DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 18

Art of Dutch Cooking

Zen and the Art of Dutch Oven Cooking Saturday, June 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Meet at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater. Everything you need to know...

DIY State Park BioBlitz Competition

How many species can you identify in the park? Use iNaturalist app to help the park. The Seek app can help you identify and post your finds to the...

Delaware River Sojourn!

***Pre-registration is required! To register click the green register button!*** 2022 Sojourn stretches being paddled & camping locations: Friday, June 17...

State-Wide June Bio Blitz

If you are a mushroom hunter, fisherman, birder, or just like walking the trails and discovering the diversity of our parks, we need YOU! To help us learn...

State-Wide June Bio Blitz!

Calling all self-proclaimed naturalists! If you are a mushroom hunter, fisherman, birder, or just like walking the trails and discovering the diversity of...

Family Fishing Tournament

A family tradition. Medallions awarded in the following categories: largest perch, largest bluegill, largest bass, largest crappie, largest stringer of game...

Storywalk - Can He Keep It?

Enjoy a walk thru nature while reading a story. The story is located on Adams Run Trail, is less than 1/2 a mile, and handicap accessible. Parking is...

Adopt-a-Beach at Presque Isle State Park

We are pleased to announce the return of our Adopt-a-Beach program! Are you a local resident who enjoys Presque Isle State Park? Are you proud that this gem...

Beautiful Beltzville Hiking Series: The History Surrounding the Sawmill Trail

Join park naturalist Rob Bergstresser for a 2.0-mile guided nature hike along the beautiful Sawmill Trail, formerly a stagecoach road, leading past the...

Intro to Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

One of the more relaxing ways to explore flat water is “paddle boarding.” Come and learn the best techniques for paddling your board through the water. You...

STORYWALK: Mama Built a Little Nest- Recurring Event Self Guided

Mt. Pisgah State Park invites you to enjoy reading "Mama Built a Nest" while walking along the Oh! Susanna Trail by Stephen Foster Lake between the pool area...

  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...

All About Defense

Take a walk to explore how plants and animals use defenses. Biological, chemical, physical - the variety of survival strategies is fascinating and fun (and...

Birding for Beginners

Join a park naturalist as we take a walk and explore the world of birding. We will discuss the basics needed to get into this ever-popular activity: the...

Experience Codorus Outdoors!

The Friends of Codorus State Park and Codorus State Park are excited to announce a new summer event - Experience Codorus Outdoors (ECO)! This event will...

Fishing Buddies on the Pontoon

Registration closed Friday, June 17th at 9:00 PM. Spend the morning with your favorite child while fishing and learning with park educators on the pontoon...

Historical Interpretation of CCC Camp at Furnace Stack Pavilion

Stop out at Pine Grove Furnace State Park to learn about different aspects of camp life during the CCC era. View multiple Interpretative stops such as an...

Intro to Orienteering

Learn how to operate a map and compass properly. This event will go over the basics of map reading and orienteering. This is a great beginner course suited...

Keystone Trails Work Day

If you love Keystone State Park, this is your chance to give back. Meet at the James Kell Visitor Center at 10AM so that we can work together for some simple...

Trail Challenge Hikers

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...

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils

How are rocks formed? What's a mineral? How do living things become fossils? We'll be answering these questions and more as we learn about the unique geology...

Common Buckeye Butterfly

Go on a bug safari with your young children at Bendigo State Park. A park educator will read a bug themed story and lead participants on a short stroll...

Stream Study

Have you ever wondered who lives in your stream? A huge variety of creatures live among the rocks, from insects and crawdads to salamanders and fish. We will...

Historic Gristmill Summer Hours

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park is open mid-May through...

Intro to Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

One of the more relaxing ways to explore flat water is “paddle boarding.” Come and learn the best techniques for paddling your board through the water. You...

  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...

Participants in Art in the Park

Join a professional artist to create a beautiful landscape painting of the park. All materials are provided. The cost for the event is $35, payable at the...

Eagles-Masters of the Sky

Our Bald Eagles are close to fledging! After a short lecture, we will observe eagles in their nest using our spotting scope. Spotting scope and binoculars...

Hawaiian Day on the Beach

Come have some fun at the Crooked Run Campground Beach - Hawaiian-style. We'll have games for children of all ages. Don't forget your Hawaiian shirt!...

Natural Symbols Hike

We use natural symbols to represent our country, our state, and sometimes even sports teams. Learn more about these symbols and especially those that...

Spruce Flats Bog Tour

Join forest naturalist for an easy, 1/2 mile hike out to one of Laurel Mountain’s unique natural features, Spruce Flats Bog. Learn about the interesting...

50th Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendars! MK Goddard State Park is celebrating 50 years! Join park staff and the Friends of Goddard as we celebrate with artisans, live bands,...

Archery Basics

Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? Whether you are a seasoned pro that wants a little extra practice, or a beginner that wants to learn how to shoot a bow,...

Delaware River Kayak *THIS PROGRAM IS FULL*

Saturday, June 18 12:00pm - 3:00pm Team up with the Park Naturalist for a fun float in a kayak down the Delaware River! After an on-land strategy and...

Intro to Archery

Practice your archery skills in a safe and fun environment! We will cover the necessary safety procedures of shooting a bow, as well as the technical skills...

Stream Stomp!

Put on your critter catching shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and join the park naturalist as we check out what macroinvertebrates call Big Poe Creek...

Hike with the York Hiking Club (Medium Difficulty- 5 Miles)

The York Hiking Club (YHC) will lead a hike on the Mary Ann Furnace loop hike at Codorus State Park. Portions of the trail are hilly and hiking poles may be...

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...

Tomahawk Toss at Fort Pitt

Test your aim at the Fort Pitt Museum’s Tomahawk Toss starting at 1 p.m. In 18th-century America, both American Indians and European settlers carried...

Welcome to Rowlands Preserve

Tag along with the Park Naturalist and Countryside Conservancy staff on a nature hike to explore their newly acquired land: Rowlands Preserve. We will look...

Why Native Species?

Learn why it is important to protect native plant species and control invasive ones. Resources on finding native plant species will be provided.

Mountain Laurel - Hickory Run State Park

Take a hike with park staff in search of interesting plants. At stops along the flat and easy 1/4 mile route, learn identification tips, folklore, and a bit...

Creek Critters: DiscoverE Program

Dive deeper into the world below the water and learn more about the animals that live in the creek. For families with children ages 4-12. Wear water shoes....

Fire Making 101

Join the park naturalist as he talks about the art and history of fire making. Learn some tips and tricks to help with your next campfire and learn a little...

Glacier Ridge Trail Overnight Hiking Trip

Celebrate the Great American Campout Weekend with Park Staff on an overnight hike on the Glacier Ridge Trail! On this expedition we will be hiking a total of...

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 Great Railway Escape

The Western Maryland Railway along with the B & O were the “Life blood” of Ohiopyle in the early 1900’s. The Western Maryland line was located in what we now...

Tracks Table

Stop by the Beach House and see if you can correctly identify the different animal tracks. Fun for all ages! Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or...

Weeding the Native Plant Garden

We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has two native plant gardens that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we pull weeds, and make...

Art in the Park- Frog Edition

Frogs are such fascinating critters! The wood frog for example, Freezes in the winter & thaws out & hops away in the spring. Come on out to the nature...

Log Drive!

Bring your sand buckets to haul water for our scale-model log drive down the beach. We will demonstrate how logs were moved to the sawmills back before log...

Mushroom Hike

Join John Plischke III from the Western Mushroom Club to take a hike on Chappells Field Trail while learning about all the mushrooms in the area. If you...

Stream Study

Join the park Naturalist at Sizerville State Park in a Stream Study for Macroinvertebrates such as crayfish. Nets and Buckets will be provided for use. Water...

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...

Geocaching Games

Join park staff for a fun time of geocaching. There will be learning opportunities on marking and finding waypoints, on operating a handheld GPS, and more. ...

Mountain Laurel Hike

Hiking the Grandview Trail to see our state flower in bloom. This is a 2-mile moderate hike. Park and meet at the Shale Pit parking lot along Rt....

Native Gardens for Small Spaces

Many of our beautiful native plants are often overlooked or just plain ignored by gardeners. Join us for moderate walk and learn about the importance of...

Turtles—Heroes on the Half-Shell

Turtles are awesome! After a short lecture we’ll search for basking turtles. Binoculars and spotting scope provided. This program meets at the Bear Wallow...

Spring Peeper - Hickory Run State Park

Join park staff at the Sand Spring Day Use Area beach to explore the life of frogs and salamanders. After learning about the life cycles of amphibians,...

Make your Own Mushroom Kit

You will have the opportunity to make your own oyster mushroom bag kit. All needed items will be supplied for you. Supplies are limited. If you would like...

Bat Bingo!

Pollinator week is coming up, so let’s talk about a lesser known pollinator: BATS! What kind of animal is a bat? How many species are here in PA? Come out to...

Campfire Tales: Tales From the Camp

Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some mild haunting tales from around the camp. You may just learn something new. Bring a chair or...

Let's Learn The Constellations

Prepare to enjoy the night skies. Make your own star chart.

Meet Smokey Bear

Learn about fire prevention and how we fight wildfires in Pennsylvania, You will have an opportunity to get your picture with Smokey. Park and meet at the...

Pennsylvania Black Bears

Black bears are active this time of year. Although it is mating season, the mother bear’s embryos do not begin to develop until she enters her den in the...

White Clay Creek Preserve Friends Campfire

Come enjoy some outdoor fellowship at the Sexton House fire ring in White Clay Creek Preserve. This is a family friendly event. Bring a joke or a song and be...

Frog Call Bingo

Did you know we have 14 frog & 3 toad species in the state? Do you know what they all sound like? Come on out to the campground amphitheater to discover...

Late Spring and Early Summer Wildflowers

Take a stroll around Little Pine State Park with the naturalist to see the different wildflowers coming out during late spring and early summer. All...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville State Park for an educational film on amphibians and where they fit into our ecosystem.

DiscoverE: Lightning Bug Crafts for kids Preregistration required

Do you enjoy looking for lightning bugs? Do you and the kids enjoy catching lightning bugs? Learn all about the fascinating life cycle of lightning bugs...

Matchless Fire

How did people make fire before there were matches (or lighters)? Learn some of the techniques of calling fire from local materials. Fire by friction and...

Mushroom Identification and Cooking

John and Kim Plischke will be identifying any mushroom species that you bring with you, answering questions, and educating us about preserving and cooking...

Saw-whet Owl Program: Amphitheater

Sandy retired with 20 years of service as an Environmental Educator with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg. She is a trained...

Whitewater

Ohiopyle State Park has long been known for its great white water boating opportunities. Join us to talk about what whitewater activities are available and...

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...

Moth Magic

Moths are everywhere and come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Join local moth enthusiast Steve Kloiber as we search for moths and other insects of...

Movie Brave

THEY ARE BACK MOVIES NIGHT DURING THE SUMMER AT KEYSTONE STATE PARK SATURDAYS MOVIE NIGHT: Grab the blankets, snacks and especially the...

The Timber Rattlesnake: Shadow of Misunderstanding

Set aside your fears and allow the gentle light of understanding to foster a new respect for this mysterious, yet fascinating animal. Our Timber rattlesnakes...

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,...

Saturday, June 18