What is the Stan Yoder Memorial Preserve?
Dr. Stan Yoder, a devoted
community activist and outdoorsman, lived in Boalsburg
for many years. He practiced medicine as an orthopedic
surgeon and touched the lives of many of us who live
in the area. The Stan Yoder Memorial Preserve
Committee, in cooperation with Harris Township Supervisors,
has established a 15-acre nature preserve in Harris
Township to honor Dr. Yoder, a person whose life exemplified
the ideals of neighbor, friend and naturalist.
Please review the 2009 "Farmstead to Community Project" Report (50 KB PDF file) by Mason Krausz Christensen, an undergraduate (History) student at Penn State.
WHERE is the Stan Yoder
The preserve is at 450 Main Street, Boalsburg, on the south
side of Main Street, west of the Diamond
(Church St. - Main St. intersection) and east of Bailey
Lane. A gravel parking area is available for park visitors.
About the Preserve
On October 15, 2001, the 15 acres of land
where the Stan Yoder Memorial Preserve has been established officially
became the property of Harris Township. The purchase of the land
by the Boalsburg Village Conservancy (which was then donated
to Harris Township) was made possible by the efforts and contributions
of hundreds of supporters, grants from the Pennsylvania Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Centre County Community
Foundation, and a sizeable loan from a very generous individual.
Fundraising efforts continued through November of 2003 to repay
this debt. At a fine art auction on November 8th, their fundraising
goal was reached.
Though in an "natural" state,
the park is now available for public use - walking, jogging
and birdwatching as part of the Centre Region Parks and Recreation
system. The Harris Township Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
has coordinated the development of a Master Site Plan for the park
retains & enhances the important attributes of the nature
This land is one of the last undeveloped
wooded parcels in the immediate Boalsburg Village area and
is a vital link in the Nittany and Bald Eagle Greenway, extending
from Tussey Mountain to the Spring Creek Corridor. It is home
and habitat to a variety of native plant and animal species,
including Coopers Hawks, Scarlet Tanagers, Screech Owls, white-tailed
deer and Arisaema atrorubens, also know as the Indian
Turnip. Preservation of this woodland will enhance the quality
of life for all Centre Region residents.
The Stan Yoder Memorial Preserve
The Stan Yoder Memorial Preserve Committee
was a subcommittee of the Boalsburg Village Conservancy, a preservation
organization that works to maintain the historic beauty and character
of the Village of Boalsburg. The Committee originally formed
in February of 2000 for the purpose of acquiring land for the
establishment of the Stan Yoder Memorial Preserve. In addition
to receiving several grants and hundred of donations, the Committee
held numerous fundraising events for the park. They wish to thank
everyone who has supported this project in so many ways.
Now that the acquisition of the Preserve is complete, the Committee will focus future efforts
on raising funds to support the Preserve. For further information
about the Committee efforts, please email Dr. Roy Love or
The site was officially dedicated to the memory of Dr. Stanley J. Yoder (1938-1999) on Sunday, 29 Oct 06. A memorial to Dr. Yoder will also be placed at the Preserve.
Funds & Fundraising
The challenge involved raising $626,534.57 to
purchase the land from GTW Associates, $12,000 in "carrying
charges" over the summer of 2001 while the group raised the
funds, and $9,000 to Land Studies Inc. for a site evaluation and
for grant application work. TOTAL COST $647,534.57 (= $43,169/acre).
Fundraising events such as auctions, quilt
raffles, fajita sales, coffee house concert series and
ornament sales brought in over $100,000. The remainder came
from contributions from over 700 groups and individuals. The
committee received several grants - the largest being $175,000
from PA DCNR. Additional grants came from PA Dept.
of Community and Economic Development and the Centre
County Community Foundation. Without the generous interest-free
loan of $175,000 from Mr. Joe Banks, the group would
not have achieved their goal of acquiring the land and presenting
it to Harris Township. Mr. Banks specified no deadline
for repayment - he really trusted the group and believed
in the cause!
Species of Birds
On Sunday, July 22, 2001, The Memorial Preserve
Committee held a walk of the Preserve site. The following table
is a list of the species of birds they found. Species are sorted
alphabetically by common name; the second column is the scientific
names of these species.
is courtesy of the Stan Yoder Preserve Committee and
formerly posted at YoderPreserve.org.