The South Mountain Partnership

We are a network of partners guiding the efforts of the
South Mountain Conservation Landscape.

The South Mountain Partnership (SMP) is a collaborative network of people and organizations protecting and promoting the agricultural, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the region in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties of southcentral Pennsylvania. SMP is one of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) eight identified conservation landscapes.




Our Conservation Network

The South Mountain Partnership brings people together to highlight the importance of our landscape and take action to secure its future.

A Pennsylvania Conservation Landscape — we are a broad coalition of partners collaborating to conserve Landscape Resources to enrich the quality of life and sense of place of the South Mountain region’s citizens and communities.

Art in the Park: Summer Art Camp SESSION TWO–2024


Information and Application Deadline

Research Grants

The South Mountain Research Corps (SMRC) is seeking opportunities to support academic and student-focused research in environmental sciences, forestry, agriculture, cultural and historic resources, geology, geography, and land use planning. Linked here are four PDF documents that list potential inventory, research, and monitoring priorities that could be conducted on public or private lands within the South Mountain landscape.

Flex Grants

The Friends of  South Mountain Partnership (FOSMP) and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has funding available to support  initiatives within our community that further the goals of the Partnership and advance the capacity of partners throughout the region. This small-scale funding opportunity  is intended to support projects not traditionally eligible for the SMP Mini-Grant program.


The South Mountain Partnership’s Mini-Grant Program is intended to catalyze on-the-ground projects that further the goals of the Partnership, and to advance the capacity of partners to complete projects throughout the region. The Program provides funding, on a competitive basis, to projects that sustain the South Mountain landscape’s sense of place by protecting and promoting the region’s Landscape Resources.

Our Impact

Our work within the region

Get Involved

The South Mountain Partnership works best as a network of people and organizations working toward common goals. Becoming a partner is easy and free. Our partners commit to support the vision and mission of the Partnership and participate in these ways:

  • Attend Partnership meetings and events
  • Read Partnership e-newsletters, communications, and reports
  • Share relevant information and participate when possible
  • Keep the Partnership informed of their organization’s related activities
  • Increase access to the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of our region to all people while also creating a welcoming community for all partners.

The Friends of the South Mountain Partnership (FOSMP) works to ensure the South Mountain Partnership is a resilient and powerful force for good in our region by fundraising for specific programs like our Flex Grants.

Lake with boy standing near rocks
Photo Credit: Jessica Mitchell

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