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 124 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land.

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Friends of Colonel Denning: Volunteer Day

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Friends of Cowans Gap: Music in the Park 2024

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Friends of Cook Forest: Walk with Friends

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⚠️ With the continued heat, it`s worth a reminder to be aware of the potential for the growth of harmful algal blooms in PA waters. People can be impacted with adverse health challenges when they come in contact with blue green scummy algae; pets, however, are at serious risk. Dogs who swim in bodies of water contaminated with the stuff can die - and rapidly. The Department of Environmental Protection hosts a comprehensive HABS Hub on its website where you can learn much more by clicking on the link in the bio.

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It`s National Pet Photo Day and we want to see your pets who enjoy PA state parks and forests, too! Tag us in your pet photo and what your favorite park/forest is or where the photo was taken.

📸 Liz Mickley, Michaux State Forest

#NationalPetDay #PetsInParks #PAParksAndForests #StateParks #StateForests
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Don`t miss out on what`s going on in PA`s state parks and forests! Sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter by clicking on the link in the bio!

#ConservationNewsletter #Free #FreeNewsletter #Volunteer #natureLover #Nature #StateParks #Forests #PAParksAndForests
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Have you joined us on Meetup yet? Don’t miss the fun and volunteering opportunities in PAs state parks and forests hosted by the Friends Groups this summer! Find us on the Meetup app! www.Meetup.com/ppff-events/ #naturelovers #volunteering #conservation #meetup ...

Heat got you stuck inside? Continue to share your love of nature indoors and download our free paint-by numbers, coloring books, and other fun activities available on our Publications page: https://paparksandforests.org/about-us/publications/#Family-Fun-and-Games

#Free #FreeActivities #IndoorActivity #Coloring #PaintByNumber #ColoringBook #Creative #BeatTheHeat
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@PADCNR has opened a new round of recruitment for the NextGen Advisory Council! Apply by July 31, 2024.

The Council strives to have members with a broad range of cultures, experiences, and perspectives from across the Commonwealth to inform the agency’s work and advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). Council members will aid in creating lasting change and necessary conditions to ensure all Pennsylvanians can connect to public lands, natural resources, recreation, and conservation.

You do not need any experience in conservation or government to apply - only a willingness to share your ideas and work in a supportive community to promote conservation and recreation for all - including future generations. The Council is accepting new applications through July 31, 2024 with priority given to applicants ranging from high school students to age 35.

To apply or learn more - visit the link in our bio.

Photo by Beth Vanhorn, Hyner View State Park

#Conservation #NextGeneration #YouthinConservation #YoungAdult #StateParks #StateForests #PAParksAndForests
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It`s Hop A Park Day! A PA parks and forest passport is a great way to make sure you don`t miss one of the 124 parks (and 20 forest districts) when you are out and about in PA. Drop a comment below of your favorite stamp you`ve collected (or tag us in a photo) 👇 and we`ll randomly draw a winner for a sticker!

Need a passport? Order yours by clicking on the store link in the bio!

#PAParksPassport #Passport #ParkPassport #Pennsylvania #PAParksAndForests #Sticker #Stamp #StatePark #HopAParkDay
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It`s fish for free day in PA! #LeapIn to the adventure.

Some state parks offer a free "Tackle Box Loaner Program" - a list of which parks can be found by clicking on the link in the bio.

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required). All other fishing regulations still apply. For more info visit: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fishing/Regulations/Pages/default.aspx

📸 Terry Malloy, Moshannon State Forest

#Fishing #Pennsylvania #FishForFree #PAParksAndForests #CookForestStatePark
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Did you know PPFF has several free downloads to help you enjoy and navigate your outdoor experience? Head over to the store to browse at - click on the link in the bio.

#FreeDownload #Conservation #OutdoorsForAll #GetOutsidePA #PAStateParks #PAParksAndForests #StateParks
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Grab a copy of `Coyote America` by Dan Flores and join us for a book discussion on July 31, 2024! For more info or to login the day of, visit our link in the bio and select "Book Club"

#CoyoteAmerica #DanFlores #VirtualBookClub #BookClub #FreeBookClub #Conservation #NatureLover #ReadingInTheWild #ParkPages
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While you wait for it to get dark for Meteor Watch Day, print off the newest paint/color-by-number by Melodie Schwarz-Higgins. This painting was inspired by Stephen Crane`s night sky photo taken at Hickory Run State Park. Download them by clicking on the link in the bio!

#PaintByNumber #Coloring #Creative #StateParks #ILoveMyStateParks #Art #Painting #PAParksAndForests
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One of our missions is to help enhance accessibility so everyone can enjoy the outdoors! Learn more by clicking on the links in the bio.

#Accessibility #OutdoorsForAll #OutdoorRecreation #PAParksAndForests #stateparks
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It`s Canoe Day! Snag a copy if the SRTA Water Trail Map (middle section) online and start planning your next trip down the Susquehanna River - click the link in our bio to go to our online store!

#canoeday #kayak #canoe #GetOutdoors #WaterSafety
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Discover the history of the Carroll Cabin on National Log Cabin Day, one of southwestern Pennsylvania`s oldest hand-hewn log homes. This enduring house on a hill tells the story of the Carroll family`s deep roots and the efforts to preserve such historic sites. Learn more: https://ow.ly/LQTC50SoyKE

#Preservation #History #HistoricHomes #CarrollCabin #ForbesStateForest #Pennsylvania #LogCabin #NationalLogCabinDay
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Join us tomorrow with 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
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