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2018 Walk in Penn's Woods a Resounding Success!

Posted: October 17, 2018

People all across the state came out to explore and celebrate the benefits, resources, and wonders that Pennsylvania’s forests provide us during the second annual Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 7.
Images from walks around the state (Photos by Barb Sellers, Matt Sampson, Mike Manes, and Henry Williams)

Images from walks around the state (Photos by Barb Sellers, Matt Sampson, Mike Manes, and Henry Williams)

Organized walks throughout the Commonwealth drew hundreds of participants to rural, suburban, and urban lands, state and national forests and parks, municipal watersheds, conserved areas, and private and industrial lands to learn about the multiple values and diverse uses of our state’s forest resources. Many more did their own informal hikes.

“Just wanted to let you know that our Walk in Penn’s Woods at the Montour Preserve in Montour County was a smashing success! The weather was perfect, the presenter was outstanding, and the diverse group of attendees made for a wonderful afternoon,” one walk organizer reported. “The kids had a blast exploring outdoors.”

Families, little ones, folks in their 80s, outdoor enthusiasts – people from all walks of life – learned about trees, history, forest management, the American chestnut, wildlife, water, young forests, challenges, and so much more. Kids collected acorns and splashed in small runs. Some groups spotted bald eagles, wood- peckers, salamanders, snakes, a great horned owl, and other forest wildlife. Many lingered long after the scheduled times of the walks.

With people already talking about and planning walks for next year, we’re looking forward to October 6, 2019 when we walk – and learn – in Penn’s Woods!