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March 2, 2018

How Growing Milkweed Plots in the PA Wilds Can Help Save Our Pollinators

Inspired by the Duck Dynasty television show, Amy and Jeff Rankinen named their Lycoming County, PA milkweed farm in a similar fashion: Milkweed Monarchy. A member of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, Milkweed Monarchy works to both increase awareness of the plight of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators and encourage planting of pollinator plots. In this blog article, Jeff details how the couple first learned about the importance of milkweed plants for pollinator life cycles and how they are now helping to make a difference.

March 1, 2018

A man, his dog, and their quest — to visit every state park in Pennsylvania

Dale Yohe and his dog, S’mores, love the PA Wilds — and this Instagram-famous adventure duo has set out to visit every Pennsylvania State Park. PA Wilds Contributor Katie Weidenboerner recently caught up with Dale and learned more about their experiences.

February 19, 2018

Black Moshannon State Park: Where Convenience Meets Country

PA Wilds Center outreach specialist LaKeshia Knarr has set a goal to see all 29 state parks in the Pennsylvania Wilds. She hopes to share her experiences in a series of articles highlighting some of the unique features and activities at each of the parks. In this post - the first of the series - she talks about her experience at Black Moshannon State Park, located along the I-80 Corridor.

PA WILDS WINTER: Sunday Funday at Parker Dam

PA Wilds Contributor Katie Weidenboerner and her family recently spent a day at Parker Dam State Park, enjoying winter activities. In this blog post, she describes the experience - including her 4-year-old daughter's first time ice-skating.

"It was an amazing day out that only cost a little planning, a few sandwiches, and a few gallons of gas."

February 6, 2018

The ‘Coolest’ Place in the Pennsylvania Wilds: The Coudersport Ice Mine

With deep Potter County roots, Ed Byers heard all the stories and theories about the Coudersport Ice Mine, having spent his boyhood summers at his grandfather’s cottage on Ice Mine Road. In this column, he sheds some light on a "Hidden Gem" of the Pennsylvania Wilds and how the modern marvel was first discovered.

January 31, 2018

Celebrate Love in the PA Wilds – Local Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s almost that special day of the year, when people show their love for one another with some sort of a celebration, tradition or gift: February 14. Celebrate loved ones with something just as unique and special as they are this year by supporting small businesses and creative makers right here in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

January 26, 2018

Three Pennsylvania Wilds Winners Announced for Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation 2018 Awards

Three Pennsylvania Wilds Winners Announced for Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation 2018 Awards: Annual awards recognize exemplary work on behalf of parks, forests, recreation and conservation

January 24, 2018

PA Wilds Artisan Spotlight: Lynn Kibbe

For Lycoming County scratchboard artist Lynn Kibbe, nature is more than just a beautiful backdrop for her work: it’s her primary subject matter and one of her greatest passions.

January 18, 2018

2017 Hunting Season Reflections – the Vital Role of Hunters and Anglers in Conservation

As hunters across the Pennsylvania Wilds look forward to Spring Gobbler Season, we compiled some reflections from seasoned hunters and anglers on the vital role they play in stewardship and conservation of our precious lands, waterways and wildlife.

January 15, 2018

Hike the North Country Trail and Earn Patches

Are you looking for a New Year’s fitness resolution? Here’s a fun way to increase your fitness and trail miles.