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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 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 environs, which offer a wide array of resource and educational 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

Jennings Environmental Education Center is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

The office is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, and some weekends. Contact the center office for facility seasons and hours, particularly for weekend schedules.

 

Directions

The center is 12 miles north of Butler, on PA 528.

GPS DD: Lat. 41.00925  Long. -80.00359

 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Educational Programs

The center provides a wide variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups, and individuals. Programming is offered year round. 

Educational programs are age-specific, inquiry-based, and generate learning through discovery and a hands-on approach.

A schedule of community programs is available at the center. School programs can be arranged by calling the center at 724-794-6011.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a center employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the center office.

Nearest Hospital

Butler Memorial Hospital
1 Hospital Way
Butler, PA 16001
724-238-6666

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Jennings Environmental Education Center