Step off on the Right Foot on a First Day Hike at a Pennsylvania State Park

first_img By: Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET Environment,  Holidays,  The Blog What are your New Year’s resolutions? Stay healthy, reduce stress, spend more time with family? We can help with all these things starting January 1 on a First Day Hike. Held in 28 Pennsylvania state parks, the guided hikes are free, and are part of a national effort to promote both healthy lifestyles and get people outdoors for year-round recreation at state parks.An invigorating walk or hike in a beautiful state park helps burn off holiday calories, cure cabin fever and spend time together with friends and family.State involvement has grown to the point where all 50 states sponsor First Day Hikes. Pennsylvanians are fortunate to have a state park within 25 miles, as well as 2.2 million acres of state forest land that they can explore. In addition to improving our quality of life and giving us places to play outdoors, state parks and the visitors they draw contribute close to a billion dollars in economic activity in nearby communities each year.The following Pennsylvania state parks are participating during daylight hours January 1, 2017:BeltzvilleCaledoniaCanoe CreekCodorusCowans GapDelaware CanalFrench CreekGreenwood FurnaceGifford PinchotJacobsburg Environmental Education CenterJennings Environmental Education CenterKeystoneKings Gap Environmental Education CenterLittle BuffaloLyman RunMoraineNescopeckNolde Forest Environmental Education CenterParker DamPine Grove FurnacePrince GallitzinPymatuningR.B. WinterShawneeSinnemahoningPresque Isle State Park in Erie will offer a New Year’s Eve or “Last Night” hike for those who wish to ring in the new year while hiking. This 3-mile easy hike begins at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, and will end around 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1. Also, Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County is offer an evening hike Dec. 31 that will focus on owls in the park.Most of the hikes are about one or two miles, but some can be longer depending on the park and its terrain. The treks are guided by state park staff or volunteers. For a complete list of hikes and times check the DCNR Calendar of Events.Last year in Pennsylvania, participants hiked more than 3,000 miles on the first day of the year.If you’d rather hit the trail on your own, somewhere closer to home, Pennsylvania has more than 5,800 local parks. This online map lets you search for one by county, name or location.The ‘welcome mat’ is out at our state and local parks and trails. I’ll be bundling up and heading to the First Day Hike at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County. Join me!Hikers are invited to share their experience on social media using #FirstDayHike and #GetOutdoorsPA. December 21, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Step off on the Right Foot on a First Day Hike at a Pennsylvania State Parklast_img read more

Syracuse earns weekend sweep of RPI

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse broke out of its slump with a pair of 4-0 wins against Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute over the weekend.The first was led by a pair of goals by Melissa Piacentini Friday night. Her first, at 8:59 in the second period was an insurance goal after Margot Scharfe put the Orange (8-5-1, 3-0-1 College Hockey America) on the board at the 11:01 mark in the first period. Piacentini’s second came just more than seven minutes into the third period off an assist from Cara Johnson.Holly Carrie-Mattimoe sealed the 4-0 win with a shorthanded empty-net goal at 13:24 in the third. The goal was her 35th for the Orange, breaking the all-time program record of 34 goals set by Isabel Menard and Stefanie Marty.SU outshot RPI 14-1 in the first period and 36-14 in the game.The Orange used a prolific third period to win by the same score on Saturday. The team led 1-0 after Sadie St. German scored halfway through the first, assisted by Nicole Renault and Caitlin Roach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRPI stayed with the Orange through the second and early third periods until Piacentini broke the game open with a power-play goal 3:13 into the final period. Scharfe notched the final two goals to finish the win.SU returns to the ice Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion at 7 p.m. for the first of two CHA contests with Robert Morris.—Compiled by Jacob Klinger, asst. copy editor, jmklinge@syr.edu Comments Published on November 25, 2012 at 4:43 pmlast_img read more