DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 20

Flat Naturalist Walks

Go for a walk with Presque Isle’s very own flat naturalists. Much like the Flat Stanley in schools, Presque Isle will have Flat Naturalists meet you on a...

Story Book Walk – Tucker and Ripley’s Adventure on Presque Isle 

Take a walk and read a story at the same time. Throughout the month of July and August 2022, visit Presque Isle State Park for a self -guided story walk...

Sunrise Hike

Start your morning with a breath of fresh air. Join a park educator for an easy 1.5 mile hike while enjoying the wildlife and plants along the way. Meet at...

Sunrise Lagoon Paddleboard (SUP) 

Join a Park Naturalists for a morning stand up paddle (SUP) through the lagoons of Presque Isle State Park. Learn about the plants and animals that call this...

Elk EXPO

There will be numerous ongoing educational programs, seminars and activities during this event. Visit ElkExpo.com for more details.

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...

Working Together Conservation Exhibit 

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) and the Presque Isle State Park complex house many agencies, organizations, partners, and volunteers that play a...

Morning Bird Walk with Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon

The Park offers a wide variety of habitats, and 177 species have been recorded here. We will spend a few hours exploring the park looking for resident birds...

Paddle the Reservoir

Take a relaxing paddle out on the lake in search of wildlife and peaceful morning recreation! Previous experience kayaking or canoeing required. Use your...

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...

Exploring Entomology: 4-H Insect Field Day

Youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend this free event! Two tracks available: Track 1: Ages 5 - 10, and Track 2, ages 11 -15. Youth will need to...

Hike: Two States, Two Canals

***Registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Canal Path Park, 2520 River Rd,...

Hydropower: Harnessing the Power of the Creek

Water is relentless. It never gets tired! So, why not try to harvest that energy and force of nature to produce power. Well, that is exactly what David...

Mount Pisgah Youth Field Day

Join us for a fun filled day of outdoor activities! This program is free for children ages 8 to 15. All participants must be accompanied by an adult...

Mycorrhizae

Mycorrhizae Join us at the Tuscarora State Park Visitor Center on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 9:15 am for a presentation from Penn State Master Gardener...

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...

Trivia Hike: Laurel Run

Come enjoy a hike on beautiful Laurel Run. While we hike, we will test your knowledge of the outdoors with some trivia. This is a more challenging hike with...

Woodsy Owl Volunteer Day and Campout

Volunteers will assist with site clean-up in the Organized Group Campground. Picnic Lunch at the organized group camp and receive 2 nights of free tent...

Yough River Sojourn Connellsville to Dawson

Join us for our final stretch of the 2023 Yough river Sojourn. This five mile float is an easy flat water stretch. You must bring your own boat, but 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...

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...

Wag Walk

*Dog-friendly Hike* Bring your furry friend for a hike at Nolde Forest. All dogs must be on a leash at all times. Hike will be approximately 1-2 miles of...

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...

Kayaking 301

Please meet at the Park Office for an advanced skill level kayaking class. Remember to bring your earplugs, swimsuits, sturdy river sneakers, change of...

Trail Challenge Hikers

Can you hike every trail at Kings Gap? With 25+ miles of trails throughout the property, Kings Gap has an extensive hiking system. This challenging monthly...

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...

Solar Lantern Class

Solar Lantern Class Join Naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park and HS Biology teacher, Pam Ulicny for a renewable energy class on how to build a...

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...

Participants in Art in the Park

Join a professional artist to create a beautiful landscape painting of the park. All materials are provided. The cost for the event is $35, payable at the...

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...

Tree Scavenger Hunt

Kids! Join us for a family-friendly scavenger hunt! Try to find some items related to TREES found here in the park and get a “tree-ific” prize!

Turtle Time

Let's talk about all the terrefic things about turtles!

2022 Monarch Tagging

Help the park naturalist with a citizen science project to monitor the migrating population of Monarch butterflies. Learn how this project helps biologists...

Intro to Archery

Practice your archery skills! We will cover the procedures of shooting a bow! Target and bows/arrows provided!

*Full with Waiting List* Histories and Mysteries

Did you know there was a plane crash here? Or that a ship carrying Spanish gold is somewhere in the swamp? Join us to learn about some strange happenings...

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....

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...

Family Nature Day with Fred Rogers Productions and WQED

Join the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Fred Rogers Productions, and WQED on Saturday, August 20 from 1-3 pm for a special...

Fishing: SMART Angler

Join the park naturalist as they show you what it means to be a SMART angler. This intro to fishing is great for beginners and we will have some time to do a...

Japanese Knotweed Fall Spraying Demo

Join Penn State Extension & the Cook Forest Concservancy for our final 2022 session on control of the non-native invasive Japanese Knotweed: 1 PM @...

Kayak Games

Sharpen your kayaking skills and have fun at the same time! Activities inclues kayak races, tag, capture the flag and more. Free event, pre-registration...

Salamander Search

**ages 5-12 We'll start with a brief intro to salamanders, then head down into the woods to see if we can find any. It will be uphill on the way back. Wear...

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...

What Lurks in the Lake?

Learn about the things that lurk in the lake at this interactive program.

Who Lives There?

Let’s take an easy one mile hike searching for native animal homes! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray. This program

A Visit with Samuel

Come join Samuel Cowan under the shade of the trees around the amphitheater campfire ring as he tells you the story of how the Cowan family came to Cowans...

Bees and Beekeeping

Celebrate National Honeybee Day by catching tbe buzz on one of our favorite pollinators. After learning about our bees and viewing our hive, beekeepers Cal...

Family Nature Scavenger Hunt

Explore the park and search for items in nature to complete your list. Pick up your scavenger hunt list at the environmental learning center (ELC), and after...

Incredible Insects Table

Stop by the Beach House to learn about how insects can benefit you. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more information.

Snake Search

Pennsylvania is home to some beautiful and ecologically-important snakes of all different sizes, colors, and patterns. We'll be taking a 2-mile hike to...

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...

Cache box

Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunting game using GPS to find what others have hidden and today is international geocaching day! Come celebrate with...

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....

Butterfly Bash

Join the Park Naturalist at Sizerville State Park for a butterfly catch and release program. Participants will be provided with butterfly books and nets. The...

Ducks for Kids!

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

E. Parachute Games

Meet by the Beach House at the big parachute to play some parachute games with an environmental twist. All ages welcome.

Orienteering 101

Learn the basics of map reading and orienteering, and take a walk looking for the markers on our beginners course.

Porky Porcupines

Want to find out how many quills a porcupine can have? Find out how many and what baby porcupines are called. Make a porcupine to take home. Meet at the...

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...

PA State Symbols

Come and learn some of Pennsylvania's state symbols, like its tree, fish, and bird in a fun way. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to...

A Day in the Life: Western PA Early Pioneers

Join the park naturalist for a look inside the life of the early settlers of the area. We will look at several aspects of their lives from daily activities...

Birds of a Feather: NO LIVE BIRDS

The park naturalist will be displaying some of the educational bird taxidermy and resources we have here at the park. Have you ever seen a raven or a screech...

CCC Geocaching tour

Join the Park EES on this guided Geocaching walk of the CCC camp and explore the old building sites and existing building today. Download the geocaching app...

Nature Hike

Join a park naturalist on a walk about a section of the horse trails. *The teaching station is the set of benches located at the far end of the upper...

Schoolhouse Days

Try some of the games from the late 1800’s while discovering the history of the one-room schoolhouse. Meet at the schoolhouse by the camp store.

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Saturday, August 20, 2021. The program starts at 5:00 pm. Dave Duffy will give a fire...

Volunteer Event:  Beebalm Borders

Volunteer with us at our education area as we replace invasive Japanese stiltgrass borders with beneficial Scarlet beebalm to enhance the wildlife value. ...

Intro to Kayaking

*REGISTRATION FULL* Here's your chance to try kayaking! Participants will learn kayak terminology and basic paddle skills before heading out on the water....

Monarch Butterfly - Parker Dam State Park

Monarch butterflies are beginning to migrate for the winter, but how do their lives begin? Join park staff for a viewing of The Butterfly King, which...

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...

The Bats of Nolde Forest

Join Nolde Forest Staff as we investigate the only flying mammal – the bat! We will start this family program in our picnic area with a reading of Nicola...

Aquatic Animals

Beavers, Muskrats, and Otters, oh my! Ever wonder who makes those mud and stick dams, tiny cute dome houses and bankside waterslides. Come and learn about...

Leap into Herpetology: Introduction to the Reptiles and Amphibians of PA

"Leap into Herpetology: Introduction to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Pennsylvania" 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM amphitheater Join...

Medicinal Plant Walk

Come take a guided walk and learn all about the medicinal plants we find along the way.

Mountains Meet the Moon Band at Blue Spruce Park

THIS PROGRAM IS AT BLUE SPRUCE PARK; 1128 BLUE SPRUCE ROAD, iNDIANA, PA 15701; not Yellow Creek State Park. Enjoy an evening of live acoustic music...

Music in the Woods

The park welcomes Jay Smar as he shares folksongs featuring coal mining and other local history.

Opossum Trivia!

What are baby opossums called? How fast can these little critters run? Come play some opossum trivia with the park naturalist to test your random knowledge...

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...

White Clay Creek Preserve Friends Campfire

Come enjoy some outdoor fellowship at the Sexton House fire ring in White Clay Creek Preserve. This is a family friendly event. Bring a joke or a song and be...

Wild about Snakes

Through displays and maybe some live specimens, challenge yourself to separate fact from fiction about snakes of Pennsylvania. Discover fun facts about both...

CCC Camp S-75

Join guest speaker Lou Bernard, who has done many events and local legend stories of the area and also oversees Ross Library’s Adult Services in Lock Haven,...

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...

Owls Of Black Moshannon

Come join us at the Environmental Learning Center for a hootin' good evening about owls! Fun facts will be abundant, myths will be busted, pellets dissected,...

Movie Night at the Amphitheater

Join us at Sizerville State Park for a short educational film on insects found throughout North America. The film will take place at Sizerville's campground...

Night Hike – Summer Serenade

This time of year, the volume of the forest is turned up to the max! Join us for a two-mile hike on the Sober’s Run side of the park. Before the hike, the...

Owl Prowl

Learn the amazing adaptations of these night fliers before we head out on a short hike on the Mary Ann Furnace Trail.

Owl Prowl!

Join park naturalist Rob Bergstresser for a short presentation on owl species native to Pennsylvania. We will cover owl identification and calls, before...

Venomous Snakes

Join us for an interesting program where we will discuss venomous snakes found in Ohiopyle. We will discuss and explore characteristics of copperheads and...

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...

Movie Night at the Museum # 1

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

Things Naturalists Do

Catch Crayfish, pet bees, mess with moths. All that and more. Learn some of the quirky things that people like a park naturalist do to entertain themselves.

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...

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...

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