Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for more information about the work that we do? This is a collection of all the questions we are asked most often, listed here for your convenience. If there is anything we didn’t cover, please let us know.
Q: Where are the three parks located, and what can I find at each?
A: Our namesake parks are all conveniently located within 10-15 miles of each other in western Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Pittsburgh. Moraine is the easiest to spot on a map, marked by Lake Arthur to the east of Interstate 79 on Route 422. It is a popular destination for water sports and hiking. Its sister park is McConnells Mill to the west. Known for its scenic and rugged landscape, as well as its beautiful mill and covered bridge, the park is a popular filming and hiking destination. North of Moraine, Jennings Environmental Education Center is known for its educational outreach programs and relic prairie ecosystem, which is home to an endangered species and several magnificent wildflower varieties. All parks have a distinct charm and make excellent daytrip destinations.
Q: Why should I join 3MJC? Where do membership dues go?
A: First of all, you are not required or expected to join 3MJC to enjoy the parks or participate in our programming - the parks are meant to be enjoyed by all, as are our programs and events! As a friends group, 3MJC exists to support the parks and provide them with immediate access to funding and volunteers. Contrary to popular belief, the parks do not receive significant funding and are often faced with budgetary constraints that limit their activities. Their staff must also jump through hoops to get basic necessities. We provide them with an extra source of funds to achieve their goals. 100% of donations made to 3MJC stay within the parks and our communities. We do not get paid, and our executive board consists entirely of volunteers who donate their time to the cause. We offer membership as a way for you to show your support for our organization and to help fund our activities. Membership dues go to a general fund that is used to pay for things such as website hosting, brochure printing, and various other essentials. However, it is important to note that we give you the option to donate your dues directly to a specific park rather than the general fund - those funds will then be directly accessible to the park staff to use as they see fit. For example, in the past our funds have been used to purchase art supplies for park education programs, security cameras for the park facilities, and more. Think of it as a donation. And to thank you for your membership and support, we offer several members-only events throughout the year and numerous other membership benefits.
Q: I would like to bring a group to the Muddy Creek Oil Field or Foltz Schoolhouse, but the facility is not open on the day we need. Do you accept reservations?
A: Because our organization consists entirely of volunteers, our operations are limited by volunteer availability. We can usually accommodate groups and often open outside of our regular schedule to do so, though we can't make any guarantees. However, we are always excited to welcome interested groups, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and we will let you know.
Q: Do you operate the boat that goes around Moraine/Lake Arthur?
A: No, but our friends at the Moraine Preservation Fund do! Please visit them at their website to learn more about this incredible experience!
Q: Are you park employees?
A: Though you'll often see us next to park employees at festivals, and the park managers attend most of our meetings, we are not park employees. We are all volunteers and work closely with the park staff.
Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?
A: Yes, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Q: How can I get more involved?
A: We offer many volunteer and social opportunities throughout the year. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more details! If you're interested in playing a more active role in the parks, we encourage you to consider joining our Executive Board. We are always seeking new ideas and there is no application or commitment required! Our board meets every month or two, sometimes in person, sometimes via Zoom, to plan future meetings and events, discuss volunteer opportunities, and brainstorm ways to help the parks. It's an excellent way to boster your resume, create meaningful change, and have fun! Email us at email@example.com to learn more.