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

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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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Tomorrow is International Picnic Day! We encourage you to go visit a #PApark or #PAforest with picnic basket in tow to enjoy the great outdoors and a tasty treat. Not sure where to go or how to have the perfect picnic? Check out our tips at https://paparksandforests.org/news/a-perfect-picnic-is-just-a-state-park-or-forest-away. ...

Few sights are more beautiful than a #waterfall! That's why on this International Waterfall Day we are showcasing some amazing falls within PA state parks and forests. From Ricketts Glen SP to Ohiopyle SP to Loyalsock SF, there are impressive waterfalls across the state. More at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Recreation/WhereToGo/PAWaterfalls/Pages/default.aspx. #PAparks #PAforests ...

Today is Nature Photography Day! What better way to celebrate the beauty of nature than by submitting your breathtaking imagery to our annual photo contest that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. Details on rules, categories, and more can be found at https://paparksandforests.org/our-work/recreation/photo-contest. #naturephotographyday #PAparks #PAforests
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Show your Pennsylvania state park and forest pride with our new PPFF hiking medallion. This can embellish your favorite hiking stick or be a nice gift for someone who loves getting outdoors! And all for just $6! Find it and many other great items at https://ppff.z2systems.com/np/clients/ppff/giftstore.jsp. ...

What legacy do we leave our children? Do we leave them a park and forest system in need of repairs or do we call on members of the general assembly to allocate funding from the American Recovery Plan to infrastructure needs? Investing in parks and forests...the places that kept us healthy during the pandemic...is an investment in jobs, health, the economy and our future. We owe it to our children and grandchildren. #protectourparksandforests ...

Today is National Get Outdoors Day! This is a great time to think about all the mental and physical health benefits of being outdoors (lower stress and anxiety, reduced blood pressure, etc.) and then get outside to reap the rewards!

As PPFF is the only foundation in PA organized solely to support state parks and forests, we hope that you will consider becoming a member to help us protect the great outdoors. Learn more at https://paparksandforests.org/support/membership. #PAparks #PAforests #outdoorrecreation
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June is National Trails Month, and so, it is the perfect time for you to show your love for trails by giving back to them through service. Thankfully, there are many opportunities across PA to help build new trails and maintain existing ones. Learn about some examples in our latest blog post at https://paparksandforests.org/news/what-can-you-do-to-improve-pennsylvania-trails-during-national-trails-month. #NationalTrailsMonth #RecreateResponsibly #PAparks #PAforests ...

Dendrochronology... that word is a mouthful! What does it mean? And how does it relate to Pennsylvania's history and indigenous peoples? You'll find the answers to those questions and more in our guest blog post at https://paparksandforests.org/news/seeing-the-forest-and-the-trees-dendrochronology-and-pennsylvania-forest-history. #PAparks #PAforests #trees #forestry ...

Down through the years, Mother Nature has inspired #songwriters of every stripe and genre. From Appalachian folk songs of our hill country ancestors to modern rockers and country bands, from protest songs to poems of celebration, we love to sing of the outdoors. Enter the Environmental Rights Act (ERA) 50th anniversary #song #contest and give us all something to sing.

Deadline is August 1. For more details on how to participate, please visit https://paparksandforests.org/our-work/education/era50/song-contest. #PAERA50 #PAEnviroRights50
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A perfect picnic is just a state park or forest away! That's the title of our newest blog post, where you'll get great resources on having a safe, fun, and tasty picnic - just in time for International Picnic Day (6/18). More at https://paparksandforests.org/news/a-perfect-picnic-is-just-a-state-park-or-forest-away. ...

It's National Rivers Month! Did you know that many #PAparks have #rivers flowing through them, which provide great places to recreate and can boost the local #economy? Take Cook Forest State Park, for example. The Clarion River flows past and is a great place to kayak, canoe and raft. Learn more about Rivers Month at www.americanrivers.org. #cleanwater #waterquality #outdoorrecreation ...

Today is World Environment Day! This is a day to recognize the natural resources that we cannot live without. #PAparks and #PAforests provide valuable ecosystem services to all of us - clean water, clean air, cooler temperatures, etc. Learn more at www.worldenvironmentday.global. #GenerationRestoration ...

Tomorrow is National Trails Day! #PAparks and #PAforests have a wealth of #hiking #trails that range from short and easy, to challenging and multi-day. Some are paved, some not. Regardless of your ability, there's a trail out there for you! Learn more at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Recreation/WhatToDo/Hiking/Pages/default.aspx ...

PA state parks have more than 1,400 miles of #trails - all of which need to be maintained regularly in order to be used safely. This National Trails Month, we want to raise awareness of the trail needs in #PAparks and #PAforests and let you know how you can help. Learn more at https://protectourparksandforests.org/problem/recreation-trails. ...

It's National Rivers Month! Rivers can be the focal point of some #PAparks, like Shikellamy and Milton state parks, located on the shores of the Susquehanna River. Or Allegheny Islands State Park in the Allegheny River north of Pittsburgh. And speaking of Pittsburgh, Point State Park is at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers! All these rivers are a great place to recreate! Learn more about Rivers Month at www.americanrivers.org. ...

This month, to celebrate the Environmental Rights Amendment to the PA Constitution, we'd like to know, what does preservation of the historic value mean to you? Submit your essay to [email protected] and we might select yours as the best! More at https://paparksandforests.org/our-work/education/era50. #PAERA50 #PAEnviroRights50 ...

This month, to celebrate the Environmental Rights Amendment to the PA Constitution, we'd like to know, what does preservation of the historic value mean to you? Submit your essay to [email protected] and we might select yours as the best! More at https://paparksandforests.org/our-work/education/era50. #PAERA50 #PAEnviroRights50 ...

From the battlefields of Gettysburg to the industrial revolution in Pittsburgh, our state is full of history. Many historic locations are in state parks and forests and can be enjoyed by all. What does it mean to experience a part of history through these locations? What does the preservation of the historic value mean to you? Share your thoughts in a short essay and post below or send to [email protected] #PAEnviroRights50 ...

This #MemorialDay, we would like to remember and thank all who lost their lives during active duty in the armed forces. Their sacrifice allows us to enjoy the freedoms of #outdoor #recreation and #environmental #conservation. Please take a moment to recognize their service. ...