State parks to host volunteers, in-person programs beginning in April

    Cindy Adams Dunn (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller).

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will begin welcoming visitors for in-person events and volunteer opportunities starting in April.

    Beginning on April 4, the same day that Wolf said restaurants can host 75 percent capacity and resume bar service, DCNR will welcome visitors back to its visitors centers, offices and other events and program facilities at 75 percent capacity. 

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    Masks are required to attend in-person events at the parks and social distancing will be observed. In-person programs and volunteer efforts will be limited to a maximum of 40 participants.

    Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks have seen an increase in visitors during the pandemic. 

    State park attendance has increased from 37 million in 2019 to more than 46.9 million in 2020, a 26.6 percent increase, according to DCNR data released earlier this year. 

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    DCNR Secretary Cindy Ann Dunn said the state agency will follow state guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 risk while allowing visitors to enjoy programming at state parks. 

    “This and other operational changes follow Department of Health guidelines while broadening the enjoyment of state park and forests visitors,” Dunn said. “Since the pandemic’s outset we kept our lands open to all so that people can safely enjoy outdoor recreation to maintain positive physical and mental health.”

    Cassie Miller
    A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.