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.

Birding on a Backroad
Saturday, May 13, 2017: 9AM-10:30AM
Meeting location will be Palomino Parking Lot off Nichol Road.
Join the park naturalist on an early morning bird walk on Heron Trail and Nichol Road. Come and see which species have made their migration to Raccoon Creek. For directions, or if you need binoculars, reserve a pair by calling Brittanie Smith at 724.899.3611 or by email at brittsmith@pa.gov<mailto:brittsmith@pa.gov>.


Mothers’ Day Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 14, 2017: 1PM- 3PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Besides being beautiful, spring wildflowers have stories to tell. Join park educators to learn about the stories of these short lived beauties. Topics such as wildflower identification, medicinal/edible uses, and folklore associated with various wildflowers will be discussed on this 1 mile hike. Free Program.


Bluebirds of Raccoon Creek
Sunday, May 21, 2017: 2PM-3:30PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Join Raccoon Creek's Bluebird Trails Coordinator Scott Parry for an informative program on the "Bluebirds of Raccoon Creek". Scott will discuss bluebird natural history, his experiences with monitoring Bluebird Trails, and how you can help attract bluebirds to your area. Free program.


Nature's Nasties
Saturday, May 27, 2017: 10AM-12PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Some plants and animals are best avoided. Join us and learn how to stay safe in the outdoors from poison ivy, ticks, stinging nettles, venomous snakes, and more on this 1-mile hike. Free program.


Frankfort Mineral Springs Tour
Monday, May 29, 2017: 10AM-11:30AM
Meeting location will be the Frankfort Mineral Springs parking lot along Rt 18.
The historic Frankfort Mineral Springs complex was constructed in the early 1800s and thrived for nearly a hundred years as a popular resort. It was best known for its mineral water once believed to have "healing qualities". This guided tour will look back at the people and events that shaped the history of this once famous area. Be prepared for rough, uneven, and wet terrain. Free program.


Yoga in the Park
  * Thursday, June 1, 2017: 10AM-11AM
  * Thursday, July 6, 2017: 10AM-11AM
  * Thursday, August 3, 2017: 10AM-11AM
  * Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017: 10AM-11AM

Meeting location will be the Beach Area.
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. The cost is $5 per class paid the day of the program. Bring a beach towel, blanket, or a mat. For questions, email Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.


Fern Walk
Sunday, June 4, 2017: 2PM-4PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Come and discover the fascinating ferns and other flowerless plants within the Wildflower Reserve. During the hike, you will learn about the folklore, uses, and how to identify these flowerless plants. Free program.


Little Raccoons: Children’s Walk (Ages 1-3)
Tuesday, June 6, 2017: 10AM-11AM
Meeting location within park 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 conclude with a children’s story. Registration is required for this free program. For questions, email Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or call
724-899-3611.



DiscoverE: Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8)
  * Weds, June 14, 2017: 10AM-12PM
  * Friday, June 23, 2017: 10AM-12PM
  * Friday, June 30, 2017: 8PM- 9:30PM

Meeting location within park will be emailed to registered attendees.
Join the park naturalist to learn about what creeps and crawls, what flutters and flies. Discover what insects inhabit Raccoon Creek State Park by joining in on the insectigation! This will be a three-day interactive educational program for children ages 6-8, with 2 daytime programs and 1 nighttime program. This is a free program. For question, more information, and to register contact Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or by calling 724-899-3611.


All in a Flash: Fireflies
Friday, June 16, 2017: 8:30PM-10:30PM
Meeting location within park will be emailed to registered attendees.
Join us as we watch in wonder at what can be considered one of the most intriguing natural light shows; fireflies. Explore the life of these luminous wonders and learn how we can keep them around for future generations to appreciate. This is a free program that requires registration. 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.


Kayaks and Coffee Cups
Weds, June 28, 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.


Native Plant Gardening
Saturday, July 1, 2017: 10AM-11:30AM
Meeting at the Park Office along Rt 18.
Discover the possibilities of using native plants in your landscaping. This program will discuss how to grow and maintain native plants, proper site selection, and how to use native plants to attract and benefits wildlife. Free Program.


Flags of the United States
  * Saturday, July 1, 2017: 2PM-2:30M
  * Saturday, July 1, 2017: 3PM-3:30PM
  * Sunday, July 2, 2017: 2PM-2:30PM
  * Sunday, July 2, 2017: 3PM-3:30PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Join us in the celebration of the Flag of the United States during the 4th of July holiday weekend. We will be offering 4 different times for this thirty minute program, where you will see and learn about the past and present flags of the United States, and the roles these flags played in our history. We will also demonstrate flag folding and cover other important guidelines when handling and displaying the flag. Free Program.


Tree ID Hike (1 Mile)
Sunday, July 2, 2017: 10AM-12PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Though flowers often steal the show, the Wildflower Reserve is also home to many of PA’s tree species. Participants will learn how to identify trees and will learn about the folklore and history of discuss trees. This 1-mile hike includes two hills. Free Program.


Little Raccoons: Children’s Walk (Ages 1-3)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017: 10AM-11AM
Meeting location within park 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 conclude with a children’s story. Registration is required for this free program. For questions, email Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.


DiscoverE: Penn's Adventurers (Ages 9-12)
  * Thursday, July 13, 2017: 10AM-12PM
  * Thursday, July 20, 2017: 10AM-12PM
  * Thursday, July 27, 2017: 10AM-12PM

Meeting location within park will be emailed to registered attendees.
Join in the adventure! This three-day interactive educational program for children ages 9 to 12 will bring awareness to your surroundings in a fun and safe learning environment. Participants will learn how to make shelters, matchless fires, and increase nature awareness skills, find safe water, as well as map and compass, and archery. Cost for this program is $5 per child and payment is required one week prior to the start of the program. For questions, more information, and to register contact Brittanie Smith at brittsmith@pa.gov or by calling 724-899-3611.


Moth Night
Saturday, July 22, 2017: 9PM-10:30PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
As the sun sets, join us to learn about the moths that call Raccoon Creek State Park home during National Moth Week. We will also be catching, identifying, and documenting the moths. Any skill level is welcome. Plastic jar with a lid, insect repellent, and a curiosity about moths are recommended for this event. Free program.


Kayaks and Coffee Cups
Weds, July 26, 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.


Wild about Teas
Sunday, July 30, 2017: 2PM-3:30PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
For centuries, people have gathered local plants and infused them with hot water to make beverages. During this program, guest instructor Vince Curtis will introduce you to some of these teas and infusions. Free Program.


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