The pandemic has pushed up the number of visitors to Western Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park. In a regular year, up to a million people will visit the state park. But park officials say it's a constant effort to teach people to use trails and other features of the park to preserve and conserve.
The conservation and protection of the 20,500 acres of the state park in the Laurel Highlands shaped by the rushing waters of the Youghiogheny River are at the heart of keeping this natural resource available to everyone. Education about the conservation efforts is a crucial part of that effort. The whitewater rafting, camping and hiking are just some of the activities that draw in people.
Westminster College students Nate Ludlum and Morgan Straw talk with Ohiopyle State Park Environmental Specialist Barbara Wallace about keeping people informed and educated so they can actively join the effort to preserve Pennsylvania's natural wonders.