DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Sunday, September 4

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...

Hemlock Heroes

The Eastern Hemlock, our state tree. Have you ever smelled the hemlocks’ needle and imagined taking a step back in time when Penn’s Woods nearly covered the...

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...

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...

Family Scavenger Hunt

Get your list and then head out to explore the park! Once you’ve found everything, return to the park office before 11 AM to sort what you’ve found and claim...

Farmer's Market

Come join us at Keystone State Park Farmer’s Market. Every Sunday, weather permitting from June 5, 2022 until September 25, 2022 in the Beach parking lot. ...

Morning Nature Hike

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...

Pontoon Boat Tour (Registration Required)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. All...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative tour around the lake, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife....

Ride The Rails

We will meet at the Ramcat Put-in parking lot in Confluence and then bike 9 miles to Ohiopyle. Along the way, we will stop and explore some of the hidden...

Yoga on the Beach

Join yoga instructor, Tawnia Converse, for a morning yoga session on Lake Jean Beach. No experience required and bring your own mat or towel. **Please...

  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...

Wake Up Walk

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

Attracting Pollinators

Want to learn how to turn your garden into a pollinator’s paradise? Stop by the butterfly garden during this hour to explore our garden’s selection of...

Beaver Pond Stroll

Come take a walk along the Beaver Pond trail to learn about Pennsylvania’s largest rodent, the Beaver. We’ll check out the beaver lodge and investigate how...

CANCELLED: CCC Geocaching tour

This program is CANCELLED due to staff illness. Please contact the park office for future opportunities to join the Park EES on this guided Geocaching walk...

Hopewell Lake Family Hike

Join park staff for a 2-mile hike around Hopewell lake. During the hike participants will learn about beaver habitat and behaviors, tree ID, and park...

Introduction to Food Preservation

It is a great time of year with fruits, vegetables, berries, and more being harvested. Join us for an introduction to canning, dehydrating, and freezing...

Mushrooms 101: A beginner's course in mushroom identification.

Join our park educator for a crash course on mushroom ID. Followed by a hike to see what we can uncover. Kids may attend, but it's reccommended for ages 12...

Rascally Raccoons

***ages 3-5 Little ones and their grownups will learn about raccoons through story, hands on activities, and simple craft.

Tree ID Hike

Join us for a 2-mile hike where we'll learn how to identify some common trees of Pennsylvania. Participants will learn what characteristics to look for when...

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...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative tour around the lake, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife....

  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...

Backyard Bass

Bring the little ones out to learn how to cast a fishing rod without getting hooked! This game-like activity will safely teach kids how to cast using plugs...

Fill the Bill

Stop by the Visitor Center for this interactive, hands-on challenge of matching the right bill to the right food source.

For Kids: Marvelous Monarchs

Monarch caterpillars are munching away at our milkweed, soon to transform and head migrate South! Join us for a story, chat, and craft about these amazing...

Kayaking on East Branch Lake

Paddle craft are a great way to experience nature and get in some healthy outdoor recreation. Join a park educator for a guided paddle trip around the Seven...

Northeast side Ironmaster Mansion

Join local historian, Andre Weltman, for an exterior-only presentation on the Ironmaster’s Mansion built in 1829. Topics will include the building’s...

Labor Day Paddle

Learn the basics of kayaking and take a relaxing paddle around Doubling Gap Lake. Due to high demand, it is recommended to reserve a kayak for 11:00 a.m.,...

Owls and Pellets

Join us as we learn a little about owls! Discover what an owl pellet is, how it is made and investigate and dissect some that the owls left behind. This is a...

Pontoon Boat Tour (Registration Required)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. All...

Sun Printing

Join a Park Naturalist for a short walk on the TREC grounds to gather supplies, learn about what a cyanotype (or sun print) is, then create a sun print of...

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.

Fire Tower/Seneca Point Historical Tour

Please bring your binoculars and meet at the Fire Tower Parking Lot for an historical interpretive tour of the Fire Tower and Seneca Point. Learn...

Disc Golf: Intro to Disc Golf

The sport of disc golf is growing rapidly, come find out why. Our park naturalist will teach you the basics of the game and allow you to test your skills on...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

In the Nineteenth Century, wooden pegs were used for construction because metal products were so expensive. Come see an actual blacksmith in action with this...

Intro to Geocaching

Join us at 12 p.m. in front of the Visitor Center for a short intro about GPS units and how to geocache! Then borrow a park gps unit and try to find the park...

Pole Steeple 5-mile Loop Hike

Participate in a guided 5-mile loop hike of Pole Steeple, Mountain Creek and the Appalachian Trail. Learn about the plants and animals that you will see...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative tour around the lake, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife....

2022 Woodhick Games

Register for free at the table in the grove above the Cabin Road (look for the banner—registration closes at 4 PM) so that you can participate in the...

Arrival of Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear will be in the park for a while to greet the competitors, their families, and other park visitors. Be sure to say hello.

Art in the Park:Leaf Printing

Bring a light colored t shirt or cloth place mat to design your own creation just in time for fall!

Widow Skimmer

Did you know that there are thousands of different insects to be found in Pennsylvania? Join the park naturalist to seek and catch examples of the huge...

Nolde Mansion Open Houses 2022

Now serving as the first Environmental Education Center in the state, the Nolde property was once the home of a wealthy Reading manufacturer. The mansion now...

Poe Valley Bonfire on the Beach!

Poe Valley’s Bonfire on the Beach event is back and full of fun! Join the concession stand and park staff on games and activities starting at...

Salamander Stand

Stop by the beach house to learn about the salamanders that live in the park. Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more...

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...

Tracks & Traces

It starts with an “S” and it ends with “T”. It comes out of you and comes out of me! I’m talking about “Scat” of course. While the thought of animal poop may...

Wild about Tea Hike

Across the globe people have used local plants to make tea. Join us on a moderate 2-mile hike as we point out wild plants that can be turned into delicious...

Woodhick

Our annual celebration of lumbering skills and demonstrations. Amatuer competition with prizes.

Woodhick Camp Demonstrations

Watch the blacksmith as he shows off his skills with iron. Other woodhicks will be demonstrating the skills used in the woods and along the waters. Look...

Nature Paddleboard Preregistration required.

We are having our last Paddleboard tour of Yellow Creek Lake for the season! Join us for a fun paddle on the lake. Participants should be comfortable in deep...

Pontoon Boat Tour (Registration Required)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. All...

CANCELLED: Forest Bathing

This program has been CANCELLED due to staff illness. Please contact the park office for future opportunities to experience this short and slow walk through...

For Kids: Critters at the Beach

Join park staff at the Sand Spring Day Use Area to explore critters of the Lake. After learning about these aquatic animals, we’ll get our feet wet while...

Geocaching 101

Catch the geobug and learn about geocaching! This is an introductory course to geocaching. You will learn the basics of using a GPS unit to mark a waypoint...

History Tours: Mansion Open

**The Mansion will be closed on September 25th due to a road closure. ** Join us on the top of the mountain to visit the Cameron-Masland Mansion, an...

Learn and Paint; Watercolor

Come to the park office to learn about a specific mushroom species and then paint it with our educator. Learn and Paint version; Amanita muscaria.

MotM 22

Join the Friends of Kings Gap for this free summer concert series the first Sunday of June, July, August, and September! Bring your lawn chair or blanket...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Try to find the items on the scavenger hunt list in one hour to win a prize! Bring any type of camera to take pictures of the items. Meet at the...

Primitive Fire Starting: Bow & Drill

Starting your campfire is simple with the aid of matches and lighters. What happens when the box is empty, or the fluid runs out? Try your hand at starting...

Snakes of Pennsylvania

Join KECA’s own snake expert Russell Wheeler as he shares his vast knowledge of Pennsylvania’s snake species. He will have live snakes on hand including a...

Spillway Demonstrations

Join the park naturalist at the spillway anytime from 2pm-4pm or 6pm-7pm. She'll demonstrate methods for collecting macroinvertebrates, have some on hand to...

Bug Hunt

Let’s see what insects we can find around the campground. We will provide nets and bug viewers.

Raptors over the Ridge

Join Hawk Mountain Educators and learn about our history and the longest running raptor point count survey that has been going for 87 years. We will explore...

Raptors over the Ridge

Join Hawk Mountain Educators and learn about our history and the longest running raptor point count survey that has been going for 87 years. We will explore...

Sizerville State Park Pavilion #5 with bridge over the West Branch Cowley Run stream..

Join the Cameron County Conservation District as we uncover what lives in the waters of Sizerville! Hunt for critters like crayfish and salamanders and learn...

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...

Bog Treasures

Take a hike on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road.

Fossil Discovery

Kids with Their Family Program: Fossil identification activity, plus kids will extract and keep some replica fossils.

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

Take a short walk with park staff in search of interesting plants. At stops along the flat and easy 1/4 mile route, learn identification tips, folklore and...

Log Birling Demonstration

When driving logs downriver, balance was a skill you must possess, or face deadly consequences. The stakes aren’t as high, but bragging rights are on the...

Wild Edibles Walk

Ever wonder which plants are safe to eat and which are not? We will find out on this short walk.

2022 Woodhick Awards

The competitors have given it their all, now it’s time to reward them. The winners of each event will be awarded their prizes; however, winners must be...

Coyotes In PA

Coyotes are a well established member of our wildlife community. Find out where they came from, how to identify them, mounts, hides, skulls, and demos will...

Kooser Legacy Hike

Enjoy a leisurely walk through time and uncover the interesting history of Kooser State Park. This hike is family friendly and on easy terrain. Please meet...

Spillway Demonstrations

Join the park naturalist at the spillway anytime from 2pm-4pm or 6pm-7pm. She'll demonstrate methods for collecting macroinvertebrates, have some on hand to...

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

Join us at any time to try matching everything up! Scat, tracks, furs and skulls… skunks, bobcats, bears and more! Whose is whose?! No live animals.

Tall Tales and Mammal Bingo!

Stop by the Campground Amphitheater for a story (or two) and several rounds of Mammal Bingo! Small prizes will be available. Location: Campground...

Bats! Fact or Fiction!

Can you tell what is true and what is not about Pennsylvania’s only flying mammal?

Campfire Tales: Tales from the CCC

Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some mild ghost tales from the Civilian Conservation Corps in the area. Beware, You may just learn...

PA Snakes

Meet at the Amphitheater in the Lower Campground to explore the world of these misunderstood creatures. Find out what species live in PA, and interesting...

Rock and Mineral Treasures

Enjoy some neat rock and mineral facts, plus receive family packs of mineral treasures and common rocks and minerals.

Charcoal Hearths, Collier Huts and Haul Roads: Amphitheater presentation

Traces of the Pig Iron Industry across South Mountain a presentation from Andre Weltman. Discover charcoal hearths, collier huts, and hull roads in the areas...

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...

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

Many animals travel through the night without flashlights. Tonight we’re going to give it a try. We will go on a one-mile hike through the woods and use our...

On the Prowl with Bobcats

Bobcats have increased their populations dramatically in PA. Learn of their history in our state, as well as their management, life history, and...

Sunday, September 4