DCNR Calendar of Events

Events

August 4 - September 2, 2020

Tuesday, August 4

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

DiscoverE Penn’s Adventurers (Ages 9-12): Creek Critters

Registration for this program will open on June 26 at 9:00am. Registration will be online only. We are not able to accept walk-in registrations at this...

Penn's Adventurers DiscoverE Camp

This camp is designed for the active 10, 11 and 12 year old. Activities include kayaking, archery and wilderness survival.

Tyler Park Center for the Arts - Summer Art Camp 2020

Individual art intensive weeks for aspiring young artists! 10% off with family membership to TPCA Creative days Monday – Friday 9:30 – 3:00 (ages 8 – 16)...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Intro to Fly Fishing Meet-Ups

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited Spots. NO fishing license needed for duration of program. Beginning July 14, 2020, the PA Fish and Boat Commission staff...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Healthy Hike!

Hiking is a great way to improve your physical and mental health! Join the park naturalist for a quickly paced 2.5 mile hike along the trails of WCHP. This...

Sunset Paddle

Join us on the water as we transition from day to night and hopefully catch a colorful sunset. You will need to bring your own kayak or canoe with a PA Boat...

Wednesday, August 5

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Summer Nature Journaling

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

Penn's Adventurers DiscoverE Camp

This camp is designed for the active 10, 11 and 12 year old. Activities include kayaking, archery and wilderness survival.

Tyler Park Center for the Arts - Summer Art Camp 2020

Individual art intensive weeks for aspiring young artists! 10% off with family membership to TPCA Creative days Monday – Friday 9:30 – 3:00 (ages 8 – 16)...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Nature Arts and Crafts-THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE SUMMER OF 2020

Recycle materials into usable art! Our talented volunteers, headed by Shelly Linsenbigler, run this program for free, but donations are appreciated.

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Get Outdoors & Explore: Map/Compass/Orienteering

This outdoor recreation program is geared toward children 10-15 years old. This program aims to expose youth to healthy lifelong physical activities while...

Hike for Hounds

Join us for a Wednesday evening dog walk! You may bring your own dog, or choose to walk with a dog residing at the Humane Society of Somerset...

Thursday, August 6

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Hike the Logslide/Stumpfield Loop

This short loop passes through mixed hardwoods and shares a section with the Quehanna Trail. Wear comfortable shoes/boots and bring water.

WILD About Pollinators Educator Workshop

This workshop is canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns. Pollinating insects are vital to our survival! Join educators from the PA Game...

GUIDED HIKE - "Hidden Waterfalls of Ketchum Run"

Hike along a native trout stream to discover two picturesque, unnamed waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest. The trail is mostly flat, with a short,...

Penn's Adventurers DiscoverE Camp

This camp is designed for the active 10, 11 and 12 year old. Activities include kayaking, archery and wilderness survival.

Tyler Park Center for the Arts - Summer Art Camp 2020

Individual art intensive weeks for aspiring young artists! 10% off with family membership to TPCA Creative days Monday – Friday 9:30 – 3:00 (ages 8 – 16)...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

DiscoverE Penns Adventurers

Thursday, July 30, August 6 & 13, 2020 – DiscoverE Penns Adventurers (Ages 9-12 Only) 10:00AM – 2:00 PM – Lakeview Pavilion #4 (Lakeview Beach North...

Insect Safari

Bring the kids to learn about and discover a variety of insects in several different habitats. Catch all kinds of bugs and try to identify what you found....

Petroleum Center Tour

Take a trip back in time at Petroleum Center to see what life was really like in this 1860's oil boom town. The park naturalist will take you on a guided...

McConnells Mill Summer Hours

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a butterfly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! Join us on group surveys to document what kinds...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a buttefly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! We are holding group surveys to document what...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Family Fishing

Go on,take the bait! We'll loan you a rod, reel, tackle and bait, you don't even need a fishing license for this one day catch and release program!

KIDS' DISCOVER-E: "Constellation Rocks"

Let's learn about star constellations and the legends surrounding them. Then, we'll take some creek stones and turn them into glow-in-the-dark stars to take...

Petroleum Center Tour

Take a trip back in time at Petroleum Center to see what life was really like in this 1860's oil boom town. The park naturalist will take you on a guided...

Summer Wildflower Walk

Take a stroll and discover our summer wildflowers. The 1.5 mile walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses, and folklore associated with various...

Virtual: Visit Cherry Springs

This program will be held virtually; it will NOT take place in the park. Find out what you need to know before visiting Cherry Springs and make the most...

Virtual: Visit Cherry Springs

This program will be held virtually; it will NOT take place in the park. Find out what you need to know before visiting Cherry Springs and make the most of...

Sunset Paddle

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

Friday, August 7

Long Loop Hike

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit Trails on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:00 am. The hike is 7 miles in length and moderate in...

Healthy Hike

Hiking is a great way to improve both your physical & mental health! Join the park naturalist for a 1.75-mile hike along the Woapalanne trail as it hugs the...

Tyler Park Center for the Arts - Summer Art Camp 2020

Individual art intensive weeks for aspiring young artists! 10% off with family membership to TPCA Creative days Monday – Friday 9:30 – 3:00 (ages 8 – 16)...

First Friday Walks

Join us for First Friday Walks at Pinchot. Led by the park naturalist, explore the trails in the Conewago Day Use area on an approximately 1.5-hour easy...

McConnells Mill Summer Hours

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from...

Into the Field Guide

This program is for youth ages 8 to 11 years old. We will observe and identify the flora and fauna of Laurel Hill State Park, and learn how to create your...

Naturalist at the Beach

The park naturalist will be at the beach house, stop by and say hello! Bring your questions and check out some of Bald Eagle State Park’s neat...

Naturalist at the Beach

The park naturalist will be at the beach house, stop by and say hello! Bring your questions and check out some of Bald Eagle State Park’s neat...

Trees of Hyner Run

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...

Jelly Tasting

Come on over to the park office (outside) to sample some jellies made from nature. We’ll chat about anything from trees to black bears. This program is come...

Campground Critters: Butterflies and Moths

Join park staff to discover more about these wonderful park residents! Learn some of the differences between the two, as well as some ways to encourage them...

Trees of Hyner Run

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...

Discovery Hike Series

Join a park naturalist for a series of hikes to learn about the great outdoors! As we go along, we will discuss all we discover! Trails vary in terrain,...

Summer Wildflower Walk

Take a stroll and discover our summer wildflowers. The 1.5 mile walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses, and folklore associated with various...

Awesome Possums

When you think about possums, what's the first thing you think about? Maybe playing dead or having a pouch. Come on out to the upper campground, as we play a...

Birds

Come learn about all the amazing birds of our area and their unique adaptations through viewing beautiful mounted birds and participating in an activity. ...

Bog Treasures

Take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that call the bog home. See carnivorous plants and waterfowl . ***COVID-19...

Poe Valley Trivia Night!

Feel like you know your stuff? Bring your family or friends out to the amphitheater and help us celebrate 25 years of DCNR! Questions will include general...

Snakes Alive

Join snake experts Ken and Doug, for an up-close encounter with some of Pennsylvania’s venomous snakes! Learn about the natural history of these fascinating...

Campfire Tales: Stories in the Stars

Come join the park naturalist as he tells some stories based on the stars and the constellations. Bring a chair or blanket and a snack if you wish. This...

Introduction to Geocaching

Registration is required by Friday, August 7, 2020. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov. Attendance is limited to 25. Join the park...

Awesome Possums

When you think about possums, what's the first thing you think about? Maybe playing dead or having a pouch. Come on out to the nature center, as we play a...

End of Summer Reading Star Gaze w/ Indiana Free Library Preregistration required

Come and see the stars at Yellow Creek State Park! As part of our 2020 Indiana Free Library Kids Summer Reading program, we will have a star gazing event at...

Bats!

Join us near the stage for a short discussion on bats followed by a walk through our East Area to look for this unique flying mammal. We will learn about the...

Crows

The birds with a spooky reputation have an intelligence for using tools, communication, and memory. Please maintain a six foot social distance from people...

Fire in the Sky! Kayak program

* This is a "Bring Your Own Boat" program - there will be no kayaks available to loan or rent.* The Perseids meteor shower is active from mid-July though...

Owls of Pennsylvania

CANCELED - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, this program is canceled. Come out and learn about this amazing group of birds. We’ll...

Tools of the Trade: Ice Harvesting

Before refrigerators, there was still a need to keep things cold—so ice was an important commodity. Learn about the tools and techniques used in the ice...

Saturday, August 8

Saturday Morning Bird Walk

BYOB - Bring your own binoculars as we hike around the park looking for different birds that call Kinzua Bridge State Park home! Meet in front of the visitor...

Warbler Walk

Come on a walk with the park naturalist to look for birds! We will take a leisurely walk around portions of the Woapalanne and Butterfly trails! This will be...

Birding Walk

Join us for a hike at Boyd Big Tree for a birding walk. We will be looking for other wildlife as well. We will walk the pond and creek trails, around 1 mile...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Family Nature Trail Hike

This 1/2-mile hike is aimed at young kids and their families; it will be slow and leisurely paced. Join a naturalist for a short walk in the woods as we...

Hike Skunk Trail Out/Beaver Dam Trail Back

Easy hike out and back on either side of Mud Run Road. Wear comfortable shoes/boots and bring water.

Volunteer Trail Clean-up Day

If you enjoy the beauty and wilderness of Ohiopyle State Park, we ask you to consider spending a little time chipping in. Clean ups are sponsored by the...

3rd Annual Sustainability Fair

CANCELED - We will look into bringing it back for 2021. Our third annual Sustainability Fair should feature such topics as solar energy, LEED certified...

Archery for Beginners

We provide a beginner's program based on the National Archery in Schools Program, which makes it easy for anyone to learn. We provide the equipment, and you...

Art in the Park: Praying Mantis Edition

Did you know that a praying mantis can turn its head 180 degrees? They are also amazing at blending in to their habitat. Join the park educator at the nature...

CCC Site Tour

Discover the history of CCC camp S-139 on a walk through history. Program includes a tour of the CCC museum, the grounds and the blacksmith shop.

Campground Critters: Butterflies and Moths

Join park staff to discover more about these wonderful park residents! Learn some of the differences between the two, as well as some ways to encourage them...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Hound Hiking Series: Mountain Creek Trail

Meet at Pole Steeple parking lot across from Laurel Lake for a 3 mile hike along Mountain Creek and returning on Old Railroad Bed road. Registration required...

Natural Symbols

How many natural symbols of Pennsylvania do you know? Learn about these fascinating plants, animals and more and why they were chosen as our natural...

Survival Hike!

Accompany the Park Naturalist for a stroll within the park where you will learn critical bushcraft tips and tricks and how to become a better outdoor...

McConnells Mill Summer Hours

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from...

Attracting Pollinators

Come out to the butterfly garden to learn the basics of creating a butterfly garden as well as the benefits of choosing native plants. We will be discussing...

Bird Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a scavenger hunt looking for evidence of our feathered friends living at the park. **COVID-19 Stipulations** Masks are required to be worn...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

History Hike

Take a leisurely walk through time! Explore the fascinating story of Laurel Hill State Park on this history hike. This hike will be approximately 2.5 miles...

Nature Scavenger Hunt

See how many natural items you can find! Lists provided. Please bring a camera. Once your list is complete head to the Camp Host Site to collect a prize. ...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a buttefly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! We are holding group surveys to document what...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a butterfly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! Join us on group surveys to document what kinds...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Family Summer Series

Every other Saturday, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Join us as a family for this free program series. There will be two topics for each session with a short break in...

Hike: Laurel Run

Come enjoy a hike on beautiful Laurel Run. This is a more challenging hike with some climbing and jumping required. Wear trail shoes and bring water. (Meet...

Nature Scavenger Hunt

See how many natural items you can find! Lists provided. Please bring a camera. Once your list is complete head to the Camp Host Site to collect a prize. ...

Nature Walk

Join us for a 1-mile hike on the General Kane Trail! See nature: flora and fauna. This hike will have a limited number of participants and will practice...

Photo Scavenger Hunt

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

Ravens Vs Crows

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

Shoaff's Mill Tours

Shoaff's Mill is a 19th century operational grist mill that is open for tours every Saturday & Sunday from May through the Apple Festival in October....

Wonderful Waterfowl Exhibit

Stop by and see taxidermy examples of some of the birds that visit Frances Slocum lake. The park naturalist will be on hand to share some natural history and...

Butterflies by Binoculars Preregistration required.

Are you curious about the butterflies around you? Join us an informal hike (moderately hilly up to 2 miles) to explore the wildflowers, butterflies, and...

GUIDED HIKE: "Loyalsock Trail's Upper Alpine View"

Enjoy a short 1-mile hike to an outstanding vista in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Caledonia & The Civil War

Caledonia Ironworks was burned by the Army of Northern Virginia as it marched eastward to a small unknown village called Gettysburg. Owned by Congressman...

DiscoverE Kids Program: Amphibians vs Reptiles

This program is for children ages 6-9 and parents must remain with their children. DiscoverE Outdoor Explorers will learn how to distinguish amphibians from...

Nature’s Nasties Walk

There are some plants and animals that are best avoided. Join us and learn how to stay safe in the outdoors from poison ivy, ticks, stinging nettles,...

Salamander Safari

Join the park naturalist for some family fun collecting salamanders at Oil Creek! We'll identify what we find before releasing them back into the wild. Wear...

Snakes of PA

Come join our staff with our scaly friends as we give out information on Pennsylvania snakes. We will be covering identification, snake bites, and any other...

Tree ID Walk at Poe Paddy

Curious what that tree at your campsite is? Join the park naturalist as we walk the John Snyder trail, identifying common trees you can find around the...

Nature's Calendar

When do birds fly south? When do spring flowers bloom? Contribute your ‘nature knowledge’ as we build a nature calendar to encompass the seasons of...

Trees of Little Pine

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...

Ecology on Keystone Lake

**This is a bring your own kayak program** From shallow depths to deep, shorelines to forests, dead branches and wildflower patches, Keystone Lake and the...

Jelly Tasting

Come on over to the park office (outside) to sample some jellies made from nature. We’ll chat about anything from trees to black bears. This program is come...

Footpaths to Highways

Come learn about the progression of transportation through the area from Native American footpaths to major highways and how it changed the area around the...

A Walk Through History

Learn what changes the area now known as Parker Dam State Park has seen as we walk around the lake and discuss topics like woodhicks, Shays, bark peelers,...

Indian Spirituality

Conservation volunteer, Dave McSurdy, will present a program, “American Indian Spiritual Beliefs” on Saturday, August 8, 2020 in the Locust Lake amphitheatre...

Lake Dwellers

Ever wonder what kinds of fish, aquatic insects, and amphibians live in the lake? Come to this fun program to find out! Wear shoes and clothes that can...

Scavenger Hunt

Folks of all ages will enjoy this family-friendly activity! Several lists will be available to choose from including a photo scavenger hunt (bring your own...

Discover Ricketts Hike

Hiking the Evergreen Trail to see Adams Falls. This is a 1-mile easy hike. Park and meet at the Evergreen Parking Lot along Route 118 at the bottom of the...

Santa Visits the Campground!

CANCELED - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, this event is canceled. Celebrate Christmas in August in the Crooked Run Campground the...

Science in the Park: Snakes

We share the park with a variety of snakes. Come separate fact from fiction about or parks most misunderstood residents. (Meet at Campground Amphitheater,...

Trees of Little Pine

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...

PA Spiders

Discover interesting facts about some of the common spiders found in PA. What do they eat? How can you identify them? Come to this program to find out. ...

Second Saturday Trail Crew

Ready to give back to the park? Join us for Second Saturday Trail Crew where you will join park staff to help remove invasive plants, repair erosion damage,...

Bears

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

Storytelling and Drumming

The park educator will be telling some Native American tales and audience participation is encouraged. You may get to shake a rattle or beat on a drum to...

Sunset Paddle

Bring your paddle boat for a guided tour of Lake Jean while watching the sunset. You will need to bring your own boat, US Coast Guard Life Jacket, & have a...

We're Talking Trees

We will be talking trees and learning the basics of tree identification at the campground. We will learn how to use a tree guide and what to look for when...

What's the Buzz on these Bees?

Did you know today is National Honey Bee Day!? Come help us celebrate by learning about our native bee populations and why we love having them...

Awesome Possums

When you think about possums, what's the first thing you think about? Maybe playing dead or having a pouch. Come on out to the Campground Amphitheater as we...

Awesome Opossums!

Most of us know what an opossum looks like, but did you know they were Pennsylvania's only marsupial? Join us at the amphitheater to learn more interesting...

Fire in the Sky!

The Perseids meteor shower is active from mid-July though late August, however the most exciting time is at it's peak from August 11-13. Join us to learn...

Stargazing at the Beach

Come join the park naturalist as he leads you on a journey through the night sky. You will learn some tips to help you find the constellations. Bring a...

Three Smart Dogs

Examine the world of red fox, gray fox, and coyote to learn about their unique features and survival strategies in the wild. Skins, mounts, photos, and...

Tools of the Trade: Lumbering

The men that worked the woods in the early timber days used tools and techniques that may be foreign to folks today. Watch some vintage footage of woodsmen...

Turkey

In the Florida wetlands a wildlife biologist raised a clutch of turkey from eggs. They bonded with each other. Please maintain a six foot social distance...

Sunday, August 9

What's Missing?

Join Samuel Cowan as he leads you on a hike to learn how the park has changed since Mary and himself first settled here over 220 years ago. The hike is over...

BYOKayak Glendale Lake

Join a naturalist for a guided paddle onto the lake. A variety of areas and topics will be explored throughout the month. All participants need to supply...

Scotts Run Paddle: Bring your own Watercraft

Enjoy a morning paddle on Scotts Run Lake, the smaller two of our lakes. We will look for some wildlife and learn a bit of history about French Creek. Meet...

Sunday Stroll

There is nothing like a walk in the park to kick off another great week at Bald Eagle State Park! Join the park naturalist on a 2-mile leisurely walk on the...

Discover Archery

Discover your inner Robin Hood using Genesis compound bows. Introductory course led by certified USA Archery instructor. For ages 11 to adult. Parent must...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Let's Talk Butterflies Hike!

Take a leisurely guided 2 mile walk with the park naturalist to explore one of our best trails to view butterflies. We will start from the 534 Parking Lot...

Art in the Park: Praying Mantis Edition

Did you know that a praying mantis can turn its head 180 degrees? They are also amazing at blending in to their habitat. Join the park educator at the...

Oak/Hemlock Wildflower Walk

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak/Hemlock Trail at Locust Lake on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 9:30 am. The trail is 4 miles in length and difficult. ...

Cooperative Trout Nursery

The trout nursery is located past the park office on the modern cabin’s road. The cooperative nursery is made possible by Pavia Sportsmen’s Club, Blue Knob...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Hike: Island Farm Loop

Take a walk on the scenic Island Farm loop. Enjoy a hike with our park naturalist as we walk and talk about the local wildlife. (Meet at Pavilion #1,...

Let's Talk CCC!

Come for a short walk around the park, discussing the projects Camp S-63 did for Poe Valley State Park, and learn more about what life was like for the CCC...

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...

Smokey Bear's Birthday: Bears of the World Exhibit

Celebrate Smokey Bear's birthday by joining your DCNR Park Naturalist for a special exhibit along the Multi-Use Trail about bears of the world. Learn about...

The Great Railway Escape

The Western Maryland Railway along with the B & O were the “Life blood” of Ohiopyle in the early 1900’s. The Western Maryland line was located in what we now...

Tree Tour

Come explore the science of trees. We’ll learn about some Pennsylvania trees and what role they play and how humans impact the forest. Online registration...

Photo by Maggie Stonecash

Join Maggie Stonecash for Yoga on the Mountain. Class is appropriate for all levels. Modifications are offered for poses based on ability. Bring your yoga...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Reptiles on Stage

Come to the stage in the east area and learn about PA’s native cold-blooded creatures. This is a program for all ages to come and learn about the differences...

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown (Week 5: Family and Friends in Bugtown)

DiscoverE Family Adventures: Welcome to Bugtown is the next generation in summer “camp” experiences! These choose-your-own adventure style family programs...

Sandcastle Contest

Find out where sand comes from, then earn a lolly by creating an amazing sand sculpture for our volunteers!

Science in the Park: Snakes

We share the park with a variety of snakes. Come separate fact from fiction about or parks most misunderstood residents. (Meet at Pavilion #1, Warriors Path...

Shoaff's Mill Tours

Shoaff's Mill is a 19th century operational grist mill that is open for tours every Saturday & Sunday from May through the Apple Festival in October....

Smokey Bear's Birthday Celebration

Who is Smokey Bear? Join the park naturalist for a fireside program on Smokey Bear’s birthday to find out! We’ll read Smokey’s story, complete some fun...

Sunset Rocks Vista Hike

Sunset Rocks Vista 2.5 mile diffificult loop hike. Meet at Furnace Stack Pavilion Parking lot. We will then drive up to Camp Michaux is 0.7 miles back...

Bald Eagle Trivia Table

Stop by the beachhouse anytime during the program hours to test your knowledge on PA’s local wildlife and resources. Can you conquer all our trivia questions?

Trapping 101

New to trapping? Here’s what you need to know! Come look at the various traps and techniques used.

Virtual: Perseids Meteor Shower

This program will be held virtually via Skype; it will NOT take place face-to-face in the park. Prepare for the upcoming meteor shower by learning its...

Science in the Park:  Animal Adaptations

Come learn the science behind animal adaptations. We’ll investigate paws, fur, beaks, wings and more as we look at what animals live in our...

Reptiles and Amphibians

Come and learn about PA’s native cold blooded creatures. This is a program for all ages to come and learn about the differences between reptiles and...

Painting in the Outdoors

Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park has partnered with Artist Lora Russell to bring you " Painting in the Outdoors" at the park. We invite anyone from...

Tea and Talk

Bring your own cup to sample some sweet fern/mountain mint tea grown right here in the park. Talk is whatever interests you about the environment. The...

Monday, August 10

Introduction to Fishing Meet-up

Interested in getting started with or learning more about fishing in Pennsylvania? At this program, PFBC staff will introduce participants to the basics of...

DiscoverE Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8): Learning to Love the Unlovables

Registration for this program will open on June 26 at 9:00am. Registration will be online only. We are not able to accept walk-in registrations at this...

Introduction to Fishing Meet-Up

Interested in getting started with or learning more about fishing in Pennsylvania? Join PA Fish and Boat Commission staff to learn the basics of how to be...

Tuesday, August 11

Beautiful Beltzville Hiking Series: Preachers Camp Trail Hike

Join park naturalist Rob Bergstresser for a guided 3.5 to 4 mile nature hike along one of Beltzville State Park’s most beautiful and less-traveled trails....

DiscoverE Penn’s Adventurers (Ages 9-12): What’s in Your WILD Backyard?

Registration for this program will open on June 26 at 9:00am. Registration will be online only. We are not able to accept walk-in registrations at this...

Hiking Series #3

Join a naturalist at 9 a.m. on select weekdays for hikes of varying length and difficulty. This year’s series visits trails on our public lands including...

Basic Archery

Learn how to use a recurve bow, long bow and compound bow. Registration and pre-payment is required for this program, please call Alison at 570-676-0567 to...

Intro to Fly Fishing Meet-Ups

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited Spots. NO fishing license needed for duration of program. Beginning July 14, 2020, the PA Fish and Boat Commission staff...

Tasty Tuesday! (In person)

Do you enjoy foraging for wild edibles? Accompany the Park Naturalist for a fun evening of fellowship and learn how to prepare what you can find in the...

BYOKayak Glendale Lake

Join a naturalist for a guided paddle onto the lake. A variety of areas and topics will be explored throughout the month. All participants need to supply...

Perseids Meteor Shower Paddle

Watch for the Perseids Meteor Shower while paddling on Black Moshannon Lake. Bring your own kayak, PFD (must be worn during program), paddle, and...

Perseids Meteor Shower Watch

Watch for the Perseids Meteor Shower over Black Moshannon Lake. Find out interesting facts about meteors. Pre-registration is required and limited to 25...

Meteor Shower & Star Gazing

(Heavy cloud cover and/or rain date: Wednesday Aug. 12 at 9:15pm) Learn about the constellations and watch the Perseid Meteors put on their annual show. All...

Wednesday, August 12

View From The Bridge: Perseids Meteor Shower

Coming from the constellation Perseus, a show of falling stars should be visible. Join us Wednesday morning as this meteor shower lights up our sky over the...

Hiking Series #3

Join a naturalist at 9 a.m. on select weekdays for hikes of varying length and difficulty. This year’s series visits trails on our public lands including...

Summer Nature Journaling

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

EXPLORE ARCHERY - ages 10 to Adult

Learn to use a compound bow with NASP-certified archery instructors. Space is limited. Please pre-register at the park office.

Nature Arts and Crafts-THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE SUMMER OF 2020

Recycle materials into usable art! Our talented volunteers, headed by Shelly Linsenbigler, run this program for free, but donations are appreciated.

Nature Story

This program is for children ages 3-6. Bring the kids to the Amphitheater to enjoy a nature themed story and participate in an acivity or craft. Space is...

Tremendous Trees

Learn about basic tree identification and apply those skills to identify the trees in the amphitheater. Meet at the amphitheater. Space is limited so...

Hike for Health

Join us after work for a hike with a St. Luke’s University health professional! Get some exercise while learning about health and fitness outdoors. Each hike...

Introduction to Fishing Meet-Up

Interested in getting started with or learning more about fishing in Pennsylvania? Join PA Fish and Boat Commission staff to learn the basics of how to be...

Perseid Meteor Shower

What are meteors and what happens after they hit our atmosphere? After a short lecture, we'll lie on the beach and count shooting stars. Please bring a...

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

Join us for our annual Perseid Meteor Shower watch at the beach. Bring blankets or other comfortable sit-upons to scan the night sky.

Perseid Paddle -THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Keep our fingers crossed for clear skies to view the meteors! For experienced kayakers only! Registration is required for this program. Please call Alison...

Thursday, August 13

CANCELED - Potter County Bow Hunter Festival (PCBF)

CANCELED - - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, this program series is canceled. PCBF offers eight courses and several ranges with over...

Clarion River History Educator Workshop

Cook Forest State Park will be conducting a three-day Clarion River History Educator Workshop. This course is considered both an Advanced Watershed...

Yoga on the Beach

Join yoga instructor, Tawnia Converse, for a morning yoga session on Lake Jean Beach. No experience required and bring your own mat or towel. Space is...

DiscoverE Penns Adventurers

Thursday, July 30, August 6 & 13, 2020 – DiscoverE Penns Adventurers (Ages 9-12 Only) 10:00AM – 2:00 PM – Lakeview Pavilion #4 (Lakeview Beach North...

Perseid Meteor Shower—Epilogue

If you missed it last night, no worries— August 12 is only the peak of the shower. Learn where and when to look over the next several nights during this...

Story Time

Children and their families are invited to join us by the Environmental Learning Center for story time. Books relating to nature, animals, and/or the region...

McConnells Mill Summer Hours

The 19th century gristmill is the centerpiece of McConnells Mill State Park. The historic gristmill will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a butterfly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! Join us on group surveys to document what kinds...

Butterfly Blitz

We are conducting a buttefly count all summer long through iNaturalist and we invite everyone to take part! We are holding group surveys to document what...

Family Fishing

Go on,take the bait! We'll loan you a rod, reel, tackle and bait, you don't even need a fishing license for this one day catch and release program!

Family Fishing

Go on,take the bait! We'll loan you a rod, reel, tackle and bait, you don't even need a fishing license for this one day catch and release program!

Pesky Plants

Learn how to recognize invaisve plants and how to become a citizen scientist to help us get rid of these pests! Meet at the amphitheater. Space is limited...

Story Time

Children and their families are invited to join us by the Environmental Learning Center for story time. Books relating to nature, animals, and/or the region...

Otter Madness

Otters are the good time Charlies of the animal world! After a short lecture, we'll go in search of these playful mammals. Spotting scope provided.

Bring Your Own Kayak

Bring your own watercraft to Marsh Creek State Park! Enjoy an evening birding and learning about the history of the park. Register here:...

Souders Trail Hike

Enjoy this easy walk along the park’s shortest trail – Souder’s Trail. Mixed hardwoods, hemlock bottom, streamside, and more.

Friday, August 14

CANCELED - Potter County Bow Hunter Festival (PCBF)

CANCELED - - Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, this program series is canceled. PCBF offers eight courses and several ranges with over...

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...

Native Gardeners Volunteer Project

This monthly project will focus on the Pine Grove Furnace State Parks native plant garden at the front of the office. Interested Volunteers will spend a few...

Birding by Boat

Grab your kayak or canoe and join us to learn more about our feathered friends that live around Raccoon Lake. Participants will need a kayak or canoe and a...

Clarion River History Educator Workshop

Cook Forest State Park will be conducting a three-day Clarion River History Educator Workshop. This course is considered both an Advanced Watershed...

CCC Trail Hike

This out and back hike is about 2 miles of fairly easy hiking. We will discuss some park history and interesting facts along the way as well. Wear...

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...