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Nolde Forest State Park
NOLDE FOREST STATE PARK
NOLDE FOREST STATE PARK
2910 New Holland Road
Reading, Pennsylvania   19607

Phone: 610-796-3699
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Nolde Forest State Park
'May Apple'
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

May Apple

Nolde Forest State Park
'Forest Trail'
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

Beautiful forest trail

Nolde Forest State Park
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

Nolde Forest State Park
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center offers environmental education programs. Contact the center office for a listing of upcoming educational programs. The center covers more than 665 acres of beautiful deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations.

The office and mansion parking lot are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All other areas are open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
History of the Area
When hosiery baron Jacob Nolde acquired this area in the early 1900s, a single white pine grew amid meadow vegetation. Inspired by this tree, the German-born Nolde hired an Austrian forester to create a coniferous forest. As the plantations grew they formed a "luxury forest," a source of family pleasure and pride.

In 1926, Hans Nolde, a son of Jacob, initiated work on the Tudor-style mansion. When this year-round home was finished, it overlooked the sawmill pond and the lights of Reading.

The Nolde Forest continues to provide outdoor opportunities for visitors. The Commonwealth purchased the property in the late 1960s with Project 70 funds. The bond issued Project 500 provided the funds necessary for the center's development. In 1970, federal program grants and the Berks County Intermediate Unit helped establish Nolde Forest as the first environmental education center operated by the Bureau of State Parks.

Since the center's conception, the Bureau has maintained an enduring commitment to environmental education and interpretation. Today, the Bureau operates four environmental education centers and provides many seasonal programs across the Commonwealth.
Nearby Accommodations
Waynebrook Inn - Honey Brook, PAHotels/Motels
Come experience the rich history and refined hospitality of the Waynebrook Inn, Est. 1865. Our charming full service hotel has been splendidly refurbished and is nestled in the midst of beautiful Amish farm country near Lancaster in historic Chester County. At the Waynebrook you can experience that rarity among country inns along with the amenities of a full service hotel...the elegance and beguiling charm of American Inns of yesteryear coupled with the modern conveniences today's travelers demand.
12.6 miles from park*
The Churchtown Inn Bed and Breakfast - Churchtown, PABBs / Inns
1735 historic mansion in heart of PA Dutch country. Queen beds, antiques, Amish quilts, private baths, TVs. Garden Room multi-course breakfast. Evening sherry, carriage rides, visit Amish homes.
10.5 miles from park*
The Artist's Inn and Gallery - Terre Hill, PABBs / Inns
Spend the night in an art gallery Romantic BB in Lancaster County with gas fireplaces in all rooms, two with Jacuzzi's. Gourmet breakfasts. Near antique center, outlets, Amish attractions.
Web Site: artistinn.com
9.4 miles from park*
Places To Find Supplies
Waynebrook Inn - Honey Brook, PARestaurant
Come experience the rich history and refined hospitality of the Waynebrook Inn, Est. 1865. Our charming full service hotel has been splendidly refurbished and is nestled in the midst of beautiful Amish farm country near Lancaster in historic Chester County. At the Waynebrook you can experience that rarity among country inns along with the amenities of a full service hotel...the elegance and beguiling charm of American Inns of yesteryear coupled with the modern conveniences today's travelers demand.
12.6 miles from park*


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Nature Programs
The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, is dedicated to helping people develop a sound environmental ethic. Since the early 1970s, the center has provided a wide variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups and individuals.

A normal school day brings several classes of students to participate in the center's discovery and problem-solving approach to environmental studies. Together, teachers and students explore different aspects of the environment and develop concepts and skills that help them become effective environmental decision-makers. The center, often in cooperation with the Berks County Intermediate Unit or nearby colleges and universities, sponsors teacher in-service training and college-level workshops on environmental education curricula and current environmental topics. And, as each season brings its own set of splendors, programs for the public are conducted by staff and guest resource people.

Nolde Forest encompasses more than 665 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. A network of trails makes the center's streams, ponds and diverse habitats accessible to both students and casual visitors. Teaching stations offer places for students to work and benches for those who wish to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds associated with the natural world. There is a short, accessible trail by the mansion.

The Nolde mansion houses offices for the center staff. A garden featuring native wildflowers is adjacent to the mansion. The C. H. McConnell Environmental Education Hall near the mansion is the indoor site for year-round programming.

Schools and groups should schedule learning experiences as far in advance as possible. For more information on the center's current public and school programs or to schedule activities, contact the center.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 20 peaceful and pretty
What a beautiful gem of a park somewhat hidden away. It was a great place for our family to take a relaxing hike/walk for the afternoon. The Watershed trail is really pretty and fun. The Boulevard trail was really easy to walk and jumped between deciduous and coniferous woods. The kids enjoyed a spring of fresh water coming out of small hole in a hill the most.


Area Campgrounds

Lake In Wood Campground
576 Yellow Hill Road
Narvon, PA
717-445-5525


Red Run Campground
877 Martin Church Road
New Holland, PA
717-445-4526


Spring Gulch Resort Campground
475 Lynch Road
New Holland, PA
717-354-3100


Sill's Family Campground
PO Box 566
Adamstown, PA
717-484-4806


Oak Creek Campground
400 E Maple Grove Road
Bowmansville, PA
717-445-6161


Sun Valley Campground
451 East Maple Grove Road
Bowmansville, PA
717-445-6262


Cocalico Creek Campground
560 North Cocalico Road
Denver, PA
717-336-2014


Dutch Cousin Campground
446 Hill Road
Denver, PA
717-336-6911


Hickory Run Family Campground
285 Greenville Road
Denver, PA


Shady Grove Campground
65 Poplar Drive
Denver, PA
717-484-4225


Adventure Bound Camping Resort at Eagles Peak
397 Eagles Peak Road
Robesonia, PA


Warwick Woods Campground
401 Trythall Road
St. Peters, PA
610-286-9655


Starlite Camping Resort
1500 Furnace Hill Road
Stevens, PA
717-733-9655


Area Fishing Related Businesses
R & R Sporting Goods
301 Blair Ave
Reading, PA
(610) 376-3004


Tulpehocken Creek Outfitters TCO Fly Shop
2229 Penn Ave
West Lawn, PA
(610) 678-1899


Joey's Skateboard & Tackle Shop
1701 Centre Ave
Reading, PA
(610) 478-0454


Oley Fish & Game Club
114 Old State Rd
Reading, PA
(610) 779-1317


Terenchin's Live Bait & Tackle
1221 Philadelphia Ave
Reading, PA
(610) 777-6003


Angler & Archer Outfitter
1400 Lancaster Ave
Shillington, PA
(610) 777-6118


Barry's Sharpening Service
35 Werner St
Wernersville, PA
(610) 678-7807


Woody's Sporting Goods
35 Werner St
Wernersville, PA
(610) 678-7807


South Birdsboro Archery Rod & Gun Club
470 Geigertown Rd
Douglassville, PA
(610) 582-5026


Adamstown Rod & Gun Club
563 Willow St
Adamstown, PA
(717) 484-4424


Area Cabins and Lodges
Adrienne's Inn at Centre Park
730 Centre Ave
Reading, PA
(610) 374-8557


Mariawald Retreat House
1094 Welsh Rd
Reading, PA
(610) 777-0135


PSHS Inc
5028 Camp Rd
Mohnton, PA
(717) 445-6330


Fop Berks Lodge
Reading, PA
(610) 779-1454


Singer Travel
18 Commerce Dr
Reading, PA
(610) 378-1610


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Speedwell Forge BB - Lititz, PABBs / Inns
In a secluded valley, on 120 acres between a lake and a natural park, Speedwell Forge BB is a hidden gem in Lancaster County. Yet it is only minutes to the historic towns of Lititz, Manheim, and the rest of Pennsylvania Dutch County.
Web Site: speedwellforge.com
18.9 miles from park*
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