Penn State Intercom......March 15, 2001

Shaver's Creek Environmental
Center turns 25 this year

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center is throwing a birthday party and holding a staff reunion to mark 25 years of outdoor learning.

The staff members at the University's outdoor learning field lab provided outreach services to more than 150,000 people in the last year. Recent expansion of raptor research has extended the Shaver's Creek repertoire of wildlife conservation education, research and service efforts into wild saw-whet owl banding and a golden eagle count. Memberships, one annual fund-raiser called The Birding Cup and charitable contributions are the main sources of funding for all of these activities.

Here are a few of the coming highlights.

* March 18 and 19: The Maple Harvest Festival features the traditional method of gathering and boiling down sap. Pancakes will be served.

* March 24: "Meet the Birds of Prey" shows begin this weekend and continue from 2 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 2.

* April 19-22: Special Earth Day events include a media day on from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Shaver's Creek will have an exhibit at Earth Day on the HUB lawn on Sunday, April 22.

* Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: A 25-Year Birthday Party is the theme for activities at Shaver's Creek's exhibit and shows on Old Main lawn during Children's Day at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

* Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Several generations of Shaver's Creekers will gather to celebrate their outreach efforts and a legacy of learning during the 25-year staff reunion.

For more information, call the center at (814) 863-2000 or visit the Web site at