The Shaver’s Creek Field Laboratory was founded by Penn State in 1976 as an outdoor classroom for students to get hands-on experience learning and teaching in, and about, the natural world. Since then, “Penn State’s Nature Center” has expanded to offer more than 40 credit courses a year, including our AURORA first-year student orientation programs, environmental interpretation courses, adventure and leadership courses, and our capstone-integrated SEED Semester.
Hundreds of students a year from across the University also earn credit with Shaver’s Creek by becoming camp counselors for a week of Outdoor School, a residential environmental education program for fifth graders, or by becoming costumed presenters at Shaver’s Creek’s Maple Harvest Festival.
Shaver’s Creek’s undergraduate programs are listed with many departments around the University, including:
- Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
- Ecosystem Science and Management
- Science Education
- Agriculture and Extension Education
While some of our classes meet on campus, many are held at the Center.
Shaver’s Creek instructors also teach a number of graduate-level courses in RPTM and as part of the interdisciplinary dual-title intercollege graduate degree program, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE).
Shaver’s Creek also offers a number of graduate student opportunities, including the use of our field laboratory as the basis of graduate research.
People from around the country travel to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center to be a part of our unique internship program. Although we are a unit of Penn State, our internship program is open to anyone interested in the fields of environmental education, team development and adventure programming, or nonprofit marketing.
Many students get involved in other ways at Shaver’s Creek, too, by volunteering to maintain trails or to help in the Klingsberg Aviary, earning income through a Penn State work-study position, or joining the Shaver’s Creek Society, our official Penn State student club.