Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Nolde Forest encompasses more than 665 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. A network of trails makes the center’s streams, ponds and diverse habitats accessible to both students and visitors. Teaching stations offer places for students to work and benches for those who wish to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds associated with the natural world. ADA accessible trails are located by the mansion and sawmill.
The Nolde mansion houses offices for the center staff. A garden featuring native wildflowers is adjacent to the mansion. The C.H. McConnell Environmental Education Hall near the mansion is the indoor site for year-round programming.
Seasons and Hours: The office and mansion parking lot are open 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The rest of the park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Contact the center office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Two small picnic areas are located by the sawmill and mansion parking areas.
Fishing: Angelica Creek supports a native trout population.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hiking: 10 miles of trails
Listed below are the main trails. Numerous connectors join all of the trails into many loops.
Boulevard Trail: 2.3 miles
Kissinger Road: 0.8 mile
Kohout Trail: 0.3 mile
Middle Road: 0.6 mile
Watershed Trail: 1.1 miles
Dog Walking: Pets are permitted on hiking trails. All pets must be controlled and attended at all times and on a leash or otherwise safely restrained. Be considerate when walking your dog and carry a container to clean up after your pet. Also, please be considerate of the many organized school groups that frequent the park.
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow depths.
Cross-country Skiing: With adequate snow cover the trails of the center can be showshoed and cross-country skied.
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.