Mapping & GIS

WeConservePA researches, analyzes, and publishes geographic information in support of conservation. We also provide a forum for creators and users of conservation-related spatial data and analysis. Learn more.

WeConservePA's Conservation Tools


WeConservePA researches and develops guidance on topics ranging from land and easement acquisition and stewardship to conservation finance, from land use planning to organizational management. WeConservePA’s 140 wholly original guides range from one to a hundred pages in length as appropriate to the content.

Model Documents

WeConservePA develops and maintains model documents to help nonprofits and governments be efficient and effective. The models—most accompanied by a commentary rich with explanations and optional and alternative provisions—are the products of extensive research, scrutiny by legal professionals, real world testing, and user feedback.


WeConservePA hosts more than 1500 documents relevant to conservation professionals and volunteers in its library. We also provide information on hundreds of experts and other resources.

Sign Gallery

WeConservePA’s sign gallery houses a collection of example signage for conservation organizations and trail groups. Learn more.


WeConservePA’s Vimeo page houses recordings of WeConservePA’s virtual educational and training offerings.


Parks & Preserves

Example message regarding COVID-19. Natural Lands’ example of a message to the public regarding COVID-19.

How Can Public Space Managers Fight COVID-19? Guidance for public space managers on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Keeping a Safe Physical Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recommendations on maintaining social distancing on parks and trails.

How Clean Are Your Children’s Playgrounds? Hygiene guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds.

State Park and Forest Open Spaces Are Open But Subsidiary Facilities Are Closed. Article outlining the closure of DCNR facilities until April 30, 2020.

Guide to Recreation During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Desktop Easement Monitoring in a Pandemic. Guidance from Brandywine Conservancy on the monitoring of conservation easements from home.

Recreation and Park Facility Reopening Guidelines. Guide developed by Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society and based on the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.


Pedaling in a Pandemic. Guidance on riding safely during COVID-19.

Sharing the Trail. Video resource on how to ride safely on congested trails.

Keeping a Safe Physical Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recommendations on maintaining social distancing on parks and trails.

How You Can Support Bike Shops, Event Organizers, and Cycling Non-Profits. Guidance on how to support the cycling community during COVID-19.

Using Trails and Outdoor Spaces Safely in the Wake of COVID-19. Guidance on safely utilizing trails during COVID-19.

Runners Share How They Are Social Distancing on Crowded Trails. Guidance on social distancing for runners.

Financial Assistance

PPP Loan Forgiveness. Resources from the Walz Group on preparing for PPP loan forgiveness.

Ten Things We Need to Know About Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness. Point by point discussion on the top 10 unclear items of the CARES Act.

CARES Act: How to Apply for Non-Profit Relief Funds. Guide on how to proceed with filing for assistance from the CARES Act.

The Skinny on What You Need to Get a Small Business (under 500 employees), Forgivable Loan. Guide on the new CARES Act, which gives nonprofits and small business access to funds aimed at helping to meet the COVID-19 emergency.

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act. Chart detailing loan options, eligibility criteria, and application information.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), these loans provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.


Can Your Organization Raise Money Now? Discusses the viability of fundraising during COVID-19 and outlines some recommendations for a way forward.

What if Donors Stop Giving? Outlines what can be done regarding mid-level, major and planned giving fundraising during the COVID-19 crisis.

Love for Fundraisers in the Time of Coronavirus. Explains the importance of fundraising during and after COVID-19.

Coronavirus Fundraising: Steal These Ideas. Guidance on being innovative in fundraising efforts during COVID-19.

Coronavirus and Fundraising – Getting Real and Getting Creative. Ideas on personal ways to reach out to donors.

Tough Times Call for Tough Action: A Decision Framework For Non-Profit Leaders and Boards.  Advice on risk management, lending, financial analysis, mergers/collaborations, and restructuring/dissolution.

How to Raise Money if Your Non-Profit Isn’t Responding Directly to the Pandemic. Communications guidance for non-profits that are not responding directly to COVID-19.

Legacy Fundraising: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times? Guidance on legacy fundraising during COVID-19.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program. Facebook is providing in $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during COVID-19.

Coronavirus research findings. What do donors think about giving now? Part 2. Research study on attitudes towards giving in time of COVID-19.

Value of Open Space in Trying Times

During Pandemic, Conservancy Leaders Encourage Public To Seek Solace At Local Nature Preserves. Article discussing the restorative power of  PA nature preserves during trying times.

Investment in Local Open Space, Greenways and Trails is Critical. Opinion piece arguing for the prioritization of investment in parks, trails and green spaces.

Our Parks and Greenspaces Matter More Than Ever. Joint position statement from Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society and Pennsylvania Parks & Forest Foundation.

In a Bleak Year, the Natural World Stirs Hope. Opinion piece on how nature provides hope during COVID-19.

More Time Out in Nature Is an Unexpected Benefit of the COVID-19 Sheltering Rules. Article on the restorative effects of nature on mental health during COVID-19.

Human Resources & Workplace Safety

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance on preventing non-healthcare workplace exposures to COVID-19 and planning considerations for community spread of COVID-19.

Toolkit for Parks and Recreation Facilities. CDC Guidance and tools to help parks and recreational facilities make decisions and protect employees and visitors.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility. Guide on disinfecting facilities.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. Recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

Request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Form developed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Request for Expanded FMLA Leave (Coronavirus). Form developed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Vendors and Clients: Doing Business with Berks Nature in Pennsylvania’s Yellow and Red Phase that Requires and In-Person Meeting. Example business guidance from Berks Nature during Pennsylvania’s reopening phases.

Vendors and Clients: Doing Business with Berks Nature in Pennsylvania’s Yellow and Red Phase that Requires and In-Person Meeting. Guidelines from Berks Nature on holding an in-person meeting during the red and yellow phases of Pennsylvania’s reopening.

Messages from Conservation Leaders

Nature Notes: We Save Nature. Nature Saves Us. Message from the president of Lancaster Conservancy on the importance of nature during COVID-19.

Escape Isolation and Find Yourself Outside. Message from the president of Natural Lands on the ability to escape COVID-19 isolation at Natural Lands’ preserves.

You ARE making a difference, thank you! Message to supporters from Executive Director of Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy thanking them for supporting conservation efforts.

A note from our President Phil Wenger: A time for healing. Message on the healing of nature and the healing of ourselves from the president of Lancaster Conservancy.

Checking in! Here’s how NPC is doing…how are you doing?! Checking in and thank you message from Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy.


Esri Disaster Response Program. Esri is providing the ArcGIS Hub Coronavirus Response template at no cost through a complimentary six-month subscription of ArcGIS Online with ArcGIS Hub Basic. ArcGIS Hub is a framework to build your own website to visualize and analyze the COVID-19 crisis in the context of your organization’s or community’s population and assets.

Could schools hold classes outdoors? Denmark tried it, and it worked. Article on how COVID-19 transmission decreases outdoors.

Interim Guidance for Event Planners. COVID-19 interim guidance for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events.

Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure. Insight piece on adapting to conditions of a crisis.

Notarization and Coronavirus. FAQs on providing notary services during COVID-19.