Pennsylvania State Park Society
The Pennsylvania State Park Society (PSPS) is a non-profit charitable organization and branch of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc. (PRPS). It is actively concerned with recreation, conservation, and education programs and comprised of a blend of professionals who are aware of mental, physical, and social values of outdoor recreation and education. Membership into this branch organization is open to all active or retired DCNR employees only.
Purpose and Objectives
• To unite DCNR employees in Pennsylvania into one organization.
• To foster and maintain high standards of professional qualifications and ethics.
• To represent its members where and when professional representation is desirable.
• To stimulate interest in DCNR programs, recreational use, development and conservation, and
contribute to the discussion of problems relating to park recreation within Pennsylvania.
• To promote relationships among other organizations and agencies that have mutual interests.
• To encourage and promote programs of professional training for all DCNR employees.
• To protect the interests of DCNR employees, as a group, in situations where their professional
interests are involved.
• To encourage study and research on matters of professional interest.
• To support the Secretary of the DCNR and all of his/her Directors in the attainment of common
• To function in any other manner that may further the interests of the DCNR and its personnel.
PSPS Memorial Fund
The Memorial Fund was started in 1978 as an off-shoot of the PSPS for the express purpose of providing modest financial assistance to permanent Bureau of State Park employees or immediate family members of such employees. Assistance has been provided in the area of scholarships toward post-secondary education and grants to assist in times of tragedy. To comply with current tax law, the fund has been established as a non-profit organization separate and distinct from PSPS.
All awards are made in memory of three deceased original members of the society: Gerald Kemper, Paul Feather, and Donald Clewell. Since the first awards in 1978, the Memorial Fund has awarded 36 scholarships in the total amount of $17, 450. Two awards in the amount of $500 and $750 are made twice a year.
For more information on the criteria for the award of scholarships or grants, please contact any of the board or PSPS representative.
Why should you join PSPS?
• Sponsor and attend various workshops.
• Present special programs and topics at various workshops.
• Develop, present, and attend educational programs at the annual PRPS conference.
• Publish articles of interest in the PRPS magazine.
• Represent DCNR interests on the PRPS Board of Directors.
• Provide a forum to meet, socialize, and discuss areas of common interest.
• Become eligible for discounted personal liability insurance.
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