DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Sunday, May 26

Sunrise Paddle

Registration Required Come and watch the sun rise over Keystone Lake. This is a BYOB (Bring your own boat) event. Life vest must be worn. If you have...

Backyard Bird Banding

Join state park volunteers and experienced bird banders, David and Fay Hauber, as they attempt to band common songbirds right here in Sizerville State...

Red Tailed Hawk

Join us, as we walk through White Clay Creek Preserve, to observe these winter birds in all their beauty! Please bring binoculars and wear appropriate...

Ohiopyle Trailjourn Bike: Great Allegheny Passage Confluence-Ohiopyle

As we bike along the Great Allegheny Passage we will make several stops along the way to talk about the history of transportation in Pennsylvania and the...

Basic Botany Walk

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...

Breeding Bird Walk

Learn about the ongoing Pennsylvania Bird Atlas project and spend the morning looking for and documenting breeding birds with a park educator.

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...

Early Birds: Ledges Trail Hike

Join the park naturalist for a morning hike on the beautiful Ledges trail. Binoculars will be available for guests who want to try and get a good look at...

Fish For Free Day

Bring your own gear, or borrow a fishing rod and tackle from the park! Limited availability on fishing rods. Call (724) 428-3117 to reserve. Fishing Rods can...

Fish for Free Day

Come down to the Point to try your hand at fishing the rivers. All supplies will be provided, and we will be doing catch and release fishing only. You do not...

Fish for Free!

Learn to Fish! Join park staff for a walk up fishing class. No fishing license is required. Other crafts and handouts will also be available. All materials...

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...

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...

Silver Creek Hike

Join us on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 9:30 am as we explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visit Silver Creek Fire Tower. This hike is 5 miles...

Creek Critters

Wade into MaryAnn’s Creek to learn about the hidden life of the stream. See what lives under the rocks and how the surrounding area impacts water...

Fish for Free Day

Come down to the Point to try your hand at fishing the rivers. All supplies will be provided, and we will be doing catch and release fishing only. You do not...

Family Fishing

Join the Park Naturalist for a morning of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. No fishing license is required during this program. Meet at the fishing...

Fish for Free Day

Come down to the Point to try your hand at fishing the rivers. All supplies will be provided, and we will be doing catch and release fishing only. You do not...

Kayak through History

Learn the history of Laurel Lake and Pine Grove Furnace while kayaking. Space is limited to 12 participants. Must be at least 12 years of age, and have...

Kayaking Basics

Learn how to kayak, then try out your new skills by paddling on the lake. Several different kayaks are available to try. PFD's must be worn and will be...

Native Pollinator Garden Showcase!

Join the celebration on Sunday, May 26, as we unveil the NEW Eliza Taylor Pollinator Garden at Washington Crossing Historic Park! This program is in...

PA Reptiles & Amphibians

Do you know how to help a large snapping turtle cross the road? Can you identify our 3 venomous snakes in PA? How many different types of lizards occur in...

Pennsylvania Fish For Free Day

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with an ongoing hands on exhibit of fishing equipment, local fish identification, knot tying and casting geared towards...

Principles of Foraging

Foraging wild foods is a skill learned over a lifetime. This talk and walk will give you the basics to learn how to safely, ethically, and legally forage...

Turtles

Turtles are awesome! After a short lecture we’ll search for basking turtles. Binoculars and spotting scope provided. This program meets at the Wildlife...

Underdog Hike on the Lookout Loop

We will be hiking the look out loop trail to the beautiful Pavia Outlook. Please, wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. This is an easy to moderate...

Voices of the Past

Join Park staff at Sandhill Cemetery on Upper Greens Run Rd as we pay tribute to those that served in wars past. *The path to the cemetery is short but...

Fish for Free Day

Come down to the Point to try your hand at fishing the rivers. All supplies will be provided, and we will be doing catch and release fishing only. You do not...

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...

Ask the Naturalist

The park naturalist will be roving around the park to answer questions about nature and history.

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.

Mourning Cloak

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...

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...

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...

Fish for Free Day!

Its fish for free day in Pennsylvania! Come visit DCNR’s table beside Bendigo Creek near the playground to borrow some rods and fishing supplies before...

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...

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...

Mansion Sundays: Open for Tours

Join us on the top of the mountain to visit the Cameron-Masland Mansion, an historic stone villa built in 1908 as a summer home. The first floor is only...

Mountain Laurel Walk

Sam Lewis State Park has a beautiful stand of Mountain Laurel. Learn about the interesting biological connections and history of our state flower.

Blue Ball Tavern Tours

Visit one of the oldest structures in Perry County to see some amazing artifacts from the surrounding region! This museum is open Sundays in the summer from...

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

Stop by the Environmental Learning Center and join the park educator to make and take your own American flag craft, along with learning some historical facts...

Forest Bathing

Also known as Shinrin Yoku, which translates to Forest Bathing in English. This practice involves being immersed in nature! Research shows that there are...

Lake Dwellers

Explore Black Moshannon Lake to see what species of fish, amphibians, and macroinvertebrates are living here! Nets will be provided. Wear shoes that tie...

Learn to Fish Family Fishing Day

Try your hand at fishing, even if you've never been before! This program is for individuals or families with little or no fishing experience. Participants...

Mammals of Pennsylvania

Join us for an indoor presentation on some of the fascinating mammals that call Pennsylvania home! We'll learn about the history, ecology, and life history...

Nature Kayak on Yellow Creek Lake: Preregistration required.

Come paddle with the park naturalist as we search for wildlife including ducks, frogs, and other critters around the lake! Bring your binoculars to explore...

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,...

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...

Snail Trails

Ages 3-5. Little ones and their grown ups will learn about snails through hands on activities, story, and simple craft.

Wingspan Board Game

Do you love board games and birds? Then Wingspan is the game for you! This strategy game brings the world of birding into a fun game for all. Come learn...

Art in the Park: Opossum Edition!

Feeling artsy? Or maybe you just want to know a little more about Opossums? Join in as we learn how to draw an Opossum and talk some common opossum knowledge!

Kid's Craft: Otter Mask

Join a park educator to learn more about River Otters and make an Otter mask!

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...

Salamander Safari

Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania; where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique, and where to find them. We will head to the Whipple...

Deer Family

“Moose, Elk, Caribou, and Whitetail Oh My!” The Deer family has quite a few members! Join our staff as we learn about the elk and their many cousins that...

Drop in the Bucket

Come to the amphitheater to learn why it is important to protect our water. See why we can truly say that every drop that is conserved is a drop in the bucket.

Fish for Free Day!

Today anyone (resident or non-resident) can legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED. Fish-for-Free Days are great ways for...

Frog Pond Fun!

Discover the diverse species found at our pond such as frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, and insects and how they benefit the world around us. All nets and...

Black and white photo. A hand writing with a quill pen. The feather pen is white with gray stripes.

Learn how Pennsylvanian's kept in touch with their neighbors and made butter before the invention of text messages and grocery stores. Stop by to write with...

Ravens Vs Crows

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word raven or crow ? Is it Spooky or Noisy? Do you know the differences between crows and ravens? Come...

The Susquehanna River is hugged by green hills and covered in a blue sky with wispy white clouds.

Take a hike along River Trail and learn more about the Susquehanna River along the way. River Trail is roughly a mile one way. The terrain has a few dips....

Spring Photography Walk

Come to Point State Park for a walk around the park to learn and apply some of the basics of photography! Bring your digital camera or your cell phone to...

Sun Prints

Join us under the education center deck to make some fun nature art! We’ll use sun print paper and natural items to make some sun prints to take...

Fish For Free Day SMART Angler

Are you a SMART Angler? Come over to our table and see if you are. Learn about the species of fish in our lake, some tips on how to catch them, or how to...

Art in the Park: Japanese Fish Kites

KIDS! We're celebrating Fish For FREE Day! Come celebrate by designing, making, and flying your very own Koinobori fish kite (windsock style). All...

Kayaking 101

Kayaking is a great way to explore your state parks, but there are a few things to learn before your first trip on the water. This session will cover the...

Tree ID

Learn to use a dichotomous key to identify trees in the woods around you or your own backyard.

Terrific Trees

Join the park naturalist to take a look and tell the difference between some of the different tree species in Hyner Run State Park. There will be a craft at...

Ravens Vs Crows

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word raven or crow? Is it Spooky or Noisy? Do you know the differences between crows and ravens? Come...

Fish For Free Day

Join Park Naturalist Jim Mucci on Fish For Free Day. Loaner equipment will be availible at the beach and campground host site #6. Rods and tackle combined...

Rock and Mineral Treasures

Kids with Their Family Program. Neat facts about rocks and minerals, plus kids will receive their own packets of common rocks and minerals.

Turtle Walk and Talk

Join us as we find out what turtles live in the park and learn some of their natural history. Then its a short walk to the lake to see if any are using the...

History Hike at Poe Paddy!

Get ready for a walk on the John Snyder Trail and through the Poe Paddy tunnel as we discuss how this beloved state park came to be. We’ll talk what was here...

Leaves for Kids!

Bring the littles out to create their own art with leaves while they learn why trees are so important..

Excellent Elk

Come on out to the amphitheater to get educated about elk! We’re celebrating over a hundred years of the reintroduced species in the state. We’ll discuss the...

kayaks lined up on lake

The world keeps spinning, and why not enjoy the setting sun from the vantage point of a kayak. All equipment (kayaks, paddles, vests) will be provided, but...

Biomimicry: You Can't Beat Mother Nature.

Through nature' plants and animals, we can learn to duplicate products and processes which don't require the heating, beating, treating and waste products...

Concert in the Park: Matt Miskie

Matt’s repertoire is family-friendly, instantly recognizable, and enjoyed by audiences of all ages; familiar folk classics that you can sing along with as...

Life of a Union Soldier

As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend, local historian John Moore will describe what it was like to have been a soldier in the early Union army.

Wildlife Watching Basics

Have you ever struggled to get your binoculars focused or to find a bird in your spotting scope? Come out learn these skills and other basics of viewing...

Campfire Tales: Soldier Stories

Join us this Memorial Day weekend in honoring those who gave their lives for our country. Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some soldier...

Excellent Elk

Come on out to the nature center to get educated about elk! We’re celebrating over a hundred years of the reintroduced species in the state. We’ll discuss...

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...

Owl Prowl

Discover why owls are such great hunters in the dark! We will then take a short walk to see if we can find any!

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. All children must be...

Sunset Hike

Why is the sky blue, why are cloud white, and why are sunsets beautiful? Join us on this 3-mile hike at Hillman State Park to learn the answer to these...

Sunset Stories

Take in the breathtaking canyon sunset and learn something at the same time. Park Naturalist Bob Edkin will share fascinating tales and lore of local...

Kayak tip at night

Take a moment to look at the stars - while sitting in a kayak. All equipment (kayaks, paddles, vests) will be provided, but please dress appropriately for...

Eagle and Ospreys

See the amazing recovery these raptors have made in PA. Mounts, artifacts, and tales will tell their story. Learn to identify them and where they can be...

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...

Sunday, May 26