Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is closed as part of Penn State’s efforts to maintain public health and safety in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. For questions about cancellations, program changes, or virtual delivery due to the coronavirus pandemic, please contact us at ShaversCreek@psu.edu. For the latest updates and information, visit: virusinfo.psu.edu.

Explorer Camp

Ages: 9–11, entering fourth through sixth grades

Explorers will venture along the trails around Shaver’s woods, traveling further than their Discovery Camper counterparts, in their quest to discover all they can about mammals. Topics to explore regarding mammals include adaptations, habitats, biodiversity, and the understanding of indicator species through a stream exploration (please bring old shoes). Additional parts of the week include fun games, team-building challenges, a trip to Whipple Dam, and reflection through journaling.

COVID-19 Information

In accordance with all University health and safety stipulations concerning Youth Programs, Shaver’s Creek has constructed a plan to keep everyone safe during summer camps. Please familiarize yourself with the plan’s practices

Registration Information

Four-Day Camp Sessions 

Cost:
$200 for nonmembers (save 15% with membership)

Time:
Tuesday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Families: Due to COVID, there will not be any optional family program past 5:00 p.m. on Friday night or Saturday morning.

Dates (Choose one):
June 22–25, 2021
July 13–16, 2021
July 27–30, 2021

Registration for members is now open

Five-Day Camp Sessions

Cost: 
$250 for nonmembers (save 15% with membership)

Time:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Families: Due to COVID, there will not be any optional family program past 5:00 p.m. on Friday night or Saturday morning.

Dates (Choose one):
June 28–July 2, 2021
July 19–23, 2021
August 2–6, 2021

Optional Transportation for 5-day Sessions:
Bus transportation will be provided for an additional fee from the Spikes Stadium at Medlar Field, 701 Porter Road. Drop-off (Monday–Friday) will be from 8:00–8:30 a.m., and pick-up (Monday–Thursday) will be from 4:30–5:00 p.m. Pick-up on Friday will be from 5:30–6 p.m. at Spikes Stadium. You must register for bus transportation separately during the registration process in order to secure space. Space is limited.

Registration for members is now open

Daily Schedules
Day 4-Day Camp 5-Day Camp

Monday

No camp

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Awareness Day

On the first day of camp, we will get to know each other and the environment better through games, exploration, and team-building activities.

Tuesday

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Awareness Day

On the first day of camp, we will get to know each other and the environment better through games, exploration, and team-building activities.

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Biodiversity Day

Through guided explorations, we will discover what biodiversity is, why it is important, and what it looks like in Shaver’s Woods.

Wednesday

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Adaptations Day

How do mammals survive? Today, we will investigate the different adaptations of these incredible biotic organisms!

Thursday

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Cycles Day

Today, we will delve into the cycles of the natural world, including the water cycle and stream study (featuring exploration and critter catching time in a stream)! Because your camper will be in the stream, please ensure that they have packed an extra pair of old shoes (to go in the water), and an extra pair of socks in a plastic bag.

Friday

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Interrelationships Day

Tying together all of the topics from the week, Interrelationships Day focuses on different aspects of ecosystems and how they all tie together. This day also includes swimming at Whipple Dam; please pack a swimsuit and towel in a plastic bag for your camper!

Friday and Saturday optional family program has been cancelled this year due to COVID. Camp will end this year at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday

Friday and Saturday optional family program has been cancelled this year due to COVID. Camp will end this year at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

What do I need to wear and bring each day?

Every day you need to wear a dual-layer mask, outdoor clothes that can get dirty, and closed-toed shoes. You should also bring a small backpack for carrying the following things: a zero waste, nut-free lunch, a full water bottle, a raincoat or poncho, a hat, and sunscreen.

On Thursday you need to bring an extra pair of old sneakers for stream exploration because you are going to get wet. Each group will explore streams by actually getting in and gently turning over rocks to look for aquatic life. If you are careful, you will get wet only up to your ankles. We require everyone to wear an old pair of sneakers to protect his or her feet from sharp rocks and sticks in the stream. Because sneakers have thicker, more protective soles, they are preferable to those soft water shoes you might wear at the pool.

On Friday you need to bring your swimsuit, a towel, and definitely sunscreen!