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Falling Run Night Hike

Satuday, September 16

7:00 PM

Join us for an evening in the woods and learn about nocturnal creatures such as bats, owls, fireflies and more! This is a free program. but registration is appreciated. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight and wear com-fortable clothes and shoes.

Looking to the Skies: Showcasing the Osprey and Eagle

Thursday, September 21

6:00 PM

Come join a MCCD educator, in cooperation with Goddard State Park, for a program that showcases our national bird--, the Bald Eagle--and the fishhawk or osprey. Learn about the history of these magnificent creatures and how we were able to save them from extinction. 

It’s a true success story about righting an environmental wrong.  We will discuss current issues today and highlight ways you can help to protect these awe-inspiring creatures. Bring binoculars, as we will try to catch glimpses of these beautiful birds.

Stand-Up Paddle Board 101

Sunday, October 1

10:00 AM

Join us Oct 1 for an introduction to Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and learn all about this fun sport. We will learn how to mount and dismount as well as paddle and navigate these water craft.

This class is suitable for ages 10 and up  We provide the paddles and boards as well as lifejackets. Registration is required, as space is limited. Call 724-253-4833 for more information.

Halloween Hike

Saturday, October 21

8:00 PM

Join us for a  not-so-spooky  night program and learn all about the things that go bump in the night. A slideshow presentation and night hike are sure to get you in the mood for some fall fun! Registration is required. Call 724-253-4833 for more information.

Plein Air Painting Adult Workshop

Sunday, October 22

10:00 AM

We invite artists of all skill levels for an informal exhange of ideas and painting techniques while we enjoy the outdoors. Supplies will be provided but please feel free to bring your favorite tools. Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 724-253-4833 for more information.







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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.