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News for Immediate Release

December 5, 2011

DCNR Offers Holiday Gift Ideas that Help Conservation

Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has several holiday gift-giving ideas that are perfect for those who want to conserve and protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

A state park gift card can be purchased in any dollar amount and may be used for campsites, cabins and pavilions anywhere they are available in the award-winning state park system. Parks are a great, economical destination and offer the opportunity to watch wildlife and connect with nature. To order a gift card, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us, choose “Find a Park,” then “Reservations,” then “Gift Cards.”

A gift card may be used for a stay at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle in Centre County, online at http://natureinnatbaldeagle.com. With its green features; huge stone fireplace; large windows for watching the outside world; and connection to miles of trails at Bald Eagle State Park, the Nature Inn is a great year-round getaway.

Holiday gift-givers also can support Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks by purchasing a calendar featuring stunning photography that captures the wonders of state parks throughout the seasons, and provides tips and facts that make it easy to discover what many locations have to offer. The 10” x 13” calendar costs $8.49, plus sales tax and shipping, and can be ordered by calling 1-888-PAPARKS. You can see the calendar online before purchasing it at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/thingstoknow/calendar/index.htm.

Also, consider giving a gift that supports the non-profit Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. PPFF helps enhance parks and forests, and supports conservation and environmental programs. Visit www.paparksandforests.org or contact PPFF at mmowery-ppff@pa.net for more information. PPFF also offers a Living Gifts program.

Supporting the Wild Resource Conservation Program is another gift option. Since 1982, the program has studied and worked to conserve Pennsylvania’s rare species and habitats. Learn more online at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/conservationscience/wrcp/index.htm.

Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101

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