A free program that promotes literacy and environmental awareness among young children will once again be offered on Friday mornings this summer beginning July 4, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford.


A free program that promotes literacy and environmental awareness among young children will once again be offered on Friday mornings this summer beginning July 4, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford.

The Reading Ranger program, geared for youngsters aged  four to nine, includes a read-aloud story and craft activity. Both the book and the craft activity will focus on an environmental or nature topic.

The programs, which begin at 10 am, are scheduled for Fridays July 4, 11, 18 and 25. They are free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Reservations are suggested. Call 570-296-9671 or email at greytowers@fs.fed.us to reserve a spot for your child(ren).

Grey Towers, former home of Cornelia and Gifford Pinchot, two-term governor of Pennsylvania and founder and first chief of the USDA Forest Service, was donated to the US Forest Service by the Pinchot family in 1963.

Today the estate is a model for historic preservation and stewardship for the Forest Service, an educational resource and a center for natural resource leadership development. Public programs such as the Reading Ranger program enable the Forest Service to continue the Pinchot legacy, which includes a tradition of inviting the community into the home.