DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Friday, July 9

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...

Storybook Trail - Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe

Enjoy a leisurely walk while reading Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe! The trail is a short loop that begins and ends at the Woapalanne Trailhead, behind...

Discover Ricketts Hike

Hiking the Grand View Trail. This is a 2-mile moderate hike. Good boots are recommended for walking. Park and meet at the Shale Pit Parking Lot off of...

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...

Eagle Watch

Stop by Tomb Flats campground, 1-mile south of Slate Run, PA on PA-414, by anytime between 9am and 11am or 1pm and 3pm to learn about the bald eagle and...

Frog Pond Fun

Spend the afternoon exploring the frog pond! You’ll have the chance to discover the diverse species found at our pond such as frogs, tadpoles, salamanders,...

Morning Wild Teas

Wake up and enjoy the morning and nature with some wild teas, with the Park Naturalist. Nature has a lot to offer, including edible plants. Some of these...

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...

Outdoor Adventure Day Mini Camp-THIS CAMP IS FULL

**ages 12-15. Young people will get to try various outdoor rec activities such as archery, tomahawk throwing, atlatyls or flint & steel firestarting.Youth...

Wildlife Paddle

Registration is required and limited to 8 participants. Kayaks, lifejackets, and paddles provided. No fee. Contact Jen Moore by email at jennmoore@pa.gov to...

Discover E: Storytime with From Tadpole to Frog & Hike Preregistration required.

Join us for Storytime "From Tadpole to Frog" and Hike to learn about our friendly amphibians, Frogs. We will enjoy a short story and talk on frogs....

Hide N' Seekers DiscoverE Camp

This day camp is designed for young naturalists, aged 4, 5 and 6. We will explore nature through games and fun activities. Registration is required for...

Blueberry Picking

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to pick some blueberries, and learn some Leave No Trace principles. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road. Wear shoes...

DiscoverE - Hide-'n-Seekers

This year’s Hide-‘n-Seekers (children ages 4-5) program at Parker Dam State Park is comprised of 6 hours of programming over three days. The theme this year...

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...

Little Learners - Leap into Herpetology!

Join special guest and local naturalist April Claus for an introduction to Pennsylvania's reptiles and amphibians. Check out live species and touchable...

Jeff's Swamp Hike

Join the park naturalist from Tuscarora SP on a hike to Jeff’s Swamp on July 9, 2021. This hike will take us to a new place to explore. The swamp is full...

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...

Elk Country Escape Room

Escape rooms are all the rage these days and our staff has designed their own! Think you have what it takes to escape. In this free escape room, our elk...

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 - National and State Symbols

This is a virtual program. Join us for the lunch learning series and celebrate Independence Day by learning about our state and national symbols. Join our...

Eagle Watch

Stop by Tomb Flats campground, 1-mile south of Slate Run, PA on PA-414, by anytime between 9am and 11am or 1pm and 3pm to learn about the bald eagle and...

Terrific Trees Summer School Day

Learn about the Trees found in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. For ages 12+. Participants will receive a free tree identification guide and learn how to use...

Virtual Pond Communities

If you have explored the interior of Presque Isle, you no doubt know that there are many ponds that contain plenty of wildlife. But have you ever taken a...

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...

DiscoverE Kids Program: Animal Tracks and Scat

This program is for children ages 5-8 and parents must remain with their children. Kids will learn how to identify animals by the clues they leave...

*VIRTUAL*  Preparing to Kayak; Basic Safety Equipment

Are you new to the world of kayaking? This program is perfect for those just getting into the sport, or for those who want to learn more about it. We will...

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.

RESCHEDULED: Tree ID Walk

Wanna learn how to identify some common trees of Pennsylvania? Come along on this short walk through the campground! We'll look at some trees and learn how...

Live at the Pool!

Join Park Staff at the Sizerville pool as we do a presentation on Reptiles and Amphibians found near local waterways. Bring a face mask for Covid safety.

(Virtual) Photo Tour of Little Pine State Park

Be advised that this program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and will not take place face to face at Little Pine State Park. Are you planning a...

Keystone Trees

Join the park naturalist as we look at the life cycle of trees and the multitude of roles that they play in their ecosystems. We'll identify trees, look at...

Family Science Night: Stream Study

Join park staff to learn about water quality in the park. We will do biological and chemical monitoring in the creek to check the health of the waterway....

Flowers of Summer

Take a stroll around Little Pine State Park with the naturalist to see the different wildflowers coming out during summer. All children must be accompanied...

Friday Evening Bushcraft Skills: Foraging

Don’t kill that plant! You might be able to use it! Discover the true meaning of what a “weed” is during an evening of herbaceous fun! Join the park...

Preparing to Kayak

Are you new to the world of kayaking? This program is perfect for those just getting into the sport, or for those who want to learn more about it....

Salamander Safari

Salamander Safari - Friday, July 9, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Meet at the Hells Hollow Trail Parking Lot – McConnells Mill Join us for an afternoon of...

 Evening Lagoon by Pontoon

Join a Park Natiralists for an evening experience in the lagoon by pontoon to learn about the variety of wildlife and natural wonders that call the lagoon...

Animal Tracks

Children and adults are both welcome to come learn about the tracks that our local animals leave in the mud and snow. Join us to make an animal track guide.

Astronomy At The Park

For beginners and amatuers alike, join Mt. Pisgah State Park naturalist and a special guest for a night of sky watching. Participants will be shown the...

Bear Encounters: Campground Amphitheater

Learn about bears in Pennsylvania. How can you avoid attracting them? Check out the skull and fur of a bear. Day use visitors can park at the second car...

Let's Talk Turtles!

Can you identify the turtles swimming around the lake? How about those who might visit your campsite? Come find out who these turtles are as well as how YOU...

Medicinal Tree and Plant Walk

Humans have always utilized nature as a source of medicine and to help ease symptoms of ailments. Take an educational walk and learn how many trees and...

Owls and Pellets

Join us as we learn a little about owls! Discover what an owl pellet is, how it is made and investigate and dissect some that the owls left behind. This is...

Snakes Alive!

Join snake expert, Ken Stairs, for an up-close encounter with some of Pennsylvania’s venomous snakes! This program will take place outdoors; please bring...

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...

Tracks and Bones in The Stones

Dinosaur fossil data in Pennsylvania, plus a family fossil identification activity.

Tracks and Bones in the Stones

Evidence of dinosaurs in Pennsylvania, and identification of fossils activity.

Spiders!

Come join the park naturalist as we look at spiders and their roles in nature. Stay for the Family Friendly Movie afterwards.

Wild About Woodpeckers

Do woodpeckers get concussions? How long do they peck for? What types of critters do they eat? How many woodpecker species there are in PA? What are some of...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join park staff at the Sizerville Amphitheater for a short film on the importance and value of old growth forests. Please bring a face mask for Covid safety....

Matchless Fire

Learn several ways of creating fire without lighters or matches. Fire by friction, flint and steel, and fire piston will be explained/demonstrated.

2021 Bat Count

Learn about natures bug zappers in this program suitable for all ages. Then join the park naturalist to get a count of some resident park bats! Meet at the...

Bat Count

Join park staff as we count bats for citizen science! We monitor several sites to keep track of the summer bat population. Bring a blanket and a flashlight...

Coyotes In Pennsylvania

Coyotes are a well established member of our wildlife community. Find out where they came from and how to identify them. Mounts, hides, skulls, and demos...

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...

Gypsy Moths

A live presentation on their accidental introduction and their impact today.

Throwback: Little Smokey

[This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] The story of Smoky Bear – his surviving a wildfire, his rescue, and fame. 13...

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...

Stenochironomus hilaris

Stop by and join the park naturalist to see what insects are active after dark. Using a UV Light set-up to attract them in, we can document and discuss the...

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,...

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...

Friday, July 9