Seeking Volunteers for Spring Outreach Events

The PA/NJ Chapter will have an information table at each of the events below. We count on volunteers to represent TACF at these events and share the story of the American chestnuts. To assist our volunteers we have a great interpretive display and factsheets to hand out. If you are interested in learning more contact Jean Najjar — | 814-863-7192

2023 Forest Landowners Conference
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA
March 24 and 25

This is a great conference for new and experienced forest landowners. We plan to have a table and would welcome your help sharing the story of the American chestnut if you plan to attend. Register today!

2023  Experience Codorus Outdoors (ECO) Event
Codorus State Park, Hanover, PA
Friday and Saturday, June 9 (4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM)

2023 Earth Day at Core Creek
Middletown Township Parks & Recreation, Langhorne, PA
Saturday, April 29 (11:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

2023 Central PA Native Plant Festival and Sale
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College, PA 
Saturday, May 6, 2023 (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
2023 Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival
Manheim Township’s Overlook Park, Lancaster, PA
Saturday, April 29 (8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

To volunteer to represent the PA/NJ Chapter of TACF at any of these events, please contact Jean Najjar. | 814-863-7192


2023 Spring Growers Meeting Goes Metro!

Planting, Growing, and Breeding Basics for American Chestnut
Saturday, April 1, 2023 (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM)
603 Barron Innovation Hub
120 South Burrowes Street
State College, PA

We have reserved a meeting room in the Barron Innovation Hub on South Burrowes Street in State College. This is a brand new building and we will have a great space on the 6th floor. 
We are planning to offer 2 ticket prices to give some flexibility to folks who want to reduce the cost of attending. 
  • Brown Bag Option — $10 enjoy coffee and scones at our coffee social and pack your own lunch 
  • Box Lunch Option– $25 enjoy coffee and scones at our coffee social and choose from 4 Panera Box lunch options when they purchase their ticket. You must purchase this ticket in advance by Monday, March 27th. After this date, you can still attend but you will have to do the brown bag option.

Program Schedule

Presentation and Tour  Descriptions


Purchase your tickets in advance through our online store. Or call our office and RSVP by March 30th. Box lunches must be purchased in advance online by March 27th.

Parking Options

Targeted American Chestnut Conservation Missions

In order to help achieve our wild American conservation objectives, Chapter Board Member, Lake Graboski is setting up targeted “American Chestnut Conservation Missions”. Each mission will identify areas of special interest to our breeding program. We encourage individual hikers and local conservation groups to join these missions to help search for American chestnuts. 

Mission #1: Southwestern PA (Issued 6/3/2022)

Mission #2 Southern New Jersey

Outreach and Education Volunteer Opportunites

Seeking Volunteer as Chapter Historian | Work from Home

We are seeking one or more individuals to play the role of Chapter historian. If you are passionate about history and the American chestnut this could be the perfect way for you to get involved.

Digging into the Records
Back in 2014, Sara oversaw the first transfer of records from TACF (our national organization) and the PA Chapter into the Special Collections library at Penn State. We are preparing to add to this collection once again, with documents and slides given to us from founding members. One task we could use help with is in reviewing and categorizing these records.

Big Picture
More broadly we are seeking someone to become familiar with this collection, so they can help guide our searches for information. Or maybe even call out significant items like anniversary events or milestones.

Updating the Timeline
There is a timeline that needs to be updated and maintained. Currently, this is a simple list but perhaps there is technology to allow this to become a more interactive tool for reviewing historical records. It would be great if we could add photos and links to supporting documents.

Digital Records
As we continue to transition into the digital age, we need to think about which digital records to preserve and how to preserve them. It would be great to have someone to help us think through this transition.

This work can be done remotely. If you are interested, please contact Jean: | 814-863-7192

American Chestnut Activity Sheet | Work from Home

Forest restoration is a multigenerational mission. It is critical that we educate the public about the history of this native tree, its significant role in our forest ecosystem, and our progress to restore it. We have some decent materials for adults but we want to do more to connect with children if we want to ensure three is the next generation to take up the work. We are seeking guidance from professional educators to develop targeted activities for a children’s activity sheet. We want to start with a 2-sided 8 by14 sheet with activities for a variety of ages. Once we have content we will seek assistance from graphic artists to create an attractive layout.

We can work on this remotely over email and zoom as needed.
If you are interested please contact Jean: | 814-863-7192