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Animal Care Program

Shaver’s Creek’s motto is to “Connect people to people and people to nature.” In order to accomplish this, we must ensure that our resident animals have the highest quality of life possible, including species- and individual-specific housing, choice within their mews, and empowerment through training, using positive reinforcement. Our animals are native to Pennsylvania and relate to our conservation initiatives, such as farmland raptors, ridgetop conservation, water quality, and environmental health issues (DDT, Lead Poisoning, etc.).

The Animal Care Program provides career development to Penn State students and interns exploring a career with live animal education and supports academic classes in Wildlife & Fisheries Science; Animal Science; Science Education; and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.

Email Jason Beale at to learn how to connect your class to Shaver’s Creek’s animal ambassadors.

See the Animals

The Animal Care program connects visitors to Pennsylvania’s wildlife through the Litzinger Discovery Room and Raptor Aviary, featuring dozens of salamanders, frogs, turtles, snakes, and raptors. You can explore at your own pace or meet our animal ambassadors in one of our ongoing animal programs.

Meet the Animals

See the reptiles and amphibians we care for in the Litzinger Discovery Room.

Learn about the birds of prey we work with in our Raptor Aviary.

Volunteer Program

Anybody interested in learning more about Pennsylvania wildlife or pursuing a career with wildlife is encouraged to join the animal care volunteer team at Shaver’s Creek. The animal care program functions primarily as a training facility that teaches about animal welfare, animal behavior, management of live education animals, and educational interpretation skills. Volunteers assist in the husbandry, record keeping, education, and training of 17 raptors and 22 reptile and amphibian species that reside at Shaver’s Creek. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to work with reptiles and amphibians, 18 years of age to work with raptors. To apply, see our Volunteer page.