ARCHIVED CONTENT: In December 2020, the CZO program was succeeded by the Critical Zone Collaborative Network (CZ Net) ×

Shaver’s Creek to undergo major expansion, renovation to better serve community.  Image from PennState News, image credit: Kimmel Bogrette

The Shale Hills CZO site is located in Stone Valley Experimental Forest, which includes the Stone Valley Recreational Area, and is adjacent to the Shavers Creek Environmental Center. The Forest, Recreation Area and Center are all managed by Penn State and attract a wide range of visitors including K-12 and higher education classes, families and corporate groups. The Experimental Forest includes a network of hiking trails which are accessible to the public. 

With renovation and expansion of the Discovery Room at Shaver’s Creek about to break ground, collaborations have begun between CZO student team members and Spring Semester SEED (Student Engagement & Experiential Discovery) students within the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management Program at Penn State.  Building upon current infrastructure in and around Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, SEED students are designing a walking trail with points of interest focused on Critical Zone processes or instrumentation deployed in the Penn State Forest.  The final product will be delivered to the public as an iBeacon designed walking tour with stops along the trail which highlight the geology, soils, hydrology, forest ecology, and the carbon/water cycle as observed in central Pennsylvania.


More information about Stone Valley Experimental Forest is available through PSU's Forestland Management Office:

Stone Valley Recreation Area is managed by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics:

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center is a division of Penn State Outreach:

Shaver's Creek Long-term Ecological Reflections Project (LTERP) includes eight locations around Shaver's Creek where the habitat is variable enough to inspire writings and artwork:

Creek journal reflections project began in 2006 and each may be directly accessed here:




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