Due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please use appropriate precautions when traveling in the PA Wilds and refer to the PA Department of Health for updates.


June 30, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Visitors and the PA Wilds Center Team

Our final Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to our visitors, and to the dedicated Board, staff and core contractors who support the PA Wilds effort, day in and day out. It takes a special group to found, structure, fund and build a regional nonprofit dedicated to advancing generational, transformational work in a distressed rural landscape.

June 25, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Heritage and Nonprofit Partners

Today's Great Outdoors Month post goes to the many heritage and nonprofit partners who are helping to grow the outdoor economy in the PA Wilds. Under BBBRC, several of these partners would complete projects in their wheelhouses that would grow the region's outdoor rec industry cluster, such as installing bike repair stations along Route 6, doing an assessment of the PA Wilds as a cycling destination, completing the Brady Tunnel project (a top-10 PA trail gap), bringing new hiking guidebooks to market, and more!

June 24, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Conservation and Stewardship Partners

Today's Great Outdoors Month post goes to our many conservation and stewardship partners! These organizations help conserve and take care of the tremendous natural assets that underpin the region’s outdoor recreation economy.

June 2, 2022

Discovering biological diversity on state forest natural areas

Tamarack Swamp Natural Area, part of Sproul State Forest in Clinton County, is a specific type of wetland called peatlands. This unique space provides a habitat for uncommon animals and plants, aiding in Pennsylvania's rich biodiversity. Species like the alder flycatcher bird or arctic moss can be found in Tamarack Swamp.

May 16, 2022

Food plot soil testing: Preparing your land to be lush this fall

Taking a soil sample is the easiest thing you can do to ensure proper growth of a food plot and not waste time and money. Learn how to take and send a test sample, read the results, and use the results to help determine the next steps for your food plot.

May 12, 2022

Harvesting Wild Leeks in Allegheny National Forest

On most Forest Service lands within the Allegheny National Forest the USDA Forest Service allows the harvesting of wild leeks (Allium sp.) for personal consumption. Personal consumption means harvesting only what you will use for yourself and your family.

April 29, 2022

150 Years of Arbor Day!

The first U.S. Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, after being proposed by the secretary of the Nebraska Territory, J. Sterling Morton. By 1920, over 45 U.S. states had started to observe Arbor Day. This year marks the 150th anniversary since the first one when it is estimated that over a million trees were planted on that single day in Nebraska!

April 20, 2022

Use these four ‘Leave No Trace’ tips on your next birdwatching trip

Birding is an activity that can be enjoyed in all seasons. Check out these tips from the Leave No Trace Organization and make your next birding trip a great one!

April 14, 2022

A good year, and season, for mast

The mast is the fruit of forest trees. There are hard masts, like acorns, and soft masts, like fox grapes, and both can be found across the state of Pennsylvania. But what causes a good year for masts?

March 31, 2022

What in the world is the Susquehanna River Water Trail?

The Susquehanna River Water Trail runs over 500 miles throughout PA. From the West Branch of the Susquehanna in the PA Wilds, through the valleys of Central PA, to Harrisburg and continuing into Maryland, one can have an amazing adventure anywhere.