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Dear {{Constituent First Name}}:

We hope that this new month doesn't find you trapped in a Groundhog Day (movie) type scenario but that plans for the new year are proceeding successfully.

Annual reports continue to roll in and your successes in 2022 are quite amazing. Of course, the deadline to send in the paperwork is now upon us so if you haven't hit the 'send' button yet, please plan to do so soon. Thank you for getting this accomplished as quickly as possible.

Yours in the Outdoors,



Marci J. Mowery, President


Thank you to those who joined us for the chapter chair/vice chair training. If you missed it. let us know. We didn't record the initial session as we know that new chairs and vice chairs generally have lots of questions.

More in the series of welcome to the family/training sessions have been scheduled on Zoom. 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! We often receive questions on topics discussed during these calls - avoid costly mistakes and delays by learning early the processeses by which PPFF and friends operate.

    • 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

Next up?

2/22 - Treasurers

3/8 - Secretaries

3/22 - Communications/Social Media


An invitation has been received from State Parks Region 4 Education Program Coordinator Ian Kindle:

Ian is leading a CIH [Certified Interpretive Host] training at Jacobsburg in March and you are invited.  It is March 1-2 (possible bad weather date March 3) from 8-4:30.  All signups are through the link provided.  It is one day of customer service training and one day of basic interpretive messaging.  Lauren Forster and Ian will be instructing. 

This training will give volunteers/docents/front-line staff the opportunity to learn the basics about interpretation, best-practices for interacting with visitors, and other customer service techniques. If you are interested and available I encourage you to sign up here: 

https://www.interpnet.com/NAI/nai/_certification/registration/cihregistration.aspx?EventKey=HI030123 You'll need to sign up for an account with NAI to register, directions here. Please choose "Basic Registration." There is a $10 fee for the 2 day workshop.  If you would like to become a Certified Interpretive Host with NAI you will need to add on the $165 certification fee. Certification is a great option for those who are looking to advance their career as an interpreter. 

The $10 fee is an acceptable chapter expenditure (the $165 fee is not).

Sounds like a great opportunity!


Trust for Public Land is working with DCNR to promote a key facet of Penn's Parks for All, access to a park within a ten minute walk of all Pennsylvanians. 

Throughout this upcoming year, TPL will be sharing 4 webinars that explore the idea of increasing 10-minute walk access to parks in PA municipalities and towns, elevate funding sources, and share DCNR grant opportunities. As most of our Friends are indeed located in the rural communities being targeted, consider joining in the discussion through the first webinar, scheduled for February 14th. More information can be found in the attached announcement.


Pam notes that all criteria for the online donation reports have now been updated for 2023. If you did not have time to pull your 2022 donations, get in touch with her and she can send you an exported spreadsheet. 

The criteria is set to pull 2023 and 2024 so the need to update criteria next year will be much more relaxed!

And if you have no idea what Pam is talking about, see the trainings above.


For this year's I Love My State Parks Week (May 14 through 21), Intern Megan will be compiling a list of recommended places to visit at the parks and forests that you know best. Help people both enjoy your special place AND get to know you better!

For those who complete the linked survey, Megan will make a shareable fact sheet of your recommendation. 

Take the survey: https://ppff.online/friends-survey-2023-love-sp-week 

Thank you!


February is a great time to talk about the benefits of volunteering for your health! Check out the infographic (Share) on our web page and using it to help recruit volunteers. Remember the best way to recruit a volunteer is to ask someone, outlining the expectations for what the role entails.

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