‘Inspiriting Mount Nittany’

Tom Shakely spoke to the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) on February 14, 2018 on Mount Nittany’s significance and historical conservation efforts:

As part of his presentation, Tom presented Penn State’s undergraduate student government with the gift of a Square Inch Life Estate Deed to Mount Nittany, a gift of the Nittany Valley Society. Life Estate Deeds are a true, legal square inch deed recorded in the Centre County Office of the Recorder of Deeds:


Consider a “square inch” gift for any Penn Stater as a symbol of lifelong affection and commitment.

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 learned about the mountain as they climbed to the recently improved Mike Lynch Overlook. The weather both days was fantastic.

Thanks to everyone that came out for event!






Centred Outdoors was made possible by funding from the 2016 Centre Inspires grant which was awarded to ClearWater Conservancy by the Centre Foundation.

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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. Patrick was a longtime Board Member, and served as Treasurer of the Conservancy from November 2001 to November 2008.

Patrick, your final resting spot may be far away, but you will forever be remembered by those that knew and loved you. As mentioned in your obituary below, we hope that people do take in a Spikes game in your honor. They can then look out at Mt. Nittany and be grateful for your tireless work to protect it.


Imparting wisdom at Nov 20, 2010 meeting.

Patrick Scholl

Patrick J. Scholl, 63, of State College, Pennsylvania died March 13, 2016 at home. He was born to Edwin and Patricia Scholl of Rockwell, Iowa. He is survived by his mother, his wife Jan, and brother, Daniel, mayor of Humboldt, Iowa. His sister, Rose Ann, and father are deceased. Patrick was the Director of Business and Finance for the Penn State University Alumni Association for 28 years and was well known in the State College community. He held a similar position in the College of Agriculture at the University of Wyoming and was the manager of research contracts and grants at Iowa State University.

He received a B.S. degree in accounting from ISU, an MBA from Drake University, and was a doctoral candidate at Penn State. He was certified as a CPA for 30 years.

An active parishioner of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College, Patrick served as lector, Eucharistic minister, and assisted with pre-cana instruction. He was also on the Penn State Credit Union board for several terms and the coordinating committee for the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research walk-a-thon.

He traveled to various parts of the world with alumni, including: Costa Rica, Ireland, Russia and the Scandinavian countries. He sailed through the Panama Canal. Patrick received a 50 year medal from the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Alumni Association’s Mentor and Lewis and Karen Gold awards.

Patrick was a baseball fan with season tickets to Spikes games. He visited major league stadiums and annually aired a “Who’s on First” radio segment with local announcer, Steve Jones. On road trips to Iowa he stopped to see the “Field of Dreams, near Dyersville. A memorial Mass for Patrick will be held Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 AM at the Our Lady of Victory Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, followed by a reception in the social hall. Interment will be in Iowa at the convenience of the family.

The family requests no calls, deliveries or visitations at home at this time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church’s Gabriel Project, the Penn State Alumni Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or by purchasing a Spikes baseball ticket to enjoy a summer game.

Oak Hall Regional Park Viewing Station

The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority and Centre Region COG held a Grand Opening of Oak Hall Regional Park, located at 120 Linden Hall Road, Boalsburg, PA on Saturday, May 2. Joining in the celebration, the Mount Nittany Conservancy also unveiled their 5th viewing station in Happy Valley.

In addition to the first station at the Bryce Jordan Center, viewing stations are also placed at the Mt. Nittany Middle School, the Penn State Arboretum, and inside Lubrano Park.

MNC Director Alan Stewart is the person leading this effort for the Conservancy. Alan was honored to be a part of the Oak Hall Grand Opening. Pictured below with Alan is Ron Woodhead. Ron is the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority Director. Ron is also a Past President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and serves as a Director Emeritus of the board.


Alan Stewart speaking with Ron Woodhead also on the dias.


Alan Stewart next to the Oak Hall Regional Park Mount Nittany Viewing Station.

Centre Gives 2015

From Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 6:00 am to Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 6:00 pm, the Centre Foundation will hold its fourth-annual 36-hour Centre Gives fundraiser during which you can go online to https://www.centregives.org/ and use your computer or mobile device to make an even larger contribution to the Mount Nittany Conservancy.

Your donation goes further when made during Centre Gives because it qualifies organizations like the Conservancy for their $100,000 stretch pool and $25,000 in additional prizes. Anyone making a secure, online gift with a minimum donation of $25 will have their donation increased during Centre Gives.

To donate to the Mount Nittany Conservancy, click here between 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 5 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.

You can also go directly to https://www.centregives.org/ and click the LEADERBOARD tab at the top to find the Mount Nittany Conservancy in the list of participating organizations.

To learn more, go to Centre Gives FAQ’s.

Thank you!
The Mount Nittany Conservancy

Update 5/7/2015: CentreGives‬ 2015 raised $765,916.09 from 5,684 gifts for local nonprofits. MNC received $3,275 from 25 donors. THANK YOU!

December 2014 Mount Nittany News

Members and friends of the Conservancy recently received in the mail our Fall newsletter from the Conservancy. The following articles were included in the newsletter:

Rain Can’t Dampen 2014 Mt. Nittany Marathon
Fast becoming known as “The Toughest Little Marathon in the East”

Mount Nittany Podcasts Released by Conservancy Group
Podcasts highlight mountain history, mythology and geology, and can accompany hikes

Conservancy’s Social Media Outreach
Conservancy sees success connecting online via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Centre County United Way Col. Gerald Russel Day of Caring
Mount Nittany deeded square inches site receives brand new look

Volunteers Work To Maintain Mount Nittany
This fall work parties cleared trails, removed debris and improved overlook views

Honor Roll of Donors
We are pleased to recognize the individuals and groups that have recently supported the Mountain.

Click this link to read the newsletter!

Please consider clicking the Support drop-down menu at the top of the page. Choose Friends of the Conservancy. If you offer a donation, you can receive future hard copy newsletters as soon as they are printed.

Driving in Lemont (Mt. Nittany Road)

We ask that all visitors to Mt. Nittany drive the posted speed limit in Lemont. Speed limit is 25 mph. No sidewalks are available as Mt. Nittany Road travels up to the Trailhead. Lemont residents and hikers will be walking on the road. Slow down and be respectful of other vehicles and especially pedestrians on the road.


Lemont Speed Limit – 25 mph


Mt. Nittany Road

Why Mount Nittany is on Every Penn Stater’s Bucket List

In case you haven’t yet listened to the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s two podcasts released last month, Onward State is featuring a write-up of both. These podcasts were produced by board member Bob Frick, with WPSU co-producers Katie O’Toole and Patty Satalia. They’re professional-quality narratives, and a great introduction to the Mountain for both lifelong Centre Region residents and new students. From Onward State’s “The Magic of the Mount Nittany” piece:

The Mount Nittany Conservancy is what makes our experience of the Mountain possible—specifically what makes our experience of it as a natural space, protected from development, a perpetual part of the Nittany Valley experience. Even if you’ve never heard of Henry Shoemaker, and aren’t inclined to pick up his stories, the Mount Nittany Conservancy has made it possible to encounter a bit of the legend, mythology, and history of the Mountain through two new podcasts. The first, “Mount Nittany in Myth and Legend,” is a digestible seven minutes and is concerned with origins:

The second podcast, “The Story of Mount Nittany,” is a meditative 40-minute encounter with the reason the origin stories matter. In it, we hear from the people who conserve the Mountain for all to enjoy, from personalities as varied as Nittany Lion’s letterman Bob Andronici and student-volunteers combating erosion, to trailblazer Tom Smyth recounting decades of history (at 13:30), to Vince Verbeke’s “wayfinding stations” (18:21), to Penn State Arboretum director Kim Steiner’s insight on Mountain forestry (21:25), to Mount Nittany Conservancy founder Ben Novak’s experience of the “ordinary” Mountain (24:04), vision for land acquisition (28:08), and creation of square-inch deeds (31:55), to Bob Frick’s experience with less-preserved mountains (25:30), to Ben Bronstein’s historical markers (26:15), to Sue Paterno’s reflection on the Mountain (32:37) and Coach Joe Paterno’s affection for Mount Nittany as one on the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s inaugural board. Bob Frick, a Mount Nittany Conservancy board member, served as the executive producer of these podcasts, which were co-produced with WPSU’s Katie O’Toole and Patty Satalia.

Scott Paterno was among many new listeners earlier today, and shared word of the audio with his followers. If you like our new podcasts as much as we do, please share them too.