All counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds are currently in the Green Phase for reopening Pennsylvania amid COVID-19.

Please use appropriate precautions when traveling and refer to CDC recommendations.


June 12, 2020

Entertainment from the PA Wilds

Even if we can’t get out into the Pennsylvania Wilds right now, we can still enjoy the Pennsylvania Wilds through our media. There are plenty of books and movies that have some PA Wilds connection -- either they’re created by someone from here, or were created here, or take place here.

June 6, 2020

New website to help people protect state parks, forests

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF), a non-profit with a mission geared towards Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests, recently unveiled a new website -- -- designed to help mobilize the public to protect state parks and forests.

June 2, 2020

A Crash Course on e-Books, Libraries and Bookstores in the PA Wilds

COVID-19 made some drastic changes to the experiences offered in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Many places have been closed, or are offering limited services. However, some libraries are still offering certain services. If you already have a library card, and you have a computer or tablet, there are some things you can access from home, such as e-books.

May 28, 2020

PA Wilds businesses share stories of hardship, resilience in WCO Series 

Across The Pennsylvania Wilds, businesses and organizations are turning obstacles into opportunities. In an effort to share the stories of hardship and resilience amid the Wilds business community, The Wilds Cooperative of PA launched “The Wilds Are Working: Rural Entrepreneurship in Uncharted Times.”

May 22, 2020

Rushing to the Front Lines

If there is one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it is that we are all in this storm together. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry has had no shortage of heroes in this battle.

May 13, 2020

The King of the Dark Skies Landscape

A while back, Lou Bernard and his daughter went out on an adventure in the Dark Skies landscape to hunt down an old legend: there’s a story that claims King Arthur was buried in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

April 22, 2020

Earth Day and The Wilderness Act: Deep Roots in the Pennsylvania Wilds

It was 50 years ago, April 22, 1970, that our annual observance of Earth Day began with 20 million people demanding change for a cleaner, healthier, sustainable environment. However, there was another environmental movement underway long before that, beginning right here in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds, by Tionesta’s Howard Zahniser. He wrote the 1964 National Wilderness Act that directed Congress to establish and protect wilderness areas on national forest land.

April 17, 2020

Earth Day 2020: ‘It’s not a day, it’s a movement!’

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the U.S.  This month, groups across the region, and across the world, were hoping to host a multitude of outdoor activities in honor of our planet -- until the coronavirus forced their cancellation.  But a cursory look at the Internet promises that a major global event will take place across our digital platforms from April 22nd to 24th. The three-day mobilization to address the climate emergency will include teach-ins, musical performances, community building, story-telling, voter registration, and multiple opportunities for engagement.

April 14, 2020

Surviving with the Kids at Home

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is encouraged to stay at home right now. Many of you are off work, and if you have kids, they’re off school, and that turns this into a whole new sort of survival situation. But there are a few ways to keep your children busy at this time. I’ve been teaching my son Paul, age 5, basic survival skills.

March 30, 2020

PA Wilds businesses learning to adapt amid COVID-19, finding support in community

Across the state, businesses have been forced to change the way they’re doing business — or close temporarily — as a result of the spread of COVID-19 across the entire country.