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 124 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land.

The 2024 Awards Banquet

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The Photo Contest

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Spring 2024 – It’s a Happy Little 5k

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Friends of Canoe Creek: Family Fishing Day

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PPFF (Virtual) Book Club

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Friends of Prince Gallitzin

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Found a picturesque spot by a babbling brook for your campsite? 🌳🌊 Think before you set up! Clearing trees harms water quality by causing erosion and pollution. Forester Dale Ronk warns that self-made campsites often result in litter and damage. Read more about waterfront camping: by clicking on the link in the bio and selecting "News, Blogs, and Press Releases"

#SustainableCamping #NatureConservation #LeaveNoTrace

With temperatures skyrocketing and many seeking a dip in their local water way, it is important to stay vigilante with safety. Take a look at the latest infographic illustrator some of the top threats when swimming.

#Swimming #SwimSafety #Waterways #PAParksAndForests

Shout out to @Deloitte who spent time at two locations for Impact Day a few weeks ago! They had over 35 volunteers at the Box Huckleberry Natural Area in the Tuscarora State Forests and Little Buffalo State Park. Thank you for your time and energy put in to helping preserve these natural spaces for years to come!

#Conservation #Volunteer #NaturalArea #PAParksAndForests

Tune in tomorrow June 21, 2024 at 11am to @AlbrightCollege Spanish Radio Program for a talk on water safety with the @PAFishandBoat Commission! Click on the link in the bio to listen in!

#SpanishRadio #WaterSafety #StateParks #StateForests

Welcome to the PPFF family, Friends of Tyler State Park! The new chapter was officially launched earlier this week. Friends groups work to support the needs, maintenance, and education of a specific park, forest, or park complex. If you are interested in supporting state parks and forests in your area, visit our website for Chapters near you: click on the link in the bio for more!

#Volunteer #Conservation #Stewardship #StateParks #StateForests #PAParksAndForests

In honor of Juneteenth, let`s remember and celebrate the legacy of Junior Company 303-C of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Formed in 1933, this segregated black company worked tirelessly in PA, leaving a lasting impact on the state`s parks and forests. Despite facing significant discrimination, the men of 303-C demonstrated resilience and dedication.

Discover more about their story, their contributions, and their struggles in our latest blog post. Click the link to read the full article and honor these unsung heroes - click on the link in the bio for more.

#Juneteenth #History #BlackHistory #CCC #CivilianConservationCorps #Legacy #Resilience #Conservation #PAParksAndForests

Happy Pollinator Week! Insects play a crucial role in making nature thrive. Learn about many of their benefits from Nate Reagle`s blog - Click on the link in the bio and select "News, Blogs, and Press Releases"

#PollinatorWeek #Insects #Pollinators #Biodiversity #entomology #PAParksAndForests

Taking a stroll on a path to see some of PA`s state park and forests waterfalls is highly recommended! This International Waterfall Day, checkout some great locations to get you started, written by Christian Alexandersen @HemlockstoHellbenders - click on the link in the bio!

#InternationalWaterFallDay #PAWaterFall #Waterfalls #PAstateParks #stateparks #DontGoChasingWaterfalls #GoChasingWaterfalls#TrailRunning #WaterfallTrail

Happy Nature Photography Day! You can share your shots of PA state parks and forests in our annual photo contest. While winners are chosen every year, we also feature them all year long. We appreciate your view of nature at it`s best!

Learn more about the photo contest at by clicking on the link in the bio!

#NaturePhotographyDay #NaturePhotographer #NaturePhotography #PAParksAndForests

Tina`s journey showcases her passion for conservation and community. Discover how Tina`s experiences, from managing Sequoia National Forest to empowering youth through the Job Corps, highlight her commitment to protecting our natural world and fostering diverse opportunities.

Read the full story on our blog and be inspired by Tina`s journey and her ongoing advocacy for nature and people - click on the link n the bio for "News, Blogs, and Press Releases"

#NatureAdvocate #USDAForestService #Conservation #DiversityInConservation #TinaTerrell

Marci is being interviewed this morning about something fun - drop your guesses of the topic below and we’ll draw a few random winners for stickers! #paparksandforests ...

Spotted Lantern Flies are a threat to PA`s environment. Check out this lunch and learn with Steve Wacker to get information on how to identify these insects in their various lifecycle phases, the environmental and agricultural problems they are causing, and what is being done to control and reduce their populations. Click on the link in the bio for more info.

#InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #Pest #SpottedLanternFly

Insects play a crucial role in making nature thrive. Celebrate National Appreciation of Insects Day with us and learn about all their benefits from Nate Reagle`s blog - click the link in the bio and select the tab "News, Blogs, and Press Releases"

#NationalInsectDay #Insects #DungBettle #Pollinators #Biodiversity #entomology #PAParksAndForests

Join us and Author Susan Q. Stranahan for this months virtual book club. We will be discussing her book, "Susquehanna, River of Dreams" on June 26, 2024 at 12pm EDT. For more information or to log in, visit the link in the bio!

#Conservation #Pennsylvania #SusquehannaRiver #SusanQStranahan #SusanStranahan #RiverOfDreams #PAParksAndForests

Have you been enjoying your visits to PA`s state parks and forests and capturing it on camera and want to share them? You can submit photos to our "Through the Seasons" anytime until September 30. Learn more about the categories and how to submit photos by clicking the link in the bio.

#NaturePhotography #StateParks #OutdoorAdventures #ExplorePA #NatureLovers #CaptureTheMoment #OutdoorPhotography #NaturePhotographer #PAParksAndForests

Happy [belated] 4th Anniversary Friends of Ole Bull! The Chapter marked 4 years in March of volunteering, aiding conservation, and promoting education for Ole Bull State Park.

If you would like to join one of the 40+ Friends Groups across the state, find more information and chapters, visit

#Conservation #Volunteer #Volunteerism #StateParks #OleBullStatePark