Summer Camps

Thank you for considering Summer Camps at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. We offer a wide range of camps each summer for kids ages 4–15. From Wee Wonderers to Rock’n River Adventures, we have a camp to engage and excite your young outdoor explorer. At Shaver’s Creek, we’ve been inspiring discovery since 1976!

2015 Summer Day Camps


Counselors play an active game with young campers

Wee Wonderers Camp

Ages: 4–5 (preschool/kindergarten)
Cost: $75 nonmembers/$60 members
Date: July 28–30 Full, waitlist only!

This program is for preschoolers and kindergartners. We’ll wander the trails in search of special places and animal friends. As we share stories and art, parents have the option of enjoying the center or a nearby trail. The camp concludes with a parade and ice cream celebration.


Students examine items found in a local stream

Discovery and Explorer Camps

The Discovery and Explorer campers will spend each day in a group of about 12 children, using Shaver’s Creek’s woods, streams, and meadows as a backdrop for investigating nature awareness, natural cycles, and the interrelationships of living things. Each year campers will focus on a new theme for the week, such as reptiles, birds, or plant cycles. On Thursday the campers should bring old shoes for stream exploration. An experienced Shaver’s Creek staff member and a leader-in-training will guide each group.

The Discovery and Explorer campers and their families are invited to participate in the Friday evening picnic and camp-out. Enjoy ice cream, campfire performances, a night walk, and a Saturday morning pancake breakfast.

Discovery Camp Ages: 6–8, entering first through third grades
Explorer Camp Ages: 9–11, entering fourth through sixth grades

Discovery and Explorer Four-Day Camp Sessions
Cost: $155 nonmembers/$125 members
Dates (Choose one):
June 16–19
June 23–26
July 21–24 Full, no waitlist
August 4–7

The four-day sessions are held from Tuesday through Friday:
Tuesday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Discovery and Explorer Five-Day Camp Sessions
Cost: $190 nonmembers/$150 members
Dates (Choose one):
June 29–July 3 Full, no waitlist
July 13–17 Full, no waitlist

The five-day sessions are held from Monday through Friday:
Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Transportation option for these five-day sessions only:
For an additional fee, bus transportation will be provided from Penn State student lot 82, accessible from Park Avenue. Drop-off will be from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m., and pickup will be from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.


Rock’n River Adventures

Ages: 12–15
Cost: $390 nonmembers/$340 members
Dates (Choose one):
June 15–19 Full, waitlist only
June 22–26 Full, waitlist only
July 6–10 Full, waitlist only
July 13–17 Full, waitlist only
July 20–24 One spot available

Tell your friends about this great chance to participate in adventure activities this summer! Each day we will be in a different spot in the Centre Region — catching the currents as we canoe on rivers, caving through our stellar limestone formations, rock climbing on sandstone crags, or exploring our cool, shaded forests on mountain bikes or on foot. Come ready for action, rain or shine. We will meet each morning at the picnic area on the corner of Park Avenue and University Drive. There is no additional fee for transportation for Rock’n River Adventures.

Rock’n River Adventures is held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Wild About Art

Ages: 12–14
Cost: $155 nonmembers/$125 members
Date: July 28–31, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Wild About Art has been canceled for 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Inspired by the birds of prey and other resident animals at Shaver’s Creek and the trails surrounding the center, we will spend time exploring the natural world and observing the details hidden in what seems to be ordinary. Then we will develop various types of artwork based on our discoveries. The week will end with a gallery walk for families and friends of the campers.


Two girls paddling a canoe

Aquatic Adventures

Ages: 12–14
Cost: $155 nonmembers/$125 members
Date: July 21–24 Full, waitlist only

What is a watershed, and why should we care? Join us as we explore the Juniata River watershed, investigate streams and lakes, go canoeing, and study various ecosystems. Be prepared to get wet and have fun in the process!


A Shaver's Creek leaders-in-training session

Leaders-in-Training (LIT)

Ages: 14–17
Cost: No cost for accepted applicants

Assist with camps for ages 4–11
Improve your leadership skills by assisting staff members in leading day camp activities and contributing to the magic of discovery. If you are interested in participating in our LIT program, click here to apply. This is NOT a full summer commitment—LIT’s typically participate in one or more selected weeks of camp per summer based on availability. Please note that the LIT schedule will start to be created and offers will begin to be made after May 11, 2015. Applications will be accepted after this date but without guarantee of available space. For more information, email LIT Coordinator Matt Marsden at mgm181(at)

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