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February 5, 2020

Celebrating the Legacy of the Mills Brothers

If you’re interested in music, you’ve likely been influenced by the Mills Brothers. Even if you’re not aware of it, chances are your musical tastes have been shaped by them. This group from Bellefonte was groundbreaking, paving the way for many musicians to come. And they began in the Pennsylvania Wilds, in what is today the Centre County portion of the I-80 Frontier.

February 1, 2020

Put your money where your heart is this Valentine’s Day

The PA Wilds Conservation Shops cares about where its products come from, and nothing will show your paramour that you care more than putting some thought into the gift you give this Valentine’s Day.

January 28, 2020

The Jersey Devil’s visit to the I-80 Frontier of the PA Wilds

Every year, people come to visit the Pennsylvania Wilds. Thousands of people travel from out of state to visit the various landscapes and come see all that this area of Pennsylvania has to offer. And in 1909, the Jersey Devil did it, too.

January 22, 2020

February 2, 2020: A Groundhog Day for the ages

Groundhog Day is a celebration that has been honored for centuries across different cultures. At its core, Groundhog Day is the day when Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. 

January 16, 2020

Red Hill: Prehistoric Discovery in the Pennsylvania Wilds

Ted Daeschler and Neil Schubin were paleontologists. They were surveying an area on the north side of the Bucktail Scenic Byway for fossils. They found one. In fact, they found much more than they’d bargained for.

January 11, 2020

On Track in 2020: Identifying Traces of Wildlife

Now that 2020 has arrived, some will seriously contemplate from where they came, and to where they’re headed this year.  In the animal world, there’s not much utility in contemplation, and regarding survival, coming and going can quite literally be the difference between life and death.

January 4, 2020

Visit the PA Wilds booth at the PA Farm Show!

The PA Wilds Conservation Shop, a gift shop that sources regionally-made products from artisans in the Pennsylvania Wilds, will have a pop-up shop at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show January 4-11.

January 2, 2020

What do you want to know about the Pennsylvania Wilds in 2020?

Tell us about your interests. What do you want to read or learn about? Are you a hiker looking for new trails, or a hunter looking for tips for your next outing? Perhaps you’re curious about the wild elk herd, looking for information about how to best experience the dark night skies, or seeking insights into rural traveling more broadly.  Let us know!

December 31, 2019

Year in Review: Top 10 PA Wilds blogs of 2019

For those who didn’t have a chance to keep up with the blog all year, we’re counting down the Top 10 blogs for you to catch up on before 2020 arrives, starting with #10 and ending with #1, the most read blog of the year.

December 27, 2019

Take a First Day Hike to celebrate the New Year!

Looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors on New Years Day? Perhaps even a new tradition? Maybe you’re New Years Resolution is to get outdoors more?
Look into taking a First Day Hike at one of Pennsylvania’s many state parks to start the year off right.