DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, July 30

Photo Scavenger Hunt

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

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...

Sunrise Watch

There is nothing like watching the sunrise over Foster Joseph Sayers Lake! Meet the park naturalists as we all take in the early morning summer air. After...

Early Bird Hike

After watching the sun rise over Bald Eagle State Park, we will be taking a ~ 1 mile hike on portions of the Woapalanne Trail. Dress for the weather and wear...

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...

*Registration Filled* Six Penny Hike

Join the park Naturalist on a 4 mile hike on the Six Penny trail. The Six Penny trail is one of the most ecologically diverse trails in the park. During the...

Celebrate The Bloom!

Celebrate the Bloom! is a free annual event held at Jennings Environmental Education Center on the last Saturday in July. Celebrating the state’s only...

Eco-Paddle

Get your kayak or canoe ready for a tour of Mt. Pisgah State Park's Stephen Foster Lake. During the program participants will learn about what has been done...

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

Join the park staff for a moderate 1.5-mile hike to Hawk Falls while enjoying the wildlife, plants, and natural features of the forest along the way. Bring...

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...

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...

  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...

Archery

Join the Park Educator and get an intro course in archery basics. All equipment will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to...

Discover Archery

Give archery a try at this beginner’s program. You will be introduced to the equipment, how to use it, and how to shoot safely. No experience is...

GPS and Geocaching

Learn how to use a GPS. Input geocache locations to find the geocaches in the park. Meet at the Fuller Lake Bath House.

Highpoint Hike

Explore the highest point in the state of PA on an easy to moderate, 2 mile trek. Learn about the natural and cultural resources in the area on this guided...

International Tiger Day: Endangered Species Exhibit

Celebrate "the wonderful thing about tiggers" on International Tiger Day by joining your DCNR Park Naturalist for a special endangered species exhibit along...

Introduction to the CCC

The Civilian Conservation Corps helped build Parker Dam State Park. However, many people do not know the story of the CCC and how much they shaped the way we...

Nature Hike at the Campground

Join our park educator for a hike around the campground trails. She'll offer tips on identifying mushrooms and finding edible species, as well as info on the...

Waggin' Tails on Nature Trails

Bring your dog(s), and enjoy a hike with the park naturalist. We'll be hiking the 2.0-mile moderately difficult Sawmill Trail, and cover some tips for...

Walk with Friends: Old Logging Road-Rhododendron Trail

Join Friends of Cook Forest for a guided hike in the Forest Cathedral. We'll meet at the Log Cabin Environmental Classroom and car pool to the...

Wild about Teas Hike

For centuries, people have gathered local plants and infused them with hot water to make beverages. During this 2- mile hike, guest instructor Vince Curtis...

Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour

Come explore the wildlife habitat garden at the education center to learn how to start one at home! We’ll talk about the benefits of native plants vs...

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...

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.

Dynamic Forest Restoration

Conservation efforts throughout the 20th century have led to a great reforestation on public lands throughout the state. Much of the conservation management...

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 Noble Rattler

Find out why rattlesnakes have a lot more to worry about us than the other way around! The probability is great that we will have a live rattlesnake for...

Breaks at the Pool

Join our park educator on-deck at the pool during water safety breaks for an informative chat. She'll discuss and show you whatever the park offers that day....

Forest Bathing

Join us on this short, and slow walk through our beautiful forest.This practice involves being immersed in nature! Research shows that there are many health...

Hike: Balanced Rock

Take a walk to the beautiful Balanced Rock and learn how the geology of the area put it there. On the way we’ll learn a little about the history of the park...

Hiking 101

Have you always wanted to learn how to hike? While you can always take a walk in the woods on your own, you might be questioning all the gear you really...

Keystone ROCKS!

Of course Keystone State Park rocks. But it also has rocks and it's history is rooted in types of rocks. Join Keystone State Park's star intern Alyssa at...

Owls at the Beach

Owls have tremendous adaptations for being efficient predators of the night. Come learn more about these many adaptations and how to identify the more common...

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...

Whoooo dunnit Mystery?

There has been a murder in Whoosville -can you use the evidence to figure out who did it?

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

The streams at Hickory Run State Park host a whole world of critters: from trout and minnows to tiny insects and everything in between. Join the park staff...

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...

In Search of the Juniatas

Our beautiful valley is named for a group of American Indians that lived here in the early colonial period of the 1600s. They had their village at...

Introduction To Fly Fishing

PRE-Registration is required for this program. Please click the green register button to be directed to the Fish and Boat Commision sign up page. Coming...

Presque Isle Behind the Lens

Join thePpark Naturalists for a presentation on the photos and videos the education staff have collected of the parks flora, fauna, and unique events. Hear...

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...

Tuscarora State Forest Hike

Take a hike in the sate forest and learn about the plants, animals, and history, and get to know your backpacking basics.

Wandering Samuel

If you are in the day use area, keep an eye out for 1800’s resident Samuel Cowan. Feel free to ask him a question about the park or how his family came to...

Sun Prints

Have fun creating some nature art as we collect objects found in nature to create sun prints! If the weather is too cloudy we’ll switch gears and use paint...

Birding 101

Learn the basics of how to identify a bird and properly use binoculars during this interactive program.

Breaks at the Pool

Join our park educator on-deck at the pool during water safety breaks for an informative chat. She'll discuss and show you whatever the park offers that day....

Sizerville Stream Study

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we host a stream study in Cowley Run Stream observing macroinvertebrates. The Stream Study will take place across from...

The Earth as a Peppercorn

Learn how big the sun is compared to the earth and other nearby planets, and how they are arranged at this moment in time. And how this model might help you...

Oh! Deer

Deer can be a blessing or a curse. Join us to learn about these highly adaptable ungulates. This program meets in the Auditorium.

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

Kids with Their Family Program: Fun the old fashioned way!

Bluebirds for Kids!

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

Science in the Park: Tree Identification

Come hang out in the shade as we learn about local trees. Join us as we learn the basics of leaf and tree identification. Meeting Location: Pavilion # 5

Stream Stomp

Go in search for the tiny creatures that inhabit the stream and are a great indicator of stream quality.

Let's Learn The Constellations

The night skies of summer. Make and learn to use your own star chart.

Mushrooms

Join Jessie Kohan, to learn some mushroom harvesting helpful tips and several ways to preserve wild edible mushrooms. Also, there will be a drawing for...

Turtle Talk!

We have at least 5 different species of turtles here in Poe Valley, can you identify them all? Join the park naturalist as we talk about our turtle...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

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

Bats N'at

Meet us at the Trent Picnic Area to uncover the truths and myths about bats!

Birds

These amazing creatures have adapted to life in the air. Learn about their Natural History and why Ohiopyle State Park has been designated as an Important...

Oil Creek Bat Count

Join park staff as we conduct our yearly bat count at the Egbert Farm Day Use Area! Over the past few years we have seen a sharp decline in bat populations...

Sunset Float (Delta Aquarid Edition)

What could be better than viewing the spectacular sunsets from Keystone Lake? Viewing the Delta Aquarid meteor showers right after! Bring your kayak,...

Yakking with the Bats

Join the park naturalist for a paddle on the lake while we learn about the bats that call Cowans Gap home. We will watch as they fly gracefully over the lake...

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...

Drive-In Night Sky Watch

CANCELED - Join Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory, and learn the essentials of stargazing. Please bring binoculars, spotting scope, or...

Fabulous Frogs

This video shows frogs of the world and all their adaptations for survival. Short talk on our Pennsylvania frogs as well.

Mindful Skywatching

Come and join us as the sun sets to do mindful sky watching. You will be guided through a short, guided meditation to encourage relaxation, openness and...

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,...

Movie We Bought a Zoo

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...

Whitetail Deer with Kip Adams

Join guest presenter Kip Adams, biologist and Chief Conservation Officer with the National Deer Association as he discusses whitetail deer, their life cycle...

Mother Nature's Nightlife with Ryan the BugMan!

Meet at the Education Building Moths outnumber butterflies ten to one – come learn about these nocturnal pollinators. How are they different from...

Night Sky Tour

Due to the weather forcast this evening, this program is canceled. Join us as members of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society bring their expertise to...

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 & Meteor Watch

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...

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...

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

Join park staff for a guided tour of our night skies! This tour will walk you through a bit of historic astronomy, highlight one or two prominent features...

Saturday, July 30