DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, July 16

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,...

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...

DiscoverE – Beach Discovery

Discover the special and changing habitat that is the beaches of Presque Isle. We will use different tools to uncover unique treasures in the sand as well as...

Outdoor Adventure Day Mini Camp-THIS CAMP IS FULL

**ages 12-15. Young people will get to try various outdoor rec activities such as archery, tomahawk throwing, atlatyls or flint & steel firestarting.Youth...

Penn's Adventurers DiscoverE! Camp

Designed for ages 9-12, Penn’s Adventurers will develop their outdoor skills while learning about the habitats and wildlife that can be found at Bendigo...

Warbler Walk with Mike Leahy

Make plans to get your spring “warbler fix” on Wednesday, June 16th with an outing to one the best migrating warbler traps in Western Pennsylvania, Cook...

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...

Golden Day Out

Are you a retiree or senior looking to spend more time outdoors with folks your own age? Join us for a program designed just for you! We’ll go for a...

Lake Vegetation Paddle

Is Promised Land Upper Lake Eutrophic or Oligotrophic? We'll discuss the benefits of lake vegetation, control methods, and the cause of these blooms of...

Little Learners

This program is designed for preschool aged children (3 to 5 yrs.). Children can join us for a morning full of outdoor exploration to discover the flora 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...

Throwback: Awareness—Chatter Session

[This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] “Chatter Sessions” were offered 50 years ago on a regular basis – perhaps the “Tea...

Archery Basics

Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? Whether you are a seasoned pro that wants a little extra practice, or a beginner that wants to learn how to shoot a bow,...

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...

VIRTUAL Pesky Plants

This program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams; it will NOT take place face-to-face in the park. Learn how to recognize invasive plants and how to...

DiscoverE Outdoor Explorers

Pennsylvania DiscoverE is a program package that is provided in the form of a day camp at Oil Creek State Park. Outdoor Explorers is the DiscoverE program...

Virtual Bats of PA

Bats are one of those creatures that people either like or for one reason or other, have developed a fear or dislike toward. When people discover what bats...

Virtual Program: Astronomy Online

Friday, July 16, 2021 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Discover our night sky! Learn how to find constellations, planets,...

DiscoverE Kids Program: Animal Tracks and Scat

This program is for children ages 9-12 and parents must remain with their children. Kids will learn how to identify animals by the clues they leave...

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.

Nature's Paintbrush

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we explore the forest for ferns and flowers to utilize as paintbrushes. Paint your canvas how you like by bringing the...

(Virtual) Spotted Lanternfly

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. Join the park...

Little Tadpole Series: Blueberries and Cranberries

Welcome to our Little Tadpole Series! This series will encourage younger children (ages 3 – 5 years old) to notice nature and the world around them. ...

Nature's Pioneers-An Introduction to Mosses & Lichens

Mosses and Lichens are unique organisms that are often overlooked in natural systems. We'll take a walk on Davis Run Trail and look for these unique...

Dog Days of Summer Hike

Did you just finish work, and your dog is wound up and ready to play or go on a walk? Then come on out and join the Park Naturalist for an organized, guided...

Family Nature Walk

Registration is required. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Create a nature journal to use on this .5 mile walk as you...

Friday Evening Bushcraft Skills: Matchless Fire

Are you prepared for a survival situation? Can you make fire without the use of a lighter or matches? Spend some time with the Park Naturalist at the...

Lumbering of Hyner Run

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...

The Bear Out There Preregistration required

Join us to learn about one of Pennsylvania's most sought after mammals: The Black Bear. Joe Hildebrand from the PA Game Commission will present a hands-on...

Fishy Friends

Come out and enjoy a program about the different types of fish and aquatic animals found throughout the lake. We will discuss how to identify them and...

Fishy Friends

Come out and enjoy a program about the different types of fish and aquatic animals found throughout the lake. We will discuss how to identify them and...

Amphibians and Reptiles

Guest speaker Jessie Kohan will show and tell the amazing adaptations of reptiles and amphibians

Animal Charades

Try your hand in a nature themed game of charades! Animal noises will be allowed, and the forest will provide your props. Prepare yourself for moments of...

Bird Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a scavenger hunt looking for evidence of our feathered friends living at the park. If attending the program and not camping with us, please park...

Critters of Poe Lake

Swimming in Poe Lake and curious what animals are sharing that water with you? Come out and talk about what reptiles, amphibians, and birds live in and...

Evening Stroll by the Cove

Join the park educator for a stroll around the cove as the woods winds down for the day.

Finding Directions and Navigating Before GPS

Join Ron Barlick, Park Naturalist at Shawnee State park, to take a journey through time to learn about ancient astrolabes, sunstones, quadrants, and...

Historical Ways of Navigating and Finding Directions

From the sun, moon and stars; from ancient astrolabes to the GPS.

Knots for the Outdoors

How do you tie a kayak to the roof of a car? How do you rig a rain tarp quickly? How do you tie your boat to a dock? There are a few key knots every good...

Cecropia Moth

Today is the start of National Moth Week, so celebrate with an easy, moth-themed art and craft project to a make and bring home or back to your campsite....

Nature Night Hike

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

Wildlife Diseases

Join the park naturalist for a look at some wildlife diseases, how they affect the wildlife, humans and what we can learn from them. Stay for the Family...

Outdoor Explorers: Bats

Join the park naturalist for this summer series of outdoor programs geared toward youth 6-8 years old. In this session, we will explore the world of bats...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park for a short film on Black Bears and a show & tell on similar species native to Pennsylvania. Bring a face mask for Covid safety....

Family Friendly Movie

Come join the park chaplain for a family friendly movie. The Park Chaplain’s activities are sponsored by the PA Council of Churches through the Chaplains in...

Park at Dusk

Join the park naturalist to find out about animals that are active as the sun sets. Bats, fireflies, and owls may be some of those critters. Program will...

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...

Bears

Though only Black bears live in Pennsylvania, there are several other very interesting members of the bear family throughout the world. Come watch and...

Creatures of the Night:  Creek Trail Hike

Birds, reptiles and mammals are on the prowl, take a night hike on Creek Trail looking and listening for nocturnal animals. Check out the diversity on Creek...

Public Sky Watch

Get a glimpse of the night sky with your own telescope or use the telescopes of the Starlight Astronomy Club as they scan the heavens. For more information,...

Talk To The Animals

Discover how animals “talk” by sight, scent, and sound. Many examples demonstrated for species found in our area

Wilderness Survival in the Appalachians

The Caledonia naturalist will give a live presentation on survival skills in the Appalachian Mountains. This advice may not be applicable in other places...

Epicallima argenticinctella

To celebrate the week-long dedication to this often overlooked insect group, stop by and see what the Park Naturalist has drawn in to our UV Light set-up! ...

Friday, July 16