DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 7

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...

Lake Watch

This lake watch is part of an ongoing series of morning shoreline monitoring activities. A pair of binoculars, camera and patience is all you need to get...

Morning Hike on Dead Pond Trail

Join the educators for a morning walk on Dead Pond Trail on August 7, 2021 from 8:00-9:30am meeting that the Thompson Circle Parking Lot. We will cover...

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...

69th Annual Woodsmen Show

The Woodsmen Show celebrates the rich lumber history of Potter County. Come see the top lumberjacks in the country come to Cherry Springs State Park to...

Frances Slocum Peninsula Walk

Let's walk around the Frances Slocum hill before the heat of the day sets in. We'll be walking along the lake edge, in the woods, and return by the paved road.

Saturday Morning Bird Walk

Bring your own binoculars to look for birds and plan on hiking around the park and out on the bridge! It’s healthy too! Meet in front of the visitor center.

Friends Trail Day

Join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park trail crew on their monthly trail maintenance excursions where they care for park trails, remove invasive plants...

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,...

Great Blue Heron Hike

Look for Great Blue Herons while taking a stroll on the bog trail. Find out interesting facts about these large migratory birds. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on...

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...

Nature Walk

Take a walk with the park educator to look for tracks and traces of wildlife and talk about the trees, plants, and flowers along the way. Hike will be about...

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...

Cavity Nesting Box Program

Join Mount Pisgah State Park staff for a program on the importance of putting up nesting boxes. Learn about nest box construction, location tips, and...

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...

Fire Tower Tour

Enjoy a short hike to climb the historic Kooser Mountain Fire Tower. Observe the grand views from atop as we discover the interesting story of this tower....

Fun on the Beach Day

Come and enjoy a day of activities on the beach. All activities are free at the beach at Greenwood Furnace State Park. Kayak Demos- (10:00 am to 3:30 pm) –...

Fun on the Beach Day

Come and enjoy a day of activities on the beach. All activities are free at the beach at Greenwood Furnace State Park. 10:00 am to 3:30 pm – Kayak Demos -...

Guided Sunset Rocks 7-mile figure 8 hike

This is a 2 part hike both sections being about 3.5 miles for each part and a total of 7 miles. Both hikes will meet and leave from Bunker Hill Road. ...

Historic Walking Tour from Past to Present

Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a 1-mile walk through the past to discover the history of Pine Grove...

Learn your Ferns Hike

Come along on an easy 2-mile hike on the Pine Bog Ski Trail as we take a look at the interesting life cycle and variety of ferns that grow within Tiadaghton...

Meadow Walk

Join the park naturalist for a stroll throughout the meadow fields of Washington Crossing Historic park! This 2.5 mile walk will meander within the mowed...

Moraine State Park Regatta

Celebrate the 50+1 anniversary of Moraine State Park with 3 days of free family fun along the south shore of Lake Arthur. Attractions include boating,...

PA Mammals at Boyd

Stop by the pavilion at Boyd Big Tree preserve to learn about the incredible mammals that call Pennsylvania home. Test your skills and see if you can...

PW&S Railroad Ramble

The Pittsburg, Westmoreland, and Somerset (PW&S) railroad shaped a large part of the Laurel Ridge that we see today. Learn about the history of the railroad...

Pollinator Palooza

Join Heritage Conservancy and DCNR for an exciting day full of activities and events about pollinators from 10am-3pm on August 7th! This family friendly...

Prairie Bloom Hike

Now is the time to explore the unique prairie ecosystem at the Jennings Environmental Education Center! A guided 90-minute walk discussing the plants,...

Smokey Bear's Birthday: Bears of the World Exhibit

Celebrate Smokey Bear's birthday by joining your DCNR Park Naturalist for a special exhibit along the Multi-Use Trail about bears of the world. Learn about...

Summer Wildflower Walk

Take a stroll and discover our summer wildflowers. The 1.5 mile walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses, and folklore associated with various...

Hophornbeam

Here we are in Penn’s Woods, but how well can you identify the trees found here? Tag along on this mile-long walk to learn how to recognize our common trees!...

Throwback: Discovery Walk— Stream Ecology

[This program was offered at this date, time, and location 50 years ago.] Learn about stream ecology on this walk along Laurel Run. Wear shoes you can get...

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...

Bog Treasures

See the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road.

Butterflies for Little Guys

Young people and their grown ups will learn about caterpillars and butterflies through hands on activities, story, and simple craft.

Butterflies!

Everyone loves to see a butterfly! Come learn about their life cycle, eating habits, and why they so colorful! Meet at our Nature Center, right accross from...

Kings Creek Cemetery Clean Up

We need your help! Join us as we work on cleaning up Kings Creek Cemetery. Please bring gloves and weed wacker or string trimmer. Registration required.

Salamander Sweep

Come along to learn about a fascinating group of amphibians: Salamanders! After a short walk, we will comb over a forest stream in search of these elusive...

Fire Tower Historical Tour

Please bring your binoculars to the Fire Tower for an historical tour of Fire Tower #9 conducted by park intern, Laryssa Bauer. Take a breathtaking view...

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...

Guided Sunset Rocks 7-mile figure 8 hike

This is a 2 part hike both sections being about 3.5 miles for each part and a total of 7 miles. Both hikes will meet and leave from Bunker Hill Road. ...

Guided Hike: Red Rock Trail

Join us for an easy, 3-mile hike along sections of several trails, including Red Rock Trail. One of the park’s most scenic trails, Red Rock follows pristine...

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...

Story Time

Children and their families are invited to join us at the campground amphitheater for the reading of an interesting tale! Discussions and activities related...

Wonderful Wetlands Walk

Join the park educator for a short walk to see one of our beautiful wetlands and learn why they are essential to healthy forests.

Awesome Amphibians

The park naturalist will share the natural history of some of the amphibians that live in the park. She may even have a few live examples.

History of PA Conservation Preregistration required

When settlers first to early Pennsylvania, the new world was filled with opportunities for hunting, trapping, and fishing with extensive wildlife. However...

Elk Explanations

Elk are interesting animals! Do you have questions about these large mammals? Then bring your questions and join us at the ECVC as we explain all of elk’s...

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.

Nature Hike

Join the park educator, for an easy and flat 1 mile hike along the Beaver Haven Nature Trail. Wear footwear and clothing suitable for hiking. Please bring...

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...

Wildflowers and Butterflies Walk

Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers and the butterflies that pollinate them in our two large meadows. This...

Tree Tour

Take a stroll through the summer woods to learn about the fascinating trees growing here. Get to know their special adaptations and uses as we explore the...

Black Bears

Join the park naturalist to learn more about the black bears around Pennsylvania. Topics will include adaptations, diet, and a brief overview of the natural...

PA Black Bears

They are some of the largest animals you might meet in the woods. But Black bears are not necessarily animals to fear. Learn more about how they survive in...

Stories of the Night Sky

Take a photographic journey from the earliest stories of the night sky through the birth of current scientific knowledge of astronomy. All ages welcome for...

Stream Study

Join Park Staff as we discover what critters can be found in the park waterways. Bring water shoes and a net. For more information contact the Park Office...

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...

Medicinal Plants and Trees

Take a guided walk in the forest and learn what plants and parts of trees were used as traditional medicines and nutrient rich foods by a variety of cultures.

The Magic Compass

Kids with Their Family Program: Kids enjoy their own piece of mysterious lodestone and also make a compass.

Starry Craft for Kids

Learn about the stars of the night sky and create your own constellation in this fun activity. For families with children ages 4 to 10; older and younger...

ID that Tree at Poe Paddy!

Curious about that tree giving you lots of shade at your campsite? Want to learn how to tell those pines apart? Join the naturalist on a short hike on the...

The Infamous Walking Purchase

Did you know that the Walking Purchase Line passes right through Promised Land State Park? But what is the Walking Purchase? Join historian Frank Salvati...

Nature Trail Hike

Join the naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trail. There will be a discussion about the flora and fauna seen along the trail as well as the history 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...

Wildlife Olympics

The 2021 Summer Olympics are underway! Did you know Olympians can be found right here at Hickory Run State Park? The park's wildlife are capable of some...

Birdsong Bingo

Do you know the difference between a bird song vs a bird call? Come on out to the upper campground to learn about these differences. Along the way, learn...

Birds of Prey

Using mounted models, guest presenter Jessie Kohan will explore the life and times of hawks and owls.

Coyotes

Ron Barlick, Park Naturalist at Shawnee State Park with be teaching us about the history and evolution of the Eastern Coyote in PA.

Campfire Tales: Mr. Cowan's Favorites

Join Mr. Cowan around the campfire to hear some of his favorite tales from the park. The scariest thing is that you may just learn something new. Can you...

Birdsong Bingo

Do you know the difference between a bird song vs a bird call? Come on out to the nature center to learn about these differences. Along the way, learn some...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville's Amphitheater for a short film on Deer Management along with props and pelts for a more tangible experience. For more information...

Night Sky Program

Experience the wonder of the park at night. Join the park’s newest naturalist on a laser-guided tour of the night sky. If weather conditions permit,...

Big Brown Bat - PA State Parks

Although they may seem a bit scary at first, bats are an incredible and beneficial part of our ecosystems! Join park staff to discover some of the myths and...

Outdoor Grocery Store

Learn some of the basics to foraging wild edibles. Identify the three W’s of what, when and where to look for them. We will take a short hike to look for...

Starry Night Paddle

Join us on a paddle to view the Milky Way. Program is for experienced paddlers 18 and over only. Registration is required for this program, please contact...

*Registration is Full* Nightscape Astro-photography

Registration is required by 4:00 PM on Friday, August 6, 2021. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. Limited to 15. Join Dave...

CANCELLED - Nightscape Photo Workshop

Workshop cancelled! Please note that because of the historic, long-standing Woodsmens Show taking place at the park the weekend of this program, the...

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...

Conservation of PA’s Elk

For more than one hundred years, effort has been made to conserve PA’s elk herd. Following its reintroduction, after having been originally eliminated from...

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...

Mystery Movie Night

Bring a comfy chair or have a seat on our amphitheater benches, bring warm clothes and/or blankets to the amphitheater for a fun, educational, video on a...

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Shamans and Saints

The Perseids are coming! The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is mid-August! Meteors can be observed any time during the month of August, but some of the...

Milky Way Over Halfway Dam

Join park staff to explore the night skies! This tour will walk you through a bit of historic astronomy, highlight one or two prominent features visible at...

Perseids Meteor Shower

Discover what meteors are, why we have predictable showers, and how to best observe them. This family-oriented program will include an interactive game (for...

Night Sky Tour & Meteor Watch

Night Sky Tour & Meteor Watch Experience the splendor of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour...

Saturday, August 7