Celebrate Spring with Central Pennsylvania Conservancy every Wednesday, 8-9:30am for our “Weekly Walk” at the Letort Spring Garden Preserve (1110 S. Spring Garden Street, Carlisle, PA 17013)
Diakon Wilderness Center Easement
The Diakon Youth Services Wilderness Center sits on a 169-acre wooded property, surrounded by PA State Game Lands 305 on three sides and the Appalachian Trail Corridor on its eastern boundary. Little Dogwood Run, a tributary of Conodoguinet Creek, runs through the property.
140 acres of the Diakon property is forested, offering an undisturbed view of woodland from the adjacent Appalachian Trail and Center Point Knob, a short distance away. The remaining area is the Diakon campus. The mission of the Diakon Wilderness Center is “Nurturing change and growth in youths, families, and communities.” With that mission in mind, the Diakon Wilderness Center facilitates programs that enrich young peoples’ lives including the Center Point Day Program, Wilderness Greenhouse and Native Plant Nursery, and Youthful Offenders Program. The latter program gives students a chance to engage in alternative and outdoor education, connecting them to positive experiences that encourage self-growth. The Greenhouse and Native Plant Nursery offer a variety of forbs, shrubs, and trees native to Pennsylvania. Diakon’s dedicated staff guide students in the care of the nursery stock which are sold seasonally.
While the Diakon property is generally not open to the public, each year Diakon hosts an Outdoor Adventure Challenge, a 5km trail run. The Wilderness Greenhouse and Native Plant Nursery also have seasonal public open hours. The conservation easement held by CPC includes a trail easement that provides a section of public access that connects State Game Lands 305 and the Appalachian Trail.
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