Clearwater Update

Kettle Run Farm Celebration

Come see Kettle Run Farm and celebrate one of ClearWater’s newest protected properties.

Saturday, May 31  

noon - 3 pm  

(rain or shine)

Potluck Picnic, Talk, & Tours

RSVP to Sarah at 237-0400 or [email protected] by May 27

Volunteers Needed to Staff ClearWater Exhibits

ClearWater Conservancy has the opportunity to place our exhibit at many spring events held by other groups in the community, in addition to our own.  If you would like to help out for a few hours by staffing our booth (pick up at ClearWater before the event, set up, staff, tear down, return to ClearWater), please let Jen know at 237-0400 or [email protected].  Events where volunteers are needed include:

    • Centre County Historical Society plant celebration at Centre Furnace Mansion – May 10 (volunteers needed)
    • Big Spring Festival at Talleyrand Park – May 18 (volunteers needed)
    • 4th Fest – July 4 (volunteers needed - VIP viewing passes included!)
    • Going Green with ClearWater Conservancy Night at the State College Spikes – July 18 (volunteers needed)

        Centre Region COG Administration

        Attn:  Brooks Parker

        2643 Gateway Dr, #3

        State College, PA 16801


        [email protected]

    • Date: June 19th - 21st
      Day(s): Thursday, Friday & Saturday
      Time(s): 9:00 am
      12:00 pm
    • Cost:  $99 + registration fee

    • Date: June 23rd - 27th
      Day(s): Monday through Friday
      Time(s): 9:00 - 12:00 pm

    "Going Green with ClearWater Conservancy" Night at the State College Spikes

    Tickets are now available at the office!  Buy them for your family, a church group, an employee outing, or for your club… and support ClearWater Conservancy at the same time.

    July 18, 2008 (Friday)

    7:05 pm
    Medlar Field at Lubrano Park

    $9.00 per 1st Base Field Box Ticket (ClearWater receives $2 per ticket!)  Tri-City Valley Cats vs. State College Spikes.

    Watch for upcoming details... early plans include:

  • A "Green-Out"... everybody wears green!
  • A ClearWater Conservancy display on the concourse.
  • A raffle for a box at an upcoming Spikes home game.  Includes 20 tickets and VIP parking... a $600 value!

    To reserve your tickets, call Sarah Edge at ClearWater Conservancy at (814) 237-0400 or email [email protected].

    <<Green Out flyer 1-08.pdf>>

    News from other community partners…

    From Centre Region Council of Governments...

    Refuse and Recycling Administrator – This is a great part-time (25-30 hrs/wk) job opportunity: flexible daytime hrs, a mix of office/field work, and the opportunity to develop professional relationships. Position is responsible for administering a regional municipal refuse and recycling contract for 12,000 customers.  Pay commensurate with experience. Includes proportional medical benefits/vacation/sick leave. Candidates must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to write and speak in a courteous, cogent and clear manner, as well as a passion for the environment and civic responsibility. Computer competency with Windows and Microsoft Office is a must. Please see for detailed job description.  Applications accepted thru 5/19/08. COG is an EEO. Send/Email resume, writing sample and cover letter to:


    From Millbrook Marsh Nature Center...


    Saturday, May 10, 2008 FREE!

    Wrap up your special evening with the one you love by visiting Millbrook Marsh Nature

    Center for the third annual romantic moonlight walk on the marsh boardwalk! Stroll handin-

    hand in the moonlight, stop under the “kissing tree”, make a wish at the wishing well,

    dance at the pavilion, and more! With additional boardwalk built, the walk is longer than

    ever before! The walk will be open at 8:30 PM and close at 10:30 PM. Couples will be

    greeted by a staff member and then walk the candle-lit boardwalk at their own pace. This

    event is not appropriate for children and will be cancelled in case of bad weather. No

    registration required.


    Things are off to a great (and busy) start to the Spring season at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center! Despite the rain, we've had a full schedule of kids on field trips this week and will continue that until school is out.

    MMNC now has a blog! Today's post is particularly a fun one, so I thought I would remind you all to check it out from time to time.

    The goal with the blog is to provide a fun place for MMNC visitors and volunteers to learn about what is happening at the nature center, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what the staff is up to, hear what animals we have spotted, and read fun stories.

    Please check it out and share with others!

    Molly A. Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor- Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
    Centre Region Parks & Recreation
    2643 Gateway Dr #1, State College, PA 16801
    (814) 231-3071 fax 814.235.7832

    From Mount Nittany Conservancy…

    “Mount Nittany Needs Us”

    How you can help fight gypsy moths on Mt. Nittany? In May, millions of gypsy moth caterpillars will hatch on Mt. Nittany and will begin feeding on the foliage there. This is the second year of a cycle that could leave most of Mt. Nittany’s trees brown year-round, devastating the graceful symbol of Centre County and Penn State. Last year’s infestation and our area’s drought have left forests especially vulnerable. And we have only to look as far as Black Moshannon to see the devastating effect of gypsy moths on chestnut oaks – the tree most common on Mt. Nittany.

    The Mount Nittany Conservancy, the land trust that cares for Mt. Nittany, is asking everyone with a stake in keeping our Mountain green and healthy to contribute for its future in response to a challenge grant from the Centre County Community Foundation. The Conservancy must match the grant, and your donations will help the Conservancy pay for spraying this year and over the next several years if necessary when Mt. Nittany will be especially at risk. Your donation will also help maintain the nine miles of trails that make Mt. Nittany a great recreational spot, and will help the Conservancy in its mission to preserve and protect our Mountain.

    Donations may be made online at, or checks made out to the Mount Nittany Conservancy may be mailed to their clearinghouse c/o P.O. Box 7007, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8007.   Please write "994" on your check when mailing.


    The Mountain will not be sprayed with a chemical pesticide. Instead, the active ingredient to control gypsy moths is Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium that occurs naturally in the environment. B.t. is effective against caterpillars, and is not harmful to animals, fish or other wildlife. B.t. has a very short life, lasting only days after being applied, and has the “highest known degree of safety to human health and the environment of any insecticide currently on the market,” according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

    Questions? Please email us at [email protected].


    Ron Woodhead

    Director, Mt. Nittany Conservancy

    231-3071, [email protected]

    Ken Reeves

    Director Emeritus, Mt. Nittany Conservancy

    880-9847, [email protected]


    From the Penn State Master Gardeners of Centre County…

    May 17th, 2008

    Ag Progress Days Site

    Plant Sale

    Potted Plant Sale - Perennials, Annuals, House Plants, Herbs, Native Plants, Butterfly Plants, small shrubs, and small trees.

    Garden Garage Sale - Books, Tools, Pots, more!

    Special Sale Items - Mushrooms, Soil Test Kits, Snacks

    Mini Workshops and Exhibits - Growing Tomatoes, Frost Entomology Museum

    Silent Auction Items

    Compost Workshop

    Composting saves our natural resources. Learn to compost and receive a free DEP composter.

    The 2008 Compost will be held on Saturday May 17th.

    To register email: [email protected].

    From Centre County United Way...

    Each spring, as the Penn State students head for home, they graciously  donate many of their personal belongings for the United Way to sell through a community event called Trash to Treasure. This event earns around $50,000 for the United Way and keeps over 60 tons of usable items out of our local landfills. To get these products sorted and ready for the May 31, 2008 sale we need hundreds of volunteer hours from our community.

    Individuals or groups of any size may sign up for volunteer shifts. Sorting begins at 8:00 AM and ends around 4:30 PM and we can accommodate any shifts during that time period. In order to be effective, it is recommended that
    volunteers/groups stay for at least a 3 hour period. It takes a while to get acclimated to the setup and where items belong.

    We will need volunteers Monday-Friday for the weeks of May 12-16, May 19-23 and May 26-30 (We will not work on Memorial Day). We also anticipate hours on Saturday May 10, 2008.

    Individuals and groups may sign up to volunteer for sorting shifts by visiting the Trash to Treasure website at , or by contacting either of our Trash to Treasure volunteer coordinators: Carolyn Lambert [email protected] or Janda Hankinson [email protected].

    Please pass this information along to others who may be interested in this volunteer opportunity. If you have any questions regarding Trash to Treasure, please contact me at
    [email protected] or at the phone number below


    Kim Hacker
    Special Project Coordinator
    Centre County United Way
    2790 West College Avenue, Suite 7
    State College, PA 16801
    Phone: (814) 238-8283 Ext 28
    Fax: (814) 238-5067
    [email protected]

    Day of Caring
    Phone: (814) 238-2941
    [email protected]

    Learn more about your local United Way and the 39 partner agencies we support at Online pledging now available! What you give here, helps here.


    From Centre County Historical Society...


    13th Annual Plant Celebration

    Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 9 am to 2 pm


    The Centre County Historical Society is holding their Plant Celebration at the Mansion on Saturday, May 10th, the day before Mother's Day. This weekend the hundreds of newly planted daffodils will be blooming, as will the many lilacs in Laura's Lilac Bower. Besides highlighting the extensive work of the Centre Furnace Mansion Garden Committees, the sale will greatly contribute to the continuing development of the Centre Furnace Mansion gardens, with the emphasis on historic plants.

    The day's activities will include a plant sale of native and non-native plants from local growers and the Centre Furnace Mansion gardens. Garden enthusiasts will be able to choose from annuals, perennials, trees, herbs, shrubs among many others. A Silent Auction of garden-related items and artwork will also be held.

    The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801 (our parking lot is off of Porter Road, and overflow parking is off of College Avenue – look for signs).

    Admission to the Plant Celebration is free. For more information, please call us at (814) 234-4779.


    From Susan Hardy...

    Big Spring Festival

    Sunday, May 18

    Noon - 4 pm

    Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte

    New exhibitors should contact Susan Hardy at [email protected]


    From Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts...

    Presents Nature Camps for Kids

    Executive Director Chuck Mason, who is a Penn State Biology graduate and former Entomology research assistant, will take campers through exciting activities that teach us about our environment.  The grounds of the Academy present an amazing self-contained ecosystem, complete with woods, a spring pond, two streams, marshland, and nearly all of the insects, birds, and animals found in Pennsylvania's forests.

    Water Bugs (Ages 5+)
    Spend 3 days splashing through Potter Run and the Spring Pond on PAA's grounds with Mr. Chuck, a Penn State Biology Grad and former Biology and Entomology research assistant. Learn about the life of a stream by capturing May Flies, crayfish, fish, Caddis Flies and their nymphs, and maybe a frog or two! Learn about the food they eat and where they live in the stream. With some special help from the Clearwater Conservancy, we'll find out just how healthy the water is in our stream and spring!

    Adventures in Nature Camp (Ages 7 to high school)
    Join our week-long adventure, exploring incredible activities that teach us about our environment, Each day will provide exciting experiences to learn about and preserve PAA's incredible ecosystem. We'll spend time learning about birds, identifying insects, splashing in Potter Run, studying animals that roam PAA's grounds - from chipmunks to white-tailed deer. We'll also plant native trees and shrubs to protect our stream and provide food for wildlife. Each Adventurer will have the opportunity to make exciting crafts, such as bird feeders (to take home), along with a tree seedling to plant in his or her yard!

    Cost:  $185 + registration fee

PA Academy of the Arts is located less than 15 minutes east of State College, 1/4 mile from the Eutaw House.  For more information, please contact the Academy at (814) 364-2424 or [email protected], or visit

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