Polar vortex got you down? Well, there is an upside—all that freezing air means frozen lakes for skating and ice fishing, not to mention sledding, snowshoeing and more. PPFF’s Friends Groups are out there supporting these wintry pursuits with a variety of festivals across the state. So why not bundle up, pack up the sleds and a thermos of hot cocoa and enjoy what our public lands have to offer in the depths of winter?
Winterfest Ohiopyle State Park Saturday, Feb 1, 11:00am–4:00pm
This one-day event features lots of food, free family friendly events, interpretative programing, sleigh rides (For a fee) and good times! Sledding is usually the main event (Bring your own sled), as are the sleigh rides, but in the event of no snow, we’ll still be there enjoying the park with other activities! Click here for details.
Winterfest Nescopeck State Park Saturday, Feb 1, 11:00am–3:00pm
Free annual event includes ice safety and ice fishing demonstrations with the PFBC, children’s games and crafts, cross-country ski and snowshoe loans, and more. Click here for details.
Mountain Pie Madness Canoe Creek State Park Sat., Feb. 8, 2:00–3:30pm
Are you mad? Or just hungry? The Friends of Canoe Creek invite you to come out and try the classic mountain pie. Do a little hike, then try your hand at pie construction. It’s sure to be a great time! The Friends of Canoe Creek website or their Facebook page will tie you into the details.
Winterfest Lackawanna State Park Saturday, Feb. 22, 11:00am–4:00pm
It’s time for some family winter fun at Lackawanna State Park. New this year, an Ice Fishing Tournament sponsored by Nicholson Masonic Lodge No. 438. Also dog sled demos, snow shoeing, ice rescue demo, ice fishing demos, warming fires, kids winter crafts, hot food and beverages. Or make your own fun sledding or ice skating. Click here for details.
Sugar on Snow Mt. Pisgah State Park March 8, 10:00am–4:00pm
Learn how to tap a maple tree, cook the sap for syrup and taste the “sugar” over snow cones. Help crank homemade ice cream, make homemade donuts, cook hot dogs and s’mores over an open fire and make an old-fashioned rag doll. Sponsored by the Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park. Click here for details.