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Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter “SOAR” Bird Walks

First and third Saturday spring, summer, fall and winter bird walks find birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro leading the walks along the hiking trails at varying locations throughout the area. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Just show up—no reservations...

Event Series Summer Stories 2024

Summer Stories 2024

Red Run Park 12143 Buchanan Trail E., Rouzerville, Pennsylvania, United States

Children gather under a tree in the park to listen to stories and enjoy related hands-on activities. This year, Summer Stories will be on Wednesdays, June 12, 19 and 26, and July 3, 10, and 17 at 11:00 a.m. The theme for the 2024 Summer Stories is “Tales of Tails.” Kathy Helfrick and Jane Glenn will...

Wee Wonders Nature Series for Preschoolers-Winter 2024

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

The Institute is offering five new Wee Wonders sessions this winter, with each one a full 90 minutes of educational fun! Taught by Institute educators, age-appropriate program activities include exploring the outdoors, hikes, theme-related story books, rhymes, finger plays, nature games, crafts, songs, and puppets. Themes or topics include pine cones, winter sounds, deer and...

EXPLORE! Metamorphosis Magic

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

Boy how things change…especially frogs and butterflies! Come learn all about the magic of metamorphosis. Kids will participate in some life stages yoga, go for a hike, and create a butterfly life cycle craft to take home. There will be a lot of opportunities for students to practice teamwork and cooperation, too! Register HERE. This...

$10

EXPLORE! Insect Investigations

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

Did you know a bug is different from an insect? Learn all about insects at our Summer Explore session! We will go on a hike to look for insects and record what we see in nature journals. We will also create our own insects and build a “Pollinator Hotel” that the participants can take home...

$10

Bay Supper Fundraiser 2024

Waynesboro Country Club 11000 Country Club Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

The Bay supper is the most important fundraiser of the year for The Institute—now Buttonwood Nature Center. In 2024 we mark our 27th year of this popular event. We are once again planning our traditional “crab feast” dinner and our auctions—it’s sure to be fun! Here’s an event that’s definitely all it’s cracked up to be!...

Fly Fishing Adventure Camp

Area students are invited to join Buttonwood Nature Center, Home of The Institute at Orvis Hill Country in Fairfield, Pa. for a 2-day outdoor adventure camp—learn all about fly fishing, the art of fly-tying and so much more on the beautiful property of Orvis Hill Country. The camp is part of Buttonwood’s series of DISCOVER programs...

$110

Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall “SOAR” Bird Walks

First and third Saturday spring, summer, fall and winter bird walks find birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro leading the walks along the hiking trails at varying locations throughout the area. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Just show up—no reservations...

EXPLORE! Pollination Celebration

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

Join Buttonwood Nature Center to learn all about the process of pollination! Discuss different pollinators, why animals pollinate, and what bees, the world’s best-known pollinators, do with the nectar they...

$10
Event Series Nature Journaling Camp

Nature Journaling Camp

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

During this 3-day camp, students will get in touch with nature through observation, recording what they see with writing and drawing, and learning about the science of what’s happening in...

$55

EXPLORE! Log Sweet Log

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

Get up close with nature as you explore life on, in, and under logs in the forest. Hands, magnifiers, and our senses are all used to explore how this “forest trash”...

$10

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