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Abundant Opportunities to Get Outdoors and Experience Fall in Pennsylvania

Cooler temperatures and stunning landscapes full of fall colors make Pennsylvania the perfect place to get outdoors during the autumn season.

Many of you are avid hikers, bikers, paddlers, hunters, and fisherman who already have your favorite fall activities and spots to visit, but what if you are unsure about an activity, or always wanted to try a new recreation activity and didn’t know how to get started?

Or maybe you prefer group activities and learning as opposed to the solitude that some people seek outdoors?

Organized outdoor recreation is a great way to get motivated to learn something new, and there is a place where you can find a variety of these activities across the state—the Get Outdoors PA website.

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Get Outdoors PA is a way for you and your whole family to learn or advance new recreation activities through active, outside, and fun programs close to home.

Never shot a bow and arrow before but would like to give it a try? Or how about trying your hand at fly fishing? Maybe you would like to learn how to identify birds and other wildlife or trees in the state?

The events on the Get Outdoors PA website are designed to provide you with the education and skills to begin your next outdoor adventure.

It’s no surprise that there are many events on the website that provide an opportunity to take in the magnificence of fall in Pennsylvania.

Like to Learn about Nature?

You can find autumn walks and hikes that help you identify trees, wildflowers, birds, and bees.

Like to take in Scenery?

There are lots of organized hikes, paddles, and bike rides to take in the fall foliage.

Looking for Halloween Activities?

You can find a variety of Halloween-themed hikes, paddles, and festivities that happen during the day and night!

Like the Arts?

You also can find photography, drawing, poetry and crafting events to help you capture stunning images of nature and help unwind from daily stress.

Looking for Something to Do with Your Kids?

There are events posted that tailor to small children that include crafts and outdoor activities, as well as introduction to recreation activities just for teens.

Like to Spend Time with Your Dog?

You can find dog-friendly hikes and seasonal events that include your four-legged best friend.

Like to Give Back?

There are also events posted where you can give back by volunteering to plant trees, picking up trash, or help with trail maintenance.

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There is just about something for everyone on the Get Outdoors PA website in addition to the abundant opportunities for you to get outdoors and take in the beauty of the fall season in Pennsylvania.

Check it out! You can search for activities by activity type, area of the state, and by date. Just be sure to check back often because new activities are always being added.

Get Outdoors PA is a partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Health, PA Parks and Forests Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators to join with outfitters and providers to offer high-quality, outdoor recreation programs in communities, in addition to the programming in state parks and forests.