The Friends of Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks is a federally tax exempt non-profit corporation comprised of unpaid, dedicated volunteers.  The purpose for which the Friends Group has been organized is for the protection, preservation, conservation, enhancement, and the promotion of public awareness of recreational, natural, cultural, and historical resources of Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks.

BREAKING NEWS—An awards ceremony was held on October 14th, at Memorial Lake State Park Headquarters to honor a local DCNR Conservation Volunteer and Charter Member of the Friends of Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks.  At that ceremony, our own Shirley Halk received the most prestigious and coveted PA DCNR Cavity-Nesting Trails Monitor of the Year Award. 
     Shirley has been a highly dedicated and competent volunteer at Memorial Lake and Swatara State parks for over 27 years.  She has played an essential role in maintaining and increasing the Eastern Blue Bird population in our parks as well as the surrounding Fort Indiantown Gap area.  Year after year she faithfully and diligently monitors over 200 bluebird boxes in the parks and Fort Indiantown Gap area. 

     Shirley is not only a highly skilled, reliable, and dedicated Bluebird Trail Monitor, she is also a Penn State Master Gardener and Plant Diagnostician who worked in green industry for 15 years designing gardens. She is highly regarded for her ability to identify native plants and invasives.  Over the years she has participated in the inventory of PA reptiles and amphibians for IUP, taught children’s nature classes, was an active bee keeper and is  a member of CABA.


We request that all members and volunteers sign up as DCNR Conservation Volunteers before participating in any work parties.  DCNR Conservation Volunteers are covered by Workman's Compensation and can track their volunteer hours on the DCNR Conservation Volunteer Website.  They are also eligible to receive DCNR Volunteer hats, tee shirts and or vests.

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