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MMNC LogoWelcome to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Located at 548 Puddintown Road (College Township). State College, PA 16801

Operated by Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority..."Your Recreation Destination"
Molly A. Hetrick, Rec. Supervisor - Nature Center  (814) 235-7819
Melissa M. Freed, Program Coordinator - Nature Center   (814) 235-7819

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

While Mother Nature is Always Open...

Millbrook Marsh boardwalk trails & grounds are open
daily dawn to dusk.

Visit the nature center to enjoy the unique marsh ecosystem, walking trails, wildlife viewing areas, beautiful views, and a relaxing natural setting close to home! Visitors are welcome for dog walking, hiking, picnicking, and other activities. The center is also connected to the Centre Region bike paths, so stop by! The barn and Spring Creek Education Building are open during public programs and are available to rent for private functions. Admission to the center is free! (Programs and events may have a fee.)

Join the "Friends of Millbrook Marsh Nature Center"
Link to informational flyer (PDF)

Photo submitted by Wendy Blumenthal
Photo by Wendy Blumenthal

LEED Silver Certification for the SCEB

Leave No Trace Logo

Visitor's Welcome Here!

About Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
The "Green" Guide to the Spring Creek Educ. Bldg. (PDF)
Brochure for a self-guided "Green Walk" around MMNC (PDF)

Programs, Events & Activities

Children's Birthday Parties at Millbrook (Now year-round!)
Group, School & Scouting Programs

2015 Facility Rentals for Groups

Weddings at the Nature Center New
Location & Contact Info
Advisory Committee
Geo-Games Policy (Geocaching, Letterboxing, etc.)
The Boardwalk Campaign
Photo Comparisons: 1996 - 2004 - 2012
Annual Program Reports for MMNC  Updated
The Science of Millbrook Marsh (Special Website)
Early History of Millbrook Marsh
The Master Site Plan for the Nature Center
The Capital Campaign for Millbrook Marsh
The Spring Creek Education Building

Program Registration Information

Volunteer, Intern & Employment Opportunities
Research Project Request Form
Link to PDF Plan for the proposed MMNC Parking Area
© 2008 Christine Dornbush. Used by permission.
© 2008 Christine Dornbush. Used by permission.


548 Puddintown Road
(College Township)
State College, PA 16801

(814) 235-7819  
Fax 814.272.1608     Link to a Bing® Map

Centre Region Parks & Recreation
2643 Gateway Drive #1
State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-3071 or

Tax Deductible DONATIONS for Millbrook Marsh Nature Center are welcome and may be made to:
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
c/o CRPR Gifts-For-Parks Program
2643 Gateway Drive #1
State College, PA 16801

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, operated by Centre Region Parks & Recreation (c/o Centre Regional Recreation Authority), is a 62-acre site consisting of a 12-acre farmstead area (with a large bank barn and several outbuildings), plus an adjacent 50-acre wetland area. The 50-acre wetland area also hosts a Conservation Easement between Penn State and ClearWater Conservancy of Central PA. Formerly known as "Farm 12," the tract was leased on a long term basis from Penn State University starting in 1997 for $1/year. The center provides an opportunity to present to Centre Region residents three important themes from the site: environmental, agricultural, and historical. The center is pleased to host many groups (all group visits must be scheduled in advance).

1996 2002 - 2004 2012


Please click on a photo to view more "Then and Now" photos at the Nature Center

Reserve the Nature Center
for meetings, group picnics and more!

The facilities at the Nature Center, including the grounds, barn, and picnic pavilion, are to groups from churches, schools, neighborhoods, scout groups and businesses. This may be the ideal place for your next group picnic, meeting, birthday party or other group activity. For more information about rentals, please contact CRPR at (814) 235-7819 or click here.


Volunteers are needed to assist with planning and leading educational programs, sharing expertise and creative ideas, event planning, new program development and more! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, please email the Nature Center Recreation Supervisor Molly Hetrick or phone (814) 235-7819 for more information.

Seasonal employment opportunities (part-time and full-time) and intern opportunities are posted HERE.


Millbrook Marsh Nature Center benefits greatly from two endowments managed by the Centre County Community Foundation (CCCF). A portion of the interest generated by the:
(1) Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (MMNC) Fund and by the
(2) Fred & Anne Coombs Fund For Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
provides annual funding assistance for facility and program improvements. If you or your group are interested in assisting the nature center through the endowments, please contact the CCCF.


• All uses of the facility must end at dusk, except by written permission of the Director of Parks and Recreation.

• A Certificate of Insurance may be required for the proposed event(s), listing CRPR / Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority and College Township as additional insureds. The appropriate types and amounts of coverages shall be determined by Centre Region Parks & Recreation.

• Centre Region Parks & Recreation may specify permitted use-areas, schedules, and all activity locations that are in the best interest of the Nature Center. In addition, CRPR may establish the level of training required of group leaders to conduct any activities in the marsh, or may require that a CRPR staff member accompany the group. The costs for this leadership shall be added to the facility rental fee.

• All proposed activities must conform to the lease agreement with Penn State, the ClearWater Conservation Easement, College Township ordinances, Rec. Authority regulations, and agreements with Nature Center partner groups.

• Per municipal ordinances for all Centre Region parks, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Kid's Stream Study 2013
Discovering streamlife at Millbrook Marsh!

The CRPR Authority is a publicly-funded, municipal agency serving 5 municipalities.
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The Centre Region Council of Governments and the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority, State College, PA. USA 16801