DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 4

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...

Movie Shrek # 1

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

Spring StoryWalk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods. This season’s story, Daniel Finds A Poem, can be found on the paved White Oaks Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow...

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...

Beginning Birder Workshop

All families, adults, teens, and children age 6 or older are welcome. Activities include; bird walks, kid's corner, nature walk, birding bingo, scavenger...

Nature Walk: Morning with the Birds

Walk through the woods with the park naturalist to find warblers and other birds. Open to all visitors, both overnight campers and people visiting the park...

Birding by Ear for Beginners

Join park naturalist and expert birder Rob Bergstresser as we learn to identify and locate some of the common breeding birds of Beltzville State Park, by...

CANCELLED: Nature Walk

Take a hike with the park naturalist! We are going to walk about 1.5 miles in hopes of observing some native PA wildlife and plant life! Wear sturdy footwear...

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...

Get Outdoors: Recreation 101 Workshop

Saturday, June 4, 2022 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Do you work with youth in the summer or during the year? Learn the skills to get them outdoors in...

Guided Nature Hike

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a 5 mile nature hike through Ridley Creek State Park. We will explore birds, trees, wildflowers and park history along the...

Morning Hike at Erie Bluffs State Park

Join Park Naturalists for a morning hike on the trails of Erie Bluffs State Park. We will view the cavity nesting boxes and learn about the resource...

Nature Palozza Day 022

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT AT YELLOW CREEK STATE! This program is at Blue Spruce Park. Join the Yellow Creek State Park Educator & Children's Advisory Commission...

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...

Wildflower Walk

Celebrate National Trails Day with a stroll on the Nature Trail looking for wildflowers. The walk begins at the boathouse near the beach 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...

Explore the Shore

Join the park naturalist for a paddle to explore a section on the northwest shores of Lake Wilhelm. Participants can bring their own kayak and gear or borrow...

Fossil Frenzy: Digging through PA’s Past

Did you know we have fossils right under our feet? Come learn about the types of fossils we find here at Little Buffalo, how they were created, and what they...

Furnace Stack Walking tour

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...

Gerard Trail Series Hike #1

Have you always wanted to hike the Gerard Trail, but thought 36 miles was just too much? Join us for the kick-off of our Gerard Trail Series of hikes on...

Get the Garden Growing

There is nothing like fresh picked greens and tomatoes for a summer salad. We plant herbs and vegetables in raised beds in the organic garden, with flowers...

Glacier Ridge Shoreline Hike

Glacier Ridge Trail makes its way across Moraine’s North Shore, usually coinciding with the North Country Trail. But here the two trails have their own...

Hike Beaver Dam Trail

Enjoy a guided hike on this 2.2 mile trail that crosses over Mud Run, where there are many beaver meadows. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water.

Honeybees

Honeybees are amazing insects. Join us and learn how amazing honeybees are from Beekeeper Hank Brinzer. This program cover honeybee biology, history of...

Pontoon Boat Tours on Glendale Lake (First Come, First to Board)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. We will...

Tree Tour

Enjoy a spring tree tour with the park naturalist. We’ll check out over a dozen trees to learn about their ecology and fascinating folklore. Wentz...

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...

American Beaver

Beavers are one of the only animals that physically change the environment to suit their needs. A park educator will be on hand to answer your questions...

Bluebird Bonanza! An Intro to Cavity Nesters

Join Winnie Illig, Cambria County Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bluebird Society, and Lead Monitor of the Cavity Nesting Trails program here at Prince...

National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail! This hike will be 4 miles in length on difficult terrain. Registration is required....

Pennsylvania Butterflies

Stop by the park between 11:00am and 2:00pm to learn about native butterflies and the wildflowers that attract them. The park naturalist will be out in the...

Living History at Fort Pitt: Artillery and Chocolate

Join staff from the Fort Pitt Museum to take a sweet step back in time to the 18th century and learn more about how chocolate was made and consumed during...

Trail Clean-up Day

Celebrate National Trails Day by coming out to hike a trail and clean-up while you are at it. Stop by the Nature Center between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to pick...

Bow Fishing 101

Have you been wanting to get into bowfishing but not sure where to start? Join park staff to learn the basics of bowfishing. What to do with your catch,...

Campground Trail Walk

We'll walk along part of Campground Trail, looking for interesting plants and animals as we go.

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...

Gardening for the Birds

Bring your favorite gardener or birder out to find out how we can use out home landscapes to attract and support out feathered friends.

Hike: Brumbaugh Trail

Join the park naturalist for as we take on the more challenging Brumbaugh trail. The climb can be steep in places so make sure to wear trail shoes and bring...

Violet Coral Fungus

Bring a camera, phone, or tablet to the Campground Amphitheater and take part in a family-fun scavenger hunt! See if you can find everything on the list to...

Pontoon Boat Tours on Glendale Lake (First Come, First to Board)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. We will...

Science & Stories (Preschool/Kindergarten Edition)

Join park staff for this scientific exploration of the forest told through an age appropriate story! In this session for learners in preschool and...

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...

Solar Viewing

Stop by the beach area anytime between 1 pm and 3 pm to view the sun through the solar telescope. Look for sunspots and solar flares! Find out how far...

Wildlife Walk

Celebrate National Trails Day by exploring the plants and wildlife around the park. The walk begins at the boathouse near the beach area.

Elk Walk and Talk

Join a staff member as we walk the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often...

End of the Trail

Join the park naturalist for a special look at the Stony Batter Trading Post run by James Buchanan’s father. Learn the importance of this and others like it...

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...

Turtle Talk

Time to talk about all the terrific things about turtles!

Beautiful Bluebirds

Walk through the fields of Canoe Creek to learn about the beautiful Eastern bluebirds and where they live. We’ll talk about the Bureau of State Parks...

National Trails Day Hike

Join park staff for an easy 1-mile hike along Stone Trail. We’ll venture on a rough and rocky side-trail to visit Boulder Field from the far end, learning...

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...

Build a Boat

Join us at Sizerville State Park for an arts & crafts program on building a boat from things found in nature. Build a Boat will take place at the picnic...

National Trails Day Hike

Hiking the Highland Trail and Bear Walk Trail to see F.L. Ricketts Falls. This is a 3.5-mile moderate hike. Park and meet at Beach Lot #2 by the bulletin...

Rodents Running Wild

From beavers to porcupines to many of their much smaller cousins, there are a lot of rodents running around Penn’s Woods. Come learn more about this diverse...

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...

Digging Into Point's Past

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

Insect Safari

Join the park naturalist and learn some of the characteristics of an insect and also go on a walk to look for different insects and their cousins. There...

Tea Time

Come and sample some wild teas and learn how certain plants were used by the early settlers.

Turtles—Heroes on the Half-Shell

Turtles are awesome! After a short lecture we’ll search for basking turtles. Binoculars and spotting scope provided.

Hike: Raven Rock

5:00 pm 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...

Meet the Fur Bearers

Stop by to see if you can identify PA mammals based on their pelts and learn some fun facts about these creatures.

For Kids: Unhuggables

Not all wildlife species can be as cute and cuddly as fawns, bunnies, and chipmunks. During the program, we’ll appreciate the underappreciated… vultures,...

A Visit with Samuel

Come join Samuel Cowan around the campfire ring as he tells you the story of how the Cowan family came to Cowans Gap. Bring a chair or blanket and a snack if...

Black Bears

Pennsylvania has a large growing bear population. If you would like to learn more about the bears of our area, join us to see all the claws, teeth, and fur...

Let's Search and Find Bonacci's Gold

The number 1.618 will lead us to a world of golden discovery!

Principles of Foraging

Join the naturalist for a discussion about foraging wild plants. We will cover the principles of respocible and safe foraging, then take a short walk to look...

Sunset Paddle

Join us for a leisurely paddle on Lake Jean to observe the sunset. Park and meet at the Western Boat Launch. If you are bringing your own boat, no need...

The Red Rock Fiddler

Sit back and relax under the trees as the park welcomes Jim Weiss on guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. His folk tunes will get your toes tapping and your hands...

Lumbering of the Little Pine Valley

Step back into time and experience the culture of the lumbermen in the late 1800’s. Topics will include the local history and prehistory of the area, the...

Whistles in the Woods: An Historical Perspective of the Railroad Logging Era of Lumbering in Pennsylvania

*Brought to you by special guest presenter and local historian: Paul Fagley. Imagine hearing a lonely whistle echoing through the woods. Soon, a train...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville State Park for a short film on black bears in PA. Learn management strategies and why they're important to our ecosystem.

Bats

Join us for one of our most popular programs. Learn about these misunderstood creatures of the night, and how they can be incredibly beneficial to have...

Camping in Bear Country

Through a fun and interactive family game, learn more about black bears in Pennsylvania and how to avoid dangerous encounters. Followed by 35-min nature...

Big Dam Movie

This video will submerse you into the world of a beaver. They are nature’s engineers and many people are unaware of the beaver’s day-to-day life. Watch and...

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...

Thru-Hiking from Georgia to Maine

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...

Movie in the Park: Rattlesnakes

Since colonial days, Pennsylvania's timber rattlesnake has been relentlessly trailed by an angry shadow of misunderstanding. Branded as evil and aggressive,...

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 4