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.

​Little Raccoons: Children's Walk
Friday, September 14, 2018: 10AM-11AM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Come along and let the little ones explore the world around them. This program will be concluded with a children's story. All ages welcome. Registration is required for this free program. To register visit, http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1381229 and please register children's name only. For questions, email at brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611. 

Migrational Monarchs
Saturday, September 15, 2018: 3PM-4PM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Join the park naturalist and learn the wonders of Monarch butterflies. Learn about their migrational trek to Mexico and what makes them so unique in the butterfly world. Registration is required for this free program. To register visit, http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1381230 .For questions, email brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611. 

Early Morning Bird Hike
Sunday, September 16, 2018: 9AM-10:30AM
Meeting location will be the Park Office along Rt 18. 
Join the park naturalist on an early morning bird hike and find out what bird species call Raccoon Creek their home. Binoculars will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Free Program.

Trail Care
Sunday, September 16, 2018: 10AM-1PM
Meeting at 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 repellent, and be prepared to hike about 1-mile.

Kayaks and Coffee Cups
Wednesday, September 19, 2018: 8:30AM-10AM
Meeting location 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, http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1381227 . For questions, email brittsmith@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611.

Project WET Educator Workshop (6.5 Act 48 Hours)
Saturday, Sept 29, 2018: 8:30AM-3:30PM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Are you looking for new and fun ways to engage your students in science and the natural world? If you are, join us at the Project WET Educator Workshop to learn about the value and science of water. 
Formal and nonformal educators of Pre K-8th grade students are invited to attend this workshop and earn 6.5 hours of Act 48 credits. Cost $30. Registration is required. To register visit, http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/CreateSingle/2467 . For questions, email shanemille@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611. 

Star Party at Hillman State Park
Friday, October 5, 2018: starting 6:45PM
Meeting location will be Irvis Radio Control Model Airport at Hillman State Park along Kramer Rd.(google map link is https://goo.gl/maps/y21WyCfsous)
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. For questions or directions, email shanemille@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611.

Painting with Acrylics
Sunday, October 14, 2018: 2PM-4:30PM 
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park has partnered with Artist Lora Russell to bring you " Painting with Acrylics" at the park. We invite anyone from beginner to skilled artist to learn and practice their artistic talents while enjoying the fall foliage at Raccoon Creek State Park. Both children and adults are welcome to attend this program on acrylics. There is a $15 charge per person. Registration is required. To register, visit http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/?internalID=Internal-2789 . For questions, please email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611. All art supplies are provided. Please bring folding chair.

Fall Foliage Hike (1 Mile)
Saturday, October 20, 2018: 2PM-4PM 
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.

Fall Foliage Hike (5 Mile)
Sunday, October 21, 2018: 10AM-2PM
Meeting location will be emailed to registered attendees.
As cool fall breezes approach, deciduous trees begin their annual transformation into brilliant colors of reds, yellows, and browns. Join us for a 5 mile guided hike and learn about the causes of this spectacular transformation. Registration is required for this free program. To register, visit, http://eventsreg.dcnr.pa.gov/register/create/1353004 . For questions, please email Shane Miller at shanemille@pa.gov or call 724.899.3611.

Halloween Night Hike
Saturday, October 27, 2018: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Meeting location will be the Rec Hall on Cabin Rd, which is up the road from the Park Office (google map link is https://goo.gl/maps/yv1natSoPDy ). 
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.








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