Bring your lessons to life, and bring life to your lessons!
Educational field trips to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center offer outdoor learning in a variety of content areas, including programs on plants, forests, insects, habitats, and aquatic ecology. With guidance from our environmental education staff, students interact with one another and the natural world, exploring forested trails surrounding our environmental center and/or interacting with our resident animals at the center. Your class or homeschool group can explore, observe, and gain respect for the flora and fauna of Pennsylvania.
Types of Educational Field Trips at Shaver’s Creek
Follow these links to learn more about field trip programs at Shaver’s Creek:
- Discovery Walks (Grades Pre-K–6)
- Guided Nature Center Visits (Grades Pre-K–6)
- Secondary School Visits (Grades 7–12)
All educational field trips align with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology and for Science and Technology, which students are currently being tested on by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grant information for field trips is available through the Pennsylvania Environmental Education Grants Program.
How to Schedule a Field Trip
For more information or to schedule a field trip to Shaver’s Creek, contact:
- Joan Turns for Discovery Walks and Guided Nature Center Visits
- George Vahoviak for Secondary School Visits
- Marie Taylor for Unguided Nature Center Visits
Field Trip Fees
For all field trips, one teacher/chaperone is required per ten students (two adults per ten students are suggested for preschool- through kindergarten-age children).
Discovery Walks and Guided Nature Center Visits
Cost per student: $6
Required chaperones: Free
Cost per additional adult over the required chaperones: $6
Four-Hour Programs (i.e., Herps, Habitats, and Hawks; Plants: The Root of Life)
Cost per student: $7
Required chaperones: Free
Cost per additional adult over the required chaperones: $7
Minimum fee per visit: $100
Secondary School Visits
Contact George Vahoviak for more information.
Unguided Nature Center Visits
Organized groups of 12 or more participants must call in advance to schedule a visit to ensure that the facility is available. A fee of $2 per person for anyone age 3 and over will be charged, and can be paid at the time of the visit or may be billed following the visit. Days and hours for these visits are limited due to the programming being offered through Shaver’s Creek. If your group needs a room or covered outdoor space at Shaver’s Creek, please reserve it by following the procedures and fees for rentals of the facilities. Please contact Marie Taylor at 814-863-2000, ext. 7521, to schedule a visit for your group!