DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 2

Canceled-Birding on the Lake

This program has been canceled due to lack of registration

StoryWalk - Box Turtle At Long Pond

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! You can find Box Turtle at Long Pond on the Whispering Pines Trail (#2) in the Pine Plantation use area as...

StoryWalk - My Happy Year

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! You can find My Happy Year by E. Bluebird on the Nature Trail (#16) outside the Education Building. Share...

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...

Bird Walk

Take advantage of active morning birds with a bird walk! Walk with the park naturalist to find summer birds. Hike will be 1-2 miles over a gravel trail....

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...

Gerard Trail Series Hike #2

Have you always wanted to hike the Gerard Trail, but thought 36 miles was just too much? Join us for the second hike in our Gerard Trail Series! We’ve...

Historic Waterfall Hike

Enjoy a leisurely hike to a scenic waterfall and learn about interesting park history along the way! Please meet at the Pumphouse Trail Parking Lot.

Kayaking Hopewell Lake

*This event is full unless you can bring your own kayak* **Please only register if you can bring your own kayak to this event**Bring your own kayak or borrow...

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...

Yough River Sojourn - Lower Youghiogheny

Join us for the next segment of our summer long sojourn of the Yough. Participants should set their own shuttle before the program. Participants must bring...

  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...

Attracting Pollinators

Have you ever wondered how you can create a pollinator paradise in your own backyard? Even if you have only a balcony, come to the Butterfly Garden to learn...

BioBlitz Guided Hike

Help us contribute to community science and document as many species of living things as possible for the Raccoon Creek State Park BioBlitz 2022! We'll be...

Bog Treasures

Take a hike on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road.

Family Fishing 

Join the Park Naturalists for an introduction to fishing event. Learn about native fish, invasive species, fishing equipment and wet a line to try to catch a...

Furnace Stack Walking tour

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...

Guided Solar System Sojourn

Come hike about a mile as we discuss our Solar System and the planets that make it up. The hike will be to scale, approximately 1 to 7 billion, but your...

Intro to Kayak / Kayak 101 Preregistration required

Are you new to kayaking? Would you like to learn basic kayaking skills? Join the park educator to learn how to kayak and enjoy time on the lake. We will...

Laurel Lake Kayak tour

Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 8 or older and be able to swim to register....

Tales of Camp Tree Army

Stop by Camp Tree Army for an up close look at historical CCC artifacts and architecture. Learn about the history of the CCC at Laurel Hill and tour an...

Wild Edibles Walk

Saturday, July 2 10:00am - 11:30am Nature is full of plants that can be useful in many different ways. Some of these plants may even grow right in your...

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...

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.

Children's Decorated Bicycle Parade

Line up at the dump station near the Campground Store at 10:45 AM. Parade starts promptly at 11:00 AM. Parade ends at the Amphitheater where door prizes will...

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...

History of the Bridge

Walk with us onto the Skywalk for a brief history. Watch the birds soar above and feel the strength of the wind that blows against the skywalk.

 Intro to Kayak / Kayak 101  Afternoon class Preregistration required

Are you new to kayaking? Would you like to learn basic kayaking skills? Join the park educator to learn how to kayak and enjoy time on the lake. We will...

Laurel Lake Kayak tour

Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 8 or older and be able to swim to register....

American Indian Life

**ages 6-10. Young people will learn about American Indian life long ago and practice some skills through games, activities, and a craft inspired by these...

Beaver Walk

See a beaver lodge on this short hike! Discover interesting facts about this rodent, such as what they eat, when you can see them, and if they hibernate or...

Bug Hunt

Let’s see what insects we can find around the campground.

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,...

Hike: Raven Rock

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 way. Meeting...

Insect Investigations

We’ll head to a large patch of milkweed and capture our six legged friends for identification and release, while exploring for these wonderful insects. Nets...

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...

Stream Stomp

Learn about what critters are living in our stream here at French Creek. We will be in the stream looking for a variety of critters. Help determine if our...

Timber Rattlesnake

Very often, what we think we know about these symbols of wilderness is wrong. Come learn the facts about Timber rattlesnakes and how they live in their...

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...

Nature Craft: Birdfeeders

Do you know the difference between a bird song vs a bird call? Join us at the amphitheater to learn some common Pennsylvania bird songs. Afterward, we’ll...

Creek Crawl

Dive deeper into the world below the water with the park educators and learn more about the animals that live in the creek. All ages welcome, program best...

FREE Concert: Tussey Mountain Moonshiners

The Friends of Parker Dam State Park are hosting this free concert featuring the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, a State College bluegrass band. Bring lawn...

Fern Walk

Come and discover the fascinating ferns and other flowerless plants within the park. During the hike, you will learn about the folklore, uses, and how to...

For Kids: Flickering Fireflies

Fireflies, lightning bugs, whatever you call them, these amazing insects are lighting the night up! We’ll read a story about these animals and make a craft...

Leaf ID Table

Stop by the Beach House and test your identification skills on leaves. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more information.

Red, White and Blue Scavenger Hunt

Kids! How many red, white and blue items can you find out in nature? Prizes will be awarded.

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...

Uprising in the Alleghenies

Come join the park naturalist for a look at James Smith his life and the rebellion he led in the 1750’s and how it influenced history. Access for People...

Build a Boat!

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

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...

Traces and Tracks Walk

Follow in the footsteps of some cool critters.

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...

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

Nature Craft: Birdfeeders

Do you know the difference between a bird song vs a bird call? Join us at the nature center to learn some common Pennsylvania bird songs. Afterward, we’ll...

Stream Study

Join the park naturalist and explore an underwater community to find some different aquatic insects that call this creek home. All children must be...

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Mammoths. Saber-toothed cats. Short-faced bears. Massive beavers. Giant ground sloths that stood taller than the average man. All of these animals existed...

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....

Old Time, Fun things, Made of Paper, Wood and String.

whimmydiddles, whirligigs, thaumatropes, and much more. Fun the old fashioned way!

Pond Life

Check out the amazing animals that live in a pond. Nets and containers provided.

Why Plant a Meadow?

Come out for a walk around the hilltop to talk about our meadow project. Why we did it and what are the benifits to the park and the surrounding communities.

A Stroll Along Penns Creek

Join the park naturalist on a walk along the John Snyder Trail as we talk all things Poe Paddy and what we might find along the trail. Be prepared for an...

Blueberry Hike

Join us on a 1.5 mile hike to explore and hopefully (if they are ripe) pick one or both of our wild blueberries and learn about this amazing native plant....

Kayaking 101

Kayaking is a great way to explore your state parks, but there are a few things to learn before your first trip on the water. This session will cover the...

Keystone Symbols Hike

Celebrate independence day with park staff for a moderate 1.5-mile hike to scenic view of the Lehigh River while learning about PA keystone species along the...

National and State Symbols

Celebrate Independence Day by learning about our state and national symbols. Join our park naturalists and learn about the natural symbols of the land....

Honeybees for Kids!

Bring the littles down for some fun facts and a craft!

Marsh Trail Walk

Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk of the beautiful and scenic Marsh trail. We’ll look for turtles, frogs and birds as we discuss the life of the...

Matchless Fire Starting

Fire has always captivated humans. Whether it be for cooking or for warmth, people have relied on this heat source for millennia. Come out to the upper...

Animal Traces

Come be a detective and discover all the amazing traces that our Pennsylvania animals leave behind. You will be surprised how many clues that you never knew...

Bats of PA

Join Carbon County Environmental Education Center staff to take a close look at one of the most unique mammals of the Commonwealth. Two live bats and several...

Birdsong Bingo

Curious about those birds singing around the park? Or maybe even some of those in your backyard at home? Come out and learn some of our common bird songs we...

Bones in the Stones

Information on dinosaurs and fossils of Pennsylvania, plus a fossil identification activity.

Campfire Tales: War Heroes

Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some tales about some local war heroes. You may just learn something new. Bring a chair or blanket and...

Evening Bird Walk

Join the park naturalist on an evening bird walk in the woods and shrub lands of Ricketts Glen State Park. Good boots are recommended for walking. Please...

Live Animal Show

Bring the whole family out to see Pete from Wildlife Encounters and his many furred, feathered, and frisky friends! Bring your own seating in case of a large...

The Bear Out There

How much do you know about Black Bears? John Hechler will share his vast knowledge of the Black Bear in this popular program. This program meets in the...

Sunset Wildlife Walk

A variety of different creatures come out to play in the evening! We will take a walk to look for some of our more wary wildlife that isn’t normally seen in...

 Fluorescent Rock and Mineral Show with UV-BOB

We're having our own "firewooks" at Worlds End! Come and be "dazzled" by the hidden colors revealed in UV-BOB's extensive collection of colorful fluorescent...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Join us at Sizerville State Park for an educational short film on the reintroduction of fishers and otter back to PA.

Fireflies!

Natures fireworks! These little insects are very cool. Join the naturalist to find out what makes these illuminating bugs light up.

Fireflies!

Discover the unique lifecycle of fireflies and check out conservation efforts to protect them! Please meet at the Scenic View Overlook Parking Area.

Firefly Fun

Learn all about our favorite insect: The firefly (aka, lightning bug). Learn how to make your very own firefly jar and an awesome firefly craft!

GLOW Hike

As humans we can only see a small part of the wavelengths of light. But there is a whole hidden world of colors and shapes that can be seen after dark with...

Matchless Fire Starting

Fire has always captivated humans. Whether it be for cooking or for warmth, people have relied on this heat source for millennia. Come out to the nature...

Nature's Fireworks: Fireflies!

Kids! Join us for some buggy fun and fireflies in our campground. If attending the program and not camping with us, please park in the overflow parking lot...

Venemous Snakes

Are there venomous snakes in Ohiopyle? Of course there are! Ohiopyle State park is the perfect habitat for our slitherin’ scaly friends. We will learn all...

Fireflies

Join the park naturalist to learn about fireflies and why they light up nature during this particular time of the year. All children must be accompanied by...

Bald Eagle – America’s Bird

Learn about our majestic national symbol. Its size, power, and grace will be featured along with its biology and recovery in PA.

Fantastic Fireflies!

Join us as it gets dark to dive into the flashing world of the firefly! After the sun goes down we’ll catch fireflies and learn how they flash and why! ...

Fireflies: Nature’s Fireworks!

Fireflies are a quintessential part of the summertime experience, their soft glow on warm nights entice children to chase them in hopes of capturing them in...

Historical Pontoon Boat Rides

Interested in learning more about the history of Pymatuning while touring the lake? Join park naturalist for a free historical pontoon boat ride. The ride...

Spring Peeper

Grab your flashlight and hit the trail on a night hike! Join us on an easy walk through the woods to check out a small pond and discuss the animals that are...

Movie Mouse Hunt

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

Movie Night!

Join us at the campground amphitheater for an outdoor screening of Beavers: The Biggest Dam Movie You Ever Saw. This HD documentary follows a beaver family...

Night Hike

Discover what lives in the forest after dark and how the survive.

Nightscape Photo Workshop

Photograph the starry night sky with your DSLR camera & lenses you currently own. Curt Weinhold, a PA Wilds Juried Artisan, teaches you to photograph...

Pennsylvania’s Vernal Pools: Race Against Time

Vernal, or seasonal ponds are pools of clear water formed by melting snow and spring rains, providing essential habitats for many unique plants and animals....

The Geography of Gettysburg

The Pennsylvania topography, combined with the military objectives of commanding officers, led to a tiny village becoming burned into psyche of America. Hear...

Clarion River History

Please bring your chairs and blankets and meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater for a slide presentation on history of the Clarion River. This program...

Moon-lit Night Hike

As the sun lays slowly down to rest and the moon bares it's shining light, come along on a moderate hike in the dark to discover the sights and sounds that...

Nature at Night

Coming to a Night Sky Program, but arriving early? Join park staff for a family friendly Nature at Night Program! These programs will feature fascinating...

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...

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