DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, July 23

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:  Adventure Camp (Ages 12-17)

Adventure camp students participate in fun physical activities with an environmental focus, exploring nature in unique ways. These all-day experiences...

Growing Up Wild Teacher Workshop Preregistration is required

Yellow Creek State Park is offering a professional development opportunity for formal and non-formal educators of students in preschool to 3rd grade....

Introduction to Archery

Join the Park Naturalists for an introduction to archery at the AAUW Pavilion. Learn about the equipment, safety, and technique to start the hobby of...

Nature Journaling Fridays in the Forest

Looking for a way to get out of the house and see the forest in a new way? Join park staff for this biweekly series to learn and practice the skills needed...

Nature for Little Learners Educator Workshop-REGISTRATION CLOSED

Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood are supplementary environmental education curricula developed...

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 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...

Bicycle Tour of Presque Isle

A great way to see some of the most interesting places on Presque Isle is by joining a bicycle tour. To help celebrate our annual Discover Presque Isle...

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...

Home School Nature Adventures

Discover nature with other elementary age homeschoolers (K-5) who meet up every other Friday with DCNR park naturalist to explore the outdoors through a wide...

Trail Trekkers

This program is designed for children 6 to 8 years of age. Participants will hike one of the many unique locations within the park complex and learn to use...

White-Tail Buck - Forbes Forest District

The white-tailed deer is our state animal, but how much do actually know about them? Join park staff to discover some interesting info about our state's...

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...

BUGS!

Come over to the Nature Center to learn all about BUGS! We will take about what makes an insect, catch a few, build one of our very own!

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 - Herpetology Series: Turtles of Pennsylvania

Wanna learn about turtles? Then this virtual lunchtime program is the one for you! We'll be talking about all the turtles that live here in Pennsylvania....

Electrofishing

Meet park staff and Venango County Conservation District staff as we learn about a sampling technique called Electrofishing. We will then head out to a...

Virtual Animal Adaptations

Animals all over the world live their lives in their own unique way. Many have developed special adaptations that enable them to survive and compete for...

Art in the Park

Express your artistic talents under a canopy of trees, and next to a gurgling stream. Interact with a community of creative people. Each artist is expected...

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.

Macroinvertebrate study/stream stomp

Join park staff to learn about local water ecology. We will be collecting various invertebrates that inhabit our stream at French Creek! Great for children...

Terrific Trees

Join the park naturalist to take a look and tell the difference between some of the different tree species in the Lower Picnic Area of Little Pine State...

Build your own Boat!

Join us at Sizerville State Park for an outdoor Arts & Crafts workshop at pavilion #3 next to the Cowley Run stream. Build your own aquatic vessel and see if...

Terrific Trees

Join the park naturalist to take a look and tell the difference between some of the different tree species in the Lower Picnic Area of Little Pine State...

Tea Talk

Come on in to the park office for a cup of tea from nature. We’ll chat about anything from animals to the milkweed outside. This program is come and go as...

White-Tail Buck - Forbes Forest District

The white-tailed deer is our state animal, but how much do actually know about them? Join park staff to discover some interesting info about our state's...

Black Bears of Pennsylvania

Meet with the Pennsylvania Game Commissions educational technicians to learn more about these wonderful creatures.

Canoe Tour Of Hills Creek Lake

Explore the history and management of our lake – all by canoe and a relaxed family setting. Boats, paddles, and PFD’s provided. PFD’s must be worn at all...

Civilian Conservation Corps of Little Pine

This program will focus on the history of the Great Depression, life during the Civilian Conservation Corps times, and some of the work that happened in the...

Mindful Moments in Nature: Beauty and Flowers

Shake off the stress of the work week with some therapeutic time in nature. Mindful Moments in Nature is a programming series each week at Keystone State...

Black Bears

Pennsylvania has a large growing bear population. If you would like to learn more about the ears of our area, join us to see all the claws, teeth, and fur...

Evening Kayak on Canoe Lake

Enjoy a lovely evening of kayaking on Canoe Lake. Call the park at 814-695-6807 to register and prepay the $10.00 fee. Ages 12+. Program fee applies if...

Hug A Tree

This program is a must for anyone with small children. Join Tom Kneiss from Hug-A-Tree to learn about what to do if you ever get lost.

Insects; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Pests and pollinators, stinging dive bombers and recyclers, they are all here.

Poe Valley Photo Scavenger Hunt

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

Sunset Paddle

Paddle the day away on Laurel Hill Lake! The lake life often awakens as day turns to night. Check out the sights and sounds of the lakeshore residents on...

What are Cryptids?

Come join the park naturalist as we look at the idea of cryptids. Learn why cryptids include more than just Sasquatch. Stay for the Family Friendly Movie...

Spotted Lantern Fly

Have you heard about this invasive insect? Do you know what it looks like or why it’s harmful? Join the park educator at the campground amphitheater to learn...

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. For any questions contact the...

Campground Movie: The Secret World of Bats

One of the most acclaimed nature films ever made, "The Secret World of Bats" allows viewers an inside look at the lives of many different species of bats...

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...

Full Moon Paddle

Full Moon Paddle – Friday, July 23, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM - Pleasant Valley Launch (South Shore) – Moraine Paddling Lake Arthur in the full moon is...

Full Moon Paddle

***Registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Giving Pond Recreation Area,...

Registration Closed - Full Moon Paddle

Registratiion is full for this event. Join us for a guided paddle beneath a full moon! As we paddle along, we'll relax and discuss the moon, the park and...

River Otter Reintroduction Video

Through unregulated trapping and habitat degradation the river otter was extirpated from much of its native range in Pennsylvania. This 30 minute video...

Owl Prowl

Learn about the owls at French Creek and their adaptations. We will also be discussing the owls that inhabit Pennsylvania and listening to their various...

The Geography of Gettysburg

The Pennsylvania topography, combined with the military objectives of commanding officers, led to a tiny village becoming burned into psyche of America. Hear...

Night Hike—Full Moon

Learn how animals are adapted to getting around at night, and experience some of these adaptations yourself on this short out and back hike along the Beaver...

Moonlight Paddle

Adults only! Join us for a night kayak on Holman Lake. Registration is REQUIRED. Must bring your own kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. Kayaks must have a DCNR or...

Friday, July 23