Hiking events

New Centered Outdoors season features hiking, bird watching and more


A family fishing picnic will be held on Sunday at Tussey Mountain.

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Clearwater Conservancy has released the 2022 schedule for the sixth season of the organization’s Centered Outdoors program. The program, with support from Mount Nittany Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA-DCNR), and the Hamer Foundation, invites anyone of all ages and fitness levels to participate in guided adventures free at outdoor destinations in Center County.

Pronounced “centred”, the program is written “centred” for Center County.

“It will be a wonderful summer for everyone to celebrate the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds us, said Deb Nardone, executive director of ClearWater Conservancy. “Centred Outdoors offers experiences that don’t require a lot of planning, driving, or expense so everyone can relax and enjoy memorable times in one of Pennsylvania’s most scenic areas.”

The season officially kicks off on Sunday at the Family Fishing Picnic at Tussey Mountain from 1-5 p.m. This event, hosted by Spring Creek Chapter Trout Unlimited, ClearWater Conservancy and other partner organizations, features fishing experiences, a picnic, children’s activities, casting station flights and other wilderness workshops throughout of the day. Guided nature walks will be offered at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., co-led by author and photographer Mark Nale and ClearWater Conservancy Adventures Coordinator Bridget Whyte. All fishing equipment is provided, participation is free and registration is not required.

Then, starting June 12, Centered Outdoors events will take place every Sunday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. until August 28 at destinations in and around the county. of Center. Some of the 18 destinations include places close to town such as Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte and Tom Tudek Memorial Park at State College, while others will encourage exploration along trails in wooded areas such as Colyer Lake, Poe Paddy State Park and Rothrock State Forests. Events will include not only guided hikes and walks, but also wellness activities such as nature journaling and bird watching so that everyone has the opportunity to explore, enjoy and learn about the natural areas of Center County in a way that suits their fitness level, schedule and personal interests. .

“The Centered Outdoors program is a great way for people to exercise, spend time in nature, and explore new trails in our area,” said Dr. Paul L. Klink, of Mount Nittany. Physicians Group, Weight Management. “ClearWater Conservancy has created an incredible wellness program and Mount Nittany Health is happy to be a partner.”

Look for weekly articles in the Center Daily Times for detailed information on events as well as tips for getting the most out of your day trip by visiting and learning about nearby towns, natural features and local history before and after your adventure.

The 2022 program and the option to register for event information can be found on the program website: www.centredoutdoors.org. All Centered Outdoors events are free and open to the public. The website offers the option to request a Centered Outdoors Passport, with all dates and locations for 2022, by mail.

Hosted by ClearWater Conservancy, major partners and supporters of Centered Outdoors include the Hamer Foundation, Mount Nittany Health, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Center Region Parks and Recreation, Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, and Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Andrea Murrell is ClearWater Conservancy’s Strategic Communications Coordinator.