Our Vision and Priorities

 A connected landscape of open space accessible to all providing a variety of experiences, sustainable landscapes and healthy habitat for people, plants, and wildlife.

1 Create an interconnected trail network and amenities

2 Sustain the landscape through best practices

3 Protect the region’s land and water resources 

4Promote the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape 

5 Fund small grants to accelerate impact

the schuylkill highlands mini-grant program

The Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program funded by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by Natural Lands.

Next Mini Grant round for submitting applications will be:

Spring 2023

Bike Station Repair
Rodale Institute

news & meetings


DCNR Virtual Town Hall

Join DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry for a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 12, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to…

visit & explore

Explore what the Schuylkill Highlands region has to offer. We have tremendous towns, parks and preserves, cultural sites, terrific trails and farms!

Schuylkill Highlands covers 6 counties
and includes:


miles EV and HQ streams & tributaries 


total acres


protected land


protected land


important bird areas


forested tree canopy


in public recreation 


important bird areas


miles of regional trails 


miles of Schuylkill River

discover the

Explore and learn more on the Schuylkill Highlands landscape, an Esri Arc GIS map. View the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape geography and the layers added on protected lands, watersheds, important bird and mammal areas, farmland soils, and geology.

How to get involved

We can’t do it alone. Join us along with municipal leaders from local, county and state governments, land trusts and nonprofit organizations, watershed associations, and business representatives in the six-county working together to protect, connect and sustain the amazing natural, recreational and cultural gems of the Schuylkill Highlands.