This & That – March 2, 2012

State College Friday Farmers Market Today 

The Winter State College Farmers Market is open today from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St. (Every Friday, now through April 27.)

  • Spring Bank Acres with dairy products.
  • ABB Bison with bison meat.
  • Little Ridge Bakery with Amish baked goods.
  • Centre County Canning with potato chips and canned foods.
  • Hidden Hollow Farms with a variety of frozen meats and fresh baked goods.
  • Elk Creek Fishery with line-caught Alaskan salmon and locally-raised trout.

News from Clearwater Conservancy – Details in Feb. 29 E-Newsletter

  • March 2 Registration Deadline – March 17 PSU Flyfishing Legends
  • March 4 – Rain Barrel Workshop (State College)
  • March 13 – Talk On Forests and Water at Foxdale Village
  • March 20 – Watershed Association to meet
  • March 20 – Wildlife Corridor Presentation (Bellwood)
  • March 22 – U.N. World Water Day Lecture at PSU
  • March 24 – Garden Volunteers Needed for native plant garden meadow cleanup and more
  • March 24 – Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited Award Ceremony- Katie Ombalski Wins Order of the Sulphur Award
  • March 28 – Organic Gardening workshop (Millbrook Marsh)
  • March 28 Order Deadline – CCCD Tree Seedling Sale
  • April 9 – 12 – Marcellus Shale events coming to State College
  • April 21 – Sponsor A Ton O’ Trash – Watershed Cleanup Day
  • June 2 – Spring Creek Festival 5K
  • June 9 – ChicoryLane Field Day for Artists
  • Connections Spring Field Trips Funded for 2,136 local elementary and middle school students
  • Accreditation Awarded
  • Renew Your Membership
  • Help Stop Cut to Keystone Fund
  • Speakers Available

Shavers Creek Environmental Center – Spring Break Programs

  • March 6 – Signs of Spring Family Day Hike – 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – What better way to enjoy spring break than with a day hike? It’s an exciting time of year, and animals of all types are responding to the mild winter. Join us for a hike around Shaver’s Creek on Tuesday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. We’ll search for the animals that might be stirring, migrating, and nesting, and plants that are blooming. Bring sturdy shoes, outdoor layers, and a bag lunch for the day. Because of the length of the hike, this program is recommended for families with kids ages 8 and up. Please call814-863-2000 to register. The program is open to the public and FREE thanks to the support of our members.
  • March 9 – Golden Eagle Migration Talk – 6:00–7:00 p.m. – While March may seem early to be talking about bird migration, Golden Eagles are at the peak of their migration up the Appalachian Mountains to summer nesting sites in the tundra. Join Nick Bolgiano, a statistician and graphic designer, for a discussion of local bird migration patterns. Nick has been quantifying bird migration in the region since 1998. He’s also a longtime adviser to birders on the Shaver’s Creek staff. For the second part of our program, former Tussey Mountain Eagle Counter Jon Kauffman will present our resident Golden Eagle. There will be opportunities to learn about citizen science for birders. Please call Shaver’s Creek to register at 814-863-2000. We recommend this public program for ages 12 and up. The program is FREE to our members, and we suggest a $5 donation per person for non-members. Thank you to our members for supporting public programs!

FracTracker Newsletter 

Marsh Madness at Millbrook Marsh

Marsh Madness! Programs are in abundance this March at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. For the kiddos: Tyke Hikes, Storytime, and Cattail Theatre. For everyone else: Cabin Fever Walks, Bird ID classes, and Full Moon Walks. And that’s all just next week! Check out for more program and registration info!

  • Introductory Bird Identification Class – 3 Tuesdays (March 6, 13 & 20); 12-1 PM. – Our feathered friends are fluttering about once again at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. Grab your binocs and quiet shoes and join instructor Mark Henry spot the countless species of birds that live in the marsh. Register today for this 3-part Introductory Bird ID class beginning next Tuesday and noon! $25/$37.50 R/N for 3 sessions.
  • Winter Tyke Hikes – Tuesdays (March 6, 13, 20 & 27); 10:30 AM – This winter, enjoy a children’s program in the new Spring Creek Education Building! These programs will offer one hour of activities that include indoor activities and an outdoor walk. Please dress for the weather, part of the program will be outside. All programs offer learning and fun while exploring the marsh in winter! Advance Registration required.$25/$37.50 R/N for 4 sessions. Themes: Mar. 6 – Winter Patterns; Mar. 13 – Tracks; Mar. 20 – Walk Like Animals; Mar. 27 – Keeping Warm
  • Cattail Thursday Theatre – Thursdays (March 8 & 22); 10 AM – Come and share an hour of nature, theatre & fun! For children ages 3-6, sessions include using simple props or costumes to act out parts in a nature related story or play. Children will help prepare a simple presentation for parents to enjoy. Advance registration is required. $6.50R/$9.75N.
  • Winter Full Moon Walk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center – Friday, March 9; 7 PM – All ages are welcome for this fun winter night walk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center! Like our popular summer Full Moon Walks, you will experience the night in a whole new way! These non-scary walks will include activities that encourage participants to be comfortable out at night, enjoy night sounds, learn about night creatures, and more! Activities can be enjoyed by big kids as well as the little ones. Dress for the weather! Advance registration is required.  $6R/$9N.
  • Spring Cabin Fever Walk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center – Saturday, March 10; 10:30 AM – These family-friendly hikes, part of the CRPR Explorer’s Series, are a great way to get out and stretch your legs during the winter! Join a nature center naturalist to explore Millbrook Marsh in winter and get some fresh air. The hike will include simple activities on the trail for all ages to enjoy. In case of severe weather, walks will be cancelled. Advance registration is required. $6R/$9N.

News from PASA

  • March 24 – Register for PASA’s Annual Meeting & Be Entered to Win! Harrisburg, PA NEW! Be among the first 100 to RSVP & be entered to win a PASA Prize Pack. The pack includes: two complimentary field day passes, a PASA stainless steel water bottle, 10″x14″ PASA member sign & one-year gift membership  to pass on to a friend, colleague or customer. The Board of Directors decided to move the Annual Meeting to a separate venue other than the conference to allow more time for discussions and feedback from you – our members! Please join us to be part of PASA’s policy discussions, Board Director elections and more. And don’t forget it is another great opportunity to network with fellow PASA supporters. Luncheon speaker Ben Hewitt, author of Making Supper Safe &   The Town That Food Saved(I have a copy of that book if anyone wants to borrow it. -KW)
  • March 3 – Intermediate Backyard & Small Flock Poultry Care: Ensuring the Health & Happiness of Your Feathered Flock, Pittsburgh
  • March 8 – Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project: Building Skills in Visual Assessment & Advocacy To Protect Your Community, Villa Maria, Lawrence County
  • March 10 – PASA Membership Meeting & Potluck, Erie, Erie County
  • March 23 – NEW! Beginning Farmer Workshop w/PSU Extension Mercer Co, PASA & FarmLink, Mercer, Mercer County
  • March 24 – Winter Fruit Tree Pruning – Collegeville, PA; Montgomery County
  • March 24 – 25 – Springing Good Intentions into Action Conference, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
  • March 31 – The Dirt on Compost, Boiling Springs, PA; Cumberland County
  • April 1 – Philly Farm & Food Fest, Philadelphia
  • April 12 – Greenhouse Troubleshooting, Sligo, Clarion County (save the date – registration not yet open)
  • April 14 – The True Cost of Production, Exton, Chester County
  • April 27 – Food Alliance Certification Program Overview & Mock Inspection, Boiling Springs, Cumberland County (save the date – registration not yet open)
  • April 28, 8 am to 4 pm Owens Farm, Sunbury PA – Three pastured pork producers and a livestock nutritionist share their experience on the day-to-day realities and challenges of raising pigs outdoors. Topics include feeding, grazing, rooting of pastures, fencing, catching escapees, farrowing, transportation, shelter, winter management, breed considerations, health, and safe handling, with a special roundtable on “The Worst Problem I Ever Had…” Lunch is a shared Covered Dish meal. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Program fee is $45 for one person, $40 for second person in the farm/family unit. Register by calling (570) 286-5309 or online at
  • Sept. 23 – BIKE FRESH, BIKE LOCAL 2012 – PASA’s 5th Annual BIKE FRESH, BIKE LOCAL ride offers different route options to make this the perfect ride for those who haven’t been on their bike in a while to cyclists looking for a real challenge. Get your family, friends and co-workers out on the beautiful rolling hills of Chester County and see where our food comes from! – Proceeds support PASA’s work on behalf of family farms growing fresh fruit, vegetables, and humanely raised poultry, beef and pork. Online advance registration will open by March 7. Check for the upcoming registration link and other ride updates.

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