DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 28

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...

Self-guided Walkabout: Finding Ferns and Their Friends

Ferns and their allies (other spore-bearing plants) are sometimes overlooked in favor of flashy flowers, but they are, in truth, an incredible example of...

Bird Walk

Join the park naturalist on a walk to identify birds by sight and by sound. All ages and abilities welcome. Hike will be 1-2 miles over mostly level...

Healthy Hike

Hiking is a great way to improve both your physical & mental health! Join the park naturalist for a 2.5-mile hike along one of the park trails. This hike is...

Kayak Flatwater Safety & Rescue Course

Join ACA Instructors from Pymatuning and Yak Happy With Us for this kayak safety and rescue class. Students will learn to plan a safe trip, avoid potential...

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...

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...

Walk the Paved Path

Join us as we walk to the swamp and beyond, looking for interesting creatures along the way.

Yoga on the Beach

Come join Bloom Yoga & Wellness for a free, gentle all-abilities class at the swimming area. New to yoga? Great! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. A $5.00...

Basic Survival Skills

With a strong surge in self sustainment skills in today’s society, we decided to cover the basics of survival skills. The program will include primitive fire...

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,...

Bye Bye Bats

Take a walk to the bat condo to learn what is happening with bats at the end of the warm season. We’ll talk about their annual cycles and population in...

Edible Plants Workshop

Are you interested in learning what wild foods you can eat and how to incorporate them into your everyday diet? Or how to use and preserve wild plants for...

Friends of Cook Forest Series: Mohawk Loop Ramble

Please meet at the Park Office and join the Friends of Cook Forest for a 2.8 mile loop within the ancient woods of the Seneca Forest Special Management Area....

Introduction to Orienteering

Join The Delaware Valley Orienteering Association for this introduction to Orienteering. Learn how to navigate through an unfamiliar area using a map and...

Pond Frolic

Prepare to get wet as we capture lenthic organisms for identification and release. Nets, jars and ID books provided, please wear clothes and shoes that can...

Survival Day

Meet at the Environmental Learning Center for all programs. Swing by to learn some important survival tips! 10:00 am-Edible Plant Hike 1:00 pm- Primitive...

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...

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...

Pedal and Paddle with DRGP & Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park

Registration is Required through the green "Buy Tickets" button or the following link:...

2021 Monarch Tagging

Help the park naturalist with a citizen science project to monitor the migrating population of Monarch butterflies. Learn how this project helps biologists...

Backpacking Basics

Ever thought about camping in the backcountry? There is a lot of equipment available making it more comfortable than in times past. Come learn some basics...

Digging Into Point's Past

Join park staff for an easy walk around the park to learn about what archeological work has been done in the park and what has been found so far. This...

Family Nature Scavenger Hunt

Explore the park and search for items in nature to complete your list. Pick up your scavenger hunt list at the environmental learning center (ELC), and after...

Gardening for the Birds

Fall is for planting! Join us at the Nature Center at Sam Lewis for a discussion on what to plant for maximum wildlife benefit. We will also look at some...

Monarchs and Milkweeds

During this program we will explore our most well-known butterfly. We will learn about it's amazing migratory lifestyle and all of the hardships they endure...

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...

2021 Monarch Tagging

Help the park naturalist with a citizen science project to monitor the migrating population of Monarch butterflies. Learn how this project helps biologists...

Bat Conservation

Though not many folks favorite wildlife family, the diversity and adaptations of bats make them quite interesting. Come learn more about them, what has...

Galls Galore

Did you ever notice little bumps or swellings on some of the p[lants you pass and wonder what they are? Come to this short afternoon program and learn all...

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 the way. Meeting...

Monarch 101

Take part in a crash-course all about Monarch butterflies with the park naturalist! Not only will you learn about the life cycle of Monarchs, but you will...

Monarchs & Milkweed

Join the park naturalist to learn all about Monarch butterflies and their host plant, milkweed. We're raising monarch caterpillars to tag and release, so...

Scout Program- Wonders of Water Ages 7-11

This program will touch on requirements for water conservation-related badges. We will discuss the water cycle, our local watershed, and learn what we can...

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...

Stream Stomp

Come on out to Fowlers Hollow State Park as we do a little aquatic investigation and see what animals we can find living in and around the creek! Find out...

Wildflower Walk

Join a park educator on a Saturday afternoon walk focusing on local wildflowers and learning about their benefits to wildlife.

Art in the Park: "Fin-tastic Fish!"

Try your hand at Gyotaku, or Japanese fish printing, and create a beautiful take-home project. You'll learn some fish biology along the way.

Afternoon Paddle

Learn about the park and the wildlife we see while learning to kayak. All equipment is provided. Please, wear clothing and shoes appropriate for kayaking....

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.

Elk Walk & Talk

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...

Laurel Lake Kayak Tour

Learn to Kayak on the flatwater of Laurel Lake. Follow the Educator as we weave through the flora and history of the lake. Registration required,...

Laurel Lake Kayak Tour

Learn to Kayak on the flatwater of Laurel Lake. Follow the Educator as we weave through the flora and history of the lake. Registration required,...

Nature Photography Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike around the lake. Along the way we will talk about some tips to help you take better nature photos. This is an easy paced...

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 “6 Degrees” of Greenwood Furnace

A popular culture theory says that you can link two people (or items) to each other with no more than 6 degrees or levels of separation. Just for fun, we...

Underwater Wonders

Dive deeper into the life of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek to explore freshwater habitats and the animals that live there. For families with children...

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Discover the history of the area and Codorus State Park as we take a stroll to the Wildasin Meeting House.

Build a Boat!

Join us at Sizerville State Park for a build a boat program. Collect what you can from nature and see if your boat floats! For more information contact the...

Compasses, Maps, and You!

Learn how to use compasses and maps. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more...

Digging Into Point's Past

Join park staff for an easy walk around the park to learn about what archeological work has been done in the park and what has been found so far. This...

Late Summer and Fall Wildflowers

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

Nature Photography Scavenger Hunt

Don't just come out to the park; explore it with a Nature Photography Scavenger Hunt. Have fun exploring the park. Be sure to bring your camera or cell phone...

Owls

Learn some of the adaptations making owls such successful hunters. And learn how to identify some of our PA owls and their calls. Then test your new-found...

Tuscarora State Forest Hike

We will be leaving Fowlers Hollow Campground and explore the Tuscarora State Forest and its trails and old logging roads. Checkout the Tuscarora Trail and...

Cuentos en Español para Niños

Únase a sus amigos de la Biblioteca Comunitaria de Mifflin en Nolde Forest para disfrutar de un cuento familiar en español. Escuche la historia y luego...

Compass Course

Put your compass skills to the test by navigating our compass course. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. Contact Rhiannon Summers at...

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...

Goin' Batty at Poe Paddy!

Get ready for a walk through the Poe Paddy Tunnel to discuss PA's most unique mammal: the bat! We'll discuss our own resident bats, why they're so often...

Owl Outlaws

Bring the family out to learn about the owls that live in our area. ***NO LIVE BIRDS***. Learn why at one time these creatures had a bad reputation, but how...

Science in the Park: Animal Adaptations

Animals are very good at their jobs. Join our park naturalist as we take a look at what adaptations help these critters survive. Meeting Locations:...

Cancelled: Sunset Hike

*program cancelled due to weather Saturday, August 28, 2021 6:00 PM to...

Fish of Little Pine

Join the park naturalist and learn about the fish that inhabit Little Pine. Afterward, we may have some time to share fish stories. All children must be...

Owls Outlaws

Guess HOO done it as we solve a crime and attempt to clear the name of our Pennsylvania Owl Outlaws. Geared towards later elementary, but all ages, including...

International Bat Night

International Bat Night is celebrated every year all around the world. The program outlines the conservation of bats and their habitat. We will also lean...

Make-A-Bug (Kids craft)

Stop by the Blacksmith Shop before the evening program for this activity where kids can make a dragonfly.

Pennsylvania Black Bear

Join us for one of our most popular programs. We’ll discuss these amazing mammals, and where they are found in Ohiopyle State Park. Also find out what to do...

Bats of Cowans Gap

Join the park naturalist to learn about the bats that are found here at Cowans Gap and how studies are showing us the bat population is changing. Stay...

Otter Adaptations Game

Through a fun and interactive family game, discover how the playful river otter is perfectly adapted to life in and out of the water. Entertaining and...

Stone Age Tools and Weapons of the Shawnee Valley

The presentation looks at the various types of artifacts uncovered at the park. Many of which are not easily recognized.

Sunset Paddle

Bring your paddle boat for a guided tour of Lake Jean while watching the sunset. You will need to bring your own boat, US Coast Guard Life Jacket, & have a...

Tree Scavenger Hunt

Join us to learn the local trees through a fun scavenger hunt. We will also be making a tree leaf booklet containing some of the common trees of the area. ...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville's Amphitheater for a short film with props and pelts on black bear management in PA. For more information contact the Park Office (814)...

Campground Movie: Charlie and the Curious Otters

Join otter conservationist and cinematographer, Charlie James, as he follows the story of three inquisitive river otter orphans in Wisconsin and visits...

Leave It to Beaver: Nature's Engineers

One of the most common animals to greet the European settlers and explorers in colonial America was the beaver. Through the 18th and 19th century, they were...

Mountain Movie Night

Join us for Mountain Movie Night at Scenic View, featuring the family favorite film Jumanji! Be sure to bring your camp chairs, blankets, and favorite movie...

Movie Night:  River Otters

During the 1980's wildlife managers were able to reintroduce the rare River Otter back into the wild in Pennsylvania. This mammal, now present in almost...

Night HIke

Join the park naturalist for a hike through the park after dark! Learn how our nocturnal animals survive in a dark world.

Owl Prowl

Come learn about the owls that call Pennsylvania home as we take a short hike to search for these birds of prey. It's sure to be a real hoot! This program...

Star Party

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) will once again bring this popular family program to Moraine. Experience a guided tour of the sky!...

Thru-Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail

People from all over the world come to hike this global treasure, but due to its extreme conditions, the PCT is less utilized than the Appalachian.

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,...

Ravens, Intelligence in Flight

Ravens are members of the crow family, which includes jays and magpies. They are found everywhere in the northern hemisphere and are highly intelligent....

Whitetail Deer Anatomy

Learn all about the anatomy and features of our state animal, the white-tailed deer. Find out how and why the white-tailed deer is able to thrive in many...

Saturday, August 28