Penn State’s outdoor education field lab and nature center is set to undergo major construction following approval today (Feb. 24) by the Penn State Board of Trustees for an expansion project at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center that will be the first major facility upgrade in its 41-year history.
Pete Allison, associate professor for the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and Shaver’s Creek at Penn State, recently discussed the concept of experiential learning at the annual Czech Philosophy of Sport Conference at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In the conference keynote, Allison discussed the importance of educating for the “grande passion,” a powerful, internal motivation to learn and pursue one’s interests.
A new project out of the College of Education’s Learning, Design and Technology program will bring together area libraries, museums and STEM experts to provide hands-on, inquiry-based workshops to the Centre and Huntingdon county region.
Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will be closed temporarily starting Sept. 5 to prepare for its major expansion and renovation project. The visitor center will remain closed through most of 2017.
Eric Burkhart, plant science program director at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, will present “Pharmacy in the Forest: Cultivating and Conserving Native Medicinal Plants” at Research Unplugged at 12:30 p.m. March 31 in Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College.
During the Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, visitors can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast while learning about the maple sugaring process from tree to table. The festival will be held at Shaver’s Creek on March 19 and 20 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Like a dependable flock of third-shift insect-control workers, bats can eat up to 3,000 insects every night. Now the once-plentiful nocturnal master of northeastern summers is threatened by a mysterious fungal disease. Researchers say that during the last decade, white-nose syndrome has decimated much of the region’s cave-dwelling bat populations, and cratered entire bat species.
At Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, classroom space is often filled to capacity, stretching the limits of the more than 75-year-old facility that has never gone through a major renovation. For the first time, Shaver’s Creek will undergo major improvements and new construction to help serve the current demand.
In a related story, Stone Valley's Lake Perez reopened in April. (http://news.psu.edu/story/343293/2015/02/03/campus-life/stone-valley%E2%...).
The Fall Harvest Festival and Children’s Halloween Trail at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25. About 1,500 visitors are expected to attend the free annual festival, which features pumpkin carving, games, live music, storytelling, face painting, food and animal programs.
Just twelve miles from Penn State's University Park campus, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center offers opportunities for students and the community to experience some of the best of Pennsylvania's natural environment.
In June, “This is Penn State” offers a close-up look at Shaver’s Creek -- especially the feathers and scales. The monthly Web series shines a spotlight on things that make Penn State exceptional, whether it’s in the middle of campus or off the beaten path.
The harsh winter throughout central Pennsylvania won’t stop a more than 30 year annual tradition at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. The Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast will return from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21-22.
American ginseng is disappearing from the forests of Pennsylvania and Appalachia, and a Penn State plant scientist is working with landowners and law enforcement to try to reverse that trend.
Stone Valley Forest, a 6,775-acre property primarily in Barree Township, Huntingdon County, is perhaps best known for outdoor recreation that is free to the public, also serves as a petri dish for faculty and student research.