Conserving Mount Nittany

Conserving Mount Nittany: A Dynamic Environmentalism

In presenting the first complete history of Central Pennsylvania’s most famous mountain, Tom Shakely pieces together the story of Mount Nittany as perhaps the most famous symbol of The Pennsylvania State University and the Nittany Valley.

“Conserving Mount Nittany” tells the story of the physical and cultural environment from which a spirit of both affection and protection for the Mountain has been evident from the time of the American Indians into the present. In his explication of “dynamic environmentalism,” the author presents conservation in a fresh yet historically-informed context as a community’s expression of itself through time.

Assembled through conversational and historical record, this history of Mount Nittany is as accessible as it is provocative, particularly in outlining the conservation efforts of the 20th century from the early actions of an elite few to a democratic effort supported by the people of the valley.

A book packed with anecdotes, observations, and reflections, “Conserving Mount Nittany” delights as a conversation on how to cultivate a spirit of magic in the midst of a practical age.

Mount Nittany, Mike Lynch Overlook

A “meta story of pride, determination, and action born of love … to preserve the largest natural physical symbol of our alma mater.”

Roger L. Williams
Executive Director, Penn State Alumni Association

“[A] wonderful history of both how and why Mount Nittany—’an ordinary Pennsylvania mountain’—came to be conserved for generations to come, and why that conservation matters.”

Scott Paterno