DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 21

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...

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...

Adopt A Beach at Presque Isle Returns! 

It has been over a year now since Presque Isle’s Adopt A Beach program has been up and running. We still need your help. Are you a local resident who enjoys...

Elk EXPO

The event of the year is here, the 2021 Elk Expo! Join in the fun by visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center August 21st and 22nd. There will be plenty of...

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...

Ashes and Iron

The Blacksmith Shop Archaeological Dig is at its final stages. Come help and get a glimpse at the forge area which has been buried for 100 years. Learn...

DiscoverE Book Club: Rachel Carson

Books are now available for pick up! Calling all junior rangers and junior readers ages 9 to 12 (4th-7th graders)! This summer Nolde Forest will be...

Camouflage Crazy!

Young people will learn about animals that are masters of disguise! Come for a story, some fun activities, and make a camo critter to take home.

Concrete Igloos: Exploring the Alvira Bunkers

December 7, 1941: “A date that will live in infamy.” On the same day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the citizens of the small town of Alvira learned...

DiscoverE: Tell Me, Tree Storytime and Tree Cookie Activity Preregistration required

Join us for an interactive storytime with Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons. Afterwards, we will explore what we learned in...

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...

Hummingbirds Jewels in Flight

Learn more about the beautiful tiny hummingbirds that live in the eastern US and how you can invite them to visit your backyard. Indoor PowerPoint...

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...

Late Summer Wildflower Walk

As summer fades, autumn slowly approaches bringing along a change in the forest. Join forest naturalist for an easy walk, to explore some of late...

Salamander Safari

No registration is required. The program will meet, at Pavilion #1, next to the dam. Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania; where they live, what they...

Schoolhouse Days

Discover what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in the late 1800’s, then play some of the games from that time period. Meet at the one-room...

Sold Out: Mobsters, Murderers, and Millionaires: The hidden history of Milford Mills

Learn about the hidden history of Milford Mills. We will take a look some of the old ruins and talk about the history that was once under the lake! *not...

Goldenrod - Promised Land State Park

After a blazing summer, the park is cooling, the leaves are changing, and autumn wildflowers are in bloom! Join park staff to see some of the signs of these...

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...

Eco Disc golf

Join disc golf enthusiast, Eric Keim,, and Jessie Kohan to play a 9-hole round of disc golf and learn some eco facts along the way. Come alone or bring...

From Grain to Bread

Explore delicious breads that are tied to local history! Look for the Gristmill Baker, Stan Malecki, and his crew, and join them for recipes and fun...

concrete supports for old toboggan run

Join us for a short walk to the site of the old toboggan run that was at Pinchot Park in the 1960’s. On our way, we will stop and talk about the diabase...

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...

*Event is Full* Histories and Mysteries of Pymatuning

Did you know there was a plane crash here? Or that a ship carrying Spanish gold is somewhere in the swamp? Join us to learn about some strange happenings...

Art in the Park: Hawk Edition

Did you know we have 8 hawk species in the state? Eyesight of some hawks is as sharp as that of a human looking through eight binoculars! Come on out to the...

Canaries of the Stream

Come along as we search for the canaries of the stream in Meadow Run. Enjoy time in the stream while learning about macroinvertebrates and their role in the...

Dragons and Damsels

Come discover more about the amazing lives of dragonflies & damselflies at the Frog Pond! Lifecycles, habits, & identification will be discussed. This will...

Geocaching

Learn the basics of using a handheld GPS unit and set out in search of caches throughout the park. All GPS units will be provided by the park.

Insect Safari

Calling all intrepid explorers! Join the park naturalist as we set off in search of insects and spiders. All equipment provided. **must be over age 6.

Pond Life

Have you ever wondered what little creatures call a small pond "HOME"? Well, let's grab some nets, containers, and magnifying glasses and see what we can...

Porky Porcupines

Find out interesting facts about porcupines and 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...

Trivia Hike: Laurel Run

Come enjoy a hike on beautiful Laurel Run. While we hike we will test your knowledge of the outdoors with some trivia. This is a more challenging hike with...

Constellation Rocks

Stars in the night sky have fascinated people since the beginning of time. This program will introduce you to a few constellations and their legends....

Nature Scavenger Hunt

No registration is required. The program will meet at the Campground Host Site. Look for signs of wildlife and other natural items while exploring the park....

Stream Bugs, Minnows, and Crayfish

Join us for a relaxing afternoon on the stream while we search Macros to see what lives at Yellow Creek. We will go into the stream and search for crayfish,...

Virtual Snails of Presque Isle

Snails are often overlooked and misunderstood. By request, this program will take a closer look at them and their important role in the environment. We will...

A Visit with Mr. Cowan

Come join Mr. Cowan under the shade around the campfire ring as he tells you the story of how the Cowan family came to Cowans Gap. Bring a chair or blanket...

Adaptation Art and Book Reading with Joey Strain

Families, join local student, artist, and children’s author Joey Strain for a reading of his work The Whacky Woodland Alphabet Book. In the book, Joey takes...

Crayfishin'

Come down to Oil Creek to learn all about Pennsylvania crayfish and try your hand at catching a few. You’ll learn how to safely handle crawdads, the crawdad...

Creatures of the Creek

Aquatic macroinvertebrates are highly adapted for life underwater. Join us as we explore the diversity of creatures living beneath the surface of the East...

Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Monarch butterfly migration presentation followed by a short walk to catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies. Arial nets provided. Wear closed-toe shoes...

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...

Insect Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a scavenger hunt looking for summer bugs.

Mammals of PA Exhibit

Stop by to see the assortment of wildlife taxidermy on display. Do you recognize them all? The park naturalist will be on hand to share some natural history...

Nature's Paintbrush

Join us at Sizerville State Park for a nature painting workshop. Collect items from nature to use as a paintbrush for your canvas. Bring the outdoors,...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring any type of camera to the Environmental Learning Center to receive a list of items to find. Find the required number of items and receive a prize! ...

Wine on the Waterfront

Wine on the Waterfront returns to the banks of the Delaware River in Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Saturday, August 21 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. The...

Birding at Hyner Run

Join the naturalist 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. ...

Indigenous People of Southcentral PA

Pennsylvania is home to some of the oldest fossils of Indigenous People in the U.S.. Some fossils date back to the Clovis People, hunters of mammoths and...

Kayak Lake Jean

Join us for a leisurely paddle on Lake Jean to observe the wildlife. You will need to bring your own boat, US Coast Guard Life Jacket, & have a current...

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...

The Monarch Butterfly

There are at least two amazing feats that Monarch butterflies are able to perform. One is their metamorphosis from a caterpillar to an adult butterfly. The...

Fossil Hunt

Come to the campground and we will dig back 400 million years to discover who lived at Little Buffalo in the Devonian Era, when Pennsylvania was covered by...

Introduction to Nature Journaling

Journaling is a great way to connect with nature and your inner naturalist. Come join the park naturalists as we discuss how to begin your nature journal....

For Kids: Quiet Night

Sometimes the noises you hear at night in the campground can be unerving...."was that just the leaves rustling in the breeze or was that sound a bear?" We...

History and Interesting True Stories Around the Hyner Area

Join guest speaker Lou Bernard, who has done many events and local legend stories of the area and also oversees Ross Library’s Adult Services in Lock Haven,...

Fungus Among Us

Ohiopyle has very good habitat for mushrooms to grow. Are you curious what these fungi are? Is it a plant, an animal, or something else entirely? We will...

Art on the Lake

Medium: Clay, Mud, and/or Sand (Sculpting) Stop by the Environmental Learning Center for a chance to express your inner natural artist! Participants will...

Can You Guess?

We will be set up with a display of various historical items, from early kitchen utensils to tools. Stop and see if you can guess what they were used for....

Frog/Toad Call Bingo

Come out and learn some frogs and toads you may have heard around Poe Lake or even at home. Or maybe you'll learn some you've never heard before! We'll learn...

From the Teeth of Dinosaurs

Starts with dinosaur teeth, then moves to eating adaptations of modern mammals.

Full Moon Paddle

Full Moon Paddle – Saturday, August 21, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM - Pleasant Valley Launch (South Shore) – Moraine Paddling Lake Arthur in the full moon...

Leap Into Herpetology: Introduction to Reptiles & Amphibians of Pennsylvania

Join local naturalist April Claus at Nuthole Pavilion, located at the entrance to Ridge Camp, as she introduces you to things that creep, swim, and slither...

Owls of Pennsylvania

Learn about the wonderful owls that live in Pennsylvania, including their characteristics, behaviors, their calls, and what species might prowl the night...

Tree Trivia

The trees of “Penn’s Woods” have supported people in what is now PA for thousands of years. Trees are essential to our lives. They help heat our homes & cool...

Whipple Dam Music on the Beach Summer Concert Series - Van Wagner

Van Wagner is an educator, teacher, entertainer, musician, and all around versatile performer. He has mined coal, logged forests, and used those experiences...

A Day in the Life: Western PA's Pioneers

Join the park naturalist for a look inside the life of the early settlers of the area. We will look at several aspects of their lives from daily activities...

Full Moon Paddle

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

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville's Amphitheater for a short film with props on White-tailed deer of PA. For more information contact the Park Office (814) 486-5605.

Full Moon Astronomy

Learn about our moon and take a closer look with our telescope. Don't forget your flashlight and bug spray! Park and meet at the Visitor Center. **Please...

Full Moon Paddle

Join us to paddle under the full Sturgeon Moon. This program is for experienced paddlers aged 18+ only. Registration is required for this program, please...

Spiny Oak-slug Moth

Grab your flashlight and hit the trail on a night hike! Tag along with the park naturalist as we walk through the woods to check out a small pond and discuss...

Night Frogging (Campground)

Hop over to the campground amphitheater to learn all about frogs and toads! After that, we'll take a walk down to the beach to look for these amphibians. We...

Owl Prowl

Join park staff in search of these night-flying creatures as we do a little prowling of our own on the Red Spruce Trail. Free family program. Bring a...

Blue Moon

There is a full moon tonight—well, technically it will be fullest tomorrow morning. But it is also a somewhat special full moon—it’s a Blue Moon. The moon...

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...

Moonlight Paddle

Adults only! Join us for a night kayak on Holman Lake. Registration is REQUIRED. Must bring your own kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. Kayaks must have a DCNR or...

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...

Moth Night

THIS EVENT IS FULL.This event if for ages 10 and up and must be accompanied by an adult. This event was rescheduled from the rain date cancelation on July...

Summer Moon-lit Night Hike

Grab a flashlight and join us as we venture into the Tiadaghton State Forest to learn and explore the sounds of this Summer night on a moderate 2-mile,...

Saturday, August 21