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EPPIC Extracurriculars: Local Tours & Cultural Visits

EPPIC Extracurriculars: Local Tours & Cultural Visits

Note (Spring 2021):  EPPIC Extracurriculars are currently on hold until revised COVID-19 protocols allow for in-person group events at Penn State.  Please check this webpage for updates.

EPPIC Extracurriculars is a special service for EPPIC J-1 Exchange Scholar Members that involves group visits to local sites of cultural interest, both within and beyond the Penn State campus.  These guided tours are opportunities for visiting scholars to explore Central Pennsylvania while developing social relationships with fellow scholar members through shared experiences beyond classrooms and laboratories.  EPPIC Extracurricular visits include tour guides, entrance fees, organized transportation to off-campus sites, and refreshments, as indicated below.  Tours will be limited to 20 participants to ensure a quality experience.

EPPIC Extracurriculars include the visits listed below:

  • Berkey Creamery:  ‘Cow to Cone’ Tour

Includes ‘Cow to Cone’ video tour with special presentation from a dairy production expert (with Q & A); visit to Berkey Creamery; scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt (more than 50 flavors available).  (Ben & Jerry learned to make ice cream here.)

  • Penn State All-Sports Museum: Guided Tour

Includes entrance ticket and guided tour of the museum (memorabilia, photos, and trophies from the history of Penn State Athletics in 31 sports); visit to football field in Beaver Stadium; museum gift shop.

  • Penn State Arboretum:  Tour of Botanic Gardens & Children’s Garden

Includes guided tour of The Arboretum at Penn State (H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens & Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden); visit to nearby Katz Building (a striking architectural feat that is home to Penn State Law & School of International Affairs)

  • Hike of Shingletown Gap & Visit to Harner Farm

Includes round-trip transportation from Penn State campus to Shingletown Gap; 1.5 hour guided trail hike; visit to Harner Farm for free ice cream and (optional) shopping for local produce and breads.  Participants should wear hiking shoes and bring a bottle of water.