DCNR Calendar of Events

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









Upcoming Events

Chimney Hike

Take a moderately difficult 2 mile hike to the Shafer chimney, the oldest structure in the county, and past the Brooks Farm, exploring the enigmatic stone...

7/1 5pm
Mid-Valley Hike

Explore the Mid-Valley hiking trails with our naturalist educator on this easy 2 mile hike. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

8/12 5pm
Tannery Trail Hike

Join us in search of turtleheads, cardinal flowers, bee balm and other wildflowers on an easy two mile hike. Please wear boots or shoes that can get wet and...

9/9 1pm
Pond Loop Night Hike

Let's get comfortable hiking in the dark. We'll take an easy one mile hike along the Pond Loop and play some night games. Please wear boots or shoes that...

10/7 7pm

Recent Events

Bluebird Hike


Night Hike


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