DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

October 1 - 30, 2022

Saturday, October 1

2022 Fall Migration Round-Up

Pennsylvania State Parks offer fantastic places to go birding, but we want to see which park is the best! Join us in a friendly competition to see which...

2022 Fall Migration Round-Up

Pennsylvania State Parks offer fantastic places to go birding, but we want to see which park is the best! Join us in a friendly competition to see which...

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...

Cedar Waxwing

Fall migration is a great time to look for birds, so spend the morning with the Park Naturalist to look for departing warblers and arriving sparrows. Bring...

Field To Forest Workshop

Learn how to make effective improvements and maintain the overall health of your property with our informative workshop, presented by professionals in the...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

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...

Go Teach: Hiking 101 Educator Workshop

Hiking can open the door to many educational opportunities. Join us and explore the possibilities of using hiking to modernize your curriculum and remake...

North Country Trail Hike

North Country Trail Hike – Saturday, October 1, 2022 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meet beside Pavilion #7 (McDanels Launch Area) Moraine Join the Park...

Tale of Three Trees

Lace up your hikers for a lengthy walk to observe three of the oldest trees in Laurel Hill State Park. Each tree species has an interesting story. This...

Weed Wranglers Volunteer Kill Invasive Species preregistration preferred

Show Yellow Creek some love! Join us to remove invasive species of plants and brush around Dragonfly Pond! Want to get a great workout or learn more how to...

Wilderness Survival: Primitive Fire Building & Food Preparation

Dust off your ferrule rods and meet us at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom to learn various fire starting techniques. We will then prepare...

Women Only Fly Fishing 101

Have you always wanted to try out fly fishing, but had no idea where to start? This opportunity may be exactly what you're looking for. Join the park...

Morning Bird Walk

Join a park naturalist, as well as a couple local birders and park cavity nesting box monitors on a walk in the park to look for birds! Enjoy the crisp...

Birdfeeding 101

Join us in the Education Center wildlife habitat garden to fill the birdfeeders and enjoy the birds! We’ll talk about types of feeders and seed and how to...

Fall Foliage Hike

Join us on a 1 mile hike to explore the parks mixed wood forest foliage. We will talk about the different trees and the colors they show us at this time of...

Walk in Penn's Woods

Join the park naturalist for a walk on the trails around Pinnacle overlook. walks are hosted all over the state this weekend for Pennsylvanians to enjoy our...

Walk in Penn's Woods on Laurel Ridge, Somerset County

Join Forest and State Park Staff for an intermediate backpacking experience on Laurel Ridge. This backpacking adventure includes two days of hiking and one...

McConnells Mill Historic Gristmill Autumn Hours

Thursdays through Sundays - 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at...

Annual Autumn Festival

Come join us for the 31st Annual Autumn Festival at Sizerville State Park. This historic festival celebrates pioneer crafts, skills and foods. Local artisans...

Raptor Watch on Flat Rock Overlook

Meet the park naturalist at the Flat Rock overlook and spot migrating raptors. There will be a spotting scope and binoculars for anyone to use.

Autumn Paddle

Join us for an afternoon paddle on Shawnee Lake! We will be learning about some of the amazing things that nature has to offer every autumn. All equipment is...

CoEd Fly Fishing 101

Have you always wanted to try out fly fishing, but had no idea where to start? This opportunity may be exactly what you're looking for. Join the park...

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...

Leaves of the Lake Paddle

Ever wanted to explore promised land lake? Well this is your chance to join us for a paddle on the lake as we take in the foliage and learn about the trees...

Life of James Buchanan

Join the park naturalist for a look at the life of James Buchanan, the fifteenth President of the United States. We will cover from his life as a boy on the...

Life of James Buchanan

Come out for our October program at Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park and join the park naturalist for a look at the life of James Buchanan, the fifteenth...

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 in Penn's Woods at Codorus State Park

Join Angela McCarty, Environmental Interpretative Technician on an easy 1.7 mile loop around Wildasin Cove. The trail is primarily a single-track path that...

Electrofishing at Yellow Creek Preregistration is required

Join IUP's Dave Janetski to learn about Yellow Creek's local fish populations, common sampling methods, and help electroshock live fish! Electroshocking is a...

Elk Basics

New to learning about elk? Join us for the basic breakdown as we learn about elk history, elk ecology and elk behavior. Are you a seasoned “Elkspert?” We bet...

Forest Therapy Walk

Not enough time for Forest Bathing? Try a Forest Shower! Even a short amount of time spent in a natural environment provides health and wellness benefits....

Whooo's Around

Pennsylvania has a diversity of beautiful owls – can you name them? Come get ‘wise’ about these nocturnal inhabitants and learn about their life cycle and...

Foxes for Kids!

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

Trapping the Wild Canine

Trapper Gary Sharp shares his knowledge of trapping canines, tips and tricks for success, and the regulations of trapping. See the equipment you need and...

Outdoor Nature Painting

Join the park educators for a night of guided step-by-step acrylic painting and hands-on learning about owls. All supplies will be provided. Meeting at the...

Haunted Paddle

CANCELED - Join the park naturalist for our final paddle of the year. We will paddle around the lake and stop to hear some haunting stories from the area....

Indian Civilizations along Shawnee Creek

Artifacts and known history will be used to look at the prehistiric and historic Native American cultures.

Haunted Lake Loop Trail

Ready to be scared?!? The Haunted Lake Loop Trail will take place on October 1 at Black Moshannon State Park. Enjoy a good scare and some laughs on this...

Sunday, October 2

2022 Fall Migration Round-Up

Pennsylvania State Parks offer fantastic places to go birding, but we want to see which park is the best! Join us in a friendly competition to see which...

2022 Fall Migration Round-Up

Pennsylvania State Parks offer fantastic places to go birding, but we want to see which park is the best! Join us in a friendly competition to see which...

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...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

Morning Bird Walk

Join us for a fall bird walk to help tally species for the 2022 Fall Migration Round-Up; a friendly competition with some of our sister state parks to see...

Drake's Hollow, Hall's Run, photo by hike leader

Moderate hike along a portion of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail in Clinton County, PA. Trail lies along the path of the old 'dinky' track of coal mine...

A Walk in Penn's Woods

Join us for a walk to celebrate Penn's Woods. A Walk in Penn's Woods is a statewide coordinated event on the first Sunday in October. It encourages people...

Apple Cider Fesitval

Join us for our annual Apple Cider Festival! Enjoy: Craft and Food Vendors HayridesLive MusicPetting ZooChainsaw CarvingApple Cider Pressing DemosNature...

Guided Nature Hike

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a guided nature hike through Ridley Creek State Park. We will explore birds, trees, wildflowers and park history along the...

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Join DCNR Forest Technician Justin Vinglas for a 1.75-mile hike on the scenic Bog and Boulder Trail in the Babcock Division of Gallitzin State Forest in...

Walk in Penn's Woods at Kennerdell Tract, Clear Creek State Forest

Join DCNR Forester Jessica Pierce for a casual but educational walk at Clear Creek State Forest's Kennerdell Tract. Participants will start at the Pipeline...

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Join DCNR Forest Technician Scott Swift on a 3.2-mile scenic hike on the Loyalsock Trail from Coal Mine Road to Alpine View and Rode Falls. Terrain is...

Walk in Penn's Woods at Seven Tubs

Join DCNR Service Forester, Julian Maza, and Wilkes University Professor of Geology, Matt Finkenbinder, to learn about the unique local geology of the Seven...

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Join Michaux Recreation Forester Trenton Bechtel for a roughly two-mile, one hour hike to learn about local flora and fauna. The hike passes through a shady...

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Join DCNR Service Forester Garrett Beers on a 2.5-mile loop hike traversing diverse forest habitats of varying age, which will provide ample opportunities to...

Walk in Penn's Woods on Standing Stone Trail and Dogwood Trail

Join DCNR Service Forester Jake Mazzei for a hike on Rothrock State Forest. The hike tours the Rocky Ridge area and meanders through an array of rocky...

Art in the Park: Bee Edition

Do you like honey? Then, you must like bees right? These critters are vital in our ecosystem in many many ways. Come on over to the amphitheater as we draw a...

A Walk In Penn's Woods

Take a guided walk along the Rattlesnake Trail and learn ti identify, trees, plants, fungi, birds, and more!

A walk in Penn's woods: Turtle trail

Join park staff for a hike on the turtle trail loop. The hike will be about 4 miles in length and will go along the horseshoe and turtle trails. Meet at the...

Allegheny River Paddle

Join park educators as we take a scenic paddle down a section of the Allegheny River. We will travel approximately 7 miles of river, stopping for lunch...

Beltzville State Park Fall Fest

UPDATE!!! Due to poor weather forecasted for Saturday, October 1st, the festival will now be held SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND!!! 10am-3pm. Come celebrate the...

Marsh Creek Walk in Penn's Woods

Join Ranger Mike for a beautiful 3 mile hike along the Marsh Creek Lake. The hike will start at our West Boat Launch and go out to the dam and back. This...

Walk in Penn's Woods: Signs of Fall at Sinnemahoning

Take a walk with the Sinnemahoning State Park naturalist to experience the beauty of an early fall day in PA’s forest and about the natural changes occurring...

Walk in Penn’s Woods

Join park staff on a 3 mile hike of Appalachian Trail. This will be a stroller friendly hike along the flat paved/fine gravel path. We will pass Fuller Lake...

McConnells Mill Historic Gristmill Autumn Hours

Thursdays through Sundays - 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at...

2nd Annual Bark in the Park

Come join us for the second annual Bark in the Park at Locust Lake SP on Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 12 pm - 4 pm. The event is sponsored by the Friends of...

Archery Basics

Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? Whether you are a seasoned pro that wants a little extra practice, or a beginner that wants to learn how to shoot a bow,...

Garden Harvest Day 10/2/2022

Join us for our annual fall festival focused on nature and art - Garden Harvest Day! Activities include: hayrides, pumpkin painting, facepainting, pumpkin...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

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...

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...

Kings Gap Mansion Art Gallery

The Kings Gap Mansion Art Gallery features local artists inspired by nature! The gallery includes watercolor, photography, sculptures, and more. The gallery...

CANCELLED - Walk In Penn's Woods: Nescopeck Trail

Let's celebrate the beauty of Pennsylvania's forest with an interpretive hike along potions of Nescopeck and Lake Trails. This moderately difficult hike is...

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...

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...

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Please join the Dauphin County Woodland Owners Association (DCWOA), Manada Conservancy, and DCNR Service Forester Andy Brought on a co-sponsored Walk in...

Walk in Penn's Woods at Masland Natural Area

Join DCNR staff for a 3-mile hike through the Frank E. Masland Jr. Natural Area in the Tuscarora State Forest. Participants will meet at the North Branch...

Walk in Penn's Woods- Bird ID and Fall Foliage Hike

Come take a walk in Penn's Woods at Mt. Pisgah State Park. The walk will focus on bird identification and fall foliage along the Mill Stream Trail. Bring...

Walk in Penn's Woods- Exploring Landrus, Tioga County's Coal Ghost Town

The Tioga County Woodland Owners, in conjunction with the DCNR, invites the public to participate in the 6th annual Walk in Penn’s Woods: Exploring Landrus,...

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Walk Description: Come join DCNR Service Forester Mark Lewis for a walk through Greendale Cemetery’s scenic Cemetery Run Gorge. See big trees that are...

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The Sideling Hill History Trail in Buchanan State Forest is a two-mile loop trail that visits sites of historical importance in the area around the CCC Camp...

Walk in Penn's Woods at Mountain Run Boy Scout Camp

Experience an introduction to Tree ID through PSU-DuBois, Wildlife Technology Program, student-led hike at Camp Mountain Run Boy Scout.Participants will...

Finding Ferns and Their Friends

Ferns and their allies (other spore-bearing plants) are sometimes overlooked in favor of flashy flowers, but they are, in truth, an incredible example of...

Walk in Penn's Woods Stony Run Demonstration Forest

Join Service Forester Jeff Osborne for a 0.5 mile walk through a loop trail in the Stony Run Demonstration Forest. Tree ID quizzes along the way (educational...

Walk in Penn's Woods at Frog Hollow Educational Center

Join retired DCNR Service Forester Frank Snyder for a casual stroll along flat trails that loop around the property. Tree species and understory shrubs will...

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Join DCNR Service Forester Jake Bausinger for an easy walk that will include stops to educate on the local flora and fauna.The walk will start at the main...

Mammal Mania

An entertaining look at adaptations, trivia and interesting facts about Pennsylvania's furry critters.

Monday, October 3

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

Books and Boots

Join our staff for a morning of mind exercising book discussion on the first Monday of each month. Books range between fiction and non-fiction, but always...

Landingville Marsh Hike

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park for a hike at the Landingville Marsh on Monday, October 3, 2022. The trail is 4 miles in length and...

Tiny Tots Story Stroll: We're Going on a Leaf Hunt (Monday afternoon)

This session is currently full. Please continue to registration to be added to the waiting list. For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Pre-registration...

Astronomy Night

Local geologist and astronomer Jeri Jones will be a guest presenter on October 3rd at 7:30PM for a night under the stars with his amazing telescopes.

Tuesday, October 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...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

DiscoverE: Tales for Tots Session 5

Our popular Tales for Tots program returns with all new explorations! Join us for story time followed by nature activities for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

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...

DiscoverE: Tales for Tots Session 5

Our popular Tales for Tots program returns with all new explorations! Join us for story time followed by nature activities for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each...

Wednesday, October 5

Waterfowl Watch

We are going on the lookout for some waterfowl for the Fall Migration Round-Up! Experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching & become acquainted with...

 Waterfowl Watch

We are going on the lookout for some waterfowl! Experience an unpredictable morning of bird watching & become acquainted with waterfowl that migrate through...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

First Wednesday Walks

Join us for 1st Wednesday Walks at Pinchot. Led by park volunteer Glen Dunbar, explore the trails in the Conewago Day Use area on an approximately 1.5-hour...

Forest Bathing

Join us on this short, and slow walk through our beautiful forest. This practice involves being immersed in nature! Research shows that there are many health...

Little Naturalist Story Time

Come out to the park to get a head-start knowing all about nature! Designed for children ages 3-6, we will read nature-inspired children's literature and tie...

Trekking Tots

Little hikes for little legs. Join a aprk educator for a different themed nature walk with interactive activities every Wednesday from October 5th-November...

VIRTUAL Fall Wildflowers Talk

This program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams; it will NOT take place face-to-face in the park. Dr. George Chamuris, Professor Emeritus of Biology...

Virtual: Canyon Fall Foliage Update

NOTICE: This is an online virtual program and does not take place at the park. Planning a visit to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon this fall? Not sure when...

Little Naturalist Story Time

Come out to the park to get a head-start knowing all about nature! Designed for children ages 3-6, we will read nature-inspired children's literature and tie...

Hike for Health

Get moving after work with a brisk hike at Jacobsburg! These guided monthly hikes are 2 to 2.5 miles over uneven terrain. Dogs are welcome to hike on a...

Special 50 Year Park Anniversary Events

Save the dates and join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park for numerous special 50 year park anniversary (1972-2022) programs being planned and soon to...

Sunken Garden Night Critters

Explore the woods and shoreline for the sights and sounds of the park at night. Some animals are most active after dusk, and guided by park staff, we will...

Thursday, October 6

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...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

Weekly Weeders

Interested in learning more about gardening with native plants? Volunteer to work alongside our education staff as they mulch, pull weeds, divide plants,...

Fall Foliage Hike - Trinity Gorge Trail

Join the park naturalist as we hike the Trinity Gorge Trail. Fall Foliage is underway, and we'll take an in-depth look at how trees and animals prepare for...

 Tiny Tots Story Stroll: We're Going on a Leaf Hunt (Thursday morning)

This session is currently full. Please continue to registration to be added to the waiting list. For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Pre-registration...

Fall Hiking Series

Join us every Thursday until the end of October on a hike throughout the park. All hikes will be between 1-2.5 miles in length. We will discuss the flora and...

McConnells Mill Historic Gristmill Autumn Hours

Thursdays through Sundays - 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at...

Tree Identification Walk

Tree Identification Walk – Thursday, October 6, 2022 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Meet at Five Points Group Tent Area – Moraine Are you up for some friendly...

Friends of Nockamixon Monthly Meeting

Join the volunteer group that helps keep the park beautiful! Friends formed as a chapter of the PA Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF). PPFF is a private,...

Friday, October 7

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

McConnells Mill Historic Gristmill Autumn Hours

Thursdays through Sundays - 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at...

Virtual Honeybees

Learn basic honeybee biology and life cycles, along with things you can do to help them. A ZOOM link will be sent to all participants the day before the...

Virtual Honeybees

Learn basic honeybee biology and life cycles, along with things you can do to help them. A ZOOM link will be sent to all participants the day before the...

Meet the Park EES

The Park EES (Environmental Education Specialist) will be set up at the Park Office on Friday afternoon from 3-5pm. He will have the program guide to the...

Deer for Kids!

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

Hello Fall Stroll

Hike a section of the Mary Ann Furnace Trail with a park naturalist to look for signs of Autumn as the leaves begin to change.

Owl Prowl!

Want to learn more about owls and get a chance to dissect a real owl pellet? Join us for an Owl Prowl on the evening of October 7th at at 6 PM. Participants...

Fall in Bedford County; Discover Its Covered Bridges.

The story of how covered bridges were so important in Pennsylvania, and a look at our 14 surviving covered bridges of the county.

All About Birds

Learn about your favorite birds and make a pinecone bird feeder for our feathered friends. There will be an educational video aon birds at the park...

Campfire Tales: Tales of the Native Americans

Join the park naturalist around the campfire for some Native American tales. We will learn the importance of storytelling to the Native Americans. Bring a...

Night Hike: Ridge Camp

Please meet at the Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater for an evening hike in the old growth forest around Ridge Camp. We’ll be looking and listening for critters...

Astronomy & the Night Sky

When was the last time you looked up at the stars? Did you know, that when you're looking up, you're actually looking into the past? Come on out to the pet...

Saturday, October 8

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...

Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn Wonders Walkabout

Experience the extraordinary transformations occurring in the fall forest community on this special, limited-time only Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn...

Special 50 Year Park Anniversary Events

Save the dates and join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park for numerous special 50 year park anniversary (1972-2022) programs being planned and soon to...

Birding with Baird

Fall migration is here! Catch a glimpse of some of our summer songbirds before they're gone and learn all about what birds to expect in the coming winter...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

Art in the Forest Day

POSTPONED UNTIL OCT 8 DUE TO RAIN Get ready to be inspired! See professional artists from Art Plus Gallery painting en plein air (“in open air”) along...

Fall Migration Bird Walk

Join the park naturalist for a leisurely 1.0 mile bird walk along the very eastern portion of our Trinity Gorge Trail, and the Preachers Camp Boat Launch....

Hiking into Fall

Enjoy the vibrant colors of our autumn landscape on a guided morning hike. We will walk Turkey Hill Trail, a 1.5 mile loop and see the reds of maples and...

Leaf and Tree ID Walk

The leaves are about to be gone from the trees for another winter. Come discover how to identify some of the many tree species found in just a short walk...

Orienteering for Beginners

Saturday, October 8 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Meet: Mansion Area Pavilion Orienteering is...

Animal Bones & Tracks

Come to learn about animal bones and tracks, build your own spooky Strawbee skeleton and more! Dress for outdoor fun and exploration. All ages welcome; no...

McConnells Mill Historic Gristmill Autumn Hours

Thursdays through Sundays - 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at...

Participants in Art in the Park

Join a professional artist to create a beautiful landscape painting of the park. All materials are provided. The cost for the event is $35, payable at the...

First Fork Festival

Celebrate the history and culture of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley with local authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop...

Muddy Creek Oil Field - Living History Demonstration

September 10 is canceled due to low volunteer availability. To volunteer, contact 3MJC or the park office. The Muddy Creek Oil Well is an award-winning...

Reeds Gap Fall Festival

Make your way out to Reeds Gap State Park for the annual Fall Festival from 11am-3pm on Saturday, October 8th! Join in for a day of old-fashioned fun in the...

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Pontoon Tour

Enjoy a tour of Lake Marburg and all its wonders on a guided pontoon ride with a park educator. Space is limited, call the park office at (717)637-2816 to...

Fossils: Portraits of the Past

Beltzville State Park has 8 types of Devonian period fossils (brachiopods, clams, bryozoans, crinoids, coral (solitary & colonial), cephalopods, snails &...

Nurturing Through Nature - Gather Your Harvest

Autumn is a time for some big energetic shifts, both in nature and in ourselves. In the springtime we planted some seeds of intention and change. All summer...

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...

The Beauty of Botany

Join Dr. Susan Munch on a scientific plant-identification walk though the Nolde Forest. This is a hands-on botany walk through the woods, so please dress for...

Drop-in Nature Journaling

POSTPONED UNTIL OCT 8 DUE TO RAIN Join Nolde Forest and Mifflin Community Library staff as we celebrate Art in the Forest Day. We hope you come to the...

Discover Ricketts Hike

Hiking the Old Bulldozer Road Trail to see Valley View. This is a 5-mile advanced hike. Wear fluorescent orange. Good boots are recommended for...

Elk Walk and Talk

Join a staff member as we walk the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often...

Fall Colors Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike around the lake on the Lakeside Trail. Along the way, we will learn about the process that causes the leaves to change...

Hen of the Woods Mushroom

Learn about Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) mushroom on a hike along the Appalachian Trail. This will be a moderate loop hike approximately 3-5 miles....

Forest Explorers

Identify five different trees in this fun and fast paced game, then make a tree book of your own to take home with you!

In the Long Run

He liked to say he was governor every now and again, but a forester all the time. Gifford Pinchot was the first American trained in forestry and is known as...

Fall Colors Walk

Take a lovely lakeside stroll to enjoy the fall colors! This walk takes us through the day use area and up the spillway road for a gentler walk. Dogs on...

Second Saturday Trail Crew

Give back to Nolde Forest on the second Saturday of every month. We stive to keep our trails in tip top shape, but we can always use some extra...

Share Your History Event

Many local residents remember the days before the lake was built. If you, or someone you know, was a resident of a property that became part of the park, we...

Blood Moon Hike

Join the park naturalist for a hike around the lake as we learn about the October Full Moon and why we are calling it the Blood Moon. We will also learn...

Twilight Walk

Sunsets in October can be amazing as can the night sky, and the fall foliage should be near peak. Come out and join us as the sun sinks below the horizon and...

Moonlit Hike

Join the naturalist to watch the sun set over the Susquehanna then set off for a hike on the moon lit trails. The hike will be an easy walk of about a mile.

Pennsylvania Black Bears

The life and times of Black Bears, and why Pennsylvania is the place where they want to be.

Full Moon Astronomy

Learn about our moon and take a closer look with our telescope. Don't forget your flashlight and bug spray! Park and meet at the Visitor Center. This...

Full Moon Kayak Paddle

Bring your own kayak or register for the program and use a park kayak. Headlamps or a flashlight is required when boating at night. View the Moon and Stars...

Full Moon Walk

Take a night hike along the park's back roads as we look and listen for wildlife under the light of the full moon. Learn about the stars and planets in the...

Sunday, October 9

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...

Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn Wonders Walkabout

Experience the extraordinary transformations occurring in the fall forest community on this special, limited-time only Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

Guided Nature Hike

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a 5 mile nature hike through White Clay Creek Preserve. We will explore birds, trees, wildflowers and park history along...

Fall Foliage Hike

Join us on a 1.5 mile hike to explore the parks mixed wood forest foliage. We will talk about the different trees and the colors they show us at this time of...

Ride The Rail Trail

The Knox & Kane Rail Trail is a great place to ride your bike and enjoy nature. Bring your bike and join a park educator for a ride from the park to Mount...

McConnells Mill Historic Gristmill Autumn Hours

Thursdays through Sundays - 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill at...

Share Your History Event

Many local residents remember the days before the lake was built. If you, or someone you know, was a resident of a property that became part of the park, we...

Annual Fall Festival

Our annual Fall Festival focuses on the natural resources and outdoor recreation in north-central Pennsylvania. There will be scheduled activities and...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

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...

Heritage Day and Fall Festival

1:00pm-the Frances Slocum Story by John Moore; 2:00pm-folksongs by Don Shappelle;3:30-CDE Exotics, live reptiles. All day demonstrations of crosscut saws,...

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...

Kings Gap Mansion Art Gallery

The Kings Gap Mansion Art Gallery features local artists inspired by nature! The gallery includes watercolor, photography, sculptures, and more. The gallery...

Apple-Cidering

Our staff will be making apple cider the old-fashioned way and will welcome guests of all ages to lend a hand! We will also be providing free samples, so...

Walk with a Doc - Advancing Wellness through Nature

Walks on trails/ through parks within community parks with Dr. Nikki Floyd September 22nd @ Rexroth Park in Wrightsville; 6:15pm September 27 @ Emig Park...

Games of the Native Americans

Join the park naturalist as we explore some Native American games and the purpose that these games served. You will also get a chance to try some of the...

Mountain Pies & Music

Join the Friends of Canoe Creek State Park for this free event. Bring the whole family to enjoy some mountain pies and live music on a beautiful fall day at...

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...

Bears!

Join Jennings staff for this indoor presentation highlighting the natural history of Pennsylvania's largest mammal, the black bear. This program is free and...

Full Moon Towpath Trek

***Pre-registration is required: please click the green "register" button to sign up for this program. Spaces are limited. *** ***Meeting location: Delaware...

Halloween Hike

Join park educators for a Halloween hike on the Falling Run Trail. Learn about the full moon, the bats that call Pennsylvania home, and animals that are...

Hunter’s Full Moon

Sunrises are beautiful, but have you ever watched a full moon rise? Come watch the Hunter’s Full Moon rise high in the sky as it lights up the night. Learn...

Forbes' 1758 Expedition Through Bedford County

Bedford County and the Forbes Road were an integral part of the French and Indian War and eventual capture of Fort Duquesne.

Monday, October 10

Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn Wonders Walkabout

Experience the extraordinary transformations occurring in the fall forest community on this special, limited-time only Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

DiscoverE: Adventure Day

Monday, October 10, 2022 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM While school is closed, students in middle and high school can join us for...

Fall Foliage Hike

Join the naturalist on a 3.5 mile fall foliage hike along 3 trails (Gould, Skyline, and Fireline). This loop will bring us to the beautiful overlook of the...

Migration Watch

Join park staff in using scopes to watch for migrating raptors and waterfowl. The park will provide equipment.

Cache In Trash Out Event (CITO)

Cache In Trash Out is the environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. The main aim of this program is to clean up and preserve the...

Tuesday, October 11

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...

Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn Wonders Walkabout

Experience the extraordinary transformations occurring in the fall forest community on this special, limited-time only Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

Tuesday Morning Birds & Coffee

Join park naturalist and expert birder Rob Bergstresser for some morning coffee and birding! We'll enjoy some bird-friendly, certified organic, shade-grown...

DiscoverE: Tales for Tots Session 6

Our popular Tales for Tots program returns with all new explorations! Join us for story time followed by nature activities for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each...

Second Tuesday Story Time

Children ages 3-7 and their accompanying adult are invited to learn about nature. Join park staff as we read a story and then explore the forest and mansion...

Hear the Hammer of Forging Iron

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...

DiscoverE: Tales for Tots Session 6

Our popular Tales for Tots program returns with all new explorations! Join us for story time followed by nature activities for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each...

Erie Bluffs After Dark

Join the park educators for an evening hike on the trails of Erie Bluffs State Park. Hike will be about 1.5 miles on steep terrain in some locations.

Wednesday, October 12

Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn Wonders Walkabout

Experience the extraordinary transformations occurring in the fall forest community on this special, limited-time only Self-Guided Fall Foliage and Autumn...

Story Walk

Enjoy a story as you walk through the woods! After the story, share with us your Monarch observations! Find it along the Nature Trail (#16) to the right...

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...

Fall Foliage Walk

Come on a walk to enjoy Fall's beauty! Join the park naturalist for a 3-mile hike along the Woapalanne trail as it hugs the lake edge. We should have a...

Hiking Series #11

Join a naturalist from Hickory Run State Park Complex at 9 a.m. on select weekdays for interpretive hikes of varying length and difficulty. This year’s...

Aquatic Animals

Beavers, Muskrats, and Otters, oh my! Ever wonder who makes those mud and stick dams, tiny cute dome houses and bankside waterslides. Come and learn about...

Trekking Tots

Little hikes for little legs. Join a aprk educator for a different themed nature walk with interactive activities every Wednesday from October 5th-November...

Virtual: Canyon Fall Foliage Update

NOTICE: This is an online virtual program and does not take place at the park. Planning a visit to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon this fall? Not sure when...

Fall Foliage Kayak Float

Fall Foliage Kayak Float – Wednesday, October 12, 2022 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – McDanel’s Boat Launch Area (North Shore) - Moraine As daylight shortens and...

Wednesday Wonders: Bats!

There's a lot of batty stories out there about bats! Do you know what's fact and what's fiction?

Thursday, October 13

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...