McKeever Environmental Center
Realizing that we have a responsibility for the world in which future generations will live, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created the McKeever Center in 1974. The McKeever Center is a public service institute of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Nestled amidst 205-acres, the McKeever Environmental Learning Center is folded into a natural wooded setting about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania near Sandy Lake, Mercer County.
Our general mission is to guide individuals toward developing and maintaining a sustainable relationship between themselves and the natural world in his/her workplace, residence and recreation. McKeever’s residential campus provides a unique educational setting for experiencing and exploring personal connections and the impact it has on the natural world.
Every fall, Falk's 7th & 8th graders and their teachers journey to the McKeever for three nights and four days of learning, playing, relationship building, and mindfulness. A signature experience at Falk for the past thirty years, current students and many alumni often identify it as a place they will never forget: listening to the rushing stream in the serene hemlock grove, writing poetry in an adopted spot in the forest, laying on our backs looking for shooting stars in the wood’s clearing during night hikes, creating art inside the forest using found materials a la Andy Goldsworthy, sunrise yoga in the commons rooms, and walking the streams doing water analysis are just a few. In a balance of science, language arts, and mindfulness, students learn something about themselves and their world and leave McKeever carrying a deeper relationship with nature.