Highlight the Highlands: Nolde Forest Expanded

Located in the middle of the Pennsylvania Highlands region, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center boasts woodlands that are over 100 years old and it will now include 60 additional acres supported with funding from PA Bureau of State Parks and the federal Highlands Conservation Act.

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Berks County within the PA Highlands region.


Established as a state park in 1966, the site is under 5 miles from the city of Reading, which is home to nearly 88,500 people.  The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center is an important asset in the Highlands region, and its proximity to Pennsylvania’s 5th largest city elevates its value as a community outdoor recreation resource.  Nolde Forest features 10 miles of wooded trails, tours of the historic Tudor-style mansion built by the former landowner, and outdoor teaching stations for students to learn.  The park is now expanded from 665 acres to over 725 acres with the addition of the two new parcels. This acquisition was completed in early 2020.

PA Highlands Coalition members Natural Lands and Berks Nature worked diligently on this project, and funding from the federal Highlands program, a program of the Land and Water Conservation Fund preserved the additional 60 acres of high-quality mature woodlands. Read the full press release from Natural Lands on the project.


Visit the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website for the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center.

Learn more about the history of Nolde Forest on America’s Best History Spotlight.

Download the Nolde Forest Environmental Center Map pictured below.


The Pennsylvania Highlands is a 1.4 million acre region that encompasses parts of 13 counties and boasts unique ecological and cultural resources that contribute to the economic and aesthetic value of the area, as well as provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. To learn more, visit pahighlands.org.

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