Conserve.
Protect.
Enhance.

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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News & Events

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Friends of R.B. Winter: Volunteer Work Day

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Friends of Cowans Gap: Art in the Park

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Whipple Dam Summer Concert Series

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Share your photos on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #PAParksAndForests

What does volunteerism mean to you? Use 6️⃣ words to answer the question and enter a drawing for a PPFF prize🎁 #sixwordessay.

🔗LINK in BIO to discover #HealthyLandsWeek and how you can #PAyItForward
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The 149 campers at Camp Shehaqua, Hickory Run State Park, are enjoying the generosity of donors and members with the acquisition of a new industrial refrigerator 🍅🥦🥪
Thank you donors and members for making such projects possible👏👏👏
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“I now have a dream of purchasing a camper and traveling all around the state visiting every single one of the parks and highlighting the small towns and businesses in each area along my journey!"

Meet Brittany @Britaroundtown. Fueled by her passion for taking photos, traveling and supporting all things local, she is always out there exploring one small town or another. Her love for local adventures has led her to quite a few state parks and forests, always with her trusty PA Parks and Forests Passport in hand!

Get to know Brittany in the second post of our Outdoor Influencers blog series by PPFF blogger, @crawriter Christian Alexandersen 🔗LINK in BIO for the Latest PPFF News
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#HealthyLandsWeek is a statewide initiative to strengthen volunteer activities and raise awareness of stewardship of public lands.

Think of these clean-up and beautification events, invasive species removal and maintenance projects, volunteer recognitions, and other initiatives, as a “rallying cry” for public stewardship of public lands, parks and open spaces in Pennsylvania!

More and more events are being added everyday. #PAyItForward! Would you like to propose a volunteer event? 🔗LINK in BIO to learn more about Healthy Lands Week
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#savethedate #volunteer #Volunteers #Community #stewardship #CleanUp #PitchIn #keeppabeautiful #wastereduction
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All that's gold, doesn't glitter💫 Why not change things up and experience the charm and solitude of some of PA's undeveloped parks?🔗LINK in BIO to read the Latest PPFF News and discover some of PA's best well-known secrets in @Crawriter's latest blog post! ...

Have you ever been to Gifford Pinchot State Park? Meet the man behind the name!

Gifford Pinchot served as the first Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1905 until 1910, and served two terms as the Governor of Pennsylvania.

He is known for reforming the management and development of forests in the US and for advocating the conservation of the nation's reserves by planned use and renewal. As Governor of Pennsylvania, work programs set up by his administration would become models for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which aimed to employ young men on environmental projects during the Great Depression.
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What does protected space mean to you?

Want the cold, hard facts? Read Jason Lenker's article about ROE reports in #PA 🔗LINK in BIO for the Latest PPFF News!

🌳#HealthyLandsWeek (Sept. 24 to October 2) is fast approaching! #PAyItForward

📷Rusty Glessner, Forbes State Forest
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Tired of coffee shakes and coffee fog? Why not consider a switch-up this #AfternoonTeaWeek and support PPFF with a purchase of a PPFF signature blend! There are 4️⃣ satisfying blends to choose from🍵
🔗LINK in BIO for PPFF Special Tea Blends!
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📆September 24 - October 2nd🌱 🔗Link in BIO to learn more about #HealthyLandsWeek!
#PAyItForward and rally around Pennsylvania's public lands, parks and open spaces!
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Happy Birthday Smokey Bear🎉
Remember, #onlyyoucanpreventforestfires! Check our posts for tips on being Campfire Savvy! #onlyyou #WildfirePrevention #happybirthdaysmokeybear
📷Dot Monahan, Oil Creek State Park
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For gifts that give back to the #PAParks and #PAForests that you love, explore the newest items in our online store. Your purchases support our mission to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests🙏🌳🌳
🔗LINK in BIO to Shop PPFF's Online Store
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Get your PA Healthy Lands Week gear and support the public lands, parks and open spaces that give us so much! 🔗LINK in BIO to Buy PA Healthy Lands Week shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and more! 🌳🌱🚯👍

Proceeds will be used to raise awareness and highlight the need for stewardship; foster beautification events and grow and strengthen volunteer numbers and activities to help preserve them for generations to come. 🔗LINK in BIO for more about PA Healthy Lands Week
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Bring the color! Make this scene come to life🧑‍🎨 This month's paint by number by Melodie Schwartz-Higgins celebrates #NationalBeachDay and holds a special place in her heart.
🎨Paint it today 🔗Link in our Bio!!!
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Pics or it didn't happen😁Show us the last place your passport has been. Take a picture with your passport in action or the last stamp you got. Then, tag us and use the hashtag #PPFFpassport to be included in our Monday, August 8th Giveaway. 🔟 Winners will be chosen at random📷👍
📷Clare Kaczmarek, Forbes State Forest
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Guest blogger Christian Alexandersen taps into the off-beat with today's feature, "Not your momma's activities." Yes, Virginia, there are hang gliders out there (and rock climbers, scuba divers, and other enthusiasts pursuing the dream). 🔗Link in BIO to Read the Latest PPFF News!!! #ExplorePAParksandForests
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Stay safe when you #GetOutdoorsPA 🔟#safetytips to keep in mind! 🤔What other tips should be on the list? Share and comment yours to help others! ...

How do you practice #LeaveNoTrace when you're enjoying the natural world?
Top 🔟 responses, will get cards sent to them. Take this resource with you for mindful tips when you're out exploring🌄
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