Varden Conservation Area

A gift from veterinarian Dr. Mead Shaffer, the 444-acre Varden Conservation Area is located in Wayne County. This land was a magnanimous gift in an area that was once a remote section of the state, which is now beginning to feel the pressure of development. It will be protected and used for future generations as a respite from daily life. Varden is a place to learn about Pennsylvania’s wonderful natural history. The property is managed by Promised Land State Park, which is in Pike County.

1100 Mid Valley Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436, USA







Brian Taylor


Upcoming Events

Incredible Insects

We'll capture, identify and release myriad insects, from butterflies to grasshoppers. All equipment and ID books are provided.

8/17 5pm
Varden Conservation Day

Join us for a day of fun and interesting events to celebrate the gift of the Varden Conservation Area from Doctor Mead Shafer. There will be a free live...

9/9 10am
Night Hike

We'll search for glow-bugs and call out some Barred owls. Hike is an easy .25 miles. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.

10/5 7pm

Recent Events

Stream Explorers


Amphibian Hunt


Sunset Hike


Recent Activity

Judie Cerekwas Grandjean

Judie Cerekwas Grandjean left a positive review 6/15/2017

Ryan was great! Saw many birds and learned lots of calls! Very informative!