CAMP HILL, PA — The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation is encouraging everyone to #GetMovingPA. Grab a camera, phone, or video camera and celebrate this year’s special outdoor occasions including Earth Day, Rothrock Week, I Love My State Parks Week, State Parks and Forests Week, National Trails Day, and Healthy Lands Week by capturing these events with video.
With 121 state parks, 2.2 million acres of forest, and over 11,000 miles of trails, Pennsylvania’s parks and forests offer free access to the outdoors and endless opportunities for recreation including hiking, biking, canoeing, climbing, rafting, simply taking a walk in the woods, picnicking, angling, hunting, and much more.
Help celebrate all that PA’s parks and forests provide and encourage their stewardship. During the outdoor holidays listed below, capture video footage while engaging in the outdoors or while volunteering in a state park or forest. Share it on social media, tag PPFF, and include the hashtags #GetMovingPA and #GetInMotionPA, so the Foundation can find you.
Earth Day through Rothroth Week
You probably look forward to giving back for Earth Day every April 22 but did you know that April 24-30 is also a cause for celebration? The last week of April annually marks J.T. Rothrock Memorial Conservation Week, dedicated to the first commissioner of the then Pennsylvania Forestry Commission (now the Bureau of Forestry), who championed the conservation and reforestation of Pennsylvania. What better time to join PPFF or a Friends Group for a tree planting event or find yourself immersed in a state forest?
I Love My State Parks Week
With a soft launch in 2022, this national event celebrates the nation’s state parks. Kicking off on Mother’s Day, the event runs until May 16. Brought to you by the National Association of State Park Foundations, include the hashtags #ILoveMyStateParks, #ILoveMyStateParksWeek, and #NASPF.
PA State Parks and Forests Week
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of PA’s state parks and forest in 2018, Governor Wolf proclaimed May 23-30 Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests Week. This is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and show appreciation for all that Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests provide.
National Trails Day
Presented by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day on June 4 is a day of service and advocacy for trails. How will you hit the trails? Hike, bike, by paddle or saddle; share with us a favorite way to explore PA’s trails.
PA Healthy Lands Week
Help us kick off this new, annual week of volunteerism. PA Healthy Lands Week begins with National Public Lands Day on September 24. Capture your volunteer service on video and help to inspire stewardship in others. The week wraps up with A Walk in Penn’s Woods on October 2, the perfect day to take a hike in – you guessed it – Penn’s woods.
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