Jennings Environmental Education Center

Prospect, Pennsylvania

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The center routinely hosts programs for children and adults on everything from tree identification and wildflowers to rattlesnakes and Native American culture. Most are free, and all are open to the public, so you can often plan a hike around another opportunity to learn about nature. The massasauga is a rattlesnake, one of three kinds that live in Pennsylvania. It’s the smallest—20 to 30 inches—and by far the most rare. Found only in the western third of the state, they need old fields and meadows marked by low-lying wet spots with higher dry ground nearby. That mix is increasingly hard to find, and the snakes have suffered as a result, so much so that they’re on the state’s endangered species list.

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"The center routinely hosts programs for children and adults on everything from tree identification and wildflowers to rattlesnakes and Native American culture. Most are free, and all are open to the public, so you can often plan a hike around another opportunity to learn about nature.

The massasauga is a rattlesnake, one of three kinds that live in Pennsylvania. It’s the smallest—20 to 30 inches—and by far the most rare. Found only in the western third of the state, they need old fields and meadows marked by low-lying wet spots with higher dry ground nearby. That mix is increasingly hard to find, and the snakes have suffered as a result, so much so that they’re on the state’s endangered species list."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Prospect
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Slippery Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Jennings Environmental Education Center

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May 2018