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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Tom Ridge Environmental Center Phased Re-opening

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center will begin the initial phase of re-opening, Wednesdays through Sundays, beginning on July 8 from 11 AM until 3 PM.

Please be advised that visitors will have access to the first floor only.

There will be a 25-person visitor capacity. As in all PA State Parks' indoor facilities, masks are required upon entering the building, and social distancing must be adhered to.

Please be advised that Presque Isle Gallery and Gifts, the Sunset Café, and the Big Green Screen Theatre will remain closed until further notice.

For further information, please contact the park office at 814-833-7424. The park office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

Statewide Facilities COVID-19
Update 6/26/2020:

     All state park beaches are open. Beaches and associated parking areas will be limited to 75 percent of normal capacity in green counties. Possession of a mask is required and recommended to wear when not in the water. We ask visitors to follow social distancing mitigation measures.

     Reservable boating facilities, restroom facilities, pavilion rentals, park offices, visitor center exhibit halls in day use areas, family campsites, organized group tenting, amphitheater, cabins, unique houses, lodges, cottages, and yurts are OPEN. Masks are required to be worn in park offices and any other indoor public space. Please check the status at:

     Events of 25 or more people and public educational programs have resumed in green counties. Events of 25 or more people and public educational programs remain canceled in yellow counties and will not resume until the county is designated green. Please call the park office before you visit with questions.

     As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, group cabin camps will remain closed for 2020.

Social Distancing (6/26/2020)

All visitors are required to wear a mask when entering state park buildings.

     Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: wear a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose, cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow. If you are sick, stay home.

     The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups, and practice social distancing (stay six feet apart). If you are looking to be outdoors, stay as close to home as possible including your backyard, neighborhood, or local park or trail unless they are crowded or closed.

Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational center dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula.

TREC also serves as a center for research -- contributing to conservation efforts and promoting environmental awareness, helping to preserve the unparalleled beauty of Presque Isle, the site of Pennsylvania’s only seashore.

While some facilities along the Great Lakes offer environmental education and others do research, none offer research, education, and visitor services in one place, making TREC a unique destination for learning, wonder, and fun.

TREC is open year-round and offers free admission to its interactive exhibits, glass-enclosed tower, and orientation movie.

Learn about the history of Presque Isle and how you can contribute to keeping it pristine and beautiful.

Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts, inside TREC, is filled with unique gifts for everyone and every budget. All proceeds from Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts are used to enhance the park through activities coordinated by Presque Isle Partnership.

Things to Do at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center

  • Climb the 75’ tower
  • Explore interactive exhibits
  • Experience the Big Green Screen Theatre
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Sunset Café
  • Visit Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts to take home "Treasure" from the Isle