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PA LAND CHOICES is a comprehensive program about community character, civic responsibility, and conservation of natural resources. It is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks and supported by The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation


PA Land Choices Coordinator
DCNR, Bureau of State Parks

(717) 783-4356


PA Land Choices began as a pilot project in 1998 as DCNR recognized the growing issues related to changing communities, increasing land development and the need for natural resource awareness and protection. Over 40 teachers, community leaders, and education specialists came to Lancaster for a week-long workshop led by the Bureau of State Parks, Pennsylvania Environmental Council,Thomas Hylton and Lancaster County Planning Commission. Following the workshop, a series of trainings and advancements lead to the development of a manual of activities to help teach about the impacts of land choices and civic leadership needed to shape a changing community and a changing commonwealth. PA Land Choices has been shared with educators, planners and citizen groups throughout Pennsylvania and presented to national and state audiences. It led the way for land education and has been a model for other state and national education initiatives.

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