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​An event to get families outdoors​​

August 3, 2024

11AM - 7 PM​
Point State Park

Join the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and some amazing partners for a FREE festival style event to help people of all ages get outdoors! From hiking to hunting, this event will provide participants the opportunity to “dip their toes" into various types of outdoor recreation. Activities provided will include but are not limited to: 

  • Archery
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Station
  • Nature tours
  • Introduction to squirrel hunting
  • Bird Dog Demonstration for Pheasant hunting
  • Nature scavenger hunt
  • Trapping
  • Waterfowl ID
  • Hunting in the 1700's
  • Biking

Check out the list of activities held by our partners below! F​or each station you visit and participate in, you will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win some cool prizes! 

  • This event is open to all ages!
  • FREE to the public! 


PGC ICON.pngPennsylvania Game Commission

For more than 100 years, the Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth's wildlife resources for all Pennsylvanians. In the late 1800s, however, wildlife was dwindling as a result of deforestation, pollution, and unregulated hunting and trapping. From this dark period emerged the Game Commission, created by the state Legislature to protect and conserve wildlife, which was then commonly referred to as "game." The wildlife diversity we enjoy today is largely due to the agency's progressive, scientifically-based wildlife management programs and support from countless Pennsylvanians and outdoors organizations.​

Manage and protect wildlife and their habitats while promoting hunting and trapping for current and future generations.
Recognized and respected as the leader in innovative and proactive stewardship of wildlife and their habitats.


Department of Conservation of Natural Resources

 The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources owns and operates Point State Park.

Point State Park, located at the confluence of three rivers, is at the tip of Pittsburgh's “Golden Triangle." The park commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). Designated as a National Historic Landmark, with significant cultural and natural assets, and a regional symbol, DCNR manages the park's archeological, historic, and natural resources for current and future generations to enjoy.

Point State Park

601 Commonwealth Place, Bldg A
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1212
Phone: 412-565-2850
Website: Point State Park

Hunter Sharing Harvest logo.jpgHunters Sharing the Harvest​

Hunters Sharing the Harvest is Pennsylvania's venison donation program.

Since 1991, Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) has coordinated the distribution of over 2.5 million pounds of hunter-donated venison to the food insecure in Pennsylvania. These donations have provided over 10 million servings of lean, high-protein venison to the hungry. There is no charge to donate a deer. A hunter simply takes his or her legally harvested, tagged and field dressed deer to one of our 100+ participating processors near them. We pay the processor, who then makes sure the packaged ground venison gets to hunger relief agencies in the local community.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest
218 Vernon Rd.
Greenville, PA 16125

WebsiteHunters Sharing the Harvest

​​allegheny Cleanways logo 1.pngAllegheny CleanWays​

Our mission is to engage and empower community members to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County to achieve a clean, beautiful, and safe space for everyone. ACW works with communities throughout the area to remove the litter and illegal dumping from our rivers, greenspaces, and neighborhoods. We conduct year-round land-based cleanups Friday through Monday and water-based cleanups from April to October. 

Come check out our fleet of boats while they're docked at Point State Park during the Explore PA Outdoors event and chat with our crew to learn more about our work!

Allegheny CleanWays
100 Hafner Ave
Suite 1111
Etna, PA 15223
WebsiteAllegheny CleanWays​

WPC logo.pngWestern PA Conservancy

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and restoring exceptional places, ensuring clean waters, healthy forests, wildlife, and natural areas for present and future generations. Our work in Watershed Conservation, Land Conservation, Conservation Science, Community Greening, and the preservation of Fallingwater reflects our commitment to creating green spaces and gardens that enrich the vitality of our cities and towns. Join us at PA Explore Outdoors at Point State Park to discover more about our conservation efforts and how you can support our mission to conserve Western Pennsylvania's natural heritage.

Discover our conservation projects firsthand at PA Explore Outdoors at Point State Park. We'll be hosting tours that will highlight a bioswale and rain garden with native flora that we've implemented, demonstrating how we manage stormwater runoff sustainably. We'll also showcase the Redbud Project trees and other native trees in the park, discussing their significance and impact on the local ecosystem. Visit our table to dive deeper into these projects and discover how you can support our conservation efforts in Western Pennsylvania.

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
800 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 288-2777
WebsiteWestern PA Conservancy

NDA logo 1.pngThe National Deer Association

The National Deer Association is the nation's leading deer organization working to advance the quality of deer populations, wildlife habitat, and hunting. We accomplish this through education, policy, conservation, and new hunter recruitment. 

Our online Deer Hunting 101 course and in-person Field to Fork programs have helped hundreds of thousands of people begin their hunting journeys. For more information on how you can get started, please visit​

Knowing how to process the deer you've harvested is not only a satisfying activity, it can save you hundreds of dollars and give you a higher-quality finished product. Elizabeth Kligge, Pennsylvania Field to Fork Coordinator, will d​emonstrate how to transform a whole deer into steaks, roasts, and ground meat. Anyone can learn to do this, using just a knife and a little bit of counter space.

WebsiteThe National Deer Association​​​

bha-logo2.pngBackcountry Hunters and Anglers​

 The Pennsylvania Chapter of BHA was established in the spring of 2014 and represents a diverse and enthusiastic group of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen who seek to protect and improve wild places in the Keystone State and beyond.

We are an informed and engaged group ​of hunters and anglers who value the challenge, peace and solitude that comes from a backcountry experience, whether that be true Wilderness or the nearby Game Land or stream. 
As an all-volunteer grassroots group, the Pennsylvania Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers works to promote, conserve and improve our diverse public lands and stand up for these resources when they are threatened."

Booth:  We're going to talk about small game hunting, primarily squirrel hunting.  We will have squirrel calls that we'll demonstrate and let attendees try, we'll talk about the life cycle of squirrels and where they like to live, the food they eat, and tactics/strategies for hunting them.  I'll also have some preserved grey & fox squirrel tails to bring that attendees can check out as well.  We'll also talk about some of our preferred preparations for squirrel meat, with pictures. ​

WebsiteBackcountry Hunters and Anglers​​​​

pheasants-forever logo-organization.pngPheasants Forever​

Pheasants Forever, a national conservation organization with an emphasis on habitat management and development, will be hosting bird dog demonstrations.  Stop by our booth and talk to representatives fr​om the North Central PA local chapter of Pheasants Forever.  We will be available to answer questions about bird dog training and discuss habitat work we've done in the Western PA area.

WebsitePheasants Forever​

FOTR logo.pngFriends of the Riverfront

Friends of the Riverfront is a non-profit based in Allegheny County that is committed to the expansion, maintenance, and advocacy of the Three Rivers Heritage and Water Trail systems.  The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a 33-mile riverfront trail system that serves communities across the county – improving local economies, encouraging outdoor recreation, and connecting people to each other and to the riverfronts.  The Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of 30+ river access points, allowing non-motorized boats to launch from these areas.  Along with our community, nonprofit, and municipal partners, we work to improve the lives of Western Pennsylvanians and repair our riverfront ecosystems.  Friends of the Riverfront occupies a unique niche of building partnerships with river and trail communities to engage them in the environmental restoration and protection of their riverfront assets.      ​​

At the Explore PA Outdoors Event, we will have lots of info – including free Three Rivers Heritage and Water Trail maps, free stickers, Trail Development Project information cards, newsletter and volunteer sign-up forms, and more.  We plan to bring Three Rivers Heritage Trail-themed coloring book pages and offer a nature scavenger hunt – in which participants are encouraged to find 5 natural items, and bring back the completed scavenger hunt to win a prize!  

WebsiteFriends of the Riverfront​​​​

Trappers assosociation logo.pngPennsylvania Trappers Association

 The Pennsylvania Trapper's Association is the oldest and largest state trapping organization in the country, started in 1937 by a handful of trappers seeing the need to organize. They have spent the last 87 years promoting, protecting, and educating about trapping and the important wildlife management tool that it is. The PTA is comprised of 11 districts across the state each encompassing 5-7 counties. They work closely with their affiliates, the Fur Takers of America, National Trapper's Association, Sportsmen's Alliance, and other like-minded organizations. ​

WebsitePennsylvania Trappers Association

US Army Corp Logo.jpg​​​The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Pittsburgh Di​strict owns and operates 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood-damage reduction reservoirs, 42 local-flood damage-reduction projects and other projects to protect and enhance water resources and wetlands. Pittsburgh's 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. 

The Pittsburgh District is known as the Headwaters District because it includes the upper 127 miles of the Ohio River and the drainage basins of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers which join at the Point in Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River. Additionally, “headwaters" acknowledges Pittsburgh's role as a district of 'engineering firsts' within the Corps of Engineers. The Pittsburgh District has developed expertise to accomplish its varied civil works missions in the areas of navigation, flood-damage reduction, recreation, environmental restoration, hydropower, storm-damage reduction, regulatory, water supply and emergency response with more than 140 years of experience.​

Activity: We will have an interactive macroinvertebrate station where students can learn about the small living things that live within our waterways. We will also have I​D charts to help them identify the differences in each of the critters we ID with them. We will also have small giveaways for the participants to take home. 

Pittsburgh District Office
1000 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222
Phone: 412-395-7100

​​The Great Allegheny Passage.pngThe Grea​t Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage is a smooth, 150-mile, non-motorized biking and hiking path from Downtown Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland.  The GAP connects a series of "trail towns" that cater to outdoor enthusiasts and is perfect for day trips and through rides.  Spectacular scenery awaits as the Great Allegheny Passage winds through river valleys and the deepest gorge in Pennsylvania.  Many long-distance bicyclists and hikers travel all the way to Washington, D.C. on the GAP and the adjacent C&O Canal Towpath.  The Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy produces maps and guidebooks and raises money for trail maintenance. 

 Our staff will be distributing maps and providing tips for planning your next adventure on the Great Allegheny Passage.  Come ask questions, play a trivia game, and get ready for a spectacular day trip or thru-ride.

Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy
P.O. Box 228
Homestead, PA 15120
​Website: ​Gaptrail

social-logo.jpgWQED Education

WQED Education engages in meaningful partnerships with schools, libraries, organizations, and stakeholders nationally as well as across the region that have a vested interest in ensuring that children receive the highest quality e​ducation possible. Our Education Department offers free and effective educational tools. Through television programs, multimedia toolkits, and community collaborations, WQED programs ensure that, “anytime is learning time."

​At the Explore PA Outdoors Event, we will have take home resources for families and nature-themed activities.​


PFBC.pngPennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission​

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is an independent Commonwealth commission comprised of 10 Commissioners appointed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature.

The mission of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is: to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth's aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has jurisdiction over fish, reptiles, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates and works with partners to ensure that they remain protected in the Commonwealth.

Join the PFBC and Venture Outdoors for free fishing at the top of each hour!

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Southwest Region Office
236 Lake Rd
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814)445-8974

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

"Our birding program at the point will look for some of our avian fauna around Point State Park. We will look for both on-site resident species, as well as summer breeders and early migrants in several different habitat types."

Connecting People to Birds and Nature Since 1916

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania connects the people of southwestern Pennsylvania to birds and nature through our programs, projects, and places.​

We have four public properties:

  • Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve (Fox Chapel)
  • Succop Nature Park (Butler)
  • Buffalo Creek Nature Park
  • ​Todd Nature Reserve (Sarver)

We offer programs for people of all ages and encourage our visitors to connect with nature in a way that will motivate them to become active and engaged in our natural world. Trails are open dawn until dusk.​

Delta Logo.jpgDelta Waterfowl

Test your waterfowl identification skills with Delta Waterfowl! Being able to quickly identify various species of waterfowl is a crucial skill for waterfowl hunting.

Delta Waterfowl, commonly referred to as the Duck Hunters Organization, is 501(c)(3) that aims to preserve the future of duck hunting and produce ducks through intensive management and conservation of valuable breeding habitat. Delta conducts vital waterfowl research and promotes and protects the continuing tradition of waterfowl hunting in North America.

WebsiteDelta Waterfowl

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​​Fort Pitt Museum 

The Fort Pitt Museum, located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, is a two-floor, 12,000-square-foot museum that tells the story of Western Pennsylvania's pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh. The strategic location of the fort – at the Forks of the Ohio River – helped to shape the course of American and world history. First opened in 1969 in a reconstructed bastion, the Fort Pitt Museum provides visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred right here in Western Pennsylvania. Through interactive exhibitions, life-like historical figures, and recently added artifacts, visitors will learn the important role our region played in shaping the United States.

On Saturday August 3rd visitors will be able to interact with Living History Interpreters demonstrating skills and trades vital to the hunting and trapping that were so vital ​to the Fur Trade during the late 1700's outside on the museum lawn. Participants of the Explore PA Outdoors program who present their stamp booklets to the front desk will receive one free admission to further explore the exhibits inside the Fort Pitt Museum.