The American Heart Association reports that spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Join the world’s largest treasure hunt by checking out Geocaching. Download the Geocaching app to get started. There are 651 geocaches around State College!  

Hiking around UP

Students at the University Park campus are fortunate to live near the pristine beauty of Rothrock State Forest. This forest, and its hiking trails, can be accessed at the Galbraith Gap parking lot (8.7 miles from campus), and at the Shingletown Gap parking lot (5.7 miles from campus). Always use a map when hiking, bring water & snacks, and your fully charged cell phone.    

 You can take the CATA bus to the Tussey Mountain ski and recreation area, which is walking distance from Galbraith Gap. Click here for the P bus route ( 


Hydration plays a critical role in how well your brain and body function. There is increasing evidence that even mild dehydration can lead to cognitive impairments. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average person should drink 64 ounces of fluid per day. People who are physically active, or work in the heat, need to drink more.  

It’s not always easy to remember to drink water. We suggest carrying a reusable water bottle.