DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 17

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...

Pymatuning Lake Association Kids Free Fishing Derby

Join us for a free kids’ fishing derby! The age groups are 2-5, 6-10, and 11-15. Fish categories are Panfish (crappie, bluegill, perch), Walleye, Carp,...

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...

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...

Pontoon Boat Tours on Glendale Lake (First Come, First to Board)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. We will...

Rise of the Falls Hike

This moderate 3 mile walk explores the war being waged between two of nature’s most formidable foes: water and rock. During this hike we will explore the...

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...

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,...

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...

Forest Showering

Join conservation volunteer Sue Schiemer for a Forest Showering experience at beautiful Nescopeck State Park. Forest Showering is a shorter version Forest...

Kayak Through History

Learn the history of Laurel Lake and Pine Grove Furnace while kayaking. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be able to swim, 12 or older,...

Map and Compass

Learn the basics of reading topographical maps, orienting a compass, taking and following a bearing, and successfully completing an orienteering course. Good...

Rabbits and Raindrops

**ages 3-5 Little folks and their grownups will listen to a story,play some "rabbit" games, and make a simple craft. Masks are required if you are...

River Kayaking - COMPLETELY FULL.

THERE ARE NO REMAINING SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR ANY SATURDAY. Team up with the Park Naturalist for a fun float in a kayak down the Delaware River! After an on...

Something's Fishy!

How much do you really know about fish? We'll discuss fish anatomy, match fish with their families and identify a live fish.

Take Me Fishing- Family Fishing Program

Join PA Fish and Boat Commission Waterway Conservation Officer Jeremy Yohe and Mount Pisgah State Park Staff for a program on family fishing at Stephen...

Throwback: Five Senses Exploring Walk

[This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] Learn to use your five senses on this hike along the “Game Trail”, which developed...

Tools of Our Ancestors- Atlatls

Ever feel the urge to connect with our ancestors on a primal level? Here is your chance! Atlatls, or spear throwers, were once used in everyday life around...

VIRTUAL-10 Things You Might Not Know About Kinzua Bridge State Park

Join us for this virtual program spanning items about the “Bridge” and the park’s natural features! Tune in for some interesting information that the average...

Vernal Pool Exploration

Join Hannah Hornyak, a student at the University of Montana, to look for salamanders and other critters. Learn about the life cycle, where they live, and...

World Snake Day Exhibit

Celebrate our important our cold-blooded reptilian friends that save us billions of dollars globally in agricultural damage while protecting us from rodent...

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...

Hemlock Hike

Discover the old growth trees of the Hemlock Natural Area! On this 2 mile hike, we will investigate the unique landscape and history of this ancient forest....

Scavenger Hike: Laurel Run

Come enjoy a hike on beautiful Laurel Run. Keep your eyes open and see if you can complete the scavenger hunt during the hike. This is a more challenging...

Fire Tower/Seneca Point Historical Tour

Please bring your binoculars and meet at the Fire Tower Parking Lot for an historical interpretive tour of the Fire Tower and Seneca Point. Learn about...

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...

Stream Stomp!

Put on your critter catching shoes you don't mind getting wet and join the park naturalist as we take a look at what macroinvertebrates call Big Poe Creek...

Introduction to Geocaching

Registration is required. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Learn about this high-tech scavenger hunt and how to use a GPS...

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...

Take a Peek at the Creek

The creeks here at Raccoon Creek State Park are home to many fascinating creatures. We'll get to explore these waterways and see what we can find. Please be...

Virtual- What's All The Buzz About ? Eastern Timber Rattlesnakes

Want to learn more about the Eastern Timber Rattlesnake? Join Mount Pisgahs State Park Environmental Education Specialist for a virtual program on the...

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Walk Through the Woods

Join us for a walk along the General Kane Trail as we learn about the forest ecosystem at Kinzua Bridge. This flat trail is approximately 1.5 miles in length...

Ariel Attack Predators: Dragonflies and Damselflies Preregistration is required.

Join us for a fun program to learn about all about some of our smallest most aggressive predators on the planet! Learn to tell the difference between...

Family Scavenger Hunt

Find park staff at Lake Frances to grab a scavenger hunt sheet and complete the challenges within an hour to earn a prize. There will be younger options...

Guided Hike: Stone Trail

Join park staff for a guided interpretive hike on Stone Trail. During this walk, learn about the history of the Boulder Field and the habitats that surround...

Improvements at Whipple Dam State Park

Over the last two years, the park has received some significant upgrades. What improvements were made, and how has that affected both recreational...

Orienteering and Map Reading - Basics

Interested in improving, or developing, your land navigation skills? Join us to learn the basics! Maps and compasses will be provided. Participants may be...

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...

What is in an Owl Pellet?

Dissect an owl pellet and learn about the mammals that an owl eats. Reconstruct the skeleton as we learn about the skeletal system. Pre-registration...

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...

Art in the Park: Robin Edition

This species is one of the most recognizable birds around North America. Did you know that robins are the state bird of three states. Join us at the beach...

Where in the Park?

Use the clue in the following rhyme to find the park naturalist and learn about something special here at Cowans Gap. CLUE: As you stroll along down...

 Science in the Stream: Macro Invertebrates

What makes a healthy stream? Join our park educator as they find and identify the little critters that live in our streams. Come prepared to get your feet...

Be a Nature Detective

Search our forest and spot the clues left behind by the critters that call our park home! This is a family-friendly program for children of all ages.

Fight in the Forest

Our trees are under attack! Join us on a short walk to learn about what is attacking our forests and discover what is being done to win the battle.

Hellbender Hints-No live animals

Learn about our state amphibian during this short afternoon program. Masks are required if you are unvaccinated, optional if you are, and social distance...

Measuring and Scoring Antlers

Discover how deer and elk antlers grow, what conditions make for the largest antlers, and how to measure elk and deer antlers. program includes hands-on...

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...

History of the Owl’s Gap CCC Camp

The Owl’s Gap CCC camp was located a couple miles from the park, and did much work here in the 1930s. This program will highlight the camp through historic...

(Virtual) Spotted Lanternfly

Be advised that this program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and will not take place face to face at Little Pine State Park. Join the park...

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.

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...

Discover Ricketts Hike

Hiking the Evergreen Trail to see Adams Falls. This is a 1-mile moderate hike. Good boots are recommended for walking. Park and meet at the Evergreen...

Log Cabins of Chestnut

During the roaring 1920s Caledonia was an enclave community of urban people wanting to immerse themselves in nature. Mountain cabins were built, and they...

Old Time Thingumajigs

Kids with their Family Program: Old time fun things made with wood. paper and string.

Timber Rattlesnake

Very often, what we think we know about these symbols of wilderness is wrong. Come learn the facts about Timber rattlesnakes and how they live in their...

Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour

Take a tour of the lovely wildlife habitat garden at the Wentz education center. Learn about native plants and their connection to a healthy environment. ...

Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour

Take a tour of the lovely wildlife habitat garden at the Wentz education center. Learn about native plants and their connection to a healthy environment. ...

Elk Antler Craft

Kids - learn about elk and deer antlers and how they grow while creating your own weable antler art. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 2 - 10....

Beaver Walk

Take a short stroll to see an active beaver lodge, then make a beaver lodge to take home. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.

For Kids: Quiet Night

Sometimes the noises you hear at night in the campground can be unnerving—was that just the leaves rustling in the breeze or a bear!? We will read a story...

Lumbering of Little Pine

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...

Poe Paddy Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Grab a camera or phone for this modern scavenger hunt in the park! Find the items listed, take a picture, and report back to the park naturalist for prizes...

Trees!  For Kids

Bring the youngsters down to learn about trees with activities and crafts.

Art in the Park Robin Edition

This species is one of the most recognizable birds around North America. Did you know that robins are the state bird of three states. Join us at the upper...

Bats!

Join us for one of our most popular programs. Learn about these misunderstood creatures of the night, and enjoy a “batlike” activity. Hopefully we’ll dispel...

MUSIC ON THE BEACH – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES -  Erin Condo and her Hoofties

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...

Mammal Mix-Up

Join us at the amphitheater to learn about some of the common mammals found throughout the Poconos. Bring a sense of adventure to this interactive program...

PA Bald Eagles

Join us for an evening of exploring the history of bald eagles in Pennsylvania. A short movie on the Bald Eagle in PA will follow the program. If attending...

Pennsylvania Bald Eagles

Join us to learn about the natural history and recovery of bald eagles. The program will cover bald eagle biology, behavior, ecology, and population trends...

Pennsylvania Black Bears

History, facts and myths of the Black Bear population in Pennsylvania.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Many different reptiles and amphibians inhabit PA. Turtles, snakes, lizards, toads, frogs, and salamanders, come learn about these interesting critters.

Art in the Park: Robin Edition

This species is one of the most recognizable birds around North America. Did you know that robins are the state bird of three states. Join us at the nature...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park for an Amphitheater Program on the reintroduction of Fishers and Otters to Pennsylvania from the late 90s. The program will...

Bats in Action

Bats in Action – Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Mt. Zion Baptist Church - Moraine Mysterious and often misunderstood, bats are one of our...

Moths of Keystone

Celebrate National Moth Week at Keystone State Park. During the week of July 17th through July 25th, you can simply share your moth observations to the...

Nature of the Night GLOW Exploration!

***Pre-registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Ralph Stover State Park -...

Nature of the Night GLOW Exploration!

***Pre-registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Ralph Stover State Park -...

Night Hike

How do the creatures of the night navigate through the dark? Come along on this interactive hike to find out!

Rescheduled from June: Moth Night

One of our most anticipated summer events is back! Join our friends from the Mengel Natural History Society as they lure moths in after dark for up close...

Understanding Elk Behavior

This year when watching elk, do more than just count antler points: learn to read elk behavior by understanding herd dynamics, body language, and...

A Duck-umentary

Ducks are true originals. They waddle, glide, dive, and dabble. Their feathers shimmer with dazzling hues, brilliant iridescence, and come in every color of...

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...

Fireflies! Nature's Light Show

Join the park naturalist for a look at our state insect, the firefly. Then join him for a firefly safari.

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...

Campground Movie: 100 Years of Elk in Pennsylvania

Discover the story of how the once-extirpated elk were restored to Pennsylvania abd how public lands were managed to help their populations flourish. 33...

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! ...

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...

Moth Night

As the sunset, join us to learn about the moths that call Raccoon Creek State Park home during National Moth Week. We will also be catching, identifying,...

Saturday, July 17