DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 3

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...

Birding the Big woods!

Join Park staff for a morning birding stroll along the ADA assessable big woods trail. During the hike we will be spotting the birds that inhabit this rare...

Lake Watch

This "Lake Watch" is part of an ongoing series of shoreline monitoring activities at Stephen Foster Lake. A pair of binoculars, camera, and patience is all...

Happy Morning Wildlife and Birding Hike

Love getting up early? Enjoy hearing the cheerful songs of our bird neighbors? Come join us for a relaxing morning of bird watching and hiking in the park...

Build Washington's Raft

Did you know that George Washington traveled the Youghiogheny on a hand built raft? Join us for this program where we will recreate this historical event....

Explore Clarion River Lands: Blyson Loop Waterfalls & Rocks Ramble

Are you curious as to what scenic surprises, wildlife, and local history lie within the newly acquired Clarion River Lands? If so, you’ll need a guide...

Friends Trail Day

Join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park trail crew on their monthly trail maintenance excursions where they care for park trails, remove invasive plants...

Historical Pontoon Boat Tours

Join us for a fun day of free pontoon boat rides. Meet us at the Jamestown Marina. Rides are first come first serve. No registration. Rides are at 9:00,...

Introduction to Archery

Come learn the basics of archery! How-to and safety will be discussed, followed by an opportunity for participants to try it for themselves. This activity is...

Introduction to Primitive Skills

Join the Park Naturalists for an introduction to primitive skills. Learn about shelters, how to collect water and gather food, and challenge yourself to...

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...

Birds & Backwaters

Let’s explore the backwaters of F.J. Sayers Lake in search of birds & other wildlife. The park will be loaning a limited amount of equipment for this program...

CCC Re-enactors

Stop by Camp Tree Army to get an up close look at historical artifacts connected to the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps of our nation. Learn about "camp...

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...

Highpoint Hike

Take a step back in time and learn about the fascinating history that surrounds the Mt. Davis Natural Area on this easy but rocky, 2 mile trek....

Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a 1-mile walk through the past to discover the history of Pine Grove...

Historical Pontoon Boat Tours

Join us for a fun day of free pontoon boat rides. Meet us at the Jamestown Marina. Rides are first come first serve. No registration. Rides are at 9:00,...

Colonial Games

Round up your family or friends for a spirited colonial competition! At Colonial Field Day on Saturday, July 3, you’ll be pitted against other socially...

Introduction to Paddling

Pre-registration is necessary: Please use the green "register" button to sign up. Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area, 1125 River Rd. (PA-32),...

McCune Run Trail/Davis Run Trail BioBlitz

As Keystone State Park explores innovative and sustainable methods of resource management, we're trying to get a snapshot of how the ecological communities...

Native Plant Gardening

Discover all the possibilities of using native plants in your landscaping. This program will show you how to grow and maintain native plants, proper site...

Practical Botany: A Layman’s Guide to Plant Identification

Do you enjoy studying trees, flowers, or just plants in general, but struggle to identify the large amount of plants out there, or struggle to differentiate...

Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show

As part of its annual Independence Day celebration, Washington Crossing Historic Park invites classic car owners to compete in the third Rebels & Redcoats...

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...

Stream Study

Get your feet wet and help us discover the diversity of wildlife living in our stream! We will capture, identify, and learn how the creatures of the stream...

Throwback: CCC and Nature

[This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] The Civilian Conservation Corps built this park and maintained it from 1933...

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...

Survival Series: Beginner Geocaching

Join park staff for this introductory course in using hand-held GPS where we'll talk about the basics of geocaching, getting familiar with GPS, and practice...

Children's Decorated Bicycle Parade

This event is tentatively planned for 2021. This event may be modified or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting safety guidelines as...

Forestry Walk

Measuring and managing trees might sound pretty bore-ing, but it's actually some pretty tree-mendous stuff! Come join one of the park naturalists as we take...

Historical Pontoon Boat Tours

Join us for a fun day of free pontoon boat rides. Meet us at the Jamestown Marina. Rides are first come first serve. No registration. Rides are at 9:00,...

History of the Bridge

This is a program featuring the history of that fine old structure “The Kinzua Bridge”! Participants are asked to practice social distancing to prevent the...

Virtual- Mt.Pisgah State Park

Interested in visiting Mount Pisgah State Park. Join the park naturalist and staff at the park for a virtual tour of the educational and recreational...

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Virtual Event
A Look Inside the Hive!

Stop by the park office to take a look inside our new observation hive. Our hive has all the essential roles and materials to work as a fully functioning...

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...

Historical Pontoon Boat Tours

Join us for a fun day of free pontoon boat rides. Meet us at the Jamestown Marina. Rides are first come first serve. No registration. Rides are at 9:00,...

Archery

Practice your archery skills in a safe and fun environment! We will cover the necessary safety procedures of shooting a bow, as well as the technical skills...

Colonial Kids

**ages 6-12. Young people will learn about life long ago and practice some skills through games and activities. Masks and social distancing required.

Eagles! for Kids

Bring the youngsters down to the campgroud amphitheater to learn about Eagles with activities and crafts.

Guided Hike: Red Rock Trail

Join us for an easy, 3-mile hike along sections of several trails, including Red Rock Trail. One of the park’s most scenic trails, Red Rock follows pristine...

Hike: Raven Rock

Hike: Raven Rock Take a scenic walk past Rainbow Falls to Balanced Rock and then on to Raven Rocks and find out a little of the history of the park along...

Historical Pontoon Boat Tours

Join us for a fun day of free pontoon boat rides. Meet us at the Jamestown Marina. Rides are first come first serve. No registration. Rides are at 9:00,...

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...

Snakes of PA

Join the park naturalist at Wildcat Hollow to learn all about Pennsylvania's snakes! You'll learn how to identify different snake species including the...

"Wild Teas And Thee"

Join the naturalist in the garden to sample various teas made from wild plants and trees.

Dragons & Damsels

Come discover more about the amazing lives of dragonflies & damselflies! Life cycles, habits, & identification will be discussed. This will be an on-going,...

Stream Bugs, Crayfish, & Minnows: Preregistration required

Do you like looking for crayfish? Enjoy looking under rocks for may flies and damselflies? We will go into the stream and search for crayfish, mayflies,...

4th of July Science!

Ready for a bit of fun on this 4th of July weekend??? Join us throughout the afternoon for DIY experiments, such as everyone's favorite black snakes, water...

Bluebird Trail

Enjoy a short hike to discover intersting facts about Eastern Bluebirds. Learn about successful habitat restoration in Pennsylvania State Parks. Please...

Dragons & Damsels

Come check out the beautiful variety of dragonflies and damselflies along the creek and pond. Grab a net and discover the aquatic larval stage of these...

Elk Explanations

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...

Hornets vs Wasps vs Bees

Despite their ability to sting you, these stinging insects are actually pretty different. Join us at the beach area to learn all about these insects....

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 Company Store Price Is Right

Come on down! and join us for a look at the company store circa 1900. Play along in this “pricing game” based on the popular game show. See if you can work...

Wandering Samuel

Watch for Mr. Cowan as he wanders around the day use area. Don’t be afraid to say hello and you will get to hear a little something about the park or the...

What Lurks in the Lake?

Have you ever looked into the waters of Lake Marburg and wondered what was down there? Join us at the Main Launch to find out about all the interesting...

Creek Critters

Explore the habitat of a freshwater stream and learn about the animal that live there. Free famlly program. Nets and containers provided. All ages...

Park History Walk at the Mountain Bike Trails

Take a walk through time down to the Wildasin Meeting House and learn about the history of the park and the area.

You Break it, You Take it

Join Park Staff as we crack open Geodes at Sizerville's Environmental Center. Bring eyewear and a face mask for Covid safety.For any questions contact the...

Fish of Little Pine and Hyner Run (Virtual Program)

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...

History Walk

Take a walk around Parker Lake as we discuss the development of this area to the park that it is today. We will hike part of Laurel Run Trail and traverse...

Lodestone Magic

Kids With Their Family Prgram. Magnets, magnetism and magic!

Nature Journaling

Did you ever just listen to nature? Join us for a peaceful lesson in how to observe and get closer to nature. We’ll take a look at nature journals and work...

Art in the Park: Bald Eagle Edition

Our national bird is more than a symbol of freedom. Did you know they build the largest nest of any North American bird. Come on over to the campground...

For Kids: Fireflies Story and Craft

Fireflies are nature's fireworks! Let's Celebrate World Firefly Day with a story on fireflies, followed by making a lightning bug craft. All materials will...

Survival Series: Beginner Geocaching

Join park staff for this introductory course in using hand-held GPS where we'll talk about the basics of geocaching, getting familiar with GPS, and practice...

Fish Prints

Kids, create your very own print of one of Pennsylvania's native fishes. Paints and rubber fish models provided. Bring along a t-shirt or other fabric, or...

National and State Symbols

Celebrate Independence day by learning about our state and national symbols. Join our park naturalists and learn about the natural symbols of the land....

Firefly Art

Registration is required as attendance and supplies are limited. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Celebrate World Firefly...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Get the scavenger hunt list at the Environmental Learning Center, then search for items throughout the park. Bring any type of camera to document what you...

Birds & the Bees Program

No, not those birds & the bees, but actual birds & bees. A wide variety of critters help pollinate our plants. Come on down to the upper campground to learn...

Birding at Hyner Run

Join the staff for some birding at Hyner Run State Park. Topics will include the different birds that live at Hyner Run and also how to identify them. ...

Evening Kayaking

Take a relaxing guided paddle around the Doubling Gap Lake and discover its inhabitants, like snapping turtles, bullfrogs, Belted kingfishers, and Northern...

Firefly Suncatchers

Fireflies are nature’s fireworks, so stop by for this easy, firefly-themed art and craft project! This craft is designed for young children. Stop inside the...

Storytelling and Drumming

Bring the whole family out to listen to the park naturalist tell some American Indian tales. Shake a rattle or beat on a drum to help the story along. Masks...

The Earth's Cataclysmic Journey

The geologic and biologic cataclysms that have shaped the earth since its beginning.

Turtle Time

Ever want to learn more about the turtles you see crossing the road this time of year? Come learn more about them; what they eat, where they live, and how to...

Wildlife Olympics

Let's prep up for the 2021 summer Olympics! Did you know Olympians can be found right here at Hickory Run! The park's wildlife are capable of some amazing...

Bats!!!!!

Bats are out and flying in the dusk. Come out and learn about these fascinating creatures!

Campfire - Juniata Journeys: Local Stories and Legends

Bring along a chair as well to sit on. Join us for a relaxed time around a campfire. Be sure to bring your own stories and songs, and we’ll bring along the...

Lessons from Mercersburg

In the days after the Battle at Gettysburg, the town of Mercersburg would find itself right in the middle of the Confederate retreat. You will hear how the...

Birds & the Bees Program

No, not those birds & the bees, but actual birds & bees. A wide variety of critters help pollinate our plants. Come on down to the nature center to learn...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park for an Amphitheater Program on the reintroduction of Fishers and Otters to Pennsylvania. Please bring a face mask for Covid...

Eyewitness Video "Pond and River"

This 40 minute video takes you on a twisting journey down the great rivers of the world, pausing to visit the thriving realm of the freshwater pond. Travel...

Fish of Sinnemahoning Bingo Game

Discover interesting facts boau tthe fish that live in Sinnemahoning's waters while enjoying a fun game with family and friends. All are welcome to attend -...

Nature's Fireworks

Join the park naturalist to celebrate World Firefly Day and experience nature’s own 4th of July display. Opportunities will be available to view and catch...

Bald Eagle

This natural symbol of America was once on the brink of elimination in Pennsylvania. Its return is one of the feel good stories of conservation—come watch...

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...

Fascinating Fireflies

Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, these natural fireworks are always fun to watch on a summer’s night. Join us for an educational...

Nature's Fireworks

Join the park naturalist to celebrate World Firefly Day and experience nature's own 4th of July display. Go on a 1/2 mile firefly walk and talk in search of...

Nature's Fireworks: Fireflies!

Kids! Join us for some buggy fun and fireflies along the lake. If attending the program and not camping with us, please park in the overflow parking lot at...

Night Critters

Bring a blanket and a flashlight or headlamp to learn about nocturnal animals, including the bat! We’ll investigate how nocturnal animals are adapted for...

Poe Valley Campfire Stories!

Gather around the campfire and listen to some local folklore! A fire will be going, feel free to bring ingredients for your own smores, none will be provided...

Campground Movie: Pond and River

Eyewitness video, "Pond and River", takes you on a twisting journey down the great rivers of the world, pausing to visit the thriving realm of the freshwater...

Nature's Fireworks

Take an easy one mile hike to a prime spot for viewing Synchronizing Fireflies as they emerge for the evening. Please bring a flashlight and bring a light...

Nature's Fireworks - Fireflies

Discover the amazing life of fireflies (aka lightning bugs), Pennsylvania's state insect, how they create such amazing natural light shows, and what we can...

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...

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 3