Following are six standout ideas that
will positively engage attendees outside
the meeting room, including fun team-building activities, special event spaces for
brainstorming sessions and picturesque
receptions, and attractions that range from
unique museums to a lively ballpark.
The newly renovated Shaver’s Creek
Environmental Center was founded in
1976 to act as a community resource and
a field laboratory for Penn State students
interested in teaching in the natural world.
“Shaver’s Creek is a short 20-minute
drive from State College but connects you
with nature,” said Shirley Smith, director
of sales for the Central Pennsylvania CVB.
“It’s a great place to book a custom team-
building experience for your group.”
Planners are encouraged to work with an
on-site facilitator who is trained to create
the best team-bonding program based
on the group’s makeup, desired takeaway
lessons and other factors.
Among the engaging activities is some-
thing called the Mousetrap Trust Sequence
during which partners work together to
set and unset traps, and Planks—a timed
progression of challenges to complete a
Groups can also visit Shaver’s Creek
without booking a teambuilding program.
There is a Discovery Room and hiking trails
to explore, a picnic area and a raptor center
with resident bald eagles, great horned
owls and other beautiful birds of prey.
Penn State All-Sports Museum
The Penn State All-Sports Museum is a
multistory interactive experience that
highlights the university’s varsity sports.
“It is hard to think about Penn State Uni-
versity without thinking about the many
athletes, coaches and teams that have
made up its history,” Smith said.
Sports presented in the museum include
football, of course, as well as tennis, track
and field, golf, baseball, field hockey and
First and foremost a college town, State College, Pa., buzzes with students as well as Penn State football fans. The Central Pennsylvania locale is also a draw for groups looking to hold a
memorable meeting, with quintessential experiences
appealing to sports fans, foodies, history buffs and even
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BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN