Dear friend,
2020 marks the fourth season of Centred Outdoors. Thousands of adventurers have joined us for guided hikes since our first event in 2017, and while this season's format is a little different, its goals and purpose remain the same.

ClearWater Conservancy created Centred Outdoors to serve as an invitation and pathway for people of all ages and fitness levels to connect with the benefits of spending time outside in a way that is comfortable, enjoyable and fun for every individual. This is why Centred Outdoors features such a wide variety of destinations. Some places are a long and beautiful car ride from your home, others are in the middle of town. Some sites will get your heart pumping with their steep hills while many have been selected for their accessibility and less strenuous paths.

We encourage you to choose an adventure that is right for you and your experience level. If you have any questions about an area or suggested site, please reach out us and ask the Centred Outdoors team: We'd also love to hear from you about the new places and adventures you're discovering this year!

As a reminder, e ngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running is an allowable activity under all colors of Pennsylvania's phased reopening plan. We'll keep you informed on any changes to the Centred Outdoors 2020 season via this newsletter, so please continue to check in weekly for important updates.

We hope to hear about your next adventure soon!
Dan Trew, Adventure Coordinator
and everyone at ClearWater Conservancy
Topic of the Week: Pennsylvania's Pollinators
Learn something new
Pollinators are essential for humans’ way of life and for the stability of nearly our entire ecosystem. They perform an essential portion of the reproduction cycle of modern flowering plants. While pollen-producing plants have been around for approximately 250 million years, flowering plants and their co-evolved pollinators have only been around for the last 100 million. Beginning with just a few plants species adapting to rouge beetles, there now more than 300,000 known species of pollinator-dependent plants.

Pollinators themselves have also exploded with diversity over the past 100 million years. There are an estimated 16,000 species of bees alone, and each one participates in pollination. There are over 10 times as many butterflies and moths, accounting for almost 10% of all living species. And, a surprising number of ants, wasps, beetles—pretty much every insect group you can think of—participate in the reproduction cycle of flowering plants. Hummingbirds are the buzzy equivalent to their bee brethren, filling a similar niche in the avian world. Though with increased mass comes the increase in energy requirement, so hummingbirds consume roughly half their weight every day.

Pollen producing plants and their pollinating partners are cornerstones of our modern ecosystems and responsible for most of our food production. Roughly three out of four bites of our food rely on pollinators as part its production. Everything from apples to zucchini requires pollinators in order to produce their tasty bits.

Our well-being aside, pollinators are key to almost every plant species, and thereby almost a quarter of all living species heavily rely on them. This is either directly through the consumption of pollinators (bats, or birds), or the plant life they support (large creatures like bears). You can learn much more about the miracles of pollination by visiting the full-length article via the button below.
Tips & Tricks
Pollinator gardens are a key way to ensure that these important friends have sufficient nutrition and adequate food sources throughout the year. Large monocrops, be they the perennial concrete or expansive agriculture, often bloom at one point or do not provide a wide enough variety to support pollinators throughout the year. In addition to our article on how to start native plants and what plants to select for that type of garden, below are some pollinator specific tips and tricks:

  • A garden with a wide array of flower shapes, sizes, and colors will attract more diverse populations of pollinators.
  • Large clumps or areas of similar plants will be more attractive to the passing pollinator.
  • Including plants that bloom at different stages of the year provide a more stable food source for even the hungriest of pollinators.
  • Pesticides should obviously be avoided to not hurt the animals that feed on the nectar.
  • Water is important for pollinators just as much as the flowers themselves, a birdbath or other shallow dish can be filled with stones to give them adequate perching points.
Choose your own adventure!
Bald Eagle State Park offers the wonderful Butterfly Trail that is lined on both sides by large native plants clusters. The place is buzzing throughout the summer!

Greenwood Furnace State Park also maintains several large clusters of pollinator-friendly plots including a massive milkweed stand that hosts hindered of monarchs.

The edible landscape garden in the new section of Talleyrand Park (near Big Spring Spirits) adjoins to an equally large pollinator garden that showcases sustainable landscaping that also is tasty!

The Arboretum at Penn State hosts numerous clusters of plants designed to cater to all manner of pollinators.

ClearWater’s Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor serves as a demonstration area for multiple types of landscapes and how they can be managed for complete ecosystem health.

What to bring on your adventure:
  • A refillable water bottle 
  • Sturdy and water-resistant footwear
  • Long pants and high socks may be preferred for additional protection from insects and ticks
  • Child carrier/backpack is recommended for very young children 
  • Binoculars for bird and wildlife watchers
  • A light snack or picnic lunch

At-home adventure:
Create a pollinator homestead!
Click the above image for directions in how to create a homestead for your local pollinators! This project makes a house, feeder and water station! This is everything a pollinator needs during breaks between looking for flowers!
Step out and explore
What's your unique way of enjoying and exploring nature? We'd love to see photos of your adventures and hear about your experiences. Please email your photos and stories to Dan Trew, adventure coordinator: With your permission we'll share them in upcoming issues!
Apply by June 5 for PA Master Naturalist fall course
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a statewide partnership initiative that aims to connect people with their local ecosystems through intensive natural science training and local conservation service work. ClearWater Conservancy will be acting as the partnering organization for Centre County.

The program is scheduled for fall 2020 (August – October). The applications for this year's class are due June 5 (extended from the original June 1). At this time, we are hopeful that the in-person training program can proceed, depending on the health and safety guidelines in place at that time. PMN is working on a remote training option in case that is needed.

You can watch this brief, recorded webinar to learn more about the program, review the steps and timeline to apply, and discuss your questions.
Please send any questions to
ClearWater Conservancy | 814-237-0400 | |