Centred Outdoors Hikes the Mountain

As part of the 2017 Centred Outdoors program, groups were given guided hikes to the Mike Lynch Overlook on Sunday, August 3 and Wednesday August 6, 2017. Escorted by Mt. Nittany Conservancy members, 115 hikers…

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Penn State and State College in their early years

Eric Porterfield, a friend of the Mount Nittany Conservancy, recently shared these historical State College photos. These photos show in a dramatic way the development of State College from something less than a speck on…

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Bog Turtle Brewery’s ‘Evan Pugh Vanilla Porter’

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia, in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later,…

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Gamma Sig Tau and Bridge Initiative Work Party

The 9/17 work party was led by Troy Weston, Steve Lyncha and Chad Bell of the MNC with the assistance of volunteers from the Gamma Sig Tau Chapter service fraternity and The Bridge Initiative groups. The groups started…

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The Legend of Penn’s Cave

This is the very first Pennsylvania legend published by folklorist Henry W. Shoemaker in 1902. It is the official legend featured at Penn’s Cave, where it is painted on a large sign at the entrance.…

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Circle K & Council of Lionhearts Work Party

Thank You ... One and All!

The 9/11 Work Party was organized by Penn State University Park Circle K and Council of Lionhearts. Volunteers came from: Gamma Sigma Sigma Tau Chapter The Penn State Rotaract Club The Graduate and Professional Student…

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Alpha Phi Omega Work Party

Looks like we made it!

As they have many times before, on Saturday, September 3, 2014 a volunteer group from Alpha Phi Omega National Service Sorority assisted the Conservancy with trail maintenance. All hiked, worked hard and made great contribution! The…

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A Penn State Student Body President’s Memo to a Penn State President

The Mount Nittany Conservancy’s “Ben Novak Fellowship” provides Penn Staters and Nittany Valley residents an opportunity to encounter the Nittany Valley’s legendary spirit through cultural and environmental experiences meant to enhance appreciation for our distinctive community and…

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Why Learn the Penn State Story?

The creation of a Penn State undergraduate course on the university’s history is a source of great excitement and pride for many who dwell in body and in spirit in Mount Nittany’s gentle shadow. In…

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One-Room Schools Bring History Alive

I have written about efforts to “mine” the rich preserves of knowledge buried in the past to release their power in the present. Previous installments of this series have focused mainly on conceptual conveyances of…

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Sixth Annual Mount Nittany Night

The 6th Annul Mt. Nittany Night is Friday, June 24, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Mountain View Country Club. $40 per person for hors d’oeuvres and wine to celebrate the Mountain. All proceeds…

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The First History of Penn State

Over its 161 years, Penn State has twice sanctioned books chronicling the University’s history, once in the 1940s and again with an updated version in the 1980s. While history professor and Penn State historian Wayland…

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Patrick Scholl, Emeritus Board Member

We have the saddest of news to share today. One of Mt. Nittany’s staunchest friends, Patrick Scholl, passed away on March 13, 2016. Patrick along with his wife Jan were great supporters of the Mountain.…

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Our Founders Were Real

Evan Pugh was Penn State’s first president. It’s great if you happen to know of Evan Pugh. In fact, it’s likely that knowing about him already puts you in the minority among students and alumni.…

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