Cook Forest State Park offers a variety of environmental education programs for pre-school through grade 12. Most programs follow the sequence and continuum outlined in the “Activities for Environmental Learning,” a supplemental curriculum developed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.
Programs develop environmental awareness, environmental knowledge and environmental valuing and problem-solving skills at the appropriate grade level. Program length is one to one and a half hours. All programs are free and available April through November.
Curious minds will find lots of other educational experiences in Cook Forest. For example, near the Sawmill you’ll find a one-mile, self-guiding trail which provides information about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Cook Forest.
During the summer season you can take advantage of “environmental interpretive programs,” presented every Friday and Saturday night (subject to change).
Trail walks are also held during the summer season. A weekly interpretive schedule is available at the park office.
The Park also has a Visitor Center in the former Log Cabin Inn in the main picnic area. Featured at the center are specimens of the various types of trees found in the park, including trees marked with ages which were determined by counting the growth rings.
To schedule a program or obtain more information, contact Dale Luthringer, Environmental Interpretive Technician at Cook Forest State, 814-744-8407. Recommended group size is 15-20 students.