Raccoon Creek State Park Programs & Events
Is your group looking for an outdoor or environmental education program?
Raccoon Creek State Park's Environmental Education Staff offers a wide variety of environmental education and outdoor recreational programming for all types of groups.
This includes schools, scouts, clubs, churches, hunting associations, and everyone in between are welcome to contact us about nature hikes, wildflower walks, teacher workshops, historic tours, animal tracking, bird watching, kayaking, geocaching, fishing, merit badge programs, geology and many others. Contact the Raccoon Creek State Park's Environmental Education staff at 724-899-3611 for details or to request a program.
Late Summer Wildflower Walk
Saturday, August 5, 2017: 10AM-12PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers in our two large meadows. The 1.5-mile walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses, and folklore associated with various flowers. Free program.


DiscoverE: Hide and Seekers (Ages 4-5)

  * Weds, August 9, 2017: 10AM-12PM
  * Weds, August 16, 2017: 10AM-12PM

Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Build, play, and explore around Raccoon Creek State Park while learning about the life of Pennsylvania mammals. This two-day interactive educational program for children ages 4 to 5 will be focused around native mammals and their daily life and habitats. This is a free program. For questions, more information, and to register contact Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or by calling 724-899-3611.


EYE Con Summer Camp at Raccoon Creek (Ages 14-18)
Tues-Fri, Aug. 8-11, 2017: 9AM-4:30PM
Meeting location within park will be emailed to registered attendees.
Attention High School students. Do you love to explore the outdoors? Join us for Exploring Your Environment (EYE) through Conservation (Con) at Raccoon Creek State Park. During the EYE Con 4-day workshop, students will work with biologists from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and State Park Environmental Educators. Students will design and carry out field studies focused on the conservation of our state's natural resources. This years focus will be on habitat conservation for ruffed grouse, protection of water quality for our trout streams and other conservation opportunities in Western Pennsylvania. Cost for the 4-day camp is $35 and runs August 8-11, 2017. Transportation from Pittsburgh and Robinson Township can be provided if needed. Registration required at https://eyeconcamp.wordpress.com/  and for questions or details contact, Patrick Adams at paadams@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.


Little Raccoons: Children's Walk (Ages 1-3)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 10AM-11AM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Come along and let the little ones explore the world around them. Join the park naturalist on a walk and discover some of the creatures that live at Raccoon Creek State Park. This program will be concluded with a children's story. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit events.dcnr.pa.gov/raccoon_creek_state_park/calendar and click on the program to register. For questions, email Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.


Late Summer Wildflower Walk
Saturday, August 12, 2017: 2PM-4PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Take a stroll around the Wildflower Reserve as we discover our late summer wildflowers in our two large meadows. The 1.5-mile walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses, and folklore associated with various flowers. Free program.


Summer Edible Plant Hike (5-Mile)
Saturday, August 19, 2017: 10AM-2PM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Come and stretch your legs as we explore the trails and learn about ten different plants used historically in summer for their edible qualities. This 5-mile hike can be physically challenging on hilly, wet, and sometimes rocky terrain. This is classified as a moderate hiking experience due to distance and terrain, so some hiking experience is needed. This free program requires registration. To register, visit events.dcnr.pa.gov/raccoon _creek_state_park/calendar and click on the program to register. For questions, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.


Trail Care

  * Sunday, August 20, 2017: 10AM-1PM
  * Sunday, August 20, 2017: 2PM-4PM

Meeting at the Park Office along Rt 18.
We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trail that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we help in the upkeep of this beautiful trail system. Tools such as loppers and handsaws are welcome. We will have a few loppers, handsaws, and gloves available for use. Those attending should bring water and insect repellent, and be prepared to hike approximately 1.5 miles.


Kayaks and Coffee Cups
Weds, August 30, 2017: 8AM- 9:30AM
Meeting location within park will be emailed to registered attendees.
The best part of waking up is with kayaks and coffee cups. Join us on this early morning paddle and enjoy Raccoon Lake and a nice cup of coffee. Attendees will need to bring a cup for coffee and a canoe or kayak for this program. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit events.dcnr.pa.gov/raccoon_creek_state_park/calendar and click on the program to register. For questions, email Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611. Free program.


Shrubs and Small Trees Hike
Saturday, September 2, 2017: 10AM-12PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Come and discover the group of plants too small to be a tree and too big to be a wildflower. On this 1-mile guided hike, participants will learn about the folklore, history, uses, and how to identify common shrubs. For question, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611. Free program.


Yoga in the Park
Thursday, September 7, 2017: 10AM-11AM
Meeting location will be Raccoon Creek State Park's Beach
Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park has partnered with Yoga h'om to bring you Yoga in the Park. This all abilities class will be held at the beach area the first Thursday of every month from June to September from 10am to 11am. It will be $5 per class paid the day of. Bring a beach towel, blanket, or a mat. Park will announce cancellation via Facebook in case of inclement weather. For questions, email Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611


Upper Lake Hike (5-mile)
Saturday, September 9, 2017: 10AM-2PM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Come and stretch your legs as we explore the trails and learn about mammals that reside around the Upper Lake. This 5-mile hike can be physically challenging on hilly, wet, and sometimes rocky terrain. This is classified as a moderate hiking experience due to distance and terrain, so some hiking experience is needed. This free program requires registration. To register, visit events.dcnr.pa.gov/raccoon_creek_state_park/calendar 
and click on the program to register. For questions, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.


Trail Care

  * Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017:10AM-1PM
  * Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017: 2PM-4PM

Meeting location will be the Park Office along Rt 18.
We need your help! Raccoon Creek State Park has over 44 miles of trail that are primarily maintained by volunteers. Join us as we help in the upkeep of this beautiful trail system. Tools such as loppers and handsaws are welcome. We will have a few loppers, handsaws, and gloves available for use. Those attending should bring water and insect repellent, and be prepared to hike approximately 1.5 miles. For question, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.


Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop (6.5 ACT 48 hours)
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017: 8:30AM-3:30PM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a hands-on environmental education program that provides the tools educators need to bring the environment into their classrooms and their students into the environment. This educator/teacher workshop is geared for anyone who teaches students in PreK-8th grade. Participants will receive PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, other related teaching materials, refreshments, and 6.5 ACT 48 hours. Cost for the workshop is $20 per person. Registration is required. To register, contact Shane Miller either by email at shanemille@pa.gov or by phone at 724-899-3611.


Kayaks and Coffee Cups
Weds, September 27, 2017: 8AM- 9:30AM
Meeting location within park will be emailed to registered attendees.
The best part of waking up is with kayaks and coffee cups. Join us on this early morning paddle and enjoy Raccoon Lake and a nice cup of coffee. Attendees will need to bring a cup for coffee and a canoe or kayak for this program. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit events.dcnr.pa.gov/raccoon_creek_state_park/calendar and click on the program to register. For questions, email Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611. Free program.


Fall Foliage Hike
Sunday, October 15, 2017: 2PM-3:30PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
As cool fall breezes approach, deciduous trees begin their annual transformation into brilliant colors of reds, yellows, and browns. Join us for a 1-mile guided walk and learn about the causes of this spectacular transformation. Free Program.


Halloween Night Hike
Saturday, October 21, 2017: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Meeting location will be the Rec Hall on Cabin Rd. (up the road from the Park Office).
Join us as we venture along the dark and spooky trails around the Rec Hall as we listen and strain to see the creatures of the night. We'll also learn about the nightlife in the park associated with Halloween and tell a few ghost stories about the park. After the hike, we will be handing out candy at the historic CCC cabins for the kids, and roasting marshmallow around the fire. Remember to bring a flashlight and a friend! This hike is about 1 mile and slower paced to be family friendly. Free Program.


Star Party at Hillman State Park
Friday, October 27, 2017: starting 6:15pm
Meeting location within Hillman State Park will be emailed to registered attendees.
As the sky begins to darken and the stars come out, join the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) to learn about and see some of the amazing celestial objects in the night sky. Following a short presentation (45 minutes), we will head out and look at some of the items in the night sky with a variety of telescopes (basic and advanced models), and you may stay as long as you like for the stargazing part. We will be ending at 12:00am. Please note this program is weather permitting, so if the sky is overcast or rain is forecasted, the program will be rescheduled. If the sky is clear or a few scattered clouds, the Star Party is a go. You may bring your telescope to use or look through one set up by the AAAP. Please remember to bring extra layers of clothing for program since it can get quite cool at night. To fully enjoy the night sky and faint objects in telescopes, the use of use cell phones, white lights or flashlights, glow sticks, and flash photography are not permitted. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit events.dcnr.pa.gov/raccoon_creek_state_park/calendar and click on the program to register. For question, contact Shane Miller by phone 724-899-3611 or email shanemille@pa.gov


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