Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center


Men look through binoculars at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania.

Environmental Education

The center provides a wide variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups and individuals.

 

Nolde Forest encompasses more than 665 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. A network of trails makes the center’s streams, ponds and diverse habitats accessible to both students and visitors. Teaching stations offer places for students to work and benches for those who wish to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds associated with the natural world. ADA accessible trails are located by the mansion and sawmill.

The Nolde mansion houses offices for the center staff. A garden featuring native wildflowers is adjacent to the mansion. The C.H. McConnell Environmental Education Hall near the mansion is the indoor site for year-round programming.

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Picnicking   -  Fishing   -  Hiking   -  Dog Walking   -  Cross-country Skiing  


The office and mansion parking lot are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All other areas are open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.


Picnicking: Two small picnic areas are located by the sawmill and mansion parking areas.


Fishing: Angelica Creek supports a native trout population.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hiking: 10 miles of trails
The trails of Nolde Forest wander throughout the park under tall trees and near creeks. Some trails are footpaths and others are remnants of gravel roads used by original owners of the mansion. Only trails with trail sign posts are maintained.

Listed below are the main trails. Numerous connectors join all of the trails into many loops.

A family hikes a trail at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania.Boulevard Trail: 2.3 miles
This old fire road provides easy walking under hardwood trees in a loop in the middle of the center. The trail begins and ends at the mansion.

Kissinger Road: 0.8 mile
This old fire road provides easy walking through a conifer plantation planted for Jacob Nolde.

Kohout Trail: 0.3 mile
This short trail in the northern corner of the park has a few steep inclines. In the spring it is a good trail to see wildflowers.

Middle Road: 0.6 mile
This old fire road provides easy walking through a conifer plantation planted for Jacob Nolde.

Watershed Trail: 1.1 miles
This hiking trail follows the scenic creek bottom along Punches Run. The trail begins and ends at the mansion.

  • Please stay on trails to protect the life that borders the paths.
  • Bicycles and motor vehicles are prohibitted on any trails or roads, except the paved entrance road to the center.
  • Enjoy plants and animals in their natural setting. Picking, digging and collecting plants and animals are not permited. All wildlife should be left undisturbed.

Dog Walking: Pets are permitted on hiking trails. All pets must be controlled and attended at all times and on a leash or otherwise safely restrained. Be considerate when walking your dog and carry a container to clean up after your pet. Also, please be considerate of the many organized school groups that frequent the park.


Winter Activities


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Cross-country Skiing: With adequate snow cover the trails of the center can be showshoed and cross-country skied.


Access for People with Disabilities


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.