3/27/2015 Spring 2015 About the Author Want to Learn More? Shaver’s Creek is open several days a week from mid-February through mid-December and offers free admission. Subaru in the Community Subaru of America, Inc. believes in supporting the communities in which its employees live and work. To that end, Subaru builds community partnerships with organizations that share its drive and passion. Shaver's Creek Falcons, Eagles, Owls, Snakes and a Subaru Outback By Melissa Carlson 3/27/2015 Spring 2015 Meet the newest member of the teaching staff at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center – a stunning peregrine falcon. “This bird seems to be an exception,” explains Mark McLaughlin, director of Shaver’s Creek, noting that most falcons tend not to survive long in captivity. The falcon has been there a year and has taken well to being used for teaching. Injured and rehabilitated animals that cannot be released are adopted into the center and used for teaching. This peregrine falcon fell from his nest, resulting in a wing injury impairing his ability to fly properly. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Located near Petersburg, Pennsylvania, Shaver’s Creek is a community resource and field laboratory. It offers hands-on experiences to visitors and features a Traveling Naturalist Program, Discovery Room, and Raptor Center – which is home to this peregrine falcon. Photo Credits: This bag is the accumulated garbage from a two-day festival at Shaver's Creek. GOING GREENER Shaver’s Creek is dedicated to being a Zero Waste Facility. Three years ago they removed their dumpsters and have been able to compost and recycle utilizing Penn State’s Organic Materials Processing and Education Center. This is a significant reduction in landfill waste because of the number of people who visit the center each year. Started in 1976 to demonstrate how healthy the surrounding environment is, the center focuses on sharing the area’s history, challenges facing the animals, biodiversity, and why the ecosystem is important. Outreach programs are conducted by staff, interns, and Penn State students, providing leadership experience for undergraduate students. How to Get There South of State College, Pennsylvania, Shaver’s Creek is 12 miles from Penn State’s University Park campus, and conveniently located near Stone Valley Recreation Area. Shaver’s Creek 3400 Discovery Road Petersburg, PA 16669 (814) 863-2000 SUBARU OUTBACK Taking to the road this year is the custom-wrapped Subaru Outback. As a part of the Subaru of America partnership with Shaver’s Creek, the Outback will be used to support the center’s educational programs.