Special opportunities to give

These events are real crowd-pleasers, and they raise critical funding for The Institute’s educational programs. What a great way to enjoy yourself while helping us fulfill our mission to the community!


Naturalist Adventure Hike Raffle—Stay tuned for information on the 2023 raffle!

Deadline to Enter Raffle: TBA

Underwriting support in 2022 by Lead Sponsor, Robert and Marissa Correll of EdwardJones of Waynesboro; Cobblestone Inn & Suites of Waynesboro; and Cafe del Sol, Waynesboro.

Enter our NEW RAFFLE for a chance to WIN a private Appalachian Trail Hike for up to five (5) people, led by Institute Naturalist, Pam Rowland (our Director of Education).

Hike the AT with Pam! Her knowledge and expertise will ensure that you discover unknown treasures along the trail. Your guide will share a wealth of stories and information—learn about wildflowers, wildlife, trees and other plants and the magic of forest ecology.
After your morning of fun & adventure, enjoy a picnic-style, delicious packed lunch from Café del Sol.

Entry fee: $20. Grand Prize includes the guided hike and lunch for five people, plus 1 set of hiking poles.

CLICK HERE to enter the raffle and for more details! 

Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale and Rain Barrel Fundraiser (during Earth Celebration Day)

Saturday, April 22, 2023 

Underwriting support in 2022 provided by lead sponsors Drs. Jerzy Kornilow O.D. & Alison Ridenour, O.D., Antietam EYE Associates, with additional support by Hadley Farms Bakery, Inc., Renewal by Andersen of Central PA and Walmart Supercenter. 

The 2023 Earth Celebration Day at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa. will feature a return of earth-friendly exhibitors as well as fundraising opportunities like rain barrels, each one uniquely and beautifully painted by students in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Community Art program.
Hand-painted rain barrels will be auctioned off, and our Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale returns, too. Rent a table and convert your cast-offs to cash!





Chesapeake Bay Supper 2023—our 26th Anniversary event!

Friday, June 23, 2023

Underwriting support in 2022 provided by “Blue Crab” Lead Sponsor, Blue Ridge Risk Partners on behalf of Craig, Friedly, Potter and Moore Insurance, and by Clam Shucker Sponsor: The Family of Steve Graham, in his memory.

Here’s an event that’s definitely all it’s cracked up to be! Members, friends, and families come together at Waynesboro Country Club to support The Institute with a fabulous evening of food, fun, and frolic. Bid it up during the silent and live auctions. Great items! Sponsorships are available.

Reservations are required. Check back for the invitation with all the details and reservation form.
Bay Supper TO GO is back this year, too!


Salamander Scramble —16th Annual Scramble!

Tuesday, July 4, 2023
In conjunction with Waynesboro’s Fourth of July Jubilee, the Firecracker 5K Run is ON, and so is the Scramble! Scramblers can run, walk—or scramble—to support The Institute. A virtual option is still in place—you can also Scramble from anywhere you choose!

More details and online registration coming in spring.

Sponsorship opportunities available for this event!

Put on your running/walking shoes and join us as we “scramble” along the streets of Waynesboro during the annual Fourth of July Firecracker 5K Race. We call our “sub-event” the Salamander Scramble, with team members securing funding pledges from friends, family, and co-workers. “Salamanders” head to the finish line on behalf of The Institute!

Check back for registration details. Race fees and free T-shirt provided. Team members may send entry fees and donations via PayPal using the Donate button below. (Note: A PayPal account is not required to donate by credit card using the same button.)


Please consider adding 3% to your donation amount so that 100% of your contribution goes to The Institute. The extra amount will cover the transaction fee that PayPal charges our organization. For example, if your donation to support a Salamander Scramble team member is $20, please make your PayPal donation in the amount of $20.60 (20 x .03 = .60).
Thank you!


Pippins N’ Pumpkins

Saturday, October 14, 2023 (Date to be confirmed)

Our third annual fall festival includes a full slate of activities and fun for all ages, including a ‘kid zone’ with yard games, a StoryWalk® hike & activity, live music, pony rides for kids, craft vendors, a pie walk, a pumpkin patch, and a decorated pumpkin contest. A star attraction is the ever-popular trebuchet pumpkin launcher, which will run throughout the day sending pumpkins flying through the sky.