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Muddy Paws MarshMuddy Paws Marsh

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Mission: To create an appreciation of the importance of wetlands, through education and outreach about the true beauty, necessity and value they are to the Upper Penns Creek Watershed.

About Wetlands:
Wetlands are critical to the health of a watershed because they reduce pollution and greenhouse gases as well as create waterfowl and wildlife habitat. Water is essential for life; therefore the quantity and quality of water resources are critical for the community’s health and well being. [more at bottom]

7th Annual FrogFest HAS BEEN SCHEDULED! Saturday May 13th 2017

More details about Muddy Paws Marsh:
- Is a 25 acre wetland in the Upper Penns Creek Watershed located on the banks of beautiful Penns Creek adjacent to the Cooke Tavern Bed and Breakfast at 4158 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills, PA. 16875.

- Like many wetlands, this wetland was drained circa 1940 so that the land could be used for agriculture. When Greg and Mary Kay Williams purchased the property in 1991, they wanted to restore not only the 1808 Colonial Tavern, and outbuildings; they recognized the importance of the wetlands and began the restoration process. The wetlands are named after their dog Max, who loved to get 'muddy' in the Marsh.

- In 2004, through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited, the wetlands were restored by removing the clay tiles that drained the area that was once created for agriculture.

Muddy Paws Marsh builds and encourages partnerships with many organizations and has been made possible by contributions, funding, and support from (in alphabetic order):
- Centre County Conservation District
- Centre County Master Gardeners-Penn State Cooperative Extension
    (Muddy Paws Marsh is an official Master Gardener educational site).
- Clearwater Conservancy
- Ducks Unlimited
- Penns Valley Conservation Association
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Outreach programs:
Muddy Paws Marsh offers programs for school groups, community members and organizations upon request. Since 2001, students from the Penns Valley School District, Penn State and the community have enjoyed these wetlands and have learned the importance of this native habitat. We also offer an annual Frog Festival in June to celebrate the wonderful sounds of the Marsh and all the important inhabitants.

It is an all volunteer organization so, if you are interested in volunteering at Muddy Paws, we have a variety of opportunities based on your interest in wetlands stewardship. We would love to have Eagle Scouts, senior projects or anyone interested in helping others appreciate wetlands. Contact us at:

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
— Native American Proverb