McKeever Update

Jun 25, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, McKeever Center News  //  1 Comment
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McKeever Receives DEP Grant

The McKeever Center received an Environmental Education grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection for $6,495. The grant is earmarked towards the training of college students in environmental education activities and programs. Once trained, college students will teach the environmental education activities to school-aged students as a part of their field trips to the McKeever Center.

Philanthropy Class

The McKeever Center was selected as a ‘client’ in Dr. Alice Del Vecchio’s Philanthropy class at Slippery Rock University. In teams of four, students had the opportunity to work with non-profit organizations during the spring semester. Rather than using theoretical models, the students worked with organizations addressing their ‘real’ needs. In McKeever’s case, the students looked at funding, including annual campaigns, corporate donors, marketing and fund raising events. The team also worked on a four-color brochure, provided insight to McKeever’s mission statement and new tag line. McKeever will receive a CD and binder containing all of the work from the class project. I want to personally thank SRU students Jen Hoffman, Tara McHenry, Lindsey Peters and Vicki Ro. They put together an impressive packet of materials and their class presentation was outstanding.


So far, fifty-one people signed up to receive McKeever’s newsletter ‘Hemlock Pathways’ as an electronic newsletter. In times of cost cutting, this will reduce our operating costs. If you are interested in receiving Hemlock Pathways online, simply go to our website and click on the NEWS image on the home page. This will prompt you to subscribe for the online newsletter.

Community Service Projects

Is your group looking for a community service project? The McKeever Center provides opportunities to complete such projects. Our biggest need is our hiking trails. With the thousands of students who walk the trails each year, our trails always need attention. Another on-going need is providing attention to butterfly garden and native landscaping areas. If this type of project interests you, please contact the center for more information.

McKeever’s Bookstore/Gift Shop – New And Improved!

If you are looking for something for yourself or a gift for someone, think about giving that nature lover something from the McKeever bookstore. We have short and long-sleeved t-shirts, pigment dyed sweatshirts, fleece sweatshirts, hats, coffee mugs and cups, water bottles, stationery/envelopes of Hemlock Hollow/Rocky Basin as well as a nice collection of children’s books.

We’re looking to add new items such as hoodies, Sunship Earth and Earthkeepers t-shirts, tote bags and field guides. If you have an idea on something we should carry, let us know. Remember you can shop online at From the home page, click on the shopping cart image to access the bookstore.


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  • Perhaps offering McKeever stickers at the bookstore/giftshop would be a good way to spread the word about McKeever. I know many teachers(including myself) that would add McKeever Environmental Learning Center stickers to their cars.

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