DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, September 17

Flat Naturalist  Self-Guided Tree Challenge

Head out to the park for an adventure with your very own flat naturalists! Much like the Flat Stanley in schools, Washington Crossing Historic Park will...

Flying WILD Educator Workshop

Join us for an interactive, hands-on Flying WILD educator workshop at Pymatuning State Park! Flying WILD was made for educators working with middle school...

Flying Wild Educator Workshop

Flying Wild provides hands-on, easy to use, and fun environmental education activities focused on celebrating birds. Activities meet PA state and national...

Fall Bird Walk

Conservation volunteer and avid birder, David Kruel, will lead a bird walk on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 8:00 am. The walk will begin at Locust Lake...

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...

Sunrise Hike

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, this program has been cancelled.** The sun rises from its slumber and peaks its head ever slowly over the horizon,...

Fall Kayaking: Registration Required

Experienced paddlers only, ages 14 and up. Email kkelchner@pa.gov to sign up. We'll take a morning paddle partway around the lake to look for signs of fall.

Fall Wildflower Walk

Learn to identify common fall wildflowers with Elk and Cameron County Master Gardeners! Take a leisurely walk in the fields and the trails nearby to learn...

Hop, Slither, Crawl

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

International Coastal Clean Up at Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs State Park

Participants will clean up litter along the beaches of Presque Isle and the shores of Erie Bluffs State Park. To register to participate in the ICC contact...

Measuring Pennsylvania's Champion Hemlocks

Are you curious as to how champion trees are measured? What lengths will some of us go to, to find new big tree discoveries? Does Cook Forest have...

Volunteer Work Day

Our Festival is coming soon, it is time to spruce up! Join the McConnells Mill park staff to perform improvements to the picnic area, gristmill, and trails...

23rd Annual Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival

Our 23rd Annual Festival is sponsored by the Kinzua Bridge Foundation! It will have art & craft vendors, food vendors, demonstrations and live music. You...

Animal Tracks and Scat: Who Pooped In The Park?

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist to play detective and explore the world of wildlife tracking. While most of our native mammals live secretive nocturnal lives...

Art in the Park

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, this program has been cancelled.** Join us for this short program as we learn about a native Pennsylvania animal and...

Beginner Archery

This program requires pre-registration to attend. Register online by clicking here. Join park staff to learn the basics of archery, including safety,...

Birding on the Over Look

Join the park naturalist on Hawk Point Over Look for birding, Eagles and Ospry are often spotted here. We will have binoculars to share.

Educator Workshop: Take Me Outside - Applied Growing up WILD

Join our education staff as they share their best techniques for teaching young children about the natural world. Participants will be outdoors for a large...

Fascinating Fungi  

Are you curiosity to learn more about the fungi that reside in western PA? If you are, we have the program for you! Join guest instruct Lee Schuler, State...

History Hike

We will start at the park office (which has restrooms) and walk across the street to the Blue Ball Tavern. We will then walk the paved side of the road to...

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...

Walk with a Doc - Advancing Wellness through Nature

Meet on the Knox & Kane Rail Trail with Doctor Linda Rettger for a small talk on the benefits of getting outdoors for the whole family and a hike. This is...

Monarch Madness

During this program you will have the opportunity to participate as a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch, a conservation and research program based at the...

Walk with a Doc - Advancing Wellness through Nature

Introducing the cemetery as a greenspace to local residents in the West Ward of Easton. It's a place to walk, run, walk the dog, find peace, birdwatch, learn...

Tree ID + Tea

Fall is here and the leaves are beginning to change! Learn the basics of tree ID including the science behind fall foliage. Hot tea will be provided after...

Walk with a Doc - Advancing Wellness through Nature

Walk through beautiful Naylors Run Park in Upper Darby with Dr. Jason Keiner who will discuss heart care. This is an easy 30 min - 1 hour, 1.2. mile walk...

McConnells Mill Historic Gristmill Autumn Hours

Thursdays through Sundays - 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at...

Monarch

Help the Park Naturalist with a community science project to monitor the migrating generation of Monarch butterflies. Learn how this project helps biologists...

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...

Monarch Madness

Did you know that Monarch butterflies migrate all the way to Mexico every winter? After a short lecture on Monarchs, we will go in search of these colorful...

Raptor Watch on Flat Rock Overlook

Join a naturalist on the Flat Rock overlook and search for raptors migrating to their winter homes.

Pennsylvania Pawpaws

Deep in the forests of Pennsylvania exists an ancient tree that produces a surprisingly delicious fruit! The pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba) can be found...

Bat Bingo!

What kind of animal is a bat? How many species are here in PA? Come out to the amphitheater to hear all about our bats and all the good things they do for...

Birds for Kids

**ages 5-10 Kids are invited to learn about birds and make a bird call to take home.

Fire Tower Tour

Hike to the Kooser Mountain Fire Tower for a unique view from this historic structure. Must be 18 years of age to participate. *Registration is required....

Monarch Madness

During this program you will have the opportunity to participate as a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch, a conservation and research program based at the...

Monarch Watch Butterfly Tagging

Join the park naturalist as we catch, tag, and release migrating monarch butterflies. We'll learn about the biology and life cycle of this fascinating...

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...

Walk with a Doc - Advancing Wellness through Nature

Community wellness event held in H.P. Way Park, which was recently renovated to be more of a gathering hub for the neighborhood. Will be located at H.P. Way...

Monarch

Help the Park Naturalist with a community science project to monitor the migrating generation of Monarch butterflies. Learn how this project helps biologists...

Afternoon Guided Hike on Sidewalk Trail

Join a Park Naturalists for a guided interpretive hike on Sidewalk trail to learn about the historical importance of this trail and the neighboring...

CCC of Little Pine

Join the park naturalist and learn about the work the Civilian Conservation Corps did in the 1930's and 1940's in the area, the culture in these camps, and...

Elk Basics

New to learning about elk? Join us for the basic breakdown as we learn about elk history, elk ecology and elk behavior. Are you a seasoned “Elkspert?” We bet...

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.

John D. Olmsted story: Presented by Alden Olmsted

John D. Olmsted story: Presented by Alden Olmsted California naturalist and conservationist most famous for creating the Independence Trail in Nevada City,...

Learning to Kayak

Join the park naturalist for a beginner’s kayaking lesson. After the lesson you will have a chance to paddle on the lake with the naturalist. ...

Monarch Tagging for Kids

Join experienced environmental educator Jess Deluccia to learn how monarch butterflies survive an incredible 2,000 mile journey, then take a short walk to...

Schoolhouse Days

Go back in time to see what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse. Play some of the popular games from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Meet at the...

Tree ID Hike

Join the park naturalist for an easy hike on the Nature and Fire trails. We will meet at the Hawk Point parking lot and head off into the trees. We will...

Walk with a Doc - Advancing Wellness through Nature

Join Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for a doctor-led, family-friendly walking event including activities, learning about...

What Lurks in the Lake?

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

Frogs for Kids!

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

Intro to Kayaking

Last one of the season! Here's your chance to try kayaking! Participants will learn kayak terminology and basic paddle skills before heading out on the...

Hello Fall Stroll

Hike a section of the Mary Ann Furnace Trail with a park naturalist to look for signs of Autumn.

Sunset Paddle

**Program is FULL for those needing to borrow a boat. If you have your own, it is still open.** Last one of the Season! Join us for a leisurely paddle on...

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...

Of Bluebirds and Bluebird Boxes

The story of the Eastern Bluebird and building Bluebird boxes. One box per family! Must reserve box at (814)733-4892 or (814)733-4218,

Poe Valley Campfire Stories!

Gather around the campfire and listen to some fun campfire stories and local folklore! We will be reading stories from distant places, as well as dive into...

Scots-Irish in Pennsylvania

Join the park naturalist as we look at the Scots-Irish that settled in the Pennsylvania frontier. Access for People with Disabilities If you need an...

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...

Going Batty: Exploring the Bats of PA

It’s more important than ever that we protect our furry, flying friends and what better way to start then by learning about them? Join us at Pavilion 3 in...

UV Night Hike On The Lake Loop Trail

Use a UV flashlight to make the plants and animals along the Lake Loop Trail glow. This is a one-mile hike with roots and rocks across the trail. ...

Mountain Movie Night

Movie night under the stars! Be sure to bring a blanket or camp chair and your favorite snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie at Scenic View at Laurel...

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,...

SOLD OUT: Owl Prowl

Come learn about the different types of owls that call Pennsylvania home as we embark on a 1.5-mile owl prowl. It'll be a real hoot! Participants should...

Saturday, September 17