Today the Discovery Center was open as part of the Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau Spring History event. The flags were at half staff to honor the former first lady Barbara Bush.
Today we welcomed a visit from the Bendersville Fire Company Juniors to the Discovery Center. Here they are in the fire-fighting equipment room.
These dedicated volunteers are very active in training and working as volunteer firefighters Thank you for the visit and we hope you had a good time!
Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association and the
Pennsylvania Forestry Association held the 16th Annual Golf
Outing Friday, June 23, 2017. The rain-shortened event was
held at the Rich Valley Golf Course in Mechanicsburg, PA.
48 golfers in 12 foursomes participated in the event. A midafternoon
storm shortened play but all agreed it was a great
The First Foursome was Rick Klimkos, Shannon Terry, Matt
Kring and Tag Kring.
The second foursome was Shane Hoover,
Brent Will, Andy Masson and Mitch Morrill.
In third place was
the foursome of Dave Klinger, Steve Kline, Terry Felty and John
The Pot of Gold was won by Ken Brenner. Closest to the pin on
#5 was Rick Klimkos. The longest drive on #7 was Dave Klinger.
Despite the rain, the intrepid golfers tried their best to play out
but the torrential rains just would not allow play to continue.
Following the golf, dinner was served at the clubhouse where
the prizes were awarded.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors.
While volunteering at the Discovery Center this past weekend I noticed that the firefighter photo popup was really popular with the young visitors. It really attracted attention of almost all the children!
And who wouldn’t want to see what they look like as a wildfire fighter!
The Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association opens the Forest Heritage Discovery Center at Caledonia State Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. We are open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and holidays. Here are the signup schedules:
Remember that more than one person can sign up for a date. If you have any questions contact me at email@example.com
We will be celebrating the birthday of Smokey Bear on Sunday, August 7 at the Forest Heritage Center from noon to 5pm. There will be games and refreshments. And rumor has it that the guest of honor himself will be there!
In the collection of the PFHA are many of the annual reports submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry in its first few decades. These are hardbound books of varying thicknesses.
In the 1916-17 report there is a section on THE GREAT WAR. I thought it was appropriate to highlight as we are now in the centennial of the First World War. Here is the opening paragraph:
The entrance of the Government of the United States into the German War on April 6, 1917, was the signal for many of the foresters, former foresters, students, and employes (sic) to think of immediate entry into the service and were accepted as rapidly as they offered themselves. The majority entered by voluntary enlistment. Their names, ranks, and units of service are indicated in the following table:
There followed a list of 41 men, including Edwin A. Ziegler, who was the Director of the Forest Academy at Mont Alto. The names of six Mont Alto students who had enlisted in the Army were listed subsequently.
It seems that foresters have long been a patriotic group!
Our newsletter editor, Mike Klimkos, wrote this fascinating article about the recent serious wildfire in Monroe County. It’s well worth the time! http://www.mjklimkos.com/?p=276
This year’s Golf Tournament will be at Rich Valley Golf Course on Friday, June 24th rain or shine. Click here for the tournament flyer and all the information you need to play or sponsor.
We changed the name of the Pennsylvania Forest Fire Museum Association to better define our mission which is to tell the story of Forestry in Pennsylvania. Our new name is the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association.
Our Forest Heritage Discovery Center is located in Caledonia State Park. The Center is open every Saturday, Sunday, and major holiday; Memorial Day through Labor Day. Throughout the year, we take tour requests from school groups and special interest organizations. Last year we had over 1500 visitors. The revenue we receive from the golf outing goes to the Discovery Center to further educate the public. Last year we held a birthday party for Smokey Bear where children and adults alike learned about wildfire prevention and wildfire suppression in PA. This year the golf outing revenue will go towards construction of new displays for the Center.