Volunteer at Shaver's Creek

Volunteers are the backbone of Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center — there is always work to be done! We rely heavily on the skills and labor of student, community, and retired volunteers for a wide variety of tasks.

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Shaver’s Creek, please call or email ShaversCreek@outreach.psu.edu. We are always looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Animal Care

  • Feed, water, and clean enclosures for outdoor and indoor animals
  • Work with hawks, owls, eagles, and other raptors, and snakes, turtles, and/or frogs
  • Maintain bird-feeding area for resident and migrating wild birds
  • Create new perches and structures for the animals
  • Prepare for animal programs, handle the raptors, and provide public educational opportunities

Watch this Raptor Center video to preview some of the work you can do.

Grounds, Trails, and Facilities

  • Maintain and beautify the center and grounds
  • Landscape the gardens — plant, trim, weed, prepare soil, etc.
  • Do physical work on trails, such as trim vegetation, remove fallen trees, pick up litter to be recycled, and make repairs
  • Monitor and repair bird boxes
  • Check accuracy of maps and interpretive trails
  • General “handyman” duties
trail work

Become a fan of the Shaver’s Creek Caretaker Corps Facebook page to get updates on volunteer work days, ongoing projects, and photos!

Public Programs

Outdoor School

  • Spend an unforgettable week as a school counselor for fifth graders
  • Lead environmental education programs
  • As a Penn State student, become a role model while earning credit and/or volunteer hours

School Visits   

  • Lead or assist school groups through our daily programs
  • Lead environmental education programs
  • Lead Discovery Walks and guided Nature Center visits
  • Available in spring and fall semesters

Summer Camps

  • Be a counselor or group leader for kids ages 4–14
  • Lead environmental education programs
  • Create and lead games and creativity stations

Special Events

Volunteers assist us in a variety of ways for our festivals, including parking management, food preparation, being Zero Waste Czars, and more, depending on the event:

Please help us to make Shaver’s Creek the best nature center we can be! Contact us for more information about becoming a volunteer!

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