Public Programs

After the long Winter season Millbrook Marsh is excited to welcome Summer! What a great season to explore the marsh, attend workshops, learn new skills, and enjoy the warm weather. Join us for one or all of these exciting programs! To learn more about a program, fees, and how to register, click on Register Now next to each program, or visit our registration pages

Program Fee Guide: Resident Fee (R): For residents of State College Borough and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Harris & Patton * Nonresident Fee (N): For residents of all other municipalities

All Ages

People Bird Watching on Bridge


Early Morning Bird Walks

Tuesdays, April 17th-May 8th


Start your day off right by exploring Millbrook Marsh to see and hear the birds that are migrating to and through the Centre Region. Registration not required.

Spring Scavenger Hunt

April 29th


Come enjoy the day as you work together to explore the marsh and look for signs of spring. Free, donations appreciated. Registration not required.

Saturday Early Morning Bird Walk

May 12th


Start your day off right by exploring Millbrook Marsh to see and hear the birds that are migrating to and through the Centre Region. Free, donations appreciated. Registration not required.

Who's Nesting at Millbrook Marsh? 

June 8th


Join experienced birder, NancyEllen Kiernan, to identify clues that help us discover the species of birds nesting here at the marsh. Take a mystery bird walk to sleuth out who's here. After this enjoyable walk you will be able to use your new found knowledge to detect clues to nesting birds in your own back yard. Free, donations appreciated. Registration not required. 

Millbrook Marsh Naturalist at Blue Spring Park

July 7th 


Discover the wonders of nature in one of your neighborhood parks! Join a Millbrook Marsh Naturalist for a stroll through Blue Springs Park, one of Centre Region Parks and Recreation’s 56 local parks. Register Now. 

Summer Scavenger Hunt

July 22nd


Explore Millbrook Marsh Nature Center with your family during our Summer Scavenger Hunt! This eco-friendly discovery guides you though the marsh to see, touch, smell, and hear items found naturally in this exciting eco-system. Take your time, enjoy the day, work together as a team, and have FUN with this kid-friendly activity. Free, donations appreciated. No registration required.

Centred Outdoors



Millbrook Marsh has partnered with 16 local organizations for Centred Outdoors again this summer! Visit nine beautiful destinations in the Centre Region for guided hikes all summer long. Hikes will be held at Millbrook Marsh on July 29th and August 1st. Information about Centred Outdoors, the nine destinations, hike times and everything Centred Outdoors can be found on the website. Free, registration not required. 

Ages 3-6

Girl investigating stream

Knee High Naturalist 


Explore Millbrook Marsh with your child this spring and summer! Check out the new themes and join us for one or all ten. Descriptions for each topic can be found on the registration page.

Spring Themes

April 18: Being Sustainable Register Now
April 25: Mysterious Mushroom Register Now
 Summer Themes
June 18: Amazing AmphibiansRegister Now
June 20: Busy BeesRegister Now
June 25: Colors in NatureRegister Now
June 27: Daring DragonfliesRegister Now
July 2: Fantastic FirefliesRegister Now
July 9: Crazy CattailsRegister Now
July 16: Friendly FoxRegister Now
July 18: Stupendous StewardshipRegister Now

Puddle Jumpers 

This great program for preschoolers mixes outdoor exploration with fundamental learning through hands-on experiences at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center! Supplement your preschooler's experience with nature and learning! The Puddle Jumpers program provides children with opportunities to develop a foundation of learning through encounters in the natural world. This twice a week, drop-off program offers 3-hour sessions of nature learning for kids ages 3-5, including unstructured, imaginative exploration and structured, nature based, hands-on learning. Kids should bring a snack each day and dress for the weather. Participants must be potty trained. Register Now

About Puddle Jumpers

School Age

Kids on bridge in marsh

Homeschooler’s Wetlands and Watershed Day

April 25th


Calling all Homeschoolers! Come explore the marsh with a naturalist. See what lives here and learn why wetlands are important. Register Now

The Magic of Miniature Fairy Gardening

May 6th


Come learn about fairy lore as you make your own fairy garden.  This program has just been opened to 8 yrs. and over (adults are now welcome!). Register Now

Girl Scout Hiker Badge 

July 22


Calling all Brownies! Pack your hiking bag and join us for a hike with a Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Naturalist to earn your Hiking Badge. Register Now


Joe-pye Weed

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting

May 6th


Learn how to turn your kitchen and yard waste into black gold. Register Now

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting

May 30th


 Learn how to turn your kitchen and yard waste into "black gold". Register Now

Plein Air Paint Earth, Water, & Sky

June 2nd 


Join local artist Susan Nicholas Gephart and learn “plein air” painting techniques at this one day workshop. Susan is an award winning pastel and oil painter who has been creating colorful, impressionistic landscapes “plein air” for over 40 years. Prior to the workshop, participants will be provided information and steps to prepare including contacting the instructor to speak one-onone about your medium and supplies. Susan is a product demonstrator for national art companies and will provide some supplies for workshop participants. Beginners welcome! Additional information can be found on the registration page. To learn more about Susan visit her website. Register Now

Shinrin Yoku Walk & Workshop

June 30th 


You are invited to immerse yourself in nature on a guided walk in the tradition of Shinrin Yoku. Often translated as "forest bathing," this practice involves using sensory invitations to help participants relax and recharge, reawakening their connection to Nature. Research conducted in Japan and Korea has shown that forest bathing enhances wellbeing, reduces stress, regulates blood sugar, reduces blood pressure and supports immunity. Come join Lucy Heggenstaller to experience these benefits. Registration opens May 1st.