DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, May 25

PA Birding Atlas Monitoring

Come down to Point State Park to assist with the Pennsylvania Bird Atlas! Learn about this critical citizen science event while taking some time to monitor...

STORYWALK®: SUGAR SNOW- Recurring Event

Enjoy a story as you walk along a section of the parks OH! Susanna Trail . This seasons story is Sugar Snow by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Ages 4-8). Come learn...

Saturday Morning Birding Series

Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek Saturdays in April and May All 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park Office prior to 8am...

A cedar waxwing perches on a branch, looking skyward.

Take a casual walk along Eagle Trail as we learn to listen for birds and hopefully see some, too! A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow....

Cook Forest Living History Weekend

Please join us for a fun filled weekend of living history as we journey through various historical eras of the United States: French & Indian War, Colonial...

Lagoon by Pontoon

DCNR staff and Volunteers offer a free interpretive pontoon boat ride throughout Misery Bay and the lagoons. Experience the plants and animals that live in...

Morning Nature Hike: Hawk Falls

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...

Plant Patrol: Volunteer to Remove Vinca on Laurel Run Trail

Join Indiana County's Plant Patrol to remove invasive vines known as Vinca on the Laurel Run Trail by the Park Office. Please bring a garden rake if you...

Soaring Eagles: Bald Eagle Watch

Come hear about the bald eagle and its amazing comeback! The program will cover biology, behavior, ecology and population trends in Bradford County and at...

Tom Faucet Hike: Ohiopyle Trailjourn

We will learn about the history of French and Indian War participant Tom Faucet. Was he a hero or a liar? Decide for yourself as we visit his grave along...

Coffee and Conversation in the Campground

Stop by the campground any time between 9:30am and 12pm to chat with a park educator. We'll also enjoy some hot coffee, tea, and cocoa as we answer any...

Archery 101

Archery is a great recreational activity that will connect you to your past and the great outdoors. Learn the basics of archery through the eleven steps of...

Bald Eagles at Bald Eagle State Park

Come learn about Bald Eagles in honor of Memorial Day Weekend! After a brief discussion, we will be taking a short walk to look for Bald Eagles and other PA...

Beaver Dam Trail Hike

Enjoy this guided three mile hike over level terrain. We will be exploring the varied plant life found along this trail and learning about how our forests...

Canoeing the Pine

Join us on a guided, interpretive canoe trip on Pine Creek to learn about the flora and fauna that call the valley home and discover the incredible history...

Eagles-Masters of the Sky

Our Bald Eagles are active on their nest! After a short lecture, we will observe eagles in their nest using our spotting scope. Spotting scope and...

Furnace 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 history of Pine Grove...

High Point Hike

Kick off the holiday weekend with a hike to the highest point in PA! Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Mt. Davis area on a moderate, 2 mile...

Intro to Archery

Come get a bullseye with us! Join park staff to learn the basics of archery, including safety, technique, and proper use of equipment. The park will provide...

Kayak Nature Tour

Take a relaxing paddle out on the lake in search of wildlife and peaceful morning recreation! Borrow the park’s kayaks and equipment or bring your own. Open...

Jacob's Ladder

Curious to learn about native and invasive plants? Hike with us along the Springlawn trail to learn about the native and invasive species that live at Big...

Bicycle Tour of Presque Isle

Learn about park history and the flora and fauna as we enjoy a leisurely ride around the peninsula. Please bring a helmet. Don't forget water and sunscreen....

Lagoon by Pontoon

DCNR staff and Volunteers offer a free interpretive pontoon boat ride throughout Misery Bay and the lagoons. Experience the plants and animals that live in...

Memorial Day - Red, White & Blue Weekend

​"Memorial Day - Red, White, & Blue Weekend" - at Crooked Run Campground Red, White, & Blue theme weekend in the Crooked Run Campground on Memorial Day...

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.

Delaware River Kayaking

Saturday, May 25, 11:00am - 2:00pm Kayaks at WCHP are very popular. If you have been on a paddle recently, please consider allowing a month or two to...

Pennsylvania Wildlife Presentation

This program will feature PA's important mammal species, and may include a live captured specimen.

Sizerville's Splish Splash Bash

Join the lifeguard team and the park educator for a fun, water-themed program to celebrate the opening day for the pool! We will be talking about watersheds...

Stream Study

Get your feet wet and help us discover the diversity of wildlife living in our stream! We will capture, identify, and learn how the creatures of the stream...

DiscoverE Backpack Loaner Program

April 12, 2024 – October 7, 2024 Locust Lake State Park will be offering a new program this year. DiscoverE is a program offered at PA state parks by the...

Introduction to Archery

Ever been interested in shooting a compound bow but never had the opportunity or equipment? Stop by the park office and we will teach the basic instruction...

Lagoon by Pontoon

DCNR staff and Volunteers offer a free interpretive pontoon boat ride throughout Misery Bay and the lagoons. Experience the plants and animals that live in...

Yough River Sojourn: Dam to Ramcat

Join us for the first leg of this year's Youghiogheny River Sojourn. It is a short but fun float from just below Yough Dam to the Ramcat launch. This is a...

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...

Explore A Vernal Pool

What is a vernal pool? Only the most fascinating wetland on our planet! Join us to explore a vernal pool and search for Wood Frog and Spotted Salamander egg...

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...

Plaque Walk

For an area filled with rich history, plaques only skim the surface of the unique stories they hold. Join the Point State Park educator for a guided...

Salamander Safari Preregistration required

Join the park educator, Lisa Meadows, to explore Laurel Run for salamanders and other critters. Wear shoes that can get wet and shoes to change into. It's...

Art in the Park: Possum Edition

When you think about possums, what's the first thing you think about? Maybe playing dead or having a pouch. Meeting location will be at the amphitheater as...

Bike Safety

It's bike saftey month! Join our park ranger and park naturalist at the amphitheater to go over bike safety when in the campground. They will discuss basic...

Black Bears

Join the park naturalist as we explore the black bear. During the program you will learn about reducing the chances of a bear encounter and what to do if you...

Forest Habitat Hunt

Join us for a family-friendly scavenger hunt, exploring the forest for signs of the critters that call our park home.

Kayaking on Lyman Lake

Have fun out on the water as you start your summer! Join us for a relaxing paddle around the lake. Search for wildlife, explore the shore, and learn about...

Local Attractions

Are you a hiker, cyclist, hunter, or outdoor enthusiast? Curious about the trails and attractions in Elk Country and the PA Wilds? You’ve come to the right...

Nature Showcase at the Beach

Stop by the Beach House to see what part of nature the Park Naturalist has on display! Topics may include skulls, tracks, wildflowers, climate change,...

Ride the Rail Trail

Enjoy a guided ride through the park on the Lowlands Trail. Bring your own bike or check out one of the park’s loaner bikes. A park educator will lead the...

SUP Paddle

Gain a new perspective of Lake Wilhelm from on top of a standup paddleboard. Before we hit the water, we will go over the history of paddleboarding, how to,...

Schoolhouse Days

Play some games from the 1800's! Find out what it was like to attend school here before it was a state park, then take a recess. Meet at the one-room...

Story time: Turtles

Join park staff and read a story about turtles. Learn more about turtles and how they fit into our environment. This is a chance to also meet a real life...

Thaddeus Stevens portrait

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...

Wild Teas and Thee

Join the park naturalist to sample delicious iced teas made from wild plants and trees!

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...

Birding 101

Learn how to identify our feathered friends and the proper way to use binoculars.

Geology Fun

Ages 6-12. Young people will do a few tabletop geology activities and make tie dye tee shirts using acid mine drainage! Bring a light colored t-shirt

Intro to Birds

Learn the different Characteristic of Birds, and how they vary species to species. Meet in the environmental Learning Center

Youth Fishing Fun!

Learn to rig a line, bait a hook, and cast a rod before trying your luck catching some fish! Get hands-on instruction in the basics of fishing before putting...

Terrific Trees

Join the park naturalist to take a look and tell the difference between some of the different tree species in the Lower Picnic Area of Little Pine State...

Art in the Park: Possum Edition

When you think about possums, what's the first thing you think about? Maybe playing dead or having a pouch. Come on out to the nature center as we draw this...

 Volunteer Event - Knotweed Knock Down

Join us along the banks of the Bushkill Creek as we use machetes to chop down the invasive riparian weed, Japanese Knotweed. This program is limited to teens...

Bluebird Stroll

Enjoy a spring walk to learn about the beautiful bluebirds that inhabit the area. We’ll talk about bluebird monitoring citizen science and why it’s so...

Introduction to Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. Participants will learn how to...

Old Time, Fun, Thingumajigs Made of Paper, Wood and String.

Kids with Their Family Program: Fun the old fashion way!

Raccoon Rascals

Bring the family out to learn about the raccoons who call our woods their home, and have your kids create their own custom raccoon mask! If you need an...

Solar Viewing

What do sunspots on the sun look like? Take a look through the solar telescope to see some! Discover interesting facts about the sun while viewing. Meet...

Bygone Town of Ricketts Tour

Discover where the lumber town of Ricketts used to stand and learn some history along the way! Good boots are recommended for walking. Please bring your...

Birds for Kids

Bring the littles down to create their own bird to take home and learn some fun bird facts!

Eagle Watch

Join the Naturalist on the overlook to take a "golden hour" look at bald eagles and other birds that fly above and below the overlook. The park naturalist...

Science in the Park: Snakes

We share the park with a variety of snakes. Come separate fact from fiction about or parks most misunderstood residents. Meeting Location: Campground...

Science in the Park: Snakes

We share the park with a variety of snakes. Come separate fact from fiction about or parks most misunderstood residents. Meeting Location: Campground...

Elementary Entomology: Praying Mantis Edition

Did you know that a praying mantis can turn its head 180 degrees? They are also amazing at blending in to their habitat. Join the park educator at the...

History Mystery

The park naturalist will have some items on display that were used long ago. Can you identify them and their uses?

History Walk

Do you know how Keystone got its name? Join park staff and learn the history of the land. Please meet at the James A Kell Visitor Center. If you have...

Intro to Kayaking

Are you new to kayaking and don't know where to begin? If you are thinking about getting into kayaking, join us for a crash course in the basics of kayaks....

Volunteer Event - Knotweed Knock Down

Join us along the banks of the Bushkill Creek as we use machetes to chop down the invasive riparian weed, Japanese Knotweed. This program is limited to teens...

Beneficial Bats

Discover the truth and benefits about PA bats. Then watch Race to Save PA Bats and learn how White-nose Syndrome affects them. Meet at the...

Fibonacci's Gold! It's Everywhere, It's Everywhere"

The number 1.618 will take is to the amazing and golden shapes found in nature, mathematics, art and architecture.

Owl Prowl

Whoooo's there? After a half-hour presentation exploring owl traits and identification, we will hit the trail to listen (and look) for owls! They can be a...

Pinchot Animal Mix-Up

During this family-friendly program, participants will try to identify animals by using skulls, furs, feathers, and photos. If attending the program and...

Reptiles

Join Park Naturalist, Jessie Kohan, to learn about all the exciting reptiles that live in PA. We will be learning about turtles, snakes, and lizards through...

Story Time

Join the campground host in an evening story time. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Please meet at the James A Kell Visitor Center

Bat Bingo!

Get ready for National Pollinators Month by talking about a lesser known pollinator: BATS! What kind of animal is a bat? How many species are here in PA?...

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...

French Creek: A Blast From the Past!

Recently discovered in the archival depths of the park was an old, dusty slide projector. With this slide projector came memories of the parks past. Sit back...

Nature Trivia Night

Think you've got what it takes to win? Match wits with fellow campers and find out who knows S"MORE! Join Park Naturalist Bob Edkin in an exciting game of...

Bats - Fact or Fiction?

Test your bat IQ during this interactive program.

Frog/Toad Call Bingo

Did you know we have 14 frog & 3 toad species in the state? Do you know what they all sound like? Come on out to the nature center to discover unique ways...

Furs and Skulls

Meet at the Amphitheater in the lower campground to see the furs and skulls of some of Pennsylvania's mammals. Discover interesting facts about each one. ...

Nature at Night

Coming to a Night Sky Program, but arriving early? Join park staff for a family friendly Nature at Night Program! These programs feature fascinating...

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...

 It's A Jungle Out There

Explore the fight for survival that nature demands of its freshwater inhabitants. All inhabitants can be found in our area.

Batty About Bats

Come to the old ‘bat church’ to sit in the lawn and watch the evening emergence of the bats. We’ll learn why the bats chose this old building for a roost and...

Firefly Watch

Experience natures fireworks on a short walk near the campground. Learn about the lives and habitat needs of fireflies while viewing their glowing light....

Spring Peeper

Grab your flashlight and hit the trail on a night hike! Join us on an easy walk through the woods to check out a small pond and discuss the animals that are...

monument to General Lewis Armistead

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 Eyes Guided Hike

After a quick talk on why eyes shine and how we see at night, join us for a hike down to the lake to see if we can view nocturnal wildlife and explore some...

Nocturnal Senses Night Hike

Test out your nocturnal skills while we learn about nighttime creatures and how their senses help them find their way in the dark. We will also use a UV...

Water's Edge Night Hike

Discover aquatic wildlife at night! We will carefully walk along the banks of the Bushkill Creek and use flashlights to observe the nocturnal behaviors of...

The Park After Dark

We'll be taking a short meander using blacklight flashlights to see what objects or creatures seem to luminesce under the UV rays.

Exploring the Night Sky

Experience the beautiful night sky over Chapman State Park! This program will include stories about the stars, a laser- guided tour of constellations, views...

Night Sky Tour and Telescopes

Experience the wonder of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. If conditions allow, we'll take a...

Saturday, May 25