DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 24

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...

Self-Guided Prairie Wildflower Walkabout

Explore the stunning and diverse blooms of Pennsylvania’s only managed and protected prairie during a special, limited-time only Self-Guided Prairie...

Charcoal Burn

Come and experience the “lost art” of turning wood into charcoal, just as the furnace colliers did over a century ago. The continuous demonstration will...

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...

Meadow Run Hike

The Meadow Run Trail has many geological features that create the back drop for its beauty. From large rock formations to water falls to majestic hemlocks,...

Waterfall Hiking Series: Alpha Falls

Want to get moving and enjoy the beauty of nature at the same time? Join the Park Naturalist for a morning hike to the tallest waterfall in the park, Alpha...

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...

Butterflies of Jacobsburg

Join local butterfly enthusiast Bill Grant for this walk through the fields of Jacobsburg in search of these beautiful insects. He’ll show you how to quickly...

Creek Explorers

Registration required. Email kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov to sign up. Ages 6 and over Walk down to the creek with the park naturalist and search for crayfish,...

Creepy Crawlies

Take a woodland stroll to get a closer look at some of the creepy critters that crawl beneath logs and leaves. Learn about their jobs and survival. Learn...

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...

Geology: Minerals Rock!

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a trailside exhibit to explore the world of rocks and minerals. We will learn differences between sedimentary, igneous and...

Intro to Paddleboard for Teens & Family (Age 13 & up) Preregistration only

Have your teen wanted to try paddleboarding? Have they ever been paddleboarding before but would like to gain more skills? Join the park educator for an...

Intro to map and compass

Learn how to operate a map and compass properly. This is a great beginner course suited for all ages!

Kings Gap Trail Challenge!

Can you hike every trail at Kings Gap? With 25+ miles of trails throughout the property, Kings Gap has an extensive hiking system. This challenging monthly...

Paddle Prowl- Kayaking Stephen Foster Lake

Join Mount Pisgah State Park staff for a kayak paddle on Stephen Foster Lake. The eco tour will focus on the lakes aquatic resources and watershed....

 Survival Series: Leave No Trace

Whether you're out in the middle of the woods or staying in a campground, learning to minimize your impact can make a huge difference in the places you...

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...

Bears!  For Kids!

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

Dendrology Hike!

Dendrology is the study of trees! Join the Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk around the main park area while learning how to identify native tree species...

Reptiles of Pennsylvania

Snakes... why did it have to be snakes? Whether you love them or fear them, reptiles play an integral role in the environment. Join us in the campground...

Tracks and Traces Trail

Take a short walk down the trail to see what the animals that live in our woods have left behind. Use the tracks and traces they left to figure out what they...

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...

 Intro to Paddleboard Preregistration only

Have your teen wanted to try paddleboarding? Have they ever been paddleboarding before but would like to gain more skills? Join the park educator for an...

Beavers - Nature's Engineers

Meet a live trapped beaver and learn about it's incredible biology with Deputy Game Warden Mike Scott.

Hike: Boulder Trail

Join the park naturalist on a hike to see the boulders of Boulder Trail. This hike features some rough terrains so be sure to wear trail shoes and bring...

Mushroom Talk and Walk

Join the Central PA Mushroom Club to learn about non-edible and edible mushrooms. Search for and identify fungus with members of the club. Program will be...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera, phone, or tablet to the Campground Beach and take park in a family-fun scavenger hunt! See if you can find everything on the list to take a...

Salamander Safari

Join the park naturalist for a salamander safari at Oil Creek State Park! We'll learn about salamanders that can be found in Pennsylvania before heading out...

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...

Six Penny Hke

Join the park naturalist on a 3.5 mile hike to the original day use area created by the CCC. We will be looking for interesting flora and fauna and learning...

Art in the Park: Fintastic Fish

Learn some fish biology as you try your hand at Gyotaku, or Japanese fish impressions.

Art in the Park: Owl Edition

How many owls do we have in PA? What do owls sound like? What do they eat? Are all owls nocturnal? Join the park educator in the beach area, as we learn...

Crayfish Quest

Join us to learn about the fascinating lives of crayfish as we explore the creek for these unusual creatures. Equipment will be provided. Wear close-toed...

Elk Walk & Talk

Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often...

Terrific Trees

Join the park naturalist to take a look and tell the difference between some of the different tree species in Hyner Run State Park. There will be a craft at...

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's Missing Hike

Join Mr. Cowan for a walk through the park to learn about how the area has changed since they settled here in the 1790’s. This hike of less than a mile is...

Whoooo's Calling?

From head to toes, we’ll talk about owls and how they survive. What owls are calling in your backyard? Come learn the science behind Pennsylvania’s many...

Batty for Bats: DiscoverE Program

Go wild about bats with activities, games, and crafts for families with children ages 4 - 12. Older and younger siblings are welcome. No pre-registration...

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.

Forest Habitat Hunt

Join us for a family-friendly scavenger hunt, exploring the forest for signs of the critters that call our park home.

Log Drive

In the days before log trucks and skidders, how did people move logs to the sawmills? Water. Come to the beach and bring along your beach buckets to help...

Nature Bugs

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we transform everyday items from nature into bug like creations; with glue and an imagination the possibilities are...

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...

Terrific Trees

Join the park naturalist to take a look and tell the difference between some of the different tree species in Hyner Run State Park. There will be a craft at...

Bog Treasures

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road for this 1/2 mile...

Geocaching 101

Join us for a high-tech scavenger hunt! We will provide everything you need to learn about this adventure hobby.

I Dig Archaeology

Kids with Their Family Program:

Kite Flying

Come Fly a kite with us! Bring your own or use one of ours. Sam Lewis has a spot just for flying and it's got an amazing view. Learn a little about what...

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...

Majestic Monarchs

Come on out to the park to learn about raising Monarchs. Afterwards, we’ll take a little walk to see if we can gather any eggs or caterpillars that just...

Pond Observation for Kids!  (Young and Old)

Need a quiet break from your busy weekend vacation? For just an hour, you can have that by registering for this program! Bring your binoculars (if...

Twig Weaving

Kids of all ages are invited to make their own artistic creation using natural materials. Masks are required if you are unvaccinated, optional if you are,...

 Survival Series: Leave No Trace

Whether you're out in the middle of the woods or staying in a campground, learning to minimize your impact can make a huge difference in the places you...

BYOBoat Eco-Paddle around Poe Lake

Bring your kayak, canoe, or paddle-board out to the lake for a guided paddle as we talk history of the lake, as well as what plants and animals call this...

Bird Walk

You hear their songs all summer. Come join our park educator as we take a stroll and try to identify some birds. Binoculars are limited so please...

Flint Knapping and the Atlatl

Veteran flintknapper Rich Poiner will demonstrate the process of percussion flaking in making an arrowhead. This program is brought to us courtesy of the...

Wildlife Olympics

This is the opening weekend for 2021 Summer Olympics! Did you know Olympians can be found right here at Hickory Run? The park's wildlife are capable of some...

Civilian Conservation Corps of Hyner Run

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...

Painting in the Outdoors: Summer Wildflowers 

Program is full. Registration is closed. Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park has partnered with Artist Lora Russell to bring you "Painting in the...

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 upper campground to learn why...

All About Elk

Join Mandy Marconi from the PA Game Commission in a program that talks about the history of elk in pa. Learn of the life history, size, and behavior of the...

Bats of Pennsylvania

Meet the 9 species of bats that live in Pennsylvania and learn why bats play an important role in a healthy natural ecosystem. Includes information about...

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...

Dare 2B Tick Aware

Join Certified PA Lyme Resource Network Faculty member, Jim Shindledecker to find out about the DARE 2B tick aware to help protect you and your family from...

Lost Children’s Monument Bus Tour

Everyone I welcome to meet at Chappell’s Field to board the bu. We will be taking a bus tour to the Lost Children’s Monument and listening to their story.

Lost Civilizations along Shawnee Creek

Who left the artifacts found along the streams and in the fields here at the park?

Skulls and Furs

Show us your skills by trying to match the animal fur to the corresponding skull. If attending the program and not camping with us, please park in the...

Sunset Paddle

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

The Speckled Band

Sit back, relax, and enjoy old-fashioned music in the great outdoors. Fiddles, bass, and guitar are a few instruments that will be played. Please bring...

Wild Edibles with Debbie Naha

Debbie Naha, featured on NPR, has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wild edibles. Join her for a short walk and slide show presentation to learn about...

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 nature center to learn why these...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park for a short film with real materials on White-tailed deer management. For any questions contact the Park Office (814) 486-5605.

Buck Full Moon Paddle

Enjoy a paddle on Black Moshannon Lake to see the full moon rise over the water. Registration is required. Click on the green button to register for this...

Mother Nature's Night Life

What do insects do at night? How do they see in the dark? The ultra-violet world, in which insects live, has always intrigued Ryan, the BugMan, and he'll...

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 at Night: Annual Bat Count

Bat populations are declining in PA; find out why bats are in trouble and what you can do to help. Come prepared to observe and count bats as they emerge for...

Command Decisions of the Civil War

During this live presentation, you will be given the task of making command decisions about events from Civil War battles. Will you do better or worse than...

Discovery Hike Series - Night Hike

Join the park naturalist for a series of hikes to learn about the great outdoors! As we put a mile or two under our boots, we will discuss all we discover to...

Full Moon Float

Explore the lake as the sun sets and the full moon rises! Join the Park Naturalists for a guided paddle on F.J. Sayers Lake. The park will be loaning a...

History of Parker Dam

At least the last 500 years-worth of history. A lot has changed over the years in the park. What do you think the park will look like in the next 100 years?...

Movie Night:  Butterflies and Moths

Let's celebrate the end of National Moth Week with a nature movie on moths and butterflies. Meet at the amphitheater for this 30-minute nature movie. Bring...

Moonlight Hike

Enjoy a short hike to discover the natural night lights of a nearly full moon summer's night. Please be sure to bring a flashlight. Registration is...

Nocturnal Insects - the Hawk Moths

This is National Moth week, the perfect time for observing hawk moths, which are large cryptically colored moths. We'll set up light traps and observe moths...

Owl Prowl!

Join park naturalist, Rob Bergstresser, for a short presentation on owl species native to Pennsylvania. We will cover owl identification and calls, before...

Saturday, July 24