To accommodate construction, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will be closed Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30.

40th Anniversary of Earth Day!

This Earth Day, Let’s Get Smart, Get Healthy, and Get Kids Outside! Join the No Child Left Inside Coalition and Earth Day Network as they call on parents, teachers, and schools across the country to take kids outside to learn on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010. We all know that Mother…

Turtles, Snakes, Frogs, and Toads, Oh my!

The Creek is crawling with water-loving animals in the month of April!  Pictured first is a Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) on the Boardwalk Trail. This large freshwater turtle may hiss when threatened or approached, and should be regarded with caution. It can easily amputate a finger if handled incorrectly.  Pictured next is a Northern…

Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Pennywort @ShaversCreek!

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) can already be seen along Black Walnut trail. A relative of skunk cabbage, both Arums prefer damp soil and contain calcium oxalate crystals that make consumption and digestion unpleasant. Small white flowers will occur along the spadix (“Jack”), which is covered in a hood or spathe (“the Pulpit”).   Pennywort (Obolaria virginica),…

April 7th Bird Walk at Shaver’s Creek

Greetings all, A beautiful morning to be out and about with 30 plus enthusiastic birders. Thirty-four species tallied including rusty blackbird, sapsucker, blue-headed vireo, yellow-rumped and pine warbler. Purple finches sang throughout the walk and we also caught snatches of a ruby-crowned kinglet’s lively song. Surprised to see a tiger swallowtail, but I suppose unusually…

Bloodroot in Bloom!

One of the earliest spring blooms in Pennsylvania, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is easily recognizable by its white petals, yellow reproductive parts, and bright red sap.  The colorful sap, toxic in bloodroot, is characteristic of flowers in the poppy family (Papaveraceae).  These flowers were found on the Twin Bridges trail.  See the full gallery on Posterous