Millbrook Marsh Messenger                February 2015
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Quick Links
Coming Attractions!
3/28 A. Swartz Puppet Show -            held at the COG Bldg.
4/12 Earth Day Birthday 
4/26 Spring Scavenger Hunt

* As the snow is melting away (we hope) and the birds are chirping, it’s not hard to think of spring and warmer temps, but did you know these fun facts about spring?

The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox.

* If you stand on the equator today, you would see the sun pass directly overhead. It only happens twice a year in spring time and autumn
* The first day of spring in the southern hemisphere is the date of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, usually in September.

* The reason there is more daylight during the spring is the earth’s axis tilts toward the sun at this time of year.

* We usually see the first spring flowers pop up around this time and include daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs to name a few.* Spring fever is not just a saying!  Many experts agree that the body’s makeup changes due to different diets, hormone production and temperature.
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Is all this snow getting you down? Can't wait for warmer temperatures? Well, the staff at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center has the cure for your winter blues! With a variety of upcoming programs, we have options to get everyone out and about. 
Your Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Staff
AnchorSummer Camp Special Feature - 
Canoe & Kayak Camps!
Enjoy the water of the Centre Region with a paddle under your arm, the wind at your back, and the sun blazing above. MMNC’s Canoe and Kayak Camps are perfect for beating the summer heat! Campers learn the skills associated with each vessel while taking in the summer breezes and spending time with new friends. Full details including dates, times, and fees available:
AnchorSpring Field Trips 
Make your reservation now!

Spring is a great time for kids to get outside and explore natural places! Field trips to Millbrook Marsh incorporate hands on learning and exploration with the concepts taught in the classroom. Kids love to experience the marsh and see nature in action, plus it reinforces their classroom learning in a significant way! Fields trips are 2 hours in length and they spend the whole time in the marsh! Great for classrooms, charter schools, homeschool groups, scout groups, and more! Visit the website for Large and Small Group program offerings!

To schedule, please contact Melissa Freed at or 814-235-7819

AnchorMillbrook Marsh Nature Center is once again taking part in Centre Gives! For details and how to participate on
May 5-6, click here!

The Puddle Jumpers, a Nature Program for preschoolers, ages 3-5, provides children with opportunities to develop a foundation of learning through encounters in the natural world. This twice a week, drop off program offers 3-hour sessions of nature learning for kids ages 3-5, including unstructured, imaginative exploration, and structured, hands on learning. Kids should bring a snack each day and dress for the weather.

For more info and to register, click here!
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator,
Melissa Freed at (814)235-7819
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center offers Birthday Parties year-round!  Give your child (age 4-10) a unique and memorable birthday with one of our exciting party themes:
  • Bug Bonanza
  • Wild Things
  • Eco-Explorer
  • Feathered Friends
  • Scavenger Hunt

For details and to schedule your child’s party email 
Melissa Freed, MMNC Program Coordinator, or call (814) 235-7819.
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. 
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center 
548 Puddintown Road 
State College PA 16801 ​
Centre Region Parks & Recreation
2643 Gateway Dr. #1 
State College PA 16801