Outdoor Lending Library

MWA has created a lending library of outdoor gear and educational resources available to the public, funded by several education grants. This comprehensive and inclusive collection is located right in MWA’s office and items are available to be checked out during office hours! 

Outdoor Exploration for All!

It is important to us that the Lending Library is inclusive to all ages and experience levels, so we're offering a wide variety of literature and materials!

We have children’s binoculars for first time birdwatchers and Bushnell binoculars for the avid adult birdwatcher! Children’s fishing poles and waders are also available thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. There are also pre-packed children’s Adventure Backpacks for different age ranges and different interests such as trees, bugs, and nature fun.

Our field guide collection is always expanding! Topics include: mushroom foraging, medicinal plants, freshwater fishing, tree identification, bird watching, and so much more! There are also substantial educational materials available for local educators to use in the classroom.

It's completely free to rent items from the Lending Library! Just check them out at our office in Melcroft, and bring them back within a decided upon return date. We just need to hold a copy of your credit card while the items are out. This will be shredded upon your return!

Items can be rented for multiple days as we want people to be able to take them on camping trips or for educators to be able to utilize materials in their classroom, etc.!

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Upcoming Educational Events

Indian Creek Watershed Festival

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
C.W. Resh Memorial Park

Save the date for the 2024 Indian Creek Watershed Festival! This year’s event will be another fun day for our local youth, featuring: Registration will open this summer. If you’d…

Guided Hike at Twin Lakes Park

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Lakes Park

Join us on a guided hike with our partner organization, Protect PT. We’ll be walking around the Twin Lakes Loop Trail, a 2.5 mile nature walk in Latrobe. Our education…