January 27, 2023

The incredible snowflake

Have you ever stopped to wonder how many individual snowflakes you might be gazing at when you admire a snow-covered hillside? Both individually and collectively, snowflakes are amazing works of nature.

January 25, 2023

Flavors of the PA Wilds

Our PA Wilds region is home to so many unique foods... maple syrup, birch beer, popcorn, red pickled eggs, mushrooms, hoagies and more. Whether you’re a resident of the Pennsylvania Wilds or traveling through the area, don’t miss out on these distinctive flavors that can be found here!

January 23, 2023

Bike the Wilds: Find your loop along PA Route 6

Spanning Pennsylvania’s northern tier, PA Route 6 is one of the country’s oldest transcontinental highways. It’s also a great place to cycle. To welcome riders to this region, PA Route 6 Alliance, a state-designated Heritage Area, has recently unveiled a series of loops that showcase some of the best cycling along Route 6, including loops in four counties that are part of the PA Wilds: Warren, McKean, Potter, and Tioga.

January 20, 2023

Winter tree ID sleuthing

Winter is a wonderful time to get out and identify Pennsylvania’s forest trees but can present some challenges. For instance, one of the easiest ways to tell a red oak from a red maple is leaf shape, but autumn has stolen that “easy button” from would-be tree detectives. There are still plenty of large clues to narrow down the list of 134 possible native trees to just a few.

January 19, 2023

Down Life’s Crazy Road: Slow to get motivated?

January - it's often the coldest month of the year, with dark evenings and the thrill of the holiday season already over. Author John Pozza suggests some outdoor activities to help you get out of the winter blues.

January 16, 2023

Groundhog Day: The history of our favorite prognosticating whistle-pig

Each year, thousands of people flock to Punxsutawney on February 2nd, braving cold temperatures on a cold winter morning to see their favorite groundhog: Punxsutawney Phil, who predicts either an early spring or six more weeks of winter. If you ask anyone around Punxsutawney whether the tradition is real, they’ll give you a sly smile and tell you they’re a true believer. But whether this rodent really has mythical weather-predicting abilities or not, how did this strange tradition come to be?

January 13, 2023

Help plan your winter adventures with the state parks winter report

Want to know what winter activities are available at your local PA Wilds state park? Or are you searching for an activity like sledding or skiing and want to know which state parks offer that outdoor rec option? There's an easy tool to help you... DCNR's Pennsylvania state parks winter report.

January 12, 2023

Allegheny National Forest will hire 10 interns, applications due by January 27

The USDA Forest Service is hiring temporary student trainees (interns) across the nation, including 10 summer interns in the Allegheny National Forest. Internships are available in social sciences, administrative support, natural resources, engineering, and other exciting and rewarding career paths. The ANF plans to bring on these student interns in one of six career fields. Applications are due by January 27, 2023.

January 11, 2023

BIRD LORE: Birds and pollution

Birds seem to be all around us. We don’t really understand how hard it is for birds to navigate their world, or how much human activity has made this navigation more difficult. Like people, birds are very susceptible to the effects of pollution in their environment.

January 9, 2023

A family bike ride on the Knox & Kane Rail Trail

Jeremy Bickling was eager to test out his new child trailer, so he hitched it (with his kid, of course!) to the back of his bike and hit the Knox and Kane Rail Trail. Together, he and his family rode the 7.8-mile stretch of the trail, making their way to Kinzua Bridge.