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Sep 022010

The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle was built with green features.

From Green Right Now Reports

Pennsylvania officials today opened the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, offering visitors modern accommodations and an up-close experience with nature. The 18,500-square foot inn also demonstrates the use of environmentally friendly architecture and green technology, and explains it to visitors.

“Our vision was to expand the range of overnight accommodations in our state park system to attract new visitors,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley said in a statement. “You can now stay the night at a primitive tent site, a yurt, camping cottage or modern cabin, or have modern conveniences provided at the Nature Inn, depending on your preference.

“As a southern entrance point to the 12-county Pennsylvania Wilds, this Nature Inn will welcome people to a region known for its wealth of state parks and forests and opportunities for wildlife watching and many other outdoor adventures,” Quigley said.

The Inn’s green features include a high efficiency geothermal heating and cooling system, solar collectors to heat water for showers and laundry, five rain barrels and four large cisterns to collect and harvest rainwater for flushing toilets and low-water-use plumbing fixtures and high efficiency lighting. Pennsylvania hardwoods from certified sustainable forests were used in the structure, finishes and furnishings. The building has direct access to hiking and biking trails to enable and encourage healthy interaction with park resources.

Each of the inn’s 16 rooms is named for a different bird and features coordinating prints by artists John James Audubon and Ned Smith. Every spring, songbirds including warblers, flycatchers and swallows, display courtship rituals and sing enchanting melodies while searching for nesting spots in the park. Boaters and beach-goers commonly see herons, gulls, geese and osprey around the lake. In the fall, visitors can find migrating mergansers, cormorants and buffleheads on the lake.

Featuring several works of art by local artisans including a large stained-glass window of a bald eagle, and butternut wood fireplace mantels and oak frames in the guest rooms, the inn will display artisan products and connect people to the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail.

Bald Eagle State Park is located in Centre County, not far from Interstate 80. The inn is approximately a 3-hour drive from Pittsburgh; slightly longer from Philadelphia.

More information

  • Learn more about the Nature Inn online or call 814-625-2879