Environmental Outreach

Outreach to the community is one-third of ClearWater’s mission simply because we place a high value on the human component of our landscape. Preserving our land and water for the non-human species that inhabit them is vitally important for its own sake, but we believe people have a place in the environment, as well, and that the more they know about it, the more they will do to keep it healthy.

At ClearWater, educating the community about natural and environmental issues comes in many forms. Our staff members are in the community almost weekly sharing their knowledge at environmental forums, in classrooms at Penn State and at community events and meetings.

Other vehicles for outreach and education include Watershed Cleanup Day, Adventures in Conservation programs, Connections Program for children, publications, websites, social media, public presentations, public relations, workshops and more.

We also educate through volunteerism opportunities. Our Riparian Conservation and Land Stewardship programs train and then directly involve community members in long-term conservation monitoring and hundreds of students of all ages participate in riparian planting and maintenance projects annually.

Face painting is always a hit at the Spring Creek Festival. Photo by Christopher Shannon
A volunteer awaits the winning duck at the Spring Creek Festival Rubber Duck Race. Photo by Chris Hennessey
A young visitor snaps a picture of an owl at the Spring Creek Festival. Photo by Christopher Shannon
A young visitor to ClearWater’s Wildlife Corridor property near Stormstown is introduced to a garter snake by Jim Julian, a Penn State amphibian expert and ClearWater volunteer. Photo by Chris Hennessey
ClearWater is often called up to provide environmental education and outreach to students and adults in our community. Here Conservation Biologist Katie Ombalski, center, discusses vernal pool conservation with a Leadership Centre County class. Photo by Don Kiel.

Connections Program

Since 1997, ClearWater Conservancy has been providing students in public and private schools throughout central Pennsylvania with the opportunity for hands-on learning through outdoor watershed education. Each year the conservancy pays for thousands of youngsters to go on field trips to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College. By reaching out to younger generations, ClearWater Conservancy hopes to teach children about the natural world, encourage them to take actions for conservation and inspire them to share what they learn with parents and friends.

With school budgets tight across the Commonwealth, this program is providing youngsters with a valuable outdoor educational experience they would not otherwise enjoy.

Connections field trips are funded by organizations, businesses and individual donors.  ClearWater raises the funds to cover program expenses annually. Eligible expenses include Millbrook Marsh Nature Center program fees and transportation costs.

Because of its high-quality environmental education programs, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center was chosen by ClearWater Conservancy for the location of Connections student field trips.

Current Millbrook Marsh programs for Kindergarten through Grade 4 meet applicable PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology.

Help ClearWater continue educating future generations of land and water stewards by making a financial contribution to the Connections program today.

Adventures in Conservation

Our Adventures in Conservation programs, held about once a month, are aimed at getting folks outdoors in the natural world. All of our adventures are human-powered and most are held on permanently conserved lands.

Whether we are walking, hiking, paddling or learning outdoor skills, we strive to have fun, learn a little, make friends and share an experience.

All Adventures in Conservation programs are announced through our electronic mailing list. To join the list Click Here.

Registration is electronic and first-come first served.

For a list of outdoor events happening in Central PA, visit our ClearWater Community event listings. Click Here to visit the Community.