McKeever Learning Center to Receive $200,000

HARRISBURG  (April 6, 2017) — Senator Michele Brooks and Representative Tedd Nesbit announced that McKeever Environmental Learning Center in Mercer County is receiving $200,000 in assistance to continue educational opportunities for children.    

“Each year, children from more than 35 area schools participate in the educational programs at the center in an incomparable open-air classroom,” Senator Brooks said. “The center is also used by a number of groups, organizations, businesses, churches and local, county and state agencies for meetings, workshops, and conferences that unite thousands of participants each year.” 

For many years, the McKeever Center has collaborated with Rotary International, Penn State Youth 4-H Training, the Neighborhood-Based Family Intervention Center, and other civic organizations. 

In addition, the Center works with students who are completing internships and their student teaching requirements from Allegheny College, Clarion University, Edinboro University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven University, Slippery Rock University, Gannon University, Thiel College and other public and private colleges and universities.

Representative Nesbit also lauded the Center as a scenic and superb destination for education and civic groups.

“Thousands of learners from throughout northwestern Pennsylvania have benefited greatly from the workshops, events, conferences and seminars held at McKeever,” Representative Nesbit added.  “We are very proud of the work done here. This grant will go a long way in helping the center continue to fulfill its mission to provide high-quality environmental education programs, and will assist in making this center one of the very best in Pennsylvania.” 

“McKeever is a wonderful asset not only for our local communities but our entire region,” Senator Brooks said. “The work they do benefits our children as well as visitors of all ages. “   

Contact:          Diane McNaughton                (717) 787-6725           dmmcnaughton@pasen.gov