Get to know the people in the Shaver's Creek community through insightful and funny conversations! Shaver's Creek was founded in 1976 as a resource for the central Pennsylvania community and as a field lab for Penn State students to get hands-on experience teaching about the natural world. We create educational and recreational opportunities through our many programs and classes like Outdoor School and AURORA, our collection of live animals, and the brilliant forest surrounding the environmental center. This podcast offers an inside look into the many people who make it all work and those who experience Shaver's Creek's many programs, from staff to students to community members.
Seasonal Transitions — Doug Wentzel
Expeditions — Dr. Pete Allison, Associate Professor
Matt and Associate Professor Pete Allison get philosophical in the latest Cast from the Creek. Listen along as they discuss travel, expeditions, and transitioning from Scotland to Pennsylvania.
Designing Sustainability — George Vahoviak
Cast from the Creek is back. Season 2's episodes will revolve around the theme of transitions (much like the Creek itself is about to go through), and what better way to kick off than featuring someone who's been deeply involved with Shaver's Creek since almost the very beginning: Dr. George Vahoviak!
George and Matt share a wonderful conversation about the history of Shaver's Creek and Conservation Leadership School, encouraging people to have positive outdoor experiences while learning about how they can design a sustainable future for the planet we all share.
George is retiring this September, and will be greatly missed. You can't miss this wonderful conversation about the early days of the Creek, the exciting present day, and what's next to come for George.
Traveling Naturalists — Jen Steigerwalt
Matt and Jen talk about taking birds, turtles, snakes, toads, and frogs on the road. Shaver's Creek visits many schools, nature centers, festivals, and community events every year.
Positive Outdoor Experiences — Kate Berardi
Kate Berardi, director of school programs and summer camps at Shaver's Creek, speaks with Matt about how those children have a positive outdoor experience when they come to Shaver's Creek. Even if you're not a kid, a parent, or an educator, their conversation is very insightful!
Curiosity of Nature — Doug Wentzel
Doug Wentzel, naturalist and program director at Shaver's Creek, speaks with Matt about the culture of shaver's creek, its past and future, and the joy of being observant and curious every day.