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MMNC LogoWelcome to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
548 Puddintown Road (College Township). State College, PA 16801

Operated by
The Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority..."Your Recreation Destination"
Melissa M. Kauffman, Nature Center Supervisor (814) 235-7819
Mandy L. Maguffey, Program Coordinator (814) 235-7819
Amber Merrell, PT STaff Assistant (814) 235-7819

“The mission of the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is to educate and inspire people about the natural world,
and to instill a passion for the environment through science, history, culture and art.”


While Mother Nature
is Always Open...

Millbrook Marsh boardwalk trails & grounds are open daily dawn to dusk.

Visit the nature center to enjoy the unique marsh ecosystem, walking trails, wildlife viewing areas, beautiful views, and a relaxing natural setting close to home! Visitors are welcome for dog walking, hiking, picnicking, and other activities. The center is also connected to the Centre Region bike paths, so stop by! The barn and Spring Creek Education Building are open during public programs and are available to rent for private functions. Admission to the center is free! (Programs and events may have a fee.)


Staff at Sign

The Nature Center Staff

Supervisor Melissa Kauffman (right) and Program Coordinator Mandy Maguffey (left) are responsible for planning and overseeing the programs, camps and rentals for Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

For more information on Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, please explore this website or stop by the 62-acre Nature Center at 548 Puddintown Road, College Township.

Subscribe to the (free) monthly
e-newsletter from Millbrook Marsh!

Link to INTERN Information...


"2016 Green Park Award"
from the
PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources and the
PA Recreation & Park Society.

News release from PA DCNR (PDF)

Please join us for a special award ceremony to l be held at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center at 10 AM on Friday, 22 April 2016:

  • Senior officials of the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources will present their "2016 Green Park Award" to the CRPR Authority and municipal officials for their success at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. They will also dedicate a tree planted at the nature center in honor of the designation.
  • The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority will recognize the CRPR Authority as a "2016 Green Business Partner" as a result of CRPR recycling efforts at the local parks and pools.
  • Senior officials of the PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development will present the “2016 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence - Intergovernmental Cooperation” to each municipalitiy for providing 50 years of cooperative parks and recreation services to the Centre Region

2016 Award Presentation
The award was announced on 15 Mar 2016: (L>R)

  • Ronald J. Woodhead, Director, Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority
  • Melissa M. Kauffman, Nature Center Supervisor
  • Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of PA DCNR
  • Tim Herd, Exec. Director, PRPS

Photo courtesy of Doug Wendell for the PA Recreation & Park Society.

• The new Nature Center Parking Area
is now open for use!

Link to project plan

Looking for a GREEN way to get to Millbrook Marsh? Ride you bike using our recommended safe route and take advantage of a newly added bike rack for our cycling visitors.

Use this updated Bike Route/Bike Path Map created in the Fall of 2015 to help you find your way to our site!

Watch an August 2015 aerial
video tour of
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
with this YouTube video
courtesy of Michael Houtz.

Book Bench


Our thanks to the Book Benches of Centre County program for their contribution of a unique bench at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. The GPS coordinates of the new bench are 40.812635 and -77.837634.

Thanks also to Landscape II Inc. for providing the concrete pad for the bench.

Join the "Friends of Millbrook Marsh Nature Center"
Link to informational flyer (PDF)

© 2008 Christine Dornbush. Used by permission.
Photo © 2008 Christine Dornbush. Used by permission.

LEED Silver Certification for the SCEB

Leave No Trace Logo

Visitor's Welcome Here!

About Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
The "Green" Guide to the Spring Creek Educ. Bldg. (PDF)
Brochure for a self-guided "Green Walk" around MMNC (PDF)

Programs, Events & Activities

Children's Birthday Parties at Millbrook (Now year-round!)
2017 Summer Camps Preview
Group, School & Scouting Programs

2017 Facility Rentals for Groups

Puddle Jumpers

Weddings at the Nature Center
Location & Contact Info
"My Millbrook Marsh Naturalist"
Advisory Committee
Geo-Games Policy (Geocaching, Letterboxing, etc.)
The Boardwalk Campaign
Photo Comparisons: 1996 - 2004 - 2012
Annual Program Reports for MMNC
The Science of Millbrook Marsh (Special Website)
Early History of Millbrook Marsh
The Master Site Plan for the Nature Center
The Capital Campaign for Millbrook Marsh
The Spring Creek Education Building

Program Registration Information

Volunteer, Intern & Employment Opportunities
Research Project Request Form

My Millbrook Marsh Naturalist

Make your trip to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center memorable and informative! Schedule a guided walk with a Naturalist who will share stories and information about the plants, wildlife, habitat and history of the unique marsh ecosystem. Available for all ages and perfect for individuals, families, or small groups. For more information about program topics, fees or to schedule your Millbrook Marsh Naturalist, call the Nature Center at (814) 235-7819 or email Mandy Maguffey, Program Coordinator.. We can help decide which walk is best for you!

Poison HemlockControlling Poison Hemlock at
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
and Spring Creek Park

Bulletin 5 Oct 2015: Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) is acutely toxic to people and animals and was recently found at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center and at Spring Creek Park. As a result, those plants are being treated with herbicide by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and Art Gover, Plant Science Research Associate at Penn State.  Funding assistance for the herbicide was provided by the Spring Creek Watershed Commission. Informational posters have been placed in those areas.  The treatments started on early-Oct 2015 with hand-held sprayers. Small amounts of herbicide are applied directly to the poison hemlock and will not impact the surrounding vegetation or the delicate aquatics in that area.  In advance of the spraying, Ann Donovan of the Centre Co. Conservation District, Adam Smith of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Art Gover, Plant Science Research Associate at Penn State, presented a management plan to CRPR, College Twp., ClearWater Conservancy and the Spring Creek Watershed Commission.  For more information about Poison Hemlock please visit this link.  Poison Hemlock is a biennial plant that disperses thousands of seeds in the 2nd year of growth. Therefore, continued management will be needed at both sites. Many thanks to our partner groups who have assisted with this project. Update 29 Mar 2016: Herbicide spot treatment by the US Fish & Wildlife Service staff will continue on 30 Mar and 10 Apr 2016.

Photo submitted by Wendy Blumenthal
Photo by Wendy Blumenthal


548 Puddintown Road
(College Township)
State College, PA 16801

(814) 235-7819  
Fax 814.272.1608     Link to a Bing® Map

Centre Region Parks & Recreation
2643 Gateway Drive, Suite #1
State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-3071 or

Tax Deductible DONATIONS for Millbrook Marsh Nature Center are welcome and may be made to:
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
c/o CRPR Gifts-For-Parks Program
2643 Gateway Drive, Suite #1
State College, PA 16801

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, operated by Centre Region Parks & Recreation (c/o Centre Regional Recreation Authority), is a 62-acre site consisting of a 12-acre farmstead area (with a large bank barn and several outbuildings), plus an adjacent 50-acre wetland area. The 50-acre wetland area also hosts a Conservation Easement between Penn State and ClearWater Conservancy of Central PA. 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. The center provides an opportunity to present to Centre Region residents three important themes from the site: environmental, agricultural, and historical. The center is pleased to host many groups (all group visits must be scheduled in advance).

1996 2002 - 2004 2012


Please click on a photo to view more "Then and Now" photos at the Nature Center

Reserve the Nature Center
for meetings, group picnics and more!

The facilities at the Nature Center, including the grounds, barn, and picnic pavilion, are to groups from churches, schools, neighborhoods, scout groups and businesses. This may be the ideal place for your next group picnic, meeting, birthday party or other group activity. For more information about rentals, please contact CRPR at (814) 235-7819 or click here.


Volunteers are needed to assist with planning and leading educational programs, sharing expertise and creative ideas, event planning, new program development and more! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, please email the Nature Center Supervisor or phone (814) 235-7819 for more info.

Seasonal employment opportunities (part-time and full-time) and intern opportunities are posted HERE.


Millbrook Marsh Nature Center benefits greatly from two endowments managed by the Centre Foundation. A portion of the interest generated by the:
(1) Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (MMNC) Fund and by the
(2) Fred & Anne Coombs Fund For Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
provides annual funding assistance for facility and program improvements. If you or your group are interested in assisting the nature center through the endowments, please contact the Centre Foundation.


  • All uses of the facility must end at dusk, except by written permission of the Director of Parks and Recreation.
  • A Certificate of Insurance may be required for the proposed event(s), listing CRPR / Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority and College Township as additional insureds. The appropriate types and amounts of coverages shall be determined by Centre Region Parks & Recreation.
  • Centre Region Parks & Recreation may specify permitted use-areas, schedules, and all activity locations that are in the best interest of the Nature Center. In addition, CRPR may establish the level of training required of group leaders to conduct any activities in the marsh, or may require that a CRPR staff member accompany the group. The costs for this leadership shall be added to the facility rental fee.
  • All proposed activities must conform to the lease agreement with Penn State, the ClearWater Conservation Easement, College Township ordinances, Rec. Authority regulations, and agreements with Nature Center partner groups.
  • Per the municipal ordinances for all Centre Region parks, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
Kid's Stream Study 2013
Discovering streamlife at Millbrook Marsh!

The CRPR Authority is a publicly-funded, municipal agency serving 5 municipalities since 1966. The Authority also maintains 501c3 status.
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The Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority
2643 Gateway Drive #1, State College, PA. USA 16801   (814)231-3071   Fax 814.235.7832