Become a Member

Shaver’s Creek is your nature center. Membership is a great way to stay connected to the Creek while helping us to sustain our efforts to bring high-quality programs, camps, courses, and festivals to central Pennsylvania. Membership contributions allow us to keep admission to our facility FREE for visitors, and help support many free public programs throughout the year. Membership also helps us to care for our raptors and other animals, and maintain our facility and trails.

While our visitor center and raptor center will be closed in the coming year, we hope you will continue to connect with us through our core operations of Penn State classes, naturalist programs around the state, team development programs that build organizational capacity, and the best summer camps in the area. In this year of transition, we need your support more than ever.

Registration Portal

You can join or renew your Shaver’s Creek membership using our online Registration Portal. This system (introduced last year) allows you to enter your children’s health contact information in advance (or saves it from last year), so when summer camp registration opens, you will be ready to enroll.

When joining or renewing, please ensure that you have completed payment for your selected membership level. In early January, summer camp registration will open on the Registration Portal for members who have joined or renewed by December 31.

Preview this helpful tutorial on the new Registration Portal.

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Shaver’s Creek “Raptor Flight” Membership Levels

In addition to the immense benefit that your support provides for Shaver’s Creek, all members receive:

  • reduced fees on select workshops and programs
  • 10% discount on purchases from the bookstore and gift shop at Shaver’s Creek
  • invitation to our free members’ breakfast on Sunday morning of our Maple Harvest Festival
  • satisfaction that comes from expressing a personal environmental ethic
  • membership privileges at hundreds of other Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) Member Centers around North America

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Students can take advantage of a FREE membership in our Venue of Vultures level. In addition to the previous benefits, students also receive:

  • our student-only newsletter, The Vulture’s Digest
  • updates on cool courses and other opportunities to get outside to find neat stuff

This free membership level is for high school and college students only and does not receive summer camp benefits.

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The Cast of Falcons is our basic membership for individuals and families. Additional benefits starting at this “Flight” include:

  • discounts and an early registration period for our Summer Camps (see details)
  • our periodic print newsletter, Shavings

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For just $10 a month, a member in this “Flight” can support all of our quality programs and receive all the same benefits as Falcons, plus:

  • invitation to our annual Director’s Appreciation Dinner in the fall

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For a $1 per day, members at this level receive all of the Hawk benefits, plus:

  • a visit at your home from our traveling naturalists and one of our raptors, and a nest box to promote farmland raptor conservation
  • the option to join the Parliament of Owls book club and receive exclusive items, such as signed copies and limited editions of books from local authors

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Members in the “Aerie,” or high-nesting home of eagles, receive all of the Owl benefits, as well as:

  • the option to participate in personalized programs developed for them by the staff of Shaver’s Creek
  • an opportunity to meet visiting “LTERPreters” for Shaver’s Creek’s Creek Journals project

Contributors to our new building fund at amounts over $1,000 may also receive membership in the Aerie. Please contact for more details.

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Summer Camp Early Registration

Members at the Cast of Falcons level and above can take advantage of early summer camp registration in early January. This can be helpful, as a number of our camps fill up very quickly in the first few days and weeks of registration. However, you must join or renew your membership by December 31 to receive this benefit! Registration for nonmembers and members joining after December 31 begins in mid-February.

If you would like to become a member between January 1 and mid-February, please email When nonmember registration opens in mid-February, you will be ready to enroll and receive your member discount!

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Endowment Giving

Members are always welcome to “round up” their contribution by giving above and beyond any of the suggested membership levels and add that amount to our endowment for long-term support of the organization. After purchasing your membership online, click the “Donate Now” button to choose your round-up amount to become a part of our annual income — forever! Simply choose “Endowment” from the “Donation Type” pull-down menu.

Shaver’s Creek Membership Year

Our membership year is a calendar-year cycle, starting January 1 and expiring on December 31 of each year. Renewals must be made through our Registration Portal by December 31 of your membership year to receive the early summer camp registration benefit for the upcoming year.

New members joining during certain times of the year have the option to prorate their contribution for the first year of membership based on the following schedule:

April 1–June 30: 75%

July 1–September 30: 50%

October 1–November 30: 25%

New membership on or after December 1 will be extended to the following calendar year.

To prorate your membership, please contact the Membership Coordinator at 814-863-2000 or by emailing

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Alternate Ways to Become a Shaver’s Creek Member

To renew your membership or become a member, please click a membership level button to renew, join, or give online. You may also become a member using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or payroll deduction (for Penn State employees) by calling our Development Office at 814-863-8790. If online registration is not possible for you, contact to request a printable membership form.

“Shaver’s Creek truly is a magical place… It would be a difficult assignment to pinpoint which audience gets the most out of the center: Is it the college student getting firsthand experience in sharing the natural world with children, the five-year-old child tapping a maple tree for the first time, or the community volunteer guiding a group of families from station to station along a magical trail?”

— Jim Campbell, Shaver’s Creek member since 1995

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