DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 25

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...

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...

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...

ACA Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking

Cook Forest State Park will be conducting a two-day entry level American Canoe Association (ACA) kayaking course for kayak enthusiasts. The following...

FULL - Women in the Wilds Weekend

FULL! As of Monday, April 4th, registration for this event is closed. A full weekend of outdoor recreation and environmental education activities for...

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...

Movie Swiss Family Robinson

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

Archery for Families

Join other families for an introduction to the sport of archery! Participants will learn the beginner level skills of target shooting with a compound or...

Clean Water Day

Celebrate water with a day of stewardship and hands-on learning. Target Audience: open to all ages! Join us for a morning clean-up. Kayaks/Canoes will be...

Hike: Ledges Loop

Join the park naturalist for a hike on the ledges trail loop. Enjoy your surroundings as you take in the wonderment of Trough Creek State Park. Make sure to...

Oh! Susanna Trail Hike

Join the park naturalist for a short hike on Mt. Pisgah's State Park's most popular trail the Oh! Susanna Trail. The hike will cover approximately 1.0 mile...

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...

DCNR Conservation Volunteer logo

Join us in the Nature Discovery Area and park office landscaping as we weed, mulch, and spruce it up. This work is best suited to adults and older children,...

Yoga on the Beach

Come join us for a gentle all abilities class at the swimming area. New to yoga? Great! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Got kids? Bring them along too!...

  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...

Bio Blitz Hike

Join park staff for a nature hike with a Bio Blitz twist! We will be using the app iNaturalist on our hike to document all the species we find as we hike the...

Uncovering the Hearth - Ashes and Iron

Square meter by square meter, the Frazier sawmill blacksmith shop has been uncovered over the last dozen years. Many volunteers have joined archaeologists...

Buzzing With the Bees

***ages 6-10. Young people will learn about bees through hands on activities, story and craft.

Happy Hound Hike at the North Shore

Join us for a relaxing hike with you & your dog around the North Shore! This hike is about 2 - 3 miles with some small rolling hills. Dogs must be kept on...

Hop Into Herpetology

This four-hour workshop will be lead by guest naturalist April Claus. We will spend two hours inside and two in the field looking for herps. Participants...

Hop into Herpetology!

This ADULTS ONLY (16+) course will be led by guest Naturalist April Clause. We will spend half the day indoors and then head out for some field...

Sustainability Fair

Our annual Sustainability Fair has been on hiatus, but is now returning, featuring such topics as solar energy, recycling, electric vehicles, and more. Our...

Tales of Camp Tree Army

Stop by Camp Tree Army anytime between 10am and 2pm for an up close look at historical CCC artifacts and architecture. Learn about the history of the CCC at...

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...

  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...

Family Forest Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike that is fun for kids and their families! We will take an easy hike, looking for signs of the animals that live in our...

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 Vear Wallow...

Become a Monarch Monitor!

Love Monarchs? Learn how to monitor Monarchs at Kings Gap or at home! We will cover identification, lifecycle, migration, threats, and existing monitoring...

Summerfest 2022

Celebrate the upcoming summer season by getting outdoors and trying some some summer “adventures!” Learn about, and see some of the beauty of our park...

Archery for Adults

Join other adults for an introduction to the sport of archery! Participants will learn the beginner level skills of target shooting with a compound or...

Fascinating Fungi

Join Dorothy Smullen, a 48-year member of the New Jersey Mycological Association as she shows us specimens, talks with us about the importance of fungi in...

Fishing: SMART Angler

Join the park naturalist as they show you what it means to be a SMART angler. This intro to fishing is great for beginners and we will have some time to do a...

Friends of Cook Forest Series: Wildbird Recovery

Meet at the Nuthole Pavilion, located at the entrance to Ridge Camp, to meet some of the animals rescued by Wildbird Recovery,...

Hemlock Hike

Walk among the ancient giants of our Old Growth Hemlock forest at Laurel Hill State Park and learn about the unique habitat they provide. Please meet at the...

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...

The Milkweed Community

Learn about milkweed and the creatures that call it home. Did you know milkweed was part of the war effort years ago?

Yoga in the Park

Join us for a Vinyasa Flow (Yoga) Practice along Silver Creek, led by Ramona Lena and Tressa Tedino. Beginners are welcome. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and...

Froggy Story Time and Craft Preregistration required

Join us to learn all about frogs of Yellow Creek through story time and craft! We will read a story all about frogs and then learn about some of our froggy...

White pine growing out of Boulder Field - Hickory Run State Park

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...

History of the Point

Join park staff for an easy walk on level terrain around the park to learn about the history of the Point, from the time of Fort Pitt up to what the land was...

Lake Stomp

Join us for an exploration of Pinchot Lake. Please wear shoes that can get wet, and a little muddy.

Thaddeus Stevens

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...

Wonderful Wood Ducks

Have you ever seen a duck in the woods? Join us to find out why you may see a duck in the woods! We’ll Learn to identify wood ducks, what their habitat looks...

Backyard Bass

Bring the little ones out to learn how to cast a fishing rod and create a fishy craft too!

Forest Bathing

Also known as Shinrin Yoku, which translates to Forest Bathing in English. This practice involves being immersed in nature! Research shows that there are...

Creative Constellations

Join the park educator at the amphitheater to learn about the night sky, different phases of the moon, some constellations, & the stars associated with them....

Bear at the Beach

Pennsylvania Black bears have tremendous habitat at their disposal. It’s one reason their population is doing so well. Learn more about the many ways PA...

Creek Walk

Join the park naturalist for a walk along Mary Ann’s Creek to learn about the ecology of the creek and its residents. We’ll investigate the yearly cycle of...

Nature Kayak Tour

Exploring nature in a kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. On this Eco Tour you will learn about the park history, birds, and other wildlife...

Rock and Mineral Treasures

Kids With Their Family Program: Highlights of various rocks and minerals, and kids will receive their own starter packet of common rocks and minerals.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Hickory Run State Park

Join us to find some feathered friends in the park on an easy .5 mile hike near the Visitor Center. We’ll give an overview of basic birding skills and some...

Owl Outlaws

Join us for a case of HOO done it as we investigate a crime and attempt to clear the name of our Owl Outlaws! Learn what makes owls such fearsome predators...

Mindful Moments in Nature: Creativity in Nature

Shake off the stress of the work week with some therapeutic time in nature. Mindful Moments in Nature is a programming series each week at Keystone State...

Campfire Tales: Animal Tails

Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some traditional animal tales from the Native Americans. Learn why they told these tales and their...

Creature Feature

Meet us at the Laurel Hill Campground Amphitheater to check out one of the many fascinating creatures that call Pennsylvania home!

White pine growing out of Boulder Field - Hickory Run State Park

Establish your team and meet at the amphitheater to prepare for an adventure! Each team that completes the scavenger hunt within one hour will win a prize!...

Frog/Toad Call Bingo

Wanna know who that is croaking next to your site at night? Come out and learn some frogs and toads you may have heard around Poe Lake or even at home. Maybe...

Intro to Kayak Fishing

Find out where to get started from the type of boat to use, to several pieces of equipment that will make it safer and easier to enjoy this growing sport....

STRIKE K-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE DEMONSTATION

Meet some talented search and rescue dogs and their dedicated partners during this exciting demo! You'll learn how the team finds lost hunters, hikers, and...

Shad Wars!!!

Shad aren't just fish, they are the "founding" fish. They started quite a few fights along the Susquehanna, some ending in bloodshed and cannon fire.

The Lost, Prehistoric Civilizations, along Shawnee Creek.

The story of Paleo, Archaic and Woodland Indians in Pennsylvania.

Movie Night "Reya and the Last Dragon" with the Friends of Canoe Creek

Bring the whole family for this free event! We start the evening with a campfire at 7:30 pm. This free movie night is funded in part by donations so any help...

What Good Are Bats?

Bats feel right at home in the nighttime skies, and you are invited to find out how vital bats are for the environment and for us. Join us for this...

Bats!

Join us for an evening walk through the East Area to look for and learn about the bats of PA, why you don’t need to worry that they’ll suck your blood, and...

Firefly Family Night

Celebrate the weekend with a firefly program at Oil Creek! We'll spend some time getting to know these interesting insects, why they are important, and how...

Fish

Join us for an interesting program where we will explore Pennsylvania fish. We will identify and discuss various fish and their role in the ecosystem and...

Mushrooms: Amphitheater Program

Learn about cultivating mushrooms, foraging wild mushrooms, and many fascinating things about the role mushrooms play in the forest. Mr. Tocco grows four...

Spider Hunt

Learn about the awesome arachnids who help us in so many ways, then join in on a search to find some eight-legged friends.

Sunset Float

One of the most understated attractions to Keystone State Park is the spectacular view of the sunset each night. And the best place to view it is from the...

Bat Count

Did you know that Salt Springs Park is home to a colony of bats? We want to learn more about this population, so we’re taking our first bat count, and you’re...

Mindful Skywatching

Join DCNR volunteer Monica as the sun sets to do mindful sky watching. You will be guided through a short, guided meditation to encourage relaxation,...

Nightscape Photo Workshop - CANCELLED

** This program has been cancelled. Check for future opportunities on this event calendar.** Photograph the starry night sky with your DSLR camera & lenses...

Pennsylvania’s Forest History

Change is always occurring, and that is no different for Pennsylvania’s forest. From the first Europeans to arrive until today, Penn’s Woods have experienced...

Wooden Appalachian Sign

People from all over the world come to hike this global treasure. Most do a few or many miles in section hikes. Like climbing Mt. Everest, only a few manage...

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,...

Astronomy & the Night Sky

When was the last time you looked up at the stars? Did you know, that when you're looking up, you're actually looking into the past? Come on out to the upper...

Night Sky Tour

Experience the splendor of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. Hear...

Saturday, June 25