Maurice K. Goddard State Park
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Mercer County boasts a 2,800 - acre wonder — the lake, wetlands, fields and forests of Maurice K. Goddard State Park.
The park marina basks under a summer sun.
Named for the father of Pennsylvania’s state park system, Goddard is a perfect place for biking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. It’s also close to hunting opportunities at Gamelands 270 and hands-on learning at the McKeever Environmental Education Center.
Founded in 2002, the Friends of Goddard (or FROG) assist the park in many ways: They raise funds for special projects, help coordinate cleanups, and organize the annual Pioneer Frolic the last weekend in June. (The Frolic is a two-day colonial festival complete with reenactments, live music, children’s games, crafts, food, and more.) FROG's accomplishments include outreach activities at Venango County’s annual Earth Day event and donation of a shelter for the park’s 12-mile paved bike trail.
A wildlife educator demonstrates the grasping power of a hawk.
FROG membership is free. Become a "friend" and get involved. Your help is needed with :
- wildlife inventories
- bluebird and purple martin nesting programs
- monitoring walking and bicycle trails
- developing ideas to improve the park
- the annual Pioneer Frolic
- litter clean-up
- historic research of the Sandy Creek Valley
- wildlife habitat improvements
- wildflower gardens and plant inventories
Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic.
The Friends of Goddard State Park meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the park office building. We are looking for people with all types of interests, including nearby landowners, boaters, birders, hunters, bikers, and others.The Friends of Goddard are a partner group with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation (PPFF).
Milkweed and many other flowers grow wild at Goddard State Park.
K9 search dog demonstration at the park