Native Plant Festival

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.

Welcome sign at the 2012 Native Plant Festival

2014 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:

Barking Up The Right Trees (11:00 a.m.)
Presenter: Elizabeth Goreham, Mayor of State College, native plant enthusiast, and gardener extraordinaire

Making a Difference With Your Backyard (12:30 p.m.)
Native plant gardeners know the importance of creating backyard habitat. However, to our larger community, many of our ecologically important native plants are perceived as weeds when in actuality they are beneficial to wildlife. How can we work together to spread the word and create communities of native plant gardeners and habitat builders?
Presenter: Katie Ombalski, Conservation Biologist, Clearwater Conservancy

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.

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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:

Plant vendors:

Common Ground Organic Farm (Spring Mills, PA)
Keystone Wildflowers (Robesonia, PA)
Perennial Gardens (New Bloomfield, PA)
Spring Haven Nursery (Newburg, PA)
Musser Forests (Indiana, PA)
Go Native Tree Farm (Lancaster, PA)
Fox Hill Gardens (State College, PA)

For a preview of available plants from these vendors, download this Plant List (PDF). Contact a vendor directly to place a pre-order.

Food vendors:

Eden View Organics (Tyrone, PA)

Information booths:

ClearWater Conservancy (State College, PA)
Juniata Valley Audubon Society (Altoona, PA)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wild Plant Program (Harrisburg, PA)
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners
(Centre County, PA)
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society

We hope to see you at the next Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival and Sale!

Visitors at the Native Plant Festival and Sale

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