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DiscoverE Program

DiscoverE is a series of exciting outdoor programs at many Pennsylvania state parks for youth ages 4–17 years.

Through DiscoverE, trained educators help young people discover and appreciate Pennsylvania’s natural resources and historic sites.

By combining recreation and education, DCNR motivates youth to learn more and return to these places often.

DCNR hopes that DiscoverE experiences will lead to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment and conservation leadership.

DiscoverE Opportunities

DiscoverE offers a variety of activities to meet developmental levels and social skills of different age groups.

Younger learners will explore the outdoors through structured play that is reinforced by stories and crafts.

Older youth will be challenged by gaining recreational skills, conducting special projects, and participating in valuable experiences.

Participants progress from one level to another, continually growing in knowledge and skills.

Programs are offered in various ways, including:

  • Multi-day summer camps
  • Single-day summer camps
  • Home-school summer programs
  • Single-day camps throughout the year
  • After-school programs

How to Participate in DiscoverE

Each Pennsylvania state park schedules its own DiscoverE outdoor programs and sets its own program fees.

Registration forms, fees, and other information may be required to hold a reservation.

Information on DiscoverE opportunities is available at state park offices. Please call the state park you would like to visit to see if they offer DiscoverE programs.

Recognizing Participation in DiscoverE

DCNR has established a set of criteria for recognizing participation and achievement in DiscoverE programs:

  • Participants can attend programs at one or many of Pennsylvania’s state parks, achieving credit toward the requirements
  • Participants record their hours and experiences at the state park in a special DiscoverE folder
  • Participants earn a certificate and badge recognizing their accomplishments; the badge can be displayed on backpacks or jackets and will be recognized throughout Pennsylvania state parks