DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

July 23 - August 21, 2021

Friday, July 23

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

DiscoverE:  Adventure Camp (Ages 12-17)

Adventure camp students participate in fun physical activities with an environmental focus, exploring nature in unique ways. These all-day experiences...

Growing Up Wild Teacher Workshop Preregistration is required

Yellow Creek State Park is offering a professional development opportunity for formal and non-formal educators of students in preschool to 3rd grade....

Introduction to Archery

Join the Park Naturalists for an introduction to archery at the AAUW Pavilion. Learn about the equipment, safety, and technique to start the hobby of...

Nature Journaling Fridays in the Forest

Looking for a way to get out of the house and see the forest in a new way? Join park staff for this biweekly series to learn and practice the skills needed...

Nature for Little Learners Educator Workshop-REGISTRATION CLOSED

Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood are supplementary environmental education curricula developed...

Volunteer Garden Crew

Volunteer to work alongside our education staff as they mulch, pull weeds, divide plants, and generally work to maintain the native plant landscaping at the...

Volunteer Garden Crew

Volunteer to work alongside our education staff as they mulch, pull weeds, divide plants, and generally work to maintain the native plant landscaping at the...

Bicycle Tour of Presque Isle

A great way to see some of the most interesting places on Presque Isle is by joining a bicycle tour. To help celebrate our annual Discover Presque Isle...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Home School Nature Adventures

Discover nature with other elementary age homeschoolers (K-5) who meet up every other Friday with DCNR park naturalist to explore the outdoors through a wide...

Trail Trekkers

This program is designed for children 6 to 8 years of age. Participants will hike one of the many unique locations within the park complex and learn to use...

White-Tail Buck - Forbes Forest District

The white-tailed deer is our state animal, but how much do actually know about them? Join park staff to discover some interesting info about our state's...

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

BUGS!

Come over to the Nature Center to learn all about BUGS! We will take about what makes an insect, catch a few, build one of our very own!

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. All...

VIRTUAL - Herpetology Series: Turtles of Pennsylvania

Wanna learn about turtles? Then this virtual lunchtime program is the one for you! We'll be talking about all the turtles that live here in Pennsylvania....

Electrofishing

Meet park staff and Venango County Conservation District staff as we learn about a sampling technique called Electrofishing. We will then head out to a...

Virtual Animal Adaptations

Animals all over the world live their lives in their own unique way. Many have developed special adaptations that enable them to survive and compete for...

Art in the Park

Express your artistic talents under a canopy of trees, and next to a gurgling stream. Interact with a community of creative people. Each artist is expected...

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.

Macroinvertebrate study/stream stomp

Join park staff to learn about local water ecology. We will be collecting various invertebrates that inhabit our stream at French Creek! Great for children...

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...

Build your own Boat!

Join us at Sizerville State Park for an outdoor Arts & Crafts workshop at pavilion #3 next to the Cowley Run stream. Build your own aquatic vessel and see if...

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...

Tea Talk

Come on in to the park office for a cup of tea from nature. We’ll chat about anything from animals to the milkweed outside. This program is come and go as...

White-Tail Buck - Forbes Forest District

The white-tailed deer is our state animal, but how much do actually know about them? Join park staff to discover some interesting info about our state's...

Black Bears of Pennsylvania

Meet with the Pennsylvania Game Commissions educational technicians to learn more about these wonderful creatures.

Canoe Tour Of Hills Creek Lake

Explore the history and management of our lake – all by canoe and a relaxed family setting. Boats, paddles, and PFD’s provided. PFD’s must be worn at all...

Civilian Conservation Corps of Little Pine

This program will focus on the history of the Great Depression, life during the Civilian Conservation Corps times, and some of the work that happened in the...

Mindful Moments in Nature: Beauty and Flowers

Shake off the stress of the work week with some therapeutic time in nature. Mindful Moments in Nature is a programming series each week at Keystone State...

Black Bears

Pennsylvania has a large growing bear population. If you would like to learn more about the ears of our area, join us to see all the claws, teeth, and fur...

Evening Kayak on Canoe Lake

Enjoy a lovely evening of kayaking on Canoe Lake. Call the park at 814-695-6807 to register and prepay the $10.00 fee. Ages 12+. Program fee applies if...

Hug A Tree

This program is a must for anyone with small children. Join Tom Kneiss from Hug-A-Tree to learn about what to do if you ever get lost.

Insects; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Pests and pollinators, stinging dive bombers and recyclers, they are all here.

Poe Valley Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone for this modern scaveneger hunt in the park! Find the items listed, take a picture, and report back to the park naturalist for prizes...

Sunset Paddle

Paddle the day away on Laurel Hill Lake! The lake life often awakens as day turns to night. Check out the sights and sounds of the lakeshore residents on...

What are Cryptids?

Come join the park naturalist as we look at the idea of cryptids. Learn why cryptids include more than just Sasquatch. Stay for the Family Friendly Movie...

Spotted Lantern Fly

Have you heard about this invasive insect? Do you know what it looks like or why it’s harmful? Join the park educator at the campground amphitheater to learn...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park as we watch a short film on Raptor Restoration and see how the population has bounced back since. For any questions contact the...

Campground Movie: The Secret World of Bats

One of the most acclaimed nature films ever made, "The Secret World of Bats" allows viewers an inside look at the lives of many different species of bats...

Family Friendly Movie

Come join the park chaplain for a family friendly movie. The Park Chaplain’s activities are sponsored by the PA Council of Churches through the Chaplains in...

Full Moon Paddle

***Registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Giving Pond Recreation Area,...

Full Moon Paddle

Full Moon Paddle – Friday, July 23, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM - Pleasant Valley Launch (South Shore) – Moraine Paddling Lake Arthur in the full moon is...

Registration Closed - Full Moon Paddle

Registratiion is full for this event. Join us for a guided paddle beneath a full moon! As we paddle along, we'll relax and discuss the moon, the park and...

River Otter Reintroduction Video

Through unregulated trapping and habitat degradation the river otter was extirpated from much of its native range in Pennsylvania. This 30 minute video...

Owl Prowl

Learn about the owls at French Creek and their adaptations. We will also be discussing the owls that inhabit Pennsylvania and listening to their various...

The Geography of Gettysburg

The Pennsylvania topography, combined with the military objectives of commanding officers, led to a tiny village becoming burned into psyche of America. Hear...

Night Hike—Full Moon

Learn how animals are adapted to getting around at night, and experience some of these adaptations yourself on this short out and back hike along the Beaver...

Moonlight Paddle

Adults only! Join us for a night kayak on Holman Lake. Registration is REQUIRED. Must bring your own kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. Kayaks must have a DCNR or...

Saturday, July 24

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

Self-Guided: Raccoon Creek State Park BioBlitz 2021

What is it? A BioBlitz is a community science event where people try to record as many species as possible in a certain amount of time. For the entire month...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

Self-Guided Prairie Wildflower Walkabout

Explore the stunning and diverse blooms of Pennsylvania’s only managed and protected prairie during a special, limited-time only Self-Guided Prairie...

Charcoal Burn

Come and experience the “lost art” of turning wood into charcoal, just as the furnace colliers did over a century ago. The continuous demonstration will...

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...

Meadow Run Hike

The Meadow Run Trail has many geological features that create the back drop for its beauty. From large rock formations to water falls to majestic hemlocks,...

Waterfall Hiking Series: Alpha Falls

Want to get moving and enjoy the beauty of nature at the same time? Join the Park Naturalist for a morning hike to the tallest waterfall in the park, Alpha...

Yoga on the Beach

Come join Bloom Yoga & Wellness for a free, gentle all-abilities class at the swimming area. New to yoga? Great! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. A...

Butterflies of Jacobsburg

Join local butterfly enthusiast Bill Grant for this walk through the fields of Jacobsburg in search of these beautiful insects. He’ll show you how to quickly...

Creek Explorers

Registration required. Email kathy at kkelchner@pa.gov to sign up. Ages 6 and over Walk down to the creek with the park naturalist and search for crayfish,...

Creepy Crawlies

Take a woodland stroll to get a closer look at some of the creepy critters that crawl beneath logs and leaves. Learn about their jobs and survival. Learn...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Geology: Minerals Rock!

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist for a trailside exhibit to explore the world of rocks and minerals. We will learn differences between sedimentary, igneous and...

Intro to Paddleboard for Teens & Family (Age 13 & up) Preregistration only

Have your teen wanted to try paddleboarding? Have they ever been paddleboarding before but would like to gain more skills? Join the park educator for an...

Intro to map and compass

Learn how to operate a map and compass properly. This is a great beginner course suited for all ages!

Kings Gap Trail Challenge!

Can you hike every trail at Kings Gap? With 25+ miles of trails throughout the property, Kings Gap has an extensive hiking system. This challenging monthly...

Paddle Prowl- Kayaking Stephen Foster Lake

Join Mount Pisgah State Park staff for a kayak paddle on Stephen Foster Lake. The eco tour will focus on the lakes aquatic resources and watershed....

 Survival Series: Leave No Trace

Whether you're out in the middle of the woods or staying in a campground, learning to minimize your impact can make a huge difference in the places you...

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

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...

Bears!  For Kids!

Bring the youngsters down to learn about bears with activities and crafts.

Dendrology Hike!

Dendrology is the study of trees! Join the Park Naturalist for a leisurely walk around the main park area while learning how to identify native tree species...

Reptiles of Pennsylvania

Snakes... why did it have to be snakes? Whether you love them or fear them, reptiles play an integral role in the environment. Join us in the campground...

Tracks and Traces Trail

Take a short walk down the trail to see what the animals that live in our woods have left behind. Use the tracks and traces they left to figure out what they...

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. All...

 Intro to Paddleboard Preregistration only

Have your teen wanted to try paddleboarding? Have they ever been paddleboarding before but would like to gain more skills? Join the park educator for an...

Hike: Boulder Trail

Join the park naturalist on a hike to see the boulders of Boulder Trail. This hike features some rough terrains so be sure to wear trail shoes and bring...

Mushroom Talk and Walk

Join the Central PA Mushroom Club to learn about non-edible and edible mushrooms. Search for and identify fungus with members of the club. Program will be...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring a camera, phone, or tablet to the Campground Beach and take park in a family-fun scavenger hunt! See if you can find everything on the list to take a...

Salamander Safari

Join the park naturalist for a salamander safari at Oil Creek State Park! We'll learn about salamanders that can be found in Pennsylvania before heading out...

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...

Six Penny Hke

Join the park naturalist on a 3.5 mile hike to the original day use area created by the CCC. We will be looking for interesting flora and fauna and learning...

Art in the Park: Owl Edition

How many owls do we have in PA? What do owls sound like? What do they eat? Are all owls nocturnal? Join the park educator in the beach area, as we learn...

Crayfish Quest

Join us to learn about the fascinating lives of crayfish as we explore the creek for these unusual creatures. Equipment will be provided. Wear close-toed...

Elk Walk & Talk

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

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...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

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...

What's Missing Hike

Join Mr. Cowan for a walk through the park to learn about how the area has changed since they settled here in the 1790’s. This hike of less than a mile is...

Whoooo's Calling?

From head to toes, we’ll talk about owls and how they survive. What owls are calling in your backyard? Come learn the science behind Pennsylvania’s many...

Batty for Bats: DiscoverE Program

Go wild about bats with activities, games, and crafts for families with children ages 4 - 12. Older and younger siblings are welcome. No pre-registration...

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.

Forest Habitat Hunt

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

Log Drive

In the days before log trucks and skidders, how did people move logs to the sawmills? Water. Come to the beach and bring along your beach buckets to help...

Nature Bugs

Join us at Sizerville State Park as we transform everyday items from nature into bug like creations; with glue and an imagination the possibilities are...

Cuentos en Español para Niños

Únase a sus amigos de la Biblioteca Comunitaria de Mifflin en Nolde Forest para disfrutar de un cuento familiar en español. Escuche la historia y luego...

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...

Bog Treasures

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road for this 1/2 mile...

Geocaching 101

Join us for a high-tech scavenger hunt! We will provide everything you need to learn about this adventure hobby.

I Dig Archaeology

Kids with Their Family Program:

Kite Flying

Come Fly a kite with us! Bring your own or use one of ours. Sam Lewis has a spot just for flying and it's got an amazing view. Learn a little about what...

Log Cabins of Chestnut

During the roaring 1920s Caledonia was an enclave community of urban people wanting to immerse themselves in nature. Mountain cabins were built, and they...

Majestic Monarchs

Come on out to the park to learn about raising Monarchs. Afterwards, we’ll take a little walk to see if we can gather any eggs or caterpillars that just...

Pond Observation for Kids!  (Young and Old)

Need a quiet break from your busy weekend vacation? For just an hour, you can have that by registering for this program! Bring your binoculars (if...

Twig Weaving

Kids of all ages are invited to make their own artistic creation using natural materials. Masks are required if you are unvaccinated, optional if you are,...

 Survival Series: Leave No Trace

Whether you're out in the middle of the woods or staying in a campground, learning to minimize your impact can make a huge difference in the places you...

BYOBoat Eco-Paddle around Poe Lake

Bring your kayak, canoe, or paddle-board out to the lake for a guided paddle as we talk history of the lake, as well as what plants and animals call this...

Bird Walk

You hear their songs all summer. Come join our park educator as we take a stroll and try to identify some birds. Binoculars are limited so please...

Flint Knapping and the Atlatl

Veteran flintknapper Rich Poiner will demonstrate the process of percussion flaking in making an arrowhead. This program is brought to us courtesy of the...

Wildlife Olympics

This is the opening weekend for 2021 Summer Olympics! Did you know Olympians can be found right here at Hickory Run? The park's wildlife are capable of some...

Civilian Conservation Corps of Hyner Run

This program will focus on the history of the Great Depression, life during the Civilian Conservation Corps times, and some of the work that happened in the...

Painting in the Outdoors: Summer Wildflowers 

Program is full. Registration is closed. Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park has partnered with Artist Lora Russell to bring you "Painting in the...

Spotted Lantern Fly

Have you heard about this invasive insect? Do you know what it looks like or why it’s harmful? Join the park educator at the upper campground to learn why...

All About Elk

Join Mandy Marconi from the PA Game Commission in a program that talks about the history of elk in pa. Learn of the life history, size, and behavior of the...

Bats of Pennsylvania

Meet the 9 species of bats that live in Pennsylvania and learn why bats play an important role in a healthy natural ecosystem. Includes information about...

Campfire Marshmallow Roast

Let's gather around the campfire ring and share stories, sing songs, play games, and of course roast marshmallows! Bring a chair, comfy blanket, and your...

Dare 2B Tick Aware

Join Certified PA Lyme Resource Network Faculty member, Jim Shindledecker to find out about the DARE 2B tick aware to help protect you and your family from...

Lost Children’s Monument Bus Tour

Everyone I welcome to meet at Chappell’s Field to board the bu. We will be taking a bus tour to the Lost Children’s Monument and listening to their story.

Lost Civilizations along Shawnee Creek

Who left the artifacts found along the streams and in the fields here at the park?

Skulls and Furs

Show us your skills by trying to match the animal fur to the corresponding skull. If attending the program and not camping with us, please park in the...

Sunset Paddle

***Pre-registration required: Please register for this program by clicking the green "register" button.*** ***Meeting location: Giving Pond Recreation Area,...

The Speckled Band

Sit back, relax, and enjoy old-fashioned music in the great outdoors. Fiddles, bass, and guitar are a few instruments that will be played. Please bring...

Wild Edibles with Debbie Naha

Debbie Naha, featured on NPR, has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wild edibles. Join her for a short walk and slide show presentation to learn about...

Spotted Lantern Fly

Have you heard about this invasive insect? Do you know what it looks like or why it’s harmful? Join the park educator at the nature center to learn why these...

Amphitheater Show & Tell

Visit Sizerville State Park for a short film with real materials on White-tailed deer management. For any questions contact the Park Office (814) 486-5605.

Buck Full Moon Paddle

Enjoy a paddle on Black Moshannon Lake to see the full moon rise over the water. Registration is required. Click on the green button to register for this...

Mother Nature's Night Life

What do insects do at night? How do they see in the dark? The ultra-violet world, in which insects live, has always intrigued Ryan, the BugMan, and he'll...

Moths of Keystone

Celebrate National Moth Week at Keystone State Park. During the week of July 17th through July 25th, you can simply share your moth observations to the...

Nature at Night: Annual Bat Count

Bat populations are declining in PA; find out why bats are in trouble and what you can do to help. Come prepared to observe and count bats as they emerge for...

Command Decisions of the Civil War

During this live presentation, you will be given the task of making command decisions about events from Civil War battles. Will you do better or worse than...

Discovery Hike Series - Night Hike

Join the park naturalist for a series of hikes to learn about the great outdoors! As we put a mile or two under our boots, we will discuss all we discover to...

Full Moon Float

Explore the lake as the sun sets and the full moon rises! Join the Park Naturalists for a guided paddle on F.J. Sayers Lake. The park will be loaning a...

History of Parker Dam

At least the last 500 years-worth of history. A lot has changed over the years in the park. What do you think the park will look like in the next 100 years?...

Movie Night:  Butterflies and Moths

Let's celebrate the end of National Moth Week with a nature movie on moths and butterflies. Meet at the amphitheater for this 30-minute nature movie. Bring...

Moonlight Hike

Enjoy a short hike to discover the natural night lights of a nearly full moon summer's night. Please be sure to bring a flashlight. Registration is...

Nocturnal Insects - the Hawk Moths

This is National Moth week, the perfect time for observing hawk moths, which are large cryptically colored moths. We'll set up light traps and observe moths...

Owl Prowl!

Join park naturalist, Rob Bergstresser, for a short presentation on owl species native to Pennsylvania. We will cover owl identification and calls, before...

Sunday, July 25

Charcoal Burn

Come and experience the “lost art” of turning wood into charcoal, just as the furnace colliers did over a century ago. The continuous demonstration will...

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

Morning Pontoon Ride

Join the Park Natualists for an early morning tour of the lagoons of Presque Isle State Park. The mornings can offer great wildlife viewing opportunities. We...

Self-Guided Prairie Wildflower Walkabout

Explore the stunning and diverse blooms of Pennsylvania’s only managed and protected prairie during a special, limited-time only Self-Guided Prairie...

Dog Days of Summer Morning Walk

Join the naturalist for a morning walk on the Buttonball Trail. Some of the flora and fauna will be discussed. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash not...

Geology Walk and Talk

Join our park educator for a morning hike around our park. We will explore one of the park's easier trails, chatting about the geology found within the park!...

Kentuck Trail Hike

This short 1 mile loop travels through a variety of habitats. Along the way we'll admire the first signs of fall foliage and look at how plants change in...

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...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Summer Tree ID

This program is for adult learners aged 16 & up and pre-registration is required. Join park staff for some summer tree ID practice and learn how to use a...

Art in the Park: Owl Edition

How many owls do we have in PA? What do owls sound like? What do they eat? Are all owls nocturnal? Join the park educator outside the nature center, as we...

Birding 101

Join the park naturalist to learn all about the wonderful world of birding! We will be discussing some good tips for beginner birders & test out our...

Discovering Hillman State Park Hike

A great hike awaits just south of Raccoon Creek State Park in the 3000 acre Hillman State Park. Join us for a 5.5 mile hike to learn the history of this...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Fossil Hunt

Come to the campground and we will dig back 400 million years to discover who lived at Little Buffalo in the Devonian Era, when Pennsylvania was covered by...

Friends of Kings Gap - Yoga on the Terrace

Update: **There will be no yoga on July 11** Maggie Stonecash leads a yoga class suitable for all levels on the terrace of the mansion every Sunday...

Guided Natural History Bird Walk

Join Park Staff at Sizerville's Environmental Center for a guided tree walk. The walk spans roughly a mile through the park and consists of first and second...

Non-Denominational Church Service

Non-Denominational Church service will be held every Sunday in the campground amphitheater (between areas E and F) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The...

Spirit Trail

Join the DCNR conservation volunteer, Pap Knauss on the “Spirit of Tuscarora Trail” at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 25, 2021 to search for spring wildflowers. ...

Water Coloring Wildlife

Come learn about some of our areas wildlife and their habitats and then get the opportunity to watercolor a masterpiece to take home with you.

Wild About Wildflowers Hike

Come view the spectacular blooms of wildflowers at Raccoon Creek State Park's Wildflower Reserve. We will be taking a short 1.5 mile hike to learn about and...

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...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Hike: Warriors Trail/Broad Top Trail Loop

Take a walk on the scenic Warrior’s Trail. Enjoy a hike with our park naturalist as we walk and talk about the local wildlife. Meeting Location: Pavilion...

Pontoon Boat Rides

Enjoy a ride on the pontoon boat. PFD’s will be provided. This is a first come first serve program due to limited seats. We will be able to take up to 12...

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. All...

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...

Pontoon Tour of the Stevenson Reservoir

Join park staff for a fun and informative 1-hour tour, as we cruise the shoreline of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir in search of wildlife. Group size...

Learning at the Beach

Come join the park naturalist at the nature table at the beach to see what he brought today. You never know what you might learn.

Archery 101

After brief introductions and a safety talk, you'll receive helpful advice on the proper technique for correctly holding a bow and releasing an arrow for...

Bird Walk

You hear their songs all summer. Come join our park educator as we take a stroll and try to identify some birds. Binoculars are limited so please...

Blue Ball Tavern Tours

Step back in time into an 1800s tavern in the basement of the Blue Ball Museum. Run by the Historical Society, this collection of artifacts is cared for by...

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...

Tree ID Walk

Curious what that tree at your campsite is? Join the park naturalist as we walk around Honey Creek, identifying common trees you can fidn around the...

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.

Cicadas

This year we get to witness something in nature that only happens once every 17 years! Join the KECA staff as we discuss Cicadas and their life cycle and why...

Prairie Bloom Hike

Now is the time to explore the unique prairie ecosystem at the Jennings Environmental Education Center! A guided 90-minute walk discussing the plants,...

VIRTUAL Know Before You Go: Bald Eagle State Park

Have you ever been interested in visiting or learning more about Bald Eagle State Park? During this virtual program, we will discuss everything there is to...

Art & Science of Fish

Join us for this fun hands-on exploration of fish! We’ll learn about their outsides and insides and what makes a fish so fishy. Then we’ll create our own...

History Walk Around the Lake

Learn the history of the park area while hiking around the lake and stopping at various interpretive sites.

Earth's Cataclysmic Journey

Of crushing tectonic plates, earthquakes, volcanism, mountain building and continents forming and moving through geologic history.

Tea and Talk

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk varies from year to year – what do you want to talk about?

PA Black Bear Video

The black bear has long been a symbol of nature untamed. Join us for a 30 minute video about the black bear’s life and role in Pennsylvania's forests.

Night Sky Tour: Full Buck Moon

Join the park educator, and our Astronomy enthusiast/Conservation Volunteer, for an exciting evening exploring the wonders of the heavens. Participants...

Monday, July 26

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

Self-Guided Prairie Wildflower Walkabout

Explore the stunning and diverse blooms of Pennsylvania’s only managed and protected prairie during a special, limited-time only Self-Guided Prairie...

It’s Okay to Play: Getting Comfortable Outdoors for Indoor Adults

Parents! Teachers! Non-Formal Educators! College students studying to be educators! Do spiders make you scream? Is your idea of “roughing it” an...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. All...

Tuesday, July 27

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

Self-Guided Prairie Wildflower Walkabout

Explore the stunning and diverse blooms of Pennsylvania’s only managed and protected prairie during a special, limited-time only Self-Guided Prairie...

Bird Walk with Doug Gross

Doug Gross, retired PA Game Commission biologist and eBird coordinator, will guide us on a bird walk in the woods and shrub lands of Ricketts Glen State...

DiscoverE:  Hide 'N Seekers

DiscoverE: Hide-N-Seekers (Age 4-5) Hide-N-Seekers camp includes hands-on outdoor explorations that stimulate environmental awareness within each...

DiscoverE: Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp

Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8) Campers increase their awareness while gaining factual knowledge of the natural world through hands-on activities. This...

Outdoor Explorers DiscoverE! Camp

Outdoor Explorers is designed for ages 6-8. Campers will meet new friends while learning about the wildlife that calls Kinzua Bridge State Park home! On...

EXPLORE ARCHERY

Would you like to engage in a sport that doesn't discriminate based on athletic skil, gender, or size? Then, EXPLORE ARCHERY is for YOU! Participants will...

Blueberry Paddle

Hop in a kayak and go to a prime blueberry picking spot. Bring a container for your berries. Registration is required for this program, please contact our...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Homestead Trail Hike

Join the naturalist from Tuscarora State Park on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10:00 am for a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed which is North of Aristes on Route...

Little Learners

Alternating Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Families with children ages 3-5 can explore nature through stories, outdoor activities, and crafts. June 1:...

Outdoor Explorers DiscoverE Nature Camp-This Camp is Full!

** ages 6-8. Outdoor camp featuring hands on, minds on activities. This year's topic: Pirate Camp. Young people will learn about stars, maps, knots, water,...

Womens Only Paddle

Registration is required and limited to 8 participants. Kayaks, lifejackets, and paddles provided. No fee. Contact Jen Moore by email at jennmoore@pa.gov to...

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. All...

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...

July Fly Fishing Meet-Ups

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by clicking on the links below. Limited Spots. NO fishing license needed for duration of program. The PA Fish and Boat Commission...

Family Fishing Program

If you are looking to learn how to fish with your new fishing gear or want to “try before you buy”, now’s your chance to meet other like-minded people and...

Wednesday, July 28

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

Wildlife Watchers on Water Kayak Program

Enjoy a 1 ½ hour guided kayak program. The trip is a leisurely paddle through the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife on the water’s...

Self-Guided Prairie Wildflower Walkabout

Explore the stunning and diverse blooms of Pennsylvania’s only managed and protected prairie during a special, limited-time only Self-Guided Prairie...

Clarion River History Educator Workshop

Cook Forest State Park will be conducting a three-day Clarion River History Educator Workshop starting Wednesday, 7/28/21. This course is considered both an...

Discover E Camp, Outdoor Explorers- Rattlesnakes, Bears and Coyotes

This outdoor explorers camp is designed for ages 6-8. Youth will learn about the Eastern Timber Rattlesnake, Black Bear and the Eastern Coyote at this three...

DiscoverE:  Hide 'N Seekers

DiscoverE: Hide-N-Seekers (Age 4-5) Hide-N-Seekers camp includes hands-on outdoor explorations that stimulate environmental awareness within each...

DiscoverE: Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp

Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8) Campers increase their awareness while gaining factual knowledge of the natural world through hands-on activities. This...

Discovery Hike Series

Join the park naturalist for a series of hikes to learn about the great outdoors! As we put a mile or two under our boots, we will discuss all we discover to...

Outdoor Explorers DiscoverE! Camp

Outdoor Explorers is designed for ages 6-8. Campers will meet new friends while learning about the wildlife that calls Kinzua Bridge State Park home! On...

Watercolor Wednesday

Join guest artists and Moraine Preservation Fund volunteers for a two-hour watercolor workshop. Adults of all skill levels are welcome. Bring your own...

DiscoverE Outdoor Explorers - Reptile & Amphibians

DiscoverE Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8 Only) – WEDNESDAY, July 28, August 4 & 11, 2021 1:00PM – 3:00 PM – Meet outside the Davis Hollow Marina Office (North...

DiscoverE Penn's Adventurers

Pennsylvania DiscoverE is a program package that is provided in the form of a day camp at Oil Creek State Park. Penn's Adventurers is the DiscoverE program...

Exhibit: 100 Years of Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  A new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park will be on display from May...

Forest Bathing

Immerse yourself in the forest and connect with the rest of nature! Steve Ruelke will guide you through a two hour immersion in which one relaxes and...

Story Walks - Therapy Dogs

A self guided story walk on the Whispering Pines Trail for families with children and animal lovers. Today will be therapy dogs to meet and greet. Sponsored...

The Noble Rattler

Discover that Timber Rattlesnakes have a lot more to worry about us than the other way around! After a brief lecture, we'll visit a hibernaculum. Please...

Historic Gristmill Hours

2021 Historic Gristmill Hours are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open to visitors Wednesdays through...

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

What if you didn’t bring your fishing gear? No problem—borrow ours! Rods and tackle boxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. All...

Birding for Kids

Ages 8-12. Kids will learn the very basics of birding, and how it can be a fun "game" that's very important to science. We'll take a short walk to look for...

Thursday, July 29

Self-Guided: DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide

Pick up your free copy of this summer's DIY DiscoverE Activity Guide! You can find a copy of the guide in the lobby of the education building at Kings Gap,...

StoryWalk: Tuesday

Self-Guided Mid-June through mid-September Visit the Watershed Trail in the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area to enjoy a story...

Self-Guided Prairie Wildflower Walkabout

Explore the stunning and diverse blooms of Pennsylvania’s only managed and protected prairie during a special, limited-time only Self-Guided Prairie...

Weekly Weeders

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

Clarion River History Educator Workshop

Cook Forest State Park will be conducting a three-day Clarion River History Educator Workshop starting Wednesday, 7/28/21. This course is considered both an...

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