The Pennsylvania Greenways Program is working to develop an outstanding network of greenways across our state. You can play an important part in making sure those greenways stay clean and beautiful. Through the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Adodption Program, individuals and groups can formally adopt a greenway to help keep those areas trash free. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a list of sites that have been cleaned by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful with funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
A greenway is a linear corridor of open space. Some greenways are land trails for hiking, biking, and other forms of recreation. Others are water trails. Still others serve to protect the environment and aren't designed for people to use. A riparian buffer corridor (a protective zone of vegetation along the banks of rivers, streams, and lakes) is an example of that type of greenway.
You might think of greenways as "connections" that link our parks and open spaces to each other and to the places where we live. These greenways create entirely new ways of accessing and enjoying our land and water resources. The goal in Pennsylvania is to develop a distinguishable system of greenways that connects open spaces across the state, similar to our interstate highway system.
The Pennsylvania Greenways Program website is a great resource for learning more about Pennsylvania's greenways: www.pagreenways.org
The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is the lead agency for Pennsylvania's Greenways Program. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to partner with DCNR on greenways projects and to contribute its proven strategies for improving the environment through cleanups, education,and adoptions. Greenways provide benefits for recreation, economic development, and a healthy environment for all Pennsylvanians, and the dedicated volunteers of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful play an important role in helping to keep them clean and beautiful.
Under of the Pennsylvania Greenways Program, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is a non profit environmental organization, has been working throughout the state of Pennsylvania to improve our greenways. Since 2005, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, along with local volunteers, have removed nearly 47 tons of trash and debris, over 700 tires, and more 13 tons of scrap metal from Pennsylvania’s Greenways.
Organize or take part in a cleanup through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Click here to fill out our Volunteer Interest Form. Here is our Greenways Project Brochure for resources and additional information.