Welcome to the Varden Conservation Area website!
 Click on the links in the upper-right corner to navigate.

** NEWS **

This year's Varden Conservation Day will be held on Saturday Sept 12, 2015 from 10AM-3PM on the Tannery Side by the pavilion. Pocono Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation will be presenting an educational experience complete with live animals! We will have our Children's Fishing Tournament with prizes, Silent Auction, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade ice cream and displays by local organizations. We hope to see you there!

Monthly programs are:

Incredible Insects on August 27th, 2015 at 1 PM:
Grab a net, run through our field, and be astonished by the butterflies, grasshoppers and other incredible insects we find! ID books, jars and nets provided.

Night Hike on October 17th, 2015 at 7 PM:
Get comfortable hiking in the dark. We'll call out some owls, listen for wildlife, and play some night games. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.

Call 570-676-3428 for more information.



In December of 2001, Dr. Mead Shaffer, a veterinarian from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, donated 430 acres of property in Wayne County to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This gift of pristine land, now known as the Varden Conservation Area, is managed through Promised Land State Park in Pike County.


"Environmental education always has been a primary concern of mine. I trust this land will allow present and future generations to observe and study the diverse ecology found in the Varden Conservation Area." - Dr. Shaffer

The Varden Conservation Area is located in a once-remote section of the state that has recently begun to feel the pressure of development. All efforts are currently being made to protect the land from urbanization and to ensure its use for future generations as both a respite from daily life and a place to learn about Pennsylvania's natural history.

You can also read about Varden at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) website, located here.

Graciously, the DCNR also organizes recreational outings, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, workshops, and more at the Varden Conservation Area. The Calendar of Events can be found among the listings here.

The village of Varden borders PA 296 in Lake and South Canaan townships, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.


Last updated: 08/07/2015