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Alerts

COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 3/17/2021:  Effective Sunday, April 4, 2021

  • Outdoor, in-person programs will resume with a limit of 40 participants per program.

  • Volunteer work days will resume with a limit of 40 participants per group.

  • Virtual and self-guided programs will continue to be offered.

  • Visitor center exhibit halls, interpretive areas, and theaters will open with a 75% capacity visitation allowance.

  • Check the calendar of events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov for scheduled programs.

  • Large, DCNR-sponsored events remain canceled until further notice.

Masks are required to be worn:

  • In park offices and visitor centers

  • In any other indoor public space

  • During outdoor educational programs

  • Masks are recommended throughout the park when you are unable to adequately social distance

If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.

Jennings Environmental Education Center

Jennings Environmental Education Center is one of several state parks specifically dedicated to providing environmental education and recreational programs 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.

Reservations

Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.

This map shows the park in Pennsylvania. 

Directions

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

GPS DD: Lat. 41.00925  Long. -80.00359

This circular map shows the roads near the park.

Learn, Experience, Connect

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.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

A two-plug, electric-vehicle charging station is available for public use in the main parking lot. Please move to another parking space once your vehicle has been charged.

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

​Explore Jennings EEC

Jennings Environmental Education Center