may not see them, there is an abundance of life in our streams. We will provide nets and containers so that you may be able to indentify the...

Boats & Backwaters (BYOKayak)

Let’s explore the backwaters of F.J. Sayers Lake in search of birds & other wildlife. The park will NOT be loaning equipment for this program so please bring...

Birding at Hyner Run

Join the staff for some birding at Hyner Run State Park. Topics will include the different birds that live at Hyner Run and also how to identify them. ...

Black Bear Talk

It's that time of year we are most likely to see black bears and it's Black Bear Day! Come find out why that is, and how to help keep them out of our...

Cicadas and other Interesting Insects

Come learn about periodical cicadas, dragonflies, and other insects native to PA. Dr. Lane Loya, professor at St. Francis University, will be teaching us...

Myths and Truths of Pennsylvania Black Bears

All bear species don't act the same. Hear some interesting facts about the bears of Pennsylvania.

River Otter and Fisher

For many years these playful mammals were absent from Ohiopyle. Join us and lean about their miraculous return to the Youghiogheny watershed. We’ll also...

Owl Outlaws

Bring the family out to learn about the owls that live in our area. ***No Live Birds*** Learn why at one time these creatures had a bad reputation, but how...

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...

Movie at the Amphitheater

Visit Sizerville State Park for a short film at the Amphitheater on the importance of Backyard Wildlife. Please bring a face mask for Covid safety.

Whitetail Jeopardy & Campground Movie

Test your knowledge of our PA State mammal with a fun and interactive game for the whole family. Followed by 1-hour PBS Nature documentary, “The Private Life...

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...

Saving Vernal Pools— Race Against Time

As the season of spring draws nearer to its close, learn about a vital wetland habitat type that is found only in the spring but is disappearing from...

Saving Vernal Pools— Race Against Time

As the season of spring draws nearer to its close, learn about a vital wetland habitat type that is found only in the spring but is disappearing from...

The Eyes Have It: Exploring Animal Vision

What does an animal see? How do we know what they see? How do eyes differ from species to species? Through models , demonstrations, and video clips examine...

The Hidden Wildlife in the Cities

Animal species are masters of adapting to the environment, and that includes urban areas. People in cities are often completely unaware of the wildlife...

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...

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 5