Joseph Carroll and the Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery
The Mount Nittany Conservancy mourns the death of Joseph Louis Carroll, the founder of Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, who died last November, shortly after the winery’s 31st anniversary. Joe had been an amateur winemaker for years before starting construction on his business in 1987 in the shadows of Mount Nittany’s southern slope. What began as a six-acre plot grew into one of the region’s leading hospitality businesses, where the thirsty came from around the world to sample Joe’s wines…
‘Rewilding’ Mount Nittany and Avoiding ‘Improvements’ to Nature
Ars Technica reports on a recent study on “rewilding” released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. What is “rewilding”? The International Union for the Conservation of Nature defines rewilding this way: Rewilding: the process of rebuilding, following major human disturbance, a natural ecosystem by restoring natural processes and the complete or near complete food-web at all trophic levels as a self-sustaining and resilient ecosystem using biota that would have been present had the disturbance not occurred. This…
American Folklore and Cultural Knowledge: ‘The Building May Perish, but the Thought, the Legend, Lives On’
The Legends of the Nittany Valley feature only a small sampling of the total number of indigenous American Indian and Anglo-European settler legends collected or written by Henry W. Shoemaker, the first official Pennsylvania state folklorist. While folklore itself has been a part of the human experience from our earliest days, the formal study of folklore remains relatively new. Penn State has been a leader at the intersection of American literature and folklore, with Penn State’s Folklore Studies Program launched…
Paul Clifford on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow
Paul Clifford, chief executive officer of the Penn State Alumni Association and associate vice president for alumni relations for Penn State, recently wrote in his Penn State Alumni Association “Insights” column on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow: Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. It seems to fill the air this time of year on college campuses. Soon-to-be graduates scampering around…
Conserve Mount Nittany with a Centre Gives 2021 Gift
Mount Nittany is yours, and your gift today (before 9pm!) will help conserve the Mountain in its natural state for all to hike and love. We founded the Mount Nittany Conservancy with the conviction that Mount Nittany should be preserved from deforestation, development, and defacement forever. We believe that Mount Nittany should always be a proud symbol of Penn State and the Nittany Valley for every generation. It’s why we work to conserve the Mountain in its natural state. We…
Tom Smyth, In Memoriam
Penn Stater Magazine memorialized the late Tom Smyth in its July/August 2020 issue with this profile. Mount Nittany’s Tom Smyth Overlook is named in his honor.
Penn State Gamma Sigma Sigma and Circle K Mountain Work Parties
Scenes from the trail during the Mount Nittany Conservancy volunteer work parties in October 2019. The first photo features nine women from Penn State Gamma Sigma Sigma, and the second photo features members of the Penn State Circle K chapter: Please leave this field empty Get Mount Nittany News in Your Inbox First name * Last name * Email Address * We respect your inbox. Check your inbox or spam to confirm your subscription.