Cherry Springs Dark Sky Association
The Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund/Association is one of the oldest friends groups of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. Our mission is the protection of the dark night sky at Cherry Springs State Park and enhancing the astronomy experience through facility improvement and educational outreach programs.
Friends of Beltzville
A 949-acre lake. A covered bridge. Migatory waterfowl and high quality trout waters. Armed with these lovely features and a cooperative relationship with both the US Army Corps of Engineers (which constructed the dam in 1962) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, this group is committed to water quality, accessibility, and spreading the word about the beauty of their edge of the Poconos paradise.
The Friends launched an initiative in 2017 to stabilize and restore the covered bridge. Find out more at their website or donate directly online.
Friends of Big Pocono
Friends of Big Pocono are working together to preserve the park’s heritage and natural beauty for all to enjoy, and are dedicated to enhancing the Big Pocono experience for visitors.
Big Pocono State Park is in Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. From the summit, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of a vast portion of eastern Pennsylvania and portions of New Jersey and New York. The park closes the day after the end of deer season in December and reopens as conditions permit in the spring. The park is open sunrise to sunset.
Big Pocono State Park facilities are operated and maintained in cooperation with the Camelback Mountain Resort. The trails of Big Pocono State Park are maintained in cooperation with the Pocono Outdoor Club.
Friends of Black Moshannon
According to local tradition, American Indians called this watershed “Moss-Hanne,” meaning “moose stream,” thus the origin of the park’s name. Appropriately, the “black” in the park name describes the tea-colored waters. The 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake is fed by clear springs and small streams which flow through the bogs that stretch in most directions from its shores. As the clear water flows through sphagnum moss and other wetland plants, it becomes colored by plant tannins. In a sense, the bog vegetation acts like a giant teabag to color the water.
For more than 25 years, the Friends of Black Moshannon have been hosting a huge Summer Festival, and other great activities.
Friends of Buchanan
The Friends of Buchanan State Forest began in late 2015 with an eye toward improving the trails in the Sideling Hill and Martin Hill tracts of the Buchanan. Equestrian, mountain bikers, hikers, cross-country skiers, hunters, dog sled teams – in short, trail users of every type and passion are coming together to build a first-class shared use trail network in this jewel of Fulton and Bedford counties.
Friends of Caledonia
The Lincoln Highway, Gettysburg, the Forest Fire Museum, golf, the Totem Pole Playhouse, the Appalachian Trail, a fabulous arts and crafts fair. For a little park (just a little over 1,100) acres, there’s an awful lot “to” Caledonia. And the Friends would be forgiven if they had as much trouble telling which end is up as you might when looking at the trees’ reflections in the lake!
So why not give them a hand?
Friends of Canoe Creek
We are a group of individuals who care deeply for Canoe Creek State Park and took our desire to help the park to the next level. Our Friends organization formed in the fall of 2013 as a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. We promote the educational and recreational opportunities in Canoe Creek State Park by connecting the community to the Park through our programs and events.
Friends of Cook Forest
The Clarion River and the Forest Cathedral are the stars of the show here, and the Friends take full advantage of the natural wonders of their park. In fact, their first priority will be an all out assault on the woolly adelgids that threaten the beautiful hemlocks of the Forest.
Friends of Cowans Gap
Friends of Delaware State Forest/Promised Land
Talk about taking on a big job! The Friends of Delaware State Forest & Promised Land State Park are in search of new leadership and new energy. Is that you? Let’s talk about how you can help the Delaware, Promised Land, or both!
Friends of Goddard
Named for the father of Pennsylvania’s state park system, Goddard is a perfect place for biking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. It’s also close to hunting opportunities at Gamelands 270 and hands-on learning at the McKeever Environmental Education Center.
Founded in 2002, the Friends of Goddard (or FRoGs) assist the park in many ways: They raise funds for special projects, help coordinate cleanups, and organize the annual Pioneer Frolic during the last weekend in June. (The Frolic is a two-day colonial festival complete with reenactments, live music, children’s games, crafts, food, and more.) The FRoGs’ accomplishments include outreach activities at Venango County’s annual Earth Day event and donation of a shelter for the park’s 12-mile paved bike trail.
Friends of Greenwood Furnace
The Friends Group is a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. We advocate for PA State Parks and for community involvement. We promote outdoor recreation opportunities, heritage conservation and environmental quality in our State Parks, State Forests and surrounding community.
Our group helps support three beautiful state parks located in Northern Huntingdon County about 10 miles south of State College, Pennsylvania. All three parks are managed as one unit from the main office located at Greenwood Furnace State Park.
Friends of Keystone
The mission of the Friends of Keystone State Park is to develop and foster recreational opportunities for all visitors to the park while protecting its natural beauty. The Friends sponsor events, fundraisers and workdays pursuant to its goals and to draw visitors to the park.
The Friends of Keystone State Park started with a single person helping to maintain the hiking trails. Others joined in and the vision expanded. In 2006, the Friends of KSP became a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization working to develop resources for state parks and forests.
Friends of Kings Gap
The Friends of Kings Gap is organized to encourage community involvement and enjoyment of Kings Gap State Park. Its intent is to support, assist, and promote the park’s activities, and to help maintain the park’s natural and historical resources on South Mountain.
Friends of Laurel Hill
The Friends of Laurel Hill State Park Complex, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, is a non-profit volunteer organization composed of members who share a love for the parks and are motivated to share their time and talent and help provide our neighbors with easy access to outdoor recreation and educational programs that are family friendly, low cost, environmentally sustainable, and fun. Why not join in?
Friends of Linn Run
Linn Run is nearly synonymous with Adams Falls, and the beautiful hiking trails that surround it. The Friends are devoted to the beautification and maintenance of this lovely little spot.
Doug Finger, Park Manager
Friends of Little Buffalo
Little Buffalo State Park is among Pennsylvania’s most historic gems. It actually has a designated historic district right on its grounds! Little wonder then that the Friends of Little Buffalo are determined to make some history of their own with support for the arts and history among their very first goals. Along with a general donation to the group with their Big Blue Button, click here to specifically donate to their new playground initiative.
Friends of Lyman Run
If you looked up “Lyman Run” in the Pennsylvania recreational dictionary, it would say “built for relaxation.” The 45-acre lake for fishing, six miles of perfect-for-strolling hiking trails, a quiet campground and a warm sand beach invite visitors to get comfortable. The Friends of Lyman Run also know how to throw a party!
Friends of Milton
The “Friends” is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to Milton State Park. The “Friends” an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Park and Forest Foundation, is working in collaboration with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to create a legacy of good stewardship to preserve the island’s unique natural habitats while enhancing and diversifying recreation facilities. The Friends welcomes the assistance of others who seek to improve and enjoy this great regional resource.
Friends of Mont Alto
The Friends of Mont Alto have an historic gem on their hands – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the park and furnace lands, which became Pennsylvania’s first state forest park in 1902. The next year the Commonwealth’s first professional forester began training foresters at the Mont Alto Forestry Academy, which became today’s Mont Alto Campus of the Pennsylvania State University.
Frank Mong, Chair
Friends of Mt. Pisgah
It is the mission of the Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park to promote and enhance the facilities at Mt Pisgah for the enjoyment of the public that utilizes the facility. To assist the Park, its staff and management in ways not provided for by the State. And further to be a public voice for the Park should it become necessary.
We are friends and neighbors from all walks of life who all have one thing in common. We all enjoy the beautiful landscape of Mt. Pisgah St. Park and want to presereve it for all to enjoy for many generations.
Friends of Nockamixon
The Friends of Nockamixon State Park was formed in November 2011. This formation was to provide volunteers at the park additional facets by which to contribute to conservation and recreation. A big project underway for the Friends is installation of a Board-Safe accessible dock for universal kayak access. Donate to the effort to make sure the lake is for everyone!
Friends of Nolde Forest
“Environmental Education” is in the name and environmental education is the game! There’s always something going on at the former home of textile baron Jacob Nolde and the mansion constructed by his son, Hans. From book clubs to mansion tours, fun runs to pottery shows, the Friends of Nolde Forest will teach you a thing or two if you’re not careful!
Friends of Ohiopyle
We are a group of volunteers working towards improving and preserving Ohiopyle State Park. We strive to promote conservation within the park and to maintain the park for all users. To improve and preserve the ecological and geological features of Ohiopyle State Park and watershed. To promote the park and its available facilities while acting in concurrence with regional needs and views. To act as a major support for the future growth and development of the resources at Ohiopyle State Park.
Friends of Oil Creek
Friends of Oil Creek State Park was formed to provide the already active volunteers of Oil Creek State Park (OCSP) additional facets through which to contribute to the conservation and preservation of the land and waters of the Commonwealth within the park and to encourage Oil Region residents and others to support the parks mission. The park is located in northwestern Pennsylvania between Titusville to the north, and Oil City four miles to the south. The main entrance to the park is off of PA 8, one mile north of the Borough of Rouseville.
Friends of Parker Dam
The stated mission of the Friends of Parker Dam is to enhance the well-being of Parker Dam State Park, to provide educational and recreational activities for the young and old, and to encourage commitment to and participation in the most worthy ideals of conservation.
Part of that mission is to educate all of Pennsylvania and the surrounding states on just exactly what a “woodhick” is. Don’t know? You’d better pay them a visit!
Friends of Pinchot
Friends of Pine Grove Furnace
The Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park exists to keep history alive and promote the educational and recreational programs of the park and surrounding areas through special events and trail development while protecting the park’s natural resources.
Our primary goal is to raise revenue to support the park in completing projects that include but are not limited to:
- Bridge work on trails
- Enhancement and creation of trail links
- Resource management – control of invasive species/ planting natives
- The enhancement of the Furnace Stack area
- A new playground
- The development of interpretive displays.
Friends of Prince Gallitzin
The Friends of Prince Gallitzin State Park will endeavor to preserve and enhance the natural and built resources, while promoting education and recreation for all visitors now and in the future. We are a group of hard-working and dedicated volunteers who love the park and the great outdoors. We are committed to betterment of the park for enjoyment of everyone. The Friends of Prince Gallitzin State Park was formed in January 2007. This formation provided already active park volunteers additional facets by which to contribute to the conservation and preservation of the park and its resources.
Friends of Pymatuning
The Friends of Pymatuning are working to bring together residents and visitors to the land mass surrounding one giant lake. There’s plenty of work to be done – and fun to be had in the northwestern part of the state so join in.
Friends of Ridley Creek
Ridley Creek State Park is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania park located 2.5 miles west of Newtown Square, PA and 16 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. The park is 2,600 acres of streams, rolling hardwood forest and meadow.
- There are 12 miles of hiking paths and and 5 miles of paved path for bicycling.
- Picnicking and recreational facilities are spread throughout the park.
- Fishing, sledding and a private riding stable are in the park.
- Environmental education programs are available.
- The Hunting Hill mansion (Park Headquarters) and its formal gardens are a tranquil and popular setting for meetings, receptions and weddings.
The Friends of Ridley Creek State Park is organized to increase and enhance the quality of everyone’s contact with Ridley Creek S.P. We are actively seeking members to help improve the Park financially and physically (by helping!). There are many programs and projects that may be possible with enough community support.
Friends of Ryerson Station
The Friends of Ryerson Station State Park exists to promote the educational, recreational, cultural, and historical aspects of the park; to improve the park through volunteer opportunities; and to reconnect individuals and families with the outdoors.
Friends of Shawnee
Friends of Shawnee is a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) non-profit partner of Pennsylvania’s State Parks and State Forests. The Friends of Shawnee supports the PPFF mission locally by developing and/or supporting programs and events that celebrate Shawnee State Park. We hope to encourage more people to use this wonderful local resource.
These events include: Fireworks on the Lake, Art in the Park and Kids’ Fishing Derbies and more. (Look for new events like movie night, concerts and fun walk/run events to come!)
Friends of Shikellamy
Imagine a park so great, one site can’t hold it all? There you have Shikellamy State Park – the 78-acre Overlook and the 54-acre Marina combine to form one great Susquehanna River-based park. The Friends of Shikellamy know about making combinations work as well – count on them to combine Sunday brunch and music, sunsets and music, food and music.
Friends of State Line Serpentine Barrens
The Friends of the State Line Serpentine Barrens (FSLSB) serve as educators and stewards to preserve the history and ensure sustainability of the globally rare state line serpentine barrens ecosystem. The FSLSB is an independent, nonprofit volunteer organization formed and managed by local volunteers. The Friends formed to provide one centralized organization to bridge the gap between the many stakeholders involved in the State Line Serpentine Barrens.
Friends of Varden
The area currently known as Varden has been home to eight generations to the Shaffer family, beginning with John Shaffer in 1786. It is believed that John Shaffer was born in Germany in 1745. He left there as a stowaway. At the time of the American Revolution, he was living with his family in Orange County, New York and served with the Hawthorne Regiment of the Orange County Militia.
Friends of Weiser
The Friends of Weiser organized in 2010 in order to ensure the future use of forest lands through the preservation of forest trails. The trails at Weiser State Forest are multi-use meaning most trails are open to hikers, bikers, horses, hunters and hand gliders. The group works in cooperation with the DCNR forestry personnel who approve all project improvements. Within the Weiser State Forest are some very rugged and secluded wooded areas. These areas can be reached by the 65 miles of roads which have been constructed for wildfire suppression and administrative use.
All State Forest Lands are open to the public for hunting, fishing and general recreation.
There are two small State Forest Picnic Areas located on the Haldeman State Forest Tract in Dauphin County. These picnic areas offer a secluded place to “get away from it all.”
Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve
A volunteer community service organization committed to supporting Pennsylvania’s White Clay Creek Preserve through improvement/maintenance projects, educational programs and fund raising efforts. Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve (PA) was chartered by a group of concerned citizens to support the Pennsylvania portion of the White Clay Creek Preserve and Park system in March 2012, and in 2017 they launched an effort to rebuild the original stone wall that surrounds the London Tract Meeting House at the park’s entrance. The Friends is a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping all of Pennsylvania’s state parks, forests, and preserves.
Friends of Yellow Creek
Yellow Creek State Park, a state park in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The centerpiece of the 3,000-acre park is Yellow Creek Lake, which covers 720 acres and is fed by two creeks. On the south shore is a large swimming beach, and on the north shore are several public launch and picnic areas, as well as the Boy Scout Camp Seph Mack, and a number of cabins and yurts for rent. There visitors will find the McFeater’s Cove mooring area. Fisherman pursue “smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, tiger muskellunge, yellow perch, bluegill and catfish.” There are three public boat launches, and canoes, kayaks, and pontoon boats are available to rent from the marina during the warmer months. The park is also distinguished by an extensive network hiking and 18 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. These trails are developed, mapped, and maintained by volunteers including FOYC members in collaboration with the park. A waterproof map of the trails and the lake is available at the park office and area retailers.
Friends of Worlds End
Formed in 2018, the Friends of Worlds End State Park will work to conserve, support, and protect their little corner of Heaven Along the Loyalsock. Why not join in?
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail/Laurel Highlands Ultra
Seventy miles is a lot of trail – with a lot of challenges in maintenance and upkeep. The Foundation is proud to provide a means for the good people of the Laurel Highlands Ultra, the LHHT Ridge Runners maintenance crew, and all lovers of this “marquee path” (thanks Backpacker magazine) to provide some of the funds that keep the trail open. Removal of the bridge that takes the trail over the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2010 and the detours and delays that resulted in use of the Trail prompted several groups to come together in appreciation of this terrific resource. The bridge is back open again (and is a beauty well worth visiting), but the maintenance needs don’t end.
Laurel Mountain Volunteers
Forbes is a big state forest and the Laurel Mountain Volunteers are a big and active group of enthusiastic stewards of the forest’s recreational amenities.
There are ten recreational groups that represent hundreds of members and over 100 non group affiliated volunteers who help to maintain a trail system that covers 22,000 acres of state forest land. At the beginning of each year, representatives of the various user groups meet to identify priorities and select project goals. They schedule four work days a year, starting in April and ending in October; however, some volunteers work throughout the year.
The majority of the work days consist of resurfacing or reinforcing sections of trails worn out from use and natural erosion; but they also clear brush, perform trash and litter pickups, clean culverts and ditches, install steps on steep trail sections, and blaze trails—which keeps the group very busy!
Ed Callahan, District Forester
Loyalsock Trail/Worlds End Ultra
So you want a challenge? The Worlds End Ultramarathon is 50k full of challenge, but it doesn’t stop there! It’s got the technicality Pennsylvania trails are known for, along with premier vistas, waterfalls, and climbs. You’ll be amazed at how much can be crammed into one race! But without a healthy Loyalsock, we can’t keep it going forever. Your donation to the Loyalsock fund will mean that necessary maintenance and improvements have a dedicated funding source.
Donate to the Loyalsock fund and participate in one of the group’s stewardship days. AND come out to the trail for a visit. There’s no law requiring that you do it at top speed!