DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, August 27

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 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...

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...

Birding Walk

Join the park naturalist for an afternoon bird walk along the Creek Trail to see what feather friends live and are passing through our park. Please bring...

CANCELLED-Project WET Educator Workshop

The issue of water is expected to define the 21st century. Every day, the quality and quantity of water resources affect the health and well-being of the...

Kayaking for Beginners-Registration required

**ages 16 and up.Folks who've never tried kayaing before are invited to try out the sport. We'll go over beginner basics, then participants will take a short...

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...

Save the Pollinator Meadow!

Assist the Nolde Forest Friends Group save the new pollinator meadow from invasive stiltgrass! This easy to ID and pull weed thrives in disturbance and the...

Science & Stories (1st-4th grade Edition)

Join park staff for this scientific exploration of the forest told through an age appropriate story! In this session for learners in 1st grade through 4th...

Summer Tree I.D. Hike

Join us for an easy hike on a section of the Oh! Susanna Trail and learn how to identify trees. Whether your a beginner at tree identification or a novice...

Wake Up Walk

Start your day with a peaceful hour and a half walk around Wildasin Cove at a leisurely pace.

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...

Campground Tree ID Walk

Join the park naturalist for a short half-mile walk around the campground, where we'll learn how to identify several species of Pennsylvanian trees. We'll...

Dog Days of Summer

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a special National Dog Day exhibit along the Multi-Use Trail to learn about the wild cousins of our best friends. Learn...

Friends of Cook Forest Series: Little Heffern AMD Reclimation

Join Friends of Cook Forest and the Clarion Conservation District to learn the basics of acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment. We’ll start with a presentation...

Landowner Workshop

Do you have hemlock trees on your property or invasive plants that you want rid of but don’t know how to handle them? This workshop is for you! We will...

Monarch Butterflies!

Join the park educator to learn all about Monarchs and their interesting lives. We'll also take a walk around the office native plant areas to look for...

Morning Nature Kayak at Yellow Creek Preregistration required

Come join us for a relaxing morning of kayaking on the lake as we explore the wetlands and creeks from our boats. Previous kayak experience preferred. Bring...

Native Plants And Their Uses

Join park staff to discover the uses of native plants. We will be going on a short walk to find plants and discuss how ancient cultures used them. Please...

Ride the Rail Trail

The Knox & Kane Rail Trail is a great place to ride your bike and enjoy nature. Bring your bike and join a park educator for a ride from the park to Mount...

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...

Trail of New Giants Hike

Bring water and wear comfortable shoes for this hike on the Trail of New Giants (so, what happened to the “old” giants?). This hike will include the hike up...

Tree ID walk

Whether you are a plant ID novice or just need some practive to prefect your skills, this easy walk on the hilltop will teach you some tricks to improve your...

YOGA along the Loyalsock

Join yoga instructor Diane Folmar for a gentle class for people of all ages and abilities. Please bring your mat or a towel.

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...

Hike: Raven Rock

11:00 am 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...

Late Summer Wildflower Walk

As summer fades, autumn slowly approaches bringing along a change in the forest. Join forest naturalist for an easy walk, to explore some of late...

Mighty Mustelids

The Mustelidea or weasel family are highly adapted predators. Learn about Pennsylvania’s two largest species and how they are adapted for two very different...

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...

Skull Scatter

Can you identify these local creatures by looking at their skulls? Stop by the Visitor Center between 11am and 1pm to find out!

Skulls and Furs

Stop by the ELC in the Conewago Day Use area to show us your skills by trying to match the animal fur to the corresponding skull.

Super Saturday - Celebrate Cameron County!

Sinnemahoning State Park naturalist, Susan Schenck, will be joning in on the festivities on Saturday, August 27, in downtown Emporium, PA, with a table...

Introduction to Archery

Join park naturalists for a fun and free intro to archery program at Oil Creek. We’ll have a temporary range set up with all the equipment you’ll need to...

Afternoon Nature Kayak Preregistration required

Come join us for a relaxing afternoon of kayaking on the lake as we explore the wetlands and creeks from our boats. Previous kayak experience preferred. ...

Archery for Beginners

Saturday August 27, 2022 1 PM - 3 PM or 4 PM - 6 PM Come out to Kings Gap to learn the basics of archery technique, safety, and...

Archery: Intro to Archery

Join our park naturalist, a NASP certified archery instructor, as we develop the basics of archery. Lean how to safely shoot a bow and maybe pick up a new...

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....

Live Animal Show

Bring the whole family out to see Pete from Animal Encounters and his furred, feathered, and frisky friends!

PA Mushroom Foraging

Members of the Central PA Mushroom Club will be onsite to provide information on mushrooming in our part of the state. We will forage on the grounds of the...

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...

"Grandma" Gatewood

The AT Museum is excited to host Anne Van Curen on August 27th! Actress Anne Van Curen transforms into Emma "Grandma" Gatewood to describe what it was like...

GPS and Geocaching

Learn how to use hand-held GPS units and apply those skills at geocaching. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. Contact Rhiannon Summers at...

Get Lost-NOT

Learn how to use a compass on our compass run, and nobody can ever tell you to get lost again. Compasses provided. This program meets at the Rock Oak Trailhead.

Monarch Tagging

Monarch butterfly migration presentation followed by a short walk to catch, tag, and release butterflies. Arial nets provided. Wear close-toed shoes and be...

Monarchs and Milkweed Walk

Come join the park naturalist for a walk through our nature center gardens as we learn about the monarch butterfly and the milkweed that they are truly...

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...

Bye Bye Birdie

The change of seasons is beginning to become apparent. We’ll investigate the signs of change and how various Pennsylvania animals handle the change in...

Intro to Stand Up Paddle boarding

Discover how easy it is to balance on top of the water. L.L. Beans's paddle boarding starter course is an excellent opportunity to learn the basic strokes...

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....

Hop, Slither, Crawl

This interactive program will teach you how reptiles and amphibians survive in the forest.

Summer Tree I.D. Hike

Join our park naturalist for an easy 1 to 1.5-mile tree identification hike along the Sawmill Trail. Participants will learn how to identify the tree species...

The Monarch

Possibly the most widely-known butterfly, the Monarch was just recently classified as endangered due to the rate of decrease seen in its population. Come...

BYO Kayak Paddle

During this program there will be a brief introduction to kayaking as well as a tour of Little Pine Reservoir. The history of the area as well as the flora...

Creative Constellations

Join the park educator at the amphitheater to learn about the night sky, different phases of the moon, the constellations, & the stars associated with them....

Archery for Beginners

Saturday August 27, 2022 1 PM - 3 PM or 4 PM - 6 PM Come out to Kings Gap to learn the basics of archery technique, safety, and...

Introduction to Field Botany

Many plants may look similar at first glimpse and it can be overwhelming trying to sort them all out. Join us and learn basic skills in plant identification...

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.

Salamanders for Kids!

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

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 at the Auditorium.

International Bat Night at Nockamixon State Park

6:30-7:00 pm: Refreshments 7:00-8:00 pm: Bat program with Stephanie Stronsick from PA Bat Rescue 8:00 pm: Bat walk Presented by the Friends of Nockamixon...

Bats:  Myths vs. Facts

Join the park naturalist as we look at the bat and separate fact from myth. Learn why bats are important here at Cowans Gap. Join us afterwards for our...

Birds of Prey

Birds of prey have many amazing adaptations for finding food and surviving in our forest and fields. Come learn about owls, hawks, and falcons of the Blue...

Historic Ways Used to Navigate and Find Directions

Using the sun, moon and stars, astrolabes, chronometers, dead reckoning, compass and even much more!

Oh! Deer

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

Tree ID walk

Whether you are a plant ID novice or just need some practive to prefect your skills, this easy walk on the hilltop will teach you some tricks to improve your...

Creative Constellations

Join the park educator at the nature center to learn about the night sky, different phases of the moon, the constellations, & the stars associated with them....

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...

PA Deer

The Pennsylvania white-tailed deer is one of the most beloved and controversial animals in the state. Today we’ll talk about their amazing adaptability.

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...

Campground Movie: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

PBS NOVA Documentary: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies. Monarch butterflies fly over 2,000 miles to reach remote overwintering sites in Mexico....

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 Hike

Discover what lives in the forest at night and how they survive.

Big Brown Bat

Although they may seem a bit scary at first, bats are an incredible and beneficial part of our ecosystems! Join park staff to discover some of the myths and...

PA Elk

One of a number of wildlife that at one point were gone from Penn’s Woods. However, elk in PA are now a major attraction. Learn of the efforts that brought...

Creatures of the Night

Grab your flashlight and join the park naturalist as we investigate the nocturnal sounds of nature on an easy 1.0-mile night hike around the Day Use area of...

Living Light in the Forest Night

It's not easy to spot but our night forests can be brighter than we realize. Join us as we search for bioluminescent and phosphorescent plants, animals,...

Movie Beethoven # 1

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

Night Sky Tour with Binoculars

Join the park naturalist and go on a trip through the night sky. Participants will be learning how to use a star map, finding visible constellations and...

Private Dark Sky Telescope Tour: Gods in the Sky

Back in a time before television, internet, video games, and graphic novels there was the splendor and drama of the night sky. Gods followed their whims,...

Wildlife Management Documentary

Check out an educational documentary from the Pennsylvania Game Commission on bringing back animals once extripated from our state.

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...

Stars - Cherry Springs 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...

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...

Star Party

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for an exploratory evening under the stars. Telescopes will be available to view often unseen night...

Saturday, August 27