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Penn State: Facilities

Students walk down the steps of the Pattee and Paterno Libraries.
Students walk down the steps of the Pattee and Paterno Libraries. CDT file photo

Penn State’s academic and sports facilities aren’t restricted to students and faculty.

Local bookworms and sports enthusiasts can take advantage of the libraries and certain sports facilities.


Stone Valley Recreation Area offers year-round outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.

Located 17 miles from State College in Huntingdon County, this 700-acre park features:

•  700 acres of varied eco-systems within the 7,000-acre University Experimental Forest

•  72-acre fresh-water Lake Perez for boating, fishing and ice-skating (no swimming)

•  29 miles of trails for hiking and cross country skiing

•  structures include lodges, cabins, park office, pavilions and picnic tables

•  boat rentals include canoes, sailboats, paddle boats, kayaks, pontoon boats and rowboats (Note: Sailing certification required to use Stone Valley sailboats.)

•  equipment rentals include barbecue grills

•  one of the largest challenge courses on the East Coast

•  Camp Adventure for kids in sixth through 11th grade.

Cabin prices vary depending on the number of beds and the number of nights guests plan to stay.

Along with 11 cabins, Stone Valley offers several lodges that are available for fees that vary with length of stay: the Civil Engineering Lodge, the Experimental Forestry Lodge (May through October) and the Mineral Industries Picnic Pavilion (April through October).

Reservations for facilities and programs are accepted by phone from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Stone Valley Recreation Area’s park office.

For more information about programs, facilities and prices, contact the office, 108 Business Services Building, University Park, PA 16802; phone 863-1164. Information is also on the Web: Email:


Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Penn State’s nature center, is just 12 miles south of State College off state Route 26 in the Stone Valley Recreation Area and offers a mix of recreational and educational opportunities.

Visitors may explore the Discovery Room, tour the raptor center, and enjoy hiking trails, a boardwalk over wetlands, butterfly gardens and a bird feeder area.

The center offers a variety of educational programs, including summer camps, family programs, bird walks, team-building programs, annual festivals and more.

The center, at 3400 Discovery Road in Petersburg, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily mid-February through mid-December, except on Thanksgiving. Admission is free. Organized groups of 12 or more are asked to schedule a visit in advance and pay a “nominal fee.”

Memberships are available to help support the center, and come with discounts for summer camps and other programs and events, as well as in the bookstore/gift shop.

Several facilities, including the main building and outdoor pavilion, are available for rent for group programs and events. For more information, call 863-2000, email or visit


The Pegula Ice Arena, at the corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, hosted its first season as home to the Nittany Lions men’s and women’s ice hockey teams in 2013-14. The arena also houses an ice rink for community use.

The main rink has a capacity of 5,782 seats, with 1,000 for students. The community rink has seating for 300 people, features eight locker rooms and hosts local youth hockey and skating programs.

Public session rates: Adults, $7; youth (18 and younger), $6; senior citizens (65 and older) and Penn State students, $5; 90-minute sessions; $5; stake rentals, $3.

Group rates: Groups of 15 or more who purchase tickets in advance receive a discount on public session admission and skate rentals.

The community rink is available for rent for $245 per hour and the varsity rink for $295 per hour, with a $20 discount for a Penn State group.

For more information about hours, programs and services, contact Pegula Ice Arena, 250 University Drive, or call the rink at 865-4102. Visit the ice arena at


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The Tennis Center is the indoor home court for the university’s men’s and women’s tennis teams.

Club membership is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

The outdoor courts are open to club members and their guests only, from 7:30 a.m. to dusk April 15-Nov. 1. The guest fee is $10. The indoor courts are open to all, with no membership required, Nov. 1-April 30. The club is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Annual and monthly memberships are available to faculty and staff, Penn State retirees, students, juniors and the public.

For rates and other information, contact the Penn State Tennis Center at 865-1351 or visit


Faculty, staff and students at Penn State and residents of Pennsylvania may borrow library materials from Penn State University Libraries. Pennsylvania residents who do not have a Penn State ID can get a resident borrowing card with proper identification (Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID). Faculty, staff and students use their Penn State ID cards to register with the libraries.

The libraries have more than 7.2 million volumes and add more than 100,000 a year.

At University Park, most of the subject libraries are in the Pattee and Paterno libraries, at the Allen Street mall and Curtin Road.

In addition to services and collections, the libraries have changing exhibits in the Diversity Studies Room and the Special Collections Library, plus many public presentations in Foster Auditorium.

Regular hours during fall and spring semester for Pattee and Paterno libraries are 7:45 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday.

Hours are reduced during the summer semester and over breaks. For information, call 865-3063 or visit


McCoy Natatorium is at Curtin and Bigler roads on campus. The Natatorium offers a range of instruction and recreation programs to individuals of all ages, abilities and interests.

That includes aquatics activities for the elderly and disabled, scuba diving lessons, water polo, “aquacise” classes and age-group swimming and diving instruction.

The Natatorium includes: a six-lane, 25-meter shallow instructional pool; a six-lane, 25-yard deep competition pool; a diving well; a fitness loft with cardiovascular equipment; and an outdoor, Olympic-size pool with four diving boards. The Natatorium indoor pools will be closed until fall 2015 for retiling.

Pool hours and costs:

The outdoor pool is open in the summer only, starting Memorial Day weekend. Standard hours are from June 11 through Aug. 14: noon-12:30 p.m., closed daily; 12:30-7 p.m., open swim.

Schedule is subject to change. Admission, $5 daily; student single admission, $3 daily.

There is also a five-lane, 25-yard pool for general use in the White Building next to the HUB-Robeson Center, but it will be closed for retiling until fall 2015.

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