Discover Pennsylvania for Kids!

State Symbols

White-tailed deer, K4s 1361 Steam locomotive, and Mountain laurel
image of Piper J-3 Cub

Aircraft:


Piper J-3 Cub
image of White-tailed Deer

Animal:


White-tailed deer
image of Penngift crownvetch

Beautification and conservation plant:


Penngift crownvetch
image of milk

Beverage:


Milk
image of Ruffed Grouse

Bird:


Ruffed Grouse
image of Great Dane

Dog:


Great Dane
image of GG1 4859

Electric locomotive:


GG1 4859
image of Pennsylvania long rifle

Firearm:


Pennsylvania long rifle
image of Brook trout

Fish:


Brook trout
image of Mountain laurel

Flower:


Mountain laurel
image of Phacops rana

Fossil:


Phacops rana (a small water animal)
image of Pennsylvania firefly

Insect:


Pennsylvania firefly
image of Pennsylvania quarter

Motto:


“Virtue, Liberty, and Independence”
image of keystone marked PA

Nickname:


“Keystone State”
image of US Brig Niagara

Ship


US Brig Niagara
image of K4s Steam locomotive

Steam locomotive:


K4s 1361 and K4s 3750
image of Eastern hemlock

Tree:


Eastern hemlock

Our Flag

PA flag on flagpole

Pennsylvania's current flag design was officially adopted in 1907. The centered coat of arms (from 1777) sits on that blue field and contains the official seal of the William Penn family, the founding family of Pennsylvania. That seal is flanked by two draft horses and contains a ship, plow, and sheaves of wheat. A bald eagle sits at its top. 

The draped ribbon at the bottom reads: "Virtue, Liberty and Independence," the state's motto.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE SONG

“Pennsylvania”

illustration: Ben Franklin conducting music

Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
Mighty is your name,
Steeped in glory and tradition,
Object of acclaim.
Where brave men fought the foe of freedom,
Tyranny decried,
Til the bell of independence
filled the countryside.

illustration: Ben Franklin conducting music
CHORUS

Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
May your future be,
filled with honor everlasting
as your history.

Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
Blessed by God's own hand,
Birthplace of a mighty nation,
Keystone of the land.
Where first our country's flag unfolded,
Freedom to proclaim,
May the voices of tomorrow
glorify your name.

CHORUS

Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
May your future be,
filled with honor everlasting
as your history.

illustration: three kids singing
Pennsylvania became the official state song when it was signed into law on November 29, 1990.