DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Sunday, July 3

Nature on the Beach

Nature on the Beach Learn about furs, skins, skulls, and wings view the taxidermy the park has for educational programs. Learn fun facts and interesting...

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...

White pine growing out of Boulder Field - 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 each...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative tour aound the lake, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife....

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...

Show Yellow Creek Some Love Trail/Park Clean Up Preregistration required

HELP! I'm serious...we really need some help at Yellow Creek! Could you spare a few hours on the holiday weekend to help keep our park and trails clean? ...

Yoga on the Beach

Join yoga instructor, Tawnia Converse, for a morning yoga session on Lake Jean Beach. No experience required and bring your own mat or towel. **Please...

  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...

Bird ID Walk

Join the Park Naturalist at Sizerville State Park for a Bird ID Walk through the park. Binoculars and bird books will be provided. Comfortable footwear is...

A Look Inside the Hive!

Stop by the park office to take a look inside our new observation hive. Our hive has all the essential roles and materials to work as a fully functioning...

Branching Out: Tree ID Basics

Trees are all around us - in fact, there are over 100 species found regularly in PA. But can you tell a spruce from a fir? How about a Norway maple from a...

Coyotes and Other Canids

Meet the canids of Promised Land—Eastern Coyotes, Red Fox and Grey Fox. This program meets at the Auditorium

Farmer's Market

Come join us at Keystone State Park Farmer’s Market. Every Sunday, weather permitting from June 5, 2022 until September 25, 2022 in the Beach parking lot....

Frances Slocum Trail Walk and Story

Come along on this short walk as the park naturalist tells the story of Frances Slocum as we go.

Freedom Float

Join the park naturalist for a leisurely float as we celebrate Independence Day! Kayak basics, safety, and equipment will be discussed before we head out...

Hike Through History

Join local historian, Andre Weltman, for a strenuous 4-mile hike to see some of the hidden history of the park and surrounding Michaux State Forest. This...

History Hike

Explore the fascinating story of Laurel Hill State Park on this 2.5 mile hike on easy to moderate terrain! Please meet at the Snowmobile Parking Area....

Nature Journaling

Join Park Naturalist, Jessie Kohan, and Frigid resident, Merrilee Anderson, for a nature journaling session. If you'd like, bring your own art supplies, but...

Pennsylvania Fish For Free Day

Celebrate our nation's birthday with an ongoing hands on exhibit of fishing equipment, local fish identification, knot tying and casting geared towards...

Poe Valley Treasure Hunt!

Think you know the hiding places of Poe Valley State Park? Let’s find out in this adventurous challenge! Follow the riddles provided, collect all the clues,...

Terrific Tree Tour

How much do you know about the trees in our area? Come join us for a tree-rific (yes, we went there) to explore the science, folklore and history of some...

The Whiskey Rebellion

Southwestern Pennsylvania has a long history of distilling grain into liquor. Join us for this program about the mountain history of spirit distillation and...

Trees of Pennsylvania

Take a leisurely walk around the park roads and learn how to identify trees. Learn about the history of trees in Penn's Woods and the problems they are now...

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...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative tour aound the lake, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife....

Salamander Safari

Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania; where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique, and where to find them. We will explore a local stream...

  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...

Beginners Kayaking

Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Doubling Gap Lake and checkout the wildlife. Kayaks are limited so first-come, first-serve. To reserve a kayak for 11:00 a.m.,...

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.

Guided Kayak Float

Paddle craft are a great way to experience nature and get in some healthy outdoor recreation. Join a park educator for a guided paddle trip around the Seven...

Maize Calligrapher Hover Flies

Did you know that there are thousands of different insects to be found in Pennsylvania? Join the park naturalist to seek and catch examples of the huge...

Pontoon Boat Rides

Take a ride on the pontoon boat to see beautiful views of the lake. Each ride will have a specific topic, which are listed below. Age limit is 4 years...

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils (Campground)

How are rocks formed? What's a mineral? How do living things become fossils? Come down to the campground amphitheater where we'll be answering these...

Fire Tower/Seneca Point Historical Tour

Please bring your binoculars and meet at the Fire Tower Parking Lot for an historical interpretive tour of the Fire Tower and Seneca Point. Learn about...

Disc Golf: Intro to Disc Golf

The sport of disc golf is growing rapidly, come find out why. Our park naturalist will teach you the basics of the game and allow you to test your skills on...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

In the Nineteenth Century, wooden pegs were used for construction because metal products were so expensive. Come see an actual blacksmith in action with this...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative tour aound the lake, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife....

Art in the Park- Lady Bugs

Do you know the difference between native & invasive lady bugs? Do you know the life cycle or parts of a lady bug? Come learn all about these interesting...

Battle in a Box

Do you know what world war was started 10 minutes from here? During this interactive program we will learn all about the ‘War for Empire”. Why was...

Flags of the United States

Join us in the celebration of the Flag of the United States during the 4th of July holiday weekend. We will be offering 3 different times for this thirty...

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...

Rain to Drain-Slow the Flow

Follow the movement of stormwater on Earth in this hands-on activity at the beach house. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for...

Rhododendron Hike

Join us on us this 2 mile loop hike as we learn about this beautiful broadleaved evergreen. This program meets at the Hemock Hills Trail (#34 on the park map).

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...

4th of July Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate the holiday by searching for clues to complete the scavenger hunt sheet. All materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. Parking is available in...

Art for Kids: Fish Prints

Make colorful art featuring PA’s native fish! Stop by the craft table to try your hand at the art of fish printing, and learn about the parts of a fish....

Art in the Park: Fox Edition!

Feeling artsy? Or maybe you just want to know a little more about foxes in our area? Join in as we learn how to draw a fox and talk some common fox facts!

Eagles on the Susquehanna

From the worlds first Bald Eagle sanctuary to an amazing comeback the Susquehanna River has played a large role in the conservation of our national symbol.

Flags of the United States

Join us in the celebration of the Flag of the United States during the 4th of July holiday weekend. We will be offering 3 different times for this thirty...

History Tours: Mansion Open

**The Mansion will be closed on September 25th due to a road closure. ** Join us on the top of the mountain to visit the Cameron-Masland Mansion, an...

Insect Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a scavenger hunt looking for summer bugs. If attending the program and not camping with us, please park in the overflow parking lot at the...

Learning at the Beach

Come join the park naturalist at the nature table at the beach to see what he brought today. You never know what you might learn.

MotM 22

Join the Friends of Kings Gap for this free summer concert series the first Sunday of June, July, August, and September! Bring your lawn chair or blanket...

Stream Bugs, Crayfish, & Minnows

Do you like looking for crayfish? Enjoy looking under rocks for may flies and damselflies? We will go into the stream and search for crayfish, mayflies,...

Fantastic Fern Walk

Ferns are an ancient plant and come in all shapes and sizes, and have an interesting and unique life cycle that many are unaware of. Join a park naturalist...

Flags of the United States

Join us in the celebration of the Flag of the United States during the 4th of July holiday weekend. We will be offering 3 different times for this thirty...

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

Come check out the snakes, skinks, and turtles that call our state home! Discover some of the unique features and learn basic identification for many of our...

Disc Golf 101

Learn the basics of this family friendly sport!

Lumbering of Hyner Run

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...

The Mysterious Lodestone

Kids With Their Family Program: Kids will work with and keep their own piece of magical lodestone!

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...

Rhododendron Hike

The Rhododendron bloom at Susquehannock is spectacular. Take a hike with the naturalist down to the stream side to see the blooms, and talk about some...

Canoe Tour Of Hills Creek Lake

Explore the history and management of our lake – all by canoe and a relaxed family setting. Boats, paddles, and PFD’s provided. PFD’s must be worn at all...

What Lurks in the Lake?

Can you identify the creatures that live beneath the water?

Concert in the Park

We're celebrating the park's 90th anniversary this summer with special events . Join us for a relaxing summer evening of acoustic folk and classic rock music...

Kooser Legacy Hike

Enjoy a leisurely walk through time and uncover the interesting history of Kooser State Park! Please meet at the Kooser Park Office.

Lessons from Mercersburg

In the days after the Battle at Gettysburg, the town of Mercersburg would find itself right in the middle of the Confederate retreat. You will hear how the...

Owls and Pellets

Join us as we learn a little about owls! Discover what an owl pellet is, how it is made and investigate and dissect some that the owls left behind. This is a...

Tea and Talk

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk for this year will be about the “wood wide web”, a term...

Fireworks of the Forest

Join Park Staff for a presentation on the lives of fireflies. Did you chase fireflies as a child? Do you feel like you see less fireflies now than you did...

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 of the area, the different...

Eyewitness Video - Pond and River

This video takes you on a twisting journey down the great rivers of the world, pausing to visit the thriving realm of the freshwater pond. Travel upstream to...

Monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield

With 200,000 soldiers engaged over three days in 1863, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the monuments to states, corps, divisions, brigades, companies,...

Night Lights!

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

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...

Flickering Fireflies

As the sun sets low and the moon rises in the sky, gentle and scattered flickers of light begin to appear around you, a welcomed light show on a warm summer...

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...

Photo Credit: Carl Engman

**RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY JULY 3RD** Join our campers and educator for some time with the stars. We'll share a spotting scope, star maps, and some stories...

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

Join park staff for a guided tour of our night skies! Enjoy a bit of historic astronomy, some prominent visible features, and guided basic navigation of the...

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...

Sunday, July 3