VARDEN—For the ninth year running, the Friends of Varden Conservation Area are gearing up for a day of fun centered around preservation of the natural world.

The Ninth Annual Varden Conservation Day kicks off rain or shine this Saturday, September 8, at 10 a.m.

Entrance to the park can be found at the Tannery Access off of Route 296.

The Friends of Varden Conservation Area invite any and all interested to “Join us for a day of learning,” featuring historical highlights, environmental education and a host of community organizations gathered 'round to promote the conservation of natural spaces.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors to Varden Conservation Area can participate in guided hikes, a children's fishing tournament, a silent auction and a live-animal education program presented by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

The assortment of birds and mammals at last year's presentation drew a sizable crowd which filled the teaching pavilion, eager to learn about the rescued animals and their stories.

Many local organizations will also have informational displays set-up for passers-by to peruse at their leisure.

Varden visitors can also enjoy live music, food and prizes at the annual conservation event.

More information about Varden Conservation Day is available online at www.vardenconservationarea.com or on the Friends of Varden Conservation Area Facebook.

More information is also available by calling Promised Land State Park at (570) 676-3428, extension 3.

About the VCA

Varden Conservation Area is 444 acres of land set aside by veterinarian Mead Shaffer to foster an interest in the natural world and provide a respite from an ever-developing world.

The area is maintained by Promised Land State Park, and split into two tracts which each contain myriad hiking trails through forests, along waterways and up to a large stone chimney.

According to the Varden Conservation Area website, this historical monument is the remnants of the Shaffer house, first built as a log structure in the closing years of the 18th Century, later converted into a permanent house, and ultimately destroyed by fire in the later third of the 19th Century.