DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

Saturday, June 1

Becoming a Backpacker

Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2 Celebrate National Trails Day with a two-day, one-night backpacking trip on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail! This...

June Bio Blitz Competition

Calling all self-proclaimed naturalists! Whether you're a mushroom hunter, fisherman, birder, or just like walking the trails and discovering the diversity...

June Bio Blitz Competition

Calling all self-proclaimed naturalists! If you are a mushroom hunter, fisherman, birder, or just like walking the trails and discovering the diversity of...

June Bio Blitz Competition

Calling all self-proclaimed naturalists! If you are a mushroom hunter, fisherman, birder, or just like walking the trails and discovering the diversity of...

Erie Bluffs Cavity Nest Check Hike

Join us for a hike at Erie Bluffs State Park as we check our bluebird boxes and learn about these unique group of birds. The cavity nesting program is one of...

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...

Hammond's Rocks Hike

Join us for this free guided hiking adventure on National Trails Day! Starting from Kings Gap, hikers will travel part of the Buck Ridge Trail, before...

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...

The History Surrounding the Sawmill Trail

Join park naturalist Rob Bergstresser for a 2.0-mile guided nature hike along the beautiful Sawmill Trail, formerly a stagecoach road, leading past the...

Trail Maintenance: Bridge Rebuild

Of the over fifteen miles of trail Evansburg has, a number of spots cross streams. Help build a new footbridge on the Skippack Creek Loop Trail, so that...

Trail Work Volunteer Days

Come out with our trail crew volunteers to improve the hiking experience at Kings Gap! Work may include: Installing signs, maintaining trails, opening...

Tree Identification Hike

Join park naturalist Bob Edkin for a short, half mile walk around Leonard Harrison State Park, where we will learn to identify common trees by leaves and by...

Highlands Trail Ribbon Cutting

Join the Appalachian Mountain Club, DCNR, the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape, and additional Highlands Trail partners to celebrate the...

Kids Fishing Derby

Registration: 9 AM (Stone Pavilion) Fishing: 10 AM - Noon (Kid's Fishing Area) Prizes: 12:15 PM (Amphitheater) Open to All Kids 12 & Under at No Cost

National Trails Day Hike

National Trails Day Hike – Saturday, June 1, 2024 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Meet at Point Parking Lot – McConnells Mill Join the Park Naturalist for a 5.25...

National Trails Day Nature Walk

Celebrate National Trails day with a relaxing and educational nature walk on a beautiful tract of Old-Growth Forest. Learn why many different species in the...

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...

Bio Blitz Info Session

Want to participate in our State Park Bio Blitz competition, but not sure where to start? Drop in to our Interpretive Center to learn all the ins and outs of...

The Benefits of Pollinators

Join us at the Park Office to learn about the importance of pollinators. Bats, butterflies, and hummingbirds all make up an important part on sustaining our...

Woodpecker Wander

Join us for a walk looking and istening for one of our favorite birds here at Pinchot Park.

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...

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...

Archery for Beginners

Registration required. Email kkelchner@pa.gov to sign up. Anyone ages 12 and older with no archery experience is invited to come and give it a try. After...

National Trails Day Bike Ride

Come celebrate National Trails Day by biking the John C Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail with the park naturalist and Fish and Boat Commission educator. This...

Nature Journaling

Nature journaling is a popular hobby to combine your creative and outdoorsy interests! Join our park educator to learn about the basics of nature journaling,...

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...

Trivia Hike: Laurel Run

National Trails Day Join the park naturalist to hike the Laurel Run Trail and test your nature knowledge along the way. This hike has numerous stream...

Footpaths to Highways

From the time that people first settled in Pennsylvania, transportation was always a challenge in the western part of the state. Join us for a look at the...

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.

Mammal Sound Bingo

Did you know we have over 60 different mammal species in our state? How well do you know your calls of the wilds? Come on out to the amphitheater to learn &...

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...

Vernal Pool Discovery Walk

Learn about the ecology of a vernal pool before walking a short distance to one found here at Pinchot Park. Once we get there, we will explore and discover...

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

It’s National Trails Day! Stop by the ELC and talk with the park educator about all the trails Sizerville State Park has to offer. Short talk followed by a...

Snakes of Pennsylvania

Join the park naturalist to learn about the different snakes in Pennsylvania. Topics will include the myths that have come up, diets, habitat, and...

The Frances Slocum Story

Come along on this short walk as the park naturalist tells the story of Frances Slocum as we go.

Hike for National Trails Day

Participate in National Trails Day by joining the park naturalist in hiking the Evergreen Trail to see Adams Falls. This is a 1-mile moderate hike. Good...

History Hike: Cemetery Trail

National Trails Day Come enjoy a hike to our historic cemetery. One the way we will learn about the history of Paradise Furnace and Trough Creek State...

Poolside Powwow

Take a break from the pool, grab a snack or ice cream, and join the park educator for a short impromptu program. The topic will be revealed at the powwow,...

Carnivorous Plants

Join guest speaker, David Wallace of the Mid-Atlantic Carnivorous Plant Society, to explore the world of carnivorous plants! Discover interesting facts...

Animal Tracks

Learn how to identify common animal tracks you may find in the park. Meet at the Amphitheater. *In case of rain, program will be held in the Visitor...

Busy Beavers!

What is a baby beaver called? How long can a beaver hold its breath underwater? Come out and show off your beaver knowledge (or educated guesses) in game...

Campground Movie: Fox Tales

Bring the family to the campground amphitheater and join a park educator for a Saturday night showing of the PBS Nature Special "Fox Tales"

Junior Rock Hounds (ages 6-16)

Are you interested in seeing some of the interesting rocks and minerals of Pennsylvania? If so, join the park educator to learn about the rocks and minerals...

Of Wolves and Coyotes

At one time Wolves were in Pennsylvania, but coyotes were not. Now wolves are gone and coyotes are abudant. The story, genetics and adaptations behind the...

PA Spiders; a Web of Facts, Fears and Myths.

You may change your views, as we look at the amazing adaptations and lives of Pennsylvania Spiders.

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

The Red Rock Fiddler

Sit back and relax under the trees as the park welcomes JIm Weiss on banjo, fiddle, and guitar. His folk and gospel tunes will get your toes tapping and your...

CSI: Animal Investigations

There's mischief makers around! Can you uncover which animals are causing chaos at Cherry Springs? Investigate the simulated scene of a few animal-created...

Campfire Tales: Tales from the Trails

Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some mild ghost tales of from the trails in the surrounding area. Beware, you may just learn something...

Let's Talk Elk: Guest Speaker - Jeremy Banfield

Join PA Game Commission Elk Biologist, Jeremy Banfield, for a presentation on elk information, research, and management. Presentation will be around 30-45...

Snakes of Pennsylvania

Join the park naturalist to learn about the different snakes in Pennsylvania. Topics will include the myths that have come up, diets, habitat, and...

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...

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...

A telescope illuminated by red light points at a dark blue and purple starry sky. There are black bushes in the foreground with the telescope.

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,...

Saturday, June 1