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Nature Journalling

Wednesday, April 27, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Meet at the Boat Launch 3 pavilion.

Everything you need to begin your own nature journal will be provided, journals, pens, pencils and inspiration.

Like the great naturalists from the past, we will record our observations and inter- actions in order to foster self-learning and re-connect with nature.

Hemlock Hike

Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Meet at the Boat Launch 3 parking lot.

As we stroll along the road to the Falling Run nature trail and back we will discuss Pennsylvania’s state tree and its key role in supporting our forest ecosystems. 

This easy hike past hemlock groves, waterfalls and wildflowers will renew your spirit. Call ahead to reserve park binoculars for observing birds and wildlife.

Silver Shores Paddle

Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Meet at Boat Launch 3.

Get your feet wet with a relaxing guided tour of the serene shores of Lake Wil- helm. Glide along as birds soar above and spring wild- flowers bloom on the banks. 

Park kayaks may be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Participants should wear water shoes and sun protection. All ability levels welcome. (Registration required.)

Bike Tour of Lake

Friday, May 20, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Meet at the bike trail parking area across from Launch 3.

Join park staff on a ride around the John C. Oliver Multi-purpose Trail. We will discuss the ABC’s of bicycle maintenance and safety and then ride the 12.3 mile trail, with stops to discuss park history and wildlife. 

All ages are welcome, but children 12 and under must have helmets, per state law.

Beneficial Bats

Saturday, May 28, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Meet at the Marina pavilion.

In this family focused presen- tation, we will gather around a campfire to discuss the ways bats help people and ways people can help bats.

Lakeside Cleanup

Monday, May 30, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Meet at Boat Launch 3.

Join the Friends of Goddard for cleanup of Lake Wilhelm by boat on Memorial Day.

In this extended paddle, we will be skimming the shores of Lake Wilhelm to get the litter and debris that isn’t accessible by land. We will start at Boat Launch 3 and focus on the areas under the highway overpass and the causeway.

A few park kayaks will be available for use. You also can bring your own or rent one from the Lake Wilhelm Marina. All other bags, gloves and safety gear will be provided.

Watercolor Painting

Saturday, June 18, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Meet at Marina pavilion.

Watercolor is a spontaneous medium that allows for expressive painting. We will learn about the basics of color, color mixing, and how to use watercolor to create vibrant art at a beautiful lake setting.

Professional art teacher Hope Gaydos will lead students in a beginner lesson, with all materials and tools provided to create your own work of art.

Pioneer Frolic

June 25 & 26, 2016

Music at the Marina

August 13 & 14, 2016





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Maurice K. Goddard State Park

To view a slideshow of park photos, click on "Goddard Photos" at the top of the page.

Mercer County boasts a 2,800 - acre wonder — the lake, wetlands, fields and forests of Maurice K. Goddard State Park.


Lake Wilhelm marina at Maurice K. Goddard State Park

The park marina basks under a summer sun.

Named for the father of Pennsylvania’s state park system, Goddard is a perfect place for biking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. It’s also close to hunting opportunities at Gamelands 270 and hands-on learning at the McKeever Environmental Education Center.

Founded in 2002, the Friends of Goddard (or FROG) assist the park in many ways: They raise funds for special projects, help coordinate cleanups, and organize the annual Pioneer Frolic the last weekend in June. (The Frolic is a two-day colonial festival complete with reenactments, live music, children’s games, crafts, food, and more.) FROG's accomplishments include outreach activities at Venango County’s annual Earth Day event and donation of a shelter for the park’s 12-mile paved bike trail.



A wildlife educator demonstrates the grasping power of a hawk.

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Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic

Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic.

The Friends of Goddard State Park meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the park office building. We are looking for people with all types of interests, including nearby landowners, boaters, birders, hunters, bikers, and others.The Friends of Goddard are a partner group with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation (PPFF).


Milkweed and many other flowers grow wild at Goddard State Park.


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K9 search dog demonstration at the park