Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Gov. Pinchot's Grey Towers To Host Festival Of Wood Aug. 3-4 In Pike County

Take an educational walk in Penn’s Woods and learn about Pennsylvania’s nation-leading hardwoods industry through the new Pennsylvania Wood Mobile, one of the many free exhibits at the 15th Annual Festival of Wood hosted by Gov. Pinchot’s Grey Towers in Milford, Pike County August 3-4.
An outreach tool of the PA Hardwoods Development Council, the Wood Mobile educates the public about Pennsylvania’s forests and sustainable forest management-- securing the wood products we need today while protecting the trees of tomorrow. 
The mobile exhibit uses interactive activities and displays to promote the responsible use of forest resources and an understanding of the forest industry to the public.
“Responsible Use of Forest Resources” is the message carried throughout the activities of the Festival of Wood, including children’s activities, educational exhibits, and portable sawmill, chainsaw carving and tree pruning demonstrations. 
The Pocono Arts Council hosts a wood craft sale and demonstration event, with unique items ranging from holiday ornaments to cutting boards to furniture and lawn accessories.
The family friendly event offers free entry to the grounds, free parking and free shuttle service from the parking lots. A nominal $5 fee is charged for entry to the tour the historic mansion.
Grey Towers is perhaps the most iconic place for the Wood Mobile to park for the weekend. 
The ancestral family home of Gifford Pinchot, who introduced scientific forestry to America and founded the USDA Forest Service, Grey Towers stands today as a natural resource leadership and education Center. 
Pinchot also served as PA Forestry Commissioner and Governor of Pennsylvania for two terms.
Within the 34-foot long Wood Mobile are numerous panels showing the history and industry surrounding Pennsylvania’s forests; interactive exhibits on leaf and wood identification and touch screens providing information about threats to the forest from invasive insects and plants; videos that show the transformation of a log from the forest to the furniture in your home and the popular guessing game where visitors can test their hardwood knowledge by guessing which of 60+ items does not contain wood.
For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit the Grey Towers Festival of Wood webpage, call 570-296-9630 or send email to: info@greytowers.org
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Grey Towers Heritage AssociationClick Here to sign up for updates from the Association, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, visit their YouTube Channel, become part of their Google+ Circle and follow them on Instagram.
Also visit the Grey Towers Historic Site website and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation website for information on its conservation research and policy programs.  Click Here to sign up for the Institute’s regular updates.

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