It feels like just a week or two ago that Summer was beginning, but Autumn has begun to arrive at Raymond B. Winter State Park! Already, the days grow shorter and the nights cooler. Make sure to keep an eye out for DCNR's Fall Foilage Reports, which are published weekly on DCNR's website beginning on the last week of September.
With the return of Autumn to Central Pennsylvania, the Friends of R. B. Winter State Park will be participating in a number of events as well as holding our Annual Autumn Clean Up of Route 192 on Saturday, October 21st! For full details, read more below or check out the events page on our Facebook page.
Walk With A Doc!
Saturday, September 16th
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Walking and spending time in nature are both low-impact ways to help promote good health. R. B. Winter State Park’s Rapid Run Nature Trail offers an excellent opportunity to do both!
The Friends of R. B. Winter invite you to join Dr. Becky Tanner on a mile-long hike around the Rapid Run Natural Area. The trail has some uneven surfaces caused by rocks and tree roots, but it is primarily flat and rated as an easy hiking trail. We will meet in the back parking lot off Sand Mountain Road.
The Rapid Run Nature Trail is an easy 1-hour, 1-mile trail surfaced with grass and wood chips. Bathrooms are available at the trailhead. The trail is not ADA-accessible.
Friends of R. B. Winter Lewisburg Fall Festival Display
Saturday, October 7th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join the Friends of R. B. Winter at the annual Fall Festival in downtown Lewisburg!
Stop by our table to learn more about the Friends and to check out some of Pennsylvania's native reptiles and amphibians! The Festival will also feature the Woolly Worm Winter Weather Prognostication, many food and craft vendors, Ryan the Bugman, Airweaver balloons, face painting, and more!
For more information, check out the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership's website.
Friends of R. B. Winter October Board Meeting
Thursday, October 12th
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Join the Friends of R. B. Winter State Park at our next board meeting on Thursday, October 12th, 2023
The meeting will be at 6:00 pm at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). As always, our board meetings are open to the public - whether you have loved R. B. Winter State Park for years or have just discovered this special place, we welcome you to join us.
Friends of R. B. Winter Display at Reeds Gap State Park's Fall Festival
Saturday, October 14th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join the Friends of R. B. Winter at the Annual Fall Festival at Reeds Gap State Park!
We'll have several of Pennsylvania's native reptiles and amphibians on display for you to check out. Activities include pumpkin painting, candle dipping, primitive fire starting, and more. Join The Falconry Girl for a live Falcon display, the Mifflin County Conservation District for a stream study, fly casting with the Penns Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a woodturning demonstration by the Nittany Valley Woodturners, hayrides, music by the Brush Mountain Band, concessions, and more!
For more information, check out Reeds Gap State Park's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/ReedsGapStatePark!
Friends of R. B. Winter Annual Autumn Clean Up of Route 192
Saturday, October 21st
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join the Friends of R. B. Winter State Park's annual Autumn Clean Up of Route 192! This year's Autumn Clean Up will be on Saturday, October 21st, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. After the clean up, the Friends will provide lunch to the volunteers, so we ask that you register before Wednesday, October 18th at www.friendsofrbwinter.org/cleanup.
The Friends will be providing gloves, trash bags, and safety vests. Make sure to bring a water bottle and weather-appropriate clothing. As we'll be working in grassy areas along the road's edges, insect repellent and checking for ticks afterward is highly recommended!
We'll meet at the Environmental Learning Center at 9:00 am and then split into groups for the clean up.
Friends of R. B. Winter Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 18th
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
The Friends of R. B. Winter State Park will hold our Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 18th. As with all of our board meetings, this meeting is open to all members of the public. Please join us as we look back at the Friend's activities over 2023 and make our plans for 2024!
The meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC).
Friends of R. B. Winter December Board Meeting and Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, December 16th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join the Friends of R. B. Winter State Park at our December Board Meeting on Saturday, December 16th, 2023.
The meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Afterward, we will hold a volunteer work day for those wishing to help as we begin preparing for SnowFest 2024. As always, the Board Meeting is open to the public - whether you have loved R. B. Winter State Park for years or have just discovered this special place, we welcome you to join us.
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SnowFest returns on February 25th, 2024!
Check our Facebook page and website soon for more information about the trail race, silent auction, environmental education displays, children's activities, and more!
Autumn Camping at Raymond B. Winter State Park
With its crisp autumn air, changing leaves, and milder weather, Autumn is the perfect time to go camping and enjoy the great outdoors! If you still need to make your Autumn camping reservations, do so soon! Campsites are still available throughout the Autumn season but are going fast!
Hunters, remember that the campground is open to the end of the regular firearms deer season on December 9th. The Friends will continue to offer firewood for sale in the campground through the end of the camping season.
Friends of R. B. Winter State Park Merchandise Available Now!
The Friends are happy to offer multiple items for sale in the park office, including children and adult-sized hoodies, RV-sized cutting boards, tumblers, various Purple Lizard maps, Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Passport books, children's toys, pocket knives, vehicle decals, stickers, magnets, jewelry, hats, Mid-State Trail guide books and maps, and much more!
Proceeds from the sale of these items stay directly in the R. B. Winter State Park complex and help the Friends further our mission to conserve, support, and protect the park's resources by promoting education, responsible recreation, and stewardship for present and future generations.
The Park Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on select times during the weekend —payment for items sold by the Friends of R. B. Winter State Park must be made via cash or check only.