Appalachian Trail Hike Series-February 2024

NEW! We now have an online registration form—see below. To sign up for this program, fill out the form below. Attendance is FREE but registration is required.  The second 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…

Winter EXPLORE! Backyard Birding

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd, Waynesboro, PA

Use the form below to register for this program in the EXPLORE! winter series.  See the flier with the whole series of five programs here. Thursday, Feb. 29, 4 to 5 p.m. Backyard Birding Final program in the Winter Explore! Series. Backyard birding is just what it sounds like—looking for birds in your own backyard! You…

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WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER & FALL “SOAR” Bird Walks

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology Around the Region”) bird walks IMPORTANT: Locations rotate year-round among several parks in the region, with Waynesboro’s Antietam Meadow Park as “home base.” The monthly schedule for 2023 is below.  (If in doubt about the weather—check The Institute’s Facebook page) First and third Saturdays ONLY Start time: 8:00 a.m.  January: Antietam Meadow…

Telescope Clinic—Learn How to Use Your Telescope!

Church of the Apostles 336 Barnett Avenue, Waynesboro, PA

We now have an online registration form—see below. Attendance is FREE but registration is required. In partnership with the Tri-State Astronomers Club, The Institute is hosting a telescope clinic on Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the social room at the Church of the Apostles, 336 Barnett Avenue in Waynesboro, Pa.…

StoryWalk Sunday March 2024

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd, Waynesboro, PA

Our series of StoryWalk® Sunday adventures for kids continues… 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. The book for March is “When Spring Comes” by Kevin Henkes. We enjoyed Mr. Henkes's book about winter…

Spring Lecture #1: Adventures in The Michaux Forest

Church of the Apostles 336 Barnett Avenue, Waynesboro, PA

Each spring, The Institute presents a series of related programs. For 2024, the lectures will be on Thursdays March 14, 21 and 28. Our unifying theme is Enjoy Franklin County, PA. This first program in a series of three is on March 14. Admission is free and all are welcome. Presented by Suzanne Hartley, Environmental…

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SPRING, SUMMER, FALL & WINTER “SOAR” Bird Walks

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology Around the Region”) bird walks IMPORTANT: Locations rotate year-round among several parks in the region, with Waynesboro’s Antietam Meadow Park as “home base.” The monthly schedule for 2023 is below.  (If in doubt about the weather—check The Institute’s Facebook page) First and third Saturdays ONLY Start time: 8:00 a.m.  January: Antietam Meadow…

Spring Lecture #2: Play Days in the Park—Not Just for Kids!

Church of the Apostles 336 Barnett Avenue, Waynesboro, PA

Each spring, The Institute presents a series of related programs. For 2024, the lectures will be on Thursdays March 14, 21 and 28. Our unifying theme is Enjoy Franklin County, PA. Admission is free and all are welcome. Presented by Janet Pollard, Executive Director at Franklin County Visitors Bureau This illustrated presentation explores the many and…

Spring Lecture Series #3–Foraging in Franklin County

Church of the Apostles 336 Barnett Avenue, Waynesboro, PA

Each spring, The Institute presents a series of related programs. For 2024, the lectures will be on Thursdays March 14, 21 and 28. Our unifying theme is Enjoy Franklin County, PA. Admission is free and all are welcome. Presented by Dr. David Foster, Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, Messiah College This final presentation in the…

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WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER & FALL “SOAR” Bird Walks

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology Around the Region”) bird walks IMPORTANT: Locations rotate year-round among several parks in the region, with Waynesboro’s Antietam Meadow Park as “home base.” The monthly schedule for 2023 is below.  (If in doubt about the weather—check The Institute’s Facebook page) First and third Saturdays ONLY Start time: 8:00 a.m.  January: Antietam Meadow…