News | Published June 9, 2017

Summer schedule announced, registration open for Centred Outdoors

Originally sent by Andrea Murrell, ClearWater Conservancy

Clearwater Conservancy, along with many partnering organizations announces today that registration is officially open for Centred Outdoors, an open invitation to free guided adventures at nine outdoor destinations around Centre County during the summer of 2017. 

Melissa Freed, Nature Center Supervisor at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center explains, “Centred Outdoors provides opportunities for people of all ages and fitness levels to explore some of the most beautiful areas in Centre County. Whether you visit the sites on your own or attend a guided hike, there are amazing things to discover at each destination.”

On Sunday, June 11, the public is invited to the Family Fishing Picnic from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Tussey Mountain, co-hosted by Spring Creek Chapter Trout Unlimited and ClearWater Conservancy. This event marks the official kick-off of Centred Outdoors and will feature fishing and food, children’s activities, fly tying and fly casting stations, kayaking, guided and other wilderness workshops (email to register).

Beginning June 18, Centred Outdoors events will take place every Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm and every Wednesday evening from 6-9 pm until August 20.  Events will feature guided hikes and additional outdoor activities for everyone to explore, appreciate, and discover the natural locations in Centre County. Participants who track their progress will earn credit on the Centred Outdoors website and be eligible to win end-of-summer prizes for taking the “Centred Outdoors Challenge.”

“We encourage everyone to participate in Centred Outdoors this summer. When we take a time-out from our busy schedules to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature, we increase our physical and mental wellness, develop a greater appreciation for the wild outdoors, and are reminded to engage with the local organizations who work to conserve, protect and restore the beautiful region where we all love to live,” explains Deb Nardone, Executive Director at ClearWater Conservancy, “Centred Outdoors is all about healthy places, healthy people, and healthy nonprofits.”

Centred Outdoors destinations include the Arboretum at Penn State, Bald Eagle State Park, Black Moshannon State Park, Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Mount Nittany, Poe Paddy Tunnel, Spring Creek Canyon, and Talleyrand Park. For more information on Centered Outdoors to register for the program, visit  

Patients of Mount Nittany Health will have a unique way to participate in the Centred Outdoors Program through Prescription PARx.

Virginia Wray, DO, CNSC, bariatric medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group explains, “This summer, as part of the Prescription PARx program, I am excited to be writing prescriptions for patients to spend time being physically active in nature. Getting started on an exercise program that works best for each individual is important, and thanks to Centred Outdoors, patients can participate in guided adventures or explore sites on their own — at their own pace — no matter their fitness level.

Research shows that spending time in nature while being active helps decrease high blood pressure, lowers blood sugar levels and decreases anxiety. These health benefits can be made through this unique community partnership, which directly addresses the pressing health issues of diabetes and obesity, as identified in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. Every positive lifestyle change, whether big or small, helps in our journey to better health!”

Faith Ryan, Exective Committee Chair of Centre Moves and Director of Centre County Office of Adult Services adds, “Centred Outdoors is a great opportunity for you and your family to get moving and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Centre Moves is proud to support and partner for this initiative because we believe that both physical activity and strong community ties are the keystone to healthy living.”Centred Outdoors is made possible by the 2016 Centre Inspires grant, awarded to ClearWater Conservancy by Centre Foundation. Clearwater Conservancy partnered with many community organizations to develop and implement the program, including Mount Nittany Health, Centre Moves, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Penn State Sustainable Communities Collaborative, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Get Outdoors PA, Spring Creek Chapter Trout Unlimited, and Mount Nittany Conservancy.

Emily Gates, Director of Strategic Partnerships at PA Recreation & Park Society explains, “Centred Outdoors, establishes the platform needed to unite various partners in health, conservation and recreation to achieve a common goal with immediate and long-term effects.”

“Centre Foundation’s staff and board members are excited for the launch of Centred Outdoors, the third program funded by the Centre Inspires grant program,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation.  “Centred Outdoors will encourage people of all ages and abilities to get out and explore the natural beauty that surrounds us. No matter where someone lives or how much experience they have in the outdoors, the guided hikes will be a fun and healthy way for people to have a stress-free outing. ClearWater Conservancy has expertly partnered with many other local organizations so that these outings will really deliver for the participants.  Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly outing, a guided exploration of a yet-unexplored trail, a healthy ‘PARx’ recommendation, or a learning experience with flora and fauna sightings – Centred Outdoors will have something for everyone.”

The mission of ClearWater Conservancy is to conserve and restore the natural resources through land conservation, water resource stewardship and environmental outreach across central Pennsylvania.