Ways to Support Shaver’s Creek


First and foremost, we hope you decide to support Shaver’s Creek by becoming a member. Our members are what make our organization and mission thrive! Individuals, couples, and families are invited to become members of the center. In return, members receive discounts on such things as summer camps, bookstore purchases, and facility rentals. We’ve found that most of our members join because they believe in our mission of establishing harmony with the natural world that supports all life. Become a member today!


Volunteering your time and energy is another great way to support Shaver’s Creek. Our typical areas of need for volunteers include animal care, grounds, trails, facilities, public programs, and special events. Visit the Volunteer page to learn more about what volunteers can do at Shaver’s Creek, and how you can become one!


Our largest annual fundraiser is the Birding Cup on the first Saturday in May when teams compete to identify the most bird species in a 24-hour period. The teams raise pledges per species that they have seen. Contributors can make a donation directly to Shaver’s Creek at any level they choose, or can pledge a particular team’s number of species identified.

The first Saturday in May is also the date for the Native Plant Festival, another educational event held to raise funds to support Shaver’s Creek.

Donations and Bequests

In addition to volunteering your time and energy, individuals and organizations may donate directly to Shaver’s Creek to support any of our programs or improvements to our grounds and facilities. To donate to Shaver’s Creek online (in the Penn State Outreach division), go to www.giveto.psu.edu.

If you are interested in giving a bequest or starting an endowment, please contact Rob Butler, our development officer, at 814-865-8283.

Honorary Animal Caretaker Program

People are also welcome to support an individual animal at the center through our Honorary Animal Caretaker Program. Caretakers will receive special information on the animal that they sponsor. Contact Jen Steigerwalt for more information.

Alumni Interest Group (AIG)

Shaver’s Creek has several endowments, including the Endowment for Shaver’s Creek that supports the center itself, and another endowment that supports our Raptor Center. Contributions to grow these endowments over time are welcome. You are invited to establish new endowments that will enhance our programming and facilities in support of our mission. For more on establishing an endowment, go to www.giveto.psu.edu.

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