DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, September 3

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...

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...

Movie Jumanji # 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...

Bird & Wildlife Morning Nature Watch Hike

Enjoy a beautiful morning hike around the Ridge Top and Day Use Area looking for wildlife and birds! We will hike through the day use area and head up on...

Eagle Eye Walk

Come look for America’s favorite bird at Bald Eagle State Park! We will have scopes and binoculars available to better see Bald Eagles and other birds. We...

Family Fishing

Saturday, September 3, 2022 - Family Fishing 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Meet at 528 Boat Launch (Prospect Exit off 422) Looking for a great way to connect...

Formation of Ferncliff Hike

Did you know that Meadow Run used to flow past the Falls Area Visitor’s Center? This easy 2 mile hike explores the evidence that geologists have used to...

Friends Trail Day

Join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park trail crew on their monthly trail maintenance excursions where they care for park trails, remove invasive plants...

Hike Around the Highpoint

Learn about the natural and cultural history that surrounds the Mt. Davis area of Forbes State Forest during this moderate, 5-6 mile hike. Location...

Smith Hillside trail hike

Take a hike along the beautiful Smith Hillside trail. Wear hiking shoes and bring water for this moderate-difficulty trail. Wentz Education Center

Volunteer Garden Crew

Join us in the Nature Discovery Area and park office landscaping as we weed, mulch, and spruce it up. This work is best suited to adults and older children,...

  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...

CCC Re-enactors

Stop by Camp Tree Army to get an up close look at historical artifacts connected to the CCC Camps of our nation. Learn about “camp life” as a CCC boy. Look...

Fossil Frenzy: Digging through PA’s Past

Did you know we have fossils right under our feet? Come learn about the types of fossils we find here at Little Buffalo, how they were created, and what they...

Furnace Stack Walking tour

Furnace Stack Walking tour Pine Grove Furnace was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Take a 1-mile walk through the past to discover the...

Gardening for the Birds

FALL IS FOR PLANTING! NOW, right NOW, NOT in the spring is the time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Learn why fall is for planting, take a look at...

Last Walk of the Summer

Let's walk along part of Lakeshore Trail and see what plants and critters we can find.

Monarch Biology and Tagging class

Learn basic biology about Monarch butterflies and their life cycle then carpool around the park as we capture and tag live Monarchs. Bring water and packed...

Monarch Butterflies!

A monarch butterfly educational presentation, followed by a search for chrysalis and caterpillar outside. Check out the monarchs we're rearing in the...

Monarch Butterfly Tagging; A citizen science program.

Saturday, September 3 Thursday, September 15 Friday, September 23 Friday, September 30 10:00am - 11:30am The Monarch Butterfly is arguably one of the...

Nature’s Nasties Walk

There are some plants and animals that are best avoided. Join us and learn how to stay safe in the outdoors from poison ivy, ticks, stinging nettles,...

Walk with a Doc - Advancing Wellness through Nature

A short 1 hour walking program on the Jordan Creek Greenway Trail. In partnership and being led by St Luke’s University Health Network, join us at the...

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...

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.

Measuring and Scoring Antlers

Join community partner Jon-Marc Burdick from the Cameron County Conservation District to discover how deer and elk antlers grow, what conditions make for the...

What is Missing? Walk

Our forests have changed since the settlers first arrived. Discover how and what’s missing.

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...

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....

CANCELLED: Nature Notebooks

This event is CANCELLED due to staff illness. Please contact the park office for information on future opportunites to create your own nature inspired journal.

Camper Appreciation Day

We want to thank the support we receive from our campers! Stop by the Campground Amphitheater as we award door prizes to adult campers to show our...

Incredible Vultures

Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day with park staff and discover some of the amazing and unique features of these incredible animals!

International Vulture Awareness Day

It's the most wonderful time of the year, International Vulture Awareness Day! Join the park naturalist and Keystone State Park volunteers at the beach house...

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...

Owl Outlaws

The story of owls in Pennsylvania reads like a crime novel. Join us to find out what the owls were accused of and how they were acquitted of all charges.

Owls for Kids: NO LIVE BIRDS

***ages 6-12 Young people will learn about owls and then dissect an owl pellet to see what bones they can find.

Red Rock Trail Guided Hike

Join us for an easy, 3-mile hike along sections of several trails, including Red Rock Trail. One of the park’s most scenic trails, Red Rock follows pristine...

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

Join us for an easy walk around Point State Park! We will learn about general health information and about some of the native plants that grow here in the...

What's in Owl's Belly? Owl Storytime & Owl Pellets Preregistration required.

Join us for Owl Storytime with Owls by Kevin J. Holmes! Then we will explore the puzzle of what's owl's belly by examining/dissecting owl pellets. We will...

A Walk Through the Forest Cathedral

Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for an interpretive hike into the Forest Cathedral, a registered National Natural...

DiscoverE -  "Bat Mania"

Children will learn about nature's only flying mammal through interactive games and hands-on activities.

Elk Smart

Elk Smart is a new initiative to help remind visitors who come to Elk Country to preserve the wild nature of the PA elk herd. Learn the four principles of...

Family Forest Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike that is fun for kids and their families! We will take an easy hike, looking for signs of the animals that live in our...

Laurel Lake Kayak Tour

Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 8 or older and be able to swim to register....

Learn and Paint; Watercolor

Let's learn about monarch caterpillars and paint one in watercolor. Join the park educator on Saturday and leave with your own 5x7 painting.

Marvelous Monarchs

Monarch tagging is a great citizen science project! Come learn more about the magnificent life of the monarch butterfly & Project Monarch Watch. After a...

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...

Plants of the Pioneers

Time changed - When the early pioneers came to western Pennsylvania, they had to rely on nature for many things. Join the park naturalist for a look at some...

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 and...

Spotted Lanternfly Facts

Learn about the infamous Spotted Lanternfly and what you can do to stop it! Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more information.

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...

The Monarch Butterfly

This past year the migratory Monarch Butterfly has officially been added to the IUCN red list of Endangered Species. This program will focus on the lives of...

WHOOO Ate WHOOO

Kids, come join the park educator as we become forensic detectives in the mysterious case of the owl pellet! Learn how and what owls eat and get hands on...

Wonderful Wetlands Walk

What is so wonderful about wetlands? Join us to find out!

Predators and Prey

Take a wild look into the world of predators and prey! We’ll learn about some unique tools used for hunting and for avoiding being eaten! Could you survive...

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.

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....

Log Drive!

Bring your sand buckets to haul water for our scale-model log drive down the beach. We will demonstrate how logs were moved to the sawmills back before log...

Violet Coral Fungus

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

Monarch Butterflies

Join the park naturalist and learn about this specific butterfly that has attracted many peoples' attention over the years. Its natural history, hardships...

WHOOO Ate WHOOO

Kids, come join the park educator as we become forensic detectives in the mysterious case of the owl pellet! Learn how and what owls eat and get hands on...

CANCELLED: Who Lives There?

This program is CANCELLED due to staff illness. Please contact the park office to find out about future opportunities for this easy one mile hike to search...

Explore Archery

If you’ve ever thought about shooting a bow and never had the chance, then this program is for you. Stop by, get some basic instruction, and then actually...

Nature Detectives

Let's see if you can fine all the natural items in this scavenger hunt in the park!

Of Owls and Owl Pellets

Kids with Their Family Program: Some neat adaptations of owls and kids will dissect an owl pellet to see what was eaten.

Wildflowers for Kids!

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

Game Night at the ELC!

Do you love board games and brain teasers? Do you have a sense of friendly competition? Join us at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) for a night of...

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...

For Kids: Stream Exploration

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...

Backyard Bass

Bring the little ones out to learn how to cast a fishing rod without getting hooked!

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...

Raptor Call Bingo

Come on out to the upper campground to learn about birds of prey and what they sound like. Afterward, we’ll play a fun review game to test your knowledge....

A Taste of the Moon and Stars!

Join the park naturalist as we learn about the night sky, the different phases of the moon, and our constellations. Along the way, we’ll be making our own...

A Visit with Samuel

Come join Samuel Cowan around the campfire ring as he tells you the story of how the Cowan family came to Cowans Gap and about their life here. Bring a chair...

Baby Animals

You can’t help but notice how cute and cuddly baby animals always look. Now, join us to learn how amazing our local baby wildlife animals really are.

CANCELLED: Aquatic Animals

This program is CANCELLED due to staff illness. Please contact the park office to find out about future opportunities to learn about the aquatic mammals...

GLOW Hike

As humans we can only see a small part of the wavelengths of light. But there is a whole hidden world of colors and shapes that can be seen after dark with...

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...

Pennsylvania Black Bear

Join the Pennsylvania Game Commission to get up close and personal with one of Penn’s Woods most interesting creatures. Please meet at the Laurel Hill...

Smokey Night

Smokey Night will begin with a parade through the campground, led by Smokey Bear himself. All area children and campers are invited to participate in the...

The Cunning Eastern Coyote

The story of how coyote has expanded throughout the entire United States and gentically changed over the past 100 years.

Bats!

They’re often feared and often hated, but the world’s only truly flying mammals are fascinating and important parts of our ecosystem, not to mention they...

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...

CONCERT IN THE PARK  with Tom Jones

Worlds End is proud to present Tom Jones in a free concert in our new campground amphitheater! A singer, sonwriter, and performer for over 30 years, Tom's...

Listen to the Bats: Craft and Bat Watch

Complete a bat craft and learn about echolocation. The first 30 minutes of the program will be completing the craft. After the craft come back at 8:00 pm to...

Movie in the Park: Owls

What makes owls so special? Using the latest in camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and super-sensitive microphones, we can take a brand new look at...

Solitary Rats

This program will be focusing on a type of packrat that is mainly solitary and not very common in Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Woodrat. There will be a movie...

The Misunderstood Rattlesnake

Join special guest, Forest Ranger Steven Shaffer, for a presentation about Timber Rattlesnakes. Learn about the many misconceptions of rattlesnakes that left...

Animal Calls

Please bring your chairs, blankets, and your best animal call imitation to the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater for an evening of animal calls. Join the park...

Creatures of Codorus

Learn some fun facts about the creatures that call the park home!

From Stump to Ship

This vintage, 28-minute film from the 1930s shows many of the skills that woodhicks and river drivers would have needed to move timber through Parker’s Dam,...

Nature Nerd Trivia Night

Bring your team (or form one once you get there) and all of the nature knowledge you have with you for our Nature Nerd Trivia Night! This competitive,...

Night Sky Tour

*CANCELED DUE TO OVERCAST SKIES* Take a tour of the night sky to view the spring constellations. Bring a flashlight and bug spray Park and meet at the...

Raptor Call Bingo

Come on out to the nature center to learn about birds of prey and what they sound like. Afterward, we’ll play a fun review game to test your knowledge. See...

September Skies of Sinnemahoning

Discover the constellations, planets, and other astronomical sightings visible in September. Followed by stargazing in the Wildlife Viewing Area field....

The Geography of Gettysburg

The Pennsylvania topography, combined with the military objectives of commanding officers, led to a tiny village becoming burned into psyche of America. Hear...

Bears of Pennsylvania

Find out how well bears are doing in Pennsylvania. From the largest average weights, earlier breeding age to larger average litter sizes our bears exceed...

Movie Night - Raccoons

Grab your popcorn and head down to the campground amphitheater where we'll be watching a short 1-hour movie on raccoons. Afterwards, the park educator will...

September Skies of Sinnemahoning - Stargazing

Experience the wonder of the park at night through a laser-guided tour of the night sky and learn how to use a star chart. If weather conditions permit,...

Saturday, September 3