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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Statewide Facilities COVID-19 Closure

Update 3/26/20:  State park facilities will remain closed statewide to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Pennsylvania State Park facilities are now closed until April 30 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, all buildings in the parks, including park offices, restrooms, campgrounds, cabins, marinas, shoreline mooring, boat racks, all reservable facilities, and all forms of accommodations are closed.  All events and public educational programs are canceled.  The public will still be able to access trails, lakes, rivers, non-marina docks, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking. Anyone with reservations in this time period will be contacted, and full refunds will be made. 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.

The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups, and practice social distancing. 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. Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads, use the bathroom before you visit, bring a bag and carry out your trash, clean up after pets, and avoid activities that put you at greater risk of injury, as there is limited staff to assist.

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