Pennsylvania has natural beauty
second to none. Much of that beauty is protected
in public lands set aside for every citizen to
enjoy. In our 116 state parks and 2.1 million
acres of forest land, visitors can experience
the best of what Pennsylvania has to offer: biking
along pristine streams; picnicking near tree-lined
lakes; hiking through forest cathedrals; searching
for birds in protected natural areas; and countless
other recreational and educational adventures.
Imagine being able to say that you played a role
in helping enhance our bountiful natural lands.
Well, you can. Through the Conservation
Volunteer program at the state Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources (DCNR), you can don your
work clothes and help build a trail, plant a flower
garden, teach a group of students about wildlife,
or welcome visitors to "your" campground.
Is A Conservation Volunteer?
Volunteer is someone who cares about protecting
and enhancing our beautiful natural resources.
People of all ages can participate in the
program, which matches interests and abilities
with appropriate outdoor projects.
You can join us
as a group or an individual. Work is challenging,
exhilarating and, above all, rewarding.
From a few hours, to a lifetime commitment,
the choice is yours. Any amount of time
will benefit you and the outdoors.
Pennsylvania's public lands
need your help. After all, these are your lands.
With your help,
Pennsylvania's state parks and state forests will
continue to provide benefits for many years to
Conservation Volunteers can
- Trails/Wildlife habitat - creating or clearing hiking trails, improving
wildlife habitat, and cleaning and stabilizing
Education - interpreting the interrelationships
between people and their natural, cultural and
historic environments by developing programs,
assisting with visitor centers, conducting guided
walks, presenting interpretive programs, and
outdoor programs to school groups.
- Forest Fire Prevention - assisting with Smokey Bear appearances and
presenting fire prevention programs in schools.
- Technical and Engineering - designing general engineering projects, maintaining
technical specifications and catalogs, and developing
- Campground hosts - serving as a "live-in" host at a
state park campground or cabin colony by greeting
and assisting campers and performing light maintenance.
- Maintenance - planting trees and flowers, repairing foot
bridges, improving accessibility to recreational
areas, installing park signs, and performing
light maintenance work.
- Research - researching and writing the history of forests,
state parks and heritage parks;
developing checklists of flora and fauna; and
studies and field mapping.
How To Get Involved
Becoming a Conservation Volunteer
is easy. Simply contact your local state park
or district forest office and ask for the Conservation
Volunteer coordinator. Call 1-888-PA-PARKS - you'll
be hooked up with an interesting and appropriate
project in Pennsylvania's natural resources.
Have a group? We have a project
for you. Hundreds of projects throughout the state
are available for groups and individuals.
an application. Become of Conservation Volunteer
today. Roll up your sleeves and discover the rewards
of volunteering in Pennsylvania's great outdoors!