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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Tom Ridge Environmental Center COVID-19 Mitigation

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center is CLOSED, but the Presque Isle State Park office is open normal hours. 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 the Sunset Café and the Big Green Screen Theatre will remain closed until further notice. The Presque Isle Gallery and Gifts is currently open. Hours of operation are subject to seasonal change. For further information, visit

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, except state holidays.

Statewide Facilities COVID-19 Mitigation Update 11/23/20:

Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least January 15, 2021:

•All indoor programs and meetings are canceled
•All outdoor programs are now limited to 20 participants including staff and volunteer leaders
•Masks must be worn at all programs; services will be denied if masks are not worn by participants
•Visitor centers exhibit halls and interpretive areas will be closed

Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors

•The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth.
•If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
•Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.

We require guests to cancel if you are unable to honor the order.  The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.

Follow all CDC and Dept. of Health COVID-19 mitigation measures.  If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.

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


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