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Conservation Guide

"The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become..." - Lady Bird Johnson

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Compiled in 2009 by:
  • Ann Donovan , Watershed Specialist
    Centre County Conservation District
  • Beth Rider, Environmental Planner
    Centre County Planning and Community Development Office
  • Mary Wheeler, Secretary
    Centre County Planning and Community Development Office

Maps Created by:
  • Centre County Planning and Community Development Office
Please contact for corrections or changes.
About the Guide

Centre County, at 1,115 square miles, is the fifth largest county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The county, named because it is situated at the geographic center of the state, is divided into thirty-six municipalities that are grouped into seven planning districts. Environmental concerns in the county range from water quality to land use, from agriculture issues in the east to mining issues in the north. In addition, the environmental impact of the urbanization of the Centre region is a growing concern among our citizens.

There are a number of active conservation organizations in the County comprised of individuals who are dedicated to preserving and protecting our environment. This booklet is intended to serve as a guide to those groups. We have made every effort to include all organizations that are active in the county and we apologize for any omissions.

All of these groups welcome newcomers. Most of them provide volunteer opportunities for individuals of various ages. They all can use your support for their activities. We hope that through this publication you will find a group that interests you. Our goal is to create stewards of the earth in Centre County. We encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own actions and by doing so to serve as models for others.