Click on these links to find places to go to enjoy outdoor activities this winter season (keep yourself from spending the season on the couch).

Click HERE to find a local municipal park near you.

For specific conditions at a particular state park, use this link:

Where to sled at PA state parks:

Where to ice skate at PA state parks

Where to downhill ski at PA state parks

Where to cross-country ski at PA state parks and forests

State forest snowmobile trails and conditions

Here are the links for the old hemlock that is referred to in our November/December 2019 Mailbox page, as well as the quiz in the September/October 2019 issue.

Tionesta Natural Research Area

Tionesta Scenic Area and Hiking Trail

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Plenty of wildlife topics in this spring issue: photos, bear tagging, stream clean up, photographing ducks. Lots to do, too: the newly restored Memorial Hall in Philadelphia, the Omni Bedford Resort, and the amazing Jay Bee Circus in Butler County.


Shooting Ducks
A wide variety of ducks live in and migrate through Pennsylvania. Learn techniques and tips for taking excellent photos this spring. by wayne miller

Child’s Play
Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum, a family playland, recently moved into Memorial Hall by jim mcclelland

Bedford Springs
Historic resort reopens as a world-class luxury destination by larry g. mckee

Back at You!
No matter how we try to blend in, our state’s wild residents almost always see us before we see them.

Round Up:

Jay Bee Circus, Festival of the Birds (Presque Isle), Sherman Theater, Hickory Run State Park, Chester County Hall of Heroes, tagging black bears, and restoring mine-drainage damaged streams

Bed & Breakfast:
Lawrence County
Book Reviews:
Spring Events Calendar :
March through mid-May
Town & Country Stories: The Geologist on the Strip
Although he dreams of his native Albania every night, Koko Prifanti has found a home in Pittsburgh, next to the cheese and olives by bette mcdevitt

Did ’ja Know? : Our Native Residents
Who were they and where did they go? This may be the easiest or the most difficult quiz in “Did ’ja Know” history—you be the judge  by publisher al holliday

Our next issue (JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2009) will feature a ten-page special article about independent miners in Schuylkill County. If you like to see more of the photos of these miners by Christian Abraham, see his FLICKR site HERE.

Here’s a preview of the cover:

CLICK the COVER for more information about what will be in this issue.

This issue has the following subjects:

  • Coal mining in Schuylkill County, how the independents are struggling to continue
  • Repairing stained glass in Pittsburgh
  • Farming and living on an island in the Susquehanna in the ’30s and ’40s
  • Pittsburgh’s National Aviary
  • Winter wonderland festival at Cook Forest State Park
  • Clock and Watch Museum in Lancaster County
  • Hotel Fauchere in Milford
  • Getz Barrel Co.
  • General George G. Meade, forgotten hero of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Natural details photo essay by Greg Walker of Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County

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