DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 23

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...

Neshaminy State Park Storybook Trail - Sendero de Storybook

A bilingual story leads visitors along the Logan Garden Trail Loop. Come and enjoy this self-guided tour. (Note: the trail’s not on the park’s map yet so the...

William Penn State Forest Storybook Walk -Sendero de Storybook

Enjoy the (bilingual) “Smokey Bear Story” as you stroll in the William Penn’s Gibraltar Tract. The storybook trail is on natural dirt surface and may be...

Story Book Trail: Water Rolls, Water Rises

Introducing Marsh Creek's Second Storybook trail! The book: water rolls water rises will be up for your viewing pleasure. Located at the playground by the...

Storybook Trail: I Know the River Loves Me

Introducing French Creeks first Bilingual story book trail Last year the book was I know the river loves me at the tier parking lot heading towards Hopewell...

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...

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 visiting Presque Isle State Park? Are you proud that...

Gerard Trail Series Hike #3

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

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...

STREAM Girls

Use all of your senses in this hands-on program to learn about a community stream. Girls, ages 11 to 14, are invited to join Chapman State Park and Trout...

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 location in what we...

William Penn State Forest Gibraltar Hill Ridgeway Trail Hike - caminata en el sendero de Ridgeway

Bud Carnes del Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club (https://www.bmecc.org/) lidera esta caminata a lo largo de Killian Trail en el Gibraltar Hill Tract del...

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...

Ashes and Iron Educational Dig

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

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,...

Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group Work Day

Join the Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group for the second group work day of the season in the Kooser/Roaring Run Area of Forbes—projects will vary. No...

Woodpecker Walk in the Valley

Join the park naturalist on an easy 1-mile walk on the Nature Trail as we talk about woodpeckers in our area, look for signs of them, and listen close for...

Amateur Naturalist Series: Layman's Botany

In this series of programs, we will take a deep dive into a specific nature topic to learn and discover what we can. We will take a more scientific approach...

Beaver Dam-Skunk Trails Hike

Explore a variety of PA Forests along this walk: thick hemlock forest, red pine forest (CCC-planted), and newly timbered. Wear appropriate footwear and bring...

Butterflies of Jacobsburg

Join local butterfly enthusiast Bill Grant for this walk through the fields of Jacobsburg in search of these beautiful insects. He’ll show you how to quickly...

Creek Critters

Calling kids ages 8-15 and their parents, come and discover the many interesting creatures that live in Raccoon Creek. During this interactive educational...

Friends of Cook Forest Series: Basics of Orienteering

Ever get lost in Cook Forest? Can you find north? What if it is dark? What if you don’t have a map? Learn the basics of orienteering and be able to find...

Geology: Minerals Rock!

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a trailside exhibit to explore the world of rocks and minerals. We will learn differences between sedimentary, igneous and...

History Walk with William Denning

Take a guided walk with the Good Colonel, William Denning! He will give you a history lesson on everything from the CCC, Doubling Gap Hotel, Robber Lewis,...

Jonathan Run Hike

The Jonathan Run Trail follows along the creek before intersecting with the river at the GAP bike trail. Along the way we will go through thickets of...

Keystone State Park Clean Up

Take this opportunity to give back to the park you love! We'll be conducting a clean up of the litter accumulation throughout Keystone State Park. This...

Stream Study

Join the park naturalist as we explore what lives in the creek! We'll search for macroinvertebrates, which are very important indicators of water quality....

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...

The Geology of Worlds End

Geoscientist Sim Suter will give a history about the geology of Worlds End during a fascinating presentation. There will be a short creekside walking tour...

Wonderful Weather

**ages 3-5. Little ones and their grownups will explore the world of weather through story, craft, and hands on activities.

Froggy Storytime & Fun 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...

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...

Awesome Owls

Discover the folklore, natural history and adaptations of owls, mysterious creatures of the night. PowerPoint presentation enhanced by owl mounts, talons,...

Friends of the Delaware Canal Music Festival

The Friends of the Delaware Canal are excited to present the First Annual WXPN Welcomes Delaware Canal Music Festival on Saturday, July 23, 2022 (Rain July...

Basics of Map and Compass

Learn the basics of reading topographical maps, orienting a compass, taking and following a bearing, and successfully completing an orienteering course. Good...

Camp Fire Potholders

Come learn about making a potholder for your campfire. You will learn how to weave your potholder. Also learn a little about fire safety. This program meets...

Introduction to Archery

Join park staff for an introduction to archery course. Learn about equipment, proper techniques, and test your skills with a bow and arrow. All equipment...

Scavenger Hike: Laurel Run

Come enjoy a hike on beautiful Laurel Run. Keep your eyes open and see if you can complete the scavenger hunt during the hike. This is a more challenging...

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...

Ariel Attack Predators: Dragonflies and Damselflies

Join us for a fun program to learn about all about some of our smallest most aggressive predators on the planet with former intern & insect hobbyist, Mandy...

CSI: GPS Scavenger Hunt

Join the park naturalist to find the answer through a geocache scavenger hunt. Collect the clues and solve the problem. Do you have what it takes to be a CSI...

Creek Critters

Calling kids ages 8-15 and their parents, come and discover the many interesting creatures that live in Raccoon Creek. During this interactive educational...

Creek Critters

Join us to learn about the fascinating creatures living in Bushkill Creek. Equipment to study these animals will be provided. Wear close-toed shoes that can...

DiscoverE Turtles 

One of the most amazing reptiles there is lives at Presque Isle State Park and is loved by people of all ages. Join a Park Naturalist to learn about several...

HikaNation Program

Join the AT Museum for HikeaNation Program on Saturday, July 23rd @ 2pm, presented by Stacey Waring Come and learn about HikaNation, a 14-month cross-country...

Kids Geology

Bring the kids for a beginners course in geology. Learn the difference between rocks and minerals, the different types of rocks and minerals, how they...

Moose, Elk, Caribou, Whitetail

“Moose, Elk, Caribou, and Whitetail oh my!” The Deer family has quite a few members! Join our staff as we learn about the elk and their many cousins that...

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

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...

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...

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

Almost everyone is familiar with GPS these days. But, did you know that you can use it to find hidden treasure? Today you’ll learn the basics of geocaching,...

Art for Kids: Owl Craft

Kids, join the park naturalist at the craft table to learn about owls and to make an owl craft puppet to take home with you. All welcome; best for ages 4-12.

Geology Walk

Join the park Naturalist at Sizerville State Park for a Geology Walk! The walk will start at Sizerville's Amphitheater and span for roughly 1.5 miles....

Solar Viewing

Take a look at the sun through the solar telescope at the beach area. See solar flares and sunspots! Come anytime between 3 pm and 4 pm. This program...

Something's Fishy

How much do you know about fish? In this program we will practice identifying fish and grouping them in their families. This program meets in the park...

Fossil Discovery

Kids with Their Family Program: Information on Pennsylvania dinosaurs and fossilization, plus fossil identification activity.

Orienteering Basics

When your phone and GPS aren’t working, would you be able to navigate the landscape to escape an emergency situation? Come learn some orienteering basics and...

Summer Flowers

Take a stroll around Little Pine State Park with the naturalist to see the different wildflowers coming out during the summer. All children must be...

Tick Talk

We’ll take a closer look at what tick species live here and how to prevent troubles with ticks. Hand outs will be available to take home to make your safe as...

What is Missing Walk

Many things are missing from our forests– discover what they were and why they are gone!

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 534.

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....

Science in the Park: Birds of Prey

Raptors are not just in Jurassic Park! Join the park naturalist as we discuss raptors, the birds of prey that dominate the sky. Meeting Location: Campground...

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

Birds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and can make some pretty unusual sounds! Come to the amphitheater to discover some of those things that make...

Intro to Kayaking

Are you new to kayaking and don't know where to begin? If you are thinking about getting into kayaking, join us for a crash course in the basics of kayaks....

Salamanders for Kids!

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

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

Meet “Rennie,” the bald eagle from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC). She’ll help us understand the kinds of hazards these birds face...

Cooperative Trout Nursery

The cooperative trout nursery is made possible by Pavia Sportsmen’s Club, Blue Knob State Park, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission. We will be learning...

Leap into Herpetology

Join local naturalist April Clause for an exciting, up close look at Pennsylvania's reptiles and amphibians! Check out various live animal species and...

Misunderstood Mammals

Do porcupines throw their quills? Do Fishers eat fish? Are opossums a kind of rat? Come to this fun and interesting program to find out the answers to ...

Pennsylvania Black Bears

The life of black bears in Pennsylvania's perfect habitat.

Wildlife Foensics

Learn how the PA Game Commission uses forensic science to solve wildlife crimes during this exciting interactive program! Participants will have an...

Movie Night "Inside Out" 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...

Fireflies!

Join the park naturalist for a look at our state insect, the firefly. Then join him for a firefly safari. Access for People with Disabilities If you...

Moths and Nocturnal Insects

Celebrate Moth Week and join the park naturalist and fellow insect enthusiasts for some “moth lighting”, and an opportunity to observe the mysterious world...

Nature at Night: Owl Prowl

Learn about the owls that prowl the night woods in PA, then join park staff in search of these night-flying creatures as we do a little prowling of our own...

PA Mammals

When you think of wildlife what animals come to mind? Deer? Bears? Maybe River Otters? Tonight we’ll talk about some of the mammals that can be found in...

World of Bats

This program will be focusing on some of the bats' adaptations, some myths about bats, and a fungus that is threatening their population. There will also be...

Conococheague Watershed

Rainwater flows in all kinds of subtle directions, collecting everything it its path. A droplet in Caledonia flows east to Chambersburg, then south to the...

Moth Ball

Join Mt. Pisgah State Park, Library System of Bradford County and Master Gardeners from Penn State Extension for a fun filled evening learning about native...

Moth Ball

Come to Mount Pisgah State Park and learn about and see native moths and insects. All ages are welcome. The evening program is hosted by the Bradford County...

Movie The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

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

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 Lights!

Join us for an interactive program about our wonderful lighted night fliers -the firefly!

Race to Save the Bats

For over a decade, hibernating bats in eastern North America have been facing a deadly foe. Learn about the disease that continues to affect the populations...

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Shamans and Saints

The Perseids are coming! While the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is mid-August, meteors can be observed any time from late July through the month of...

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, July 23