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March 2016
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Spring means new life at the Marsh, and we are excited to share it with you! Check out our sidebar to see what our staff has been popping up. Check out the exciting details below about the 2016 Green Park Award and our upcoming activities. HAPPY SPRING!

                    Your Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Staff
2016 Green Park Award & Ceremony
(Ronald Woodhead, CRPR Director; Melissa Freed, Nature Center Supervisor; Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of DCNR; Tim Herd, Exec. Director, PRPS. photo credit: Doug Wendell)

On March 15 the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) announced that Millbrook Marsh Nature Center would receive their “2016 Green Park Award.”  The selection was based upon an evaluation of green and sustainable practices, a commitment to environmental education, the diversity of park uses and their restoration of the environment.  The 62-acre site, at 548 Puddintown Road in College Twp., includes a renovated 1850’s bank barn, the LEED-certified Spring Creek Education Building and a 50-acre wetland with an extensive boardwalk and trail network.  The nature center was established as a regional facility through the cooperation of the Centre Region COG, Penn State University, ClearWater Conservancy and a coalition of community groups.  Since it was established in 1997, the center has been operated by the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority. During 2015 the site  hosted over 13,000 program visits. 

The public is invited to attend a  special award ceremony scheduled at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center on Friday, April 22 at 10 AM:
  • Senior officials of the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources will present the "2016 Green Park Award" to the CRPR Authority and municipal officials for their success at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. They will also dedicate a tree planted at the Nature Center in honor of the designation.
  • The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority will recognize the CRPR Authority as a "2016 Green Business Partner" based upon the success of recycling efforts at the local parks and pools.

For more information about the award and Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, please click here.
Knee High Naturalists 
Bring your 3-6 year old to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center to learn and explore! KHN programs focus on nature with indoor and outdoor activities. Please dress for the weather & wear old clothes. Parents are encouraged to stay and enjoy!

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am
April 6: Wonderful Weather                 Program #32252
April 13: Returning Birds                        Program #32254
April 20: Big Earth, Little Me               Program #32256
April 27:  Stream Stomp                          Program #32258

For more information and to register, click here! 
Early Morning Bird Walks

Start your day off right by exploring Millbrook Marsh to see and hear the birds that are migrating to and through the Centre Region. Walks are moderate and led by Millbrook Marsh Naturalists and local bird enthusiasts. Open to all ages and levels of experience. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. In the case of heavy rain, walk will be cancelled.  Advance registration is not required.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 19 & 26, May 3 & 10
Time: 7:30 AM (meet at the pavilion, walks starts 7:30 AM)
Ages: All Ages
Fee: Walks are free, but donations are appreciated

More info available here! 
Get the Dirt...
on Backyard Composting! 
Learn how to turn your kitchen and yard waste into black gold! Backyard composting is an easy, inexpensive and natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable, nutrient rich food for your garden while keeping organic waste out of our landfills. Join us to learn the basics of backyard composting: why it’s important to compost, what to add and not to add to a compost pile, how to maintain a compost pile, and how to use finished compost. Attendees will receive an Earth Machine composter compliments of Centre Region COG Refuse and Recycling Program. Led by Mimi Cooper from Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority.

 Wednesday, April 20 OR Tuesday, May 24 
Register at least 1 week in advance.
(Sessions are the same, please register for one.)
6:30-7:30 PM
 $20R/$30N per person (includes 1 composter)

Register now, here!
548 Puddintown Road 
State College PA 16801 ​
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is operated by the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority. The CRPRA, part of the Centre Region COG, serves residents in State College Borough, and the Townships of Patton, Harris, College and Ferguson.