Moraine
McConnells Mill
Jennings
Commission

Native Plant and Butterfly Trail

Moraine State Park

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Cavity Nesting Birds Trail

Jennings Environmental Education Center

McConnells Mill State Park

Moraine State Park

Bluebird, bluebird . . . Learn More.

Muddy Creek Oil Field

Moraine State Park

Award-winning Oil Field Restoration

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Prairie Entrance Gets Makeover!

Jennings Environmental and Education Center

Volunteers plant native habitat at entrance to prairie.

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Invasive Bullies

Invasives crowd out native plants, destroying biodiversity and habitats for native insects and animals.

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Jennings Environmental Education Center

Dedicated to bringing environmental education to the community.

Celebrate the unique ecosystem that is the Jennings prairie at Celebrate the Bloom every July.

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McConnells Mill State Park

Autumn Vista on Slippery Rock Creek

Adventure or reflection? Your choice when you visit this beautiful park.

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Moraine State Park

Kayak Into the Sunset

One of Pennsylvania's most-visited parks, so much to do for everyone!

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Topic: Summer Foraging for Wild Plants and Mushrooms
Jennings Environmental Education Center

Delicious, nutritious and free food—yes, it's as local as your very own backyard! Learn the basics of wild plant and mushroom foraging at Jennings Environmental Education Center with Adam Haritan from LearnYourLand.com. This presentation covers various topics including wild plant identification, mushroom identification, nutritional benefits of wild foods, harvesting methods, drying and storing methods, medicine making, the sustainability and ethics of foraging, and much more. You can expect to learn several key wild plant and mushroom species of Western Pennsylvania that can be used for food and/or medicine.

The public is welcome to attend this meeting of Moraine, McConnells Mill and Jennings Commission (3MJC), a non-profit friends group that supports these three parks. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Jennings Environmental Education Center.

3MJC News!

Muddy Creek Oil Field Opening Dates Announced. Details!

The Backyard BlueBird -- Spring 2017 issue of the 3MJC newsletter.

The Backyard Bluebird -- Winter 2016 issue.

Moraine Park History Available

Moraine History Cover

About 20,000 years ago, the late Wisconsinian glaciation reached its maximum extent. Glacial deposits identify the moraine, or farthest area covered by the glacier. Muddy Creek was a north-flowing stream that was blocked by the south-advancing glacier, forming a huge lake that lasted until the glacier dam began to retreat. The lake rapidly drained, eventually exposing the vast Muddy Creek basin. Dr. Frank Preston envisioned recreating the ancient glacial lake and worked with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to begin the project that became 16,725 acre Moraine State Park. Its centerpiece, manmade Lake Arthur and the surrounds, provide outstanding outdoor recreation and relaxation opportunities.

A lifelong resident of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Polly Shaw is a retired teacher, history enthusiast, and long-time state park volunteer. She has selected images from park archives, resources of two park support groups, local amateur photographers, and her personal collection, to tell the history of the immediate area, including the Western Allegheny Railroad, and the impressive reclamation of the land that had been ravaged by mining and oil. Pictures illustrate the monumental work that transformed the land, from construction of the dam and moving a US highway, to repurposing the surrounding area to create today’s Moraine State Park.

The book can be purchased at various local stores, including the Owlet Gift Shop at Moraine, the Nature Shop at Jennings, andAmazon.com. A complete list of locations is available upon request.