“The Friends of Cowans Gap State Park exists to preserve, protect and enhance the environment, history, educational and recreational programs of the park and surrounding areas through public programs, special events and volunteerism for the past, present and future generations.”

-Friends of Cowans Gap State Park

What is a Friends Group?

The increasing demands on Pennsylvania state parks and forests require help from citizen based non-profit groups who are willing to commit their time, talents and resources.

A friends group is organized to support, assist and promote the mission and or activities of its state park. It works in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation and park management to make its park one of the best state parks.

Enhance Your Experience

If you would you like to enhance your experience, as well as that of future visitors by volunteering…here are a few ways to give back to the park.

Trail Enhancement: Assist with maintaining conditions of on of the many trails in the park.

Habitat enhancement: Removal of invasive plants, restoring the native plant garden, deer enclosures, maintaining and building bat boxes and blue bird boxes.

Educational: Assist the Park Naturalist with educational/interpretive programs and assisting as host in the nature center.

Special events: Assist with handling and planning special events within the park.