Native Lands County Park

Native Lands County Park is a 187-acre preserve owned and managed by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation. The park features earth and grass trails that pass through woodlands and scenic meadows with numbered waystops and a map and guide providing historical information for visitors. The park’s primary trailhead is located at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, at Long Level south of Wrightsville, PA. Native Lands includes the historic site of the last known settlement of the Susquehannock Indians, dating to 1675.

Columbia Crossing River Trails Center

The Columbia Crossing River Trails Center is managed by Susquehanna Heritage for the Borough of Columbia as a gateway visitor education center and trailhead for land and water trails in the Susquehanna Riverlands. Located in Columbia River Park on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna in the historic river town of Columbia, visitors will find maps, guides, and brochures related to river recreation, trails and nearby historic sites and family attractions, along with exhibits and restrooms.

Columbia Crossing’s educational offerings focus on the river’s historic, scenic, and recreational stories and experiences for residents and visitors, especially bringing river heritage to life for young people. Rotating exhibits featuring local and river history, art and the environment highlight the richness of the local culture through the centuries.

Susquehanna Riverlands

The Susquehanna Riverlands is the ribbon of scenic and historic landscape along both shores of the Susquehanna River as it flows through the heart of the Susquehanna Heritage Area in York and Lancaster Counties, including the historic and vibrant river towns of Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville.

Visit historic sites, hike, bike and paddle the river, enjoy local restaurants, wineries and breweries, be inspired at art galleries, and immerse yourself in all the Susquehanna Riverlands has to offer.

Celebrate 5th Fridays with HeritagePA

Spring is about to be sprung! Shake off your cabin fever by exploring through PA’s 12 heritage areas. Use this extra Friday to take in the history, heritage, and creativity of Pennsylvania while supporting local businesses and organizations. For some ideas, check out these four events below happening along the National Road, PA Route 6, Delaware & Lehigh, and Oil Region heritage areas.

National Road Heritage Corridor:
Visit the Towns Along the National Road & Shop Local

PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor:
Discover Local Art at the Artisan Trail Traveling Exhibit

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor:
Get Your Tail on the Trail

Oil Region National Heritage Area:
Explore the Drake Well Museum and Park

Here are the upcoming 5th Fridays happening through 2018: June 29, 2018; August 31, 2018; November 30, 2018. Look out for more information and events on these dates in the future. 

The 14th Annual Maple Weekend: March 17 – 18

The 14th Annual Maple Weekend, March 17 – 18, 2018, in Potter and Tioga Counties is a tribute to maple you won’t want to miss. Download the brochure to map out your route through the 17 maple farms that are participating this year throughout the Lumber Heritage Region and PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. Each farm offers free demonstrations, tours, sampling, and much more. Discover the different types of processes used in maple sugaring and all kinds of maple products. For more information, click here.

Mini-Grant Opportunity

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor has announced a second funding opportunity for nonprofits and municipalities along the historic Lincoln Highway in Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, and Adams Counties. Deadline for application is March 9, 2018. Direct any questions to Olga Herbert at (724) 879-4241.

CLICK HERE for grant information, guidelines, and the grant application.

Winners from Third Annual Nature Art Showcase Announced

Attendees at last weekend’s Third Annual Nature Art Showcase cast ballots for the “People’s Choice” awards while they viewed more than 70 items displayed in the main lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in downtown Franklin during the Franklin On Ice festival.

The Council on Greenways and Trails is pleased to announce that the top vote-getter with 40 votes is a multi-media art entry entitled “Into The Woods” by Paul La Pierre, Sr. of Knox, PA.  Mr. LaPierre utilized raw timber as a very tall frame to contain a clear-glass covered photograph he had taken of a summer woods scene.  As his prize, he received a pottery vase in a lily design provided courtesy of Campbell’s Pottery Store in Cambridge Springs.

The next highest number of “People’s Choice” votes was 29, cast for John Carbone’s “Nature’s Ice Sculptures” photograph which captured frozen water droplets and their reflections in a flowing winter stream.  Mr. Carbone resides in Clarion, PA.

Other runner-ups were art items submitted by Mike Weber of Grove City, Amy Hahn of Cambridge Springs, and Thomas Siverling of Cochranton.  Weber’s “Truth Seeker” is a photo- graph printed onto metal showing an individual walking into Rockland Tunnel on the Allegheny River Trail, carrying a single light; it received 25 votes.  Hahn’s “Barn Owl” blends several types of stained glass into a realistic depiction of a perched barn owl; it received 24 votes.  At 22 votes, Siverling’s “Through The Trees” is a black/white photograph illustrating natural lighting.

Representatives of the Council on Greenways and Trails selected “Happy Go Lucky,” a colored pencil rendering by Janine Stiffler of Tionesta of a raccoon, to be featured in the art shirt produced from this year’s event in the coming months. CGT has traditionally produced a new shirt each year; still available for purchase are blue heather shirts with Susan McGuire’s “Two Mile Run” watercolor and black shirts with John Carbone’s “A Glimpse Into the Soul of a Dandelion.”  The items are available via

The Nature Art Showcase was sponsored by Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts, Barrow-Civic Theatre, Chicken Coop Studio 306, Erie Arts & Culture, Franklin Fine Arts Council, Oil City Arts Council, Oil Region Alliance, Oil Region Coalition of Artists, Penn Soil RC&D Council, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville Council on the Arts, and Victorian City Art & Frame.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Black, Treasurer of the Council on Greenways and Trails, at the Oil Region Alliance, (814) 677-3152, Extension 105;

“The Context and Celebrity of Coal Oil Johnny” Workshop

The Oil City Library will be the site for a workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 10 to explore the celebrity “Coal Oil Johnny.”

This workshop, presented by oil historian Neil McElwee of Oil City, will discuss 1859 – 1869 in the Oil Creek Valley, especially the communities where John Washington Steele and the McClintock and Moffitt families resided. Johnny married Eleanor J. Moffitt of Dempseytown in 1862.

John Washington Steele, a.k.a. Coal Oil Johnny, was born in 1843 near Sheakleyville, Mercer County, and adopted by Culbertson McClintock and his wife Sarah McKnight McClintock in 1845. The McClintocks made their home on the west bank of Oil Creek. Their property, which was a strong oil producer in the 1860s, made John a wealthy young man. Coal Oil Johnny’s antics in Philadelphia, some true and some embellished, were made famous across the country through gossip and newspaper coverage.

Registration for the workshop is $15/person or $25 for two people, and will include workshop materials and refreshments. Register by February 7 by contacting Jennifer Burden at the Oil Region Alliance, 677-3152, Extension 116 or at

This program is part of a year-long series of public programs and activities is being coordinated by the nonprofit Oil Region Alliance, which owns and operates the Coal Oil Johnny House located today in Rynd Farm at the south tip of Oil Creek State Park, just east of Route 8 north of Rouseville, Pennsylvania. Proceeds are being earmarked for the ongoing maintenance and operation of this circa 1850 farmhouse.

For more information about the McClintock family or to schedule a private tour of the Coal Oil Johnny House, please contact Ms. Burden.

Nature Art Showcase is Free to Public during Franklin on Ice

The public is welcome to attend the free indoor Third Annual Nature Art Showcase in downtown Franklin during the February 2 and 3 Franklin On Ice festivities.  This combination art exhibition and art sales opportunity features diverse artistic styles and topics, each featuring outdoor recreation, nature, or scenes from Venango, Clarion, and Crawford Counties.

The Showcase is coordinated by the Council on Greenways and Trails, with administrative support courtesy of Penn Soil Resource Conservation & Development Council.  It is held in the comfortable lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre on Friday evening, February 2 from 5 until 7 pm and on Saturday, February 3 from 10 am until 7 pm.

Artists may still register one or two entries for this year’s event.  Desired are 2-D and 3-D original art pieces.  Typically displayed are photography, sculptures in wood and metal, paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces, carved furniture, jewelry, coasters, watercolors, mosaics, and fabric works.

Attendees will vote for a “People’s Choice” award.  At the 2017 Nature Art Showcase, there was a tie for the “People’s Choice” award, which was therefore shared by Clarion County’s Jack Carbone for his close-up photograph of a dandelion and by Crawford County’s Amy Hahn for her glass mosaic of a black bear.

Artist participation is also free, although advance registration is required in order for the items to be included in the printed Exhibition Booklet which all attendees receive.  Registrations received by January 16 will appear in the booklet, while later entries will be recognized on an insert sheet augmenting the booklet.  Each artist sets the retail selling price for the items which are for sale on site.  Artwork registration instructions and forms are available on line at, or by calling Mrs. Marilyn Black at the office of the Oil Region Alliance, (814) 677-3152, Extension 105,  Completed registration forms are to go to the attention of Sherry Moore at the Penn Soil office, (814) 726-1441, Extension 1;

Sponsors of the Third Annual Nature Art Showcase include the Barrow-Civic Theatre, Erie Arts & Culture, Franklin Fine Arts Council, Oil City Arts Council, Oil Region Alliance, Penn Soil RC&D Council, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Victorian City Art & Frame.