Hopewell Furnace Observes Public Lands Day Sept. 24

ELVERSON PA – National Public Lands Day, an event intended to celebrate the connection between people and their community’s green spaces, will be observed Sept. 24 (2022; Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Ln., with service projects and re-enactors offering a history of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Re-enactors throughout the day will offer programs and demonstrations that highlight the role the corps played in restoring Hopewell Furnace, as well as the organization’s impact on other public lands in Berks County during the Great Depression. Activities will include mock CCC enlistment procedures, woodcutting and branding demonstrations, and park ranger lead programming.

This year’s service projects address needs related to the park’s natural resources, and include removing invasive plants (at top), and monitoring trails that pass through the site. Area residents are encouraged to sign up and help with the projects, here.

Hopewell Furnace was established as a national historic site on August 3, 1938. It preserves the late 18th and early 19th century setting of an iron-making community, including a charcoal-fueled furnace, and its natural and cultural resources. National Public Lands Day is organized annually and led by the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Photo provided by the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site