The Penn National Community, one of the Nation's Best Places to Retire, has been designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat


Red-tailed hawk with two chicks in nest.

The Founders and Iron Forge golf courses have been designated Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

To achieve the certification, areas must provide at least three sources of food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise young. At Penn National, mature trees provide nuts, berries, fruits and nesting habitat for birds and small mammals. In addition, several large ponds provide water for wildlife, as well as habitat for turtles, frogs and fish. Tall grasses, dense shrubs and perennial flowers provide seeds and cover for a variety of wildlife, including ground-nesting birds. Penn National also maintains bluebird houses, which are monitored by a community resident.

Patrice Nitterhouse, vice president of White Rock Inc., developer of the Penn National Community, says providing habitat for wildlife on the golf courses makes sense for the Penn National community and dovetails with White Rock’s philosophy. “Having living things here contributes to the beauty and enhances the experience with nature that people have when they visit Penn National and play our golf courses”.

Penn National is home to a variety of wildlife including red-tailed hawks, great-horned owls, deer, foxes, black snakes, frogs, turtles, squirrels, rabbits, fish and a wide variety of birds. Even bald eagles have been spotted.

Penn National and its golf courses are adjacent to 85,000-acres Michaux State Forest, which provides additional habitat for wildlife close-by.

Penn National is a thriving community of more than 1,000 families, with two nationally-recognized, 18-hole championship golf courses. In addition, the Community is not only one of the best places to retire in PA but also one of the best places to retire in the United States as evidenced by its inclusion in Where to Retire Magazine's "50 Best Master-Planned Communities" in the United States.


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