The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on May 21, 1981 · Page 38
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The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania · Page 38

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, May 21, 1981
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PAGE 18 — THE DAILY NEWS, Huntingdon, Mount Union and Sdxton, Pa., May 21,1981 Animal Displays One Of Nature Center Features The Shavers Crek Nature Center has a number of animals on display for teaching purposes. Here a group of children from Penn Alto Nursery School, Altoona, check out the center's turtle display. Other animals on display include several injured birds of prey, black rat snakes and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. A book store focusing on nature -related subjects and geared to children is located at the center near the Stone Valley Recreation Area. The center is also a community resource offering information on identifying birds, wildflpwers, insects, etc., upon request. If the center staff does not have an answer for you, they will refer you to someone who does. The center is administered through Penn State's Department of Parks and Recreation and, in addition to its recreational and educational facilities, it provides a laboratory for PSU students to gain experience in nature related fiejds. Training for teachers, camp or Scout leaders and community volunteers is also provided by the center's staff .The center's hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Monday. Recreation, Education And Fun Stone Valley, Nature Center Off er Variety ByBOBSAUL Dally News Staff Writer The Stone Valley Recreation Area, located off the Mooresville Road in Northern Huntingdon County, offers a variety of recreational faculties for county residents and visitors. A 72 - acre lake provides excellent fishing (with no season on bass), boating (with canoe and rowboat rentals) and ice fishing and skating in the winter. Sailboats are also rented to those certified in. sailing and the area offers lessons in sailing for those interested in getting their certification. . There is no swimming in the lake, but Stone Valley is in close proximity to Whipple Dam State Park which offers swimming. Cross - country skiing and hiking trails are also provided with cross country skis and _ ice skates for rent. The area's hiking trails tie in with the ironstone Loop of the Mid .StateTrail. Picnic areas .and modern toilet facilities are also provided. The Stone Va.lley . Recreation, Area, provides. writing, calling or stopping by and requesting to 'be put on the list. The center will then keep you posted on. all programs at the center. -: The nature center was re i- located about two years ago from a small. lodge ne^r -the Stone Valley lake to a larger lodge from the 1930's located about three quarter's of a mile from the lake. Center Facilities The new center contains: a large exhibition roo'm with about 100 displays ' and exhibits (with woodstove and fireplace); a kitchen for resident programs; a book .store featuring about 500 titles and a gift shop with some local crafts and other gifts; a multi - purpose room v/h-. cih serves as a classroom (available fot-rent to groups); Offices; and storage space. __ The displays and exhibits include some animals native to the area (many of them found injured) which are used 700 acres of recreational area and is surrounded by experimental and state forests. Shavers Creek Nature Center .Located near the recreation area and operated in cooperation with it is the Shavers Creek .. Environmental -Center, a nature center which provides a wide variety of programming. The environmental center, under the direction of Corky Potter, administrative director of the center and program director of the recreation area, provides regularly scheduled programs for the public in addition to special programs for groups. The center's staff provides teacher and camp leader workshops, exploration programs, ,, resident jRr f J $ for teaching purposes and a number of other displays and exhibits for nature and , environmental studies. The book store features both adult and children's books, filed guides and other nature - related books and a gift shop with local crafts, t - shirts and other types of gifts. Another smaller building contains workshops and the animal rehabilitation area. The center is administered through Penn State's parks and recreation department and provides Penn State students ' with a .laboratory for hands - on experience. v The center also acts as a community resource, answering questions on idenfitication of birds, Wildflowers, insects and other nature - related topics. SpeciarPrograms Included in the center's special programming are: the ropes and (Coht'donPagel9) trips, overnight camping for groups, and: many other types of programs. The center issues a quarterly . newsletter called "Shavings" to center members. Nature center memberships are $8 per year for individuals and $12 per year for families. Memberships offer discounts on many programs and equipment rental and special programs for members only. Individualized programs for groups are available for a rate of $.75 per person for a program up to two hours -in length and $1 per person for programs from two to four hours in length (with a $10 minimum). Members of the nature center's staff will come to your location to put on a specially designed program for the rate of $25 for the first hour and $15 for each additional hour and 40 cents per mile for travel expenses, Anyone ean get on the nature center's mailing •<&••• % •incoln vein/ VHISPER ROCKS • Tpur 2 exciting caves • Guides leave every few minutes • FREE picnic area and nature trails • Souvenir and Gift Shop Pennsylvania's Most Beautiful. Open Dally 9 AM to 6PM Rain or Shine I Right On Route 22

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