Mill Cove Environmental Area News Updates


Adirondack Shelter recently constructed by Boy Scout Benjamin Wolf and his fellow scouts for a start on the Mill Cove Primitive Camping area. One more element of the overall Mill Cove Master Plan. Many thanks to Ben for his vision and efforts to make this happen.


Cheers to our PR Workshop students! And a thank you to their client, Marilyn Jones from Mill Cove Environmental Center!


Benjamin Wolf has completed the Campfire Circle with the rustic benches  made from a fallen pine trees taken from the Mill Cove Environmental Area.  If you see Ben let him know how much this adds to the area and how much we all appreciate his efforts for the publics enjoyment.

Dominion Energy Foundation Grant

Thank you Dominion Energy!

 The Dominion Energy Foundation provided Mill Cove with an $8,000 grant to sponsor the Earth Day Celebration at Mill Cove in April.

Ron Minnick Operations manager for Dominion presents check to Rob Carleton, Mill Cove Inc. Treasurer. 

Also in the photo were members of the Earth Day Committee - Dave Flesch, Earth Day Chairman, Marilyn Jones, Pat Butts and Dawn Hull.

Fish Stocking Thursday May 3rd, 2018

Busy Day at Mill Cove today -- these little guys were napping 30 feet off the ground, no sign of mama, but had to have been close. PA Fish Commission and volunteers stocked Mill Creek with some truly big trout.

Check out the Phone sSection for pictures from this day.


Two wonderful presentations: Benjamin Wolf described his Primitive Camp Eagle Scout Project which helps to enhance the Mill Cove Master Plan. 

Rawley Cogan, Executive Director of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, provided a very challenging and visionary Keynote talk about the future possibilities for the Mill Cove Environmental Education Center.

* see more pictures of the meeting in the Mill Cove Photo Vault section


Growing Greener Stream Bank Stabilization Project at Mill Cove.

Riparian Planting along the Growing Greener Stream-bank Stabilization Project at Mill Cove. Many thanks to these volunteers for their time and brawn in planting over 100 Willow spikes to put the finishing touches on this major Mill Cove Improvement.


Happy to report that most of the willow spikes that were planted 2 weeks ago along the Growing Greener project have leafed-out and are taking root. A wet spring has helped! Thanks again to the Board Members and volunteers who made this possible.

Recent Events

Earth Day 2018 on Wellsboro Homepage.

Once again Vandalism at Mill Cove.

The recently constructed restroom facility above the main pavilion has been desecrated with extensive obnoxious graffiti. These types of actions cost everybody. The restrooms will have to be shut down while clean-up occurs. Donations & volunteers were used to build it, now donations & volunteers will be required to clean and re-paint.  Please contact 570-549-2794 with any information leading to the perpetrators of this travesty.  State Police will be requested to investigate.

More images available on Our Facebook page.


2018 Annual Meeting Announcement

The 2018 Annual Mill Cove Environmental Area and Education Center Meeting will be on June 20th from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM with our special guest speaker being Rawley D. Cogan, President, CEO, and co-founder of The Keystone Elk Country Alliance.

All members and the public is invited to attend.  Dinner reservations are required by calling 570-549-2794.

Rawley's biography:

Rawland D. Cogan (Rawley) is the President and CEO and co-founder of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. The Keystone Elk Country Alliance is a Pennsylvania based 501 (c) (3) wildlife conservation organization that manages and operates the Elk Country Visitor Center. Prior to working with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, Rawley worked as a Lands Program Manager for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His career with the PA Game Commission began in 1982 with field research involving elk home range and movements, elk/human conflicts and mitigation, aerial survey and population estimates, calf survival and elk habitat preference. He is a wildlife biologist with 20 years of experience with the state wildlife agency as an Elk Biologist and 16 years of experience working in non-profit conservation organizations. Rawley completed a Master’s Degree at Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, a Bachelor Degree at Slippery Rock University in Natural Resource Management and an Associate Degree at Penn State in Wildlife Technology.  

His research work has been published in The Wildlife Society and National Geographic. Rawley has narrated and co-authored the script for the Pennsylvania Game Commission video titled; Pennsylvania Elk; Reclaiming the Alleghenies, presented lectures throughout the country on Pennsylvania Elk, appeared on numerous television shows, is a host of the national TV show TomBob Outdoors, Friends in Wild Places, is a life member of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, holds memberships with the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International. Rawley currently is working in partnership with Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to manage and operate the Elk Country Visitor Center. The Elk Center attracts over 481,000 visitors annually.


 "It's a wonderful place, and great for the youths to meet."

"The improvements to the area have been great!"

"Great event! Didn’t get any pics but we also enjoyed Van Wagner’s music. Quite the exciting falconry show. The red-tailed hawk self-released to the wild."

"Great day at Mill Cove, some locals still don't know what is available there! ! Jean told me that she had sent out 100 letters for vendors and had 50 there today, some people are missing the boat. But there's get improvement each year, congrats to all for a very successful event!"

"Beautiful area with a great mission by many that are involved."

Facility Updates


As seen to the left

The Engineering Design for the Mill Cove Shooting Range was begun by the Larson Design Group in early 2014.  Construction of the earthwork was completed with the very generous donation of labor and equipment by the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority during the summer of 2015.  Interior finish grading and drainage, the shooting shelter and the 40 x 60 storage building was constructed the following year. The major components of the range such as the backstop material/height, side berms, ground surface/slope are all in compliance with the NRA design manual. The Shooting Range access road was constructed under contact with Mill Creek Paving & Excavating and the Storage Building by Buildings, Inc. of Covington.

The project consists of a 50-yard shooting range with earthen backstop and berms, covered shooting benches, a 40 x 60 storage building with privy type restrooms, interior drainage and retention basin, gravel parking area and an access road.

The Shooting Range is for group events and training and can only be used when a certified range officer is on site. The range may be reserved for use by organized groups. Possession of a loaded firearm is prohibited, except at an established shooting station on the firing line. Discharging armor-piercing, incendiary, tracer or multiple projection (including shotgun) ammunition or use of clay birds or automatic firearms is prohibited.  Because of insurance issues, individual or personal use of the range cannot be allowed.


To reserve the range for a group event call: 570-549-2794