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Centre Foundation Awards $100,000 Centre Inspires Grant to ClearWater

by on November 03, 2016 10:30 AM

ClearWater Conservancy's proposed "Centred Outdoors" initiative was awarded the $100,000 Centre Inspires Grant at Centre Foundation's annual dinner on Tuesday.

Centred Outdoors will launch next summer with a family fitness challenge that encourages exploration of eight destinations across the county. It also will include the Prescription PaRx program in partnership with Mount Nittany Health and Centre Moves, in which physicians will write prescriptions for time outdoors at the eight exploration destinations.

“This year, the Centre Inspires granting cycle was focused on community engagement through the environment around us,” Centre Foundation Executive Director Molly Kunkel said in a release. “This program encourages collaboration among different sectors in Centre County in an effort to transform an element of our area.”

The eight destinations for Centred Outdoors are Mount Nittany, Penn State Arboretum, Spring Creek Canyon Trail, Millbrook Marsh, the Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor/Scotia Gamelands, Black Moshannon and Bald Eagle State Park, the Penns Creek Canyon Corridor and Talleyrand Park.

"We know that spending time outside is good for your mind, body and soul," said Andrea Murrell, communications coordinator for ClearWater. "Getting outdoors is also good for conservation, helping build a love of place and a population that desires to protect it. We’re excited to help Centre County residents explore the dynamic environment in their very own backyard."

The Penn State Sustainable Communities Collaborative, Mount Nittany Conservancy, Penns Valley Conservation Association and Millbrook Marsh Nature Center will help lead guided outings each weekend throughout the summer. 

“Centred Outdoors is designed to engage people in our natural world through guided family friendly outings at some of Centre County’s most beautiful destinations,” said ClearWater Executive Director Deb Nardone in a release. “This collaborative effort with the Mount Nittany Health System, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Mount Nittany Conservancy and Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is a triple win for our community – promoting a healthier community and environment while strengthening the impact of local non-profits.”

Last year's winner of the Centre Inspires grant was Spring Mills-based Food Centre, a shipping container retrofitted with refrigeration units to provide increase storage capacity for fresh produce to share with people in need. To date, Food Centre has worked with with Centre County food pantries to provide 4,500 pounds of fresh produce to local families and provided educational opportunities to children and families.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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