Visitor Information

We hope you enjoy your time with us, and return often to visit!

Hours and Directions to Shaver’s Creek

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is nestled in the ridge-and-valley area of central Pennsylvania located between State College and Huntingdon, only 12 miles from Penn State’s University Park campus. We are typically open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from mid-February to mid-December. Admission is free!

The Visitor Center is open until December 16, 2018 and will reopen January 26! Our Raptor Center enclosures are still under construction, so you will not be able to see any of the birds of prey until further notice.
See our Calendar for upcoming events!

Shaver’s Creek is a zero waste facility, which means we send no trash to the landfill. Although we are not a drop-off site for the public, we are able to process small amounts of recycling and compost for visitors. (Some non-recyclable items, such as diapers, must be packed out—see this page for more info.)

Shaver’s Creek is located only a short hike or stone’s skip across Lake Perez from Penn State’s Stone Valley Recreation Area, which has cabins and boats for rent, picnic facilities, and a high ropes course.

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Virtual Tour of Shaver’s Creek

When planning your visit to Shaver’s Creek, check out all the Environmental Center has to offer by viewing a virtual tour of Shaver’s Creek. You’ll learn about and see our native gardens, bookstore/gift shop, picnic areas, Discovery Room with its live animal exhibits and interactive nature activities, and more.

Raptor Center — Birds of Prey

A favorite of many of our visitors, the Raptor Center at Shaver’s Creek has more than 20 non-releasable birds of prey that live on-site, including many species of hawks, owls, and eagles. Learn more about the Raptor Center at Shaver’s Creek and the birds of prey that live here.

Hiking Trails of Stone Valley

The many enticing hiking trails at Shaver’s Creek wind through the surrounding central Pennsylvania woodlands, hillsides, and marshlands of Penn State’s 7,000-acre Stone Valley Forest. When you visit, be sure to make time for the five-minute stroll along our wheelchair- and stroller-friendly path to the boardwalk that crosses over our namesake creek and provides a view of Lake Perez. Download our hiking map and start exploring!


Penn State encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please visit the front office or contact the center at 814-863-2000 before your visit.

Group Visits

Groups of 12 or more require advanced scheduling and a nominal fee.

Note to Dog Owners

Dogs are prohibited in the raptor center at Shaver’s Creek to protect the wellbeing of our resident birds. Additionally, due to the possibility of a blue-green alga growing in Lake Perez that is toxic and potentially fatal to animals, pets are prohibited on the grounds of Stone Valley Recreation Area.

Science Projects and Removing Wildlife from the Water

If you are considering an unguided science project in or around Shaver’s Creek, please note the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s regulations and permits for the taking of aquatic species. The Commonwealth typically requires collectors’ permits for such projects.

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