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Winter Solstice Celebration

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

FREE and open to the public! The Institute is hosting their fourth annual Winter Solstice Celebration. The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and falls...

Appalachian Trail Hike Series

The first in a series of monthly trail hikes on the last Sunday of the month, January through April 2024. Hike with us along a portion of the legendary Appalachian...

Winter EXPLORE! Winter Fun and Fort Building

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

The first EXPLORE! in the February series. This popular program activity returns. Students will go on a guided “wondering walk” through the forest, and learn how humans keep warm in the...

$7

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...

Winter EXPLORE! Mad About Mammals

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

The second EXPLORE! in the February series. What is a mammal? How do mammals survive through the cold winter? Students will learn about migration by playing a fun tag-like game,...

$7

StoryWalk Sunday February 2024

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

The story posted on the StoryWalk® trail at Pine Hill Park changes regularly, and a special story event accompanies each one on the second Sunday of select months. Kids will...

Winter EXPLORE! A Squirrelly Snowy Valentine

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

Third of five Winter Explore! Series. How many sides does a snowflake have? Can it be too cold to snow? Students will listen to a book about snow, including some...

$7

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...

Winter EXPLORE! Keeping Track

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

Fourth program in a series of five Winter Explore! Series programs. Students learn the art of observation as they look for animal tracks in the snow—or in the mud! What...

$7

Chasing Darkness: Total Eclipses of the Sun and The Great American Solar Eclipse of  April 8, 2024

Dr. Laurence Marschall, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Gettysburg College, returns to The Institute annually to discuss a topic of astronomical interest. Dr. Marschall has provided fun, educational and entertaining astronomy programs for us for many, many years! Dr. Marcshall has relocated out of the area, and we are delighted to offer his program virtually.The program is free and offered...

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...

Winter EXPLORE! Backyard Birding

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

Final program in the Winter Explore! Series. Backyard birding is just what it sounds like—looking for birds in your own backyard! You don’t need to go on a hike to interact with nature. Sometimes, nature is right outside our door! Students learn how to identify common birds, how to use a monocular to spot birds, and...

$7

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