Varden Conservation Area

Varden Conservation Area

Varden Conservation Area
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
Varden Conservation Area
Named for: the village of Varden
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Wayne
Townships Lake, South Canaan
Location [1]
 - coordinates
 - elevation 1,253 ft (382 m) [1]
Area 430 acres (174 ha) [1]
Founded 2001
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Location of Varden Conservation Area in Pennsylvania
Location of Varden Conservation Area in Pennsylvania
Website : Varden Conservation Area

Varden Conservation Area is a Pennsylvania state park on 343 acres (139 ha) in Lake and South Canaan Townships, Wayne County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The conservation area is currently under development. The land was donated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in December 2001 by Dr. Mead Shaffer a veterinarian and resident of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania in Delaware County. Dr. Shaffer stated his reason for donating the land, "Environmental education always has been a primary concern of mine. I trust this land will allow present and future generations to observe and study the diverse ecology found in the Varden Conservation Area."[2] Varden Conservation Area is near the unincorporated village of Varden on Pennsylvania Route 296, east of the Lackawanna County line.[3]

A conservation area is different from a typical state park. Conservation areas have much less development on the lands than a state park. They are large tracts of land with few improvements, a lack of through roads and the recreational facilities are minimal. There is an effort to manage the resources with minimal development of the park. Other conservation areas in Pennsylvania are the Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area and the Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area both of which are in Dauphin County.[3]

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Varden Conservation Area:[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Varden Conservation Area".  
  2. ^ "Varden Conservation Area announcement".  
  3. ^ a b "Varden Conservation Area".  
  4. ^ "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)".  
  5. ^ 2007 General Highway Map Wayne County Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). 1:65,000. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. Retrieved 2007-07-27.  Note: shows Varden Conservation Area
  6. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation".  

External links

  • Unofficial Varden Conservation Area website
  • Varden Conservation Area official map PDF (268.2 KB)