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.
Tree ID Walk (0.5-Mile)  
Saturday, July 7, 2018: 2:00PM-4:00PM 
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Though flowers often steal the show at the Wildflower Reserve, the Wildflower Reserve is also home to many of PA’s tree species. Participants will learn how to identify trees and the historical uses associated with discussed trees. Free Program.


Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Tour  
Saturday, July 14, 2018: 2:00PM-3:30PM 
Meeting location will be the Park Office along Rt 18.
Take a step back in time and join us to learn about the history and significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) in the establishment of Raccoon Creek State Park and other projects throughout the United States. Following the indoor presentation, we will take a short walking tour of one of the camps built by the C.C.C. in the 1930s. Free program.

Night Hike (2-Mile) 
Saturday, July 14, 2018: 9:00PM-11:00PM 
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Venture with us along the dark trails to hear or maybe see the nightlife within Raccoon Creek State Park. Along the way, you will learn about owls, bats, fireflies, and other creatures that haunt the night. This 2-mile hike will be on hilly terrain and sometimes wet and rocky terrain. Please dress appropriately for weather, wear proper hiking footwear, and bring a flash light. Registration is required for this free program. To register visit, http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1316628 . For questions, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.

Honeybees  
Sunday, July 15, 2018: 2:00PM-3:30PM 
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Have you ever wanted to learn about honeybees and what it takes to be a beekeeper? If you are, join us as our guest speaker Jim Hoffman from the Beaver Valley Area Beekeeping Association teaches how amazing and fascinating honeybees are. This program, which is geared towards adults and teenagers, will cover honeybee biology, equipment needed for beekeeping, honeybee pests, how to start a hive, and getting honey. Free Program.

Map & Compass 
Saturday, July 21, 2018: 2:00PM-5:00PM 
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Learn the basics of reading topographical maps, orienting a compass, taking and following a bearing, and successfully completing an orienteering course. Good old fashion orienteering, no high tech devices needed. We will start out at a beginning level, and then advance to land navigation over varied terrain. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1253404 . For questions, email Patrick Adams at paadams@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.

Rustic Cabin & Watercolors 
Saturday, July 21, 2018: 4:00PM-6:00PM 
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees. 
The Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park has partnered with Artist Lora Russell to bring you "Rustic Cabin & Watercolors” at the park. We invite anyone from beginner to skilled artist to learn and practice their artistic talents while painting with watercolors at Raccoon Creek State Park. Both children and adults are welcome to attend this program. There is a $15 charge per person. Registration is required. To register visit, http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1299086 . For questions, email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611. All art supplies are provided. Please bring an outdoor folding chair.

Trail Care at Raccoon Creek State Park  
Sunday, July 22, 2018: 10:00AM-1:00PM 
Meeting location will be the Park Office along Rt 18. 
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 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 bug spray, and be prepared to hike approximately 1.5 miles. 

Moth Night 
Friday, July 27, 2018: 9:30PM-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, repellent, and a curiosity about moths are recommended for this event. Free program.

Wild about Teas Hike (3-mile) 
Saturday, July 28, 2018: 4:00PM-6:30PM 
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees. 
For centuries, people have gathered local plants and infused them with hot water tomake beverages. During this hike, guest instructor Vince Curtis will introduce you to some of these teas and infusions. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1253406 . For questions, email at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611.  

Black Bears
Sunday, July 29, 2018: 1:00PM-2:00PM
Meeting location will be the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along Rt 30.
Black Bears are amazing creatures that reside across Pennsylvania. Join us and learn how we can peacefully coexist with our largest native mammal in Pennsylvania. We will also discuss the basics of Black Bear biology, which includes hibernation, breeding, cubs, and food resources. Free program.

Trail Care at Raccoon Creek State Park  
Saturday, August 4, 2018: 10:00AM-1:00PM 
Meeting location will be the Park Office along Rt 18. 
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 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 bug spray, and be prepared to hike approximately 1.5 miles. 

Bioluminescent Fungi Walk  
Friday, August 10, 2018: 9:30PM-11:00PM 
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Venture with us as we explore the trails in a hunt for the illusive bioluminescent fungi. On this journey, we will be hiking nearly a mile along dark trails in the hope of finding these strange and beautiful fungi. Space is limited for this special night hike. We recommend bringing a folding chair that is easy to carry, water, and repellent. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1253419 . For questions, email at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724-899-3611. 

Late Summer Wildflower Walk  
Saturday, August 18, 2018: 10:00AM-12:00PM 
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.



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