Upcoming Events

Valentine's Winter Forest Hike
February 13, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Free Event

Naturalist, Dave Beale, will lead us on a 1 mile long, moderate, hike along the Discovery and Shrub Swamp trails. While hiking, you and your sweetie can search for animal tracks, learn to identify trees and other plants that are resilient in the winter, and maybe even see an eagle at the Crooked Creek spillway.

Warm up afterwards, back at the Outdoor Discovery Center, with a nice cup of hot cocoa or tea! All are welcome.

Register online by clicking here.

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Basics of Cross Country Skiing
February 13, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Free Class

The freshly fallen snow is beckoning you to go play outside! You have wondered what it would be like to experience gliding on the snow over a hill and dale on a pair of cross-country skis. You ask yourself, where can I go, what should I wear, who has the right equipment, and will I have fun?

By coming to this free class, you will have many of those questions answered by expert Joe Triebsch! You’ll learn what clothing to wear and about the different styles of Nordic gear and the pros and cons of each.

Information will be provided about where to rent or purchase cross-country gear and great places to go to experience the snow that has been calling you to play outside.

Register online by clicking here.

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Save the date:  Awakening to the Wonders of Nature (Study Circle Series)
April 21, 2022 - Time TBA
May 19, 2022 - Time TBA
June 16, 2022 - Time TBA
Free Series

Coming in 2022 is a study circle series, presented by Full Circle Discovery, in collaboration with the Outdoor Discovery Center. The series, kicking off this spring, aims to offer an engaging and fun way to open eyes and awaken a wonder for nature in adult learners.

Session 1: Mysteries of Trees - April 21, 2022
Session 2: Digging the Dirt - May 19, 2022
Session 3: Water Ways - June 16, 2022

Registration and more details coming soon at www.full-circle-discovery.com.

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Dare 2B Tick Aware Webinar
March 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
No Cost to Participate

Learn about PA Tick statistics, tick identification, tick habitat & behavior, Lyme & tick-borne diseases, prevention options, and recognizing early symptoms of disease.

Facilitator:  Andrea Halffill, Certified Dare 2B Tick Aware Facilitator

Register online by clicking here.

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Past Events

Snowshoeing Basics
January 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
Free Class

Learn the fundamentals of Snowshoeing!

Tired of wishing to be outside when the snow gets deep but you don’t want to sink-in up to your knees?  Then join us on Saturday, January 22nd to find out about snowshoeing your way through the winter with expert Joseph Triebsch.

This course will help you select the footwear and clothing that will ensure you are prepared for a day of stomping through the snow. You’ll learn about the different styles of snowshoes and the pros/cons of each. Wondering where you can rent, borrow or purchase these snow tamers?  That will be discussed too. Finally, information will be provided about great places to go to experience the same snow that Bigfoot so loves … well, at least our local version of Bigfoot.

All participants need to wear a mask.  Thank you.

This program is free but registration is required:

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CANCELLED:  Stranger in the Woods: The Movie
January 21, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Free Event

Families and children of all ages are invited to the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek for a viewing of the movie, “Stranger in the Woods” on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  Based on the New York Times #1 Best Seller children’s book by authors Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, the movie uses wildlife photography and video to take viewers on a journey with furry and feathered friends as they curiously and amusingly react to a snowman placed in the woods.

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January 15, 2022 - Knee High to Nature Series - Winter Science:

Snowflakes!  Icicles!  Hibernation!  Your elementary age child will learn about the science behind winter.  Join us for some frosty fun.  Registration for this free event is required.

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December 21, 2021 - Winter Solstice Event:

Celebrate the beginning of winter with us.  We'll be making lanterns and going on a short winter evening hike.  We will have children's activities and hot cocoa, too!  Registration is required.

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CANCELLED: December 11, 2021 - Paint Party Fundraiser:

Create a work of art, have fun, and support educational programming at the Outdoor Discovery Center at the same time!  Join us for our Paint Party Fundraiser on Saturday, December 11th.  Registration is required.

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November 24, 2021 - Thankful for Nature Hike & Craft:

Bring your little one!  The Outdoor Discovery Center will host a Thankful for Nature Hike & Craft on November 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.  There will be a short nature hike on the Discovery Trail and autumn lesson with our program coordinator.  After the hike, come inside the ODC for kids crafts and hot apple cider!  Registration is required.

Register online by clicking here.

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October 25, 2021 - Learn About Bats:

Bats are amazing creatures!  Eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers & spreading seeds that grow new plants.  Your elementary age child will learn more about bats through fun activities & crafts.  The "Learn About Bats" program will be held on October 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Outdoor Discovery Center.  Registration is required.

Registration is currently closed!  Please check back for future programs.

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October 8, 2021 - Learn About Bats:

Bats are amazing creatures!  Eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers & spreading seeds that grow new plants.  Your elementary age child will learn more about bats through fun activities & crafts.  The "Learn About Bats" program will be held on October 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Outdoor Discovery Center.  Registration is required.

Registration is Closed.  Another class will be offered later in the month.  Please check back.

October 3, 2021 - Walk in Penn's Woods:

This year, the ODC will participate in the statewide initiative Walk in Penn's Woods on Sunday, October 3rd.  Since 2017, the Walk in Penn’s Woods partnership has been working to offer Pennsylvanians a statewide day of walks in the woods on the first Sunday in October. These walks provide an excellent opportunity to get out, have fun, and learn about Pennsylvania’s forests, to see forests in new ways, and to understand and appreciate the many values we hold for the woods.

Please RSVP to [email protected] so we know how many participants to expect.

To learn more about the walk happening at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Armstrong County or any of the walks happening across Pennsylvania visit, click here.

August 17, 2021 - Learn About Elk:

In partnership with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek in Armstrong County will hold a live and interactive "Learn About Elk" program for people of all ages on August 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Registration is required.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

August 12 - October 28, 2021 - PA Master Naturalist:

Registration is closed.  Click here to view the flyer.  Visit our PA Master Naturalist page for more information!