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.

What is a Friends Group?

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A Look at Park & Forest Infrastructure

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Special Funding Initiatives

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Explore PA’s Parks and Forests Needs Lists

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News & Events

Upcoming Events

Friends of Ridley Creek: Volunteer Day on the Trails

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Friends of Nolde Forest

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Friends of Prince Gallitzin

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“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
- Aristotle

What outdoor activities are you most looking forward to this winter? Do you prefer cross-country or downhill skiing? Sledding? Snowshoeing? Ice fishing? PA’s parks and forests have so much to offer even in the winter! ❄️❄️❄️

Where will you #GetOutdoors to catch the snowflakes?

#winterinpa #paparksandforests #winteractivities #winteractivitiesforkids #outdoorsinwinterstoo #letitsnow

November 30th is #GivingTuesday!

We are grateful to our supporters, members, volunteers, and friends who give their gifts of time, talent, partnership, and dollars. Together, we give the gift of stewardship to PA’s parks and forests!

This GivingTuesday, please consider giving in the ways most meaningful to you. To learn more about PPFF and how to get involved, click the link in our bio. Thank you!

#togetherwegive #protectourparksandforests

Feeling a bit like this chipmunk today? Join us and #OptOutside! It’s the perfect day to get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.

Not sure where to go? We’ve got you covered! Click the link in our bio to check out the Explore Near Flyers on PPFF’s website. Each flyer has a long list of the PA state parks and forests you’ll find near the town of your choice.

📷 Photo by Crystal Hunt taken at #MichauxStateForest

#GetOutoorsPA #GoodforPA #paparksandforests
#ExplorePA #happyhiker #VisitPA #getoutdoors

We at PPFF have a lot to be thankful for especially Pennsylvania’s beautiful parks and forests and the dedicated park and forest staff, Friends groups and fellow volunteers who take care of them and for you, our friends and supporters who make these stewardship efforts possible. Thank you!

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

"Find a trail to follow and there is, without a doubt, a story to tell."

You will find Native place names and paths in many of PA's state parks and forests. Find a compilation of these and learn more by reading "Paths, like People, Persist" in the latest issue of PPFF's newsletter.

🔗Link in our bio.
📷 Photo by Suzanne Enos taken at #LaurelHillStatePark

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #Nativepaths #PaParksandForests #PAhistory #NativeAmericans #PennsWoods

We are so grateful for your support this #ExtraGive! On behalf of all of us at PPFF, thank you for furthering our mission to steward Pennsylvania’s parks and forests!

#IGiveExtra #ProtectOurParksAndForests #ILovePaParksAndForests #GoodForPA

Gather up all of your best buds! There's still time left to show some love for PA's parks and forests today through the #ExtraGive!

Simply click the link in our bio!

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities, and donations through its 48 chapters. Your support of PPFF's mission fuels the stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. Thank you!

#IGiveExtra #ILovePaParksandForests #GoodforPA #ProtectOurParksandForests

Today is THE day and we've got giveaways! 🤗

Follow along throughout the day for livestreaming programs on PPFF's Facebook page and YouTube channel, information about PA's parks and forests, and prize drawings!

You can enter to win these prizes by making a donation to PPFF today through the #ExtraGive. Link in bio.

#IGiveExtra #ILovePaParksAndForests #ProtectOurParksAndForests #GoodforPA

Just over here waiting...patiently. Trying to stay calm...
BUT THE #EXTRAGIVE IS ONLY HOURS AWAY and we can barely contain our excitement!!

The fun kicks off at 7am tomorrow! We hope you will be following along on our Facebook page for the livestreaming events and prize giveaways. Be sure to visit our page at to show your support for PPFF! The link is in our bio. Thank you!

#IGiveExtra #ILovePaParksandForests #keepcalm

Just in case you need an excuse... Today is National Take a Hike Day! Go, get outdoors!

#TakeAHike #NationalHikeDay #GetOutdoorsPA #GetOutdoors #happyhiker #PaParksandForests #chipmunk

📷 Photo by Xiawei Zhang taken at #RickettsGlenStatePark

Cherry Springs State Park is rated one of the best places on the planet for stargazing. 🌟 Named for the large stands of black cherry trees originally found in the area, @NewTrailBrewing created a Cherry and Chocolate Stout as dark as the skies above to pay homage to this natural wonder.

With this third release in the #StateParkSeries, you will enjoy notes of dark chocolate, bright cherry 🍒 and rich coffee, as well as knowing that proceeds benefit the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund/Association's park improvement projects. In stores now!

👉👉👉JOIN US FRIDAY, NOV 19 to learn more about New Trail Brewing Company, the State Park Series, and their suggestions for beer and food pairings (including what beer you'll want to bring to Thanksgiving dinner!) as they join us live during the #ExtraGive Happy Hour 4pm-5pm ~ livestreaming on PPFF's Facebook and YouTube channel! 🍻

#IGiveExtra #ILovePaParksandForests #ProtectOurParksandForests
#CherrySpringsStatePark #beerthatbenefits #PAbrewery #stout #treatyourself

Congratulations to Bob Fescemyer! His photo, taken at #ForbesStateForest, has been selected for the Judges’ Choice ~ Best in Show Award in PPFF’s 2021 Photo Contest! 📸

This year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution, making it the theme of the 2021 photo contest. Categories for submissions highlighted key aspects of the amendment including Clean Air, Pure Water, Historic Value, Natural Value, Scenic Value, Esthetic Value, as well as a Young Photographers category.

👉 But now we need your help! We invite you to vote to determine the winners in each category for the People’s Choice Awards! Simply visit our Facebook page and cast your vote with a “like” of your favorite in each category by Monday, Nov 22nd. Thank you!

#EnviroRights50 #ERA50 #photography #paparksandforests #photocontest

Fall is a great time of year to explore Pennsylvania's state parks and forests as well as the small towns near them. PPFF guest blogger @CRAwriter had the opportunity to explore many of PA's towns while on his trek to run a mile in all 121 state parks!

Click the link in our bio to read Christian's latest post where he shares his favorite PA towns to visit.

👉 Want to know more?! Join us for a Livestream Lunch Hour with Christian! He will be joining PPFF staff on Friday, November 19 at 12pm to help us celebrate the #ExtraGive and share stories from his journey. No registration needed, just visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel at 12pm on Nov 19!

#ILovePaParksandForests #IGiveExtra #smalltowncharm #smalltownlife #smalltowns #shoplocal #supportlocal #PAtowns #GoodforPa #PAWilds @shopthepawilds

We’re so excited to be a part of the #ExtraGive and we hope you will join us for the fun on Friday, November 19th!

A full day of programs will be livestreaming on our Facebook page and YouTube channel with special guests including @NewTrailBrewing, @CRAwriter, and the #WilliamPennForestDistrict. Be sure to follow us on Facebook @PennsylvaniaParksAndForestsFoundation for all the events that day!

During the ExtraGive, donate in support of PPFF by visiting for your chance to win prizes throughout the day!

Where have you been lately? We love to see you out and about exploring PA’s parks and forests!

👉 Share with us the most recent stamp in your PA Park and Forest Passport… The first five to respond in the comments will receive a Happy Camper sticker! 😎

And if you don’t have a PA Park and Forest Passport yet, check them out on our website (link in bio) then get outdoors!

Tune in Monday, November 8 at 6:30pm to meet the winners of PPFF's 2021 Environmental Rights Amendment Song Contest!

Special guests include former State Senator and champion of the ERA, Franklin Kury, and PA DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.

The virtual presentation will be livestreamed on the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Facebook page and YouTube channel.

#ERA50 #PAEnviroRights50 #songcontest #musicawards

Do you know how to follow trail blazes? Would you know what to do if you got lost while out on a hike?

PPFF guest blogger @CRAwriter shares helpful tips that will up your comfort level with getting outdoors to explore PA's parks and forests. Click the link in our bio for his latest post.

#newhiker #newhikerswelcome #trails #trailblazes #getoutdoors #paparksandforests #happyhiker #outdoorsafety #lostinthewoods #outdooradventure #knowbeforeyougo