DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

May 30 - June 28, 2024

Thursday, May 30

Weekly Weeders

Interested in learning more about gardening with native plants? Volunteer to mulch, pull weeds, divide plants, and amend soil in the center's native plant...

Lil' Sprouts Garden Club

Children ages 4 - 6 will be introduced to the joys of planting, tending, and tasting their very own flowers, herbs, and veggies. To register your child,...

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...

Ladies Night Out Wildlife Hike

Need a chance to get away from the kids? Tired of focusing on work? Ladies, please join us for an evening wildlife hike at Yellow Creek State Park. We will...

Flowers on Foster

As early spring flowers fade, lets take a look at what late spring brings. We will see what helps ID a flower and some ferns too. This hike will be...

Flowers on Foster

As early spring flowers fade, lets take a look at what late spring brings. We will see what helps ID a flower and some ferns too. This Hike will be...

Sunset Paddle

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

Friday, May 31

Birds and Coffee

Come out and enjoy a cup of bird friendly coffee and learn its importance. Then join us for a guided bird walk. Please bring your own cup.

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...

Wandering the Woapalanne

Join the park naturalist for a 3.5-mile round-trip hike on the Woapalanne trail as it hugs the lake edge. We will be stopping frequently to enjoy plants or...

Bruce Lake Hike

Join us for and easy 2.5 mile hike into the Bruce Lake Natural Area! We'll hike back to Egypt Meadow Lake, searching for Lady's Slipper, Jack-in-the-pulpit...

White oak growing out of Boulder Field with partially clouded blue sky - Hickory Run State Park

From the large to the minuscule, signs of all sorts tell us just who has been around! Join park staff to discover some of these signs, take a short walk, and...

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...

Virtual: Natural Wonders

View the Natural Wonders of Presque Isle through photography, videography, and camera traps from the Educators. You will be sent a link the day prior to 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...

White pine growing out of Boulder Field - Hickory Run State Park

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.

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...

Virtual: Natural Wonders Lunch and Learn

Join us for lunch and learn about the natural wonders occurring at Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs State Parks. We will share what is happening in the parks...

Fire Tower/Seneca Point Historical Tour

Please bring your binoculars and meet at the Fire Tower Parking Lot for an historical interpretive tour of the Fire Tower and Seneca Point by DCNR...

CCC Site Tour

Discover the history of CCC camp S-139 on a intrepretive site walk as we travel back to the mid 1930's. This program includes a tour of the CCC museum, the...

Blackbear on the right with green-leaved mountain laurel around and in front on a background of brown tree trunks and brush - Forestry Ecological Services

Stop by the office front porch any time between 2-3:30 PM to chat with park staff about our bears, and anything else in the park! In the event of rain or...

VIRTUAL Bygone Town of Ricketts Tour

This program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams; it will NOT take place face-to-face in the park. Take a virtual photo tour of the bygone lumber...

Beavers: Nature’s Engineers

Discover interesting facts about beavers such as what they eat, how much they weigh, and how many beavers live in a lodge. After a short talk, we will take a...

DiscoverE: Wildlife Painting (ages 12-16)

Let's brush up on our artistic skills as we learn how to paint Pennsylvania wildlife with watercolor paints. This program is for youth ages 12-16. All...

Goddard-McKeever Hike

Let’s hit the trail to kick off PA Hiking Week on the Goddard-McKeever Hiking Trail. Join the park naturalist for an evening hike that will start at the dam,...

Duck Tracks

Join the park naturalist at the amphitheater to talk about how we can figure out what is walking in the park. Wear appropriate footwear as we will walk...

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Pontoon

Enjoy our popular 1 ½ hour guided pontoon boat program. Leisurely explore the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife along the water’s edges....

A Day in the Life: Early Western PA Pioneers

Would you have liked being one of the early settlers in western PA? Join the park naturalist for a look inside the life of the early settlers of western PA. ...

Birds of Prey

Birds of prey have many amazing adaptations for finding food and surviving in our forest and fields. Come learn about owls, hawks, and falcons of the Blue...

From the Teeth of Dinosaurs

Program starts with dinosaurs, then looks at the teeth and food adaptations of modern critters.

Owl

Love hoo-dunits? Become a detective and investigate this curious case. The story of owls in Pennsylvania reads just like a crime novel. Join us to find out...

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...

Dusk Hike

Dusk is the best time to see wildlife. Take a hike with the park naturalist for a hike on the Pipe Line and Landis Trails,

Park Info Walk

You don’t even have to leave your campsite for this program! The park educator will be walking around the campground talking about camp safety, answering...

Art in the Park: Snake Edition

What’s the difference between venomous & poisonous? Did you know that in PA, we have 3 venomous snakes? Join the park educator at the nature center, as we...

Matchless Fire

Learn how to start a fire without matches, or a lighter. Fire by friction, flint and steel, and more. Then try your hand at sparking a fire yourself.

Night Hike

Explore the Park at night as you learn to navigate in the dark. Hiking a part of the trail at night with no flashlights allow you to use your other and...

Night Hike

Explore the Park at night as you learn to navigate in the dark. Hiking a portion of the trail at night with no flashlights, allows you to use your other...

Lake Mammals

Join us at the nature center to learn about raccoons and muskrats. Learn about their behaviors, diets, size, management, and more. Mounts, hides, and other...

Amphitheater Screen

The Caledonia naturalist will give a live presentation on being safe as you explore our Appalachian Mountains. This advice may not be applicable in other...

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,...

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 upper...

Saturday, June 1

A Day in the Life: Civilian Conservation Corps

Join us for a look at life in the Civilian Conservation Corps here at Cowans Gap during the 1930’s and early 1940’s through the eyes of Donald ‘Cookie’ Cooke...

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! 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! 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...

Pymatuning Bio Blitz 2024

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

Featured Program: Story Walk- Mama Built a Nest

Mt.Pisgah State Park invites you to enjoy reading "Mama Built a Little Nest" while walking along a section of the Oh! Susanna Trail. The story is by Jennifer...

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...

National Trail's Day Work Day

Join other park volunteers to work on clearing and repairing trails. No experience is necessary. You must register to find the meeting place. Email...

White pine growing out of Boulder Field - Hickory Run State Park

Join our local yarn shop, Thimbleberry, for some outdoor stitching! Stop by any time, bring a project, and enjoy some chatting!

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...

Warbler Walk

Warbler season is upon us! Come take a relaxed, 1.5-mile walk with the park naturalist around parts of the Butterfly and Woapalanne trails to look for birds....

Highlands Trail Ribbon Cutting

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

Family Nature Palozza Day

This program is at Blue Spruce Park, 1128 Blue Spruce Road, Indiana, PA 15701; Not Yellow Creek State Park. The Children's Advisory Commission is sponsoring...

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

Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike on nearly every trail in Laurel Hill State Park! This hike will be approximately 7 miles on moderate...

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...

Trail of New Giants Hike

Come join us for a guided hike along Trail of New Giants. Learn why the trail got its name and learn some of the history and benefits of the tornado that...

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...

Meet the Park EES

The Park EES (Environmental Education Specialist) will be set up at the Park Office on Saturday from 11am-1pm. He will have information about bears and a...

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: Class FULL !!

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...

Bio Blitz Talk

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

Frog Pond Fun!

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

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...

skunk cabbage drawing with labeled parts

Teens and adults are welcome to join us for an hour of guided prompts to observe and then record what we notice in nature. We will meet in the Spruce Grove...

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...

Trail Trivia

Come out for a family-fun adventure! Take a self-guided stroll along Deer Trail where we posted questions to test your knowledge of our wildlife – see how...

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...

White pine growing out of Boulder Field - Hickory Run State Park

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.

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...

E. Parachute Games

Meet by the Beach House at the big parachute to play some parachute games with an environmental twist. All ages welcome.

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.

Walk to the Lock

Join park staff for a short walk to Lock 28 along the Lehigh River. We will share some of the history of White Haven and Lehigh Gorge State Park during this...

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...

Brown and orange butterfly with dark wave and spotted pattern on cluster of small white flowers with green leaves and green background - Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly - Shikellamy State Park

Join park staff for a hand-on exploration of some of the many buggies that call our park home! Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of...

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...

Clarion River Hike

It’s National Rivers Month and National Trails Day, what a day to hike along the river! Join our park naturalist for a moderate 1.5-mile hike on River Trail...

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...

Beaver Hike

Come on a quick hike to see an active beaver hut and learn about the beaver! The hike is less than .5 miles. We will meet at parking area by the group...

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 Black Bear

Take a front row seat and learn all about the Pennsylvania Black Bear! Join us for one of our most popular programs. We’ll introduce you to these amazing...

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

Pink and purple sunset sky with clouds above dimly lit visitor center, with a white walkway from the bottom foreground and flagpole in left foreground - Sunset over the Hickory Run Office and Visitor Center

Join park staff for a guided evening hike! This hike will be roughly 2.5 miles on moderate terrain, and includes portions of the Fireline and Skyline trails,...

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...

Wilderness Safety and Search Dog Demonstration

Carol Thompson from Bedford Country Wilderness Search Team will be teaching us about the 10 essentials of outdoor safety. Then, Lexi, a yellow labrador...

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...

Dandelions Are Beautiful

It is usually a love or hate thing. There are many who wage an annual war against Dandelion flowers growing in their yards, and there are those who enjoy...

Wooden Appalachian Sign

People from all over the world come to hike this global treasure. Most do a few or many miles in section hikes. Like climbing Mt. Everest, only a few manage...

World of the Beaver

Learn about the behavior, diet, physical characteristics, historical significance, management, and more about the beaver. Mounts, hides, skull, and more will...

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,...

Sunday, June 2

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! 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...

Morning Bird Walk

Join park naturalist and avid birder, Rob Bergstresser, on a leisurely bird identification walk along our beautiful Sawmill Trail, in search of breeding...

Guided Nature Hike

Join your DCNR Park Naturalist on the Second Sunday of every month from March-November for a free guided nature hike through Ridley Creek State Park. We will...

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...

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...

Art in the Park: Snake Edition

What’s the difference between venomous & poisonous? Did you know that in PA, we have 3 venomous snakes? Join the park educator at the amphitheater, as we...

Invasive Plant Mitigation

***Tools provided, register first*** Evansburg has seen its fair share of non-native plants pop-up in the park. Join the park's volunteers in combating these...

Ohiopyle Trailjourn: Lower Canyon Edge, Upper Baughman, Woodrat

Join us for the next leg of our trailjourn. What is a trailjourn? We are hiking and biking all of the park's trails this year. Missed other hikes? No...

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

Join the park educator for one more program, game, or activity before heading home - be on the lookout for her walking around!

Creek Stomp

***Registration required: Space is limited. Please register for this program by clicking the green "Register" button. When registering please specify how...

Creek Stomp

***Registration required: Space is limited. Please register for this program by clicking the green "Register" button. When registering please specify how...

DiscoverE: Salamander Safari (ages 5-10)

Help us look for and learn about all of the bright and colorful salamanders that can be found in our streams! This is a program for youth ages 5-10 and their...

Eco-paddle around Poe Lake!

Tired of walking around Poe Lake to check it out? Come see it out by boat! No experience or equipment required! We will be starting the paddle with some...

Fish

Blue Knob State Park is proud of its high water quality and great trout streams. Children and adults are welcome to come learn about the fish of the area...

Leaser Lake Hike

Join the park naturalist from Tuscarora SP on a hike to Leaser Lake on June 2, 2024 at 10:00 am. This hike will take us to a new place to explore. The...

Stream Stomp

Lets get our feet wet and see what critters we can find living in Mountain Creek! Be sure to wear something you can get wet. Meet by the Fuller Bath House....

Trail Care

We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trails that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we help in the upkeep of this...

Lagoon by Pontoon

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

Mindful Walking Meet-Ups 2024

Led by Robert Sarnoski (Mind Body Simple, LLC), the mindful walking meet-up promotes inner peace, focus, and connection with the surrounding environment....

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...

Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop

In the Nineteenth Century, wooden pegs were used for construction because metal products were so expensive. Come see an actual blacksmith in action with this...

Lagoon by Pontoon

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

Blue Ball Tavern Tours

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

Children's Fishing Derby

Children 12 years and under are permitted to fish freshly stocked Tom’s Run from the Swinging Bridge to the Children’s Fishing Pond. Registration and prize...

Eco-paddle around Poe Lake!

Tired of walking around Poe Lake to check it out? Come see it out by boat! No experience or equipment required! We will be starting the paddle with some...

Geo Hike: Balanced Rock Trail

Take a walk to the beautiful Balanced Rock and learn how the geology of the area put it there. On the way we’ll learn a little about the natural history of...

Invasive Species Hike

Join us for 2.5 miles along Vista Trail as we explore what invasive species are and their impact on the environment. This trail has sections of elevation...

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.

Nolde Mansion Open Houses 2024

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...

Wood Turtle

It's turtle time at R.B. Winter State Park! Join our park educator to read a short story about these unique reptiles and create your own turtle craft to take...

Mansion Sundays: Open for Tours

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

Mindful Walking Meet-Ups 2024

Led by Robert Sarnoski (Mind Body Simple, LLC), the mindful walking meet-up promotes inner peace, focus, and connection with the surrounding environment....

Music on the Mountain

Join the Friends of Kings Gap for this free summer concert series the first Sunday of June, July, August, and September! Bring your lawn chair or blanket...

Owls at the Beach

Learn about of Pennsylvania owls at this short program at the beach house steps. Myths, calls, adaptations.

Summer Guided Tour of the Nolde Mansion

The Friends of Nolde Forest Present: SUMMER TOUR - JUNE 2024 Step back in time with us as we explore the Nolde Mansion on this docent-led tour. Now...

Guided Kayak Programs

Join us for a guided kayak outing at Whipple Dam. Kayaks and equipment will be provided. You may bring your own kayak however registration is still required....

Flint & Steel Fire Building

Before the invention of matches, flint and steel was the preferred method of starting fires. Come learn the basic elements of what is needed to build a flint...

History, Amazing Facts, and Adaptations of Pennsylvania Mammals

This program looks at the loss, recovery and unique adaptations of the wild mammals found in our commonwealth.

Tea & Talk

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk is, as always, whatever you want to talk about concerning...

Monday, June 3

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! 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...

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Kayak

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 edges....

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...

Tuesday, June 4

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! 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...

Bluebirds and Butterflies

Take a moderate 2 mile hike past the historic Brook's Farmstead and help our Environmental Education Specialist count Eastern Bluebird eggs and chicks along...

Nescopeck Creek Headwaters Hike

Nescopeck Creek is the park’s namesake. On this hike with park staff and the Friends of the Nescopeck watershed organization, explore the creek’s headwaters...

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Educators, are you looking for a thoughtful curriculum that engages students and connects them to their local communities and environment? Join professionals...

Little Learners

Families with children ages 3-5 can engage in nature exploration through stories, hands-on outdoor activities, and crafts. Limited space available....

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...

Presque Isle History "Old Maps"

View old maps and historical photographs in a power point presentation on the history of Presque Isle state park. Registration Required.

Wednesday, June 5

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...

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...

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...

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...

Compasses, Maps, and You!

Learn how to use compasses and maps. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. *In case of rain, this program will be held in the Visitor...

Compass Course

Put your compass skills to the test by navigating our compass course. Materials provided. Meet at the Amphitheater. *In case of rain, this program will be...

Pontoon Boat Tour (Registration Required)

Take a scenic ride on the lake and learn about the historical and natural features of the park. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of PGSP. All...

Hike for Health

Get moving after work with a brisk hike at Jacobsburg! These guided monthly hikes are 2 to 3 miles over uneven terrain. You must be able to maintain a hiking...

Cavity Nesting Trail Walk

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

Exploration Evenings

Bring the whole family on a weeknight excursion in Laurel Hill State Park! This program is deisgned for children and theri families. Enjoy crafts, nature...

Wildlife Watchers on the Water - Kayak

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 edges....

Thursday, June 6

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...

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WILD About Bears🐻Educator Workshop Thursday, June 6, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm In-Person at the Charles Brightbill Education Center, 4881 Ft. Loudon Rd,...

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...

Weekly Weeders

Interested in learning more about gardening with native plants? Volunteer to mulch, pull weeds, divide plants, and amend soil in the center's native plant...

Little Naturalist: Summer Storytime Series

The Bradford County Librarey staff will join Mt. Pisgah State Park staff to present a nature story and information on a variety of mammals that live at the...

Lil' Sprouts Garden Club

Children ages 4 - 6 will be introduced to the joys of planting, tending, and tasting their very own flowers, herbs, and veggies. To register your child,...

Summer Story Hour: Frogs

Rrrribit! It is time to jump on a lily pad and join the park naturalist for summer story hour at the park. After the story, learn about the frogs of...

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Children ages 3-6 and their families are welcome to join us for a biweekly program that explores nature concepts. Each week will have activities such as a...

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...

Nature Pontoon Preregistration required

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on touring Yellow Creek State Park lake on one our lovely pontoon boats from Yellow Creek Rental & Supply. Enjoy nature from the...

Tremendous Trees

Learn how to identify the trees that grow in the park. Meet at the Amphitheater. *In case of rain, this program will be held at the Visitor...

Become a Citizen Scientist: By Participating in the PA 3rd Birding Atlas

This one-hour program will combine indoor learning and outdoor field work. In the classroom you'll get a short overview of the PA Third Birding Atlas. The...

Hidden River Paddle

Hidden River Paddle – Thursday, June 6, 2024 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – McDanel’s Launch (North Shore) - Moraine Enjoy a beginner’s kayak paddle to explore...

Kayak Slatelick

Join a naturalist for a guided paddle onto the lake. A variety of areas and topics will be explored. Sunscreen and Drinking Water are recommended. Any...

Pontoon Boat Tour

Relax on the water during this 2-hour guided boat ride. We'll discuss park history, flora, and fauna as we wend our way through 1450-acre Lake...

Friday, June 7

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...

Friday Morning Coffee & Birds

Join park naturalist and avid birder Rob Bergstresser Fridays in June , for some morning coffee and birding (there will not be a bird walk on Friday, June...

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...

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Join us in the Nature Discovery Area and park office landscaping as we weed, mulch, plant and transplant native wildflowers. This work is best suited to...

Ohiopyle Trailjourn: Sugar Run, Eelah Trails

Join us for the next leg of our trailjourn. What is a trailjourn? We are hiking and biking all of the park's trails this year. Missed other hikes? No...

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...

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...

Virtual: Coyote and Fox Alive and Well on Presque Isle

The differences and similarities of coyotes and foxes are examined along with amazing park footage. Links to the program will be sent out the day prior to...

Go With the Flow

Join the park naturalist at Little Pine State Park to become scientists in determining a stream's physical attributes. The stream that will be looked at is...

Kids Fly Fishing

For Kids 12-16 years old. Come out and learn some of the basics of fly fishing. Rods and materials needed will be provided by the park. Spaces are limited...

Animal Talk

Join us as we discuss the different types of animals that call the park home. Animal furs and skulls and other interesting animal artifacts will be there.

Bats Rock (Climbing)!

***Pre-registration REQUIRED: Please click the green registration button to sign up for this program.*** ***Program Location: High Rocks Overlook Parking...

Bats Rock (Climbing)!

***Pre-registration REQUIRED: Please click the green registration button to sign up for this program.*** ***Program Location: High Rocks Overlook Parking...

Evening Backpacking Trip

Attention Backpackers. Up for an evening hike and campout in the park? We'll spend 2-3 hours Friday evening backpacking, set up camp, watch a sunset and...

First Friday Campfire Cooking

Learn some new skills and recipes, then enjoy a tasty meal with park staff! Ingredients and supplies will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of Pine Grove...

Bones in the Stones

Fossil Discovery through a geologic history and hands on identification of Pennsylvania's common fossils.

Scots Irish in PA

Join the park naturalist as we look at the Scots Irish that settled on the Pennsylvania frontier. You will learn about their lives and their contributions to...

Sunset Paddle

Check out the sights and sounds of the lakeshore residents at dusk. Please provide your own boat, paddle, and life jacket. Meet at the Old Mill Picnic Area...