DCNR Honors Boy Scout Troop 120 for completing their goal of visiting 120 state parks in honor Of their Late Assistant Scoutmaster

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) honored Boy Scout Troop 120 for completing its impressive goal of visiting 120 state parks. They did this in honor of their late Assistant Scoutmaster, Jodi Brabazon, who died of complications from COVID-19. Led by its scoutmaster, Robert Gizinski, the Philadelphia-based troop began visiting state parks in 2016 following a camping trip at Fort Washington State Park. State Parks Director John Hallas presented the troop with a secretarial citation Wednesday afternoon on behalf of Secretary Dunn to acknowledge and applaud the impressive accomplishment of the troop. Over the course of five [...]

2021-11-18T18:07:55+00:00November 18th, 2021|Pennsylvania State Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

Petition was successful! Point State Park holiday christmas tree will be lit once again

The iconic Christmas tree in Point State Park, will illuminate once again. After last year’s announcement that 2020 would be the final time for the holiday season, a group of citizens started a petition for its return. They got more than 10,000 signatures. As a symbol and beacon of hope, the tree will be privately lit at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 18, 2021. Source Photo Credit

Nike, a Peregrine falcon will be released at Moraine State Park

On October 18, 2021, a female peregrine falcon that was named Nike will be released at Moraine State Park. Peregrine Falcons have been listed as an endangered species since 1972. Pennsylvania had no breeding pairs from 1959 to 1987.  They were bred in captivity and protected until such time they are able to rely on themselves for their own survival. Nike was hatched and banded as a nestling in Ohio around 2019. She underwent rehabilitation in order to ensure her survival and was set to be released after 2 years. Source Photo Credit

Dedication held at Kinzua Bridge State Park playground

Two bronze dedication plaques were unveiled at the at Kinzua Bridge State Park playground last Sunday during the Kinzua Bridge State Park Dedication Event.  The train-themed playground is the newest attraction of the Kinzua Bridge State Park complex, which opened last May 31, 2021. The event started at 2 pm, which began with the speech of Kinzua Bridge Foundation President and Executive Director Mary Ann Burggraf. She announced that the Kinzua Bridge State Park Playground was being dedicated in memory of Hannah Catherine Wolfe. The playground is open for kids aged 2-5, another train structure was opened for kids ages [...]

Fall Furnace Fest return to Pine Grove Furnace State Park

The Fall Furnace Fest returns to Pine Grove Furnace State Park this weekend. Held around Fuller Lake, the free event will be open to the public from 11 am to 7 pm Saturday and from 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. The lineup of weekend activities will be demonstrations centered on birds of prey, candle making, cider pressing, and charcoal making. There will be a face painter, a sketch artist, a blacksmith, a broom maker, a beekeeper and alpacas. Historical reenactors will be on hand at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. There will also be hayrides that run in a [...]

Leashing of dogs required at Nolde Forest State Park & other Wyomissing State Parks

Wyomissing State Parks, particularly the Nolde Forest State Park are now requiring leashing of dogs in their state parks. This is because of the number of dogs found in the said state parks. Unfortunately, not all dogs mix well with others. Also, there are groundhogs running around that would make dogs go after it and create chaos around the parks. Groundhogs can attack dogs and this might not be safe for everyone especially the dog. Leashing of dogs is not only for the safety of the patrons and visitors but also for the dog and their owners. Maintaining a safe [...]

Two Valley leaders are vying to gain funds to help state parks to get much-needed improvements,

Two Valley leaders are vying to gain funds to help state parks to get much-needed improvements, particularly Shikellamy State Park. Last Friday, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined state Sen. John Gordner and state Rep. Lynda Culver, for a tour of Shikellamy State Park to assess infrastructure needs. DCNR Secretary Dunn said that several trails, dams, campgrounds, bridges, and educational centers require a financial investment in order to provide better comfort and safety to state park visitors. She also noted that a lot of the state parks were neglected and getting by with the [...]

Fall Festival, Pumpkin Carving & Pumpkin Float show to return to Parker Dam State Park

The 15th annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Float will return to Parker Dam State Park on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Schedule for 15th annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Float: 12 pm to 5 pm - Let your kids enjoy educational and traditional activities which includes bannock bread making, butter making, candle dipping, pumpkin carving, apple cider, art, games, etc 3:30 pm - Enjoy a concert on the Beach House lawn featuring local band, "Almost Mulberry". 4:30 pm - Costume parade for kids and kids at heart which will take place near Pavilion 1. 6:45 pm - Beach bonfire 7 pm [...]

Mt. Pisgah State Park announces October events

Mt. Pisgah State Park is full of activities this October! SEE LOCAL PREDATORS! Enjoy the wonderful autumn sights and scenery on October 8, Friday, 7:30pm, and see local predators in their natural habitat! It is advised to bring binoculars, a chair, and appropriate outdoor clothing. Please note that wearing perfume is not advised because animals have a keen sense of smell. FALL FOLIAGE HIKE! The  Fall Foliage Hike will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. The hike will be along Stephen Foster Lake where Rich Gulyas, Environmental Education Specialist, will guide the team to the Oh! Susanna [...]

2021-10-07T15:01:05+00:00October 7th, 2021|Mt. Pisgah State Park, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bark in the Park benefits in Locust Lake State Park

Locust Lake State Park in Ryan Township hosted Bark in the Park event. A variety of dogs with their families visit pet-themed vendors like dog trainers, treat bakeries, photo booths, and local rescues. The event also provided dogs with a bag of freebies filled with treats, dog food, and grooming products. All the revenues from the event will benefit Friends of Tuscarora and Locust Lake State Parks. Source Photo Credit

Black Moshannon State Park’s Halloween-themed science events

Black Moshannon State Park will host Halloween with science-themed events on October 10 and 16 from 10 am to noon. The program’s aim is to introduce scientific concepts in a more hands-on learning environment. Examples of these are the use of static electricity to make ghosts, scarecrows, or anything move, or how to use slime to make the pumpkin vomit. The Halloween science-themed is on its 2nd-year, but for this year, the park has been doing a science program since the start of the winter doing various experiments related to winter. For participants, registration is required you can visit the [...]

Nolde Forest now has signs and posters to make everyone feel welcome

It was 5 years ago when Margarita Caicedo visited Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center in Cumru Township. She was not aware that it was a public park and that the trails are open for her for her comfort and exploration. 5 years later, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn unveiled the new Nature for All trailhead signs that were designed to ensure the public is aware about the state park. About 25 signs and posters are being distributed throughout the state park. “These signs are a visible reminder of DCNR’s commitment to conserve and maintain Pennsylvania’s [...]

Man runs in all 121 of Pennsylvania’s state parks in only 224 days

As a tribute to his late grandfather, Christian Alexandersen, 36, ran a mile in all 121 of Pennsylvania's state parks. His grandfather, Robert Sauer died in early December from COVID-19 and got the idea while visiting Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County last fall. He soon started making plans and scheduling the trips with his wife then finally turn it into reality in January. His first run made him realize that it’s easier said than done. He faced many challenges along his journey like weather conditions, park conditions, and injuries which took a toll on his body. But seeing [...]

Presque Isle State Park to venture on net-zero energy usage

Cindy Adams Dunn, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary proposed a solar canopy array that will help Presque Isle State Park reach net-zero energy consumption. This plan is a part of their climate and sustainability project which was inspired by the installment of the solar array in front of the park's Tom Ridge Environmental Center in 2016, which began providing energy to help light that building. The solar panels are planned to be installed in the parking lot of Beach 8 and as per their estimation, it will save DCNR $30,000 yearly on electricity while producing enough energy [...]

Presque Isle State Park – first state park to adopt site-specific climate change sustainability plan

Due to numerous and unique weather challenges, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a new Climate and Sustainability plan for Presque Isle State Park which includes a 280kW Solar-powered Canopy Array. This makes Presque Isle State Park the first-ever state park to adopt a site-specific climate change sustainability plan. 3 electric vehicle charging stations will be installed at Beach 8 as well.   Source

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