|A Thriving Wetland Area
The Cooke Tavern is situated on 40 acres in Spring Mills PA. When the property was purchased in 1991, the property was a mowed field that was once a wetland that was drained circa 1940, so that the land could be used for agriculture.
It was named Muddy Paws Marsh after our wonderful Max the dog who loved to play and romp in ‘his’ wetlands daily and get very muddy! Muddy Paws is now a thriving wetland in the Upper Penns Creek Watershed and is enjoyed by many to appreciate and learn about the importance of environmental stewardship. The wetland is continuously being cared for and restored to its natural state.
Greg and Mary Kay Williams worked with many conservation associations such as: Clearwater Conservancy, Centre County Conservation District, Ducks Unlimited, Penns Valley Conservation Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to create, improve upon the restoration of the wetlands.
We offer educational programs at the Muddy Paws Marsh Wetlands Education Center. The Muddy Paws Marsh is also an official site of the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County program. We have a wonderful demonstration Pollinator garden, pond, wetlands that attract many migrating birds and a beautiful stretch along Penns Creek where we invite anglers to fish. Many school, and communitygroups visit as well as several Penn State University classes.
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