We are the official nonprofit partner of your Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests

Pinchot State Forest
photo by Colin Xu

We are a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization working to provide a voice for our 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land.

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Friends of Prince Gallitzin

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Friends of Prince Gallitzin: Music at Muskrat

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Happy #CaptureTheSunsetWeek from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation! We hope this photo brings you a moment of calm. Enjoy your weekend!

📸 Vickie Duncan, Moraine State Park
#Pennsylvaniasunset #landscapephotography

Your daily dose of gorgeous #PennsylvaniaParksandForests sunset here...

Thank you, Rick Baker, for sharing with us this photo of #LakeErie from #PresqueIsleStatePark in honor of #CaptureTheSunsetWeek!

#Pennsylvaniasunset #photooftheday #sunset

We’re kicking off #CaptureTheSunset week with this gorgeous photo of a #princegallitzinstatepark sunset at the marina. We invite you to share with us your #sunsetphotos from a Pennsylvania state park or forest, or consider entering them in PPFF’s 2021 photo contest!
See link in bio for #photocontest details.
📸 Tim Garlick

In honor of #ParkAndRecreationProfessionalsDay, a huge round of applause 👏👏👏 for those who keep our public land safe and enjoyable for all!

“Just as we give thanks for the gift of our public lands, we know they require a lot of attention, and the visitors deserve a welcome and safe environment. We have seen over this past year just how important both are. They are a collective investment to protect our environment, improve our heath, and better our quality of life.”

To read more from guest blogger Mike Walsh, with @PADCNR, visit

We were honored to present PPFF's COVID-19 Champion Award to the four-person #PADCNR Communications Team who disseminated timely information to ensure public safety and enjoyment of the outdoors despite the ever-changing situation caused by the pandemic as well as to Cindy Hogeman, founding board member of the #CapitalAreaGreenbeltAssociation, for volunteer coordination and stewardship efforts at the Five Senses Garden.

To view PPFF's full virtual award ceremony, sponsored by @REI, visit

Calling all musicians... There is still time to enter PPFF's song contest!

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of PA's Environmental Rights Amendment, we invite you to submit an original song expressing what the environment and the amendment mean to you.

Deadline is August 1st. For contest details, visit:

@padcnr #PAEnviroRights50 #songcontest #environmentalrights #environmentalrightsarehumanrights #PennsylvaniaMusician

In honor of #ParksAndRecreationMonth, inspire a friend to become a PPFF member and you will receive one of our Wearable Checklist Bandanas to take on your visits to each of PA's parks and forests!

Establishing friends groups, improving access and visitor experience, enhancing habitat and engaging people in outdoor recreation, education and volunteerism are just a few of the ways membership helps PPFF continue to build a culture of stewardship for our public lands.

Share this link to our membership page with your friends:

It's been called many names: rabbit ears, ribwort, white man’s footprint, and devil’s shoestring among others. This common plant has many health benefits but is often overlooked.

To learn all about plantain, the hiker's friend, and its many uses visit and read our latest post by guest blogger Tina Sams, Editor of The Essential Herbal Magazine. @essentialherbal

#plantain #hikersfriend #herbalremedies #essentialherbal #naturalmedicine #health #outdoorhealth #herbalhealing #naturalhealth

We’ve entered the Dog Days of Summer which is a good reminder for some summer safety tips for our furry friends in the outdoors! 🐶

💧 Always provide plenty of drinking water
🌳 Take a break from the sun and relax in the shade
🐾 Paws are sensitive to heat. Consider taking walks in early morning or in the evening when it’s cooler outside.
🚗 Never leave your pup in the car unattended!
🐕‍🦺 Dogs are welcome in PA’s parks but remember a leash and, as always, please pick up after your pet.

For more information, including pet first aid, visit

Thank you @barefootwilderness for sharing this photo of Abby enjoying #RickettsGlen!

#outdoordogs #dogsthathike #dogdaysofsummer #thegreatoutdogs #dogsofpa

We’re kicking off #NationalForestWeek at the @adamscountyfarmersmarket today! Stop by and see us, 8am-1pm. Meet our intern, Angelica, and spin the wheel and win some PPFF swag! We also have new merch on display including handcrafted earrings, maps to get you out and about this summer, and passport books to fill with stamps as you visit each of PA’s parks and forests! ...

"Most people in 2021 stay inside and play video games, watch tv, etc. They could be doing many other things like spending time in nature."

We couldn't agree more! These words of wisdom are from Aleena, our youngest guest blogger and granddaughter of PPFF's very own Bookkeeper, Bernadette Howard.

For some inspiration to get outdoors and tips on where to visit, check out Aleena's complete blog post at

#kidswhohike #kidswhoexplore #GetOutdoors #GetOutdoorsPA

July marks National Blueberry Month! Do you know who else likes blueberries? ⬆️⬆️⬆️

Black bears tend to avoid people but would you know what to do IF you encountered one?

Wildlife Biologist Emily Carrollo shares helpful information about how to avoid an encounter, and what to do in case of one, in our latest guest blog post:

"If you respect wildlife, they will respect you."

#blackbears #bearsafety #backcountrycamping

In honor of National Graham Cracker Day, one of our staff members gave the popular #CampfireSmoresNachos a try and they did not disappoint!

Do you prefer the classic s'more or do you have a go-to graham cracker dish for campouts and picnics?

#NationalGrahamCrackerDay #smores #smoresnachos #camping #paparks #paforests #marshmallows #Hersheyschocolate #HappyCamper

From everyone here at PPFF, we would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Fourth of July! Are you celebrating the day in a PA state park or forest? If so, please share your photos and experiences here. From picnicking to fishing to kayaking to camping, #PAparks and #PAforests provide great opportunities to celebrate our independence. Learn more at ...

July is Lakes Appreciation Month! It's time to give thanks to the amazing number of natural and man-made lakes in PA, especially those in our state parks and forests. From Bald Eagle SP to Pymatuning SP and everywhere in between, there are plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Lakes also play a significant role in flood reduction, wildlife habitat creation, and natural beauty. What can't they do?! Learn more at #PAparks #PAforests #LakesAppreciation ...