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Statewide Facilities COVID-19 Closure

Pennsylvania State Parks Facilities will be closed for 14 days effective Tuesday, March 17 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, all buildings at the parks, including park offices and restrooms, will be closed, and all events and public educational programs will be canceled. The public will still be able to access trails, lakes, rivers, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking. All overnight and day use rental facilities will be closed. While these park facilities are closed, state park rangers and park managers will continue to work to ensure security and that public safety is protected.

Warning: The spotted lanternfly has invaded our area. This invasive insect could cause serious harm to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Help us stop the spread of these unwelcome hitchhikers. Inspect your vehicle, camper, tent, gear, etc. before you leave the park and destroy any lanternflies you find. For more information, visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website.

 

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

Nolde Forest encompasses more than 725 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. A network of trails makes the center’s streams, ponds, and diverse habitats accessible to both students and visitors.

Teaching stations offer places for students to work and benches for those who wish to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world.

ADA accessible trails are located at the Nolde Mansion and historic sawmill.

The Nolde Mansion houses the park office including offices for the center staff. A garden featuring native wildflowers and a fountain is adjacent to the mansion. Rhododendron planted by the Nolde Family offer year-round greenery. 

The C.H. McConnell Environmental Education Hall adjacent to the mansion is the indoor classroom for educational programming.

Commercial Photography: Any for-profit photography sessions held within the park require a license. Licenses, along with prior approval, eliminate conflicts with other, prescheduled park activities and support your PA State Parks.

Contact the Park Office a minimum of two weeks prior to any proposed photography session to process the required license.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset.

The office and mansion parking lot are open 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

A Pennsylvania map that shows the location of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center 

Directions

Nolde Forest is in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on PA 625, two miles south of PA 724 or three miles north of PA 568. The park office is located on Park Office Lane.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.2756  Long. -75.9495

A circular map that shows the roads surrounding Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center 

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.

Learn, Experience, Connect

Nolde Forest is committed to providing a diverse array of environmental education and recreation programs. Programming is offered year round to schools, civic groups, and the community. A schedule of community programs is available at the center.

Educational programs are age-specific and generate learning through discovery and a hands-on approach. School programs can be arranged by calling the park office.

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 park employee.

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

Nearest Hospital

Reading Hospital
6th Avenue and Spruce Street
West Reading, PA 19611
866-988-4377

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