DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 10

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

Self-Guided: Raccoon Creek State Park BioBlitz 2021

What is it? A BioBlitz is a community science event where people try to record as many species as possible in a certain amount of time. For the entire month...

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...

Storybook Trail - Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe

Enjoy a leisurely walk while reading Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe! The trail is a short loop that begins and ends at the Woapalanne Trailhead, behind...

Backyard Landscaping for Wildlife: Tree and Shrub Pruning

Join Penn State Extension Master Gardener Carolyn Weathers and Mount Pisgah State Parks Environmental Education Specialist for a program on proper pruning...

Healthy Hike

Hiking is a great way to improve both your physical & mental health! Join the park naturalist for a 2.5-mile hike along one of the park trails. This hike is...

Kayaking 101

Registration is full for this event. Kayaking is a great way to explore your state parks, but there are a few things to learn before your first trip on the...

Lagoon by Pontoon

Presque Isle State Park has miles of beautiful wetlands, ponds, and a lagoon home to many unique plants and animals. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the lagoon...

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...

Art in the Park for Kids

Children ages 5-9 are invited to join conservation volunteer and artist Jan Lokuta in an unique art experience coloring famed naturalist, John James...

Nature Hike

Join the park educator, for an easy and flat 1 mile hike along the Beaver Haven Nature Trail. Wear footwear and clothing suitable for hiking. Please bring...

Adults only Kayak Tour

Learn to Kayak on the flatwater of Laurel Lake. Follow the Educator as we weave through the flora and history of the lake. Registration required,...

Crash site, 1959

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,...

Birds of Prey

Join us as we discover the amazing adaptations of birds of prey in Pennsylvania, as well as discuss the art of falconry. We will be at the stage in the East...

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...

Glaciers & The Ice Age

Glaciers & the Ice Age – Saturday, July 10, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meet at Point Parking Lot – McConnells Mill Join the park naturalist to learn...

Herb Garden & Pollinator Tour Preregistration required

Join Yellow Creek State Park Volunteer Gardener, Sue Weiland, to learn how colonists grew herbs to enhance their food, treat maladies, and how pollinators...

Solar System Sojourn

Come hike about a mile on flat, even terrain as we discuss our Solar System and the planets that make it up. The hike will be to scale, approximately 1 to 7...

THE GEOLOGY OF WORLDS END

Don't miss this fascinating presentation of park geology with geoscientist Simeon Suter, from the PA Geological Survey. An indoor session will be followed by...

Trail Care

We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trails that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we help in the upkeep of this...

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...

Lagoon by Pontoon

Presque Isle State Park has miles of beautiful wetlands, ponds, and a lagoon home to many unique plants and animals. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the lagoon...

Campout Demo Day!

Over the past year, camping has become one of the most popular outdoor activities for individuals and families. If you are new to outdoor recreation or...

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...

Leap into Herpetology

Join local naturalist April Claus for an introduction to Pennsylvania's reptiles and amphibians. Check out live species and touchable models as we learn...

Muddy Creek Oil Field Living History Exhibit

Muddy Creek Oil Field Living History Exhibit - Saturday, July 10, 2021 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Park Road - Moraine State Park Come see a restored oil...

Spruce Flats Bog Tour

Spruce Flats Bog is a special wetland with a unique history and interesting plants. Learn about this mountain wetland during this hour-long tour....

Art in the Park for Kids

Geared for ages 10-18, participants will be introduced to nature sketching. This special program, presented by conservation volunteer and artist Jan Lokuta,...

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...

Elementary Entomology: Praying Mantis Edition

Did you know that a praying mantis can turn its head 180 degrees? They are also amazing at blending in to their habitat. Join the park educator at the nature...

Frog Frolic

Registration required. To sign up email Kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov Learn a little bit about frogs and then borrow a container and a net to try and catch the...

Glacial Geology of the Archbald Pothole

Come out to Archbald Pothole State Park for an in-depth learning experience about the glacial geology that created the park’s namesake feature. After...

Insect Investigations

The milkweed is blooming and the butterflies and bugs are feasting! Join our Naturalist Educator as we capture, identify and release some summer insects. ...

Sensory Hike

Join us for a leisurely 2.25 mile hike through the woods! Stops will be made along the way to rest and take in our surroundings using senses we often...

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...

Summer Wild Edibles and Medicines

Get in touch with nature, and join the park naturalist as we explore some of the wild plants of Oil Creek State Park this summer. Many species have...

Survival Skills 101

With a strong surge in self sustainment skills in today’s society, we decided to cover the basics of survival skills. The program will include primitive fire...

The Fisher

Why call a critter a Fisher if its primary diet is small mammals and not fish? Who knows. But, we will discuss its adaptations and how these animals have...

Trivia Hike: Ledges Trail

Join the park naturalist to hike the beautiful Ledges Trail and test your environmental knowledge. Some steep climbs but beautiful vistas. Wear trail shoes...

Community Stream Study: Critter Catchin'

We will be getting our feet wet while searching for aquatic critters living in Bushkill Creek. We'll have the opportunity to identify the different species...

2020 PA Elk Hunt Experience

Join our very own Ben Porkolab as he shares his experience during the 2020 Pennsylvania Elk Hunt! Ben was not only successful drawing a coveted PA bull elk...

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.

Greenwood Furnace: Nature’s Beauty Spot

From the end of ironmaking operations, to the newest picnic pavilion, this program highlights the establishment of the park and changes to it over the years....

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 Old Grist Mill

Join local historian Andre Weltman for a presentation and exterior tour on the history of the old grist mill building (now the home of the Appalachian Trail...

Pollinators Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike to learn about the importance of pollinators and see what pollinators we can find here at the park. The hike is over easy...

Bluebirds, Chickadees, and More!

Learn about bluebirds, tree swallows, chickadees and other cavity nesting birds, the habitats they prefer, and how you can welcome them to your yard. 1 Hour...

Compasses, Maps, and You!

Learn how to use compasses and maps. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. **Please register by clicking on the green register button.** To...

Elementary Entomology: Praying Mantis Edition

Did you know that a praying mantis can turn its head 180 degrees? They are also amazing at blending in to their habitat. Join the park educator at the...

Family Nature Scavenger Hunt

Explore the park and search for items in nature to complete your list. Pick up your scavenger hunt list at the environmental learning center (ELC), and after...

Solar Energy

The sun’s energy can be harvested in several different ways. Learn how they work during this short informational program.

You Break it, You Take it

Join us at Sizerville State Park for a Geode Breaking program at the Environmental Center! Bring your safety glasses and curiosity as we break apart acient...

Cuentos en Español para Niños

Únase a sus amigos de la Biblioteca Comunitaria de Mifflin en Nolde Forest para disfrutar de un cuento familiar en español. Escuche la historia y luego...

(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...

Compass Course

Put your compass skills to the test by navigating our compass course. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. **Please register by clicking on the...

Of Owls and Owl Pellets

Kids with Their Family Program: Adaptations of owls, plus kids will dissect and ID the tiny bones inside an owl pellet.

Tree Tour

Take a stroll through the summer woods to learn about the fascinating trees growing here. Get to know their special adaptations and uses as we explore the...

Nature Walk:  Hello Bluebirds!

Take a walk with the park educator to search for bluebirds and other songbirds while learning about their habitats and feeding habits. Includes a stop along...

A Stroll Along Penns Creek

Join the park naturalist on a casual walk along the John Snyder Trail to the Poe Paddy tunnel and back (about 1 mile). We'll talk a little history, and any...

Science in the Park: Mineral Identification

Trough Creek is full of interesting geology. Join the park naturalist as you discover the rocks and minerals that make the park unique. Meeting Location:...

Fishers in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Game Commission Information and Education Supervisor William Williams will describe the recovery of fisher populations in Pennsylvania and...

Flowers of Summer

Take a stroll around Hyner Run State Park with the naturalist to see the different wildflowers coming out during summer. All children must be accompanied by...

Introduction To Fly Fishing

Interested in fly fishing? The sport of fly fishing can seem daunting to a beginner, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Join us for instruction on the...

Shell-rific Turtles

What species of turtles live in PA? How big can a snapping turtle get? Find out the answers and much more at this family friendly presentation. To follow...

Fossils of Greenwood Furnace

Ever wonder what fossils can be found in and around Greenwood Furnace. Come and see actual fossils discovered in the area, and information about life in the...

All About Honeybees

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a live honeybee colony? Join Randy Barnes to discuss the roles of the bees inside the hive and the environmental...

Campfire Marshmallow Roast

Let’s gather around the campfire ring and share stories, sing songs, play games, and of course roast marshmallows! Bring a chair, comfy blanket, and your...

Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians

Join local naturalist April Claus as she introduces you to things that creep and slither. This hands-on interactive program introduces you to the reptiles...

Magically Electric Show

Electricity is so easy to make, it seem like magic! So why the fuss? Demonstrations and explanations of ways to produce electricity.

Sunset Paddle

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...

Family Firefly Fun!

Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs these unique insects are truly a sign of summer in PA! Join the park naturalist at the Russell P. Letterman...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park as we watch a short film on Raptor Restoration and see how the population has bounced back since. Please bring a face mask for...

Bats N 'at

Bats are often misunderstood creatures. Join us to uncover the truths and myths about bats, and explore the amazing adaptations of these interesting flying...

Evolution of a Fossil – Arthrophycus Alleghaniensis: The story of the Jointed Seaweed

One of the more common trace fossils of ridges and valleys of Central Pennsylvania is the Arthrophycus alleghaniensis of the Tuscarora sandstone formation....

Insect Scavenger Hunt and Movie

Join us for a scavenger hunt looking for summer bugs, and then stick around for a movie all about Insects! If attending the program and not camping with us,...

Porcupine at RB Winter

Even as three of the most widely recognized animals in Pennsylvania, raccoons, porcupines, and opossums are still pretty misunderstood. Join park staff for...

Sunset Hike

Join us for a short hike that finishes up relaxing and experiencing a sunset in the park. Registration is required. Details and directions will be sent out...

The Bats of Cowans Gap

Join the park naturalist to learn about the bats that are found here at Cowans Gap and how studies are showing us the bat population is changing. Stay...

Tick Talk and Fireflies

Summer is here and so are the ticks! Learn how to avoid ticks and what to do if you find one on you. On a better note, the fireflies are here too! Learn all...

Timber Rattlesnakes in Pennsylvania

Registration is required by Friday, July 9, 2021. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Join Rick Rupprecht for a presentation...

Woodworking for Wildlife

Would you like to invite owls, bats, kestrels, bluebirds, and other cavity-nesters to live in your backyard habitat? Build a nest box. Learn which style...

Bat Count

Join park staff as we count bats for citizen science! We monitor several sites to keep track of the summer bat population. Bring a blanket and a flashlight...

Bats On The Brink

As darkness falls, learn about the many benefits of bats, the very real threat they face today, and what you can do to help. Conclude the program by...

Library GLOW Hike

As humans we can only see a small part of the wavelengths of light. But there is a whole hidden world of colors and shapes that can be seen after dark with...

Pennsylvania Desert

A live presentation on our deforestation a century ago

Remarkable Rabbits

There are more than 100 species of rabbits and hares, yet these prolific creatures are often overlooked and rarely get the respect they deserve.

Campground Movie:  Feathered Friends

Experience the design and beauty of the diverse bird species of North America, from soaring eagles to drumming grouse and tiny hummingbirds, and more. ...

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...

Milky Way Over Halfway Dam

Join park staff to explore the night skies! This tour will walk you through a bit of historic astronomy, highlight one or two prominent features visible at...

Nature at Night

Coming to a Night Sky Program, but arriving early? Join park staff for a family friendly Nature at Night Program! These programs will feature fascinating...

RESCHEDULED: Owl Prowl

Hoo's making all that noise in the campground? Come take a walk through the campground with one of the park naturalists to look and listen for owls! We will...

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Gods in the Sky

Back in a time before television, internet, video games, and graphic novels there was the splendor and drama of the night sky. Gods followed their whims,...

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, July 10