DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 3

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 Pontoo n 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,...

Yoga on the Beach

Join Mellisa Flynn, a Yogafit trained teacher, for up to an hour of free beginner's yoga classes on the swimming beach at Shawnee State Park. If you have a...

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...

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 Pontoo n 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...

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...

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 Pontoo n 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,...

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...

11am
Virtual Event
Historical Pontoo n 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 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.

Historical Pontoo n 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...

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,...

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...

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...

Insect Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a scavenger hunt looking for summer bugs. **COVID-19 Stipulations** To participate in this program a mask is required if you are...

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...

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...

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. ...

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 by 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.

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...

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...

Campfire Ghost 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...

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: Fireflies!

Kids! Join us for some buggy fun and fireflies along the lake. **COVID-19 Stipulations** To participate in this program a mask is required if you are...

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...

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...

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