DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Sunday, August 29

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

Experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching & become acquainted with birds that migrate through or inhabit central Pennsylvania. This program will...

Butterfly Hike

This hike is aimed at ages 8 & up. Take a leisurely 2-mile (round-trip) hike with a park naturalist to explore one of our best trails to view butterflies....

Geocaching

This fun family activity will teach you to use a GPS and can take you on a global scavenger hunt for hidden caches. Once you get to the coordinates you will...

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...

Morning Hike

Join our park educator for a morning hike around our park. We will explore one of the park's easier trails, chatting about whatever we find on the hike!...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Tree ID Paddle

Pre-registration is necessary: Please use the green "register" button to sign up. Program Location: Giving Pond Recreation Area, 1125 River Rd. (PA-32),...

Volunteer Garden Crew

Volunteer to work alongside our education staff as they pull weeds to maintain the native plant landscaping at the Visitor Center. We provide instruction,...

Art in the Park: Blue Jay Edition

Are blue jays actually blue? What do they sound like? What do they eat? Join the park educator at the nature center, as we learn about and draw this ...

Rise of the Falls Hike

This moderate 3 mile walk explores the war being waged between two of nature's most formidable foes: water and rock. During this hike we will explore the...

Sunday Morning Nature Walk

Looking to get moving this morning and breathe in those fresh forest smells? Join the park naturalist as we walk the Nature Trail (about 1 mile) and talk...

Friends of Kings Gap - Yoga on the Terrace

Update: **Yoga is cancelled for September 26** Maggie Stonecash leads a yoga class suitable for all levels on the terrace of the mansion every...

Introduction to Backpacking

Have you ever thought about backpacking, but have no idea where to start? Shawnee State Park Ranger Linn Kotermanski, will educate us beginning with the 4...

Natural History Nature Walk

Join us at Sizerville State Park for a stroll through an old growth forest. The walk spans roughly 1.5 miles, bring comfortable footwear. For more...

Non-Denominational Church Service

Non-Denominational Church service will be held every Sunday in the campground amphitheater (between areas E and F) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The...

Stream Study

Get your feet wet and help us discover the diversity of wildlife living in our stream! We will capture, identify, and learn how the creatures of the stream...

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...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Swatara Wildflower Walk

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park for a hike at Swatara State Park on Sunday, August 29, 2021. The trail is 5 miles in length and...

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...

Hike: Island Farm Loop

Take a walk on the scenic Island Farm loop. Enjoy a hike with our park naturalist as we walk and talk about the local wildlife. Meeting Location: Pavilion #1

Pontoon Boat Rides

Enjoy a ride on the pontoon boat. PFD’s will be provided. This is a first come first serve program due to limited seats. We will be able to take up to 12...

Sunday Paddle

Take a kayak around Doubling Gap Lake for a little exercise and relaxation. Plus, you will even get to see some of the lake's wildlife! Kayaks are limited,...

Basic Botany Walk

Take a walk through the campground in search of interesting plants—in just a few steps there’s so much to see! Learn about some edible plants as well as some...

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...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

In the Nineteenth Century, wooden pegs were used for construction because metal products were so expensive. Come see an actual blacksmith in action with this...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils

Here's a gneiss program that I hope you won't take for granite! Join us as we embark on a 1.5 mile hike to learn about the unique geology of Pennsylvania!...

Self-Guided Tours: Mansion Open

Join us on the top of the mountain to visit the Cameron-Masland Mansion, an historic stone villa built in 1908 as a summer home. The first floor will be...

Learning at the Beach

Come join the park naturalist at the nature table at the beach to see what he brought today. You never know what you might learn.

Blue Ball Tavern Tours

Step back in time into an 1800s tavern in the basement of the Blue Ball Museum. Run by the Historical Society, this collection of artifacts is cared for by...

Escape Room: Natural Resources Past, Present & Future

Our relationship with natural resources have changed a lot since Europeans first colonized Pennsylvania. Test your problem solving skills to navigate our...

Pennsylvania’s Pyramids

Scattered throughout Pennsylvania and many other states are strange looking stone pyramids. They weren’t the burial monuments of long lost pharaohs, but were...

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. Pavilion #1

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...

Wetlands & Wildlife Paddle

Wetlands and Wildlife Paddle – Sunday, August 29, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Pleasant Valley Non-Motorized Launch (South Shore) Moraine Wetlands evoke...

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.

Monarch Butterfly

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

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...

Virtual Marvelous Monarchs

Do you want to learn more about monarch butterflies? Are you interested in raising caterpillars? Would you like to learn how to take part in Monarch Watch's...

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...

The Geology of Greenwood Furnace

Geology played an important role in the resources of Greenwood Furnace. Come and learn about how the iron ore beds were formed, and see some of the...

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...

Native American Cultures along the Juniata

The native peoples and events that occurred after first contact.

Tea and Talk

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk varies from year to year – what do you want to talk about?

The Bear Out There

Join Black Bear expert John Hechler as he shares his vast knowledge.

Frog Hunt

Join us for one of our most fun and popular programs. We’ll meet at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater to discuss our plan of attack. Then we’ll head to...

Nocturnal Nature Night Hike

Grab your flashlight and join the park naturalist as we investigate the nocturnal sounds of nature on a moderate 2.0-mile night hike around the Day Use area...

Squirrel Wars

Learn about the different species of squirrels and how to deal with them. Mounts will highlight this presentation.

Sunday, August 29