Gateway Lodge Partners with PA Wilds to Promote EcoTourism; Wellness Retreats, Eco-experiences and Photo Hikes Pepper the Lodge’s 2012 Calendar

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The Gateway Lodge, located in the Pennsylvania Wilds area, continues its commitment to promoting the region’s myriad of outdoor activities with a new lineup of events in 2012. The lodge calendar includes a winter photo walk with local nature photographer Kevin Kaltenbaugh and a Retreat to Wellness Weekend.

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The Gateway Lodge, located in the Pennsylvania Wilds area, continues its commitment to promoting the region’s myriad of outdoor activities with a new lineup of events in 2012. The lodge calendar includes a winter photo walk with local nature photographer Kevin Kaltenbaugh and a Retreat to Wellness Weekend.

The first winter photo walk of the year will take place on Sat Jan 28. Local nature photographer Kevin Kaltenbaugh will go over getting correct exposure in snow, using snow and ice patterns in compositions and tips for photographing in cold weather. Participants are asked to dress for cold conditions, including layers with a hat, gloves and waterproof boots. Subsequent photo walks are scheduled for Sat Feb 18 and Feb 25. The walks are $25 per person.

The Retreat to Wellness Weekend will take place March 16 to 18. The event is a collaboration of local health and wellness community members. The package features workshops, morning exercise sessions, meals, two nights’ suite lodging and a mini spa treatment for $299 per person.

The PA Wilds area covers more than 6.5 million acres of state parks and game lands. Featuring hundreds of miles of backpacking trails and the largest elk herd in the Northeast, this area is the largest block of public land between New York and Chicago. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dedicated this area to a strategy of growth in EcoTourism in 2003 by creating a cabinet level task force. Since then, the project has fostered a myriad of partnerships to protect and preserve the land of current and future generations of outdoor explorers.

The Gateway Lodge celebrates this initiative through exhibiting PA Wilds Artisan Trail works in their onsite gallery, hosting photo walks, canoe trips and herb farm tours, and sourcing local food for their restaurant whenever possible.

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