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

Tumbling Timberdoodles

Discover the bizarre world of the American Woodcock, then go on an easy 1 - 1.5 mile hike to a courting site and watch their amazing aerial displays. Please...

4/19 7pm
Earth Day at Varden

Take some time to discover the amazing wildflowers of Varden this Earth Day! Hike is an easy one mile, please wear sturdy waterproof shoes.

4/21 11am
Vernal Pool Hike

What is a Vernal Pool? Find out on this easy one mile hike back to a vernal pool that is home to Wood frog tadpoles and Spotted salamander larvae. Nets and...

5/17 5pm
Birding for Beginners and Beyond

Search beautiful Varden for the brilliantly colored songbirds of spring! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned birder, you're sure to have a good day! ...

6/21 5pm
Family Fishing

Go on, take the bait! We'll loan you a rod, reel, tackle and bait, you don't even need a license for this one day, two hour catch and release program!

7/19 5pm

Recent Events

Night Hike


Incredible Insects


Stream Explorers


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!