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State park, forest passport opens up Pa.'s hidden nature attractions

November 20, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

SHARING HER SNAPSHOTS is Polly Goettler of Butler who is working to visit all 121 state parks in Pennsylvania.

A Butler woman wasn't going to let the COVID-19 pandemic stop her from getting her passport stamped.

But Polly Goettler's document is Pa. State Park and State Forest Passport, and she's intent on filling it while minimizing her risk of exposure to the virus.

The spiral-bound booklet includes maps, a history of the state's park and forest system, a brief description and most memorable feature of each state park and forest and additional online resources.

Goettler said passport holders can track their park visits by having their booklet stamped or initialed by park officials.

Goettler and three of her friends added another 11 park stamps to her passport Aug. 17 through Aug. 21.

“I'm amazed by the diversity of our state parks and what they have to offer. It's a shame not to take advantage of it,” she said.

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