About Shavers Creek

Shaver’s Creek was founded in 1976 as a resource for the community, and as a field laboratory for Penn State students to get hands-on experience teaching about the natural world. The programs at our Environmental Center, Outdoor School, Raptor Center, and Team Development Center provide a mix of educational and recreational opportunities for families, schools, corporate groups, and Penn State students.

Visitor Information

Planning a trip to Shaver’s Creek? Get directions, take a virtual tour, read about our resident birds of prey, download a hiking map, and learn about our rental facilities.


Find out more about Shaver’s Creek’s initiatives to become a zero waste facility, promote native plantings and sustainable forestry, and capture 100 years of stories about our surroundings through our Long-Term Ecological Reflections Project.

Meet the Staff

Get to know the smiling faces that will greet you during your next visit, course, or program at Shaver’s Creek.

Contact Us

If you have a specific question for us — such as how to register for summer camp, what bird species you have at your feeder, what 1-credit courses we have to offer, or when the best time of year is to find skunk cabbage — find out who can answer your questions at Shaver’s Creek.

Environmental Partners

Shaver’s Creek is always looking to partner with like-minded organizations for programs and events. See who we’ve teamed up with to further our quest to connect people to people, and people to the natural world.

Multimedia and Videos about Shaver’s Creek

Hungry for more information about Shaver’s Creek? Check out our collection of multimedia and videos that capture what we do here at Penn State’s nature center!

Shaver's Creek Mission

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center is committed to extending the University's Outreach mission of instruction, service, and research. Through quality programs, we teach, model, and provide the knowledge, values, skills, experiences, and dedication that enable individuals and communities to achieve and maintain harmony between human activities and the natural systems that support all living species.

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