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The Friends group hopes you’ll also support our partners at the park:

Appalachian Trail Museum Society

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum. The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2,181 mile long hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. The museum is located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in the former iron company’s gristmill (built circa 1790). The museum sells a variety of books and other items, including the new book A Grip on the Mane of Life: An Authorized Biography of Earl V. Shaffer by Maurice Forrester. For more information visit www.atmuseum.org.

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy

> The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy is a a 501(c)3 not-for-profit whose mission is to conserve natural resources and open space for the benefit of current and future generations through land acquisition, conservation easements, education and outreach in the Central Pennsylvania Region. In 2011 the CPC renovated and re-opened the Pine Grove Furance Ironmaster’s Mansion (built 1827-1829) for use as a hikers’ hostel, group event space, and community resource for education and history tours. Individual Overnight and Group Rental Rates are available. For more information visit www.centralpaconservancy.org.

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

> The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation promotes and supports the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania's state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism. PPFF began in 1999 as a statewide nonprofit organization to provide a voice for the Commonwealth’s 120 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land. With PPFF, citizens can donate or bequeath money to state parks and forests, become active and involved volunteers in the park and forest system, and find some fun and educational opportunities. PPFF’s status as a registered charity allows chapter friends groups to operate on our public lands for the benefit of everyone. (Our group the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park was organized in 2010 as a chapter of PPFF, which supports our administrative needs including our 501(c)3 tax status as a charitable entity.) For more information visit www.paparksandforests.org.

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