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April 13, 2018

Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds Award Winners Announced

Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds Award Winners Announced - Winners to be recognized at April 26 PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards in Williamsport

April 6, 2018

The Giwoggle: Clinton County’s Official Monster

In this piece, PA Wilds Contributor Lou Bernard looks at legends and stories surrounding the Giwoggle, the 'official monster of Clinton County.' This creature, described as a mishmash of several animals, has been allegedly spotted in two counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds and stories of it date back to the mid-1800s.

March 29, 2018

PA Wilds Artisan Spotlight: Steve Getz

Past recipient of the PA Wilds Artisan of the Year Award Steven L. Getz has been immersed in the arts for most of his life. Most recently, the artist has begun delving into digital painting.

March 28, 2018

Hats Off to PA Wilds Maple Syrup Producers

Have you ever considered the intensity of producing maple syrup firsthand? Did you know it is a common, signature product of the Pennsylvania Wilds? Speaking with producers in Tioga County, PA Wilds Outreach Specialist LaKeshia Knarr learned quickly that the value-added product is a popular one in Pennsylvania – and many people are unaware that families produce it here.

March 26, 2018

Creative Makerspaces: Bringing Together Community in the Pennsylvania Wilds

Have you ever seen a creative makerspace? If you did, would you know? In this piece, PA Wilds Center Outreach Specialist LaKeshia Knarr looks at what creative makerspaces mean for communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds and describes the Pajama Factory, an eight-building complex in Williamsport that is being developed into "a place to make things."

March 21, 2018

PA Fish & Boat Commission Mentored Youth Program a great opportunity for young anglers

PA Wilds Contributor Nick Lyter averages 250 days each year fishing the trout waters of the Pennsylvania Wilds and Central Pennsylvania. Here, he shares information about the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission's Mentored Youth Program and encourages adults to get youngsters out on the water to learn about fishing during two special days: March 24 and April 7.

March 20, 2018

Lost and Possibly Found: The Civil War Gold of Elk County

Freelance writer and historian Lou Bernard spends much of his time investigating Pennsylvania Wilds legends and stories from the past. In this piece, Lou uncovers the story behind a current-day news topic: the possible finding of gold that was lost during the Civil War in Elk County, PA.

March 14, 2018

Help Keep the PA Wilds Beautiful: Participate in the Great American Cleanup March 1-May 31

The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania will be held March 1 through May 31, 2018. During this event, volunteer groups across the Commonwealth and the nation will be working to cleanup the landscape, beautify communities and hold educational events. You can play a part!

March 12, 2018

The Austin Dam Disaster: ‘The Dam That Could Not Break’

PA Wilds Contributor Ed Byers is the great-nephew of Lester Plotts and great-grandson of Frank and Mina Plotts, who were among Potter County’s earliest settlers and the last to ever cross the bridge over Freeman Run the day of the Austin Dam disaster. Here, Byers relates his relatives' story based and details what caused "The Dam That Could Not Break" to break.

March 8, 2018

Nature offers healing and hope, even in winter | Pennsylvania Wilds

PA Wilds Contributor Beth Jones, a certified Nature and Forest Therapy guide and hiking and backpacking guide in North Central PA in the Pennsylvania Wilds has over 20 years’ experience leading hiking and backpacking excursions in the region and is passionate about the power of wilderness to help people recover greater health, peace, creativity and vision. In this blog, she talks about the health benefits of being outdoors and how it can help people overcome the winter blues.