|Today's Lunch & Learn features Michele Burton on the subject of forest therapy. Find out what that is at noon! Thanks to our board for their appearance on Tuesday's show this week. Meet them and tune in at our Facebook page or YouTube channel. (Just as a reminder, our Facebook page is public so you do not need to be a Facebook user to visit it any time you wish. Facebook will nag you to join but you can just ignore it.)
Beginning tomorrow and continuing through next Saturday is Parks & Forests Week celebrating the 127th anniversary of our state park and state forest systems. We have a bunch of special virtual events and projects to share with you next week, including the Seven Wonders of Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests on our social media.
Our first volunteer event of the year is shaping up for between Parks & Forests Week and National Trails Day (June 6) in Bald Eagle State Forest. Tentative date is Wednesday, June 3 with a rain date of Thursday. Keep an eye on our calendar of events for the details as they are confirmed.
The week will include a philanthropy campaign in support of the Foundation as well. Cognizant of the financial challenges that are a part of the pandemic, we have been reluctant to broach the subject of fundraising. Still, the need for dollars has not gone away and so we will ask for your support through a few emails and our social media outlets. Please know that we are grateful for whatever you can contribute. Thanks to the generosity of some of our dedicated board members a pool of matching money has been made available to double the dollars from devoted donors. If you can be among them, give a click to the Parks & Forests Week support page.
The Friends of Kings Gap's annual native plant sale was almost a COVID-19 casualty but flexibility is the name of the game these days and the Friends came up with a solution. Real plants, virtual sale!
Visit the Friends website for the hows and wherefores.
Speaking of plants, now that the snow has finally stopped falling, you might be thinking about getting the garden ready (or thinking ahead for a second planting).
A photo series from Moraine State Park on creating transplantable soil blocks of starters is definitely something for the green thumb toolkit.
Hearty thanks go to all those who made calls or sent emails to PA House members this week in opposition to HB 2004. It is silent right now under the green dome on Third Street in Harrisburg as the bill was pulled from committee consideration in the face of your efforts. While we would wish that this means the bill's sponsors have reconsidered this ill-advised measure, we are by no means confident that this is the case. Be prepared, please, to keep the pressure applied in the week ahead.