Jennings Environmental Education Center
Jennings Environmental Education Center is one of several state parks specifically dedicated to providing environmental education and interpretation to the community. A variety of programs that increase knowledge and awareness of the beauty and importance of our natural resources are available for children, teachers and the general public. By taking some time to explore Jennings through its trail network or community programs, visitors can enjoy the outdoors while learning the skills needed to be good stewards of Pennsylvania’s outstanding natural resources.
Jennings provides a unique combination of prairie and forest, which offers a wide array of resource and education opportunities. One of the park’s main features, the 20-acre prairie ecosystem, is home to distinctive prairie plants and the endangered massasauga rattlesnake. The most noteworthy and spectacular prairie flower is the blazing star. Jennings was the first reserve established in Pennsylvania to protect an individual plant species and remains the only public and protected prairie in the Commonwealth.
Seasons and Hours: The center is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The center office is open specific hours. Contact the center office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Two picnic areas provide tables and restrooms. The Woodland Picnic Area is behind the center office at the beginning of the Woodland Trails System. The Prairie Picnic Pavilion Area overlooks the relict prairie. Its pavilion seats 50 people and may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved, the picnic pavilion is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hiking: 5 miles of trails
Black Cherry Trail: 0.5 mile, easiest hiking
Deer Trail: 0.35 mile, easiest hiking
Glacier Ridge Trail: 0.31 mile, easiest hiking
Hepatica Trail: 0.26 mile, easiest hiking
Massasauga Trail: 0.47 mile, easiest hiking
Oakwoods Trail: 1.20 miles, easiest hiking
Old Elm Trail: 0.25 mile, easiest hiking
Old Field Trail: 0.18 mile, easiest hiking
Old Mill Trail: 0.14 mile, easiest hiking
Ridge Trail: 0.68 mile, more difficult hiking
Wetlands Kiosk Trail: 0.04 mile, easiest hiking
Woodwhisper Trail: 0.16 mile, easiest hiking
North Country National Scenic Trail This national scenic trail passes through Jennings and utilizes a number of the woodland trails, including Glacier Ridge, Ridge and Black Cherry. This blue-blazed trail system links North Dakota to New York, traveling through seven states for a distance of over 3,200 miles. More information on the North Country National Scenic Trail is available at the center office. www.nps.gov/noco.
The eastern prairie is a rare ecosystem that is home to the endangered massasauga rattlesnake. Although this small and reclusive snake is very timid, it is venomous and visitors should be careful when walking through its home. Staying on the mowed paths and keeping alert can reduce the chances of an unexpected encounter
Blazing Star Trail: 0.22 mile, easiest hiking
Prairie Loop Trail: 0.28 mile, easiest hiking
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: All trails north of PA 528 (prairie side) are recommended for cross-country skiing.
Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is popular at Jennings. Snowshoes are available to borrow Monday through Saturday when there is adequate snow cover.
Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.