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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 Pennsylvania 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.

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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 Decimal Degrees: Lat. 40.2756 Long. -75.9495

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

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.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

A two-plug, electric vehicle charging station is available for public use in the Sawmill 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 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

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