New passport program offers Pennsylvania families opportunities for recreation
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) is now issuing passports—an easy and fun way to visit Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. The new Pennsylvania State Parks and State Forests Passport was developed with a grant from Chesapeake Energy.
The spiral-bound booklet will be initially available for sale on the foundation’s website for $10 plus sales tax, shipping, and handling; as well as through the mail. The 135-page passport includes maps, a history of the state’s park and forest system, a brief description and most memorable feature of each state park and forest, and additional online resources. Participants can track their visits to our public lands by initialing or stamping their booklet and, on the honor system, apprise PPFF of their progress.
Modeled after the National Park System’s highly successful passport, the Pennsylvania Passport not only guides people to our state parks and forests, but it also breaks down interest areas and challenges users to complete each area to receive recognition for their accomplishment.
The goal of the program is to promote healthy activity and awareness of our amazing state park and forest system.
“This program offers something for everyone,” said PPFF President Marci Mowery. “Whether you love trail hiking, paddling, driving tours, dramatic vistas, rock climbing, solitude, campgrounds, birding, or hand gliding—our state parks and forests have points of interest second to none.”
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation is a non-profit that supports Pennsylvania’s 117 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities, and donations to encourage recreation, healthier lifestyles, education, and natural/cultural resources. PPFF helps maximize the economic and environmental benefits from our parks and forests. Founded in 1999, PPFF has 32 chapters. Learn more about PPFF at www.paparksandforests.org, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and join the conversation on our blog, “The Outdoor Muses Muse” at http://blog.paparksandforests.org/.
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