Pennsylvania State Parks Finalist for National Gold Medal Award
“We have spectacular natural assets in our state park system — the darkest night-time skies east of the Mississippi; the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon; the largest known bat colony in the state and largest elk herd in the Northeast; and
The Gold Medal Award is given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association. The winner will be announced at the NRPA annual meeting in
The award honors excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development and professional development.
Some of DCNR’s new and innovative state park programs include:
- The Get Outdoors PA program that offers hundreds of activities annually for people to learn about outdoor recreation such as kayaking, fishing and hiking, and learn about how we protect our natural resources, their role and why they should care.
- To increase exposure to natural experiences for kids in urban areas, the Bureau of State Parks teamed up with city parks and recreation programs and youth organizations to create the Adventure Camp program–summer camp program for teens. More than 150 kids attended camp in 8 metropolitan areas last summer.
- DCNR launched a Green parks initiative in 2007 to address climate change and energy consumption in our parks, both in words and action. The goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of our parks by 20 percent over the next 5 years.
- Construction is underway on the system’s first nature inn at Bald Eagle State Park, to expand overnight accommodations and attract new visitors.
“We see ourselves not only as land protectors and recreation providers, but also as a model of best practices, conservation advocates, and educators of our future stewards,” Quigley said.
CONTACT: Christine Novak (717) 772-9101
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources