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.


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.

March 25, 2020

Stay Safe: Advice from the Pennsylvania Wilds

Lou Bernard talks about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the similarities between present day challenges and the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

March 2, 2020

Winter Blues: Bluebirds prepare for Spring

Mired in the depths of winter, it is easy to catch oneself daydreaming about spring. As we contemplate these things, another creature is also preparing for the season. Among the earliest nest site selectors, bluebirds have begun to search for suitable cavities for nesting.

February 26, 2020

Shed Hunting for Mountain Bucks

Throughout the winter, whitetail bucks will shed their antlers. From late February through April, looking for shed antlers is something that outdoorsman Beau Martonik looks forward to every year.

February 21, 2020

Solar Power at Parker Dam State Park

Parker Dam State Park, located in the Elk Country landscape fo the Pennsylvania Wilds and very near the I-80 Frontier, features solar-powered equipment.

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.

December 19, 2019

Moths of Winter in Penn’s Woods

The witch hazel dagger moth (Actronicta hamamelis) is a rare breed indeed, serving as pollinator to the equally unique witch hazel, which oddly blooms in late fall and early winter.

December 13, 2019

Christmas Bird Count: It’s for the Birds!

Well over a century ago, Frank M. Chapman of the Audubon Society proposed an alternative to an annual Christmas bird hunt.  His idea, the “Christmas Bird Census”, caught on.  Now known as the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), it is the longest-running citizen science endeavor, worldwide, at 120 years.