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2017 Outreach Calendar

by wam_chapter on January 17, 2017

The Wampum Chapter maintains a rigorous outreach program and we try to reach out to as many members of the community as we can to build awareness of the North Country National Scenic Trail in Beaver and Lawrence counties of Pennsylvania.  Please make plans to come out for our planned events during 2017 to ‘talk trail’ and help the kids carve their hiking sticks.  All help is appreciated!

Winterfest at Moraine State Park

Saturday, February 4th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

South Shore at Moraine

More info here



Maple Syrup Festival at Brady’s Run Park

Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2



Ellwood City Earth Day Celebration

Saturday April 22nd at Ewing Park


Darlington Days Celebration

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 2-4 at the Greersburg Academy


Lake Arthur Regatta

Saturday August 5 and Sunday August 6 at Moraine State Park


McConnell’s Mill Heritage Festival

Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24



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We’d Like To Talk To Your Group

by wam_chapter on January 7, 2017

“We’d like to talk to you about the North Country Trail!”



The Wampum Chapter has volunteers available to come out to your Scout, civic, or community meeting to give a presentation about the NCT here in Beaver and Lawrence counties of PA. Where is the trail? Where should I park? Best places to hike it? We can answer your questions.

The Chapter has video equipment available and we can tailor the presentation to the time frame appropriate for your gathering. To arrange for a presentation email us at and one of our presenters will be in touch to work out the details.

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State of the Trail 2016

by wam_chapter on December 26, 2016

The Wampum Pennsylvania Chapter maintained a busy schedule of activities in 2016 to build, maintain, and promote the North Country Trail in Beaver and Lawrence counties, reaching out to more members of the community than we ever have before and recruiting and engaging new volunteers along the way.

With the assistance of the Student Conservation Association, Wampum volunteers rerouted two half-mile segments of trail, one in each county of our range, and refurbished established trail sections at McConnell’s Mill State Park.  Rigorous efforts were made to talk to land owners between the Trail Towns of Wampum and Darlington in 2016, reaching out to over a dozen of them in order to try to move the NCT route off-road.


The chapter’s second hiker shelter is under construction, this one just west of Wampum thanks to the consent of Wampum Underground Storage.  In Beaver County construction was started on an ADA compliant section of trail near the hiker shelter at Watt’s Mill along Little Beaver Creek.  The NPS/NCTA provided 4’ x 3’ storyboard signs were installed near the Ohio state line and at McConnell’s Mill S.P. as bookends to our trail segment, and four chapter-designed storyboard signs were created for installation in our Trail Towns and at our two busiest trailhead parking areas.  Also, three new trailhead parking lots were developed in Beaver County for easier access for our hikers.

The Wampum Chapter kept a weekly group trail maintaining/project schedule and established a formal Trail Adopter program to ensure that our forty miles of treadway was in good shape throughout the season.  An Adopter patch specific to the chapter was developed and awarded in recognition of all of the volunteers who maintained a segment of NCT and completed the NPS’s Trail Safe! program.

The Wampum Chapter’s outreach activities included our attendance at seven different community events.  We promoted the NCT and the Hike 100 program at these outings, as well as at the local Boy Scout District’s Backpacking/North Country Trail Camporee in the fall.  In addition to scheduling a monthly chapter hike for the community and participating in two benefit hikes, we sponsored and led the First Annual Wampum Backpacking Trip, drawing a tremendous amount of interest through our Meetup presence.  We developed a Wampum NCTA hiking stick medallion, added wooden NCT signing at two road crossings, and promoted geocaching along a six-mile segment of our trail range.

The chapter would like to thank our landowners who host the NCT, as well as the professional staff at both the PA Game Lands and PA State Parks who bend over backwards to work with us.  Financial assistance from the Lawrence County Commissioners, the NCTA, National Park Service, the Eaton Corp, the Wal-Mart Foundation, The Home Depot, and contributions by members and individuals from the community was greatly appreciated.  In addition, we have great partners in the Tourism Bureaus of both Beaver and Lawrence counties and their promotion of the NCT and the Wampum Chapter is a large part of the successes we’ve enjoyed!

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2016 Chapter Honor Award Recipient Dorothy Buquo

December 20, 2016

Congratulations to long-time Wampum Chapter Volunteer Dorothy Buquo on being recognized with the 2016 Chapter Honor Award. We appreciate all that she does for the group and for the North Country Trail. The criteria for the Chapter Honor Award, from the national website is:  An individual or household who demonstrates loyalty, commitment and hard work [...]

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Trail Town Program On The Move

December 18, 2016

The NCTA Trail Town Webinar was held on Wednesday, December 14th The Chapter looks forward to our Trail Town Committee working on a plan to better engage with our two great Trail Towns.  Dennis Garrett Thank you for joining us for NCTA’s webinar: You’re a Trail Town. What now? This program depends on volunteer and [...]

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Wampum Chapter Range Trailside Story Board Signs Have Arrived

November 29, 2016

It’s amazing what an artist can do with the scattered pieces and parts of things, pulling them all together and putting them into a form that is, in this case, both artistic and informative.  Graphic Designer and Wampum Volunteer Tracy Hager recently gathered up various photographs and writings and put them together into our fantastic new trailside sign boards.  With [...]

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November Trail Work Report

November 26, 2016

  ADA Trail At Watts Mill The Wampum Chapter’s group trail work focus the past thirty days has been primarily on development and building projects, working at Wampum Underground, Watt’s Mill, and Hell’s Hollow.  We also did our last run with the DR mower this season before the snow fell, doing maintaining work on the [...]

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Wampum Scarecrows

October 22, 2016

‘They bring in visitors and keep out the crows.’  Thanks to Dorothy and JoEllen for our Wampum Chapter scarecrow at the kiosk in front of the train station.

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October Trail Work Report

October 19, 2016

  Volunteer Deb Charleson repainted the Watt’s Mill Trailhead sign. Standing tall for another 10 years Wampum Chapter volunteers kept the DR Field and Brush mower running hot this past month, tackling basic maintenance issues on the Cemex property from River Rd. to Fletcher Hill Road, and at the trailhead area at Watt’s Mill.  All [...]

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