Dual fundraisers planned for Shaver's Creek May 4-5

April 27, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will hold two major fundraising events in early May that promote the important connection between native plants and the health of native wildlife species. The Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival and the Birding Cup will both take place on the first weekend of May at Shaver’s Creek in Petersburg, Pa.

Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival

Visitors will be able to purchase plants and learn more about native plant gardening. Penn State Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and provide gardening tips to avid gardeners and landscapers. Plant lovers can also learn about using native plants to attract birds and pollinators. Vendors will also be selling locally grown raw and prepared foods.

Admission to the Native Plant Festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, is free. Last year’s event drew more than 1,000 plant lovers.

The Plant Festival is sponsored by Shaver’s Creek and the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society. This is the second year that the two organizations have partnered to raise money.

Birding Cup

The public is also invited to pledge support for participants in the Birding Cup, a 24-hour bird-watching competition. The Birding Cup features more than a dozen teams competing to classify the most species and raise the most money for Shaver's Creek.

The competition begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, and ends at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Participants in the Birding Cup can drive, walk or ride bikes to find birds. The record for most bird species spotted was 160 in 2006. Last year’s Birding Cup raised $12,000.

Both fundraisers highlight the importance of native plant species to the health of wildlife, particularly birds, said Joshua Potter, marketing information coordinator for Shaver’s Creek.

“Both events raise money to support invasive plant species removal and native species planting — specifically for wildlife — around Shaver’s Creek,” Potter said.

Non-native, invasive plants can experience rapid population growth, have few natural controls such as insects and diseases, and can prevent other species from growing in the same areas. This can degrade habitat health if native plant species that wildlife utilize for food or shelter are displaced.

For more information, call 814-863-2000 or visit www.ShaversCreek.org online.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center has spent more than 35 years striving to help people and communities learn to live in harmony with our natural environment that supports all life. Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated April 30, 2012