Happy New Year!
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Dear {{Constituent First Name}}:

Happy New Year!

I heard from Director Hallas as well as from the notes that you shared that First Day Hikes were very successful! The tally is in and there were 55 hikes in 36 state parks with 2,317 hikers who hiked 3,972 miles! What a great way to kick off the new year! Thank you to all who hosted or assisted a First Day Hike.

Chapter leader conflicts of interest and chapter annual reports and inventories have started to roll in to the PPFF office via snail and electronic mail. Thank you!

Please try to have the documents to PPFF by January 31st. Not only do they provide a tool for reporting back to the PPFF board and DCNR, the updated chapter leader information ensures that everyone is covered under the directors and officers insurance.

The information that you pull together for the report is also great information to share on your website—your members and donors love to know that they are supporting a group that gets things done! Let them know how many volunteer hours you had, what you accomplished, and how much you would love to see them join you!

Thank you for all that you do!

Yours in the Outdoors,



Marci J. Mowery, President


A series of welcome to the family/training sessions have been scheduled on Zoom for the beginning of the year. Please mark your calendar(s) to join us on the appropriate date. Learn (or get a refresher on) policies and processes and meet the team!

    • All meetings will take place at 6:00 PM.
    • The link to access is


    • If asked, the Meeting ID is 907 281 5266 and the Passcode is Fjm6R0. 
    • To dial in by phone, the Meeting ID is the same but the Passcode is 796937
    • Dial-in numbers: +1 305 224 1968 US or +1 646 931 3860 US or +1 301 715 8592 US or +1 309 205 3325 US

1/25 - Chairs and Vice Chairs

2/22 - Treasurers

3/8 - Secretaries

3/22 - Communications/Social Media


Pam reminds everyone that over the course of the next few weeks she'll be working to update all of your online reports to change the criteria for donations to be pulled from 2022 to 2023. It usually takes a little while for this to happen so do not panic if your 2023 figures don't appear immediately! She'll have them all done by the end of the month.

FYI, a few chapters like the criteria to pull for a longer/different period than just calendar year. If that is your preference as well, please let her know and she can adjust that as she goes. 

Take some time over the next few weeks to make sure you pull your reports so that you have complete year-end online donations downloaded!


As you plan for 2023, I wanted to remind you of a few important dates or events that relate to the outdoors or history.

February: Black History Month. You can find information related to Pennsylvania’s role in the Underground Railroad in our Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 newsletters.

March: Women’s History Month. Learn more about women in conservation at PaConservationHeritage.org.

March 21: Pennsylvania Bird Day.

April: Earth Month, with Earth Day and Rothrock Week. Earth Day is April 22, Rothrock Week is April 23-30. This is a great week to celebrate our state forest system!

May 14-21: I Love My State Park Week. This national endeavor is a week to encourage volunteerism and share information about state parks everywhere!

May 23-30: Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Week. Declared in a Governor Proclamation in 2018, this week celebrates the acquisition of the first state park and the passing of the legislation that created the forest commission which later became the Bureau of Forestry.

June: National Rivers Month

June 3: National Trails Day

June 10: National Get Outdoors Day

June 19: Juneteenth

June 24: the Great American Campout

June 29: International Mud Day

July: Lakes Appreciation Month

July 15-23: Latino Conservation Week

July 21st: Park and Recreation Professionals Day

July 31: International Rangers Day

August 5: Campfire Day

August 13: Perseids Meteor Shower

September: DCNR Trails Month

September 23: National Public Lands Day which kicks off Healthy Lands Week, another great time to engage volunteers, promote stewardship, and educate visitors

October 1: Walk in Penn’s Woods and the end of Healthy Lands Week.

November 24: #OptOutside

December 11: International Mountain Day

Social media coordinators will hear from Public Engagement Coordinator Brian Swift each month with these and other idea for communicating healthy messages. Email him if you are not on the regular distribution list to receive these reminders. 


New to a Friends Board? As shown below (in a Resource Reminder that appears at the bottom of each of these monthly messages), there are many resources available to friends groups on the Friends Resources Page of our website. 

And don't forget to tune into one of the ZOOM calls as above if you are filling an officer position!

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