Expanding Our Ability to Offer More Enriching Experiences
Our Phase II expansion project, slated to begin in 2019, will more than double the square footage of the existing Education Building—expanding the capacity to host educational community programs and provide space for meeting groups and special events. Sustainable features will be incorporated into the facility design to match the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification of Phase I. Some of these features are solar panels to provide clean, affordable energy; the use of recycled materials; and large windows for natural light and to reduce the need of artificial lighting.
Additionally, a Welcome Pavilion will be constructed to greet arriving visitors and provide them with information and educational materials. The pavilion will include water fountain and a water bottle filling station, four family restrooms, and resting areas.
While tax dollars from local municipalities and income from program fees help to cover a portion of the nature center’s operational budget, we rely on donations from community members to fill the gap. In a time when more visitors than ever are utilizing the nature center and the natural resources it offers, we are counting heavily on community support in this effort to expand our capacity and meet the demands of a growing visitor base.
A Growing Number of Visitors are Utilizing Protected Green Space
With 62 acres of protected green space in the middle of a growing urban setting, the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is a hidden gem in Centre County. And it’s increasing in popularity. The number of annual visitors has grown exponentially in the last 17 years—from 3,000 participating in programs, events, meetings, and rentals in the year 2000 to more than 15,000 today. This number increases significantly with the countless number of community members who visit the site throughout the year for recreation, such as walking, biking, birdwatching, picnicking, and wildlife observation.
The nature center’s surge in popularity can be attributed to the Phase I addition of the Spring Creek Education Building in 2011—providing us with an indoor facility to further engage the community by hosting programs, offering classes and workshops, and enabling group rentals. But we are quickly outgrowing that space. As the number of annual visitors continues to increase, we must provide adequate resources to enrich their educational and recreational experiences.
Ways to Give to the Phase II Project
To make a gift by mail please send your check (payable to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center) to the address below.
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
2643 Gateway Drive, Suite #1
State College, PA 16801
You are welcome to make your donation in person at the nature center anytime Millbrook Marsh is open.
Pledge Your Gift:
Contribute to the expansion and preservation of Millbrook Marsh by using this pledge form. Please send your gift and pledge to the Gateway Drive address provided above.
With your help, we can make it happen.
Thank you for your support!
The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority, which operates the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, is a 509(a)1 non-profit organization and is also an approved agency listed with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Donations to Millbrook Marsh are tax deductible.