Charity & Grassroots in State College

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The Pennsylvania Heritage Society helps preserve the Keystone State's history, art, and culture through its coalition of museums and historical sites, as well as professional development programs for classroom teachers. Pennsylvania Heritage Society family-level members are bolstered with benefits, including free admission to Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission historical sites and museums for two adults and any offspring and grandchildren under 18. Browse the farmland at Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, learn about the French and Indian War at the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, or walk in the steps of William Penn at his recreated country estate, Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville.

400 North St
Harrisburg,
PA
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Kids flock to Teen Quest's idyllic, 140-acre mountain ranch for Christian camps where counselors teach kids about the tenets of Christianity, help youngsters solidify their faith, and encourage them to evangelize to others. That doesn't mean there isn't paintball, though. The fast-paced sleepaway programs, geared primarily towards grades 6-12, brim with classic camp activities. In warmer weather, kids learn to swim, boat, and ride horses. There's plenty of fun to be had inside year-round, including an indoor skateboarding half-pipe and archery.

293 Rich Rd.
Somerset,
PA
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The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.

Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.

799 Washington St
Harpers Ferry,
WV
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The 13 dance instructors at this alternative fitness facility believe that staying healthy doesn't have to be boring. That's why they enthusiastically lead classes that help ladies slim their silhouettes with flirty dance routines and aerobatic moves performed while swirling around a pole or perched atop a chair. Their beginner courses set participants on the sultry road to fitness with basic moves, whereas their advanced courses set calories ablaze with gravity-defying techniques that also help gals reach the top of flagpoles without praying to George Washington. Beyond the classroom, the instructors host parties for ladies looking for a lively bachelorette party or girls' night out.

3518 Worthington Blvd
Frederick,
MD
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