Come celebrate the arrival of spring, the return of wildflowers, and the beginning of another gardening season at the Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center! Enjoy a hike, talk to plant experts, and join us for our scheduled educational walks and programs. In addition to expert speakers, we’ll have native plants and local foods for sale.
On the first Saturday of every May, Shaver’s Creek partners with the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society to host this annual festival. We invite you to celebrate the interrelationships between native plants and our resident bird species with the combination of the Native Plant Festival and our 24-hour Birding Cup fundraiser on the same weekend!
Admission to the festival is free, but please come prepared to support our vendors through purchases of plants and/or local food! A portion of the proceeds from the Native Plant Festival will go toward supporting Shaver’s Creek.
For driving directions to Shaver’s Creek, visit our Visitor Information page.
2015 Educational Walks and Programs
In addition to a smorgasbord of native plant species for sale, the festival offers a variety of free educational programs designed for visitors to enjoy during their visit. Walks and programs scheduled for the Native Plant Festival include:
Rain Gardens (11:00 a.m.)
Discover the beauty and benefits of rain gardens, including improved water quality, reduced erosion and lawn “ponding,” and quality native habitat for wildlife. Learn how to set one up in your own yard!
Presenter: Sally McMurray, Penn State Master Gardener and member of the steering committee of the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden, Tudek Park, Ferguson Township
Buzz-worthy Gardens (12:30 p.m.)
Bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators need your help! Whether you’re interested in helping bees, attracting butterflies, or bringing in birds, we’ll cover all the ins and outs of creating your own habitat at home.
Presenter: Justin Wheeler, Penn State Master Gardener and Communications Director of the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden, Tudek Park, Ferguson Township
Guided Walk: Shaver’s Creek Native Plant Gardens and Invasive Plant Management Projects (2:00 p.m.)
Take a leisurely stroll through Shaver’s Creek landscaped and natural habitats and discover ways to promote native plants and manage invasive plants on your property.
Presenter: Eric Burkhart, Plant Science Program Director, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
Native Plant Gardening Resource Tables (All day)
Have questions about native plants? Wonder which native plants will do best in your yard or landscape? Stop by the PNPS “Ask a Sage” table, visit the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners booth, or chat with any of our plant vendors.
Native and Wild Plants in Pennsylvania Information Table (All day)
Chat with knowledgeable folks from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) Wild Plant Program about native plants and native plant conservation initiatives in Pennsylvania!
Shaver’s Creek Meet the Birds of Prey Program (1:30–3:00 p.m.)
Meet some of Shaver’s Creek resident raptors up close and learn interesting facts from our expert volunteers Carolyn Muse and Rodney Brubaker. You’ll have opportunities to touch raptor wings and talons, as well as ask plenty of questions! Visit our Meet the Creek page for more information on regular birds of prey shows.
Support Pennsylvania Native Plant Vendors
Each year, we invite local vendors of native plants and local food to the Native Plant Festival. Vendors scheduled for 2014 include:
Common Ground Organic Farm (Spring Mills, PA)
Enchanter’s Garden (Hinton, WV)
Fox Hill Gardens (State College, PA)
Go Native Tree Farm (Lancaster, PA)
Moonstruck Gardens (Stormstown, PA)
Musser Forests (Indiana, PA)
Perennial Gardens (New Bloomfield, PA)
Spring Haven Nursery (Newburg, PA)
Wing Haven Nursery (Coburn, PA)
For a preview of available plants from these vendors, download the 2015 Plant List (PDF here). Contact a vendor directly to place a pre-order.
Eden View Organics (Tyrone, PA)
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wild Plant Program (Harrisburg, PA)
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners (Centre County, PA)
Clearwater Conservancy (State College, PA)
Juniata Valley Audubon Society (Altoona, PA)
Society for Ecological Restoration
We hope to see you at the next Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival and Sale!