Beautiful parks and recreation areas start with you. Everyone wants to live, work and play in a clean and beautiful community and it’s up to all of us to make that possible.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania program provides the tools and resources to help get you started. Join thousands of fellow Pennsylvanians from March 1 through May 31 and participate in litter and illegal dump cleanups; tree and flower plantings, recycling collections, public education programs, and more.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and PennDOT to provide free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests to registered participants, as supplies last. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association sponsors trash disposal, at a free or reduced cost, from April 1 through April 30. During this time, registered participants are eligible to take their trash to participating landfills with prior approval.
Your help is needed more than ever. The results of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pennsylvania Litter Research Study identified an estimated 500 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania roadways. This unsightly litter is estimated to be comprised of over 37% cigarette butts and over 30% plastic items. Among other things, this litter pollutes our environment and affects our quality of life. Register here
NATURE NUGGET: You must visit Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Kleinfeltersville which is at the Lancaster/Lebanon county lines. Middle Creek has tens of thousands of migrating snow geese and tundra swans with some nice ducks to enjoy too. Go to YouTube and type in Middle Creek. The area is managed by the PA Game Commission and hosts one of two visitor centers that the agency has in PA. Check this place out right now! Peak time should be now or very soon.
“Porcupine Pat” McKinney is environmental education coordinator for the Schuylkill Conservation District and provides programming for people of all ages with an emphasis on schools, public programming and nature center development. “Porcupine Pat” hails from Marion, Ohio and has a BS with Distinction in Natural Resources – Environmental Interpretation from Ohio State. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Education from the PA Forestry Association, the Schuylkill Pride Award, and the PAEE “Outstanding Environmental Educator Award.”