ClearWater Conservancy’s sixth Season of Centred Outdoors begins June 5 with free guided adventures and wellness activities each week through September

– by Ellie Aungst

State College, PA, May 19-Clearwater Conservancy has released the 2022 schedule for the sixth season of the organization’s Centred Outdoors program. The program, with support from Mount Nittany Health, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA-DCNR), and the Hamer Foundation, invites everyone of all ages and fitness levels to participate in free guided adventures at outdoor destinations throughout Centre County. Pronounced ‘centered’, the program is spelled “Centred” for Centre County.

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“This will be a wonderful summer for everyone to celebrate the awe-inspiring nearby nature that we’re surrounded by,” said Deb Nardone, executive director of ClearWater Conservancy. “Centred Outdoors offers experiences that don’t require a lot planning, driving, or spending so everyone can relax and enjoy memorable moments among one of the most scenic regions in Pennsylvania.”

The season officially launches on Sunday, June 5 during the Family Fishing Picnic at Tussey Mountain from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event, hosted by Spring Creek Chapter Trout Unlimited, ClearWater Conservancy, and other partnering organizations, offers fishing experiences, a picnic lunch, children’s activities, fly casting stations, guided hikes, and other wilderness workshops throughout the day. All fishing equipment is provided, there is no cost to attend, and registration is not required.

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Then beginning on June 12, Centred Outdoors events will take place every Sunday afternoon from 1-5 pm and every Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm through August 28 at destinations in and around Centre County. Some of the eighteen destinations include places near town such as Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte and Tom Tudek Memorial Park in State College, while others will encourage exploration along trails in forested areas such as Colyer Lake, Poe Paddy State Park, and Rothrock State Forests. Events will feature not only guided hikes and walks but also wellness activities such as nature journaling and birdwatching so that everyone has the opportunity explore, appreciate, and discover natural areas in Centre County in a way that suits their fitness level, schedule, and personal interests.

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"The Centred Outdoors program is a great way for people to get some exercise, spend some time in nature and explore new trails in our area," said Paul L. Klink, MD, Mount Nittany Physician Group, Weight Management. " ClearWater Conservancy created an amazing wellness program and Mount Nittany Health is pleased to be a partner."

The 2022 schedule and an opportunity to sign up for event information is available on the program’s website: All Centred Outdoors events are free, and open to the public. The website offers an option to request a Centred Outdoors Passport, with all 2022 dates and locations, via mail.

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Hosted by ClearWater Conservancy, Centred Outdoors’ primary partners and supporters include the Hamer Foundation, Mount Nittany Health, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Centre Region Parks and Recreation, Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, and Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The mission of ClearWater Conservancy is to conserve and restore the natural resources of central Pennsylvania through land conservation, water resources stewardship, and environmental outreach in the community.

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at