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DCNR launches Kids in Nature to engage children in learning about natural resources, playing outdoors
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti at Nescopeck State Park has unveiled Kids in Nature, renewing a focus on getting Pennsylvania’s families to spend more time enjoying the outdoors.

To celebrate Earth Day, Ferretti spent an hour talking with the 8th grade students from the Hazleton Area School District attending a full-day program at the park about protecting watersheds.

“Well-documented statistics indicate our children are becoming increasingly disconnected from the outdoors,” Ferretti said. Read more...

Gov. Corbett issues proclamation celebrating April 22, 2014, as ‘Earth Day’
Governor Tom Corbett issued a proclamation recognizing April 22, 2014 as “Earth Day” in Pennsylvania. Read more...

DCNR provides seedlings and volunteers for Flight 93 Memorial tree planting
On a brisk morning in mid-April, DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti was on hand at the Bureau of Forestry’s Penn Nursery to help prepare seedlings for the upcoming Flight 93 Memorial Tree Planting near Shanksville, Somerset County. Read more...

DCNR joins in Bedford County rail-trail groundbreaking
Broad Top Township Secretary David Thomas looked away from the blue-green waters of the Raystown Branch of the Juniata, directing the visitor’s gaze toward a distant knot of hemlocks jutting out from the hardwood ridge. Read more...

DCNR seeking information in Bedford County wildfire
DCNR is seeking the public’s help in the probe of a sprawling Bedford County wildfire last week that investigators have labeled arson. Read more...

TreeVitalize supports new trees in Harrisburg
On Earth Day, a group of volunteers including DCNR Urban Forester Ellen Roane, planted 43 new trees to beautify and shade the North Third Street corridor in Harrisburg. Read more...

Erie to Pittsburgh Trail generates $7 million in economic activity annually
A recent survey of trail users along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail between Titusville and Parker by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy showed a total economic impact of more than $7 million annually in local communities. Read more...

Diverse audience follows emerald ash borer’s destructive path to Greenwood Furnace State Park
Some of the dead lay felled and sectioned. Others stood leafless, lifeless, contrasted against the vibrant blue that is the Huntingdon County sky in early morning. Read more...

Also in the News

Concert planned at Tyler State Park
The Bucks County Women’s Choir will offer a “Sunset Concert,” beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the Maze Picnic Area of Tyler State Park, Bucks County.

Admission is free; visitors are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs. The group will feature a coral variety: popular standards, Broadway show tunes, pop, folk tunes and some classics, including the finale from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers.

Agency Spotlight

Erie Bluffs State Park
This new park provides a great overlook to a great lake. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Spring Constellations at Cherry Springs State Park
May 3. Held 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. It may have seemed a long time coming this year but spring has arrived according to the constellations in the sky. Observe the constellations through a laser - guided sky tour conducted by park staff and volunteers. Hear the legends and myths surrounding these patterns in the night sky. Explore star clusters and other deep space objects.

If the sky is unfavorable for stargazing, an alternative program will be held in the pavilion on the south side of the park. However this program may be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

Visitors may want to check the Cherry Springs State Park Clear Sky Chart web site for cloud cover and viewing conditons. Please leave your pets at home. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment used at the Night Sky programs do not create a pet friendly environment. For more information, call (814) 435-5010.

PA Wilds 2014 Partnership Summit and Awards Dinner
May 15. Held 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. Recognizing outstanding work at the local level to grow the Pennsylvania Wilds region’s outdoor recreation economy, the "Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds" awards will be held at the Red Fern, 421 Old Kersey Road, Kersey, Pa.

The program includes registration, networking and display tables, welcome and invocation, buffet dinner, DCNR & DCED remarks, "Celebrating our Champions," and the 2014 Champion of the PA Wilds awards presentation. Cost is $20 per person. For registration information, call (814) 545-1333 or visit here.

For more DCNR events, go here.

April 30, 2014

Agency Spotlight

Erie Bluffs State Park

Erie Bluffs State Park

This new park provides a great overlook to a great lake. Read more...

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