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 Picnic will be held on Saturday Sept 7, 2013 from 10AM-3PM. Arrive in time for the Pocono Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation at 11AM! Click here to view the complete event brochure. We hope to see you there!

Join us for a Mushroom Identification Walk on Thursday Sept 26, 2013 from 4:30-6:30PM. Registration is suggested. Click here for more information!

Join us for a Dusk Hike on Thursday Oct 24, 2013 at 6PM. Registration is suggested. Click here 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: 09/1/13