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Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Description - Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center consists of 1,454 acres of forest on South Mountain in south-central Pennsylvania. The grounds are open to the public year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset offering three day use areas: Pine Plantation, Pond, and Mansion Day Use Areas. A 32-room stone mansion on the mountaintop houses the center's office and the training center. The mansion serves as the William C. Forrey Training Center for the Commonwealth providing meals and overnight lodging for government agencies. A typical school day may bring several classes of students to the center to participate in discovery-based environmental learning. During the summer months, youths ages 4 to 17 are invited to participate in the Bureau of State Parks' Youth Environmental Learning Series which includes: Touch and Grow, Environmental Discovery, Junior Naturalist and the Conservation Leadership Program. Several hundred acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. A permanent orienteering course is located at Kings Gap. Additional information on orienteering and copies of the course map are available at the center office. The restroom, picnic pavilion and the paved Whispering Pine Trail (Pine Plantation Day Use Area) are fully accessible. White Oaks Trail (Pond Day Use Area) is paved and accessible.

Attractions - Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center consists of 1,454 acres of forest on South Mountain in south central Pennsylvania. The center is about 45 minutes south of Harrisburg. The grounds are open to the public year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset. There are three day-use areas: Pine Plantation, Pond and Mansion Day Use Areas. A 32-room stone mansion on the mountaintop houses the center's office and the training center. The mansion serves as the William C. Forrey Training Center for the Commonwealth providing meals and overnight lodging for government agencies.

Recreation - Three day-use areas offer a combined 16 miles of hiking trails in addition to the environmental education and training courses.

A typical day may bring several classes of students to the center to participate in discovery-based environmental learning. Using various curricula, including activities selected from the PA Bureau of State Parks' Activities for Environmental Learning, teachers and students explore the ecosystems of Kings Gap to further their awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.

During the summer months, youths ages 4 to 17 are invited to participate in the Bureau of State Parks' Youth Environmental Learning Series which includes: Touch and Grow, Environmental Discovery, Junior Naturalist and the Conservation Leadership Program.

Several hundred acres of Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. The entire property is open to hunting during antlerless deer season. Common game species are deer, turkey and squirrel. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the center manager for accessible hunting information.

A permanent orienteering course is located at Kings Gap. Orienteering is a sport that involves using a map and compass to negotiate a designated course. Additional information on orienteering and copies of the course map are available at the center office. The center offers programs on orienteering for beginners in the fall and spring.

The restroom, picnic pavilion and the paved Whispering Pine Trail in the Pine Plantation Day Use Area are fully accessible. White Oaks Trail in the Pond Day Use Area is paved and accessible.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Kings Gap area generally has fairly cold winter months. This lower central area has temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures range 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - The center's entrance is on Pine Road, one mile east of the Huntsdale Fish Hatchery. From Interstate 81, take Exit 11. At the exit, travel south on Route 233 about 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Pine Road and continue 2.5 miles. The entrance to the center is on the right.


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Contact Information:
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Roa , Carlisle, PA, 17013, Phone: 717-486-5031
, kingsgap@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Hershey / Dutch Country Area - History and natural delights intermingle with the hand-plowed farm fields of the Amish and the scent of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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