DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 31

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...

Morning Stroll on Presque Isle

Join the educators for an early morning stroll on the beaches of Presque Isle on July 31, 2021 from 8:00-9:30am meeting at the Beach 9 Bath House. We will...

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...

Great Blue Heron Hike

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to look for great blue herons along the lake edge while discovering interesting facts about these large birds. Bring...

Kayaking 101

Registration is full for this event. Kayaking is a great way to explore your state parks, but there are a few things to learn before your first trip on the...

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...

Pine Grove Furnace Volunteer Day

Help establish the parks new Bluebird Trail. Volunteers will assist with placing posts and attaching the new Bluebird Boxes. The park is also looking for...

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...

Ridge Trail Trek

Join Mt.Pisgah State Parks naturalist for a 1.9 mile interpretive trail hike that starts at the adjoining county park and ends at the fishing area parking...

Tree ID Hike

Did you ever wonder as you were walking through Ohiopyle’s fabulous forest which trees were which? Join us to hike along and learn how to identify many of...

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...

 Splashin' Around

***Registration required: Space is limited. Please register for this program by clicking the green "Register" button. When registering please specify how...

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,...

Bog Slog

A bog is a special wetland. Take an easy .5 mile hike to an ancient bog to search for signs of bear, carnivorous plants like the sundew, and to pick...

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...

Ride the Rail Trail

The Knox & Kane Rail Trail is a great place to safely ride your bike and enjoy nature. Bring your bike and join a park educator for a ride from the park to...

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...

Rock and Fossil Display

Bring the family out to view some interesting minerals, rocks, and fossils. Masks are required if you are unvaccinated, optional if you are, and social...

Salamander Safari

Join us as we hunt for the elusive salamander and discover the diversity of organisms on the forest floor along the way. All ages are welcome! This will be a...

Splashin' Around

***Registration required: Space is limited. Please register for this program by clicking the green "Register" button. When registering please specify how...

Trail Care

We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trails that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we help in the upkeep of this...

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...

Family Forest Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike that is fun for kids and their families! We will take an easy hike, looking for signs of the animals that live in our...

Hemlock Hike

Join us for a scenic two mile hike to discover the old growth trees of the Hemlock Natural Area and investigate the unique landscape of this ancient...

The wonders of Trees

Join the park naturalist for some time with the trees. Trees are everywhere, but they do some amazing things we don't think about. They move lots of water...

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...

Get To Know Your Kayak

Please note that this is a 'bring your own kayak' program. In the spring and summer of 2020, many retail locations saw a surge in kayak sales. In an effort...

Hike: Balanced Rock

Take a walk to the beautiful Balanced Rock and learn how the geology of the area put it there. On the way we’ll learn a little about the history of the park...

Silver-spotted Skipper

Butterflies are found in our yards, gardens, and parks, but naming them all can be a bit tricky. Join the park naturalist for an afternoon around the Park...

Porky Porcupines

Find out interesting facts about porcupines, then make a porcupine to take home. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.

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...

B.Y.O.B(oat) to Little Pine!

Bring your own canoe, kayak, or paddleboard along with environmental educators from both Tiadaghton State Forest and Little Pine State Park as they lead you...

BYO Kayak

During this program there will be a brief introduction to kayaking as well as a tour of Little Pine Reservoir. The history of the area as well as the flora...

Big Wet Rodent Paddle

Join the park naturalist for a guided paddle on the lake as we learn about our big wet rodents here in Pennsylvania. Pre-registration is required by clicking...

Dragonfly by Kayak (Bring Your Own Kayak) Preregistration required

Join us for a fun afternoon of Kayaking looking for Dragonflies! We will search for the beautiful dragonflies and damselflies of Yellow Creek using...

Art in the Park: Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Flutter on out to the nature center to learn about these beloved birds. They are the tiniest birds in the world, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and...

Hammocking Tips!

It's not as simple as stringing a piece of parachute between two trees.... Or is it? Find out during this informative one hour session near the beach area!

Monarch Butterfly

Ever wonder how monarchs are striving in this world in this decade? Do you know how you can help save their population? Come join this program so you can...

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...

The Day the Whistle Died

Join us for a look at the last days of “Dear Old Greenwood.” On December 7th, 1904, the world came to an end – at least at Greenwood Furnace. What led to the...

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...

Crayfish Crazy!

Splash into the wild world of crayfish and explore their freshwater habitat! Free family program. Nets and containers provided All ages welcome. Parents will...

E. Parachute Games

Meet by the Beach House at the big parachute to play some parachute games with an environmental twist. All ages welcome.

Frog Races

Make an origami frog to race while exploring the world of frogs and toads. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.

Dragonfly Dance

Learn abit about damselflies and dragonflies, then see if you can catch one in your net as they dance among the cattails. Masks are required if you are...

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...

Nature Kayak Tour

Exploring nature in a kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. On this Eco Tour you will learn about the park history, birds, and other wildlife...

Starting a Rock and Mineral Collection

Kids With Their family Program: Information and examples plus family starter packs of samples.

History Hike at Poe Paddy!

Get ready for a nice walk on the John Snyder Trail, and through the Poe Paddy Tunnel to discuss how this beloved park came to be! Be prepared for a fairly...

Intro to Kayaking

Here's your chance to try kayaking! Participants will learn kayak terminology and basic paddle skills before heading out on the water. Ages 12 and...

Science in the Park: Tree Identification

Come hang out in the shade as we learn about local trees. Join us as we learn the basics of leaf and tree identification. Meeting Location: Campground...

Birds! For Kids

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

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...

PA State Symbols

Come and learn some of Pennsylvania's state symbols, like their tree, fish, and bird in a fun way. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to...

Colors of Nature

The natural world is full of color. Come and enjoy this scavenger hunt-like program looking for the different colors of nature.

Furs & Skulls!

Children and adults are invited to the campground amphitheater to learn more about mammals here at Black Moshannon State Park! Join us at the Campground...

State Symbol Trivia

Do you know our state tree? Do you know our state beverage? Did you know we have a state fossil or a state dog? Come on out to the upper campground for a fun...

Birds of Prey

Birds of prey have many amazing adaptation for finding food and surviving in our forest and fields. Come learn about owls, hawks, and falcons of the Blue...

Mammal Mania

Uncovering the unique adaptations and trivia of our wild, furry critters.

Campfire Tales: Stories in the Stars

Join us for some stories relating to the constellations and stars. Bring a chair or a blanket. There will be marshmallows for toasting.

Friends of Canoe Creek MOVIE NIGHT - SCOOB!

Bring the whole family for a movie night sponsored by the Friends of Canoe Creek! A Snow Cone truck is available at 7:45 pm. Seating for the movie starts at...

State Symbol Trivia

Do you know our state tree? Do you know our state beverage? Did you know we have a state fossil or a state dog? Come on out to the nature center for a fun...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park for a short film on Black Bears and a show & tell on similar species native to Pennsylvania utilizing props and pelts. For any...

Butterfly Craft

Play with colors as you create your own bright butterfly craft while learning about the parts of the butterfly. Best for ages 10 and under.

In Search of...the Juniatas

Our beautiful valley is named for a group of American Indians that lived here in the early colonial period of the 1600s. They had their village at...

Night Frogging

Summer nights would be incomplete without the singing of frogs and toads. That's why we'll be walking through the campground to look and listen for these...

Night Sky Tour

Take a tour of the night sky to view Mars and the springtime constellations. Bring your own binoculars or telescopes. Don't forget your flashlight, bug...

Owl Prowl

Learn about the local owls that live in our forests here at the park before we set out on a short hike to see if we can find them.

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...

Campground Movie: Eyewitness Video - Butterfly and Moth

Family friendly video exploring the amazing world of butterflies and moths. Watch their fascinating transformations throughout their lifecycle.30-minute...

Drive-In Night Sky Watch

Join Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory, and learn the essentials of stargazing. Please bring binoculars, spotting scope, or telescope,...

Return of the Otter and Fisher

These two members of the weasel family were extirpated from PA by logging and unregulated harvest. Learn of their return to our state and how well they are...

Throwback: The Eternal Forest

[This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] This is the actual program that was shown here 50 years ago. Second feature is...

Nature at Night

Coming to a Night Sky Program, but arriving early? Join park staff for a family friendly Nature at Night Program! These programs will feature fascinating...

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Gods in the Sky

Back in a time before television, internet, video games, and graphic novels there was the splendor and drama of the night sky. Gods followed their whims,...

Astronomy for Beginners

Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Meet: Education Building Join us...

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 31