|Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival|
Come celebrate the arrival of spring, the return of wildflowers, and the beginning of another gardening season at the Central Pennsylvania Native Plants Festival at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center! Sponsored by PNPS and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in conjunction with the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners. This is our second year of partnering with Shaver’s Creek. Come on out for a hike, a picnic…and enjoy one of the scheduled educational walk/programs on native plant gardening. In addition to expert speakers, there will be native plants for sale; local seasonal prepared foods and breads for sale; and educational resource tables where you can have native plant and gardening questions answered. Admission to the festival is free but please come prepared to support one of our vendors through purchases of plants and/or food.
Schedule of events:
10 am - Plant and food sales begin
Presented by Pam Ford and members of the Penn State Master Gardener Program.
12:30 Guided plant walk: A tour of the Shaver’s Creek native plant gardens
Led by Eric Burkhart, Plant Science Program Director with Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.
2 pm Guided plant walk: Attracting birds to your landscape using native plants
Led by Stan and Alice Kotala, naturalists and board members for Juniata Valley Audubon (www.jvas.org).
3 pm Vendor sales end
Additional Featured Educational Opportunities:
All day Native plant gardening resource tables
Have any gardening or native plant gardening questions? Wonder which native plants to put in your yard or landscape? Stop by informational tables featuring PA Native Plant Society board members, Penn State Master Gardener volunteers….and other knowledgeable folks who will be happy to talk with you and gardening and native plants.
All day Edible native plants and mushrooms information tables
Chat with knowledgeable folks about native plant and mushroom foraging! Seasonal items like wild leeks (ramps) and morels will be available to look at. Featuring guest forager and wild food purveyor Tom Patterson of Wildpurveyors.com.
1:00-3:00 Meet the Shaver’s Creek birds of prey programs
An opportunity to see some of our resident raptors up close and learn some interesting facts from Shaver's Creek expert volunteers Carolyn and Rodney. You will have opportunities to touch raptor wings and talons as well as to ask questions.
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Click here for directions to Shaver's Creek
|Location : Shavers Creek Environmental Center, 3400 Discovery Road Petersburg, PA 16669 814-863-2000 |