About Us

Millbrook Marsh Barn

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is located in State College, Pennsylvania, less than two miles from Penn State University. The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority operates the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center and is a 509(a)1 non-profit organization.

Our mission is to educate and inspire people about the natural world, and to instill a passion for the environment through science, history, culture and art.

The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is a 62-acre site consisting of a 12-acre farmstead area and an adjacent 50-acre wetland area. A Conservation Easement between Penn State and ClearWater Conservancy protects the wetland from future development. Formerly known as "Penn State Farm 12," the tract was leased on a long-term basis from Penn State University starting in 1997 for $1/year. On-site is a LEED Silver Certified classroom building, called the Spring Creek Education Building, a restored bank barn, a wetland laboratory, a picnic pavilion, two sun shelters, a boardwalk, and walking trails.

The nature center hosts over 15,000 participants annually to organized programs and events, not counting the recreational day users who enjoy bird watching, dog walking, hiking, picnicking, and more. The nature center also offers educational programs for all ages and groups, community events, rental facilities for special events and retreats, children’s birthday parties, and more. Trail maps are available upon request or from the website.