For the Foundation, stewardship begins with speaking up on behalf of big ideas and important issues. It’s the essence of “think globally, act locally.” The Protect Our Parks & Forests initiative grew out of the 2019 report on maintenance and infrastucture needs, “The Legacy of Pennsylvania’s State Parks and State Forests: The Future is in Our Hands.” A 2021 look at this issue in the form of a “story map” offers a more visual viewpoint to the effort.
See the Stewardship Successes already made possible through your support with a click to the Gallery.View Accomplishments
Be A Voice
Our Take Action Center provides immediate access to your state representative and senator, as well as a look at the legislation we're watching and on which we need your support or opposition.
Year of the Trees
The 50th anniversary of Earth Day certainly didn't play out the way any of us expected. But we dubbed 2020 the Year of the Trees in support of the green beings that give us life. It didn't end in 2020.
Protect Our Parks and Forests
A website dedicated to the Foundation's 2019 report, "The Legacy of Pennsylvania's State Parks and Forests: The Future is in Our Hands," provides the details of an over $1 billion need for infrastructure funding and improvements in these lands, including a story map visual distillation of the issue. Filling this need is a crucial part of our devotion to stewardship.
The Spring 2020 onset of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic changed so much in our lives. The horrifying death toll (still of great concern at the creation of this website) and measures taken to combat the disease's spread made us all incredibly cautious. It became a major focus of our work, as park and forest visitor numbers increased exponentially and we all just tried to navigate the challenges of a frightening illness.
Stewards of Penn's Woods
Our 20 state forests are big and the projects (and volunteer opportunities) are many. The Stewards of Penn's Woods offers a way for individuals, families, youth groups, senior organizations - anyone interested - to oversee important efforts in a special place.
One of the first efforts through the Stewards of Penn's Woods was the eradication of a truly intimidating amount of graffiti at the geologically significant Hammonds Rocks in Michaux State Forest. From these efforts was born the "Graffiti Busters," who specialize in fighting back against vandalism.
Support Our Work
What’s big for 2021? The 50th Anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment!Learn More
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit. Whether you’re a trailbuilder, a wildlife expert, an event organizer, or one of those special people who always say, “Just put me to work wherever you need me,” Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests have a role for you.
Find your niche. Make your voice heard with decision makers. Pitch in with a friends group. Work on your own or with your family, friends, and co-workers as a Steward of Penn’s Woods. Support any of the programs and initiatives we promote. You will be welcome as a volunteer. And it’s as good for you as it is for your state parks and forests!
Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) began in 1999 as a statewide nonprofit organization to provide a voice for the Commonwealth’s 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land. With PPFF, citizens can donate or bequeath money to state parks and forests, become active and involved volunteers in the park and forest system, and find some fun and educational opportunities. We’re the official nonprofit partner of your state parks and forests. Be a part of the movement!
Your special affinity for a specific park or forest means that a PPFF chapter friends group is the perfect outlet for your creative energy. Friends are people like you who volunteer their time, services and support to our state parks and forests. Chapters form for a variety of reasons but all understand the value of their state park or forest and share a common goal to make that park or forest the best in the commonwealth.