Ensuring the Future is The Institute’s campaign to create an independent nature education center and living classroom, providing a hub to serve the community with experiences and programs that inspire and delight. This project will not only ensure our ability to fulfill our mission into the future; it will also help to preserve both wild and historic places.

The Institute has purchased a 40-acre property boasting a large pond, shady streams, rolling meadows, and existing woodland trails. This park-like setting will serve as an immersive living classroom. It will also be a place for families to enjoy outdoor recreation, quiet contemplation, and the arts.

Our mission is to guide the people of the Cumberland Valley region to become stewards of their natural and cultural worlds.

The Institute exists to educate, inspire and unite people around shared interests. Since 1990, we have provided valuable experiences to learners of all ages in the natural world and historical settings.

Our programs at The Institute include science-based environmental education and cultural history experiences for elementary and secondary school children, research in natural and cultural history for all ages, as well as rich hands-on learning opportunities. We create programs that entertain and inform the community.

How to Make a Contribution to the Ensuring the Future Capital Campaign

Use the Make a Donation or Make a Pledge button to the right—or, send a check to:
Tracy Holliday, Executive Director
The Institute
P.O. Box 971, Waynesboro, PA 17268

Please make checks out to: The Institute, and write Capital Campaign in the memo area

Make a donation online through PayPal or credit card, using the button above.

To make a multi-year pledge, please download our pledge form using button above.